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Covid Cut

October 16, 2020

Whenever I need to get my hair cut, the period of time between when I’ve decide it’s time and the actual cut becomes absolutely unbearable. This was of course 10000x worse these past 7 months.

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RBG

November 9, 2018

I don’t normally do fan art of Supreme Court Justices, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a damn superhero. I did this one after seeing the RBG documentary with my mom.

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No matter how hard I try, anytime I draw a person from a photo it comes out way flat. I don’t know why that is. I mean, obviously, the photo is flat. But I don’t understand what it is about the line choices I make when drawing from a photo versus real life that causes the photo drawing to look so flat.

 

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Priceless

July 30, 2018

Remember those old credit card commercials that would list out the cost of different things and then in the end there was the one thing that was “priceless”?

A while back we took a trip to SF with the fam and a series of debacles made it seem like we were never going to get on the plane. When we finally did get on I did this drawing to commemorate the moment.

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MC

July 27, 2018

This is my husband MC-ing the annual staff awards ceremony at work. (Yes we work at the same place.) He was so cute and charming that I had to do a sketch to commemorate the moment.

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The fellow in the background is dressed up like the sun. He was the one actually handing out the awards. But in this picture he sort of looks like a happy bodyguard.

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I’m back. I think. For now. I don’t know. We’ll see.

July 25, 2018

Wow, has it really been almost 2 years since I have updated this blog?

Yes. Yes it has.

Yikes. I really dropped the ball here. And while I am inclined to berate myself over this, I have started to come to understand that maybe this is just part of who I am and how I work. I have a ton of interests, all of which I am passionate about. And I have ADD.

As it turns out, my interests have peaks seasons. The fall is for running and writing plays. The winter is for freaking out that whatever play I am working on sucks, writing more intensely, and then producing the play. The spring is for hiking and recovering from the writing/producing of said play. The summer is for drawing and indoor climbing. And somewhere between there’s improv, and zumba, and podcasts, and reading, and projects with friends.

There are also periods of time peppered throughout the year where I just watch a lot of Netflix, indulge in things more than I should, and try not to hate myself.

I used to get really frustrated with myself for not doing X hobby everyday. I mean, that’s the first piece of advice you give to anyone aspiring to do anything. If you want to write, write every day. If you want to be an artist, draw every day. If you want to be successful at anything, do it everyday.

Then I read an article about how Steve Nash works out in the off season. It said he plays lots of soccer and tennis, spends a lot of time in the weight room, does a lot of skateboarding, but not much basketball. I was so surprised. I would have assumed that a professional basketball player does it for several hours a day, even in the off season.

Now I think I get it. Staying creative and physically active is important to me. If I go too long without doing either of these things I get really bummed out. But like any human, I have a hard time getting motivated, even when it’s stuff I love to do and that I know is good for me. And I get bored easily (probably cuz of the ADD) so if I do the same type of stuff all year I will eventually lose interest and stop, and then things go south. Changing it up every few months keeps everything exciting and new, and helps me stay motivated.

Anyhow, all of this is to say that the reason I haven’t been here for a while is because I’ve been doing other stuff, most of it good, and I guess it just wasn’t sketchblog season.

The only bummer is that some exciting (for me) stuff has happened with my drawings the past couple years and I wish I’d been documenting those discoveries as they unfolded. But I’m going to try and do that now. I’m going to start posting my work from the past couple years and write about what I learned while I did them.

Sketchbook covers

For now, here’s a picture of some of the sketchbooks I’ve been working in lately. I like to make my own covers for my sketchbooks using postcards, magazine pics, brochure pics, or whatever else I can find. I usually do this after the book is full, or close to full.

When possible I like to put something on the cover that in some way represents what’s inside the book. The one with the Stranger Things cover is full of stuff I did for a Halloween-themed drawing challenge I did last year. The one with the painting of the renaissance-looking guy is full of these weird caricatures I’ve been doing of old master portraits. I’ll be posting about those projects in more detail later.

Stay tuned.

 

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Tannenbaum 2016

December 26, 2016

My annual tannenbaum drawing. Every year I try to make it look different from previous years, and yet every year they all look about the same. I tried to be a little looser and sketchier this year, but… all my stuff is loose and sketchy. Maybe next year I will try to be more precise.

I did put the Minnie’s in front so that’s new.

This one is in colored pencil.

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Nonsensensey

October 1, 2016

Here’s another big head dude with a background drawing…

I did the initial sketch at a show at Space 55. Then I took my sketchbook along on a camping trip to Flagstaff and added the background while we were sitting around the fire.

Ghost Riders in the Sky was playing on Pandora. I never really appreciated that song before, but it set the mood perfectly.

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Snapchat in the Garden of Good and Evil

September 25, 2016

Next up in the “big head people with different backgrounds” series…

(I need to find a shorter way to describe these things.)

This one is my brother. I won’t identify which one (I have three) because the bro in question was horrified by this representation of him. And to be fair, it truly is a horrible representation.

But hey, I’ve been saying all along that the person I’m looking at is merely a jumping off point. From there I blow up their head and distort their features. Sometimes it’s intentional. Sometimes it’s not.

When he saw the initial pencil sketch he said, “Where are my muscles?”

Then he said, “I guess I’d better shave.”

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Anyhow… I did the sketch one night while he and I (and some other fam) were having dinner outside. He’d been snapchatting all day, which is why he is staring at his phone.

SIDE NOTE: I am going to take this opportunity to rant about something that’s been getting on my nerves lately.

There are a lot of cranky old curmudgeons (aka COCs) who like to make stupid jokes about millennials (I’m looking at you WWDTM) and gripe about how they are a bunch of lazy entitled brats who just stare at their phones and take selfies all all day.

Well, I have three things to say to you COCs:

  1. Oh shut up! Do you realize that people have been making the old “this new generation is sooo lazy” complaint since BIBLICAL TIMES? Really, they have. Here is just one of many articles quoting angry old fuddy duddies who’ve been saying the same damn thing since 20 BC.
  2. I happen to think Millennials are pretty freaking impressive. Most of the ones I know are very smart and open-minded. And they’re doing a lot of cool, creative, ambitious work. Meanwhile, a big chunk of the Gen X-ers and Boomers I know seem to be spending quite a lot of their free time watching Netflix, posting selfies, and complaining about Millennials. (Contrary to popular opinion, oldsters post a lot of selfies too).
  3. As someone who likes to sketch strangers in public, I find it VERY convenient that so many of them are staring at their phones nowadays. Not only are they keeping still, they are completely unaware that I’m staring at them. The smartphone phenomenon has led to a huge reduction in awkward, “Are you drawing me?” encounters.

END OF SIDE NOTE/RANT

So back to the drawing. When coming up with ideas for the background, I tried to think of stuff that my bro was into. One of the first things that came to mind was Doctor Who.

And what is the best Doctor Who episode of all? The weeping angels, of course!

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So I added a weeping angel type statue to the background.

Then that statue made me think about the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which I always thought was the best title ever. I saw that movie in the theater entirely because of the awesome title, and because I loved the creepy cool poster.

(BTW, the movie was disappointing. Very boring IMHO. Maybe the book is better.)

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The poster has this statue of a sad girl in the middle of a swampy overgrown graveyard. So I added in my own swampy background, with the same sort of alternating rays of dark and light cutting diagonally across.

My biggest regret here is that I jumped the gun and colored in my brother before figuring out what I was going to do with the background.

If I had known I was going to do the whole creepy-swampy-statue thing, I would not have used such bright colors in the foreground. I would have tried to integrate him into the setting more, like I did with the Frankenstein drawing.

Too bad I can’t hop into a TARDIS and go fix it.

Ah well. A not-so-great drawing is still a hundred times better than a non-existent one. Plus, I had a lot of fun coming up with the setting for this one.

Even though I have regrets about each of my drawings, I usually have things I am secretly proud of too. Whether it’s a happy accident, something I learned while working on it, or just a nice memory attached to it, I’m always glad I have the drawing in the end.

The thing I secretly like about this one is the smartphone in the statue’s hand. I know it’s corny, but when I came up with that idea I was pretty darn pleased with myself. It’s that one little detail that turns this picture into a story.

Failing forward!

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Sasquatch

July 25, 2014

Here’s another of these. This one is not my favorite, mostly because of that yellow background. The vibrance of the two yellows just made the figure turn out all bland and washed out looking. Damn, I am really regretting that stupid yellow background? Maybe I should cut him out and collage him onto a different background. I might do that.

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Anyhow, I did have fun exaggerating his foot. I just wish I had made it even larger.

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Immortal Instruments

February 5, 2014

I’ve been carrying sketchbooks and various drawing tools around for about a hundred years now. And during that time I’ve purchased dozens of different little kits and bags and things to hold my pens and stuff.

Then while back my sister-in-law told me about this thing her friend made to transport her kids’ crayons. I was so inspired by the idea that right then and there I sketched out a design for something similar that I could make for myself…

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Then over the next few months (yes months, because I’m that slow) I sewed it together. Then I tried it. Altered it. Tried it. Altered it some more, until finally…

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What a beautiful functional pouch!

Okay so my work is a bit sloppy. I’ve never been very good at sewing (or any other sort of crafty, 3-dimensional, pinteresty type stuff) but hey, I made this all by myself. And check it out! It’s got slots for all my pens, pencils, and shading markers. And it even has a little button pouch for my sharpener and eraser.

I used to just carry everything together in one big zippered pouch, but that would become a problem because the graphite from the pencils would muck everything else up, and sometimes the pens would leak on each other. With the different slots for different utensils, they stay organized and clean.

The original design had a string on the end so that when it was time to go, I could just roll it up and wrap the string around it. But that was too bulky for my purse. So I cut off the string and added a couple buttons instead.

Now I just fold down the flap…

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Turn it over…

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Fasten the buttons…

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And bam! I am ready to go!