Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 103 - Friends As Geishas

Today's drawing comes from the same general source as yesterday's post.  My dear friend Jim (who I hope will still speak to me after this - it was HIS idea, afterall) remarked via Facebook that he was overdue for a hair cut, he was pale and his lips were chapped.  He said he "looks like a geisha" and then tagged me.

Since a Facebook tag in that context is the "triple dog dare" of the internet I have no regrets in presenting you with this:

For those who don't know the lovely Geisha Jim there, he is a chef... hence the itty bitty chef hat.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 102 - We Are No Longer the Knights Who Say Ni...

Several times on this blog I've mentioned my friends that have a farm.  I was asked yesterday to do a drawing inspired by their awesome neighbor who was nice enough to plow all manner of new fallen snow so that they could get to their goats, etc.  He was their "Knight in Shining Overalls."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 101 - Krispy Kreme to the Rescue.

I had a scheduled day off of work today and I spent it driving around downtown Columbus with my mom looking for impossible-to-find parking spaces (a.k.a. trying to find a place to have lunch in German Village.)
It got to be around 5:00 and Josh reminded me that I hadn't drawn yet which was a problem because we'd planned a dinner/movie outing for this evening. I thought about that for awhile and said "You know... yesterday was Day 100 and I did TWO drawings.  Maybe that constitutes a day off."  Josh replied with something along the lines of "Eh... maybe." to which I said "We'll see when we get home."

We saw The Hobbit which was awesome despite its disappointing lack of visible villainy. That's what next year's installment is for, I guess...

...anyway... we stopped at Krispy Kreme for a late night snack and didn't get home until 11:00.  My husband immediately reminded me that I hadn't drawn yet and then GODZILLA showed up and made us tea before totally destroying the neighborhood.  That didn't really happen but this story was getting boring and I had to make sure you were still paying attention.

Boring long story short: I did a quick sketch of our donuts at 11:00 PM while sitting at the kitchen table.  Godzilla wasn't invited. I escaped a Picture of Shame. The End.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Holy Smokes, everyone... I made it ONE HUNDRED DAYS.  One hundred days of drawing.  In my thirty-one years on this planet I've never drawn for that many consecutive days.  Not even close.

A day like today deserves a drawing of epic proportions.  Something amazing.  Something explosively, mind-numbingly, outrageously huge and over the top.

How's this?

Yeah, that's me... Actually, that's a much cuter version of me with atypically well behaved hair.  It's my blog, I can do whatever I want.

I never, ever liked self-portrait drawing in school and I dislike drawing hands so I did both.  Ha!


I received via Facebook a drawing suggestion that I found interesting.  The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (from Ghostbusters) celebrating the holiday.  Here he poses as a mall Santa complete with marshmallowy child.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 99 - Silly Celestial Faces

I was doodling silly faces today and decided said silly faces would be better served as celestial-themed silly faces.  I'm not sure why.  Just go with it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 98 - Quickie Christmas Drawing

A very merry and a very happy to you all!

I had a teensy window of time just now to do a quick sketch of Josh relaxing on the couch.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 97 - Busy Day 1 of 2 - Quick Sketch!

Today and tomorrow will be busy, busy days for me.  If it can be helped at all I plan to not gift you with a Picture O' Shame for Christmas even though I'll be up to my armpits in wrapping paper, turkeys and general good cheer.

I did have to work today despite being Christmas Eve (the downfall of working where people live) so I had a little time for this.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 96 - Don't Forget Your ANGRY Eyes!

If you know me or have read this blog at all you know that I'm a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  As of this afternoon I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan who has no vested interest in the remainder of this NFL season because my beloved Steelers have found themselves on the wrong side of playoff chances.

I was able to channel my crankiness into some angry face sketches for today's drawing, though.  So thanks Steelers... I guess...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 95 - Put a Bird On It!

Quite a few things that I did today fell under the umbrella of "drawing"  but not much of that fell under the umbrella of "willing to share publicly."  I doodled something on the dry erase board while I was waiting for water to boil; I picked a bit more at my Chinese food drawing; I did some quickie shorthand sketches of some ideas that I have that won't look like anything to anyone but me.

I did do this, though... I can't say why or who it's for because I'm not sure if that person regularly checks this blog or not.  I hoping it's "or not" at least until after Christmas, anyway.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 94 - Save Me!

Save your work, kids.

I was working more on the color for my spilling Chinese food tonight when Painter said "Sarah, I'm awfully sorry to have to do this to you but it seems as though I must crash." And it did. And there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth by yours truly.

Always save your work.

Painter even has an ever so nifty feature that allows you to say "Hey, Painter, please automatically save this spilling Chinese food drawing sporadically so if you crash, all is not lost and I don't have to throw things across the room and scare my cat." (For the record, it's actually called "iterative save" but I like mine better.)

I've never taken the time to properly explore the obvious advantages of that feature.

ANYWAY... here's what I got done tonight post-crash.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 93 - Better Day, Dog Drawn

I had a much better day than the last two.  I was shifting around a lot of stuff at work and I had to temporarily store some things in a co-worker's office.  Because she was nice enough to let me do this, I drew a quickie picture of her super-cute Shiba Inu.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 92: Bad Day II: Revenge of the Bad Day... in 3D

I had another really not great day today. Didn't get home until about 9:30, didn't want to draw... drew anyway... but just stuff in my living room.  It's something.  Meh.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 91 - Bad Day.

I had a kind of rotten sort of bad day today.  Nothing really horrible happened... it was just one of those days that doesn't swing your way. Like I can't even get Blogger to stop centering my text right now... screw it.

 I drew anyway... didn't wanna... did anyway.  Drew some hair... and then a salt shaker and chair in the break room at my work.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 90 - Color Drawings Are In Your Future.

I got sick of struggling with the color on my spilling teacup so I switched to Chinese Food.

Just some basic, base color for now.

Here's your fortune:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 89 - A Little Color; A Lot of Anger.

I've decided to color my "spilling food" drawings the same way I colored my Christmas card.  I put down some base color today before the Sunday lazies caught up with me:

I may reside in Columbus, Ohio, but I was born and raised in South Western Pennsylvania and (not surprisingly) I am a Steelers fan.  This season has not been good.  This blog is not the place to rant about it but it's... not been good.  The lost again tonight to Dallas (pa-tooey!) so here's a quick sketch summarizing how I felt after the game:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 88 - More requests.

One of my co-workers has a six year old son who loves How to Train Your Dragon.  He asked if I'd draw the main dragon, Toothless, for him.

It was a little more challenging that I thought it would be.  I'm happy with it overall, though.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 87 - Eh.

Things I learned today:

1. It's nearly impossible to find a turkey smaller than 12 pounds in the grocery store when it's this close to Christmas.

2. Peeling an orange is arguably the most efficient way of locating a previously unnoticed paper cut.

3. It's awfully difficult to draw a sting ray with any sort of personality and/or accessories (unless you're Pixar which, let's face it, I ain't.)

The other night some friends and I visited the always fantastic Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for their annual Wildlights exhibit.  While passing through the aforementioned aquarium we saw sting rays and someone said I should draw a "Bling Ray" and later it was suggested that the Bling Ray should have Grouper Groupies.

Well I attempted that today with only minor success.  He's got grills, a diamond under-carriage, diamond "eye brow" piercings,etc.  I'm well aware of how ridiculous that all is.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 86 - A Fish, a Fish, a Fishy-O.

A few weeks ago my friend Leslie decided that whenever I said something disparaging about myself on this blog she would draw her own version of whatever it was that I was uncomplimentary about and post it on my Facebook.  She made good on that threat and since she's a busy woman I've kept my self-deprecating comments at a minimum.

I drew some fish that are just ok today.  I'm busy and tired and I just had enough time to sketch some fish.  I don't love them but that's ok, Leslie, you don't have to draw them.  I'm not detracting from my overall abilities just that today I'm not into it as much.  :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 85 - More Strange Ideas

The imagination well was running dry today so I threw caution to the wind and asked Josh what he thought I should draw.  Surprisingly, it wasn't anything I wasn't compliant with. He had several ideas, actually... Two of which were "a t-rex snowboarding" and "Santa repelling from his sleigh with night vision goggles on".

Separately, I didn't really like either one of those.  The t-rex thing, especially, because it sounds to me like something that would be on a four-year-old boy's t-shirt or something.  But when you combine the two together... we get a little more interesting!

"Sarah," you might be saying "have you ever even seen a picture of a t-rex?" (I have) and "Sarah, you do realize that Santa has night-vision goggles on but it's not nighttime?" To that I'd tell you politely to mind yo' bees and when you draw it you can put whatever you darn well please. Kisses!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 84 - Guess Who Can't Draw Horses?

Give up yet? The answer is "me".  Horses are hard to draw.  So when someone suggested I draw a "seahorse dreaming about being a regular horse" I aaaaaalmost didn't consider actually bringing it to fruition. If you know me or have been reading this blog long enough, you'll know that I like to find loopholes (also known as "being lazy while actually appearing to be clever" - it's sort of my thing.)

So this drawing is not fantastic on a number of levels. Composition-wise it leaves a lot to be desired; My narrative isn't clearly conveyed because you might not know what it is I was doing with this drawing unless you saw a description.  You know what? That's all ok 'cause it was just a funny little drawing I did at work on a Tuesday afternoon. *

*You may be wondering what it is I do that I can sit at work and draw all the time.  I'm a receptionist and sometimes it gets quiet.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 83 - Envelope

I don't have any stationery-centric puns to spice up today's blog title so "Envelope" it is!

I wanted to jazz up a basic envelope in which we're sending some things to my in-laws.  So I got that done AND today's drawing of the day.

Of course, I've blurred out my address as well as theirs because goodness knows what kind of psychopaths I've attracted in you lovely readers of my blog.

And a special bonus because you've been extra good this year... Angry Flamingos!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 82 - Off Day

I've been on sort of a roll lately.  Consider today a break from that roll.  I'm feeling a bit under the weather and just didn't have a lot in me.  It was a couch sketch sort of a day.

So here's Charlie and her stuffed moose.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 81 -Aaaaand DONE!

Christmas card? Done!

I did a test print on satin finish paper at CVS and got surprisingly good results with it.  I wouldn't sell it at that quality but for a Christmas card it's just fine.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 80 - Revenge... Sort of.

I've mentioned many times so far my dear husband of eight years, Josh.  I love the guy.  A large chunk of our relationship consists of teasing each other so when he made me draw "Squirrelock Holmes" the other day... well... I knew there had to be retaliation.

Every year at this time we have a discussion about people who put antlers and red noses on their cars for Christmas.  I think it's stupid... Josh thinks it's funny.  In honor of that discussion I put antlers ON Josh.

The reason I call this post "Revenge... Sort of." is because I could have been a lot meaner in my representation of Josh.  I couldn't do it, though.  I mean, look at him... he's adorable.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 79 - Waffleclaus

I love that in my life I have some very strange people.  Last night at our church small group a request was shouted from a conversation that I wasn't a part of: "Sarah! You should draw Waffleclaus!"  Instead of finding out what the first part of that conversation entailed, I immediately started brainstorming with the others about Waffleclaus and his various accoutrements.

I never did find out what they were talking about.

Anyway, Waffleclaus!  His sleigh? A waffle iron with bacon runners.  His reindeer? Eggs! And his lovely and devoted wife, Mrs. Butterworth is there to see him off on his journey.  (He used to date Aunt Jemima but they broke up in college.  It was ugly and he doesn't like to discuss it.)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 78 - Coercion & Creepiness

A few weeks ago I drew a series of squirrels and said it was for a drawing that Josh requested.  You might have gathered based on my language that I was hesitant to fulfill this request.  There's a reason for that and that reason is because "fan art" creeps me out.

I'll spare you a lengthy manifesto on why I feel that way.  I just do.  Although, there are so many fantastic artists/illustrators out there who do fan art (and they're a trazillion times more talented than I am) the fact remains that it creeps me out.  I like to leave the things I love contained in their original packages.

Ok... so now back to Josh's drawing request:  Squirrelock Holmes. *sigh*  If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you'll recall that I'm more-than-just-a-little enthusiastic about BBC's Sherlock.  So Josh requesting that I draw "Squirrelock Holmes" was akin to asking me to do fan art.

You see how I tied everything together there?  I'm takin' you on a journey, folks.

So I drew this one... Thinking I'd get out of it easy by doing the old-school Sherlock:

Cute right? Deer-stalker hat, magnifying glass... adorable, right? Wrong.  I emailed Josh and said "I feel that you should know that today's drawing is Squirrelock Holmes." To which he replied "Which one?" (meaning which version.)  My answer of "Not the good one" sparked a threat to draw the modern version himself.  I immediately decided that my version would be less... let's say "offensive".  Here, I thought I was off the hook...

I managed to avoid Josh's specific request back in this post and I wasn't so sure I could avoid it again.  The man lives to make me squirm.  So feeling all manner of icky and ten and a half shades of creepy, I did this:

My personal apologies to the lovely and talented Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch.  It's my husband who's the absolute weirdo that made me draw this.

 It was only a matter of time before I'd have to pay for all that swooning I do.  I should've gone with the Johnny Lee Miller version... it's too late now.

My clicking of the "Publish" button will set off a chain reaction of cringing that might never stop until I'm dead.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 77 - Some (More)(More) Color

More of the same today, kids.  Sorry to bore you with the same image for the last few days but I've been so crazy busy that I don't have time to do any side doodles.  I really want to try and get this done for use in my Christmas card this year so all spare time has gone to it's completion.

That being said, I really love where this has ended up.  I'm not done yet... I'm adding a star up in the corner, I've got to work on the area around the jacket pocket and add words, etc.  ALMOST there.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 76 - Some (More) Color

I didn't have a tremendous amount of time at my disposal today so I just continued work on my picture from yesterday.  I fixed my weird anti-alias issues on the black outline and added some more layers of color/shadow.  I'm definitely liking where this is headed.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 75 - Some Color

I actually worked on a few things today but I can only show you one of them.  I started to throw some color into my picture that I hope to use as a Christmas card.

Ignore the white sort of ghost lines around my black outlines... I haven't figured out yet why that's happening but I'll fix it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 75 - Horrible Monkey Puns

**Update 7/12/13 - This post has vastly more hits than any other post on my blog... especially from you lovely folks in the UK.  Why is that?  Why are so many people looking up "monkey puns"?  I'm genuinely curious.  Please tell me! :)

There are a lot of terrible primate-related puns out there.  None of which I'm going to use in this post.

I will NOT be telling you that I was "just monkeying around" with this drawing or that I "went bananas" while working on it.  By no means will I inform you that artistic ability doesn't run in my family and therefore I am NOT in fact a "chimp off the old block".  And certainly, under no circumstances imaginable will I ever claim that writing this blog is "as fun as a barrel full of monkeys."

I simply won't do it.  I respect you more than that.

So here's a picture of a monkey, driving a little car with his feet while he eats a banana. (This idea was posed to me by an awesome young man named Noah.  I thought it was pretty nifty.)