Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 135 - Bump in the Night

More and more lately, ideas for things have sprung out of conversations that I have with friends.  Today's drawing is no exception and was brought forth last night.  Instead of the monster hiding under the kid's bed, I've done the kid hiding under the monster's bed.

I'm sure this is not an original idea... it's sort of an obvious twist on a familiar concept but I had fun with it.  This is definitely going on my short list of things to throw some color on in the future.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 134 - Mother's Day

My mom has asked me multiple times when I'm going to feature her as one of my drawings for the day.  I decided to acquiesce to her request.

Next month she and my aunt are going to Hawaii for two weeks.  Am I going?


Am I jealous and bitter and disgusted? Yes. Yes, I am.

However, I am happy that she gets to go because my mother, above all other things on this earth, hates hates winter.  She can escape the cold and leave me, her only child, to languish in the harsh Ohio February where there is a frightful lack of palm trees, warm weather or ukelele music (I can't absolutely confirm that last one).

Today's drawing is more or less an accurate scientific depiction of what the inside of my mother's head looks like on a daily basis.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 133 - Draw What You Know

Of the many superpowers that my husband possesses (remodeling our kitchen, fixing cars, being generally awesome), he's a whiz with computers.  In fact, that happens to be his 40 hour-a-week superpower.  He works for a church/private school and yesterday he told me about a kids book that he was reading while he was waiting for a computer to boot in a kindergarten classroom.  I didn't ask him what was wrong with the computer... I didn't ask him what book he was reading... No, I asked him if he was sitting in one of those little plastic kid chairs instead of a regular chair.  (As if there was some kind of law against adult-sized chairs in that setting.)

He wasn't... but it was too late to bring that train back to the station.

I'd like to take this moment to verify that it was Josh who said "That should be your drawing for the day tomorrow!"

I use Josh as the subject for my drawings on a fairly regular basis.  This is because:
1. He's a great sport.
2. He has a fantastic sense of humor (a required skill in anyone wishing to be married to me)
3. He's eight and a half shades of adorable.

Anyway... here's Josh in an itty, bitty chair reading a book and fixing a computer.

BONUS: Here's us as we actually appear to the human eye.  His eight and a half shades of adorable carry the vast majority of our overall cute score.  Without him I'd only register a one (or two on a good day.)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 132 - More of the Same

I struggle with faces.  I feel like all the faces I draw are massively generic and boring.  So today I tried to push it a bit and do something out of my normal range.  Here's what I was willing to share from that experiment.

I also worked more on my Chinese food but I'll spare you that because it won't look that much different from the last time I shared it.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 131 - Sunday Sit Down

Today I fulfilled yesterday's desire to simply sit down and work for awhile.  With the help of Groove Shark and a mildly well thought out playlist I got several hours of work under my proverbial belt.

I started out with the image for the cover of our publication at work.  I can only ever do these in black and white so I've got to keep it simple otherwise my details are lost.

Secondly, I picked more on my Chinese food.  I can't really get any kind of meaningful rhythm going with this one.  Every time I work on it I feel like I'm in battle.  I toyed with the outline more... eh... still working on it.  The box itself looks too... sterile... or something.  I don't know.  To be continued.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 130 - Manos: The Hands I Hate

First off, if you caught my reference in the title, I love you... and I'm sad for you.  All at the same time.

Today is yet another installment of Things Sarah Is Not Great At.  Today's episode: HANDS.

I had grandiose plans today, kids.  "It's Saturday!" I said "I'm going to set aside several hours and just DRAW" I said.  In the end, I sketched my left hand for an hour while Josh and I watched an episode of Psych on Netflix at 9:00 PM.

I can't resist a nap on the weekend.  Don't judge me.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 129 - Trailer Trash

In my continuing efforts to produce a worthwhile redo for my flamingo drawing I tried my hand at drawing an Airstream trailer today.  I intend to have one as the backdrop in all its moored-at-a-trailer-park-on-cinder-blocks glory.  For today I just tried drawing one straight up.

For the record, I've got nothing against Airstreams.  My father-in-law has a really super neato Airstream that he's painstakingly restored.  I just think they have a sort of kitsch value in the right setting.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 128 - Blatant Defiance.

Today's drawings are inspired by a conversation I had yesterday evening with friends who are the parents of small children.  They were talking about the tried-but-true method of discipline that is the wooden spoon.  Simple, elegant yet effective.  The four year old son of these friends had recently decided to rise up against his wooden oppressor by stating "That didn't hurt" after being disciplined.

So that brave, defiant (and ornery) young man was my inspiration for today.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 127 - Mostly Miscellaneous

I stayed home from work today because I was feeling on the icky side.  I thinned out my Netflix instant cue a bit and decided to draw while watching "The Artist".  If you've seen that movie you'll realize that was a less than stellar idea because The Artist is a silent movie and you have to pay attention.  So... I didn't doodle THAT much.  Although, I did get some doodling done tonight at Bible study (I pay very good attention while doodling).

I particularly enjoy the bunny in that picture:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 126 - Flamingos & Fretting

"Sarah, what's with the flamingos?" you might be asking.  As any survivor/graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design will tell you, one of the rights of passage during freshman year is a semester-long series wherein you must pick one animal and do a series of drawings/assignments based on that animal.

Guess what mine was?

As a result, I have a sort of soft spot for flamingos... which is funny because birds in general tend to eek me out a bit.  Anyway, I've wanted for years to retool one particular drawing from that assignment and I've finally started to get serious about it.  The original drawing is somewhere in the mountainous regions of my office closet but about five years ago I tried to start it up again.  It goes something like this:

But I can do better now (I hope) and want to change the house to an Airstream trailer parked at an RV camp.  So here are my plastic lawn flamingo and real flamingo that I started on today.

My challenge is making a "realistic" flamingo but instilling it with some personality/anger.  We'll see how it goes.

May I blather on about myself for a moment?  I don't do a lot of finished, colored things yet.  Even though getting myself to draw every day is nothing short of a miracle, I think a part of me is still scared to do it.  I still have a tenuous view of my abilities or lack thereof.  I spent many years not working on much of anything and I'm still hesitant to do more than just sketches on a regular basis for fear I'm going to find out that, yes, I really am a fraud.  I'm fearful of finishing things because while they're still unfinished and still in my head I don't have to face the fact that it may not turn out as good as I'd hoped (i.e. I'm not good enough to make it "good enough".)  I truck along doing just fine sometimes and then one day I'll see an illustration by someone light years more talented that I am and... poof.. there goes any sense of worth I had managed to accumulate.

So in case you were wondering why it is that I don't do many finished pieces... there you have it.

(My thanks to you for indulging me in that "Dear Diary" moment.)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 125 - Cavity Inducing Cuteness

A few days ago Josh asked me to draw the most disgustingly cutest, sweetest, most adorable-est kitten that I could conjure up. My mind doesn't naturally operate on a glittery plain of sunshine and rainbows (that's not to say I don't visit every once in awhile) but I did the best I could with my normal level of sardonicism.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day 124 - Ebb and Flow

I've been doing this long enough now that I recognize a pretty consistent pattern in myself.  I'll have three or four days of good drawing where I'm feeling really into it and creative... and then for two or three (or more) days after that I'm totally useless and it takes all my energy to get something accomplished.

It's annoying.

So here's my continued attempt at Merida from Brave (as requested by a coworker).  It's no walk in the park to draw curly hair, either.  I'm allowed to say that because I have more than enough of it myself.

I realize her head/face is too big... I've still got to work on that part.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 123 - Not Much to Show For Myself

I'm beginning to think that two hour naps may be detrimental to my creative consciousness.  If you were paying attention you can infer two things from that sentence:

1. I took a two hour nap.
2. You shouldn't expect a lot from me today in regards to my drawing.

I picked at my Chinese food drawing a bit.  I'm testing out the possibility of outline vs. no outline.  Jury's still out.

I also attempted a drawing of Merida (from Pixar's Brave) at the request of a coworker.  You don't need to see that first attempt.  It's not pretty.  You'll just have to trust that I did it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 122 - Two Starts, Zero Finishes

To those of you who may have particular neuroses regarding unfinished things, I apologize for today's post.  I started two drawings today and didn't finish either one of them.Why? Because it's Friday and I don't wanna and I'm tired.

So there.

Josh challenged me to draw the cutest, most sappy, saccharinely sweet kitten I could come up with.  Here's what I started out with:

And for my second unfinished drawing... *sigh* I'm still haunted by the Squirrelock Holmes that Josh made me draw a few weeks ago.  I'm not even going to link to that day's post - If you want to see it bad enough you can find it.

Anyway... I'm haunted by how much I hate that drawing that Josh made me do so I started to redo it.  I like it better now... and my apologies are once again extended to the enormously talented Mr. Cumberbatch.  That I've been made to reduce your incredible work to a silly sketch on a goofy blog where I crank out mediocre sketches that make me laugh... well... it'll keep me up tonight shuddering. 

Ok... enough stalling... here it is:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 121 - Cat Default

It seems like whenever I'm tired or don't feel like drawing or don't know WHAT do draw, I always default to our cat, Charlie.  She's an unfortunate victim of my off days.

Well, guess what?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 120 - Food Fight!

Because I never learn from my past mistakes I once again asked Josh for a drawing idea for today.  (My requirements being only that it have nothing to do with Sherlock, Doctor Who or Batman or any of the actors who have ever played or currently play said parts).  That took away a lot of his fun so he instead asked for salsa ingredients (tomato, pepper, etc) dressed like ninjas fighting a tortilla chip dressed like a pirate.

I simplified that a little and did two drawings: one of thugish (thugesque? thuggy?) salsa ingredients and the other of a ninjaesque (ninjaish?) tortilla chip confronting them.

Now I'm hungry (and there are a lot of parenthesis in this post.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 119 - Long Time, No See.

For a little while I stepped away from coloring my spilling Chinese food drawing.  I got tired of looking at it and needed some fresh eyes.  I picked it back up again and I'm really liking where it's headed!

I drew quite a bit the last two days but most of it has ended up in the trash can so this is sort of it for today.

Have I ever mentioned that you can always click on any of these drawings to see a larger version?  That might have been self-explanatory but just in case... you know... g'head.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 117 - Mr. Tea: Take Two

Not too long ago I did this.  At the time I really liked it but the more I looked at it, the more I though I was capable of better.  So today, I redid it:

I have a few things on my blog here that I want to redo.  As much as it kills me to admit it, I want to redo "Squirrelock Holmes" (fan art = creeps me out, remember?) but I can't help but think that could be better, too.  I just can't convince myself to do it.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 116 - Syntax is Your Friend, Kids.

I need to preface this blog post with a short public service announcement:  I love my husband.  He's a phenomenal human being.  And look! He remodeled our kitchen with his own two, manly hands.

That being said...

Yesterday evening we were waiting for our takeout order an an awesome local Jamaican restaurant and we were discussing things I should draw for this blog.  What Josh ACTUALLY said was "You should draw [for] me... a combination between a unicorn and a dragon.  What I HEARD, though, was "You should draw me as a combination between a unicorn and a dragon."  Even though he clarified, that seed was already planted in my fertile little mind and it was already too late.

In case you're tempted to accuse me of spousal cruelty via a web-based journaling device (which in Ohio, is NOT a crime) I feel like I need to tell you that Josh laughed heartily at this.

Plus really... a combination unicorn/dragon falls into the category of "fantasy art" that I'm about as much into fantasy art as I am into fan art (which is to say, NOT AT ALL.)  This is way more interesting.

P.S. I also realize I've already abused my poor husband in this post... the man still loves me.  I can cook a heck of a pot of spaghetti sauce so my guess is that's why he's still around.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 115 - Use Your Imagination

I started out today like most days... in need of a caffeine-based stimulant, hesitant to part with my flannel sheeted bed and having no idea what that day's drawing will be.  Today's answer to the last of those daily nuggets came in the form of a request from a coworker.  (The answer to the first came by way of Seattle's Best and the answer to the second is far more tragic... I had to temporarily sever ties with said bed sheets.)

Allison's friend Kristin wanted to run her first 5k race this year.  So for her birthday Allison was awesome enough to buy Kristen (and herself) entry to a local 5k.  Allison wanted something tangible to give Kristin to announce her gift so she asked me to draw some race bibs.

The "use your imagination" part comes in because Allison took this drawing with her today and we don't have a color scanner or copier at work.  So this is a black and white copy of what is actually colored with red, green, purple and black ball point pens.

So... you know... imagine that.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 114 - Pastry Poltergeist

For the last few days Josh has been smelling donuts in places where donuts are not present... such as our kitchen, in the entryways of commercial buildings and our church parking lot.

Here I've done a highly scientific drawing of what I believe to be the cause of all these olfactory events.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 113 - Casualties of War

I draw a lot at my desk at work (receptionist, remember?) and it occurred to me today just how much eraser dust I've accumulated on my desk and in every surrounding nook, cranny and crevice.  I erase A LOT.

 To an eraser this must be the equivalent of witnessing the aftermath of a particularly violent battle.  The detritus of themselves and their loved ones scattered like crumbs across the faux wooden landscape.  Such a sight would do irreparable damage to their poor little rubbery minds.

Which is why this is called "Why Won't She Stop?" and boy howdy did I add to the casualties during the process.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 112 - Bleak, Boreal Blog Bpost.

We're still in the single digit days of January and here I am already hating on winter.  We had an almost non-existent winter in central Ohio last year so maybe that's what's making it feel so bad this time around.  It's worse by comparison.

I'm the sort of person who needs copious amounts of sunlight.  It could be light out until 10:00 every night all year round and I'd be a happy camper. So these dark winters where the primary colors of the landscape are grey, grey, grey, dark grey, dirty white and black... well... it's not good for my mental well-being.

I've felt devoid of creativity the last few days and I'm choosing to blame it on the current season.  I understand that I can't feasibly use this excuse straight through until spring but for now it works.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 111 - Uuuuuugh

Today I started probably five or six different drawings that didn't go anywhere and that I gave up on.  Around 9:30 I finally tried to draw myself being frustrated and even THAT didn't go well.  

So here I have two iffy sketches of me not being able to draw... that I wasn't really able to draw.  Ugh.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 110 - Tea & Sconces

Nope. That's not a typo.  It's inspiration from my crazy aunt who for years always got the word "scone" and "sconce" mixed up.  This evening we were teasing her about it a bit and considering I hadn't done a drawing yet, she was today's hapless victim.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 109 - Cop Out

If you've never met me here's something you don't know about me:  I used to really, really, reallyreallyreally want to be a Disney animator. Really. BUT not enough to, you know, put in extra hours in the animation lab in college or, you know... practice. You probably suspected that about me seeing as how I have to have a blog to make myself draw everyday.

When I started out drawing years ago ALL I drew were Disney characters.  I actually learned quite a bit from copying them incessantly but it became a crutch that I thankfully got rid a long time ago.

Tonight, for lack of any ideas for drawings, I broke out The Art of Hercules and decided to copy a picture for old time's sake.  Not bad considering I haven't attempted any Disney characters for a very long time.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 108 - I Pity the Fool.

No one makes me laugh harder than I do.  When I do something silly for my drawing of the day it's mostly to cater to the little monster in my brain that feeds of of ridiculous and nonsensical things.  Fortunately for me (and the monster in my brain), my ability to draw ridiculous and nonsensical things is getting better and better all the time.

Today I decided I'd draw Mr. T with some tea...

Mr. Tea...

Well, it made me laugh, anyway.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 107 - Bored.

I started on a new sketch for my work's every-two-month publication.  It's sort of boring.  Maybe I need to jazz it up a bit.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 106 - What's on the Telly?

"Penguins don't come from next door, they come from the Antarctic!"

It gets cold in Ohio.  I'm fully aware that there are places where it gets much colder but I'm not currently IN those locations and as such can only whine about the temperature situation I am currently involved with..  

It's only January 2nd and I'm already tired of the snow and cold.  I'm dreaming of warmer climes. Hence the penguin in the sombrero:

And for no reason, here's a flamingo with a hula hoop:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Day 105 - When Good Floppy Discs Go Bad

I spent some time trying to decide if it was worth it to explain WHY I drew a monstrous floppy disc today.  I decided it's a long story that only a hand full of people will think is funny BUT I will tell you that this may very well be the start of a revenge drawing of sorts.

In the meantime, please bask in the glory that is Godzilla-Floppy.