Thursday, February 28, 2013

Day 164 - Who Can Take A Rainbow...

Once again, my dear friends at our church small group are a gold mine for drawing ideas.  Yesterday evening Scott, the leader of our group explained that he was "in Lollypop Land or something" when he had trouble listening to what someone was saying... is the case with anything has that many visual cues, it immediately went down on my list of things to draw.  Scott asked if he'd have a beard in my drawing... I told him that I would draw one but only if it was of the cotton candy variety.  He seemed to have no problem with that.

For the sake of clarity for those of you who don't know Scott:  He doesn't actually have a cotton candy beard nor do his eyes look like something out of a Japanese cartoon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Day 163 - Fun with Felonies

A coworker (who I shall not name for her own protection) told me a great story about something she did as a kid.  She would pretend that she was the mailman and go through her neighborhood and take mail from one person's box and switch it with another person's mail.  She eventually got caught by one of the neighbors and has been a law abiding citizen ever since.

I found that story VERY funny... so today between getting interrupted (how dare people interrupt me while I'm drawing at work!) and general craziness I drew this.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Day 162 - Plastic Flamingos and Bad Days

My attitude suffers greatly this time of year.  Because my brain is starved for sunshine, longer days and growing things, I have a hard time being pleasant even though it is my job to be pleasant to people.  Sometimes I just wanna close my eyes and wait until spring.

And now for the flamingo portion of the program... I did a painting test for my plastic flamingo.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 161 - Nothin' To See Here...

Ok... you've noticed I don't do a lot of colored drawings (or finished illustrations for that matter).  I've posted starts of things in the past and I never finish them.  Truth is, is that I'm relatively new to digital painting and I've still got my training wheels on.  Is it possible to have training wheels ON your training wheels?  If so... that's me.

If you put me in a room full of monkeys with colored pencils I would be able to hold my own but digital painting is a whole other beast. I've been really frustrated with not doing anything in color lately.  Instead of running from it I finally decided to face it head on tonight and just TRY and do something with one of my flamingo drawings.

This doesn't look like a lot... and it really isn't... but I'm slow and stupid when it comes to this so I feel like I at least learned a little more tonight.  This not NOT high-res because I was already so defeated going into this tonight that I didn't make my file size the proper resolution to start out with.

I just picked at the part around the eye.  It's a start...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Day 160 - Quick 'n Strange

You're not expecting too much from me today, I hope... It's Sunday, after all.  You know better than to expect anything good out of me on a Sunday... or a Saturday... or one or two days out of the week for that matter.

So today!  I had a request on Friday from a coworker for a "Marilyn Monroe octopus".  

Could I have done the whole "Seven Year Itch" dress thing with the tentacles? Yes.  

Could I have put more detail into this than I did? Yes.  

Was I lazy and did I just crank it out in the time it took to listen to a few Maccabees songs? Yes. (Great album, by the way).

So... this:

See ya tomorrow.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Day 159 - Not Mine.

By that I mean that this was blatantly copied from a "Brave" coloring page I found online.

One of my coworkers asked if I'd draw Merida from Brave for his daughter.  I previously drew Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon for his son and he loved it so much they framed it and put it in his room.

I've been actually trying to tough this one out for awhile now but I finally got something passable.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Day 158 - Calamitous Cats

What's with me and cats lately?

My Wednesday evening life group at church is a veritable gold mine of inspirational ideas.  Today's subject: "injustice cat" based on a friend incorrectly hearing a coworker say "and Justice catalog".

I started out with the villainous, Snidely Whiplash, mustache-twirling sort of evil (minus the mustache or the twirling):

As I was doing that drawing I remembered the overly cute kitten I drew last month so I threw that into the mix as well.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Day 157 - No Future For Me In Advertising

Our cat Charlie subsists on a regular diet of your standard dry cat food.  We refer to it as "brown triangles" because... well... that's what they are.  It's an incredibly unappealing way to describe cat food which is why, no doubt, Iams or Whiskas hasn't snapped up the rights to use the name.

I feel like my lack of enthusiasm towards my freshman year typography class is painfully evident in this drawing.  Even though I have somewhat above average penmanship I struggle with lettering in drawings.

I can't take credit for the "Now with 18.4% more isosceles" line.  That nugget came from the delightfully warped mind of my better half.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Day 156 - Bird Brained

For reasons unknown to me today, I drew a toucan.

I really, really, really wanted to unleash some unnecessary toucan related puns like "toucan play at this game" or "toucan take that to the bank" but instead I just have the Tiki Room song from Disneyland stuck in my head (two can sing better than one toucan can!).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 155 - Sketchy Business

You, dear reader, are going to be mildly disappointed in me today.  I did draw, yes... No picture of shame today, my friends. However, sometimes I don't hit the target of a cleaned up "nice" drawing every day... several times a week, in fact.  I'm only 155 days in... maybe after 255 days of drawing I'll reduce the number of off days.  For now... You'll have to take what you can get.

So today... I was thinking on paper about a potential drawing I'd like to do that involves more than just one day of quick work.  I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and any kid growing up in western Pennsylvania can tell you about Kennywood park. Kennywood has several, really fantastic old, wooden roller coasters and I was thinking about one in particular today, The Jack Rabbit.  The Jack Rabbit has a few, really wicked dips and I'd love to do a drawing from a lower-down-the-track perspective.  This is my start in thinking about that.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Day 154 - Expressions

Sometimes I have the capacity to come up with witty titles for my posts... sometimes I don't... let's move on...

So today I wanted to try to push facial expressions.  I went to college to study animation and as a result should be able to produce good facial expressions/body language, etc.  I need to shake the rust off of that particular set of skills.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Day 153 - Mirror, Mirror

As I've previously stated, I'm not great at faces... especially when they have to look like a particular person. I don't like to draw people for this reason because if I don't do it right I run the risk of offending someone so it's easier just to stay out of it. I could practice and get better, right? Nah... it's been easier just to say that "I don't do caricatures."

I don't want to have to say that anymore.  So today I stuck a mirror in front of myself and tried to draw my own face (rather than offend anyone else).  I've got large, cartoon like features (I hear my mother "tsking" me already) so I thought it might make it easier.

I haven't had to draw myself since college (eight + years ago) and it didn't really get any easier.  I had a hard time sitting down and looking at my dumb face for an hour or so.  Here's what I came up with, though.

The most accurate one, I think, is the one in the upper left corner. The full face in the middle doesn't look like me at all - I don't know what happened there.  I was chastised a few times in college by one of my drawing teachers for making my eyes "too bright" but I have big, cartoony eyes... it is what it is.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Day 152 - They Ain't All Winners, Folks

It's true.

After an off on and day of struggling to relearn Illustrator I have only this to show for it:

I was super frustrated and discouraged after fighting with that all day and I needed to blow off some steam and do something quick, stupid and mindless.  In my world that apparently translates as "orange in a tutu".

So... you know... here's an orange in a tutu.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 151 - I'm Hungry

I draw food a lot.  I'm not going to expound on that... it is what it is.

Today's drawing is brought to you once again by my husband.  I mined from his suggestions this gem:  A piece of pizza eating a burger and a burger eating a piece of pizza.

It was either this or a kitten riding a dirt bike.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Day 150 - Redo

I don't have anything interesting or witty to say today (do I ever, really?).  I just decided to redraw some of my other spilling food drawings in an attempt to color them.  I've really stalled with my other two so here's hoping that I can do better with these ones.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day 149 - Bad Dog.

I have a particular co-worker who is very fond of teasing other co-workers (myself included).  Yesterday, he asked me to draw a mean dog for him to use as ammunition in a current battle with someone.

I love dogs more than I love a lot of people but my knowledge of their anatomy is a bit lacking.  I still am happy overall with this, though.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Day 147 - Hirsute Hijinks

I have naturally curly hair.  Despite the fact that I've had 31 years of people telling me that they'd "pay good money for that kind of hair" I haven't waivered much in my stance on it.  If I was in a relationship with my hair on Facebook, it would be categorized as "It's Complicated". 

Anyway, today's drawing depicts how I feel sometimes... like a nose with hair.

Any Medusa-meets-Magritte's "The Son of Man" vibe this may give off is entirely coincidental.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Day 146 - Lost & Not Found

Today is a rare day.  Today I am devoid of a personality and have misplaced my sense of humor.  On a typical day I laugh a lot (mostly at myself) and have a more-or-less upbeat personality.  I joke with people.  I tease people and I'm no doubt generally annoying.  Well today... Today my personality is probably languishing in some dusty lost and found somewhere because goodness knows I'm not in possession of it.

Apparently, I not only store my personality in a bottle straight from a Hogwarts' Potions class but it comes with a horribly lettered label that looks as if the writer didn't care.  Huh.  Funny how that worked out.

And also, I did some thinking about my flamingo illustration.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 145 - Poe. Purr. Ree.

It's Sunday so you know what that means.. A whole lotta nothin'.  I can never seem to get motivated on the weekends despite the increased amounts of free time at my disposal.

All I've really wanted to do all day today is take a hot bath and read. (Jane Eyre - for the hundredth time.)

Anyway, today's grab-bag-of-not-much includes a half-hearted attempt (AGAIN) at figuring out an outlining solution to my Chinese food drawing.

It doesn't look a whole lot different than the last time I put it on here, does it?  Nope.

Not satisfied with that, I tried to doodle while watching The Simpsons this evening (which I don't normally watch but had a particular interest in this evening's guest voice cameo) and that didn't work out so well either:

An anemic aquatic-like creature; a mildly deranged popsicle; and a candle that appears to be related to Swiss cheese.  Sure, why not?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Day 144 - Logoriffic!

A few days back I sketched up a logo for my friend Aaron's YouTube channel, Just Visiting TV.  In both an attempt to show him a colored version and to get my feet wet again in Illustrator, I did this:

I really like it! Even if he doesn't end up using it, I still enjoy it immensely because I so very rarely attempt logos.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Day 143 - Ebb

Remember how I said awhile back that I have ebbs and flows in my drawing? How I get streaks of good stuff and then... dead air... Well, "ebb" on its own (without it's almost ever-present companion "flow") is a weird word AND it's where I am right now.

So I have bits and pieces today.  First off, I tried to draw an Airstream from an angle that I might want to use for my flamingo illustration.

Yeah, yeah boring... I know. 

I also spent an inordinate amount of time trying to remember how to use Illustrator and do some work on that logo I sketched the other day.  Didn't get much accomplished but at least it's somethin'.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Day 142 - Boring with a Chance of Weird

Devoid of any cleverness is how I found myself today.  This blog isn't called One Interesting Drawing Per Day for a reason.

Josh had a dream the other night that we found an escaped penguin and before we could get a hold of the zoo we brought it home and it chased our cat Charlie around.*  I thought that sounded like fun so I drew it.
But... because I'm lacking the necessary elements to think outside the box today I portrayed it in the most boring, straightforward, non-interesting way possible.

Because I was so unimpressed with myself I did another drawing based on a request of a "crane with lobster claws."  The "crane" in the sentence was meant as the bird NOT the piece of heavy machinery but because of my penchant to never do quite what I'm asked to do...

* I removed six commas from this sentence.  I'm a serial comma over-user.  Maybe I took out one too many in an attempt to overcompensate.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day 141 - Perspicacity

Isn't that a great word?  I've had it stuck in my head the last few days.  Turns out, it's an apt word to describe what I lack when it comes to designing logos.

For many years I've said "I don't do logos" because I lack the ability to pare down things to their basic elements and still keep them interesting enough. Lately, though, I've been sporadically visited by the Confidence Fairy and have decided to try new things.

My friend Aaron has a YouTube channel called "Just Visiting TV" and he asked Facebook at large for logo designs.  I decided to throw my hat into the ring. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Day 140 - Random!

It's been awhile since I mentioned my sister-in-law's vinyl sticker store on Etsy.  She's awesome enough to occasionally throw some work in my direction when she needs a certain design.  Today's selections?

A chihuahua for someone who does dog agility:

And the ever-fantastic Ron Swanson from NBC's Parks & Recreation:

Now tell me what OTHER blog will give you both a chihuahua AND Ron Swason? Hmmm?  I take care of you.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Day 139 - Cartoon Mallets

Who doesn't love a giant cartoon mallet?  They come in handy in all manner of situations.  Take today, for example... I love my job but some days... some days call for the cartoon mallet.

I considered spending time refining this sketch but, much like the manic episode that inspired it, I thought it more apt to leave it in a perfunctory state.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Day 138 - Patooey!

As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan I, on sheer principle alone, hate the Baltimore Ravens.  Well, guess who just won the Super Bowl? Ugh.

That really didn't have anything to do with anything... I just needed another internet medium on which to vent my frustrations.  I've already ranted on Facebook.

ANYWAY... Because I'm 37 kinds of fantastic, I shoveled the sidewalk and the driveway today after our bit o' snowfall.  Our 1960's neighborhood has some uneven sidewalks.  I'd be trucking along a good pace and then all of a sudden hit a ridge and almost get thrown over top the shovel.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Day 136 - Cruciferous Creation

Josh and I both took a vacation day from work today and spent it doing a whole lot of not much.  All that not doin' nothin' lead to me, at 9:00 PM, saying "I haven't drawn yet!"

I tried to work on my Chinese food to no avail. So instead?

Broccoli with a mustache.

Why?  It's best not to over think it.