Sunday, March 31, 2013

Day 195 - False Advertising

In an effort to get better at caricatures (not the terrible ones you get at amusement parks) I've decided to throw myself under the bus in the name of artistic experimentation.

I give you Exhibit A:

An actual, unedited picture of me from several years ago that I am willingly sharing with you.  Actually, if I'm to be honest I think this picture is funny, if not unflattering.

I thought that picture would be a good jumping off point from which to try an exaggerated likeness.

It's an ok start.  We all have that one feature that we despise... mine would be my nose.  It has the added bonus of being oddly hard to draw despite its, shall we say, prominence. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 194 - Ugh. Just Ugh.

Most of my Saturday was spent Photoshopping my and my coworkers' heads onto funny bodies for an event at work next week.  I was fairly fried after that and tried on multiple occasions to draw SOMETHING.

Here's something... not much... but the only presentable something I produced today.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 193 - Reruns

Remember my bird from the other day? The one I colored? G'head scroll down and look for it...

I'll wait...

Find it? Well, you're about to see it AGAIN only this time I did it in pen for the cover of our creative writing publication at work.  You might remember that I have to do these in black and white because they're reproduced on a copy machine.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 192 - Clever Girl

Yet another Wednesday evening conversation culminated into yet another Thursday drawing based on yet another Wednesday evening conversation.

Josh desperately wants to see Jurassic Park in 3D when it comes out next month.  When the movie was originally released in 1993 *I* had to leave the theater early because computer generated prehistoric reptilian action/violence was more than my 12 year old brain could handle. I have since seen Jurassic Park several times in it's entirety but I don't wish to dredge up any traumatic childhood demons by seeing it in a visually enhanced mode.

So I did this today... It was a bit of a cathartic experience.

The expression on the kid's face is my own little sad homage to the snarling face that Calvin often made in Calvin and Hobbes.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 191 - Fancy Chairs to You

A friend of mine is writing a book and has asked me to design the cover for him.  I'll keep the details of this book and it's title for a later post but I can tell you that it involves thrones so thrones it is for today!

I drew some other thumbnails for the cover as well but you don't necessarily need to see those.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 190 - Quit Thinking, Start Coloring

My colored rabbit from yesterday was surprisingly well executed (for me) especially considering my questionable state of mind and general apathy.  Basically, I turned off my brain and started scribbling.  I tried that tack again today with a bird that I drew at work.  It helped that my questionable mood and general apathy carried over into today as well.

Still not bad considering I "didn't care".

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 189 - Bothers and Bunnies

If you've ever read the "Introduction" post at the very beginning of this blog you'll have learned the reason that I started it to begin with.  I got tired of not working, of stagnating, of being rusty and watching everyone else pass me by.  By my own admission I'm far better than I was 189 days ago but I'm not where I want to be... not even close.

There's at least one day a week where I get so overwhelmed with nervous energy that I can hardly focus.  A tidal wave of "I've got to make up for lost time! I have to work MORE!" sweeps over me and comes close to paralyzing me.  This is sometimes triggered by looking at other artists' work online and (unfairly) applying a "FRAUD" label to my own forehead.

Guess what today is?! It's THAT day.

I realize I'll never be where I really want to be... I'll never get to a place where I'll suddenly say "I have reached maximum practice levels and I am no longer capable of improvement!" That particular vessel is never capable of being too full.

So all that being said... Here's a bunny.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 188 - Burninate

The back of my right hand acquired a new feature today in the form of an angry burn mark that looks remarkably like one you might get if you, say, reach into the oven without mitts on and catch yourself on one of the racks.

I've never claimed to have above-average intelligence.

So this new acquisition of mine hurts when I draw. I hear what you're saying... you're saying "Right, Sarah... It's the ol' 'I burnt myself on the oven because I wasn't thinking and now it hurts to draw' excuse."  You're right... it is that. But I still drew anyway.

I tried multiple sketches of various things (some burn related!) before I just decided to play with my lily drawing from the other day.

Sunday status quo: Not a whole heck of a lot.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 187 - Hunchback in a Hurry

Josh and I spent the entire day today in Cincinnati at the most excellent Cincinnati Museum Center where they have, among other things, a most excellent (albeit temporary) exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

While we were down there we also hit up IKEA and Jack-In-The-Box (a favorite of my SoCal ex-pat husband).  Our poor, bedraggled selves finally got home around 9:00 this evening and I found myself still needing to draw.

Yet again I feel back on my old first love of Disney animation for a quick way out.

I always did have a soft spot for Quasimodo.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 186 - Serious Business

Frequently, my drawings for the day are silly or attempt to be humorous.  I seldom draw something serious or straightforward because I seldom am serious or straightforward.  The more ridiculous something is the more I like it.  Silly makes my brain tick.

Today, though... I don't know what happened.  At a loss for inspiration I did a Google image search for flowers and purposely picked a prospective posy perfect for my purpose. 

Incidentally, while I'm not allergic to flowers, lilies make me itch like nobody's business.  The digital kind, however, are ok.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 185 - Vultures are Ugly

They are.

This was really just a study in HOW to draw a vulture.  Yet another Wednesday evening conversation turned  to silliness and ended with me needing to draw a vulture that was representative of a particularly bucolic and (some might say) perfect suburb of Columbus.  I didn't get around to piecing together the "Marysville Vulture" because I was running on auto pilot for the majority of the day.

So this evening you get my warm up for what will hopefully become something else later.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 184 - No Love for Comic Sans

Comic Sans doesn't garner a lot of respect from the font-using community at large.  I once read somewhere that using Comic Sans is "like inviting a clown to a funeral."  Blogger doesn't even offer it as a text option so I can't even demonstrate it for you if you're not familiar.  If you've ever seen a printed notice/sign/memo and thought "Gee, that text looks like it should belong on a child's lemonade stand" that was probably Comic Sans.

I wondered then what Comic Sans would look like if Comic Sans were to be personified.  I pictured an overly confident nerd who things he's a lot cooler than he really is.

Disclaimer: I mean no offense to nerds as I am a card carrying, Doctor-Who-lovin', Sherlock swoonin', Monty Python quotin' nerd myself.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 183 - It's Kind of a Big Deal

One hundred and eighty three days ago I got so fed up with being out of practice that I decided to do something about it.  I set out to draw at least something every day.

That was six months ago and I haven't skipped a day yet. There's only a handful of people who realize what a truly huge deal this is for me and how much I've struggled in that area over the years.

In the last six months I've gotten better, faster and more confident.  I'm having fun drawing again which hasn't happened for an exceedingly long time.

I'm incredibly fortunate to have an embarrassment of riches in the form of amazing people in my life.  I have an awful lot of folks who've been cheering me on and checking in with me regularly to make sure I've still been at it... not to mention catering to my quirky self by feeding me a constant supply of equally quirky requests.

So to celebrate half a year, here's half a cake!  I suppose the second half will show up in another six months. (Here's hopin', anyway.)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 182 - Chickens in the Wind

My mom and aunt just returned from a two week trip to Hawaii (*obligatory grumbling/bitterness/jealousy*).  While looking at her pictures I came across one of some seemingly out of place poultry in Kauai. "What's with the chickens?" I asked.  It turns out that the winds from Hurricane Iniki in 1992 redistributed the residents of several Hawaiian chicken farms and they've since multiplied and are now feral.

I found the thought of chickens being blown around in high winds like so much dandelion fluff HILARIOUS.

No one else did... at least not as much as me.  Story of my life.

Anyway, here's some chickens in the wind.  It was funnier in my head - most things usually are.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 181 - Somewhat Speedy Sunday Sketch

Why can I never get my act together on the weekends?  I usually have a myriad of free time at my disposal yet I never get in any quality work..

In keeping with that tradition (why stop now?) I did a mediocre sketch of a new idea I'm tossing around for my flamingo illustration.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 180 - Speedy Saturday Sketch

I had friends coming over this evening at 6:30... so 'round about 6:00 I decided it might be time to start drawing something.  Josh poked his head in my office and said "You should draw me as a leprechaun!"

So I did.

Sort of.

I ran out of time to do a full body leprechaun get-up.  Here's a head that looks somewhat like Josh BUT fills my requirement for a drawing today.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 178 - (Not) Exploding Goats

An enjoyable side effect of having this blog is I get to write about ludicrous things like exploding goats or, in this case, NOT exploding goats because that would be gross.

My lovely farm-owning friends have very pregnant goats who are due to deliver their little goatlets any day now.  Last night it was suggested that they were "ready to explode."  I thought exploding goats would be a bit macabre for me so I went with inflated goats instead.

As in parade float inflated.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 177 - More Celestial Bodies

After at least a half dozen starts today I almost gave up.  I just couldn't make anything happen today.

Finally in a last ditch, somewhat apathetic attempt I pulled this out of where ever it is things like this come from.

Two days ago it was a cloud; yesterday, a sun; today? a moon.  Lemme tell you somethin', you're lucky to get THAT today.  Geez.  Here's hoping for better things tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 176 - Smiling's My Favorite

First things first... I have got to stop drawing on the back of scrap paper that I find at work.  I'm not trying to cultivate some kind of avant garde, textural effect... I'm just too lazy to take my own, blank paper with me to work.

Moving on...

As you might recall, yesterday's post was directly inspired by what I felt was the prevailing mood of the day: grumpy.

Today I thought I'd swing the opposite direction to try and conjure up some better vibes.  Didn't work.

BUT... I did get a really happy/mildly sinister looking sun to balance out my morose cloud from yesterday.

Also: No one makes me laugh harder than I do. It's true! Most of what I do on a regular basis (this blog not withstanding) is for my own personal amusement.  That really didn't have anything to do with anything.  BUT this fish made me laugh and in my book that's a good thing.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 175 - Sulky, Sullen, Surly

It's a rainy, dark day here in Central Ohio. The effects of that are wide-reaching it would seem because the vast majority of people I've encountered today have all been crabby.

Myself included.

I am grateful that the precipitation is in actual liquid form and not frozen.  That doesn't change moods much, though.

I didn't mean for this to look like Grumpy Cat but it does anyway.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Day 174 - Quick Sunday Sketch

When I'm not sure what else to draw I often fall back on one of my multiple books on Alphonse Mucha.

It's become very popular lately to put pop culture characters into Mucha-style vignettes. If I may put on my thick framed glasses, hop on my fixed gear bike and have a Hipster Moment: I've liked Mucha for longer than "the internet" has.  He had an uncanny ability to include so much decorative detail in his drawings yet they're beautifully simple at the same time.  My copying them is a pathetic attempt to try and absorb even just a little of that... even if I don't include a vast amount of detail as I haven't in today's drawing.

Regardless of how well I may copy one of his drawings my natural clumsiness always shines through.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day 173 - Color Progress

I finally found a brush in Painter that I sorta like working with.  The gouache brush is working out well so far which is funny because I hate working with gouache in real life.  My college professors always said that getting it to"the consistency of melted ice cream" was the key to using it.  Apparently, I was eating a different kind of ice cream than they were.


I made some progress today.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 172 - Wake Up

Josh's suggestion for me today was a groggy, not-at-all-awake-yet person facing down a dancing/happy/hyper coffee bean.

Yes, that's supposed to be a coffee bean.  Use your imaginations.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 171 - More Color!

Is it really necessary for you to continually suffer through the arduous process required for me to gain competency in Painter?

Yes.  Yes, it's necessary.

Because I have to do something every day you get the good, the not-so-good, and the "Be patient while I try and learn something newish."

In keeping with the traditions of the latter... I think I might have landed on a good start here.  I played around with the gouache brush tonight.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 170 - No One in Particular

I started out drawing nothing in particular today and ended up with this which is not meant to be anyone in particular yet looks somewhat like someone that I deal with somewhat regularly that somewhat annoys me sometimes.  I didn't set out for that to happen but it sort of happened.

Also this... No rhyme or reason.  Just doodling.  Although both of these showed me that I'm more capable at doing more with less lines than I used to be and THAT is encouraging. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 169 - Not Enough Koalafication

Know what I've never drawn before?  Koalas.

Know what I drew today?

I did this on paper and didn't have time to finish it.  I threw it into painter with the idea that I'd test out a few of the different pencils that painter offers.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 168 - My Favorite Subject.

Poor Josh... here he is again.  What does Josh do all day?  He beats computers into submission and he's &%$* good at it!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 167 - Colorin'

Remember this from the other day?  It just screams to be colored so I broke out the pencils tonight and went old school.

The scanner sort of made of a mess of it.  I can't quite get it to scan correctly for now.  We'll see if I can tweak it as I get more done on it.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 166 - Burnt Out

My last couple of days have been decent as far as what I'm producing here.  Subsequently, I'm sort of feeling a bit burnt out.  I was busy today doing a lot of mundane, domestic chores like cleaning out the refrigerator, doing laundry and various other weekend-y sort of things so I didn't get around to drawing until about 10:00 tonight.  

(I may or may not have taken an excessively long nap today as well.)

What matters is, is that I did draw SOMETHING.  That something was defaulting to my long ago first love:  Disney animation.  I still have a lot of really lovely "The Art of..." books from various Disney films so tonight I dusted off the Mulan installment.

Her eyes aren't quite right... I get that.  When it got to be 10:45 I waved the white flag and this is as good as it gets.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 165 - The Grass is Always Greener...

My cat always seems to want to play with whatever toy it is that ISN'T accessible at the moment.  After yesterday's drawing included a lot of "stuff" I thought I'd try a lot of "stuff" again.

Stuff is fun.