Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Day 225 - Together At Last

Today?  Not a good day.  I wasn't feeling terrific and was neck deep in the Self Doubt Swamp (I should draw that!).  

It was the state of mind that I believe clinical psychologists refer to as a "Yuck-o Crappity Crap."

Despite that I recolored Cartoon Josh and finally reunited him with Cartoon Me. The format that I've saved this in isn't really conducive to the overall format of my blog, unfortunately.

I need to tweak the sizing of each of the figures.  I'm not entirely happy with how they're lined up.  I'm too tired to deal with it tonight, though. My apologies. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 224 - Fun with Poisonous Frogs

Today for lack of any other ideas, I drew a frog... that's about as witty of a description as you get today, folks.

The more deadly the frog more fun so it would seem.  Your garden-variety green frog wasn't cutting it so I went for one of those super-duper poisonous ones.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Day 223 - The Birthday Flamingo

Several weeks ago we bought two plastic flamingos at the dollar store (along with THIS beauty).  One now resides in my office and the other we'd planned on sneaking into the yard of our friends who live around the corner from us.  Yesterday afternoon we knew they weren't home so in it went... that it was one of their birthdays today made it all that more special.

Thus "The Birthday Flamingo" was born.  That sounded like too good of a drawing idea to pass up.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Day 222 - Grrrrrrr.

Sometimes, reader... Sometimes I get a day when my ability to draw is so overwhelmingly gone, so unbelievably absent, so vastly vanished, null and void that I start to wonder if I've had a stroke.

TODAY was a wonderin'-if-I-had-a-stroke kind of a day.

In the interest of full disclosure I didn't actually attempt to draw anything until somewhere in the neighborhood of 9:50 PM. I figured I'd take an easy out and doodle something out of one of my art nouveau books.  Lack of success drove me to what I thought would be the easier "Art of Aladdin".

I barely escaped with nothing but an angry Abu to show for it.  Which, not surprisingly, is about how I felt after it was all said and done.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Day 221 - Pizza Paranoia

Josh hates to have pizza delivered.  The primary reason being that we're cheap and we don't want to pay a few dollars extra.  His stance on this is more firm than mine is.  Years ago when that movie Firewall came out, Josh finally got his official excuse for hating pizza delivery.  In Firewall, Harrison Ford's family is taken hostage in their own home by terrorists.  How did the bad guys get in?

They posed as pizza delivery men.

This has been a laugh of ours for awhile now.  Today I overheard some coworkers talking about pizza delivery and it made me wonder what nefarious characters Josh images pizza places employ as their delivery drivers.

It was shaping up to be a quiet day at work and I was initially going to do a pirate, something Godzilla-like, an old-timey villain with a twirly mustache, a dragon, etc. In reality, I only had time for two hastily drawn sketches of a ninja and a dragon. The dragon was nooooooooot fit for human visual consumption so you get only the ninja.

It's a funny concept, though, and I'll keep it on the back burner for when I have more time to, you know, not draw like a three-year-old.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 220 - It's Rainin' Ramen

The inspiration for today's drawing is the dinnertime denouement at the house of our friends.  The resident four-year-old leaves a ring of food detritus around him on the floor that suggests that he eats by tossing his food up in the air, opening his mouth and hoping for the best.

I realize in retrospect, that my ignorance of all things "kid" is evident by the presence of that three-legged stool.  I don't guess any self-respecting parent would ever put a hyper-active four-year-old on such a tippable seat but visually it served my purposes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 219 - ALMOST Not Enough Time

I was busy today.  In the midst of the busy I had an "Oh, crap" moment where I realized I hadn't drawn yet, it was 2:00 and I wasn't going to be home most of the evening after work.

So hasty hummingbirds were the order of the day.

Hey, it's somethin', ain't it?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 218 - Nutritious AND Delicious

Today I read about a reusable bag design contest that a local grocery store is having.  I hadn't drawn anything yet and since I frequent this store and the prize is a $1000 gift card... I figured what the heck.

I did this entire thing today.  Start to finish. Sketch to color.  It's crazy. Two hundred and eighteen days ago it would've taken me a week to do this.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 217 - Something Different

My foray into drawing the likenesses of actual people has been tentative.  I don't have any qualms about drawing Josh or myself because the risk for insult is minimal with other people, though... you never know.

Yesterday evening on Facebook, a friend of mine from high school suggested I draw a picture of her in exchange for her future collective works of theater that will no doubt someday be available on DVD from PBS.  My frugalness trumps my desire to support public television, apparently.

This is the result of my barter with Keri... A Disney-meets-Sarah Wells version of her.    

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 216 - Sunday Couch Sketch

I spent this weekend shrouded in a mysterious cloud of lethargy that refused to lift.  Part of that may have something to do with my sleeping in until 11:00 this morning.  I can't be sure.

I put off drawing all day until finally I couldn't ignore it anymore.  I sketched this random profile while watching Once Upon a Time.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Day 215 - Real Life vs. Cartoons

Today I violated my semi-strict no-makeup-on-the weekends policy to help out a co-worker. She needed subjects for a photography class she's enrolled in so I volunteered us.  It was the least I can do to make up for the pain and suffering I cause her on a daily basis.  Her office is directly adjacent to the front desk area where I hold court and she's subjected daily to my endless talking and reception-ing.

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite shots from today:

She did an excellent job of capturing our Josh-and-Sarah-ness. That's saying a lot because I come from a family of people who don't photograph well.  I'm an animated person... I do better in a motion-based medium.

Speaking of my dear husband... I worked more on his cartoon likeness today.  I did some other things, too, but they're too poorly executed to share.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 214 - Refined Raptor

As you may recall from this post I have deep-seated, traumatic issues with Jurassic Park.  My husband, however, counts it among his favorite films.  It goes without saying that I had no desire to see the newly released 3D version. Enter our friend Mike who was kind enough to go with Josh yesterday evening to take my place.

I always enjoyed the Fox series "The Critic" that aired back in the 90's and I frequently toss around quotes from the show.  One oft quoted scene is this:

Today Josh suggested that I draw my interpretation of the "Mister Pilkington" from the video.

Several potential titles for the book were tossed around but 1. I'm not good at lettering and 2. I didn't have enough room.  Seems like a shame to not share them, though:

The Illiad and the Omnivore
War and Pakisaurus
Corythosaurus in the Rye
The Lurdusaurus of the Rings
Pride and Protoceratops

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Day 213 - Pinin' for the Fjords

I drew a parrot today.

For someone who doesn't like birds, I sure do draw a lot of them.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Day 212 - Quick, Mid-Week Silliness

My dear husband is a silly, silly man.  I like to think that he became that way under my tutelage.  Before me, he was a mild-mannered, lovely, intelligent man.  Now he's a mild mannered, lovely, intelligent man who replaces the words in commercial jingles with my name, staples my sleeve to my shirt when I'm not looking and practices his fake ninja moves in the kitchen.

I've ruined him, irrevocably. I tend to have that effect on people.

Lost in the mists of time is the origin of "Hobo Oboe Concerto."  At some point Josh came up with that particular combination of words and has waited for the proper time to unleash it in some way on the world at large.  Guess what he's been asking me to draw lately?

Did I draw this quickly and poorly? Yes
Did I make any effort at all to correctly portray an oboe? Absolutely not.
Are you questioning my anatomical knowledge of the human hand based on my fallacious portrayal of what appear to be fingers and thumbs?  You should be if you're not.

Josh already has a follow up to "Hobo Oboe Concerto" and that, friends, is "Zoot Suit Flute Hootenanny" 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day 211 - More O' The Same: Part II: The Sequel

I had a sort of manic energy tonight that made me crank this out in a few hours.  It needed to be done by Thursday so with the help of a few Girl Scout cookies and some vanilla chai tea I got 'er done.

Tomorrow when I can look at it with fresh eyes I'll correct it and clean up stray lines, etc.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Day 209 - Grab Bag

Thank goodness that my mental acuity was once again intact today because I don't know of any more farm animal-centric quips that I could've use to describe my (not so) momentary lapses in intelligence.  Yesterday's sheep emptied my pun arsenal.

So today... I slapped more color on my drawin o' me:

I did some preliminary layout work on the publication cover I'm doing for my co-workers wife:

And this random bit of doodling is from the back of my bulletin in church.  I pay attention very well when doodling:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day 208 - Well I Feel Sheepish.

Let's say that hypothetically a reasonably intelligent person who has a drawing blog may have hypothetically wasted a large chunk of a Saturday evening trying to fix a problem with her digital art program.  What's wrong with that? you ask... Nothing, assuming this individual understood the definition of the word "problem" and was able to correctly identify one.

I may or may not have spent the better part of an hour fighting with Painter to correct what I thought was a layering problem but turned out to be an alarming lack of perception on my part.

There was no problem except with myself.  Indeed, I feel sheepish.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Day 207 - Friday Fatigue

Friday in the Wells house is traditionally dinner out and/or movie and/or night off from work stuff night.  We got takeout from a nifty local Jamaican restaurant that we enjoy and watched Amazing Grace... which I wanted to see because I heard it was a lovely movie. I assure you that it had nothing to do with the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is in it.*

After issuing forth a No-Swooning Guarantee (which I more or less abided by) we watched and enjoyed.

All that swoon suppression seems to have left me with a light case of the can't-pay-attentions.  I was barely able to ink in the lines on yesterday's drawing before I was lured by the siren song of internet browser windows having nothing to do with Corel Painter.

So here's my inked lines and a bonus doodle that I did today at work.

*It had almost everything to do with the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is in it.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 206 - New Project

The wife of a coworker is doing a small publication for their church featuring stories about women who have a background in missionary work.  I was asked to design a cover consisting of a woman kneeling before a cross.  This is my initial thinking-on-paper stage.

The hands? I know. They're bad.  I got tired and didn't feel like contending with them anymore so for now what you see is what you get.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 205 - I Can Redraw Him - Make Him Better, Sillier, Cartoonier

The other day I drew Cartoon Josh to go with Cartoon Me.  I wasn't completely satisfied with Cartoon Josh but Real Life Josh went and made Cartoon Josh his Facebook profile picture.  After staring at it for a few days I realized I could do better.  Tonight I redrew his body and Photoshopped his previous head onto it.

MUCH better.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Day 204 - Me Again!

I have to say that this may very well be the best self portrait I've done... and (thanks to four years of college) I've been forced to do a lot of self portraits.

I love where this is going.  I look sort of Disneyfied. Like if some Disney princess had a goofy sidekick who  peppers her conversations with lines from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and doesn't use enough leave-in conditioner on humid days.

I don't know about you guys but I'd totally buy that action figure.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Day 203 - The Very Best Cartoon Husband a Wife Could Draw

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a cartoon wife in possession of a pencil must be in want of a cartoon husband."

A slight variation of Jane Austin's words but no less true.

When I initially drew my drawing of me that I've been working on the last two days, I'd planned to have a cartoon Josh on the other side of things, looking at me like he always looks at me... in a state of slight exasperation. Today, I started working on that.

Here's his pencilly head:

My execution of his expression possesses an almost scientific level of accuracy.  I get this look a lot.  Idiosyncratic though he may be, I out-weird him 10 to 1.

I started to throw Cartoon Josh into Painter.  My line work is shaky but I'll clean 'er up later.  

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Day 202 - Base Coat!

This evening I fired up my trusty Grooveshark playlist of Florence + the Machine, The Maccabees, Radiohead, and everything in between (Guilty Pleasure Alert: Lionel Richie's "Hello").  I wanted to get at least base color laid down on my drawing from yesterday.

It's not often that I have such a productive weekend!

There's something unsettling about having to stare at your own big, cartooned head for any length of time.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Day 201 - My New Toy

Because Josh and I generally have our feet planted firmly on the unorthodox side of life, our date nights more often than not include a trip to our favorite local thrift store and/or discount store and/or dollar store.  Last night's adventure at Dollar Tree netted me THIS beauty:

I had no idea such a thing existed outside of the Looney Tunes universe and admittedly I was far more excited than any 31 year old woman has a right to be about a plastic gun.

So of course I had to incorporate this magnificent piece of Made in China memorabilia into a drawing... preferably with a matching cartoon version of myself.  I got carried away and drew too large, thus necessitating an adjacent piece of paper to fully contain all of my excitement.

This is more or less an accurate depiction of how I actually perceive myself and it's getting colored asap!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Day 200 - Field Trip!

I took a vacation day today because my brain said it was time for a mental health day.  I love my job, I really do... but sometimes you just don't want to hear your name followed by a myriad of weird problems that you're expected to come up with on-the-spot answers for.

Anyway, here in Columbus we're lucky to have a really great metro-park system.  My favorite is Inniswood Metro Gardens.  Today's temperature was pushing 60 and it was sunny so I gathered up the art supplies and headed out.

I'm not fantastic at nature drawing but I felt so fantastic after being in the sun and fresh air this afternoon that it made up for any sub par drawing.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 199 - Boring Beta

I should stop drawing fish.  They're incredibly boring when presented as a colorless line drawing and I can never make anything interesting happen with them.

Of course, that could be used as incentive to draw more fish to get better at drawing fish.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day 198 - The Crazy Jar

A coworker (this one) and I were lamenting the fact that we so frequently have to deal with crazy people that we should put out a tip jar to make up for our troubles.  That began a discussion about crazy people likely not putting money in a tip jar but instead putting _______.

This is what a "crazy jar" might look like.

I've dealt with so many crazy people this week that this ended up being therapeutic for me.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 197 - Slight exaggeration

In our house we have approximately 456,002 mugs and most of them are usually in Josh's office, on his desk.  He has tea while he's working on whatever evil geniusesness it is that he's working on at the moment.  I often can't find him through the ceramic sea on his desk.

Slight exaggeration...

I stopped writing just now to go in and confirm how many were currently there.  I was greeting with a shrilly shouted "NONE!" and faced a gauntlet of angrily hurled cat toys as I ran back down the hall to my office.

That only gave me added incentive to post this sketch.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Day 196 - Unidentified Painted Object

What is this?

I have no idea.

But it's the fruit (ha!) of my labors in a continuing effort to become better acquainted with Painter.