Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 256 - Come Fly With Me

This morning Josh flew to North Carolina to visit his parents for a few days.  Josh is a man of many interests among those being various modes of transportation... cars, trains, planes.  The older those modes of transportation are, the more interested he tends to be.  Josh also loves to fly so I imagined what it is that's going through Josh's mind as he's sitting in his plane seat.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 255 - The Full Evil

If you didn't see yesterday's post please refer to that for a full explanation of whatever the heck this is.

Today I drew/ Photoshopped poorly the previously promised robotic tripod legs onto our not-quite-evil-enough Doctor Tripod.

Clearly, I have no bright future in engineering, designing comic book villains or robotics.  It was just for a giggle... like 98% of everything I do.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 254 - Half Evil

I love to have conversations with people that end with someone saying, "You should draw that!"  I'm fortunate to frequently be in that situation and this weekend was no exception.  While waiting in line for various rides at Kennywood with our friends Rob and Meghan, we discussed how Rob is frequently acting as a tripod for Meghan's camera (she's a photographer.) In yet another example of how everyone I know is far more intelligent and interesting than I am, Rob has a Ph.D. and is a college history professor.  These two elements were combined and "Doctor Tripod" was the resulting drawing suggestion.

In what is by no means a reflection of Rob's character, I decided that Doctor Tripod sounded more like a villain.  I also decided that he should be half puny slave to academia and half metal robot with three legs (tripod, get it?!) So I drew the upper half today... and this doesn't look anything like Rob because I'd hate for his students to get wind that he's a super villain who teaches African History by day and plots for world domination by night.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Day 253 - Oh, The Things You'll Eat!

As I mentioned two days ago, we spent a lovely weekend in my place of origin: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In our brief travels throughout that lovely city we ate A LOT.

Pittsburgh's famed Strip District is a blend of wholesale food shops, gourmet stores, coffee shops, ethnic restaurants and everything in between.  Quite a bit of our gastronomical damage was done on a short stretch of Penn Avenue alone.

That brings us to Kennywood Park, famous for its Potato Patch fries among other things.  Mass quantities were consumed there as well.  It's amazing we managed to fit on the rides after all of that.

Seeing as how my stomach is still happy with all of these recent developments I decided that I'd draw today a Still Life of Things I Ate This Weekend... at least a sampling, anyway.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 252 - Cover Me!

In my infinite wisdom I waited until the night before it was due to complete this cover drawing for my work publication.  That after a super-busy, long weekend where I was out of town.  I managed to squeeze it out.

If you've read any of my previous posts where I do these, you'll remember I have to keep it simple because they run them off on a copier and any detail gets lost.  This month is Father's Day themed.

Days 250 & 251 - I'm back!

I just returned from a lovely trip to Western Pennsylvania where I had a great weekend with great friends revisiting a lot of my old favorite Pittsburgh spots.  I did draw!

A Saturday evening discussion turned to zombie hipsters and it was immediately suggested that that be my drawing for the day.  Considering I had never drawn zombies or hipsters and I didn't have any reference material this isn't bad.

That brings us to Sunday evening... We spent nine hours at Kennywood Park riding fantastic old roller coasters, eating too much and walking around in the bright sun.  When we returned to our friends' house at 11:30 PM I did NOT want to draw but I had to do something.  That something is a very poor sketch of the shelf in our friends' guest room where all our stuff was.

My eyes were literally crossing as I drew this.

So there you have it... the undead and some furniture.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 249 - Terrier Tidings

I'm a sucker for a terrier, especially those of the West Highland White variety.  My family's dog was a spunky Westie named Bella who lived a good, long sixteen years before we said goodbye to her two years ago.  A month ago my parents welcomed a new addition to our family in the form of an incredibly sweet four year old Westie named Zoe.

In my history of drawing I've never quite been able to draw a Westie successfully. I've tried many times but their little structures are so obscured by fur that it's difficult to make them interesting.

Today's attempt looks a little angrier than I intended it to but Westies have big personalities generally so I guess it works.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day 248 - What A Doll

Last night as we were settling in to go to sleep I was being generally ridiculous about something and laughing.  Josh said "Go to sleep, Sarah."  After a thoughtful pause I observed "That sounds like an action figure or a doll or something... Go To Sleep Sarah."  He said "There's your drawing tomorrow."

My deep and abiding love for a good nap made it more than appropriate for me to have my own Go To Sleep Sarah doll.  Of course, she comes with accessories: An ergonomic pillow because her neck hurts without it, the evil but necessary alarm clock and the obligatory TARDIS travel mug of coffee for when Sarah does have to get up.  Sold separately is Go To Sleep Sarah's cat, Charlie, who will wait until 2:00 AM to violently leap onto Go To Sleep Sarah's stomach in an attempt to find a cushy place to sleep.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Day 247 - What I'd Rather Be Doing: Vacation Edition

Much like yesterday's drawing, today's installment also features what I'd rather be doing but on a somewhat larger scale.  Our vacation spot of choice is typically a lovely, quiet little beach in southern North Carolina.  We'll be headed there later this summer... not soon enough.

It can be safely assumed that at any given time I would rather be on this particular lovely, quiet little beach in southern North Carolina... preferably, with an amaretto sour and a book.

Not soon enough.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 246 - What I'd Rather Be Doing

That I have a job that I look forward to going to everyday and that I love doing is something I don't take for granted. I work at a combination retirement community, assisted living/nursing home facility where I am the front desk receptionist.  Similar to how some people love working with kids, I love working with seniors and the elderly.

That being said... a job, no matter how much one may enjoy it, is still a job and sometimes you just need a break  Today's drawing is what I would rather be doing today instead of working.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Day 245 - It's Monday.

Boy howdy, was it ever a Monday today.  Fast approaching is the deadline for my next cover for our work publication.  They asked if I would do a Father's Day theme.  I did a rough sketch of an idea today:

I didn't realize how banged up that drawing got while on the way home in my bag.  Geez. (It's become suddenly apparent to me that I need to clean my scanner.)

Also, unlike yesterday, I saved my work that I did on my friend Fred's book cover.  It's not really necessary that you see that... sort of boring for now.  You'll have to take my word for it.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Day 244 - Well, That's Embarrassing.

So... I worked on my friend's book cover today.  The evidence of that work has been condemned to the deep, dark place in my computer where lost information goes to rot.  That's a roundabout way of saying that I couldn't be bothered to hit "Save" at any point during my work process this afternoon.

I technically have something to show you for part of my efforts but it's certainly not impressive.  It's just base color, pure and simple... that and my little color keys.

Next time, maybe I'll spent less time dancing around my office singing along to "That's Not My Name" and more time saving my flippin' work.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Day 243 - The Ol' Default

I spent the morning happily holed up with Josh and my mom in an IMAX theater watching Star Trek.  In a shocking turn of events, Josh hardly had to make the face!  I then spent the late afternoon/evening on my back porch with a group of friends talking about not much of anything for several hours and eating cookies.  A good day, all in all.

Which brings us to 11:15 PM and to my "Oh crap, I haven't drawn..." statement. You know the drill... when I can't think of anything else to draw/I don't have time/I'm lazy I draw something out of one of my books on Alphonse Mucha.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Day 242 - DJ Pop-Pop

My husband has earned most of my trust back when it comes to his drawing suggestions.  Most of it.  During a lull in an otherwise busy day today I asked him for an idea.  His response was the unexpected "Orville Redenbacher as a Club D.J."

... ok, sure....

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 241 - Just Add Water

Yesterday evening, the four year old son of some friends had what I deemed to be a creative idea: He used a water fountain to splash the lower half of his face and then ran around yelling "Water Beard!"  I didn't voice my admiration because it wasn't necessarily in the best interest of the otherwise dry carpet (and his fleeting "not currently in trouble" status).

"Water Beard" sounded to me like a pirate.  Please understand that anything in a liquid state is more clearly conveyed with the use of color.  You'll just have to pretend that the beard is in some lovely shade of blue or sea foam green.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 240 - Happy Us Day

Today, friends, is the ninth anniversary of the day that I married my favorite person on the planet.  I knew that my drawing today had to reflect that somehow and I spent a good part of the day trying to figure out what I could do that was us.

Josh and I have been a couple for sixteen years. Much like twins, we have our own system of communication that consists of an intricately woven network of movie quotes, strange hybrid words and various other bits that we've collected, magpie-like, over the last decade and a half.  I imagine in another nine years we'll have it narrowed down to just clicks and buzzes.

So as for drawing ideas... I tossed around a lot things but in the end I kept it simple.

(Incidentally, it's also nine years since I graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design.  Yes, I got married and graduated college on the same day.  I like to consolidate my major life events.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day 239 - Throne Again

As previously mentioned, I'm doing a book cover for a friend.  I finalized my line drawing today.  This makes me happy as I normally have a difficult time with little details.  Now onto color...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 238 - The Face

Josh has an impressive arsenal of facial expressions at his disposal.  There is one in particular that's reserved for the not infrequent event that I mention anything having to do with anything even remotely related to a certain British actor of who(m?) I am a fan.

(In my own defense, I am not a creepy fan.  There are certainly those who share my views who are creepy and I am not one of them.  I'm simply a fan possessing a healthy level of enthusiasm that in no way would ever qualify me for any legal documentation stating that I'm not to approach said person.)

Anyway, "the Face"... I've been getting this face a lot lately, mostly when trailers for the new Star Trek movie show up on TV... which is to say not enough.

I realize that this looks like a bad police sketch... I'm not good at likenesses of actual people, remember? I'm workin' on it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Day 237 - Have A Seat

I know many people who do things that are exponentially more interesting than what it is that I do.  One of these people is my friend Fred who has a great ministry for middle school age kids.  Fred is writing a daily devotional aimed towards that age group and asked me a while ago if I'd design the cover for him.

He's not done with it yet so I'll refrain from giving any detail for now but as you might have gathered it has to do with thrones.  I did some thinkin' on paper 'bout thrones today.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Day 236 - One of My Favorite People

For quite a while now I've wanted to do some piece of art or illustration featuring my late grandmother, Ethel.  I have in my head what I want to do but sadly I'm not (yet) skilled enough to execute it to my standards.  I thought I'd start circling around it today.

My grandmother (I called her "Nanny" as a child and then "Nan" as I got older) and I were very close.  I'm an only child and I'm blessed to not only have two terrific parents to whom I'm very close but to have grown up in a house with a live-in grandmother as well.  She was a heck of a woman, a heck of a cook and I miss her like crazy every day of the almost nine years she's been gone.

Anyway, here's a picture of she and I from somewhere around 11 years ago.  This picture sums up our relationship better than any words could.  We teased each other relentlessly.

My skill level is not anywhere close to where it needs to be for me to do something that could properly honor Nan.  I'm working on it... I'm getting there.  For now, I did a tentative sketch based on this picture but with the rest of her face filled in.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 235 - Disgustingly Darling Quick Quack

It's Friday so that means date night.  My much better half and I are headed out to dinner and a showing of Iron Man 3 this evening so it was imperative that I get something drawn before I got home.  I was beyond busy at work today so in the last ten minutes of the day I drew a duck.

Josh suggested I draw a duck. Josh likes ducks.  This is an overly-cute, saccharinely sweet duck. For Josh. Who likes ducks.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Day 234 - The Thinker

The drawing idea depository has been on the dry side lately so I asked Josh for help.  It's frightening to ask him for ideas because they seldom don't involve a passive aggressive attempt to have me draw disparaging pictures of certain British actors with whom I am enamored.

His idea today was to draw myself attempting to think of something to draw.  I then suggested that I draw myself trying to draw myself attempting to think of something to draw but then the universe collapsed on itself so I stuck with his original idea.

Two glaring inaccuracies with this drawing:

1. I am not left handed.

2. I would never have multiple papers spread out like that in front of me because I'm too neurotic to allow that level of untidiness.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Day 233 - Snack Time

Today's installment of "Things They Don't Teach You In Art School":

Don't draw donuts when you're hungry.

This has been today's installment of "Things They Don't Teach You In Art School."

Based on this drawing one might argue that they don't teach you how to draw donuts in art school PERIOD.

I call this Crude Confection, Incorrectly Cast or Half a Donut Shaded Half-Heartedly or Poorly Performed Pastry, Partially Pitched.  

I spent more time on the titles than I did the drawing... Stupidly Squandered Seconds I Should Have Spent Sketching.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day 232 - Mad at Math

Yesterday's drawing turned out to be therapeutic so I thought today I'd tackle my second least favorite school subject: MATH.

I've been a voracious reader for as long as I've been able to hold a book.  I was reading at a high school level when I was in first grade.  I've always had a solid vocabulary and a somewhat more than cursory grasp on the English language.  Math, though... in my own personal vernacular math has always been a profane four letter word.

During my sixth grade year (the last year before the transition to middle school) everyone in my class had to take a test to determine what math track each person would be on in the next year.  I was in the gifted program as were the majority of my friends.  The test results arrived and all of my gifted class friends made it to pre-algebra while I was condemned to the decidedly substratal "basic math".  Enter childhood trauma.

The funny thing is, is that I never received terrible math grades... almost always B's.  In my adult life, though, numbers don't stay in my head.  I can't remember them for any length of time and I can't do the most basic of math problems without a calculator.  It's embarrassing.

Good thing I can draw, 'cause I can vent even just a little of my frustrations.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 231 - Gym Class Nightmares

Many people hated their time in high school, but I had no problem with it.  I didn't struggle in the grade department or the friend department... my teachers liked me... things were spiffy. There was one thing, though... one thing that I still dream about regularly.  That thing, my friends, was GYM CLASS.

I prefer to operate on a more cerebral plane of existence and having to flail around with all manner of sports equipment while an obtuse, whistle-wielding, ex-high school football player addresses me only by my last name was NOT my idea of a good time.  (In all fairness, my three syllable maiden name did give him some elocution practice.)

I tell people that my favorite thing about being an adult is that I don't have to take gym anymore.  I'm not kidding about that.  I honestly still dream about it and last night was no exception.  This is a quickie, sort of cathartic drawing I did to express my utter loathing of Phys. Ed.

Since this is my blog and I can use it as a platform to rant, I'll share this story with you.  When I was a freshman in high school I was injured in gym one day.  It was very early in the semester and I was playing ping pong with some friends.  The ball got away from me and during the process of chasing after it, I fell and my left kneecap shifted all the way over to the side of my leg.  I had to be taken by squad to the ER and my knee was finally shifted back into place three hours later.  As a result, I was excused from gym class for the rest of the semester.  I had to spend the class period in the library writing 300 words per day on something sports related.  I did exactly that and every day hobbled down on my crutches to my neanderthal gym teacher to hand them in.  The end of the semester came as did our report cards and I got a C... a C!

Let that be a lesson to you kids... Don't dislocate your kneecap because it'll just drag down your GPA.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 230 - Spousal Sketches

It's Sunday. You know the routine... Not much in the drawing department today/I was lazy/blah blah blah.  The usual.

For what it's worth I did score a 15 out of 20 on a "How well do you know Jane Eyre?" quiz that I took to avoid working this evening.  As if you weren't already fabulously impressed with me there's another thing to add to the pile.

Here's some sketches of Josh while he was playing pinball on his iPhone.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Day 229 - Another Late Saturday Start

This morning I was going to draw.  Instead I changed the EGR valve on Josh's car. *

This afternoon I was going to draw.  Instead I took a nap.

After my nap I was going to draw.  Instead I helped Josh clean off our screened in porch.

After dinner? Definitely going to draw.  Instead we watched Young Frankenstein. 

It wasn't until 9:45 that I sat down to work on painting my hummingbird.  A downside of this blog is that if the only think I produce during the day is a VERY in-progress, very trying-to-figure-this-out kind of drawing, I still have to post it.  Some visual proof of my working must be displayed.

Please, then, keep in mind that this is me figuring out base colors and laying down broad swaths (I hate that word) of paint that I will eventually blend/make look like something (allegedly).

*As much as I'd love to bask in undeserved accolades, that happened under Josh's supervision and tutelage... NOT of my own knowledge or skill.  I mainly did it just so I could say "Yeah, remember that time I changed the EGR valve on Josh's car?" Fun at parties. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Day 228 - Post-It Pony

It's a beautiful, sunshiny day here in Columbus, Ohio.  It's also Friday and no one in my office is in a work state of mind.  At some point, someone came up with the idea that we all need to pick which horse we think will win the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.  To make things more interesting we had to DRAW our pick.  This was not my idea.

Here's what we've got as of lunchtime today.

I've been needlessly persecuted because I didn't "draw like a normal person" but I'm not apologizing for my horse! The winner is based not on skill but on which horse actually wins the race so I don't feel bad. 

UPDATE: As it turns out, my logic in picking the horse with the shortest name (easier to fit on a post it note) was sound because Orb won!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 227 - It's Not You, It's Me.

Something is wrong with me lately.  I'm used to having off days one or two days out of the week but I'm in a rut for the last seven plus days.  I've been trying my hardest not to be discouraged by it but that can be difficult.  I've been uninspired, feeling flat and unimaginative.  It's possible that this is nothing more than a matter of my own skewed perspective but it still affects me and I try and force "it" (whatever "it" is).  That just makes matters worse.

The important thing is, is that I draw something every day, anyway.  So today... another hummingbird.  I've been circling around a decently drawn hummingbird for a week or so now.  They're difficult to pin down... they tend to look like large insects if not drawn correctly.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 226 - Couch Day

I came home early from work today because I wasn't feeling fantastic.  I decided to catch up on my rewatching of Arrested Development and during that I drew Charlie sleeping on the couch opposite.