Saturday, August 31, 2013

Day 348 - Of Murals and Giant Sunglasses

Since bombarding you with sketches for my church mural(s) project hasn't been at the forefront of this blog lately, here ya go...


I've started work on cleaned-up, to-scale versions that I can color and then present to those folks making the final decisions.

Also, since I love to do strange, mediocre, auto-biographical doodles... I got a pair of cheap-o sunglasses today to supplement my prescription clip-on ones.  The clip-ons attach via magnet and I always seem to knock them off of my face.  Since I don't wear glasses all the time (and can therefore get away with a regular pair of sunglasses) I went and got some that I wouldn't be devastated to lose and/or scratch and/or drop.  I had a rough time finding any that weren't comically large.  Is that what you kids are wearing these days?  I'm far from fashionable so I don't know these things.  All I do know is that they're huge but they'll do.

This is, of course, exaggerated... but not much.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Day 347 - Autopilot

Waaaaay back, hiding in the murky depths of this blog, back in the very beginning, I did a moon and star drawing.  While hunting for potential subject matter for today, I came across that and thought I'd give it another shot.  I'm thoroughly underwhelmed with the results.  Maybe I'll give it a shot some other time...

I'm really flying on auto-pilot today.  What with the long Labor Day weekend and my pending vacation... I just can't shake myself out of apathy this afternoon.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 346 - Zoe vs. Smoothie

A few months ago my parents adopted a very cute, very funny, very too-smart-for-her-own-good West Highland White Terrier named Zoe.  We had a Westie named Bella for 16 years until we had to say goodbye to her three years ago.  They felt it was time for their lives to again be dictated by a smallish, white, stubborn animal whose presence makes wearing black impossible.  Enter Zoe. We all love her to bits.

This morning on her way to work, my mom was dropping Zoe off at the groomer's.  Part way through the trip, Zoe decides that she'd rather be in the front seat where my mom has, among other things, one of her smoothies that she drinks every morning.  Zoe proceeded to jump into the front seat, spill the smoothie, step in the spilled smoothie and then hippity-hop all over the rest of the car with her smoothie-coated paws. Always one to find a silver lining, I said "Well... at least she was on her way to the groomer's!"

Westies are difficult to draw in the same way that dandelion fluff is difficult to draw.  The underlying structure is hard to find.  I'm pretty happy with this, though.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day 345 - I'm Very Emotional

I was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh.  You won't be surprised then to learn that I am a devout, enthusiastic and unapologetic Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Thirteen years ago I went and moved to central Ohio and have since been consistently and relentlessly harassed by all the Cincinnati and Cleveland fans I've managed to befriend. It's only strengthened my resolve.

In my house on Sunday afternoons between September and January you'll find Josh hiding in his office and the cat in a quiet place, removed from the living room.  This is because I'm physically incapable of keeping silent during a game.  I yell at the TV as if the team can not only hear me but would willingly take my advice if they could.  I get very animated and very emotive.

Today didn't shape up to be a stellar drawing day so I just have sketchy sketches today.  Nothing detailed, nothing great... or even good, for that matter.  I drew just a few examples of what I can be found doing during for four quarters on a typical Sunday.




This evening we spent some time hanging out at a local park with friends and I brought the ol' sketchbook along.  After many failed attempts at other drawings I just doodled eyes.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day 344 -Scrumptious Sketch

I'd like to be able to go into my pending vacation having one less thing to deal with once I get back so I decided to tackle an item on my list of commissions.

A co-worker's son has an affinity for a donut shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee called The Donut Friar.  I was commissioned to draw their logo as a Christmas gift for him.  I've never been to Gatlinburg let alone The Donut Friar, but after only a brief Google Image Search I suddenly feel the need for a pilgrimage.  But I don't know that I can justify a six hour drive when we've got Buckeye Donuts here in Columbus.

Anyway, I'm eventually going to transfer this to a heavier paper and paint it.  I need to work on the lettering. If there's one thing I hate, one thing I dread, one thing I really, really don't enjoy at all it's lettering.  I'm awful at it.  Probably because it requires 1. patience (of which I have none) and 2. the ability/desire to adhere to a certain set of "rules" (i.e. it has to be able to be read) and I'm not a fan of rules when I draw.  "I'm a loner, Dottie, a rebel."

So here's what I have so far!


Monday, August 26, 2013

Day 343 - Soon.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, folks.  I highly recommend it.  In twelve days I will be sipping my amaretto sour and taking in the ocean view.  I've still got to get through those twelve days, however.

We've had a busy summer, Josh and I.  We also haven't had a week-long vacation since April of 2012 and we've started to get a little rough around the edges.  Between work and all of my freelance jobs (which I'm grateful for!) and Josh's work and his freelance jobs (which I'm grateful for!)... we're worn the heck out.

Today's sketches are a somewhat exaggerated version of our current states of mind.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Day 342 - Yet Another Lazy Sunday

Standard issue lazy weekend, folks.

I started on my aunt's painting today by filling in the background color with a little help from my assistant:


Today we learned that paintbrushes have to be hidden from Charlie when not in use.

I also colored more of my Godzilla/dinosaur/monster/thingy.  Certainly not done yet... getting there, though.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day 341 - Split Ship Sketch

Say that five times fast!

I had another meeting this morning to discuss the on-going church mural project.  During the meeting I sketched this ship that turned out to be too big for one page of my sketch book... hence the crease.  I'm awfully glad I got this out of the way so early today because, while I had intended to draw something else today, I was so busy that it didn't happen.



Friday, August 23, 2013

Day 340 - Friday Fatigue

I know I've already had a blog post entitled "Friday Fatigue" but I am, in fact, so fatigued on this Friday that I can't facilitate frilly, funny phrases to furnish that field.  My escape to a tiny beach in North Carolina is imminent!  Until then, I'm in goofy, I-need-a-vacation mode.

More mural concept sketches!  This time in the form of another child character.



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Day 339 - More Prep Work

Fortunately, today you'll be deprived of my terribly witty anecdotes and excessive use of mildly impressive sounding vocabulary words because I don't have anything that interesting to say about my drawings.  Just more sketches for the impending church murals...







Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 338 - Finally Finalizing

You may recall a few weeks back I did some color sketches for a painting that my aunt commissioned me to do.  I'm finally, finally getting around to executing the actual painting.  There is currently a 36"x48" canvas leaning against the wall in my office, mocking me with its blankity blankness.

The model for this painting comes from an interesting source.  My aunt uses Windows 7 and she likes this particular desktop pattern that comes with it.  She asked that I base her painting on that but with a different color palette and more abstract. Sure, why not?

This is my official sketch for her painting... unless I change it another eighty seven times like I've already done... but I'm pretty sure this is it... I think...





Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Day 337 - Quick Request Fulfillment

Since my daily drawing habit is now common knowledge among those who know me, I get a lot of requests.  Many of those requests never see the light of blog not because they're bad suggestions but because I don't possess the skill and/or vision and/or motivation necessary to complete said request.

Tonight's suggestion came from a fellow artist friend named Cassie who was watching a show called Cut Throat Kitchen on which a character was referred to as a "little chef ninja".  About 45 minutes ago, Cassie suggested via Facebook that I tackle that.  Considering I hadn't drawn a speck of anything yet today I thought I'd give it a shot.

I drew this directly in Painter which I almost never do.  You can tell by the absence of non-photo blue pencil (aka my confidence pencil).  It's sorta sketchy but I sorta love it.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Day 336 - Weird Beard

Josh and I have been married for nine years.  We've been together as a couple for more than sixteen.  He is absolutely my favorite person on the planet, my greatest friend, the macaroni to my cheese, the Han Solo to my Chewbacca, etc, etc... and I'd be lost without him....

...but, he's growing a beard and for that reason he must be destroyed.

This man who knows me better than anyone else and therefore knows my stance on facial hair, decided a few days ago that he wasn't going to shave.  I'm not sure why he's felt it necessary to punish me in this manner.  As wives go I'm tops, I assure you. I'm awesome.  Seriously. A-Mazing.

So because I love this man more than life itself, I decided I needed to draw him as a yard gnome with a fluffy beard. 


The first part of this entry was written while I was still at work earlier today.  Josh leaves for work after I do therefore I didn't see him until he got home this evening.  He shaved this morning.  After he pointed this out to me, my only response was "Huh... well, that's unfortunate considering what I drew today."   I was still made to live with stubble-face for the better part of four days so...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Day 335 - Sorta Dumb

My reason for today's drawing has an explanation that I don't doubt will fall squarely within "you had to be there" bounds.  So really, today's drawing is purely for the benefit of my silly friends.

Today in church our pastor said the phrase "deep emotional wells" during his message.  For whatever reason, that set off a chain reaction of giggles among our friends.  You see, our last name is Wells.  Things are always funnier when you're in a position where you can't laugh so... you get the picture.  

There was much discussion afterwards about drawing Josh and I in a state of deep emotional turmoil, etc... to quote my friend Jim, "Don't over-think it because we've already done that for you."   

Since I'm forever drawing Josh and I, I skipped that and went for a wells of the wishing variety rather than the Josh and Sarah variety.  Which brings me to the title of today's post... sorta dumb. Trying to inject emotions into a cylindrical object was an interesting choice on my part.  It's something that a veteran animator would have no problem with... but I on the other hand, am only a former student of animation and a mediocre one at that.

Ok, enough stalling... here's my "emotional wells"


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 334 - Monster Back Up Plan

The level of laziness I typically achieve on a weekend is mind-boggling.  In an attempt to make a better version of this drawing I sketched some monster faces today.

Were some of these inspired by/ripped off from Muppet monsters? You betcha.

 I did this as my back up plan in case nothing else presented itself today... which it didn't... so here you go...


Friday, August 16, 2013

Day 333 - As Promised

See yesterday's post for an explanation of "Princess Jet Pack" and why she's just showing up today.

All the sketches I did yesterday were sub par because I wasn't pushing the juxtaposition enough. That's where the funny is. Today I did an entirely-too-precious princess and threw an enormous jet pack on her back for maximum giggles.  It was the best I was capable of... still beats yesterday.

I considered throwing some color onto it but I went to the eye doctor today and my wildly dilated pupils are calling the shots right now.  I can't really look at my monitor for too long without some discomfort. Incidentally, I still don't have to wear glasses all the time even at the advanced age of 31. Ha!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Day 332 - Not. Much.

The day started out with yet another sketch for the church mural project.  This:



That drawing is simplistic enough to maybe qualify as "not enough" so I started on other things, mainly a "jet pack princess".  Last night I was at an event with friends and at this event there were balloon artists to entertain the kiddos.  One of the balloon sculptresses listed off the things she could make: "Swords... light sabers... a jet pack... princess..." My brain is always looking for humorous anomalies and her last two items made me yell out "Jet pack Princess!" and I was answered with a round of requests to draw one.

So where's the drawing? There are several of them, actually, and they're all folded in half in the trash can under my desk at work.  That's where they belong.  They were decidedly not good and "Jet Pack Princess" will join the ranks of things I'll maybe draw some other day.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Day 331 - Things My Hair Is Doing & Other Drawings

My big ol' head of naturally curly hair is highly sensitive to atmospheric changes.  Typically, during yearly seasonal changes, it will begin to express its displeasure at shifting conditions by generally doing whatever the heck it wants.  It's one of those days.

Today, despite my heightened state of misanthropy, I was able to think whimsically for as long as it took me to sketch this... a loose interpretation of what my hair looks like today.


Also, here are more drawings for my church mural project.  I drew a lot today!



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 330 - The Iceberg of Blog Posts

The Iceberg of Blog Posts... so named because I drew a lot more today that what you're seeing.

There are days where any skill I've built up over the last 330 days just *poof* leaves. Gone.

Most of the drawings I did today will stay hidden because... well, you just don't need to see 'em 'cause they're bad. You'll have to trust that I did them.  I leave you with this sketchy piece of business: a thumbnail for one of the murals in my looming project.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 328 - Brace Yourself

Brace yourselves, kids, because the topic of today's post is going to show up many a time until its project is done.  Long story short: Myself and four other artists from my church are doing an overhaul of the children's classrooms in the church children's wing.  That project consists of murals for four class rooms and a looooooong hallway.  The place currently has a nautical theme and we're keeping that in place.  You'll be seeing my conceptual sketches, etc, regarding this project more-than-just-sporadically in the upcoming weeks.



Saturday, August 10, 2013

Day 327 - Lil' Gamera: Take 2

You know what annoys me?  The word "Lil'" but yet I've used it in my blog title two days in a row.  I could fill an entire blog post with the list of words that annoy me (twee, cloying, slacks) but that's not the point of today's post.

TODAY'S post is Lil' (ugh) Gamera that I did yesterday that I then REdid today because I didn't feel he was cute enough.  I restyled him a bit so that he's more of an homage and not really a replica of his namesake.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Day 326 - Lil' Gamera

My "adorable Godzilla" drawing from two days ago was entirely unintentional.  I didn't set out to draw him but he just sort of happened.  I decided that he might need a friend in the form of the lesser-known but no less awesome Gamera.

By no means am I a connoisseur of Japanese movie monsters.  I am however, a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and have been since I was 10 years old.  If you're not familiar with MST3k, the premise is simple:  a regular guy and his robots are stuck in space with nothing to do but watch bad movies and riff on them.  Many of these movies were Gamera-centric (in fact, they've a whole boxed set of nothing but their Gamera episodes - I own it.).  I am quite familiar with our turtley friend by way of MST3k.  I thought he might be an appropriate playmate for my Godzilla.

I have a lot of problems with this drawing so consider it in it's early stages... I like where it's headed, though.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 325 - A Start

To say I loved yesterday's drawing is an understatement.  I immediately wanted to turn it into a larger illustration so I set about drawing little homemade box "buildings" and threw the whole thing into Painter to start outlining.

Here's what I've got as of 9:15 tonight when my energy starting leaving me...


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day 324 - Bad Day = Adorable Godzilla

I truly do love my job but there are times when dealing with people for eight hours a day is exhausting. Today was exhausting.  In addition to the myriad of things that made this day exhausting was spotty internet connectivity at work.  I recognize that this falls firmly within the boundaries of "first world problems" but I use it very regularly at work. Not having it is not the end of the world but a major irritant, at least.

I got frustrated enough today that I eventually closed Firefox with an aggressive click (the equivalent to slamming a door, I guess) and took out my paper and pencils.  The twelve-year-old in me decided that the best way to vent my frustration was to draw monsters and this happened.



I love it.  I think it's the best thing I've drawn in a long time.  Lately, I've tried to be aware of the volume and angles of objects as I'm drawing them.  I've tried to think about things three-dimensionally and this reflects that, I think.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Day 322 - More Painting in Painter for a Painting

I liked yesterday's sketch for my aunt's painting but I realized that, considering its eventual size it might be too busy and involved.  She agreed and I went an entirely different direction with this evening's sketch.

An apt title for this might be Sarah Has No Idea What She's Doing and maybe, like, a "No. 8" at the end just to make it seem pretentious enough that someone might consider me deep... which I'm not.... or does denying my depth build my mystique that much further?

You ponder that while I go get some ice cream.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day 321 - I Painted in Painter for a Painting

My aunt informed me awhile ago that I would be doing a large painting for her dining room.  She frequently asks me why I don't have any of my own work hanging in my house to which my response is always "Because then I'd have to look at it." I certainly don't mind my messes hanging in someone else's house, though.

So I did some color sketches in Painter for one such mess.  Here's one of 'em. I'm really intimidated by this project, mostly due to the scale of it.  There is absolutely no basis for that fear, though, because every large-scale painting I've ever done -whether it be a mural, set pieces, etc - has always come out just fine.  In fact, I might actually be a better painter when I work on a larger scale.  I just excel at psyching myself out for things before I've started on them.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Day 320 - I'm Tired, I Don't Wanna

That was more or less my mantra today.  I had every intention of making today a work-on-art day but you know what they say about good intentions... they're derailed by staying out too late on Friday night at the Dublin Irish Festival.  I'm not that into Celtic/Irish rock but Josh is... I'm more of a British indie-rock type of girl, myself... but good live music on a beautiful August evening is worth going to bed late for.

When I finally did settle in to chip away at one of my projects, I was reminded that I have a looming deadline that I'd completely forgotten about.  You may recall that every two months I do a little doodle for the cover of a publication at work.  This is needed on Monday.  I hadn't even started on it yet.  They asked for a back to school theme this time around... this is definitely cliched and a bit cutesy but I was pressed for time.


I'm a harsh font critic but I've decided to turn a blind eye to my choice there.  It's serviceable... and it's not Comic Sans.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 319 - Friday Facials

I got my hair cut last night.  It needed it. Badly. My naturally very curly hair tends to express its joy at being recently cut by overcompensating and curling beyond it's normal limitations.  In other words: I've got big hair today.  It's humid and that doesn't help anything.

I like how my hair turned out in this drawing... my face, not as much.  Every time I draw myself I get a little closer to accurately representing my nose.  It's interesting that I'd want to accurately draw my nose since it's not my favorite feature.  For a reference on what my nose actually looks like... and so you can see how poorly I tend to draw my own visage:


See? Eh... I have weird facial features...

I also drew a page of facial expressions in case I decided that I hated my drawing of me enough to pretend it never happened.

Turns out both are mediocre but together I guess they equal one not-as-mediocre drawing.




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Day 318 - Seriously... Part II

I'm boring again today.  I don't have an explanation for it, really... only that I've felt decidedly vanilla the last two days. I even got a request yesterday for outlandish beard designs that could be made into stencils that could then be used to cultivate all manner of exotic facial hair formations on the heads of my male friends. Didn't draw it. Vanilla.

So here's a hibiscususus... that word looks strange enough on its own so why not enhance it's natural silliness?...ok, maybe I'm not entirely vanilla today, then.  Maybe vanilla with some chocolate syrup... or sprinkles... or those awful plastic marischino cherries that my husband loves so much.


Every time I say something derogatory about myself on this blog my friend Leslie draws her own version of it to make me feel better.  At the risk of giving an already busy person something else to do... I'd like to take a moment to say that I feel like my shading on this is firmly in how-middle-school-art-students-shade territory. 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot... I drew this, too. Long story.