Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 428 - Nothing! Absolutely Nothing!

Ok, here's the thing... I worked a bit tonight on last night's drawing.  I didn't make enough progress that I felt it was necessary to repost what was already not a great drawing.

So! You don't get anything this evening AND you won't for the next few days because of Thanksgivingyish type activities that I'll be partaking in... plus Saturday is my birthday and I'm not working on my birthday!

See you next month!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Days 426 & 427 - Losses and Laziness

Remember my drawing request of epic proportions?  Yesterday, I sat down to put some final touches on it only to find that my Painter file was corrupted and half of the color had disappeared.

Because I'm a drippy artist-type I sometimes forget to do common sense things like saving multiple versions of the same drawing.  Fortunately, my line drawing was still intact.  Had that disappeared, my anguished cries would've echoed across the globe.

You still don't get to see it yet... not 'til I'm done.  And heck, I've built it up so much that when I do finally post it you're response will be "Oh... that's it?"

Moving on!

It's high time I got my little drawing for my work publication done since I'll be Thanksgivinginging it up this weekend.  This isn't done... this just just a bunch of basic, boring shapes that need some life injected into them but it's all I felt like accomplishing tonight.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 424 & 425 - Switcheroo

Do you remember how in my post from several days ago I mentioned that I had received a drawing request of such epic proportions that it was cause for alarm? Well, I'm working on that drawing and have been for several days.  To the two gentlemen who requested it, I swore to not reveal any part of it until it was finished.

It's Saturday and I had to fit a viewing of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special into my schedule.  All that considered, I spent a significant amount of time today working on "this drawing".

You may have noticed that I didn't post anything yesterday.  This was not on purpose... I genuinely forgot until I had already shut everything down for the evening.  I drew quite a bit yesterday and, since I've sworn not to show the other drawing until it's done, I'm going to post what I drew yesterday.

It's yet another sketch for yet another cover for our publication at work.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 423 - Not Yet

Last night I received a drawing request of such epic proportions, of such mind-numbing magnitude, of almost insurmountable levels of attainability that I fear I won’t be able to properly convey it in a manner worthy of its grandeur. I can’t disappoint those who've requested it after they've placed such a venerable task in such unworthy hands, so I bravely venture forward into the unknown realms of wizards with Flock of Seagulls haircuts, keytars, and handlebar mustaches.

In the meantime, here's a boring ol' still life.  My Thursday morning art class students were busy painting so to kill some time between instruction I drew what they were painting while sitting off to the side.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 422 - Eeeeeh

I'm starting to think I'm not going to be doing my own Christmas card this year.  I can't make it happen.

Earlier today, before this conclusion was drawn, I attempted to make it happen... unsuccessfully.

I kinda sorta didn't want to post these today but it's all I've got.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 421 - Silly Goose

Because my typical mental state is that of a six year old's, I use the phrase "silly goose" quite a lot.

I know a lot of silly geese.  I calls 'em like I sees 'em.

Since most everything I do is to make myself laugh (anyone who cares to join me is welcome to) I did this today.

A silly goose.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 420 - Who Wants To See THIS Again?!

I worked on my Adorable Godzilla yet again this evening because the inspiration well was running on the dry side and this is all I could muster up.

I almost didn't do a post this evening for fear of being redundant but I figured if I didn't you'd be worried, you'd call the police, a task force would be assembled, etc, etc, and boy would I have been embarrassed. That's not to say that I don't appreciate your concern even though it borders a bit on the obsessive side.

Calm it down.

SO... this... Remember how I said no outline this time?  Yeah, forget that.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Day 418 & 419 - Adorable Godzilla II: The Recolor

Once upon a time (in August) I drew what I affectionately refer to as "Adorable Godzilla".  I've attempted to throw some color on ol' A.G. but have been unsuccessful.

Much of what I do relies pretty heavily on outlines so I decided to kick 'em to the proverbial curb, throw a limited amount of caution to the wind and paint it without the aid of a black outline.

Clearly, this is nowhere near done yet but I sorta like where it's headed.

UPDATE - 11/17 

Since I worked on the same thing today as I did yesterday I decided to consolidate so as not to waste two posts on very similar images.

I spent the better part of my Sunday cooking for my family and yelling at the Steelers game.  These two things left me bereft of any energy (I yell a lot at football games) so all I did was a continuation of yesterday's work.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 417 - Gotta Start Thinking

It's November 15 and if I have any aspirations on designing my own Christmas card again this year I'd better start thinking in that direction.

This needs to be drawn much better than it is, but I like the idea.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 416 - Strange Request

I've been goaded into another strange drawing by my husband.

Our friend Mike mentioned several things about his childhood today such as attempting to "dig to space" and that he had an imaginary friend that happened to be tree sap (appropriately named "Sappy").

Josh was all over that drawing request and after I made sure that Mike wouldn't slug me for drawing it I did this...

It's not everyday that one has to decide how to personify tree sap. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 415 - The Great Debate

It's once again that magical time of year when Josh and I reawaken our annual debate about reindeer noses and antlers on cars.  An Example.

In one corner you have Josh, who thinks that reindeer noses and antlers on cars are funny and whimsical.  In the other corner is me... who finds them silly and mildly irritating.

It cannot be said that I don't appreciate whimsy.  Even just a cursory glace at the kinds of things I typically draw will prove that.  But reindeer antlers and a nose on your car?  C'mon.

Monday morning, while driving to work, I made my first sighting of the year.  When I told Josh about it, he suggested that I draw a deer with side view mirrors and a car bumper on its nose.

I decided I didn't want the bumper on its nose... so we have this instead.

Why does everything I draw have to have a sardonic expression?  That may actually say a lot about me.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 414 - Meh & Eh

Geez, was I busy today.

I love my job, I'm great with people, I can talk to anyone and on the surface I appear to be an extrovert.  In reality, I'm an introvert who's a good actress.  By the end of a typical work day I'm drained and on days like today I want nothing more than to hide somewhere with a book and not speak.

BUT... Josh and I had a date night planned for this evening and I wasn't going to let a little misanthropy stop me!

All of this is, of course, an elaborate yarn I've woven to tell you that what I've drawn today isn't great because I did it in, like, the five minutes of free time that were allotted me today.

I drew a face.  Didn't want to put a normal head with it; drew a moon around it. Bada-boom. Drawing.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Day 413 - It Doesn't Look Like Much

Years ago, I saw a piece of art with the following quote: "I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they needed constant attention and one day I decided I had better things to do." That had quite an effect on me and I wrote it down and hung onto it with the intention of doing my own version.

I cleaned my office this past weekend and found that quote along with some preliminary sketches that I did that were hiding in the mulch pile of papers I've accumulated.  They're not great anymore so I did an updated sketch...

As my title suggests, it doesn't look like much but it's a start.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 412 - More Things to Color

You might've noticed that I skipped yesterday.  I had a busy Saturday and decided to give myself a break.

Back to it today, though.  I picked up where I left off a little over a week ago with coloring this particular drawing.  I just put down base colors this evening.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Day 411 - It's The Least I Can Do

My most excellent husband Josh often finds himself as my drawing subject.  He's my favorite person, my best friend, I love him, I respect him... I draw silly pictures of him for retaliatory purposes.

I'm not a fan of facial hair... especially not on Josh.  This is an excellent example of what can happen when Josh stops shaving for a few days.  Well... He's stopped again and has evaded my demand for answers.

I made the mistake several days ago of telling him he looked "sort of cute" with a little stubble.  I've known this man for 17 years and I should've realized the ground I was giving up in the Beard Battle by paying him that compliment.  Then someone else told him that it looked good on him and there's been no stopping him since that point.

He thinks he's adorable.

In the interest of full disclosure, he is adorable but he's been strutting around like like a silly bearded peacock so I decided action needed to be taken.

THIS is my (somewhat) exaggerated interpretation of what Josh has been doing.  I inadvertently made him look more like a 15 year old rather than his actual 36 years but the attitude is correct.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day 410 - Done

It's sometimes difficult to determine when something I'm working on is DONE.  Typically, it's when I can stand back and be satisfied with my progress and I feel that any more additions would be overkill. Sometimes, as is the case with this painting, it's when I'm just plain tired of looking at it.

This monster has been taking up valuable real estate in my office for far too long.  I picked at it tonight and I just don't think any more work is would make it better.  My aunt (who it was painted for) loved it as of the last time she saw it so that's good enough for me.

I'll just be happy to get it out of my office, onto her wall and away from my line of sight for a while.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day 409 - Just Doodlin'

I had zero free time today with which to draw.  Wednesday night is church group night so I doodled during Bible study... I pay very good attention when I'm doodling.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 408 - Giant Squids Love German Food

...or so I've heard.

Remember this from last year? Tonight, Josh and took our annual trip to Schmidt's restaurant in Columbus and did our usual walk up the street to The Book Loft.  I figured while we were there I might as well draw on the place mat again... this year it was a giant squid... or octopus... or some manner of many-tentacled sea beast who has somehow made it 500 miles inland to land-locked Ohio.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 407 - It's Done(ish)

"Done(ish)" because someday I'm going to be a more competent wielder of backgrounds.  I don't quite have the ability to employ a simple background that suggests a street or trees or whatever... I need to work on that.

For now, there's this!  I'm pretty happy with it.  I might've gone a little blender-happy but I have a version that's not blurred at all so if I ever change my mind I have a backup.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 406 - This Again

Are you tiring of this drawing? No? Good! 'cause here it is again!

To be honest, I didn't even want to work on this at all today.  Music can be a big motivator for me and today was no exception.  I tend to binge listen to things... meaning, I stumble on an artist or band that I love and I obsessively listen to that one artist or band until I find something else to obsess about and I continue to add to the repertoire of music I love and someday I expect my head will explode from the enormity of it all.

My obsession du jour is the band Elbow, specifically their "Seldom Seen Kid" album.  Wanting to listen to it again made me drag my sorry self into my office to work this evening.

I managed to do some rough shading/highlighting for the first 10 songs before the siren song of my other great love - reading in the bathtub- became too much for me to ignore.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day 405 - Flat Color

I began today coloring my skunk princess piece of business.  I ran out of energy before I could get anywhere beyond a flat color stage.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Day 404 - Fixer Upper

I loved yesterday's idea so much that I tweaked it more today to get it up to par.

I relate to this... I've never been an overly girly girl and, as a kid, would've definitely picked "skunk" over "princess" but why not have both?  Your garden variety princess may be virtuous, loyal, brave, etc, but I'll be darned if they aren't boring as all get out.  But a skunk princess?  WAY more interesting.

Of course, I intend to color this.  By doing that the skunk part will be more evident.