Monday, December 30, 2013

Day 454 - Department of Redundancy Department

This again!

I'm so scatterbrained with this picture.  I can't concentrate on one particular piece of it for any length of time.  I'm still trying to decide if I even like it or not.

It's still a mess at this point.  Don't judge too harshly.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Day 453 - More Progess

Today, my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers lost out at a chance at the playoffs despite winning their last game of the season.  Now begins the time of year where I have a football-shaped hole in my heart.

While listening to the game today on the radio, I did some anatomy drawings from several books I picked up from the library.  I had figure drawing class twice a week, every week, two semesters per year for four years in college... but, since I've been out of college for almost 10 years now, I've gotten a taaaaaad bit rusty.

You don't need to see those attempts to knock the rust off...

I did put some dark values in on my Christmas illustration, though.  This is a long way from being done but it's some progress!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Day 452 - It Went A Little Something Like This...

A few days ago my dear spouse suggested that I draw this... a taco-shaped taco truck.  The resulting drawing was as its title suggests: Lame.

Sometime in the middle of this afternoon I sent Josh an email saying only "Drawing idea! Aaaaand GO!"  He suggested a revisit of the taco-shaped taco truck that sells truck-shaped tacos.


Instead of drawing his drawing idea I drew him telling me about his drawing idea.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day 451 - Sugar Rush

It's been a busy last couple o' days around here.  I drew* a lot.

Unfortunately, I had to go back to work today.  I decided to do a mediocre drawing of a mug of candy canes that are on my counter for passers-by.

Marvel at the asymmetry of that mug, kids.  Breathtaking.

*for the purposes of today's blog, "drew" shall now be defined as "ate my weight in cookies."

Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 450 - Awww, Shucks

I did this adorably adorable overly cute sketch today.

I thought I'd try tinting my sketch for some quick color.  It's ok, I guess!
I believe that you won't be hearing from me until Thursday as tomorrow is Christmas Eve and all... too busy to draw, you know.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day 449 - It's Rough

Before and after the Steelers game today, I threw some base color on my "me as a kid" drawing.  I haven't decided if any good can come of it yet... we'll see.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Day 448 - LAME

L is for my LACK of imagination today.
A is for the ABSOLUTE lack of mental acuity I currently possess.
M is for... Mmmmreally not creative at all.
And E?  E is for... Eh.

I've been so, so busy these last two weeks with Christmas goings-on that I haven't had much time to just sit and be weird and be creative.  Today, my brain is on autopilot, performing only the most necessary functions like staying awake (barely), telling my lungs to breathe and inexplicably playing Elbow's "Hotel Istanbul" on constant repeat.

So when I asked Josh for a drawing idea and he said "a literal Taco Truck - a taco-shaped truck" I jumped at it, thinking I'd have no problem doing something fun with that.

As it turns out... No.

First attempt? Boring, not interesting... in a word: LAME.

Second attempt? Not as lame but still firmly planted within the boundaries of the Land of Lame.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day 446 - Good Intentions

You know what they say about good intentions...

I've been here in my office since approximately 7:00 this evening trying to accomplish some sort of artwork of some kind.  However, like a child with a shiny set of keys, I was continually distracted by The Internet, playing with the cat, remembering a box of chocolate someone gave me, suddenly needing a cup of tea, etc, etc... So here it is 9:34 PM EST and I've got Not Much to show for myself.

I did tweak/mess with/probably not improve upon last night's sketch. For the record, I realize that my "me as a kid" is missing an arm.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 445 - Something New

I'm blessed to have had a ridiculously happy childhood surrounded by people who loved me an awful lot (I'm also immensely blessed to have an adulthood that goes much the same way).  As is the case for most kids, Christmas was always an extra ridiculously happy time.

The way Christmas worked in my family was as follows:  On Christmas Eve my immediate family (my grandmother who lived with us, my parents and I) did the whole traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner complete with smelts and nasty stuff with bits of cabbage in it and all manner of things that I had no stomach for as a kid.  I would eat one thing and one thing only: my grandmother's spaghetti aioli.  How did I accrue enough kid-energy to make it through Christmas?  Cookies at my other grandmother's house.

You see, I'm an only child but I have a lot of cousins... 11 to be exact... and we'd aaaaaall cram into my paternal grandmother's tiny, tiny home on Christmas Eve to eat our weight in peanut butter cup cookies and lady fingers while we basked in the endless shower of wrapping paper that invaded the entire house.  Those are some of my happiest childhood memories.  The old-school, large colored Christmas lights on the outside of the house, reflecting off of the snow, are a vivid part of those memories.

When I was still young enough to believe in Santa (kids, if you're reading this, Santa is real - I just got too grown up to be any fun anymore) the fifteen minute trip home from the evening's festivities was always spent looking up at the sky.  I thought I'd try and illustrate this... I'll of course fall woefully short of what's in my head but I can try anyway.

Here are some sketchy, sketchy starts I made in the thinking process.  One of them is done solely with my non-photo blue pencil so I apologize for the quality.  I thought I'd draw myself as a kid (complete with my very 80's Dorothy Hamill haircut) standing on the step outside of my grandmother's house in Grindstone, Pennsylvania.

This may well join the pile of things I've never pursued further if it doesn't progress as I want it to.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 444 - Bah!

At this otherwise jolly time of year there usually comes for me one day at work that's so bad, so heinous... one day that's so chock full of funkitude where everything goes wrong that I feel like it's somehow being engineered by a sadistic puppet master. 

TODAY, friends, was that day. 

The only saving grace was the long lunch with coworkers at the Cheesecake Factory... and ensuing acquisition of that establishment's signature dessert.

I worked on Adorable Godzilla again this evening but I'm not even going to post my progress because it doesn't resemble progress to anyone but me (and even then...).  Had it not been for the availability of another episode of Cabin Pressure on BBC's website I wouldn't have worked at all.  I'll take motivation anywhere I can get it.

Appropriately enough, Blogger doesn't seem to want to accept my usual font and insists on publishing in THIS font instead. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day 443 - Wherein I Still Cannot Draw Cats

My beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are playing this evening.  As a result, I claimed that I wasn't going to draw tonight - I was just going to take the night off and watch the game.  But nowadays it makes me itchy to NOT draw so I gave Charlie another shot.

She was parked pretty solidly on Josh's lap so I figured she was unlikely to move since he had the electric blanket turned on high.  I was correct.

I don't know what it is about cat anatomy (catnatomy?) that doesn't sync with my mind muscles... just can't ever seem to make it happen.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Day 442 - Yet Another Godzilla

I suppose that technically it's the same Godzilla is always was... I just continue to work on it.  

My progress has been exceedingly slow on this but I might as well show you what I've got.  I've been struggling to inject a little life into the color as it was getting too flat before.  I've only just started that on his head so the rest of the body is still in transition.

I'm also trying to get some kind of texture on there as well.  Some people are so good at textures... Meanwhile, I have no idea what I'm doing.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 441 - Stay Still, Charlie

Today I took a half day and Josh and I skipped our jolly selves down to our friendly neighborhood post office where the always chipper postal elves informed us that they were not in fact doing passport applications today even though they told us on the phone 20 minutes prior that they WERE.  We waved our wands full of Christmas cheer and persuaded the always happy, never ever grumpy government workers that they should stop being a cotton-headed ninny muggins and PROCESS OUR PASSPORT APPLICATIONS. And do you know what, kids? They did! It's a Christmas miracle!

I could say that I've been so busy with various Christmas-related activities over the last few days that I haven't had much time for silly things like drawing.  I could tell you that and what you'd really hear me saying is "I'm terribly lazy!"  And that would be true.

I worked more yesterday on my godzilla drawing but since not much progress was made I figured I'd spare you having to play the "What's Different?" game between that and the last version I posted (answer: not much).

Between sparring with surly postal workers and other actually fun things I did today, I only had the time to draw Charlie - who, sensing that stillness was paramount, decided to move every 5.7 seconds so that drawing her was almost impossible.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Day 439 - White Elephant

Every year our group of friends has a White Elephant gift exchange.  Some peoples' White Elephant exchanges are polite and the gifts are nice... We don't have one of those.

Some of the gifts that have featured prominently in past years include adult-sized, sock monkey footie pajamas, a wooden woman's head with the name "Rosa" painted on the side, and a box of burnt out light bulbs.

A friend suggested yesterday that, in preparation for this evening's White Elephant Extravaganza, I draw an elephant surrounded by the more famous past gifts but I didn't have the time or mental energy to make that happen.

I did however draw an elephant today.  It's not really meant to visually represent anything other than an overly cute baby elephant but, since I didn't remember that last time I drew an elephant, I thought I'd give it a shot.

In case you're wondering, Josh and my contribution to this year's "celebration" include a "Seashells Playing Poker" sculpture made entirely out of shells, a recorder/flute that Josh found at work and a sheet of "Who's 30?!" stickers (complete with monkey in a birthday hat) from when I turned 30 two years ago.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Day 438 - Mind Your Own Business

The business cards that I currently use are from the "BB" era - Before Blog.  While they do depict a bipedal, green eyeball sporting a fez, I think it's time to move on.  On the back there's also an older illustration of mine that's decent but I've improved leaps and bounds in the last 438 days and my business card should reflect that.

I'm still trying to decide what it is I want to do with it.  My only requirement at this point is to have it be double sided.

Here are a few ideas I've tossed around.  One features me and my hair, which I think is a defining feature so why not have it on my card?  This sketch isn't an accurate representation of my face but you get the idea...

The second is my Adorable Godzilla which I'm currently in love with... the back is the original drawing (which I'm not technically even done with yet) and the front is a cropped, front-facing view of his face with my contact info.

I'm going to throw together a few mock ups of these and see which one works best.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Day 437 - Season's Greetings

I have some gift cards that I need to mail to Florida where my sister-in-law and her family live.  I figured that I'd spiff up the envelope a bit before I mailed them off.

I did much the same last year when I mailed some cards to my in-laws.  In both instances I shouldn't have used a yellow envelope but it's all I had, you know.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 435 & 436 - We Wish You a Merry Josh Wells

In continuing the Josh Wells Christmas Carol theme I give you...

Josh Wells the Red Nosed Reindeer:

And what could be interpreted as either "Jingle Wells" or "Silver Wells"

How many more of these am I going to do?  I don't know!  I may have to take it easy on the man now that I found out that, in place of buying each other Christmas gifts, we're taking a trip to the UK next year for our 10th anniversary.  That's a pretty amazing Christmas gift... I may have to stop drawing Josh's face on inanimate objects.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Day 434 - Have a Holly Jolly Josh Wells

There are many things that I do to... let's say "add color" to the every day lives of Josh and myself.  One of those things is to insert his name into any song, commercial jingle, or phrase that will take it.  His very short, two-syllable "Josh Wells" transitions nicely into MANY MANY places.

It's that magical time of year where poor Josh has to endure his interpolated moniker in a myriad of Christmas carols.  I figured, why not draw 'em as well as sing 'em!?

I decided to kick things off with "A Josh Wells In a Pear Tree."

Josh first reaction to this was "Is that what a pear tree really looks like?"  It's a tree... it's got pears... pear tree!

Do you have any Josh Wells Christmas Carols to suggest? Please note that I'm always open to suggestions.  I'll accept "Joshua" as well as "Josh" and first and last names don't necessarily have to be used together.

Aaaaaaand go!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day 432 & 433 - Defies Explanation

I did actually draw yesterday.  The only thing I drew were mediocre doodles and I feel like I've been doing this long enough now that I don't have to post the really horrendous stuff.

Moving on to farm animals...

Goats.  The same general group of folks that brought you the inspiration for this were once again the catalyst for today's drawing.  I'll make no attempt to explain myself only to say that the goat joke to regular conversation ratio was highly skewed yesterday evening.

I hear what you're saying: "Sarah, that goat looks suspiciously like Djali from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and to that I'll reply with a "Look over there at that giant water buffalo!" and run away.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 431 - I Apologize In Advance

I'm not Catholic but the current Pope seems like a pretty cool guy.  A little nugget I heard on the news today made me giggle, though.  Apparently, Pope Francis was a bouncer at a nightclub when he was in college.

That was too good of a visual to pass up.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Day 430 - So THIS Happened...

Scroll back a few days and you'll find several references to an outlandishly insane drawing request I received.  I'm finally ready to show it to you... I think.

But first, in the interest of sharing the blame, I have to explain myself...

I was recently having a conversation with my friends Scott and Ross about something we'd talked about in Bible study that night.  As is the custom, several odd phrases that were stumbled upon in the Old Testament were combined and a drawing was suggested.  The root of this drawing is the phrase "pots of meat" and the word "pious".

Scott suggested I draw a "pious pot of meat."  I asked him how I'd visually indicate that the pot of meat was pious.  At this point Ross joined the conversation and things went awry.

Fifteen minutes later what I ended up with (to the tune of "Things You'd Find Airbrushed Onto the Side Of A Van") were the following criteria that this drawing must meet:
  • The aforementioned "pot of meat" - but on fire. Because... why not?
  • A wizard whose name is "Pious" as indicated by a name tag
  • A Flock of Seagulls haircut and a handlebar mustache.
  • A tiny hat with "wizard stuff" on it
  • Rock and roll fingers
  • Mountains and a wolf howling at the moon (in keeping with the "things from the side of a van" theme
I'm typing this and realizing that exactly THREE people will find this funny: myself, Ross, and Scott. Make that four... Josh thought it was funny because he's a lovely, supportive spouse.

On my first pass with this drawing, something happened to my Painter file and the entire color portion was corrupted so I had to start over.

This is sloppy, this is quick... but I did it.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day 429 - And We're Back!

You may have noticed that I took a few days off... I'm not sorry for it.

Wednesday through yesterday were spent with Josh's family in North Carolina where we participated in that most American of excuses to over-indulge: Thanksgiving.

I did draw a few things for my seven-year-old nephew but he kept them so I don't have proof of the Lego helicopter I drew or Uncle Josh riding grandpa's motorcycle that I sketched for him.  Seven is that magical age where everything Aunt Sarah draws elicits a "Wow!" and Aunt Sarah was grateful for the mini ego trip.

It was lovely to not think about drawing for a few days, though.  If ever there was an excuse for a day off yesterday was it.  Between our nine hour drive back to Ohio AND the auspicious occasion of my 32nd birthday there was NO WAY I was picking up a pencil.

Today, however... back to it.  I had to get the cover for my work publication done by tomorrow.  I scrapped my idea from a few days back and went with this instead.  I'll again remind you that it's reproduced on a copy machine (to my immense displeasure) so I don't work that hard on blending, etc, since that'll all be lost.

Bonus picture from our road trip... Me with a hook I befriended at a Tractor Supply Co. store outside of Louisa, Kentucky.