Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seasonal Silliness

In the hands of the people I associate with a simple request to intercept a delivered-to-the-door Christmas ham for some out of town friends resulted in a string of increasingly strange scenarios that manifested themselves as drawing requests involving said ham.

It's necessary to mention that I'm 75% sure I've got another cold brewing and tonight I'm achy and tired... BUT, since I love these people I decided to go ahead and draw an overly-festive ham anyway... even though I'm desperate to lay on the couch and watch A Muppet Christmas Carol.

It's also necessary to mention that I took none of their actual suggestions and instead did my own thing.

Bonus: a sort-of-cute thumbnail I did of the ham being transported.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

So THAT'S Where They Go...

Said my friend Mike: "There's got to be a monster than steals socks and Tupperware containers."

I haven't the faintest idea what the conversation was prior to this statement but that's where I came in. 

"Are you still doing your drawing-per-day blog, Sarah? You should draw the monster that steals just one of each pair of socks and all the Tupperware containers."

So I did... and I liked it! A lot.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Turtle

When I say "turtles" what's the first word that comes to mind? Right! Christmas! 

Actually, this is my annual spiffing up of the envelope in which I mail gift cards. This year's recipient is my step-niece (is that a thing?) who enjoys turtles.

Turtles it is!

The address has, of course, been blurred because, you know... the internet.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Coverin' My Bases

Since impending Thanksgiving festivities will keep me from doing so later in the week, I've finished the cover for my work's publication a bit early this month.

I really like it in drawing form but once I colored it... eh... it's missing something. Maybe after a few days of eating too much I'll be able to look at it with a fresh perspective.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lambeau Calrissian

My most excellent husband emailed me at work the other day with a drawing request.

A note about Josh's drawing requests: I don't often take them. Don't get me wrong, I love the man... he's my favorite person in the universe and seventy five kinds of cute but... I don't always love his drawing ideas.

(He knows this about himself... it's not a detriment to our marriage.)

So the other day he emails me with "Lambeau Calrissian" which, I was told, is a combination of Lando Calrissian (the Star Wars character played by Sir William D. Willams) and Lambeau (Field)/Green Bay Packers.

Essentially, he was trying to get me to draw Lando Calrissian wearing a Cheesehead Hat.

Now I didn't jump on that idea right away.  It wasn't necessarily because it was another questionable drawing request from my husband (love you, honey!)... heck, it wasn't even (entirely) due to the fact that the Green Bay Packers destroyed my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV (turnovers'll kill you every time). No, it was mostly because I've been in that aforementioned lazy funk lately and just didn't wanna think about nothin'.

Well, guess what? I had coffee at lunch today. Normally I have coffee in the morning and that's it... but today? TodayIhadcoffeewithlunch.

So here I am at work, in a between-things moment, quiet, and sufficiently caffeinated. Perfect conditions for Lambeu Calrissian.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Whining and General Nonsense

So... Nothing from me for, like, two weeks. Not good.

I'd crash Blogger's servers with the manifesto I'm capable of producing wherein I'd lay out my excuse in an intelligent and witty fashion so as to win you to my side.  Instead I'll just say this:  I've been in a sort of non-creative/distracted/discouraged gray cloud of funkitude in which visibility is drastically decreased. My first response to this is the very reason I had to start this blog in the first place: ignore it, don't work, and just stew about it/feel sorry for myself until I suddenly wake up again...

...except if I wait for myself to wake up again, I'll never get back to work. How's that Chuck Close quote go?

"Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work..."

And here I said I wasn't going to be overly verbose.  I'm done. 

So since the due date for yet another cover for my work's publication is on the horizon... I started on that tonight. Turns out it's the best thing I've drawn for quite awhile. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday = Waving Turkey

The eight year old daughter of friends asked me yesterday to draw a turkey.  I asked her what the turkey should be doing and she said "waving".

Far be it from me to break a promise to an eight year old who is, herself, quite a talented artist.

Correct turkey anatomy be darned! I threw this together far too quickly but I'd say that all in all it's a decent waving turkey. Plus, it's not everyday you get to legitimately wonder if turkeys have armpits and if so, did you draw them correctly?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I Don't Wanna Work

While at work today, I cultivated a grandiose plan that involved my arriving home this evening, eating dinner with my most excellent husband, and then locking myself in my office to WORK. Things were going to get accomplished! Paper would be filled up with inspired drawings that would spring feverishly from my pencil! I would develop a semi-permanent hunchback because of the hours spent bent over lovingly crafted lines!

...the thing about a grandiose plan is that it very seldom reaches its desired level of grandiosity.

Instead, I went to vote after work (because no matter what you might've been told, I'm a responsible adult), ate dinner with my most excellent husband (check!), spent too much time dancing around to 80's music in the kitchen while we cleaned up, and devoted the next half hour complaining that I was "tired and I don't want to wooooooooooork."

I finally smacked around and plunked down my sorry self in front of the computer and got to It. Often times I'll be hesitant to begin but once I do things will start to gel and I'll be happy I persevered.

Cut to a shot of an hour glass; of clouds passing through the sky; of sped-up traffic and fast-forwarded sunsets... cut back to my desk to find me distracted by Facebook and Pinterest and still whining that I'm tired and not in the mood to work.

I managed to accomplish a layer or two of color on yesterday's drawing before giving up to instead browse through vintage London Underground pictures on Pinterest while listening to 90's hip hop on Pandora.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Retooled Adorable Godzilla

Last year I decided to draw an "adorable Godzilla" as is evidenced by this post.

Because I've been stuck in a deep dark rut where no ideas or anything good can reach me, I haven't drawn much of anything lately. I attempted to reintroduce my brain to my hand with a pencil in it and I doodled what turned out to be yet another adorable Godzilla.

What's with me cuteifying campy Japanese rubber-suited monsters? I don't know. BUT since I really like how it came out, I'll not question it.

Had I not suddenly encountered the edge of the page, I would've drawing a little toy building being tipped over.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eye of Waffle Hulk

What or who is Waffle Hulk?  Another result of Wednesday night conversation with friends.  Just assume that "you had to be there" and go with it.

I couldn't think big picture today, so I just doodled some micro Hulkage in preparation for whole Hulkage at a later time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Favor Fulfillment

Earlier this year one of my residents at work asked if I'd draw an Easter Bunny for a card she was sending to her grandkids. This was the result.

Today the same person asked me if I'd draw something for a Halloween card and I obliged.  I had some sittin' around time tonight while listening to the Monday Night Football game (overly-emotional Steelers fan, remember?) So between screaming, yelling, and cheering I did this:

I went all analog tonight and did this on good ol' fashioned paper with colored pencils and a black pen. My scanner never quite plays nice with colored pencils so it's not quite true to life but you get the idea.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Still Coloring the Wizard (Still Not a Euphemism)

Again, if you've not seen the highly ridiculous origin of this from roughly a year ago, go here. In an elaborate ploy to put off what I really should be working on, I decided to try and redo it. 

If you've read that previous description you'll notice that several elements are missing.  I took a bit of artistic license (i.e. was lazy) and left some things out.  However, the whole point of the thing was to make it worthy of being airbrushed on the side of a van... in the 80's.  I feel confident that I've captured that vibe despite the omission of all the extraneous details.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Color the Wizard (no, that's not a euphemism)

When I said I was going to redo this I wasn't entirely sure that I believed myself.  But tonight, having no other source of amusement, I started adding some color to it.

I'm going to do something different (but still equally worthy-to-be-airbrushed-on-the-side-of-a-van) to the background.  I don't quite know what yet but it'll be awful, I'm sure.

No particular part of this is done yet... I've just been picking here and there at values.  I'm pleasantly surprised with how much better I've become since that original post was done back in December!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Let's Try That Again

Remember this?  It's was so gleefully absurd, but I was never really that happy with it.  I've gotten better since I originally did it so I've decided to give it another go.  Here's what I've got after a few hasty minutes of even hastier sketching.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wherein I Trick Myself Into Doodling

I have actual projects to work on.  Actual work that people have hired me to do. Actual things that I have actually been assigned.

I can't actually find any motivation for any of it.

INSTEAD I doodle. And I only did that as an excuse to keep listening to alt-j's new album. If it wasn't for that I'd have long ago been reading in the bathtub.  Lucky for me, I'm easily obsessed by music and will drag out my time in front of the computer to continue listening to whatever it is I'm currently enamored by... with? Whatever the correct grammatical version of that is.

So this... I don't know what this is, really, other than a doodle that may or may not have the potential to turn into something more interesting.  I often find that when I sharpen up a doodle my opinion of it will change.  I think that I often love all of my tenuous timid lines but when that safety net is taken away so is my positive feelings about the drawing.

More than likely this was just something to get my hand and my brain talking to each other for a little while this evening.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cover Art

Yet another design for yet another cover of my work's writing publication.

I sorta like this one.  I decided to keep it simple since I now have the capability to print them in color.

I've been picking away at this one for the better part of a week now but I didn't want to post mostly uninteresting progress pictures.  I thought it best to wait for the final product.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hamsters. Lots of 'em.

Some friends recently acquired a pet hamster for their daughter.  Little did they know that this hamster was doing its very best impersonation of a clown car and was in fact harboring seven of its own tiny little hamster babies at the time of its adoption. Suddenly, their life consists of a mission to humanely rid themselves of seven tiny little hamster babies. 

Want one?  Let me know, I'll put you in touch.

I decided to have fun with the idea of what would happen should my friends find themselves unable to rid themselves of seven tiny little hamster babies... their multiplication is surely inevitable.

I show you these sketches to you with the following caveats: (A) I haven't drawn much for about a month (and I'm not proud of that) and (B) I drew them while hopped up on Kroger brand Day-Quil for this blasted cold that's still haunting me.

That being said...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Not Dead.

So... it's been awhile.  I have my reasons!

The biggest reason being that I was in England and Scotland for a criminally short amount of time (criminally short = only ten days).  Need proof?

Buckingham Palace where we were NOT immediately ushered in for tea with Her Majesty. A strongly worded Yelp review should straighten things out. See if I ever go back THERE again! This is an awful picture of my very-much-handsome better half but a cute one of me. My blog, I win.

The days leading up to this trip (which commenced on Sept 2) and the days after (we've been back a week now) have been hectic. Not to mention I've contracted the cold that Josh picked up in Edinburgh.

Surely, I planned to draw while we were away, right?  Yes, I did, but what that amounts to is that my sketchbook had an all-expenses paid trip to London and Edinburgh and essentially was not called upon to perform any duties other than guarding the inside pocket of my suitcase.  I drew a quick sketch of Edinburgh Castle in the guestbook of the apartment we stayed in but other than that? Nada. Walking 6-8 miles a day doesn't leave much energy for doodlin'.

So there you have it...a barrage of excuses. Work resumes as soon as I shake this cold and the post-amazing-trip-to-England depression.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quick Bit of Silly

My first post in 11 days and it's another hastily drawn, poorly executed piece of silliness that only a handful of people will find funny.

Sometimes drawing ideas come from Facebook posts that get out of hand.  In other words, this is strictly a "you had to be there" sort of situation.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014


A few months ago, after a particularly difficult day at work, I drew this.  I did some slapdash color on it not long after but I never really liked what I ended up with so I decided to redo it.

It was just a therapeutic the second time around.

My vacation to England is so close I can smell it but not so close that the eye twitches have begun.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Almost Oops

I was nice enough to remind myself this morning that I almost forgot to do something for the cover of my work's creative writing publication.  Fortunately, it's not yet football season and my Sunday afternoons are unspoken for.

So here's this...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What the What?

What's with the pirate with the puckered face and a lemon?

He's part of a larger drawing which is mostly just to make myself laugh.  I anticipate having the rest of it done tomorrow evening so watch this space.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Don't Ask

What happens when a bug finds itself in literal hot water? The kind of water whose intended purpose was for tea?

Apparently, you get a drawing request.

Bug tea.

The very second I typed the period on that last sentence a fly landed smack in the middle of my monitor.  It made me laugh, therefore I shall let it live another day.

UPDATE: It landed on my monitor again.  After trying to get it to dance with my cursor, I decided it was no longer of use to me and has been terminated.  My benevolence only extends so far.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Joshiest Josh that Ever Joshed

You don't have to scroll back far in this blog to find an entry where I mention that my husband Josh is (a) my favorite person on this or any other planet and/or (b) seventy-five kinds of adorable.  I always try to draw what I deem to be the definitive Josh picture but I can never quite capture Josh's overall Joshoscity.  Sadly, I lack the skill to adequately portray Josh in all his Joshness.

So here's another feeble attempt at Joshifying Josh.

Monday, July 21, 2014

An Old Doodle and a Young Doodle

I've not been great lately as far as random drawings go.  There's not been much room in my burnt-out/tired brain for non sequiturs.  My vacation grows ever closer... until then, I suffer.

Today was quiet though... something highly uncharacteristic for a Monday.  So I doodled.  I found myself with a face that looked like an old man so I added to it.  I wondered then, what the opposite of that would be so I doodled a hyper, messy kid.

Josh suggested (correctly) that the face on the old man is great but his body/posture aren't old enough... which is interesting because I spend 40 hours a week around folks in their 80's.  You'd think I'd would've picked up on some of that by now.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another Happy Customer

Yesterday, I spent several hours smearing paint on a wall in an attempt to make it look like something that will elicit "Awwww"s and "Gee Shucks" from those visiting the baby that's soon to be taking up residence there.

That's a pretentious way of saying "I painted a mural yesterday."

I'm quite happy with it, actually.  Whenever I paint a mural I go through several distinct emotional stages during the process:  relaxed, mildly concerned, blind panic when it doesn't look like I want, shaky resolve to persevere, and finally, relief.  Yesterday, I settled on "relaxed" early on and stayed there.

The owners of the wall (and their six year old) love it so what more can I ask for?

(Side Note: the bubbles are on the plain side because, eventually, they'll be used as a spot for placing whatever pictures the room's occupant would like to stick there.)

Monday, July 14, 2014


I have a particular pair of friends who seem to enjoy having me mar their walls indelibly.

Well, I guess it's not quite indelible... they could paint over it... they're too polite for that, though.

Anyway.  These lovely friends of mine are adding to their family in September and, since it's become a tradition of sorts, I'm to paint another something on the wall of their newest member's room.  

The theme is obvious.  My digital execution is sloppy and meant only as a rehearsal of sorts.  I'm sure the actual product will vary do to my guaranteed "stage fright" once I get there and the fact that colors never seem to mix right when you're standing in front of the wall they're to go on.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Self-Fulfilling Word of the Day

Earlier today on Facebook, my friend Fred shared with me a recent Dictionary.com word of the day:


\ FOO-fuh-raw \  , noun;

1. a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.

2. an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.

Remember that definition... you'll need it again.

He suggested I turn "foofaraw" into a drawing.  I've been starved for drawing ideas lately so I jumped on it.
My original intention was to use both definitions of the word in one picture.  I would draw a massively super big lasery cannony type of threatening weapon sort of thing that was squarely aimed at a little speck.  A detail bubble would show that the speck was actually a spider wearing Elton Johnian (Johnesque? Johncentric?) sunglasses, crazy boots, etc.  Next to the cannon would be an character of as-yet indeterminable type whose reaction was over the top considering the minuscule size of the spider/bug/whatever.

I got almost none of that accomplished.

What I did accomplish was the lasery sort of gun thing.  But I spent too much time on it and had no time left to get any of those other elements started.

Basically, what I did was turn the whole thing into a foofaraw.  Ah! Ah! See what I did there?!

Seriously, though... I just was too busy and spent too much time on one element to get any of that other junk done.  Makes for an amusing story, though.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Old White Dudes of Antiquity

Allow me to introduce you to my friend, Portrait of a Man in a Turban, by Jan Van Eyck.  He was painted in 1433 which might not technically classify as "antiquity" but it sounds funny in the title so it stays.

In an effort to break out of yet another one of my storied "funks" I've decided to copy our friend here.  Not only did I draw him but I'm going to paint him, too.

You may never get to see that... it all depends on how it goes.

You see, while teaching my art class this morning, I jumped in with my students and began painting the same thing they were.  I soon felt relaxed and was having fun... and naturally, I wondered why.  The answer? Because I didn't care what it looked like and I was just having fun.

I have fun all the time.  Doing the dishes, driving in the car, sitting at work. I keep myself amused. But fun with art got lost somewhere in the middle of acquiring a four year degree in it.  When it comes to art I'm mostly uptight, tense, and put too much pressure on myself.  I've got to break the cycle.

Which brings us back to our red head-dressed friend, here.  I'm a fan of the Northern Renaissance period and I've always been struck by this painting.  In fact, I'll be going to visit him in London's National Gallery very soon.

So here we go... sketched in Painter... color yet to be added.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Almost There

So my business card.

I've been working on it for the last few days and I think I might've finally nailed it down.  You might notice that I took my hair down several notches.  This was Josh's suggestion and I think it was a good one.  I was trying to be comical but in the end it looks better with my more realistic hair.

This is of course minus my phone number, etc.  It's not that I don't trust you, Internet.... but, you know.

I'm sort of in love with that font so don't you dare try and talk me out of it.  Unless you hate it.  In which case... still don't tell me because I love it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Me, Baby

Business card?  Still in progress. But progress has... progressed.  Obviously, the large open space will be where the text is.

I'm still working on the shading/highlighting of the hair.  I've got to take a good look in the mirror and try to figure out what the heck it is that my hair does. (Answer: whatever the heck it wants.)

Also, I doodled this at work today.  Without proper lighting (or drawing for that matter) it's hard to tell that what Josh described as "olives floating in water" are actually supposed to be fireflies. 

My husband is hilarious.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Recently, Josh and I took advantage of the lovely June weather and went walking in one of Columbus's MetroParks. While traveling along a particularly verdant pathway he, as he often does, took a moment to remind me of the similarities between our surroundings and that of Jurassic Park's.  (See this post and this post for an explanation)

In what ended up being a surprisingly academic discussion, we came up with the idea of a combination giraffe/velociraptor - the Velocgirafftor.  Extra scary because it's sharp little mean head is perched on a giraffe neck which is then attached to a raptor body on the other end. Physics and biology be damned - it works in our heads.

Incidentally, I believe conversations like this are one of the many reasons our ten year marriage is so successful.  Neither one of us is "wrapped too tight", as my mom would say.

I actually drew this yesterday but didn't post it because 1. I was out late last night and 2. I couldn't decide if I liked it enough to post it.

Here it is anyway.  Watch your fingers.

Only a cursory glance is necessary to notice my complete disregard for research of any kind.  The legs aren't even the same length and the neck could be significantly longer to better illustrate the idea.  I told you I didn't know if I liked it enough to post it.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Catch Up

Remember a little while back I mentioned the iPad-based illustrations I was working on?  This project has become one of those seemingly insurmountable, unattainable, impossibly difficult and frustrating-to-nail-down sort of deals.  I've done so many sketches, tried so many styles... nope, nothin' yet.

Here's the try du jour...

My official opinion is a solid "Eh."

When I haven't been working on that annoying piece of business, I've been trying to revamp another piece of not-as-annoying business... my business card.

I wanted to have the text of the card be in the "hair area" so I started out with this view, then I realized that it gives an inaccurate impression of how long my hair actually is (answer: not that long). 

Plus the eye is sort of dead looking and creepy.  I may not have the highest opinions of my own visage but I can say with confidence that I don't have dead eyes.

So I decide that instead of going out with my hair, I'd go up.  

This has quite a bit of required clean up before I color it and I need to tweak the eyes but I think it might work.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This Space Intentionally Left Blank

Ever wish you could just sort of spray your brain off?  You know, just power wash all the nonsense outta there to make room for newer, better stuff?  I'm in one of those phases right now, I guess.

I regret that I didn't draw this so as to better communicate that my head is, in fact, hinged open - I mean, c'mon... how else would I get my brain out? Duh.

Monday, June 2, 2014

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

I've had in my head the idea for a particular illustration for several years now.  I've touched on it several times over the course of my keeping this blog but I still haven't quite landed on anything concrete.  It involves myself as a kid and the various activities surrounding my family's annual Fourth of July celebration - some of my favorite childhood memories.

I usually start to get nostalgic during this time of year and today I started picking 'round the edges of it again. 

It's sort of generic... it needs more character because, as my grandmother would so often say, I was "a piece of work."

Bonus: the picture I sorta kinda based this on... coincidentally, taken on a Fourth of July.  Check that 80's hair out, kids.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Just Some Color

No fun stories today.  Nothing of much interest to report.  Just threw some color on the cover image for my work's publication.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Eyes of the Ranger Are Upon You

This is my dad...

 ...and me. And a cookie that looks like my dad. I ate the cookie.

Anyway... my dad is a pretty excellent guy and he's currently in need of some cheering up.  So I concluded that there was no better way to accomplish that then to draw him as his very favorite TV bad-guy-butt-kickin' hero, Chuck Norris's own "Walker Texas Ranger"

My dad has recently shaved his beard and mustache for the first time since I was a toddler but I can't draw him as Walker without facial hair.  Artistic license, folks.

To be fair, Jack Bauer may be my dad's #1 favorite bad-guy-butt-kickin' hero but Jack Bauer doesn't have the accessories necessary to make a fun drawing.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Repeat Customers

I've been informally asked to scribble my mess on yet another wall.  Some dear friends of mine are happily expecting their second daughter whose nursery is going to be ocean themed.  I've done two murals for these folks already - one of Puff the Magic Dragon at their old house and one of a tree in their daughter's room at their current house.  

What makes the tree mural so fun is the addition of Velcro so that its owner can stick whatever her creative little heart desires all over the branches.  She does a great job spiffing up my work and her parents think it'd be a fun idea to do something similarly alterable in her sister's room.  I agreed and suggested that we do something with bubbles so that images/pictures/whatever could then be attached to that space.

Here's what I came up with.

Since this will be my third mural for these particular friends, I've suggested the idea of a frequent customer punch card... maybe after the fourth or fifth they'll get a free painting of a sandwich or something.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's That Time Again

It's time again for another cover for my work's writing publication.  This time, though, I get to do it in color because we're getting a new copy machine at work.

Here's my initial pencil sketch.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

He's Real To Me

I have eleven cousins in and around my native Pittsburgh who I regrettably don't see nearly as often as I used to before I moved to Ohio.  One of these cousins (John) got married this past weekend.

John's older brother Mike was the best man and naturally gave a speech during the reception.  Mike decided to do what any big brother worth his salt would do during his little brother's wedding and tease John relentlessly about his childhood imaginary friend.

When John was a kid he had an imaginary friend named Bubba who would often leave to visit China.  John being the loyal friend that he was, would always welcome Bubba back from these frequent journeys by way of a Twinkie with a candle in it.

Now seeing as how I don't frequently see my cousins they have no way of knowing that if you even mention in passing that I should draw something for my blog... I'll do it.  John perhaps didn't know that his casual remark about me immortalizing he and Bubba's indomitable friendship on paper would result in this:

You give me a good drawing idea and I'll draw it.  Let that serve as a warning to everyone.