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.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Break in the Busyness

I've had a terribly busy week doing not-at-all terrible, fun things. Between my 10th wedding anniversary (yay!), a cousin's wedding back in my native Pittsburgh, and all manner of other busyish sort of things, I haven't had much time to draw.

I've drawn just nothing that hasn't ended up as lunch for my recycling bin.

Desperate to get my fingers moving again, I colored my head from the last post's drawing.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Art Therapy

I love my job.

That statement isn't meant to be facetious.  I really do love my job.  I'm the receptionist at a continuing care senior community.  I enjoy working with senior citizens like some people like working with kids.  It brings me (and my residents, I hope) a lot of joy.


Any job no matter how much one may like it or not, has those days... those days that leave you thoroughly misanthropic and wanting to hide in a dark cave until the end of time.

Today I had a dark-cave-until-the-end-of-time kind of day.

Rather than do something that may risk my employment being terminated, I channeled my frustrations into a drawing.  Now, I've attempted this in the past with little success but this one was actually a lot of fun and I find myself with a somewhat sunnier disposition having drawn it.

That spilling coffee, though... Entirely fictitious.  I would never sacrifice my beloved Gevalia Chocolate Mocha (in a Doctor Who travel mug!) at the hands of my own blind rage.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Furibund Fruit

The other day while looking at a sales flier for a local store, a product titled "foaming pear hand wash" caught my eye if only because the name struck me as funny.

What's a foaming pear?  Is it rabid?

Does it look like this?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I retract what I said in the last post about my glaring ineptitude.  I sort of like where this is going!  For demonstrative purposes, I've cropped it down to highlight the parts I worked on this evening.

I'm cautiously optimistic.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Demonstrations In Ineptitude

Allow me to demonstrate how I have no idea what I'm doing.

Exhibit A:

Have you ever watched one of those time lapse videos of an artist at work?  At first you see something taking shape but you're not sure what... then slowly the image starts to emerge and, ta-da! there it is!  Well, that ta-da result is a HECK of a lot harder to come by when it's YOU doing the ta-da-ing.

This is something right now and I don't know what.  I shift around to different spots every few minutes, come back to others, erase somethings, experiment with turning layers on and off... It's still a work in progress.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sarah's Serendipitous Sea Serpent Sketch

A sea serpent sort of showed up during an aimless doodle session today. Initially, I just drew the face having no idea what my end goal was... it sort of looked sea serpenty to me so, sure, why not?

My knowledge of anatomy relating to fictitious monsters of the deep is limited to what I gleaned from Beany and Cecil (that one's for you, mom) and since Cecil is little more than a cartoon sock puppet... well... it should come as no surprise that this doesn't look like something that could exist in the physical world.

Should I have been working on things that I've been commissioned to work on?  Yep.  My brain just couldn't find space for that today so sea serpents it is.