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.