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.