Wednesday, December 27, 2006


While I have the free time, I've decided to get some practice doing speed-paintings. The CGTalk forums' Daily Sketch thread has some good ideas for topics. This one was "Mom":

It took me a little over an hour from blank screen to aliens. I don't know exactly how long, because my watch seems to be in the middle of a nervous breakdown. Instead of sounding the alarm to let me know that my hour is up, it decided to count up instead. I wonder if it's time to get a new one... :P

Anyway, enjoy the alien family.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


I went on a short field trip to an atrium on the campus where I work. I used to hang out there occasionally as an undergrad -- they used to have a koi pond, and the atrium was a lovely warm green space to walk through in the middle of winter. Eventually, stupid people decided that the atrium would be a good place to release budgies and other small birds. I don't know if this was planned by the administration or whether people just started dumping their pets there. The result, though, was that every time you walked through the atrium you risked being pooped on by the increasing bird population.

I hadn't been back there in a few years, but when I visited the atrium a few weeks ago, it hadn't gotten any better -- in fact, it seemed worse than before. The entire west side is covered in droppings and feathers. I walked along the east side to the south side, where I discovered a citrus tree of some kind. They don't grow here, so I stopped for a few minutes to draw the fruit:

The fruit is quite large. It's probably a grapefruit tree. A particularly lumpy citrus was lying on the ground:

I managed to make it out of there without any birds relieving themselves on me. I miss the way the atrium used to be, and it's too sad to visit it now and wonder why no one seems to want to reclaim it and make it a nice place again.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Hoppy Holidays!

A last-minute Christmas card, improvised in Illustrator:

I thought it might be nice to give the in-laws a card. It took me an evening and a bit of work, and turned out pretty well.

Have a good holiday season, everyone!

Friday, December 22, 2006


I haven't really been working on any seasonal stuff this year (or any other year, really...). It's not my thing. However, I did have to attend an end-of-the-year meeting, where I ended up sketching a bit. Here's the Flower Hydra, sort-of like a cross between Bob the Angry Flower and the Three Stooges:

I discovered that an art store in town I don't usually go to (partly because they are more expensive than my regular store, partly because the last I was there they charged me the wrong amount for pencil crayons) has the PITT brush pens I've been getting online in a wide variety of colours. I guess they are now the most convenient store for me to go to, and it's been several years since the wrong-price thing, so I guess I'll be buying more of my art supplies there.

Anyway, while I was there I picked up the landscape-colours pen pack, which is what I used to colour the Hydra.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


I'm just not doing a good job with the sketchcrawl pictures. I'll post up the first two (also the best two) and hope I get the rest cleaned up sometime. The holidays are sneaking up awfully quickly, but I can hardly get anything done. As usual, the apathy is killing me.

Since I spent the Sketchcrawl day moving my friend, then running errands around town, then attending my other friend's ornament party, I wasn't able to sketch in any interesting places as I had planned.

Here's a planter in my own backyard. I don't know why the previous owners had deer skulls nailed to the garage, but I've just left them up.

And this is a birdfeeder at my moving friend's parents' house:

I think they turned out nicely with a bit of pencil crayon colour. I never got a chance to drag along my little watercolour set, I just added the colours afterwards, as best as I remembered. I think I like the look of pencil crayons in the journal.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Joker

Finally. Ladies and gentlemen... the Joker.

This picture was a LOT of work, from beginning to end. I started out with a very quick sketch of an exaggerated facial shape, but when I got to refining... I went overboard.

But you know what? I'm really pleased with his creepy self. Although it's always a bit of a let-down when you release something onto the net, and it slinks away silently. I've been feeling a good deal of self-pity about my skills lately. Neil calls in Angst Thursday because it seems like it happens every week. I call it Onks Thursday because I like to say "onks!"

Aaanyway. On to the next project, whatever that might be.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Return of Journal Sketches

Still working on cleaning up Sketchcrawl 12 stuff. Okay, actually I'm doing no such thing. Yesterday I was going to do some comics, but I ended up doing push-ups in the basement every 10 minutes (don't ask; Neil is planning to try doing 600 push-ups in an hour, but I haven't done a push-up for a year now and I thought I'd start with 60 push-ups in an hour). So I worked on that thrice-accursed Joker picture. I can't ink after doing push-ups anyway, exercise makes my hands shake.

The good news is, I think I finally fixed the problem I was having with the Joker's face. Mental note -- correct proportion problems BEFORE you get into detail work. Why is it that I am a repository of good advice I never ever follow myself? ;_;

So until I get the Joker, the comics, or Sketchcrawl pictures finished, you're stuck with stuff from the old journal.

The pigeon was roosting on a window ledge outside one of the buildings on campus. I wandered into an empty classroom to look at the view, and there it was.

There were a couple of pigeons there, but this one stuck around while the other one flew away. I wish I hadn't done such a bad coluring job with the grey marker.


Drawing a spoon was one of the Everyday Matters challenges. I don't find the challenges all that interesting -- I naturally gravitate towards things like shoes and spoons anyway, when I'm starved for subjects. It's wandering about outside and drawing things that bugger off after they've bought their coffee that's a challenge. But I like looking at other people's journals and I am easily swayed. So now I have a spoon. I like the markers here... but I don't like the pointy tip. Why did I make the tip so pointy?

This, on the other hand, just turned out well:

It's a self-portrait. I don't know if the resemblance is all that great... but I like the results anyway.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Journal Sketches

Although I did a bit of sketching this weekend for Worldwide Sketchcrawl 12, I haven't cleaned up and scanned all the sketches yet. I did, however, scan a few small things from my first journal sketchbook, which I completed on Friday. I can't believe I've been keeping a pen-and-paper journal for six months! There's still a few pieces in there that need cleaning up and scanning, but the sketchcrawl drawings all went into a brand new book.

I noticed this weekend that an artist friend of mine had a hand-bound sketchbook. I've been saving some covers from unwanted hardcover books (if they're in the recycling bin in the loading dock, they're fair game) so that I can do the same thing sometime. Wouldn't that be awesomely cool?

Anyway, here's a few things from early November, that I never got around to scanning. First off, another meeting doodle:

I was playing with my then-new brush pens, sketching out a co-worker's hand. Some parts turned out well, some didn't. Why is one of the fingers pointy?

This hat caught my eye on the bus:

I wish people would wear more exciting hats, especially on the bus. But the only place you see fun hats any more is at the ski hill. This hat wasn't even all that colourful, it just had a striking pattern of stripes.

Last of all, I went to the bar with a bunch of grad students in early November. One of them had just finished passing his PhD defense, and in our department that meant that he had to buy beer for everyone in the deparment! This grad student was very popular and had been there for a long time, so nearly everyone showed up to drink his beer.

Of course, the people there were all students and researchers, and they talked about their research all evening long. I understand some of it, but a lot of it is too specific to their projects to be easy for me to follow... so I took advantage of the fact that they were all sitting around and I drew this scene:

The guy in the middle was a pretty good sport about the whole thing (although he did move his arm around a bunch... which is why it isn't as good as it could be). I didn't capture his face very well -- it was quite dark in there, and the light was behind him. I was mostly interested in how the light shone on his sweater, anyway.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


I experimented a bit more with watercolours this weekend. This time I tried to paint more of a scene than a single object (although it's still a still life). This is my favourite chair, where I have coffee in the mornings and like to read and knit at other times. It's a Poang chair from IKEA. My husband and I each have one, and they don't really match. I'm sure that says something about us.

Anyway, there are a few things I like and dislike about how this picture turned out. I like the chair, and the contrast between the orange chair, yellow floor and green wall. I like the way I mixed the black (I have no black) and the way the reflections turned out on the armrests.

I don't like that I completely screwed up the underdrawing. Specifically, I don't like the part where I made the piano look weirdly tiny because I put it too close to the chair. I don't like the way the paint turned out on the piano. If I was going to re-do this, I'd ignore the piano, the fuzzy white cube you can barely see on the right, and maybe the lamp. It would be a stronger composition with just the chair.

I'm pretty neutral about the floor. Neil likes it. He says the blotchiness is a nice effect.

By the time I was done with the chair, the natural light in the living room was fading fast. It's December and the sun sets pretty early here. I wish I'd made the colours more varied and interesting... but I'm not quite at the point where I'm ready to go crazy with shadows. And to be fair, my furniture is fairly bland.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Take Your Daughter to Work Day

"Ned the Closet Monster was starting to enjoy "Take Your Daughter to Work" Day. The quest for an afternoon snack had gone well. He was just going through Mrs. Sneadley's chest of drawers, looking for a nice dinner camisole when the bedroom door swung open..."

I've been working on this for a couple weeks now... if you don't include the preliminary sketch I made several months ago. I'm at that stage where I am so sick of looking at this drawing... and yet... I can't help but love the kid with the sock. I imagine that closet monsters live on socks and other choice morsels from our wardrobe.

This is pencil crayon on top of marker, an interesting if time-consuming technique I may or may not have the patience for. If I had to go back and do it all again, I'd pick a different colour for the carpet.

Someone suggested that this would be a good concept for a childrens' book. I'll have to give that some serious thought. If I can come up with a decent plot, I could see this becoming a real project.

In the meantime, enjoy the cuteness!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Damned if You Do And...

It's odd, but there are two situations during which my blog suffers: when I don't draw and when I DO draw. When I don't draw, there is no reason to update the blog because I have nothing to update it with. When I DO draw, I'm too busy finishing pictures to take the time out to scan and upload them.

You're damned if I do, and damned if I don't.

So here's a couple of pictures to tide everyone over until I get my butt more properly in gear. I'm gearing up for the Sketchcrawl next weekend, but I don't know what I'm going to do about it, since everyone and their dog seems bound and determined to schedule things on that day. I will be helping one friend move house in the morning, possibly attending a craft party in the afternoon, and there's a department Christmas party I am skipping out on in the evening. So I don't know -- either I will do a lot of work and not a lot of drawing, or a lot of drawing and not a lot of work.

Anyway. Back to some pictures.


Now that that's out of the way... Here's a yoga bunny. I was trying to draw a mascot for Lagomorphosis, and she popped out. I may colour her up and put her on the banner, if I finish all my other drawings and projects soon.

Moving on, here's the inks for what I think may become my Christmas card this year, if I manage to colour it by the end of the week:

It's the Santa Burglar! Ever wonder how Santa gets down your chimney in the middle of the night? I always used to, when I was a child. Eventually I decided that the original Saint Nicholas broke into houses, just like a burglar. In my imagination, I always thought of him as a youngish man dressed all in black, who broke into your house and left you presents. This was long before I moved to Canada and became acquainted with the North American Santa. Anyway, this guy is how I imagine Santa Burglar today -- a mixture of jolly old man and semi-military special-ops gnome.

Last of all, here's a picture I did for the November Drawing Jam. The reference photos were of Leslie Bianchini, a famous Playboy centrefold from the sixties:

I don't know if it's me rebelling against all these nude models that the Drawing Jam guy seems to pick (they used to alternate men and women, but there hasn't been a male model on there since I started participating), but more and more I re-imagine all these girls as monsters and fantastic creatures. Anyway, I used a photo of a milk snake as reference for the markings on the tail. It makes her look like a snake in leopard print.

I'll try to scan a few more things in tomorrow or the day after. Not only do I have a ton of drawings to finish, but we've had a problem with our house for the past couple of weeks. We developed some holes in the house (in the middle of winter!) and mice moved in. We've been catching and releasing mice for two weeks now, and I haven't felt like doing a lot of scanning when I have a bit of downtime. I hope the mouse situation is resolved now (we sealed the holes and drove all the mice out to a nearby ravine), but there is still a bunch of stuff left to do before Christmas so... no guarantees.

Monday, November 20, 2006

November Girl

Got some new brush pens a few weeks ago and I've been experimenting with them.

I think I like them a lot better than just straight-out brushes. They're easier to control because (I think) the bristles are stiffer. I think I also like them better than dip-pens because they have a steady ink flow.

Anyway, that was just a quickie sketch of a girl.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Bok Choi!

I finally got a chance to try out my birthday present today (the watercolour travel set... not the bok choi).

I haven't really ever worked with watercolours before, and I don't normally paint, but this was a fun way to start. I set up the baby bok choi in the sunroom, which faces north, sketched out an outline and went to it. I'm not sure it turned out all that well, but I'm not sure it turned out all that poorly either. I guess I'll have to work with the watercolours a bit more to get the feel of them.

I guess it was interesting to work with something so predominantly... green. I can see myself having to buy a lot more green in the future.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


This is just a rough colour block-in of the Stabbity sketch I posted back in April. I do a lot of sketches I later intend to colour, but few of them ever get past this stage. I generally finish the face and hair and halfway through the clothes I end up with 20 other sketches that I'd like to colour. Photoshop gives one the potential for a great deal of detail, which makes it attractive to try and make parts of my work smoother and smoother, while avoiding other parts of the drawing. Pen and ink are fairly immediate, though. At some point the drawing is just done and you walk away from it.

I'm posting some of my roughs because a). I haven't had a chance to scan in some of the newer sketches and b). hopefully this will prompt me to finish colouring a few of these. I think they could be really good if I just got them done.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

This Post is Too Boring to Have a Title

Still stuck in bi-weekly meetings. I don't know what this meeting fetish that people seem to have is all about, I'm just glad I don't have to go to more of them. I may have to start bringing toys or odd objects I can draw, because meeting rooms have got to be the most boring places on Earth.

If I ran the world, meeting rooms would have Lego. And Scrabble sets. Of course, if I ran the world everything would be done through e-mail and no one would need to meet unless they wanted to play Scrabble.

So out of the unending excitement of meetings comes...

...a coffee cup.

At least someone had the good grace to bring one so that I could draw it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Vacation Leftovers

So there's a few vacation sketches that are sitting in my journal half-inked. I've been finishing them up very slowly. (Very... very... sloooowlyyy....) But hey -- they'll all end up here sooner or later!

This is a balcony I drew in Rome. It was across the street from our hotel window.

I wish I'd taken some time to get a reference photo. In fact, I wish I'd taken photos of all sorts of things in Italy, like sandwiches and the guy herding sheep on a motorcycle. Heck, I often sit on the bus and wish that I had a little camera in my head, like the skull gun in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. I'd love to record all sorts of odd little things about people that I don't feel comfortable just taking photos of outright. There was a girl on the bus a couple of weeks ago that had a purse made out of ties. There's wall climbers at the gym that occasionally do cool things as I jog by (the yoga-climbing lady comes to mind). There's even normal stuff I ride by on the bus that I know I won't come back to because it's halfway between stations and it's winter outside.

The best pictures are the ones you never get a chance to take, hey?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Something from the Vaults

Actually, it's something from the desk drawers at work. My desk is FULL of half-baked pictures going all the way back to 1999, when I started working here. This was one of several pictures I drew at around the time I was playing Baldur's Gate 2 or possibly Neverwinter Nights. I was going to colour them up and use them as player character pictures.

I think this one was a Mage or Cleric. I also had a rather cute Bard which I had just begun to colour, another Mage I didn't like as much, and a very evil-looking Dark Paladin that never got beyond pencils.

I should go through the vaults again, scan all the stuff that doesn't look like crap and rework all the stuff that does. My body of work, while not particularly great, is stupidly large. I should make some attempt to organize it.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Grim Reaper Makes a Move

Imagine going to the drive-in only to find out that you have a date... WITH DEATH!

I don't really know why this popped out onto the page today. I was looking at the Drawergeeks' theme du semaine (the Grim Reaper) and suddenly thought about all those songs and stories from the 50s where someone's sweetheart dies in a horrible car crash and the singer/author wails about it for three minutes or 100 pages. Before I knew it, the Grim Reaper was out on paper, making his move.

Too bad I didn't draw him as more of a Grim Greaser. That would have been cool!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Vintage Doodles

Just a quick sketch today. I was looking through one of my larger sketchbooks and found a bunch of loose pieces of paper with art from a few months ago.

The ninja rabbit appears in my meeting doodles on a regular basis. Fight on, ninja rabbit!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Honey Apples

In the spirit of posting work more often, here are the apfels:

I'm still planning to work on a background for them, but I may not have the time until the weekend. I can't stand working in the dark anyway, and even the days are gloomy and overcast here now. Stupid fall in stupid Alberta.

Really, the last little while has been super-frustrating as far as artwork goes. It seems that every time I have a few minutes to pull out the sketchbook an interruption comes along. Neil's been home sick, which means he's bumping around the house when he'd normally be off Kung Fu-ing. He's in the kitchen when I want to make lunch, and he's on the console when I want to play games, and today I was thinking that maybe, MAYBE I could go sketching at lunch before my lunch meeting (the cow-orkers have helpfully scheduled a bimonthly meeting during my lunch hour; thanks, wankers) before the weather turns really cold. But no. He's got to come in for an afternoon meeting and we'll be having lunch together again. (Lest you think that I'm insane for complaining that husband wants to have lunch with me every day, you should understand that "having lunch" these days mostly means "walking to the food court, standing in separate lines and then dragging the results back to eat at our desks, in separate offices.) I could do without the five-minute walk to SUB and back, only to be stuck at my stupid desk eating my stupid Edo shrimp.

But y'know. I'm not bitter.

I think I'm back in my "Fuck you, human beings! Fuck you and the horse you rode in on!" phase. I seem to be feeling it particularly badly this morning.

* * *

Sheesh. And after all that complaining I did, it just so happens that Neil missed his bus and wasn't able to get here in time for lunch. And did I do any sketching? No. Because I forgot my watch on my bedside table this morning and if I go somewhere where I can't see the time, I will miss the lunch meeting.

So, not only am I bad-tempered, but I'm dumb as a sack of hammers too.

Somehow, this has restored my good humour. Now all I have to do is to try and convince the cow-orkers that we should hold all our meetings in HUB mall, where you can buy tasty cafe lattes and which is more interesting to draw in than the meeting room.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Maple Leaf

Oh, hey. I'd completely forgotten about this thing:

it's a Japanese Maple leaf. I was planning to do some watercolours of autumn leaves, but the leaves are all gone now and I just can't seem to break out the paints. However, I AM trying out some ink brushwork (it's hard; never again will I look at a simple brush picture and think "pffff!"), it's just that I've hardly done anything worth posting so far.

Anyway. Apples some other day! I've had a request for a background for them so I guess I'll keep working.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Getting Back Into It

There were so few vacation sketches I did that I'm trying to make up for things now that I'm home. I'm especially trying hard to see the potential in my everyday surroundings. (When I took a studio course, my TA used to criticize my choice of subjects. I happen to think that computer cables and circuit boards are just as interesting to draw as drapery and plants. Just because it's not traditional doesn't mean it isn't good!) Of course, after all that, something like a nest of cables is just darn difficult to do. If you're a lazy artist like me, it's much easier to knock out a dried rose:

especially if it's sitting on your desk and doesn't require you to go and open up your computer case.

Today I drew some apples, but maybe I'll save those for another day.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Vacation Sketches

Here's a few more sketches from the vacation. There's three or four more apart from this, but they are in varying stages of completion (I took some reference photos so that I'd be able to finish some of them, but I don't like to take reference photos of people. For one thing it's rude, and for another thing it forces me to draw quickly before the subject buggers off).

This is a sketch from our hotel balcony in Viterbo. If there's one thing that I think I would truly enjoy, it would be a quiet spot above a semi-busy street where I could sit and watch people on a warm summer evening. Neil sat beside me with his camera, watching pigeons roosting across the street and taking long-exposure photos in the dark, while I tried to sketch people below us. This was a guy standing outside a pizzeria, waiting for his friend who had just stepped in for a few minutes, and having a smoke.

A week (and a few unfinished sketches) later, Neil and I were hiding from a downpour under an overhang in Orvieto. It was right beside a bus stop, so there was a small crowd of people there, waiting for buses or tours or for the rain to stop so that they could run home. This was a dapper old Italian man who was having a great time joking around with some older Italian ladies. Eventually they broke into a song and did some dancing. They looked like they were having great fun.

A couple days after, we wandered around the Palazzo Pitti museums in Florence. We were worn out long before we had a chance to see everything. This was a tourist I sketched out during a rest stop.

We had to hide in the waiting room of the train station in Florence. We sat outside for a bit, but then we got waylaid by someone trying to bum a cigarette off us. He couldn't understand that we were non-smokers and didn't have a cigarette to give him. Anyway, train stations are great for catching people napping, and napping people are great because they don't notice you drawing them and they don't wander away nearly so quickly.

And last of all... my backpack and bike helmet at the airport, before heading home. The thing about airports is that either you have to race for your gate or you have a five-hour layover and plenty of time to kill. We had a couple hours at Roma Fiumicino so I got the chance to do a longer drawing than I usually bother with. It turns out that more detail makes the drawing look much better. Who knew?

I'll post the other sketches up as I finish them. It may take me a while. It usually does.

Monday, October 02, 2006


I am back from my vacation. Somewhat as expected, I didn't do much sketching in Italy -- for one thing, it's hard to sketch when you're out touristing. There's all that walking and cycling and milling around in confusion with a map and guidebook in hand. Having an impatient husband who neglects to bring reading material with him wherever he goes is also not very helpful. Still, I managed to sketch a few things. Here's a lamppost from the sixth town on our tour, and the town I think I liked best, Bolsena:

Anyway, it's been three days and I'm still jet-lagged. I've started eating normally (which is a lovely change) but I'm still falling asleep by 22:00. Heck, it's only 20:00 and I'm sitting here, typing this up, thinking longingly of pillows and other freshly-laundered bed things. I had plenty of plans for artwork this weekend, all of which have taken a backseat to being dead tired. Very sad.

Monday, September 11, 2006


Only a few days left till the trip, and I haven't been drawing much. Here's a picture based off a Bettie Page pinup.

I didn't do that great a job on the colour, especially the background. How the heck do you do backgrounds in marker without streaking, anyway? Saturate the area with as much ink as it can handle?

In any case, who looks at a pinup for the background? Enjoy!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Okay, here's the rough colours for the environment concept:

I'm sure it'll look terrific, assuming my wrist gets better in time to finish this.

Friday, September 01, 2006

People are People

More stuff from the sketch journal. This is one of my friends, Greg, whom I tried to sketch at the housewarming party last weekend.

I'm not sure it really looks like him. It's difficult to get someone's facial features right when they keep turning their head away.

And these are people I drew on the bus a couple days ago:

Well, the bald guy was actually at the Cafe, not on the bus. Why is it that as soon as you decide to draw a picture of someone, they suddenly up and leave?

At least I now have something to do with myself if I end up riding the bus all winter. I mean, apart from knitting socks.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

In Joke

I'm working on an environment concept for the Blizzard art contest at the moment (the deadline is coming up quick! And I've only just started!) and maybe I'll post the rough colours in a bit, but in the meantime all I have is this:

It comes from a post someone made on our guild forums about how he likes dressing his friend up as a schoolgirl and riding him while other people eat popcorn and watch. The whole thing came completely out of left field. In fact, since it was a response in someone's introductory "can I join your guild" thread, it came right out of ballpark, and possibly from a different planet. This is the not-so-rude interpretation of the comment, with avatars instead of people. I'm just as happy not having to illustrate yaoi.

I've also been doing more life studies. I attended a party this weekend where I sketched a couple of friends and I'm also inking a cityscape I drew last Wednesday. There should be more stuff posted soon, and then I'm going to be on vacation for a few weeks starting in mid-September. I hope to fill the rest of my life sketchbook while I'm gone!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Journal Sketching

I've been trying to sketch more stuff from life, to help me with things like backgrounds which I hardly ever bother with (because why? Because straight lines are difficult, perspective is difficult... I'm lazy as all get-out. You heard it here first.)

So here is that front yard picture I posted up a few days ago. I spent some time tonight trying out my watercolour pencils on it.

As you can see, either I suck at watercolour pencils (very possible) or they are not what I should be using to colour complex pictures like this. It could also be a combination of the two.

Luckily, I think I'll stick with inks for the next little while. I'm inking a picture I did yesterday of a little nook outside of Cameron Library on the University Campus, but it'll take me a while. I even had to go back today to get a reference photo so that I don't screw up too badly.

While I'm finishing that up, I'll post this picture I did today at a local Cafe:

I finally swallowed my something-or-other and dragged the sketchbook out for lunch. As a matter of fact I DO get distracted while drawing and am not a brilliant conversationalist, but since Neil was busy eating his pizza, I'm not sure he minded all that much. I had just enough time to sketch out this couple before they left. Turned out quite respectable for a quick drawing!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Yet More Undead

An Angelina Jolie reference photo, as processed by my brain:

I think she was (is?) too skinny. If I look at a picture of you and think "Ooo! The creeping undead!", then it's either time to gain a few pounds, spend some more time outside, or be very proud of your last Hallowe'en costume.

Anyway, I'm colouring this one up. The face and shoulders are pretty much done and I'm working on the dress.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Life Sketches

I haven't been doing nearly as much sketching from life as I intended to do this summer. Still, last year I did exactly none, so anything is an improvement, really. I just need to get over the embarrassment of sketching in public and to be a little quicker about whipping out the sketchbook in dead moments.

Anyway, here's the last two sketches I did from life. Here's my husband eating a cheese stick on one of our Sunday bike rides:

And here is a drawing of my front yard that I've been doing a little at a time, sitting on my front stoop on rainy days.

I'm planning to colour that last one using some of the watercolour pencils I picked up last month.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Jamie Hewlett

While perusing a thread of Jamie Hewlett's art, it finally dawned on me that he was the guy who did the Tank Girl comics (he also did the designs for Gorillaz). I never actually had any Tank Girl comics, but I used to see the art every once in a while and thought it was damn cool. Anyway, his style is awesome, so I did a couple sketches loosely inspired by Hewlett.

I'm partial to seedy fairies. I rather think that if fairies existed, they'd bear more resemblance to Tad Williams's Applecore than they would to fantasy pinups done by (the totally fictional) Moondreamflower Wolfsbreath.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Macbeth, As Re-Enacted by Squirrels

Actually, it's Lady Macbeth.

Being an artist is great. Who else gets to waste their free time imagining squirrels doing Macbeth? I'm trying to work out some designs for the three witches now. It's not easy making squirrels look witchy.

Oh, and while I'm at it, here's a quick little sketch of a squirrel I did from life today. There's a small oak tree growing right outside my office window, and it's dropping tasty acorns for squirrels to eat.

This was a very quick sketch for me because squirrels are very, very twitchy. Also, there were some grad students smoking outside and they thought the squirrel was cool, so they tossed acorns to it. It would have probably moved in any case, they don't stay still for long at all.