Dec 8, 2010

Perverse and Rebellious

"The tighter a deadline is, the more I'm inclined to be perverse and rebellious – I'll start thinking about another, different project, until it becomes the most fantastic thing which I must start immediately."
~ Errollyn Wallen, composer

This quote pretty much sums up my art-life in recent weeks.  It's so hard to quiet the little part of me that wants to flit madly from fun art contest to new Christmas craft project to time-consuming-thing-of-the-day.  Must focus! 

Things that I'm lovin' right now (read: Prime Distractions):
  • Jan Brett's book The Twelve Days of Christmas, with its gorgeous illustrations (seriously, they're amazing.)
  • Egg nog.  'Nuff said.
  • Handel's "Messiah" -- so good.
  • Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda... can't wait for the sequel!
  • Christmas ornaments; come Dec. 26, gonna hit up those sales!!!

This week's Illustration Friday theme: "prehistoric".  Here we have a quick illustration of a time before our history, on a far-distant planet.  "By Grabthar's hammer, by the Sons of Warvan, you shall be avenged!" [name that movie!]

My Little Fox shirt, "Rake Break", won second place in Shirt.Woot's "Double-Take" Derby!  It looks like it won't be available much longer; buy now!!!  (Click the ad on the right  Sorry, no longer available)

I recently took on my first international commission, designing a bubble gun tattoo for a very nice lady in Spain(!) 

Last week's sketch for Illustration Friday -- "Savor".

Nov 23, 2010

Giving Thanks

In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thanksgiving is upon us, boys and girls!  You know what that means -- well, yes, there's food and family and football and 'Friday -- but, really it means counting our blessings.  I don't know about you, but my life is chock-full of blessings, big and small.  Not to get all preachy here, but it is good to set aside time amidst the harum-scarum of holiday festivities to reflect and be thankful for what God's given us. 

One thing I'm particularly grateful for at the moment is t-shirt designs.  (Crass commercialism, you say?  Well.. yes.  Bear with me.)  Check out my designs that're up for sale at Shirt.Woot and LOLMart!

The "Catmas" shirt's only available for a few more days; get one now!!! [Click on the ad on the right! Sorry, no longer available]

Robotron won first place in the "Build Your Own Robot" derby at Shirt.Woot; thanks to all who voted! [Click on the ad on the right! Sorry, no longer available]

Lastly, my design for this week's Illustration Friday theme, "Sneaky", features the ever-mysterious, ever-misunderstood Severus Snape.  Gotta love that Sneaky Snape.

Nov 15, 2010

Burnin' Till the Break of Day

"Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burnin' burnin' burnin'
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray!
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burnin' burnin' burnin'
Keep me burnin' 'til the break of day!"

~ "Give Me Oil in my Lamp", religious children's song

This time of year, events and to-do lists and schedules invariably fill the calendar more and more until one is immersed in a maelstrom of activity -- and I am looking forward to it.  Between a new book club and t-shirt designs and sporting events and weddings and traveling and freelance gigs, things are shaping up to make this a very busy season; burnin' the candle at both ends always makes for fun times!

The Illustration Friday theme this week is "Burning", which coincides nicely with my Shirt.Woot entry this week -- a mighty robot terrorizes Blockopolis as its denizens flee and the city burns. 

My Chupacabra shirt, "Goat Sucker", is up for voting at Threadless; the goats need votes!

These are posters I did recently for a client -- the Christmas tree design will actually be blown up to a full-size poster, which is pretty nifty.

Nov 9, 2010

It Keeps on Slippin', Slippin'

"I am long on ideas, but short on time. I only expect to live about a hundred years.."
~Thomas Edison

   It's a tricky business, Time.  It so often gets out of hand, quietly evading our grasp before we notice, and then weeks/months/years have passed.  It occurred to me today that this weekend, we'll be traveling and then in about two weeks, it will be Thanksgiving -- and then Christmas will be right around the corner.  Where did this year go??  Yipes stripes.  

  It's also interesting how so many industries (graphic design, for instance) are obliged to begin seasonal prep work months in advance.  Working on Christmas illustrations in the weeks preceding Halloween is just odd; I try to get in whatever 'mood' my artwork calls for -- but breaking out the "Jingle Bells" in October kinda throws my mental calendar off a bit.  Although, getting a jump start on Christmas shopping might not be a bad idea... 

"Pink Punk Princess" + "Robotron" = True Love.

"Afterwards", a sketch for this week's Illustration Friday theme.

My "Home for the Holidays" bunny shirt is up for voting at Shirt.Woot until Thursday.  Vote now!

A little Calvin & Hobbes homage strip -- comics are remarkably hard to do, by the way.  Which is a) part of why Bill Watterson is a genius and b) why you won't see many comic strips on this blog.

This is one of the designs I'm going to put on my mini-business cards.

Finally, a little shameless self-promotion.  Buy my shirt at Shirt.Woot; it's awesome -- and it would make a great gift for that Star Wars/Star Trek nerd in your life!!!!

Oct 29, 2010

Festive and Fabulous

I intend for my paintings to reflect an enthusiastic response to the world around me – perhaps, more simply stated, a celebration of being.

Golden maple leaves and cool breezes... ain't autumn grand?! We're halfway through the autumn season (which in my mind, consists of October and November -- August and September are just too hot down here to be considered "fall"), and Halloween looms large.  Sadly, I wasn't able to find any nifty parties or events to attend in my immediate vicinity this year, but I can still dress up to hand out candy to wandering munchkins!  I'm pretty stoked.  I'm not really going to "be" anyone, per se; "Pink Punk Princess" is an alterego born of indecision and frugality.  Would you like to see my costume?  I'm gonna look like this:

Also, I've been doin' some artz, which is probably why you're reading my blog in the first place.  But I just had to show off my fab duds, because it's so much fun to play dress-up!!!  [Yes, I'm only six.]

A little sketch-quote that I did just for the font of it.  (Didja catch that?)

Last week's ShirtWoot derby theme was "Fall Colors";  here we have my little foxy shirt.

This week's ShirtWoot derby theme is "Meat", so I drew Spam Spade, meat of mystery.

I gave my "Sugar" design a makeover (out of necessity), and it's up for voting at Threadless.  Check out my velociraptors there, too! 

Oct 19, 2010

Spooky and a Scarecrow

Just a quick sketch for Illustration Friday's Spooky theme: Little Nosferatu.

Plus, while I'm posting, I might as well show you my latest Shirt.Woot design; members, go vote!!!


Oct 9, 2010

O Frabjous Day

"The secret of success in life is to be ready when your opportunity comes."
~Benjamin Disraeli

Tell you what, dear readers -- when it rains, it pours!  Since my last post, I've gotten a poster commission, a freelance contract, and (super-exciting!) a winning shirt design!!!   I'm certainly one thankful little artist.

"Poker Game" won first place in the "Meme Mashup!" derby at Shirt.Woot; my first derby win!!! It's available for purchase here.

"I Lol, Therefore I Am" was also entered in the "Meme Mashup!" derby.

"Transportation" is this week's theme at Illustration Friday -- here we have a faery scout with her trusty mode of transportation.

"Bloodthirsty Baby" is currently up for voting at Shirt.Woot's "HalloWoot" derby; go vote!!!

Sep 27, 2010

Movin' on Up

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another."
~Anatole France

It was with a fond farewell that we bid adieu to our Old House yesterday afternoon; we'd had lots of good times in that little place.  The house was finally emptied and cleaned, quietly awaiting its next tenant.  And then we went home to the New House and met our new neighbors.  They seem nice, and the New House is a bit nicer than our old place.  We've already had exploits in the New House -- a large dead tree limb fell on our roof (thankfully with little or damage!), and I made rice krispies treats for the first time.  Guess which exploit involved more feats of dexterity and skill.
So, the transition continues, as we sort through belongings and arrange affairs -- but it's official.  We're all moved in, huzzah!  

Some things never change, of course; the art just keeps on comin'!  Enjoy.

"Old-Fashioned" is this week's Illustration Friday theme, so here we have "Old-Fashioned Fun".

"Calypso" is up for voting at Shirt.Woot; members, feel free to swing by and vote!!!

"Rain Dance", featuring some very muddy piggies.

Sep 7, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

"The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living."
~Dione Lucas, English chef

My husband and I returned yesterday from a wonderful weekend trip Back Home, where we enjoyed fun times, fellowship and food with our loved ones.  The food, in particular, was amazing.  Between restaurants and home-cookin', we indulged in lobster penne in Cajun cream sauce, garlic mozzarella bread, shrimp scampi, hot sub sandwiches, thick juicy steaks, herbed red potatoes, cheesecake with blueberries and several different kinds of ice cream.  I'm afraid to step on the scales, needless to say.  But so worth it!  When we got home, I noticed that Illustration Friday's theme this week is "Dessert" -- a nice little opportunity to sketch my homage to fab food.  Bon appetit!


Aug 30, 2010

Pickin' and Grinnin'

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." 
~Louis Nizer

The Great Website Project is complete!  You may have noticed a new link under "Check it Out" on the right side of the blog that says "My Website" -- you'll find that it leads to a new and improved home for my artwork, complete with sketchings, t-shirts and finished illustrations.  Huzzah!

In other news, my little household will be relocating in the next few weeks to a relatively nearby house in our same neighborhood (yay!).  If I don't update Sketches & Draws for a bit, you'll know it's 'cuz I'm sittin' around, pickin' and grinnin' [haha, it is to laugh].

"Swamp Song", done for the Dueling Banjo Pigs blog -- just for grins.

Some faces I sketched in pencil...

An alligator WIP.  Btw, does anyone have any experience with selling clip art?  Good idea/waste of time..??

This week's Shirt.Woot entry: "Goat-Sucker"

Aug 17, 2010

The Best-laid Dreams

"A dream without a plan is just a dream. A dream with a plan may become a reality."
~Hap Hagood, sculptor

Since returning from a very enjoyable weekend in Washington, DC, life hasn't slowed down.  Work has continued on the Great Website Project (in conjunction with the Great Portfolio Project), housing issues have again arisen, lightning has struck (not 20 feet from our house), computer systems are down due to lightning, travel plans have changed.  Throughout, the art continues, and I'm feelin' pretty good about it.  
Recent encouragement from friends and entrepreneurs leaves me feeling that yes, my art is marketable and must be marketed -- feeling upbeat is so much better than succumbing to the "I sit and draw and have little to show for it" mentality.  The plan is this: armed (soon) with Website and Portfolio, I shall sally forth and seek my fortune.  Allons-y!

"Velociraptors of the Apocalypse", for Shirt.Woot's "End of the World" contest.

Unfinished sketch for "banjo pig" concept.

Study of a llama, from 1980 Nat. Geo. World cover; original photo by David Falconer.

Jul 28, 2010

Steppin' Out with my Baby

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

 That's right, boys and girls, my man and I are fixin' to hop a plane for a weekend in Washington, DC.  But before I leave, I wanted to share some recent art stuffs -- lest you think I'd been idle since my last post (Ha! Me, idle?)  So, without further ado...

"Flying Monkey"

Illustration Friday: "Double" (the theme for this week's IF submissions)

"Froggies", my entry in Shirt.Woot's "Three" derby

Some faces...

"Simba", a commissioned portrait of my roomie's beloved Maine Coon cat.

Jul 9, 2010

Birthday Buzz

"These things are fun, and fun is good."
~ Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish

It's my birthday today!  And now that I'm the ripe old age of 26, I'm celebrating with a cupcake balloon, cheesecake and BlueBell ice cream (Chocolate Moo-llennium Crunch!)... in a very grown-up way, of course.  My submission to this week's "Kawaii" derby at Shirt.Woot reflects the sentiments of the day.  Sugar for everybody!  Happy Birthday to Me! :-D

Jul 8, 2010

Rich Harmony

"Drawing and color are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more color harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also."  
~Paul Cézanne

While my painting skills have improved, and I do feel more comfortable painting (digitally)... I think drawing will always be my first love.  There's just something about the simplicity of sketching that's hard to beat.   My painting studies have been going well, though; I'm pretty pleased with my seagull piece, for instance.  It's fun to 'draw' with brushes, observing the harmony of sketch and color.  

In other news, I'd like to thank everyone who follows Sketches & Draws -- both official followers and casual onlookers.  You're what makes blogging fun.  Thanks for checking out my little sketchblog, everyone!

"Seagull" is another sketchcard I did for Ripple -- head over there to help wildlife and receive some neat artwork!

"Hamlet & Horatio" -- Shakespeare meets the Blues Brothers 
(à la Shirt.Woot's 'Shakespeare' Derby)

"Dogs of War", another 'Shakespeare' entry.

"Headcrab" was inspired by the parasitic alien creatures from the "Half-Life" video games.  Macabre sense of humor? Check.

"Lizard Person" -- it's a long story.  They steal tomato soup.

"Love Without Words" is a design currently up for voting
over at Goodjoe, in their "Pets" contest; Goodjoe members, share the love!