Dec 27, 2011

Sketchin' Skills

"One must keep right on drawing; draw with your eyes when you cannot draw with a pencil."
 ~Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

In an effort to keep my sketchin' skills from floundering, I figure I should strive to work faster and more simply -- and keep right on drawing.  My tendency is to get bogged down in rendering and perfecting; there's something to be said for simplicity, though!

This week's Illustration Friday theme is "Messenger", so here we have a wee little owlet-in-training at Hogwarts.

Also, this is the second illustration for the children's book I've been working on.


Dec 25, 2011

Gingerbread Greetings

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
~ Isaiah 9:6 KJV

Merry Christmas, blog readers!  I give you today a Christmas card I drew recently; the inside read "May your Christmas be filled with sugar and spice and everything nice."  I do hope, though, that this Christmas you'll experience what the holiday's really all about -- "a Savior... He is the Messiah, the Lord" (Luke 2:11 NIV) .  Have a joyous Christmas!!!

Dec 24, 2011

All Wound Up

Greetings, all!  Just popping in to let you know about my latest Shirt.Woot Derby entry, "All Wound Up".  If you're eligible to vote and you've got a sec, please give it a vote!  Thanks and Merry Christmas!!!

Dec 21, 2011

Happy, Christmas-y Things

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"
~Charles Dickens

Amid the helter-skelter flurry of mailing out cards, wrapping presents, drinking eggnog [shout out to Southern Comfort Non-Alcoholic Eggnog, yay-uh!] and warding off cats from nibbling on the Christmas tree, it occurs to me that my blog could use some lovin'.  So then, in the Yuletide Spirit,  let us have some merry little works of art!

For Illustration Friday's "Sink" theme, I did a sketch of the Abominable Snow Monster, alias "Bumble".  When the band of misfits encounter the Monster, Yukon Cornelius exclaims that "Bumbles sink!" as the creature disappears into the icy waters.

You may have noticed a new "Buy My Shirt" ad on the blog; that's because my "Bake It So!" shirt's available now!  **NOTE: As of 12/26/11, "Bake It So!" is no longer available -- sorry**

This is why mailing out Christmas cards takes me forever -- I feel compelled to personalize the envelopes with themed (in this case, "baking") doodles.  Sigh.

If you use Tumblr, please feel free to visit me at "Scribbles & Bits"; I'd love some more followers!  I'll send Igor ("eye-gor"?) 'round to fetch you. 

And Woot members, if you've got a second, please go vote for my marshmallows at Shirt.Woot; my design's called "A Nice Warm Soak" -- thanks!

Nov 30, 2011

Seasonal Stripes

"Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away."  
~Charles Caleb Colton

Hello, all!  This is just a quick post to show off the illustration I finished today.  I originally started my zebra sketch for Illustration Friday's "Stripes" theme several weeks ago... then it was Thanksgiving, and after that I caught a rather nasty cold... But I finally finished my zebra! 

Nov 1, 2011

Busy is Good

"One of the many blessings of being an artist is that you don't have to wait for someone to hire you before you can work. That's wealth beyond measure."
~ Eleanor Blair

This has been a busy week, with visiting family and festivities, and we're in that seasonal stretch where things don't really slow down until year's end.  For me it's a time of keeping my eyes open for job opportunities whilst (and at the same time) maintaining my freelance workload.  Some days I feel like I need the arms of a Hindu deity -- but it's good to be kept busy!

A quick Nazgul sketch, for Illustration Friday's "Scary" theme.

My Shirt.Woot entry this week, featuring brilliant, evil little pigs.

Inspired by Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, my husband and I dressed up as Penny and Capt. Hammer for Halloween.  The trick-or-treater turnout was meager to say the least, but we watched "Sleepy Hollow" and had fun anyway.

Oct 25, 2011

Happy Fall, Y'all

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
~ Stanley Horowitz

This is just a quick post to say "Happy Fall, Y'all"!  My summer was basically a whirlwind of road trips and blazing heat, consummated by moving back to Texas in late August, so I am certainly enjoying the slightly cooler days and the settling-down of fall.  

My "Love Without Words" shirt is available now at Goodjoe!

"Bama Battlecry" was my submission to the College! Challenge at Threadless.

Jun 4, 2011

Tiny Pushes

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."
~Helen Keller 

Today is a day of "tiny pushes".  Furniture has been moved about the house, laundry's been done, plans have been made, and blog posts have been written.  Each tiny push brings about progress.  It feels good to get some stuff done.

I've got three entries in this week's Shirt.Woot Derby, "Anthropomorphic Food" -- Vote for Rum, Cupcake and Ham!

"Gentlerum of Fortune", featuring that handsome rogue, Slosh McGrogger.

"Piece of Cake" -- if you don't get it, watch this.
"The Penitent Ham", in which a certain adventurous ham encounters the dreaded Slicer.

May 30, 2011

Hit-or-Miss Ideas

"Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas."
 ~Georges Braque, Cubist painter & sculptor

I don't have very much to say here, artistically speaking.  Lately, my art has consisted primarily of struggling to come up with ideas for shirt designs. One of these days I'm going to figure out how to consistently come up with clever t-shirt ideas that will sell.  This hit-or-miss designing nonsense is starting to get kinda old.  Anyway... that's enough griping.  Time to show the artwork!

For Shirt.Woot's "Royalty" derby, I did a T-Rex royal crest design, "Tyrant Lizard King".  It's also currently up for voting in the Double-Take Derby

Just FYI, my "Barrel of Zombies" design is also a contender in the Double-Take Derby.

 "Delusions of Grandeur" was done for the "Shirt Titles Reinterpreted" Derby, in which designs were reinterpretations of previously printed shirt titles... as the Derby title indicates, actually.

Shirt.Woot introduced two new [gray, of all things] t-shirt colors, and so the "Silver Screen" Derby was born.  I did a little Nosferatu design called "Lunch Break".

Lastly, here's a baby Smaug sketch, because the Illustration Friday theme this week is "Asleep".

May 10, 2011

Small Moments

"Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I'd like to express my thanks -
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night."
~Irving Berlin, "I Got the Sun in the Morning," 1946

Lately I've been trying to take advantage of wonderful little things that come my way.  I bought myself a little bottle of bubble solution, and sometimes I just sit outside and blow bubbles for a few minutes.  It's a quiet, calming thing.  I've recently begun riding my bike around the neighborhood from time to time; after a [very!] long hiatus from biking, I'd forgotten how pleasant it is to feel the gentle wind in your face and explore new places on a bike.  I may not have won any art contests lately, and I may not be rolling in money and fame -- but there's so much to be grateful for, like small moments of refreshment and delight.

On a side note, today is my dad's birthday.  Happy birthday, Dad! :-D

The theme at Illustration Friday this week is "Beginner", so I did a rough sketch of a wee laddie practicing the bagpipes.  This may or may not have been sketched while I was watching a documentary about the Massacre of Glencoe, so.. bagpipes.

"Zombies" was a recent Derby theme over at Shirt.Woot, so here we have my entries:
"Remember the Undead", with a zombie/sugar skull thing...

"Sock Monkey's Last Stand"

"Barrel of Zombies", which got an Honorable Mention.

For the "Amusement Park" Derby, I decided to focus on the glories of AP food.

Apr 24, 2011

Tidings of Great Joy

"He lived and died to buy my pardon; an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!"
~ Bill Gaither, "Because He Lives"

Just a quick post to wish you a happy Easter!

Apr 20, 2011

What's a Few Months Between Friends?

"You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by."
 ~J. M. Barrie

It's good to be back, dear readers -- time to dust off this little sketchblog and get to postin' again!   The past few months have flown by, filled with lots of drawing, a little traveling and plenty of plain ol' living.  And now, without further ado.. 

This week's theme at Illustration Friday is "Journey", so I did a little corgi ready to journey through time and space.  [I know next to nothing about Dr. Who, so please don't be offended by any inaccuracies, rabid Who fans!]

My "Self-Expression" design came in 3rd place in ShirtWoot's latest Double-Take Derby; it originally was an entry in the "Oddball" Derby.

I did a Tesla shirt for ShirtWoot's "Woodcuts" Derby.

For ShirtWoot's "Science Fair" Derby, we have here a rogue mutant fly trap wreaking havoc.

Last but certainly not least -- this is the first illustration from the commissioned children's book I've been working on!  Very exciting!!!