Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nicki Minaj

It's been forever. Here's a sketch of Nicki. Oh man, do I love me some Photoshop and some Nicki.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sneak Peak

A teaser for our new collaboration. I'm trying to really focus on being consistent this time. Also, this will be hand-drawn, scanned, and inked digitally. If anyone can recommend inking tutorials, I'd be much obliged.

Friday, September 2, 2011

When is a door not a door?

A few months back, pre-engagement also know as "the time when I stopped working on everything", I was approached by a friend of my brother's to do the art work for a one-shot comic of his. I am, admittedly, terrible with deadlines, so the project floated in limbo until this past August when I finally buckled down and just did it. I owe Alex a thank you both for picking me to work on this as well as for his patience while I existed in the mind fog of a newly engaged woman.

Much like a good workout wherein you don't quite know how you lifted that 150 lb weight over your head, I am a bit baffled that it is complete. Stay tuned and expect more from our duo.

So without further ado, please enjoy Ajar.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Draw What You Love

Current mood board, really feeling Catwoman ever since I watched Batman Returns a few weeks back. Loveloveloved Michelle Pfeiffer. On a related note, I finally saw Beetlejuice, and I was equally smitten. As a kid I saw bits of it and never understood it, but having seen it in its entirety, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Tim Burton knows how to style a movie.

The cover of my new sketch pad. Could NOT resist the pink shiny paper.

Katy Perry, Felix the Cat, Gala Darling, and leopard hearts.

Betsey inspired collage, Betsey Johnson, Eloise, Dala horse.

Dala-corn (dala horse+unicorn), bunting and Nikki Minaj.

My "theme" or idea (theme sounds too grand) behind this newest sketch pad is to Draw What I Love. I was doing the 30 Day Project and I liked doing the sketches, but at a certain point (day ten to be exact: favorite candy) I decided, I just didn't care enough about the prompts to draw them. And I was never sure how to approach them, quick sketchs or fully resolved images? Quick sketches didn't feel long enough, but full images seemed like too much for topics that I wasn't completely invested in. I know myself enough to know that I need to draw something everyday if I'm to improve. BUT I am also a terrible procrastinator and spend waaaay too much time trawling the internet. Then it dawned on me, if I'm going to fritter away time absorbing beautiful images on the internet, why not try drawing them? Turn a bad habit into a good one. And that has turned into doing portraits of women who inspire me along with other random doodles.

What do you love to draw?

Batter Witch

I've had a hankering for zucchini bread for a a long while now. Last summer, on the way back from the Cape I stopped at a farmer's market and had the BEST zucchini bread ever. The baker had used pineapple to sweeten the batter, and I remember the base being crunchy and caramelized. Oh my! I didn't attempt to find that recipe, but I did find this from an adorable blog, Smitten Kitchen.

Can I tell you how amazing the batter tasted? A perfect blend of salt and sweet; I wanted to eat it raw. I did not. The aroma upon baking was lovely, perfect for warming an airconditioned house. Once baked, I didn't notice the salt/sweet as much, and the zucchini flavor was pretty subtle (the golden raisins I added might have upstaged the zucchini) but that didn't stop me from gobbling down two, warm. Mmmm. Especially good with Bigelow's Vanilla and Caramel tea, my new obsession.

What's cooking in your kitchen?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Taking a Break

It turns out there is a downside to spending so much time with my shiny, new laptop. Specifically, my eyes have become dry, red, and irritated. Therefore I won't be posting until my eyes rehydrate. The recovery plan is to:

-Get out more (I've been inside too much. And it's summer! I should be outside!)
-Limit online browsing to an hour (A friend describes the internet as a rabbit hole, and I fall into it waaaay to easily.)
-Take eye breaks during long bouts of computer aided drawing
-Use eye drops for contacts (in four years of wearing contacts, I rarely use drops. I'm even worse at carrying my lens case around)
-Wear glasses when using the computer for long periods
-Get a paper sketch pad (I've gone almost a month without one!!!)

Sounds good to me! How do you deal with staring at a screen for hours?