Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Here and back again!

Oh crud, has it really been since November since I posted? I'm pleased to say that really fun things are keeping my interest: I've started a business painting custom kokeshi dolls (check it out on Facebook and/or Etsy) and it's kept me crazy and delightfully busy for the past two months. But! That doesn't stop me from putting pen to paper from time to time. I've got a great new project spinning wheels in my peanut butter head (as one may see above) and more on the way.

Also! Anthdrawlogy is up and running again! Stop by for a healthy dose of kaiju this month.

And how have YOU been, by the way? I've missed you. We never get to talk anymore.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A whole new waaaaaave...

I really AM drawing lately, it's just on top of a wooden doll and then covered with paint. Quibblies has gone 3D baby! Side note: my daughter says all these dolls have "elevator lips" and I have NO idea why. Anyone have a three year old translator handy? No? Aww.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Holla for a kokeshi doll...a

So this last week, I started a new business venture: custom painted kokeshi and peg dolls! Kokeshi dolls are pretty ubiquitous here in Japan, but I found some blank ones to paint myself which turned out pretty good. I've got this and a handful of other dolls up in my etsy shop if you're so inclined to give a gander. It's also kind of late so I got a bit loopy in writing out product descriptions.

Anyways, there it is! Enjoy your face off.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Heads heads heads!

Sketching a blue streak of heads lately, maybe just to justify my need to draw lots and lots of hair. What can I say, I lean to the hirsute.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our Wild World (vintage quibblies)

While trying to find a story to read the kiddos tonight, I ran across a book of rhymes and illustrations I had done for a children's poetry class a few years back. There were 18 poems in all; these were my favorites (even if the owl one did need a bit of explaining to the three year old.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rainy Day Fairy

A quick sketch! I like to think she's a fairy plumber and is blithely inspecting a forest shower head.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Splish splosh

Pardon the colors, but the scanner really washed this out...GET IT? WASHED OUT? Because she's in the rain? Oahahahahahaooooh...I'm rusty at this.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Don't take off the helmet!

My first foray with a (single color) watercolor pencil. It scanned a little dark on one side, but I kinda liked it that way. This is ground control to Major Thomasina...

Painting schmainting blainting

Just some random painting sketches. Getting back on the horse...the shaky, bucking, wild and rabid horse.

Savin tries seaweed! (crosspost from Anthdrawlogy)


Monday, March 4, 2013


No background yet, but I'll get up the guts to do it sooner or later. Also, this was done on a rather large piece of paper, hence the need to photograph it and not scan it. Colors were better, I swear! Maybe I should just start painting dull colors and hope they'll scan nice. Hmm. I see no flaw in that logic.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Light Urple Princess Redux

Trying out a new technique and using a familiar pose. I think I want this haircut now.

This was a triumph...

Anthdrawlogy is doing Portal this week!

My goodness, people, if you haven't played this game, you must. It's puzzle-y goodness with a really gripping story. I'm no gamer, but I like cake and it definitely promises oodles of that chocolately goodness.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sposalizo del Mare #2

Finally painted it! Pardon the poor scan and the long delay. Two dead computers + impending baby + overwhelming classload has made me go...something something.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


To be fair, I wouldn't be too thrilled if I swallowed an egg, either.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Why we can't have nice things #31

So sometimes I take my notepad to church and sketch during Sunday School. Halfway through my bookish Chihiro here, Preston commandeered the page and drew...well, hopefully you can tell what he added.

When he asked if I liked it, I said, "I'm pretty sure you're going to hell."

Maybe I shouldn't take my notepad to church.

(Full lyrics of the alien queen's song here)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sposalizo del Mare

Sav wanted to color this one before I painted it, so I scanned the outline first. Adding color later, armed with fancy new watercolor techniques I learned this week! Woo!