Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey time

Oops, holiday started early for me. Taking a reboot break...see ya'll Monday! BTW, I'm super thankful for you.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day 79: Sunday Selfie: Ladytaur on the go

Ladytaur is busy, Ladytaur is on the run, Ladytaur doesn't have time for your questions regarding who she is, what she does and why her proportions are so off, okay? Give Ladytaur some space and leave a message with her assistant like a normal human being!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Day 77: Sami punk

I love the outfits of the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia.
I do not like coloring past 11pm.
Here's a drawing reflecting those two statements.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 76: A very important commission

I know I've been a little light on headstrong drawing effort lately, but things have been (insert excuse here) and dolls have been pretty demanding of my attention. However, I did have time to sit down with a very special client recently as she dictated exactly what I had to draw. A sample of our transcript:

"Draw me! Don't forget my boots! Now a boy! Make me a fairy! My hairy is messy! Draw me on his shirt! Put a spider on his pants! Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, DINOSAURS!"

Or something like that.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 75: Horae

Let's be honest; I have no idea what I'm doing with these watercolor markers.

Day 74: Dolls, dolls, my kingdom for some...mermaid.

More dolls today! I thought I'd take a picture of a dozen half-finished ones, but it'd probably be more fun to see the mermaid who holds my pens instead. Thanks, mermaid!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 73: A little fighting music...

So a little cheat: I did this a while ago, but I post it today to celebrate the fact that I'm going to my FIRST picture book specific critique group tonight! I'm workshopping the piece that accompanies these two little dudes and I'm super nervous/excited/queasy for it. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Day 72: Selfie Sunday: Team painting!

Today I had the exquisite pleasure of sitting down with the infamous Savin from Savin the Queen's Art Blog. We collaborated on this watercolor pen painting and were both really pleased with the results. More Savin art and musings on life can be seen at her blog here. Please enjoy. In the words of the artist herself: "Okay, that's it. I'm done."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 71: Lupita Organa Solo

Lupita N'yongo has been cast in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens (that title: urmm) and I am so. Incredibly. Excited. Please be amazing, JJ Abrams! Rekindle my romance with the movies and not just the universe!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Day 70: A quiet night with Fitzgerald

Another fun suggestion from a writer on BooksGetDrawn! It's like taking commissions but instead of getting paid, I can do whatever I want, when I want and they can't request changes. Good trade off! Fun practice. I should get back to kokeshi dolls.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 69: Nightblood

Lately I've been enjoying a forum on reddit called "Books Get Drawn"...someone posts a scene from a book they enjoy and volunteers can draw it. It's a great place for inspiration, both drawing and what-to-read next sorts of inspiration.

This scene comes from Brandon Sanderson's novel "Warbreaker." The requester's original post is here. Now I've got to read the actual book!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 68: Jonas

I remember exactly where I was 15 years ago when I read this part in "The Giver": walking home from class back to my dorm at BYU. I remember stopping dead in my tracks, flipping the pages back and forth and slow-burn realizing the implications of Jonas' sudden perception of the apple. I think I stood still under the trees for another 15 minutes, reading through the next few chapters. I didn't want to go home yet, I didn't want to talk to anyone that didn't just have the same heart-gasping experience that I did, afraid that it would sully the moment in some weird way. Ever have that? Where you love something SO much you don't want to talk about it at all; you just keep it for yourself?

Anyways. Jonas from "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. Apples are delicious.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 67: More dolls, always with the dolls...

 "Are you satisfied with your care, Mr. Potter?"

More dolls. Dolls dolls dolls. That's a weird word if you type it too much. Dolls. Buffalo. Kokeshi.