Friday, June 27, 2014

The Scoop

I have not been art-ing much lately.
Spent a long time in my cone waiting for someone with a giant ice cream scooper to come along.

Mender of Broken Hearts

It's summertime!  And bunnies gotta do what bunnies do best.  Alas, summer flings lead to broken heartstrings.  Lucky for them, there's someone who will help them mend their broken hearts.

Ouch, that looks painful.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Illustration Friday: Temptation

Go ahead.
Take the flower
and see what else comes up.
Don't be afraid to

June 2nd is the most amazing day!  Happy birthday to my dearest sisterfriend Ces.  These pen and ink critters are pitiful, I know.  I simply cannot hold a candle to her and her amazing microns.  Nevertheless, they insisted on coming out to celebrate the human wonder that is Ces, she with the diligence and artistic skills of legends and a most frustratingly vast vocabulary.  She keeps me challenged and inspired, and my whole journey into art would have been painfully dull without her.  I am so blessed to know her.

But wait, there's more!  June 2nd is also the birthday of Ces's beloved sister.  And, coincidentally, my beautiful sister-in-law's birthday as well.  Whew!   So much grace and awesomeness to be thankful for on this day.  Happy birthdays all around!

Tsup Tsup and Tsup!!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Illustration Friday: Revenge

But getting even can be a bit of fun, too.

No, no.  I kid.  Just live well.  For the guy who leaned on his horn and cut me off on the highway, I'm going to live extra well. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Illustration Friday: Vanity

Did I ever tell you that some of my friends used to call me Ant in high school?  Ants love peonies.  So it was fate, then, that I would fall in love with the peony from the first moment I saw one years later.  Some people think peonies are too showy and flamboyant.  But I love peonies because when they start to open, they look like birds sleeping with their heads tucked in ruffly, soft feathers.  When we bought our first house with a yard back east, I planted 30 peony bushes in my bootcamp garden.  I called it bootcamp because I was a terrible gardener, and a lot of what I planted failed to thrive.  But not those bushes.  Every spring, I was heady with joy at the dozens upon dozens of enormous pink blooms which I bundled and gave away to neighbors and teachers.  I miss my peonies.  Unfortunately, they can't grow in the area I live in now.  But if I'm lucky, I will find a few bouquets at Trader Joe's.  In fact, I'm headed there now.  

Oh my stars, I drew a neck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In a Pickle

Would you rather....

...face an angry prickle of hedgehogs with dirty sporks...

 ...or a grove of well meaning teddy bear cacti who want to play trampoline with you?

Oh dear.  What to do.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Illustration Friday: Sizzle

Making S'mores

Don't you just love that moment when the marshmallow catches fire and there's a great big sizzle while the sugary pillow caramelizes into gooey, burnt goodness?  Mmmm.  Unfortunately, this image has not helped my popularity in this household.

Ye gads!  Take a look at the Poppy image from the previous post.  Notice anything missing?  The wings, man, the wings!  I forgot to add in the wings!  I just want you to know that I did not pluck the wings off a fuzzy bumblebee for the sake of art.  I will have to remedy that this weekend.

On a final note, I had a guest post on a lovely blog called Jazz and Draw this week.  Jazz and Draw seeks to inspire the discovery of new music and albums and artists.  Please do check it out when you have time.  I created a drawing of a talented young singer/songwriter named Zee Avi, whom I like to listen to while drawing.

Have a great weekend!  Spring break is next week for us.  I shall be looking to break some springs.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Illustration Friday: Red...and more


I'm late to the party for Illustration Friday.  Well, for what it's worth, at least I finished it.  Bumblebees look so fuzzy and cuddly, don't they?  I wonder if I could pet one.


 I don't want to look at another butterfly again!  Not for a while anyway.


A couple of weeks ago, it was my daughter Emma's 12th birthday.  She requested that I draw a picture of Vocaloid characters, which are anime-style characters who sing using voice synthesizer technology.  So I obliged.  Here is Emma and her Vocaloid posse riding giant odango thingies (odango are japanese rice dumpling yummies).

And here is a drawing by the great Emma herself.  This is one of my favorites.  She's my drawing buddy, personal art director and little muse, all rolled into one.

Have a rollicking fun weekend!  See you next week when I will hopefully be Sizzling.