Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gone Pear Shaped

What to do when your best laid plans go pear shaped, when they blow up or take a hard left turn?  You own it, handle it, deal with it.  And then you move on.  Next!  Quite a few events have gone the way of the pear here lately.  But that's life, right?  Not everything can take the shape of a Slim Jim.

Today's illustration might have been inspired by all the things-gone-wrong lately.  Or it might have been inspired by my bing-watching madness of The West Wing and seven seasons of President Bartlet.  But in truth, it was inspired by the bowl of pears I saw in a furniture catalog.  Vapid, yes.  But I like pears.

Right now, I'm obsessed with the Podcast Serial, which tries to unravel the true murder of a high school student and the perhaps wrongful conviction of her ex-boyfriend.  Riveting, I tell you!

A big salute and heartfelt gratitude go out to our Veterans, today and always.  Thank you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Illustration Friday: Puppet

A little trick, a little treat.  Boo!  Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Neighbor Japsang

Once upon a long ago, I traveled to Seoul, Korea, and visited Changdeokgung Palace.  What a marvel, a historical site rich in history and culture nestled within a bustling and modern city.  I was enchanted by the architecture and blossoming gardens and the beautiful, hungry koi.  But I also spied with my little eye something that would capture my imagination most of all.  On the corners of the rooftop of the main palace building stood little figures, all lined up as if scanning the horizon.  These, I later learned, are called Japsang.  Each figure has its own name.  Delightful!  They are meant to be decorative but also serve to chase away evil spirits.  

I snapped a picture, blew it up, and it has hung on my living room wall ever since.  

Below is a picture inspired by the Japsang and Totoro.  Maybe sitting on the roof while thunderous-looking clouds loom overhead is not the best idea, but I'd like to think the squishy blue guys will keep the kids safe.

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.

This image was brought to you tax-free.

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. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Illustration Friday: Space

Space.  I  need some.

Got off to a slow start this week.  I'm working like a madman to get this one done by Friday, but it's not looking good.  So for now, a  WIP.  

Later, gator.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Illustration Friday: Twisted

Some take the hard route
and others get there the easy way,
but whatever path you're on,
I hope you find the sweet life.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Illustration Friday: Prehistoric

Tyrone lets Shirley know that he thinks she's neat.

Who needs a grand gesture.  Small ones are just as good.  Especially when your arms are teeny and you only have two fingers.  Hope your Valentine's Day is swell.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Illustration Friday: Exotic

My Little Exotic Pony Ride

Will she get on before it disappears?
Will she land on the saddle backwards?
Will her leg be sore from that crazy contortion?
Oh, the tension!  It's too much!

It's the year of the horse, y'all.  I'm proud of myself for resisting the urge to turn this into an alicorn and color it all pastel-y.  Yeehaw, I deserve a cookie.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Illustration Friday: Disguise

The Lone Ranger and Silver

How I LOVE this!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Illustration Friday: Beginning

Beginning Again

It's been months since I last drew, and I'm nervous.

I've always wanted to witness a lantern festival.  How gorgeous it must be.  I drew these children and made their clothes very plain, because I didn't want to detract from the lanterns themselves.  But now that I look at it...

Do they look like little prison children to you?

Quite coincidentally, my daughter and I were discussing lemmings this week and how they were driven off a cliff in the 1950s because it made for entertaining television.  If only they had lanterns, then they could have floated away, far out over the ocean and then...oh, that wouldn't have been great either.  Never mind.

Hello.  And happy new year.