Finally Done… for the day.

There was no post last night.  I started a drawing and ended up going to a random art show up in Seattle.

The art show was pretty neat.  It gave me ideas for things that I might try later.

Here are my submissions for yesterday and today.


Crazy ribbon like kelp. I have fond memories of kelp. The green tint was added in Picasa. Because it is fun.


I used to play with this stuff when it washed up on shore, when I was a kid.  A really long “bull kelp” could be used like a whip and even make the noise.  It is also fun to draw the ribbon like leaves.


Let’s Read!
Another face to practice on. I think I got the features right. Now it is shading and line improvement.

Lets Read!

Reading is awesome.  I am going to do a larger version of this over the weekend.  Practice my faces and try to get a better mediation between my highlights and shadows.  It is so much easier to do the transitions with paint.
Practice, Practice!


Well That Sucked

Today’s drawing is not awesome.

I had such high hopes for it.  I really need to work more on my people.  I just do not get the shapes and lines that make up a face or body.  Such a mystery.

I may have gotten a bit ambitious in trying to stipple a face.  You do not learn if you do not try though.

On a positive note, I get to draw a landscape tomorrow. Yaaay!

Here you go.  I hope you do not have nightmares 😉


So creeepy. I cant decide if this person is crossed eyed, has their faces smushed up or what. I do not know what to make of it.  creeEEepy!


Made It!

You have survived another week. Good for you!

Today I drew a Cheerleader to cheer you on.



Happy Friday! You made it!

This is probably the best full person I have drawn since I took life drawing in college, many years ago.  Definitely the best I have done with pen and ink.  I think she is quite stiff.  The reference photo I used was a girl posing in mid air, she was a bit stiff also.  This is also my first drawing of an African American female figure.  I was really worried about over coloring the skin.  I will have to work on that more so I can have a bit more realism in future drawings.

Everyday that I draw something I come to the conclusion that pen and ink is hard.  It takes lots of practice and I would rather paint.  The only way to get better is to keep at it.  I will become better at painting if I get better at drawing.

I like to think I am getting a teeny bit better every week.

Happy Friday!

See you Monday!

On the Right Foot

Today was a surprisingly good day.  Which means no fodder for office humor comic style doodles.

No biggie.  I have plenty of stuff to work on.


Right Foot Forward. What was I thinking when I did this? All wrong, WRONG!!
Going to have to practice more

Today is a wonderful sample on why it is important to take your time and double check things before you add the permanent lines.

Her feet are HUGE!  I do not think she could walk if she wanted to.  Maybe Sideshow Bob (Simpson’s) was her father or something.  I have no clue what was going through my head (or not going through my head.)  I also have no clue what happened to her right leg.  It is an amorphous blobby leg thing… I don’t know…

On the plus side, the torso, head and arms are all in the right proportions.  Which is usually a challenge for me.

I did discover that I do not really like the .05 Copic Multiliner pen.  I press to hard and it leaves indentations.  The ink flow (on this one anyway) is to varied.  I think my pen of choice is Micron.

We will keep on trying!

It will happen one day.


Once Again, into the Breach


Once More Into the Breach. A “cartoon” about a work day.

Today was one of those days you wonder why you were not issued a deep dive helmet and suit.

Days like today make me so happy that I have read Dilbert and watched Office Space.  TPS report anyone?

I left work and felt like I was on that long swim up for air.  The one where you dove to deep on one breath and you are not sure if you can make it back up….

Yeah.  One of those days.

I thought about how it felt on the way home and decided I would draw it.  I need more practice with the new artists pens anyway.

Enjoy 🙂

PS it is really hard to take a photo inside a small sketch book.  It keeps wanting to close!  Extra hands is a good idea, next time!

On the Horse, Again…

UpToHereI finally got fed up with myself and how I have let myself get sidetracked from my goal of being a web developer.  I find kind of stupid admitting this, but I have started refresher courses with CodeAcademy.  I blew through the first HTML/CSS course and even felt interested enough to try the initial JavaScript course.  It was pretty fun.

At the end of this month it will be one year since I graduated.  I have not changed or grown much in this year, in my opinion.  I have blogged about my internship and how happy I was to stop.  It was not really because of the tasks I was doing, it was the environment and people I was working with.  I am still at the same job I was last year.  On a positive note I have a client and the potential to have another (if they would call me back.)  It is not like I am not using my degree, things are just not moving along as quickly as I wanted.

Part of the slowness is where I got my degree.  Another part is me not being comfortable with code.  By code I mean JavaScript, C++, PHP and what not.  HTML and CSS, I get.  I do not see them as code, per say, they are formatting.  I am hoping that if I work on my skills via CodeAcademy, and other such programs, I will develop my skills and become more confident in my skills.

At the beginning of the year I was thinking and talking about my “Year of 300.”  We are close to starting March.  I should probably give a status update.

Physical Fitness: 3/300 hours (day to day activities do not count,  I have been bad at exercising this year.)

Web Development: 1/300 hours (just got motivated to do stuff today.)

Graphic Art / Fine Art: 46/300 (lots of this going on this year)


Moving into a New Year

MerryChristmasSeattleBannerMerry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

I hope that it is Merry and Bright for everyone.  If it is not looking like it will be for you, I hope that something stands out as good.  Focus on that and you will make it.

ChangeRoadSignWhen I graduated from University I was not prepared for the career I paid (lots) to learn about.  That is my fault for choosing the wrong school, wrong course and not questioning things as much as I should have. That left this year as a quest to get over my fear of change and failure.  Fear of not being “good enough” to graduate (some how I did,) not being able to get a job (still at my old one,) and not being able to do what I want to do (Web Designer!)  This year I failed to do a lot of things that would have made it easier to do what I wanted to do.  I got the wrong internship, I did not keep up with my studies, and I did not ask questions or look hard at what was going on.  Only when I got frustrated and angry did I start making changes.

I am not saying that this year was a waste or all bad.  I had tons of great things happen.  I DID graduate from a reputable University.  I DID get an internship.  I DID create some websites (no matter how basic.)  I DID quite my internship when I realized that it was not going where I needed it to.  My spouse and I made the move to home ownership (that was stressful.)  I have a new internship lined up and I have plans on making next year good.  All in all the good outweighs the bad since I learned things that enabled me to move on.

One of the tools I used to get over my fears is Planning. I find that making a rough outline helps keep me on track and keeps the fear of change at bay.  Whenever I HAVE to do anything (that I don’t want to do or am afraid to do) I plan.  I actually plan the fun out of it and cover pretty much every contingency (I have no idea why I did not go into project management.)  Plans allow for the greatest amount of light to shine on something that you are afraid of.  Especially if it is something new.

My rough plan for 2014 is pretty basic right now.  Do some follow up education so I can understand Web Design and Development better.  There are many things that make no sense to me and in order to get a job I feel that I should understand them and be able to work with them. As I learn more I want to rebuild my website (down for financial purposes – darn house) and the others I have built, practice, practice.  I also want to start building demo sites and templates for some of the various content managers out there.  I think if I can learn enough about those I can secure a decent internship (paying?) or start charging for my services (freelance.)  This means reducing the number of hours I spend on graphic design.  While it is fun I need to spend that time coding and expanding my Web Designer skills.

I have other personal plans too.  I plan on spending more time off my butt and walking around.  Exercise is important and I can use the time to plan out other things.  I can also increase my collection of photos so I have things to use when I need to make a graphic for a site.  I plan on encouraging my spouse to blog and finish his degree.  I plan on seeing a doctor on a regular basis (that is really scary in my mind.) I also plan on taking a vacation this year.  I has been a while and I am feeling the need to take a break.  That means saving up some green and paid time off.  I should probably spend some time with my friends too.

OtherSideOfFearFear is natural.  I think almost everyone is afraid of new things.  Things that they cannot fathom or understand.  I find planning helps reduce the fear.  Fear will never go away until you deal with its cause, but you can lessen it to the point where you can deal with it.  All it takes is some planning and research.  I need to research my medical plan and learn about finding a provider and paying the bills.  I need to learn how to use my insurance and so many other things.  I am worried that I will put it off again this year (it was a goal for 2012.)  I know that if I do research and ask questions I can over come this and help other co-workers figure it out. Once I figure it out I know the fear of it will be gone and I can spend that energy fearing something new.  The process repeats.

Have a great holiday season! 

Do what you need to do, even if it is scary.  The fear will go away once you do it.