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Doodles of a perfect late summer day at the cottage.

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A joint project by Clara and I. Somehow her finishing touches totally complement the feel of the drawing.

Young rock star birthday card
Rock Star Birthday Card by me

I finished the¬†drawing for Avalon's birthday. Avalon is a talented singer, and she's currently one of the lead singers with her local School of Rock House Band. She's only 12 but has presence beyond her years. She's a pretty good kid, I like her a lot ūüėČ Happy belated birthday sweet girl, Rock On ūüíē

I'm working on a little birthday drawing for my not-so-little niece on her 12th birthday.

Illustration of a woman working at her computer while her children play at her feet.Hey, what can I say?  This work from home thing is a breeze.  I'm getting tonnes done.  Tonnes.

 

Sketchbook drawings for a future comic strip
Sketches for a future comic strip

There are days where, for one reason or another, I just don't get to sit down with my sketch book.  The kids, the errands, the extreme tiredness...life just gets in the way.  Sometimes this goes on for a few days, then a week, and then I start to look at my sketchbook with a combination of longing and fear.  I have a lot of ideas in my head, and I want to get them onto paper, but I'm afraid of what my hands or brain might have forgotten in their time away from the pencil.  I know this is ridiculous.  But, I am not naturally talented at drawing.  It's taken me a lot of practice and YouTube videos to feel good about where I am.  So, when I'm away for so long, I get afraid that I've somehow misplaced my ability to put lines on a page in a way that pleases me.

It happened to me this week, so I'm trying to get my groove back with some gesture studies and thumbnailing.  This, however, is some rough linework for my upcoming comic strip.

 

 

 

Illustration of a woman patting her daughter to sleep in a crib.
Sneak preview

A little preview of the next comic that I've been working on. Doesn't it look serene? Looks can be deceiving ūüėȬ†it's humorous that it's 2:30 am and I'm posting a drawing of my sleeping baby while my actual baby is currently wide awake and looking to play...

Our family dances in the kitchen to Happy by Pharrell.
Our family dances in the kitchen to Happy by Pharrell.

Nothing gets our family grooving in the kitchen like the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.  I hope this first post finds you happy too, my friends.

Some of my sketches since May 2013

30 Second Gesture Sketches from pixelovely.com
30 Second Gesture Sketches from pixelovely.com

Getting serious about drawing. Doing 30 second gesture sketches from photo reference at Pixelovely.