Category Archives: Doodles

Hockey is Art (No, Really)

IMGI’ve been missing for a bit. You’d be forgiven for not noticing – I’ve still been around – but artistically I have been out of commission while my beloved computer was in for repairs. There are a lot of things you can do on a borrowed computer, but upload Adobe Photoshop and Wacom software is not one of them.

Naturally, while my computer was being repaired was exactly when the art bug decided to bite. which means I have several projects that should all be colored and uploaded in a week. But the first and quickest to finish project is putting together all my sketches that came as a result of watching hockey.

I got into hockey about a year ago thanks to my friend Nicole, and I’m aware I’m not exactly the profile of a normal hockey fan, but I’ve been hooked, and hooked hard. The thing hockey provides (besides, you know, something entertaining to watch) is dudes. I’ve mentioned before that I have trouble drawing guys, and if there’s one thing hockey provides, it’s an ample range of male faces to draw. There isn’t a whole lot of racial diversity in those faces, but white dudes are still dudes, and I still need practice drawing them.

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Open for business!

etsyopenWell, it’s been a long time coming and involved far more banking and debit-card getting than I care to recount, but MY ETSY SHOP IS OPEN! Today also marks my first official sale to a local store that will be carrying some of my artwork in the form of cards, and hopefully I’ll be racking up some more money that way, too. And let me tell you, I am looking so forward to all the sexy accounting that I’m about to have to get into.

Thank you all for your love and support of my work, and remember, I am always open for commissions and can be reached by e-mail at any time. Now get shopping, Mama needs a new pair of shoes.

No, but literally. My sneakers are falling apart.

The Weather Outside is Frightful (Originally for hitRECord.org)

coldmonstersGet it? Because it’s a pun?

Whatever, these guys were some prototypes for my holiday card this year, and while they didn’t make the cut, I couldn’t leave them out in the cold.

Should I stop typing before I make more bad puns? I thinkĀ  I should. You can find these dudes here on hitRECord.

Monster Doodles (Originally for hitRECord.org)

 

Some days, you just gotta clean out the scrap folder. And on those days, I usually like to post the less terrible scraps to hitRECord, which is what I did with these three little monsters.

Introducing Bazza, Echidna Extraordinaire

 

So there I was, innocently doing actual artwork on a Friday night, when my google reader told me that Cute Overload had linked to this video of a baby echidna (which are called “puggles”, because why not, it’s adorable). I’m proud to say I reacted in a very adult manner, if “screaming loudly and finding every youtube video I could on echidnas” counts as “adult”.

Echidnas are cool little critters. They’re the only mammal besides platypi who lay eggs. They don’t have mammary glands, instead mama echidnas sweat out their milk in little pools called “milk patches”. The papas have the world’s most terrifying four-pronged penises. Sometimes they blow bubbles out their noses. And they’re cute. Stupidly, ridiculously cute.

I sadly cannot own one as a pet (though this should not stop any of you from trying to get me one for my birthday), so instead I doodled this little guy. I’ve named him Bazza because, an Australian friend assures me, that’s one of the most stereotypically Australian things I can name him. Bazza may one day go on adventures, but for now, he’s just gonna chill a bit and look cute.

(SO CUTE.)

Two sketches, one warning, and a million thank yous

Hello, everyone who is reading this! And there are a lot more of you now that I got featured on Freshly Pressed and in their Best Posts of July, which I’m honestly still in shock about. I can’t thank you all enough for stumbling on this corner of the internet and subscribing to listen to my incoherent blatherings.

If you are new here, welcome. I am going to be trying to write more, though I’m not sure about what. Clearly fashion is a popular subject with all of you, though to be honest, I’m about the least fashionable person ever, and it’s so rare that I’m given a gold mine of things to make sarcastic comments about like the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Celebrities just don’t wear crazy shit to awards shows like they used to. (Get on that, celebrities, why do you exist if not for me to alternate between mocking you and desperately wanting to be/do you?)

The problem about you stumbling onto my blog right now is that it is August. My Augusts are usually jam-packed with the only two vacations I take all year. And this August has, in particular, been extra-nuts between picking up what is hopefully my first illustration gig (!!!!), dealing with big changes in my personal life, and trying to juggle all of that with finding time to write something that is coherent English.

I’m honored and amazed any time I get a subscription or comment on my blog, and I can’t even begin to describe how floored I am that I’ve literally received hundreds of those in the past few weeks. All I ask is that you be patient with me while I try to settle into some sort of routine this autumn. In the meantime, I hope you are appeased with these doodles I did over vacation. Ooh, ah, Julia is learning how to color things.

Parks and Recreation Character Sketches

I don’t know why it took me so long to combine my love of doodling faces with my love of TV shows, but for some reason it never occurred to me until I was idly scribbling while watching old episodes of Parks and Recreation, and next thing I knew these three faces were staring back at me.

It was a pretty fun little project, I must say. I think I might have to try doing it more often, if only because then I can watch all my favorite TV shows and be like “I’m working, goddammit! Totally working!”