Saturday, November 26, 2011

Offbeat Alphabet!

My friends over at Electric Keychain and I got together and made the alphabet! This is my Letter C!

Everyone had 3 to 4 letters that had been randomly generated, we had our first guest artist which allowed us to do the whole alpabet at once, and everyone picked such wonderful words! Here's just a sample to get you hooked. (The first taste is free... Actually all of it is free.)
Arielle Katarina's style never fails to inspire! And I thoroughly approve of her word choice!

Tatiana Dengo is from Costa Rica and did delightful Spanish words!

Jessie's Letters tell a darkly amusing story. This leopard is just the beginning.

I was glad to get S because whenever given the slightest excuse, I'm going to try to do an illustration of Spock. I love the iconic eyebrows, awful haircut, and the frankly ridiculous number of times he utters "Logical."

I think he likes his Sensors a little too much. 
"You're the only one who understands me Scanner. Don't ever leave."

Go over to Electric Keychain to see the rest. While you're over there, check out our Halloween Self Portraits as well.

Arielle's Site.
Tatiana's Awesome Blog
Jessie's Girl Site.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NaNoWriMo- MidMonth Update!

Old Mother Goose, when she wanted to wander, 
Would ride through the air on a very fine gander.


 So this is my midmonth NaNoWriMo update. As previously discussed, writing a book is not an option for me (unless it's a good thing to chase your son through the snow with an ax), therefore I decided to tackle a 32 page children's book (30 pages of which had illustrations). My idea was that these illustrations were just like the rough drafts that my writer friends are completing. As long as the basic illustration was done, I wasn't going to worry about nitty-gritty things like specific colors (especially because colors are so easy to change in Illustrator). Most of my illustrations started like this:

Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her dog a bone
(and that dog is one crazy MoFo.)

 A few of the details are missing- there should be a cat and possibly a newspaper floating somewhere around her feet- the colors are ridiculously bad (Why is the wall orange? Orange walls are silly.), and the water's not even close to done, but at least I know where everything goes. And I got so into the one with the rodents, it's almost done (Why do I love the little furry critters so much?)

Three Blind Mice-
Mice and jetpacks, what's not to love?

The problem is I can't keep up the pace and sometimes getting them to this level takes too long and too much energy. Also, it's incredibly hard to design spaceships and half of my designs have spaceships. It's day 15 and I have only 10 pages done. I've had to reevaluate the level that is acceptable to me as "first draft." So I'm going to mock up the book in "sketch" form. I say sketch skeptically because my sketches are truly awful Frankensteinian monsters of awkward drawings and photo reference.  For example the two pages I did yesterday:

Little Bo Peep- Silly sheep, what are you doing in space?
You should be flying the spaceship.

I feel like I just showed you my underpants (please don't judge me).

Obviously a lot happens after this stage when I move into illustrator.

My hope is if I can knock out all the compositions, I can start getting into Illustrator and maybe have a few more in the beginning stages of getting colored in.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunshine's Night Out! Monster Post!

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Sunshine was the best hamster I ever had. My brother and I adopted her when I was a freshman in college. He graduated and I kept her. She went on a dozen road trips with me and kept me company though all night projects, bad roommates, and breakups. I always imagined that she was a proper lady, polite and quiet, who gave great advice-if only I could understand what she was saying.

Her journey is based on a true story. She got out one night when I accidentally left the cage door open. I looked under and around every piece of furniture in my house the following day. I can only assume that she was curled up somewhere safe and warm. Amazingly, she went home when I left the cage open on the floor the next night. She looked roughed up and a bit grateful when I closed the cage door behind her. I stuck my finger  between the bars and waggled it at her. Sunshine, who was normally skittish when it came to giant hands, actually walked right up to me and licked it. I chose to interpret this as love.
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