Archive for March, 2007

Chapter Twelve: Terror is a Hundred Feet High

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

…and we begin to make our way from the Red City, somehow. I like Susan’s character a lot; the idea of someone being made of cloth and only being firm when they are courageous is something I think everyone can identify with. I know I feel shaky and wilted when I’m afraid. And Susan’s afraid a lot.

Josh and I finally completed our sketch blog challenge. Many good things came from the whole experience. I’ve wanted to draw on a more regular basis for a while, and this was a good opporunity to get down to it. Contributing every day meant that some of the sketches were better than others, but it also meant that each piece didn’t have to be a masterpiece, either.

I used to draw a lot, but the habit fell away as life got busier. The need to create is always there… hence the occasional artwork I do in connection with David. Unfortunately, when you don’t do artwork frequently the quality drops — then you get discouraged because your work isn’t as good as it once was… and then you do it even less.

The sketchblog was a nice way to just DO IT, as opposed to being afraid about whether each thing will turn out fantastic. Indeed, some of them were downright bad; but there was the opportunity for redemption the next day and the day after that… and that took some of the pressure off.

Sketch 14: Rescue Me

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

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I was trying to draw a portrait for my last sketch in this sketch challenge, but it wasn’t working; and you can’t present someone with a pic you drew of them if it isn’t at least half decent.

I was watching our local news and saw a story about two people picked up in the Gulf of Mexico after falling from a cruise ship. That was frightening enough (they were successfully rescued, fyi) but then the news station showed a national spot on what to do if you are ever lost at sea. While the information was valuable enough, their presentation and dialogue was a RIOT, and the number of puns in the story removed any dramatic effect from the danger of the situation. Which means, dear reader, that sometimes it apparently doesn’t have to be amazing, groundbreaking or clever… it just is what it is. So my last day of sketching is an homage to that newscast: over simplified, over dramatized and sarcastic.

Sketch 13: Sitter

Saturday, March 24th, 2007


Her anatomy is off, and the perspective is far from flawless, but this is a position I find myself in at work sometimes. My phone and my computer tower are at the opposite reaches of my center position at the monitor, so I end up leaning extreme side to side. I regret I don’t get to wear that stuff to work, however — and also, my hair is not quite that rad.

I totally have pink bones, though. True story.

Chapter Eleven: Hanging Prisoner

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Here, quickly! Before anyone notices I’ve disrupted our Sketch-Off… Chapter Eleven!

The city offers enough mystery in endless towers, countless bridges, and giant centipedes, but something even stranger resides in the city’s center. But more on her next week; no sense on explaining prematurely.

I was able to see 300 over the weekend, and I thought it was AWESOME. It was the most fun I’ve had at a movie in years. It was visually spectacular, the creatures/characters were fantastic, the sound editing was phenominal and the acting was effective.

If David were ever made into a movie (and that’s the way it’s been in my head all along anyhow), I envision it very much in the style of 300 — muted colors, wonderfully delicious slow-mos, a pounding soundtrack, and bodacious creatures. Of course, that’s really easy for me to say since I’ve seen the movie and it rocked my socks off… and I would of course want to strive for David to have the same (or similar) effect.

I also happen to be a soundtrack girl; it’s the only music I can write to, and appropriate since I like things to feel epic-y. My old faithfuls for SoD were: LoTR 1 & 2, Batman Begins, Narnia, Blade, Last of the Mohicans… The soundtrack to 300 sounded amazing, which is good timing — I started the prologue to David’s sequel earlier last week and will need some fresh material for this round. (Sh! don’t tell anyone.)

Sketch Twelve: Hellboy!

Friday, March 23rd, 2007


My favorite comic book demon turned do-gooder… sort of. He’s looking very curmudgened here… but it’s hard to draw a under bite without doing that — when it was turned up it gave him a weird, creepy smile. Go BPRD!

Sketch Eleven: Galoshes!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I have been lamenting the delay in getting a pair of galoshes I ordered… and they finally arrived via the USPS! They are pictured above. I have never owned a pair of galoshes before, and I did not expect them to be so… RUBBERY, but they are lime green with green apples. I can’t wait for it to rain.

The irony being that I don’t own an umbrella… hmmm.

Sketch Ten: Dreamer

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

This is a character that makes an appearance in the third J&M book… She’s like a person with a little coi fish mixed in, and only Mac can see and talk with her. She’s a great character.

Sketch Nine: The Tasting

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

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Josh and I attended a tasting for our wedding today. It was a little overwhelming. I pushed for a caterer because I didn’t want to have to worry about food stuff on the day of the party, and we picked a company in Pittsburgh called Yes We Cater on a passionate referral. We’re pretty laid back in general, and we picked our facility based on the fact that it had a playground and room for volleyball and horseshoes; so when we sat down to discuss the menu a few months ago it was hamburgers and hotdogs, and we were very excited about it.

It’s still hamburgers and hotdogs… but it’s also so much more. I had wanted something a tiny step up from just regular picnic fare (since it IS a celebration) and boy did we get it. Josh and I both were super pleased with the spread the caterer provided, and completely overwhelmed when the food JUST KEPT COMING. Do not mistake the expressions above for any kind of negativity — every single morsel was AMAZING — we’re just shocked at what all they prepared. YUM!

Sketch Eight: Spartan

Monday, March 19th, 2007

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I didn’t get to put as much time in this as I wanted, but it’s a much better tribute to a film that’s turned me into a giggling little fangirl. I saw 300 on Saturday night, and I haven’t enjoyed a film that much in… well, it’s been awhile. It was a spectacular cinematic experience.

Sketch Seven: The Josh

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

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Since I’ve been at an immediate loss for what to sketch here (see below’s pitiful contribution as proof), I suggested that maybe Josh and I draw one another for today’s sketch. I’d love to just sit and draw people and things nowadays. Fortunately, my fiance is not against me putting his resemblance down.

It’s not 100% on, I know, but it’s certainly not that far off. He’s a little too flat in some places, a little too round in others… but I’m hoping you could pick him out of a line-up. I’m still getting the hang of this wacom.