Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
So the last few weeks have been insane, as they are for many are in the Holidays. My fingertips feel bruised from typing up so many evaluations. I feel like I should have a degree in psychoanalysis!
Children and parents are giving us teachers loads of sugary Christmas food, so my stomach is delicious brick mode. Don't know when green and red food coloring will saturate my organs, so they are Christmassy too.
Here are some sketches from before the rush.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Looking for some more silliness, I had one person give me a organism and another different person give me a verb. Then I had to draw something around that. So much fun! Art Madlibs!
Then this next week's assignment is some sort of composition that must include a turtle and a hand in some way, and here is the result:
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
1. Get the stick skeleton
2. Find the edges
3. Then finally add values
This was tricky because these colored pencils didn't erase! Any mistake is difficult to cover (i.e. stick of left elbow stuck out too far).
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Now I am sick, which provides for late-night NyQuil-induced delusional drawing time. So I gave my opportunity to say thanks to Poe by drawing him. I think it was a decent effort for two hours, but there are edits I would make in retrospect. I don't draw real people's faces in general because it scares me. I think I should take on the challenge more to get better at the subtleties of the human face. (Pencil only. Here's a link to the reference photo.)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I also put two graves in the front yard, and Adam put hooks in to hang orange holiday lights (after buying a new power drill since the Craftsman drill broke after less than a year - grr). Adam went to many stores to get more lights, but most were out! Good thing we bought most of our supplies last week!
My costume is pretty much done, but no pictures will be shared until AFTER Halloween (prying friend's eyes must be surprised at our party!).
PS - Look at the "black" cat named Eleanor in the window!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Hurrah! It was awesome to hang out at our own school to support the Monsoons. It was also neat because the game was right after parent/teacher conferences, so faces were more recognizable. That made it easier for mingling. It was also nice to see Mr./Coach Faint getting compliments from parents while he was there with his whole family!
The dragonflies were everywhere. It is clear that insects support MPA.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I am also learning how to use Photoshop Lightroom (henceforth LR), and was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the photos were well exposed. Checking my D90 histograms is starting to pay off.
I still can't SEE what I need to edit, but that will come with practice!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
When making entries I am finally trying to think about where they will be placed on the page. Hopefully my compositions will become more natural with time. I also want to incorporate words more. Finally, dates can look so sloppy and awkward, so I will be experimenting with ways to integrate them with the page. Too much thinking! Just draw!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
These drawing were from a few weeks ago when the students were working on a project that worked on their self-editing skills. In other words, I couldn't butt my nose in! To restrain myself, I sketched them at work.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So, I am insanely busy this week (and next week will be nigh "double" insane). In other words, I am going to post some old stuff. Wee! Here are some v-ball players. The fun part was when some students tried to identify themselves. The couldn't! Because the players moved so fast and rotated, I had to draw the legs of one girl, the jersey of another, and the head of another. After all of that, the color of the hair and skin was determined by another girl. Phew!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A Bio student wrote an amazing story that paralleled photosynthesis (on a molecular level!!) where a young man named Marcus (representing an electron) learned how to ride griffins (representing an energy boost) with Windriders (photosystem I). Of course, that was only part of his story, but I had fun drawing it. Flashback to old comic days!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The funniest thing is that there is a Dwarf Rotifer.
Anyways, Adam also made that our Fantasy Football team name. The ESPN website allows us to have a team image, so I drew up some rotifers. Which should I make our avatar?
Here's the avatar of choice by Adam:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Now I need to use it.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
ALSO, the office and art room are mainly done! They just need some decor. BUT, I can finally scan once more! I actually have a little back log, so look forward to lots of entries this week.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
This pelican stamp was in the dollar bin - insane! It is adorable! I would eat him up if I wouldn't be choking on plastic stamp. I used the bamboo from an Asian style stamp set to make a dock look. However, something is still missing. Ideas?
The sailing adventurer that I wish I could be (thanks to reading the ENTIRE Aubrey/Maturin series) makes me love this. I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the compass rose. Isn't it lovely that it is called a "compass rose"? How romantic and utilitarian - just my style. But once again, not happy yet, but I don't want to ruin it...
Monday, August 16, 2010
BTW, I have not posted my favorite page yet in case the last two pages reveal nothing but a horrid (but educational) stench. I want to end on a good note.
Worst Coke can ever. I feel I shamed the brand that I am so loyal too! Yes, when I ask for soda at a restaurant I say, "Coca-Cola." When the waiter says, "Pepsi okay?" I say, "Water." I am one of those. I will conquer the look of a full-size can. My loyalty is on the line.
You know those glasses that eskimos wear so they don't sunburn their eyes? Apparently Adam does. And he wears them while playing Rock Band. Actually, glasses have always been terrifying for me to draw (as well as hats), so I have avoided them all my life. No more! Just avert your eyes until I get more practice!
Not consistent with the round perspective yet, but the dinner (red chile steak and beans by Rick Bayless) was DELISH. Ate the leftovers tonight. Totally love that Le Creuset pan too.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
These were both done with the gouache paints, but I don't like them nearly as much as the watercolors. However, they are of really, really poor quality, and that may be my problem!
Also, on the side of the blog I added a bunch of my favorite sites to visit for inspiration and entertainment. Check'em out!
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