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Daily Sketches : Streetcars

Trying to draw a streetcar and I’m finding it more difficult than I expected. It could be that they are just hard to draw or it could be the fact that I’m half-dead with exhaustion. Either way, I’m having a rough go of it.

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Daily Sketches : More Blue Owls

Right now, Sir is in a developmental phase where a lot of things are ‘scary’ to him. He tells me on a daily basis that certain things (animals, toys, etc.) are scary, but he isn’t really able to tell me why. He also calls us into his room at night to tell us that he is scared, but he can’t always pinpoint or put into words what is scaring him. It is heartbreaking and frustrating.

He often talks about blue owls being outside at night. When I ask him what they are doing out there, he doesn’t really have an answer. He just tells me that they are scary. So, I decided to do a little character development with his blue owls. When he saw my owl sketches from yesterday, he agreed that they were not scary at all. He liked them and wanted to look at them.

I am working on some ideas with these two owls. I plan to draw the owl on the right showing a range of emotions, while the owl on the left will remain mostly stoic, occasionally reacting the other owl’s emotions.

watercolor + ink

watercolor + ink + digital background

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Daily Sketches : A Halloween Costume

For nearly a year now, Sir has been obsessed with a cartoon called ‘Busytown Mysteries’. It features Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, and other Richard Scarry characters. They run around town solving such head-scratching mysteries as why the smoke alarm keeps going off when there’s no fire and why all the bread at the bakery is hard as a rock. Scintillating, I know. Anyway, one of his favorite favorite episodes involves a scarecrow that two of the not-so-bright characters on the show become convinced is following them home at night when they find some straw on the bedroom floor. This episode was the impetus for Sir’s current fascination with, you guessed it, scarecrows!

Now that autumn is upon us, there are scarecrow decorations in nearly every store we visit. I even had to break down and buy him his own little scarecrow to put in the living room where he can see (and say hello to) it everyday. So, it was no surprise when he announced ‘I’m be scarecrow for Halloween!’ As I work to make sure that I have all of the necessary items to create the perfect scarecrow costume, I thought it might be easier to have a visual list. So, I sketched one up.

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Daily Sketches : Yours Truly

Doing some illustration sketches of myself for a project I’m working on. I took this one to the little art director (a.k.a. Sir) and asked him who it was. After a half-hearted glance, he said, ‘Piggle McWiggle.’ As I picked my self-esteem up off the floor, I encouraged him to actually look at it and he said, ‘MOMMY!’

Mission accomplished (although, I’m not nearly this cute in real life).

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Daily Sketches : Acorns

I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing some linocut prints and I finally got around to buying (some of) the supplies for it this week. I am now in the ‘sketching out ideas’ phase of the project.

I’m thinking the Detroit Skyline may end up as a linocut print too.


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Daily Sketches : A Little Porker

Sometimes I say things that get Sir laughing hysterically – things that I don’t particularly find hilarious, but are just side-splitting to him. Recently, I made mention of Piggle McWiggle. It was just a name I made up when he was being particularly messy one day. Now, he thinks it is the funniest thing ever. The mere mention of Piggle McWiggle sends him into uproarious laughter. So, I am thinking about developing him as a character. He needs a lot of fleshing-out, but here’s a little sketch I worked on this morning.

(and in a kilt – heh)

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