With these last couple posts, I’ve successfully filled and completed my Illustration Friday sketchbook! Two years and two months later, and I’m so glad I did this exercise. It gave me drawing assignments when I was between commissions and projects, I used it as an opportunity to try new styles and tools, and drew subjects based on the prompts I may not have on my own. If you’d like to see (most!) of the collection you can click the “Illustration Friday” category in the menu to the right, or here. It goes back quite a few pages!
I sketched this one during Sunday downtime at my table at WonderCon. Curious how many people noticed and passed me by as a result. XD Robots are sometimes depicted as these adorable pet-like companions… but what if they had some of the inconvenient issues organic pets have? I thought about trailing wires and oil streaks… but that’s too much, even for me!
It’s not so much travel as packing that’s on my mind. I just tabled WonderCon for the first time this past weekend, and the coming days will be dedicated to boxing up everything for moving this weekend. The good thing about this move is a) I’ll have a dedicated art studio/library room, and b) we’ll be closer to our families so that travel for visits and holidays will be much less stressful.
(I’ll have a summary/review post about my WonderCon experience hopefully sooner than later, I promise!)
A drawing I did at last night’s West LA Drink & Draw. This requires some backstory.
The Manmato. I found it staring at me through the clamshell packaging plastic at Trader Joe’s during my normal post-sketch group grocery shopping. Thinking my husband would appreciate its shapely form, I brought it home for that night’s grilled cheese dinner. Instead, he howled at me to keep “that thing” away from him. Every time I thrust it at him he staggered backwards. He asked why I would do such a thing. As I was prepping the bread and cheese he suddenly walked into the kitchen, said “I’m gonna butter your bread” in a deep voice, tore off the Manmato’s nub, and ate it while looking straight at me.
R.I.P. Manmato. Your guts were a delicious compliment to sharp cheddar cheese.
This year I participated in Hourly Comics Day for the first time despite being ill. Since I wasn’t able to get out of bed yesterday, finally got it scanned and posted today. Super simple and pretty boring since, well, sick.
Just like 24 Hour Comic Book Day, it’s a creative exercise. Unlike 24 Hour Comic Book Day, it takes the form of a diary and is theoretically way less intense. Some people do single panels for each hour, some do full comic strips for each entry, and in some cases sections of the day that ended up being uneventful were combined. As far as I’m concerned, the format and style don’t matter. If you’ve recorded something you might like to share or look back on later, or learned something from the making of it, it’s a win.
(click the image to embiggen to a readable size)
Black Phoenix Trading Post’s 2014 Lupercalia update* is LIVE! Featuring goblin art by me for the Trading Post Dungeon Home & Linen Spray (Whips, chains, goblin-sized leather harnesses, and Excitable Goblin Musk!) and the Smutty Goblin Hair Gloss (A goblin’y take on Smut! Smutty Goblin Musk sweetened with sugar and tonka, and woozy with dark booze notes).
*link to full Lupercalia update may not be SFW, unless there’s an exception made for vintage erotic art!
Hike up your skirt now you better run girl run, before they find out what you’ve done….
Ego Likeness. “16 Miles”
Playing around some more with my Runaway stuff. Running from your problems wears you down, whether you deserved to inherit them or not. And there is a time for flight, and another for fight…