Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #31

Well, I did it. I made it through an entire month of Daily Animal Doodles! I have to say, I've really been enjoying them. It has been a great way to hone my skills and experiment with textures and colors.

Today's doodle was an Ibex:
I realized I draw an awful lot of profiles. So I decided to go with more of a 3/4 front view. I love the horns!

Wow, I love looking at the whole month! Do you have a favorite? I think my favorites are the skunk, mouse, squirrel, reindeer, ostrich and sun bear. And it looks like I need to use more yellow. Funny, the last two are the only ones that really incorporate that color!

If you want to see any of them again, check 'em out here.

See you next month!

First Day of School

Today is a big day for our family - Stella started preschool! Which means a new routine (for Stella AND me), no more sitter, new friends, PTO (!!!) and packed lunches. Stella was SO excited, I don't think she even cared that she was going to be leaving us. She just ran into the classroom and barely waved good-bye. Ho-hum. 

But it's great. We're so happy she's transitioning well. Better than screaming as we leave every morning, right?

Well, I won't bore you with all the lovey-dovey family details. I DO want to show you what I made for Stella's first day - a new backpack! I picked up some of Heather Ross's Far, Far Away III fabric while we were on vacation, because it just called for me: 'Oh Emily...Emily! Look at me! Look at how wonderful and perfect I am! You NEED to make me into something for Stella! And look! I have little girls playing ponies and cowgirls all over me - just like Stella! And I'm not a traditional pink and purple girly pattern! Oh, Emily!' Or something like that... so I decided to make it into a little backpack for her:

I used the Toddler Backpack Pattern from Made by Rae because of the smaller size. It's perfect for our little peanut. Though the combination of the smaller backpack and the spread-out cowgirls on the fabric was a little tricky - I wanted to include as many of the cowgirls as possible without cutting of their heads. I think I ended up with 3 on the front panel. I had some coral corduroy I had thrifted a while back which matched really well. I used that for the quilted bottom (which you can't see) and the padded straps. The unique color palette made it a little tricky to match the piping, zipper and nylon straps, but I think it ended up looking okay. 

The bag took a little longer than expected, but my goal was to finish it before Stella went to bed last night. When I finally brought it to her, she was SO EXCITED! Which is awesome, because I always fear that she won't like the things I put my whole heart and soul into. Plus, there aren't any Princesses or Tinkerbell on it, so that is an automatic mark against it. But she loved it so much - I could actually see her eyes light up when she saw it. She put it on and immediately ran about 8 circles around me. My heart melted.

Yay! Now we'll see how she does when I pick her up in a couple hours. I can almost guarantee there will be tears...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #30

Today's Daily Animal Doodle was a Sun Bear. I wasn't sure what that was, and after doing some research, apparently it's the smallest of the bears. They are great climbers, have very long tongues, and have the bright yellow horseshoe-shaped markings on their chests which inspire their name.
Here's my little guy. I still wanted to include a sun somewhere, just because I like drawing them. And I tried to limit the color palette, too.

Can you believe there is just one more day of August? Wow. My little girl starts school tomorrow...*tear*.

Which means I should probably be going to bed, since it's a school night and all...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Daily Animal Doodles #28 and #29

Hooray! I've finally caught up on my Daily Animal Doodles. Today's doodles were the Kiwi (bird) and the Peacock.

All of the reference photos of the Kiwi were about the same - just a profile of a little round brown bird. There wasn't a lot of inspiration. So I decided to play around with its color once again. I kinda like how he turned out with his fluorescent green stripes.

And the beautiful peacock. My hand hurts. That's all I have to say.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Daily Animal Doodles #26 and #27


Well, I'm almost caught up...and just in time for the end of the month. Today's doodles represented two opposite ends of the Earth - the [Mountain] Goat and the Shark.

I decided to go with a mountain goat because I got to meet a few while on a road trip out west. We were just leaving Mount Rushmore, and we came around a bend, and there they were - a family of mountain goats leaping gracefully down the side of the mountain. They decided to graze along the side of the road, so we pulled our car over to take pictures and get a closer look. They weren't afraid of us at all! They just looked at us as they munched the grass and gave us a little smile. I fell in love with the baby - it was so fluffy and adorable!

And here we have the mighty shark. I didn't want to go the gory route, so I went with their most famous feature - their teeth - and decided they probably needed good hygiene to keep their pearly whites sparkly clean!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Daily Animal Doodles #24 and #25

Hello and Happy Weekend! I hope y'all are having a lovely one.

I spent my afternoon drawing #24 and #25 of the Daily Animal Doodles: Penguin and Cow. First off, Penguin:
Stephen's favorite animal (I think) is a penguin. I even got him a stuffed one when we first started dating. Aww! Maybe it's because it's the name of his hometown hockey team (Pittsburgh Penguins), or perhaps it's just because they're so darned cute. Either way, I decided to make them Love Penguins. Sappy, I know. But I'm allowed to be a little cheesy once in a while, right?
And then we have a cow. Yes, I meant to draw the tongue picking her own nose. That is because one of my more traumatizing childhood memories involves a purple cow tongue. My dad worked in a veal packing plant when I was growing up and he would occasionally bring me along to the office or to the barns. I would love going to the barns because I could pet all the cute little calves. He would discourage me from naming them, because, well...let's just say he didn't want me to get too attached. :-(  Anyways, I loved petting their soft noses between their eyes. One day, though, one of those cute calves must have liked me a little too much because he licked me square across my face. Ugh. Wet, purple calf tongue. Do you know where their tongues have been? See the above illustration.

Sweet dreams! Hopefully they don't involve cow tongue.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Daily Animal Doodles #22 and #23


I have two more Daily Animal Doodles for ya, both birds: The stout Kingfisher and the leggy Ostrich. I have never seen a Kingfisher before, so I don't have much to say about them.
But regarding the ostrich, I do have a related story. It's actually about some Emus, but the ostrich is close enough. My prom date's family owned an Emu farm. And one of my girl friends and I where hanging out at his house, specifically near the Emu barn. All of the Emus were out in the field, so for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to go in their barn. Perhaps we thought we'd get a closer look? Well, as soon as they caught sight of us, they came storming towards us, legs flying, mouths open. Oh my gosh. We were terrified. We screamed and sprinted back towards the gate we had just emerged. We were able to escape just before they could get to us. In retrospect, I think they probably thought we were going to feed them, but they looked so manic that it is a vision I don't think I'll ever forget. I know, Emus aren't ostriches, but this drawing reminded me of that scary moment.

So in honor of the lovely Emus, here is my Ostrich doodle, running at full speed, with the help of his fancy sneakers.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Daily Animal Doodles #20 and #21

I was super unmotivated to draw tonight, but I knew I had to knock a couple doodles out in order to catch up. Despite my lack of motivation, these turned out being two of my favorites.

Here is Daily Animal Doodles #20 and #21: Squirrel and Reindeer, respectively.
I want to use the squirrel in some other application. Maybe a screen print if I ever get my shop set up? A tote bag could be fun.

And of COURSE I had to make my reindeer into Rudolph. I'll take any excuse to get into the Holiday spirit!

I'm hoping one of these days I'll get a chance to take photos of the top-secret project I've been working on. It's been stressing me out all summer, but I finally finished it! It will feel good to finally share it.

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #19

Well, have you guessed what my favorite animal is? It's a sloth! And D.A.D. #19 is just that. What's funny is that I don't think I've ever drawn one. Weird, eh?

Here is Mr. Sloth, in all is cuteness:

Some day, I'd love a real, live sloth hug. For now, I'll hug my stuffed sloth, Kirby. I got him when I was 14, and this little dude has traveled with me all over the U.S., to England and to China. I adore his mashed-up little face and his matty fur.

 *Kirby waves good-bye*

Bootstrap Social Media Logo


I wanted to share a new logo I created for a very cool company: Bootstrap Social Media. As their website states, they 'help individuals, businesses and non-profits obtain social media focus within their network and industry vertical'. In today's age it is so important to have your social media marketing strategy established, and this is the company to help you accomplish that goal.
Bootstrap Social Media is the idea of pulling yourself up by your 'bootstraps'. My direction was the idea of a stick dude inside some huge boots. The logo was to look 'professional, yet funky', since the company has a caring, yet alternative approach.

I decided to create a person that was a bit more complex than the 'stick dude', exhibiting an old-school handyman-type look. I figured this would work, considering the purpose of Bootstrap Social Media is to help build a strong social media structure within your company.
Doesn't he look like someone who would be happy to help you out?

Have a great day! I'll be back later with a new Daily Animal Doodle.

Daily Animal Doodle #18


I'm back from a wonderful vacation, and even though I had high hopes, I wasn't as productive as I would have liked to have been while traveling. I had planned ahead, saving animal images to my phone so I could doodle during the flight. But then we had little individual TVs for each seat on the plane, and I couldn't get enough bad cable television. I know. Pathetic. Who would have thought Millionaire Matchmaker was so interesting? Well, it was, and I totally soaked it all in. And alas, no doodles. :-(

So this week I am going to attempt at playing catch-up. Which is funny, considering all of the other projects I have piling up. We'll see. 

For now, here is the Daily Animal Doodle #18 for last Thursday: Blue Jay. Birds are fun to draw! All the feathers and markings make for an interesting illustration.

I am so excited for D.A.D. #19! It is my favorite animal. Do you know what it is?

You're going to have to wait until tomorrow to find out...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #17


Today's doodle was a camel. I wanted to include the environment with this one because it is so stark and beautiful. Plus I wanted to play with some super-saturated colors.

I'm going to be taking a break from doodles so I can go on VACATION! Woo hoo! Stephen and I are going to be hanging out in Colorado for the long weekend and I cannot wait. Plus, it's Stephen's birthday today (Happy Birthday, honey!) so what a way to celebrate, right?

I'm hoping to get some doodling done in the airport, but no guarantees. 

Have a great weekend! I'll be back next week and will be playing major doodle catch-up.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #16

Today's Daily Animal Doodle assignment was a hummingbird, and it was SO fun!

First, I love hummingbirds, those little elusive creatures. It always feels like such a special moment, when I happen to spot one. No matter what I am doing, I always stop to watch it as it feeds and flits about, because I know the moment is fleeting. I remember a few years ago I was buying flowers in a greenhouse and there was one stuck within the hoop house. I felt so bad for it - it seemed even more frantic than usual, if that's possible. Hopefully the little guy made it out okay.

I drew the ruby-throated hummingbird, only because it's the one I'm most familiar with. But they're gorgeous, too! I love the bright colors, and the shiny, iridescent feathers, that almost seem to vibrate with the bird's energy. And of course I had a blast with all the textures.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #15

Wow. I have officially made it through half of the month of Daily Doodles! I'm pretty proud of myself.

Today's assignment was a dolphin. There isn't much for color or pattern or texture, so it went pretty quick. But I really like the simplicity of it.

Is he flying through the air or swimming under water? You decide.

Daily Animal Doodle #14

Today's Daily Animal Doodle was fun and pretty easy because it was Dog. And who is my favorite dog? Our dog, Chloe, of course! 

She is such a fun subject because of her distinctive features: the long floppy ears, the shiny brindle-patterned coat, her hound dog face. But I discovered pretty quickly that brindle is a touch pattern to draw. It's very stripey, without looking TOO much like stripes. So I tried simulating stripes by using the dark fur color and drawing them with short little strokes. I think it worked.
Do you remember this Home Ec post about her dog bed? That will give you a better idea of her coloring. She is such a pretty dog. I think she'll be excited to hear she was my model today!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #13

Today Stephen occupied Stella ALL day so I could get some work done. Which was pretty awesome, considering I am slowly drowning in my projects once again. And I know that means I should start sacrificing some personal projects, but I'm going to hold off as long as possible. 

Again, I dressed my animal. What's the word for it? Anthropomorphizing? Here's the definition:  

Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to
inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.

Sure. Something like that.  

So without further ado, here is today's drawing - the Woodpecker:

What a stud!

Daily Animal Doodle #12

Today's Daily Animal Doodle was a mouse. I wanted to incorporate some props, since the last few have been pretty minimal. But I didn't want to utilize the standard mouse accessories - a block of cheese or a mouse trap. I decided on a teenage mouse who was too cool for his home, his family. (We had a friend over tonight who was talking about his 14-year old son and what it was like to raise a teenager. So that's probably why the concept was fresh in my mind.)
His name is Miles. And I really like his outfit. I don't think I was nearly that stylish as a teenager...

Happy Weekend,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #11

For today's animal, the Panther, the majority of images I found on the web showed a pretty menacing creature. With their bared teeth and glowing yellow eyes, I guess it's not hard to look evil. But I wanted my drawing to be happier, 'cause that's just how I roll!

So here we have it: The sensitive side of a Black Panther:


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #10

Today I drew a Bison.

I'll be honest: I wasn't the most excited for this one when I read the assignment. There wasn't a lot of pattern to play around with...they're all brown and kinda sad looking. In fact, I thought their environment would be more exciting - with the majestic mountains and big blue skies.

But as I started drawing I discovered all of the wonderful textures! They're shaggy up front, nappy in the middle and smooth on the rump. And I invented a new texture for the midsection - I'm calling it 'The Brain' because I just swirled back and forth, up and down and round without picking up my pen as one long continuous bumpy line. (Kinda like that last run-on sentence. Yikes.)

Okay, enough chatting.
I'm really happy with how Mr. Bison turned out! And I didn't find it necessary to put him in any environment - I thought he was interesting enough without it.

Yay for doodling!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Daily Animal Doodle #9

Hooray for stripes! Because today's Daily Animal Doodle was the Zebra. Once again, I've never drawn one before, but it was a lot of fun. My goal was to make this doodle extra stripe-tastic, so I dressed her in my favorite outfit - striped tights! 
It's a good thing she found some tightrope-walking slippers to accommodate those hooves; otherwise that would be quite the challenge!

Have a great evening,

Monday, August 8, 2011

Inspiration: Seasons

I got my hands on the most amazing children's book at our library a couple weeks ago. It's called 'Seasons' by Blexbolex. I had originally spotted it here and was taken aback by the super-saturated color scheme. But to see it in is breathtaking.

I picked out a few of my favorite spreads to showcase. The illustrations come across as simple, but there is an amazing amount of detail upon closer inspection.  There are some really beautiful textures, and I really love how the great use of negative space - especially in the figures. And there is a bit of humor and whimsy sprinkled in to keep things interesting. I think the "Itchy" page is so fun! What a perfect description of summer - at least here in Wisconsin, where the mosquito is considered our honorary state bird... :-)

I know this isn't my typical post of late, but I thought this eye candy was too good not to share! If you're interested in a copy for yourself, you can find 'Seasons' here.

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