Thursday, January 29, 2009

One Hundred

Yay, today my blog turns one hundred posts old!

This sketch isn't supposed to represent that fact, it's just the sketch of the day. And I think it also works for this week's Illustration Friday theme, "climbing." Although maybe it is more like ascending. I used to participate in I.F. all the time, but haven't for awhile, and it occurred to me that as long as I'm doing a sketch-a-day thing, I might as well do something for Illustration Friday while I'm at it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Two of My Favorite People

I made this little picture for my sister and brother-in-law's Christmas letter. They are happy newlyweds, and are off to a great start at the family tradition of sending out the Christmas letter by tax time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy New Year!

Yesterday was Chinese New Year. So today I am ringing in the year of the ox with, what else, a sketch of an ox.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Chess Sharks

(Damie, this is what I was sketching when I was on the phone with you today.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I read about this interesting folklore monster of Japan called a nekomata. It is a cat that has been allowed to grow too large, and so has gained terrible powers. Its tail splits into two, and it can walk on its hind legs and speak as a human; it can even grow to five feet tall. A nekomata can light fireballs in your house, and I'm pretty sure it ought to do this with its forked tail, sparkplug like. So if you have any fat cats, watch out.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Day of the Triffid

Any science fiction fans out there may recognize this as a triffid. I just finished reading Day of the Triffids, which was wonderful by the way, and thought I'd draw one for today.

Friday, January 16, 2009

ce n'est pas un titre

I'm running out of things to say about the sketches. Maybe I'll think of something better later, or then again maybe I'll just start posting sans text.

Jessie asked if this sketch has to do with a story, and yes, it kind of does, in a second-hand way. The story of Abraham and Isaac has been a very popular theme throughout the history of art, I suppose partly because it is very dramatic. So I guess this sketch uses that imagery, although it obviously isn't really about Abraham or Isaac. Here are some links to past depictions of this story by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Brunelleschi, and Chagall. There are many, many more out there.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sketch Day Eleven

If you can't think of anything to draw that makes sense, well then draw something that doesn't make sense.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day Ten

It's a little late this evening, but it's here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Back on the Hook

Well, I thought I was off the hook today because our internet was down, but whadya know it popped back up again!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Sooo, this is a total cheat, because I did not sketch this today, but David made me post something. He said I absolutely had to. Oh, he's a meanie all right ;) I was busy painting though, so don't get on my case too much.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Birds

Today we have some birds blowing bubbles, as you can see. What you cannot see, however, is the rest of this two page spread, which I am even now turning into an oil painting. Probably the biggest reason I didn't post the rest of the sketch is that it is rough, and kind of hard to tell what's going on, but also I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Sketch Day Five

This, I think, is a soda fountain for unusual people.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Sketch Day Four

Here are some little beasts for our fourth sketch-day. As you can see, the little guy in the middle is probably a cousin of the wild things, and I suppose the rest are his second or third cousins.

By the way, I've updated my website with my most recent artwork (which I've been featuring on the blog).

Golden Fish

Well, I finally finished this piece. It is sort of a companion to Red Bird, which I posted earlier.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

For Cindy

Lions, tigers and bears! Cindy, my friend, said she wanted to see some bears here, so I drew the one, but nothing else was coming to me, so then I drew the lion, and then of course I had to draw the tiger. Maybe there will be more bears later, we'll see. Lots of animals so far. I guess I just like animals.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Traveler

Day two of our little experiment. I think I like this project so far, but I did forget about it until this evening. I'm going to work really hard at seeing it through the month.

Monday, January 05, 2009

David's project for me

David (my husband) noticed I was suffering a bit from the winter doldrums earlier today, so he made a project for me. He said that I had to sketch some every day and then post something to my blog every day this month. So here is a queen with her pets to start us out.