Disguise

January 28, 2014

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COMPUTATIVE CHAMELEON

For some reason I felt compelled to redraw this little guy from a few years ago when the Illustration Friday word was “adapt” Perhaps more appropriate? You decide.

Well, it  must be karma… get it… karma karma karma karma karma chameleon. No? Oh come on! How can you see the word chameleon without that song going through your head?

Unless you’re under 30.

Nevermind.

Search

January 14, 2014

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Mitzy, Manny and Mo took eagle lookout duty very seriously.

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The Illustration Friday word of the week is “search.” I had a hankering to draw meerkats today, so these little goofballs showed up.

Time

January 9, 2014

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RACE AGAINST TIME

Despite strenuous training and conditioning, Murgatroid found it difficult to beat the clock.

The Illustration Friday theme for this week is “Time.” So, since it is 11:00 pm on Thursday, with only an hour  left to post… time is running out!

SkADaMo 2013 Day 15

November 17, 2013

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“Retail Store”

“Does this tail make my butt look big?” Matilda queried the patient sales squirrel.

This is what popped into my fevered mind when I saw the Illustration Friday word of the week was “tail.”

Also, just wanted to mention that I’m getting some pretty cool ideas brewing for PiBoIdMo. A little excited.

Well, I may be falling slightly behind, but my fellow SkADaMoers are kicking some serious squirrel butt over here.

IF: Underwater

October 7, 2013

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“We’ll eat like kings tonight, Blotch!” Orville shouted excitedly to his trusty pooch.

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Illustration Friday theme this week is “underwater,” and although this may not be the most original solution for the prompt, I just had to get this image out of my system.

IF: Totem (late)

September 30, 2013

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THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS
The Brothers Grimm

The donkey, the largest of them, approached the window and looked in.

“What do you see, Gray-Horse?” asked the rooster.

“What do I see?” answered the donkey. “A table set with good things to eat and drink, and robbers sitting there enjoying themselves.”

“That would be something for us,” said the rooster.

“Ee-ah, ee-ah, oh, if we were there!” said the donkey.

Then the animals discussed how they might drive the robbers away, and at last they came upon a plan. The donkey was to stand with his front feet on the window, the dog to jump on the donkey’s back, the cat to climb onto the dog, and finally the rooster would fly up and sit on the cat’s head. When they had done that, at a signal they began to make their music all together. The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat meowed and the rooster crowed. Then they crashed through the window into the room, shattering the panes.

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A couple of weeks ago the Illustration Friday word of the week was “totem.” I’m telling you, time flies, because I’m just getting to it up now. Better late than never, I suppose!

IF Hybrid

August 8, 2013

flying granny color 450Granny/Superhero hybrid. For Illustration Friday.

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Finally peeking my groggy head up after a bit of time underground, building a new portfolio. Squeaked by just in time for the SCBWI L.A. Summer conference, from which I just returned.

I’d love to share some of the inspiration and new focus with y’all, once my head ceases to spin, that is!

It’s great to be back in the blogging seat!

wild

April 15, 2013

IF wild boar 450Maggie and Buttercup were wild about tea.

The word of the week, over there at Illustration Friday is “wild,” but all I could scare up was this docile boar, so he’ll just have to do.

yesterday’s talent

March 8, 2013

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So, anywho, I was going to post this yesterday for the Illustration Friday theme “Talent” but missed it by THIS much. Soooo, since this week’s theme is “Yesterday”…

wheel

February 7, 2013

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Squeaking an “Illustration Friday” in!

Two posts in one day! What the heck is going on?

SkADaMo Day 24

November 24, 2012

Some of my favorite be-whiskered folk are otters.

Ya know, for some reason, even though I realize they are different critters, “Muskrat Love” was playing in my noggin while I drew these guys. Something about “nibbling on bacon, chewin’ on cheese…”

Swing by here for some fellow SkADaMo shenanigans and check out Illustration Friday‘s “Whiskers” this week. And for a giant shot of inspiration, check out PiBoIdMo.

SkADaMo Day 16

November 16, 2012

Lately I’ve been feeling as if I’m moving at a snail’s pace… which wouldn’t be so bad, if it was this snail.

ZooooooooooooM!

This is a redo of a sketch from years ago. Tweaked it a bit and sketched it in digital pencil again, as opposed to the original, which was with my trusty mechanical pencil. Oh, and I killed two birds with one stone for Illustration Friday’s “Zoom.”

Actually, a couple of birds were killed with one stone (although no actual birds were harmed in the making of this post.) This is a seed for a PiBoIdMo idea. So, ya know, I’ve got that goin’ for me.

Oh, and please, when if you get a chance, stop by and take a peek at what my fellow SkADaMoers are doing using the link at the end of this post right here.

SkADaMo Day 10

November 10, 2012

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE!

It happens to the best of us, eh?

The Illustration Friday word of the week is “Tree” and this popped into my head for some reason.

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Hey now, don’t forget to toddle on over  here and check out my fellow SkADaMoers. There’s some really good stuff! Thanks!

SkADaMo Day 2

November 2, 2012

Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

Actually, not sure that’s an appropriate salutation, but I do know that I love the art and culture of this Latino holiday! So in honor of the day and of all our dearly departed I thought I’d do a quick skeleton sketch… skeltch if you will.

Oh, and since this wee boy skeleton is so shyly presenting his gift, I thought maybe he’d like to toddle on over to Illustration Friday.

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So, wow, quite a few ambitious sketchers decided to join in on the fun of SkADaMo! Welcome one and all!

Although there are absolutely no rules to this, (unless you count the rule that there are no rules,) there were a few questions.

Some wanted to know how to use the badge. I would say simply put the badge in the sidebar of your blog. If you want to link it up, maybe put the URL to the original SkADaMo post on my blog, so people can give it a gander and maybe join us: https://sketchedout.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/skadamo-2012/

Some wanted to know how we could keep track of each other’s posts as the days go by. Perhaps the folks who are joining could leave the URL where they will be posting their SkADaMo sketch, in the comments of this post and I will create a list that I will add to the end of each of my daily posts. (Please note that I will be out of town until Tuesday, so I probably won’t get to this until then. Thanks guys!)

How to organize the sketch posts? Perhaps we could also add the tag SkADaMo to each post, which will be the static link that I’ll use for the list of everyone.

If anyone has an idea of something that would work better, please let me know. This is just a very easy, breezy, unorganized thingy. So, pretty much anything goes. But if we can make it easier to keep in touch and be inspired by each other and root each other on, that is all the better!

And that my dears is the extent of my organizational skills! I am spent, spent I tell you! (0;

Hummingbird

August 28, 2012

mmIt was early morning and the sprinklers had just begun glitter-bombing the backyard. I was curled up on the couch with sleep still nested in the corner of my eyes, scrawling out my “morning pages.” Iggy, my calico girl, purred contentedly on one side of me, a steamy cup of freshly brewed coffee sat on the other.

Halfway through my writing, a loud THUNK startled me out of my reverie.

Iggy and I exchanged surprised looks and she joined me as I got up to inspect the patio ground for any possible stunned bird carcasses. The sound came from the French door window, so it stood to reason that one of our feathered friends could have taken a bad turn.

All was clear, or so I thought. As I began sitting down to resume my morning task, I could see from the corner of my eye, Iggy skulking back into the house with something tiny and limp in her mouth. Apparently in the stunned-bird-carcass-inspection department, she was superior to me in every way. But the involuntary scream that left my throat, stopped her in mid triumphant trot and caused her to Read the rest of this entry »