SkADaMo Day 7

November 9, 2011

A little late in the game, but once again I shushed my inner critic and made myself an “official participant” button for SkADaMo. Ok, so I’m the only official participant, but still.

I got the idea for a button from my friend Erin over at Rapture Pet Sitting Service who is doing her own version called HubReHoTDa.

What does that mean, you ask? Well toddle on over there and take a peek. I promise her wit and adorable sketches will not disappoint.

SkADaMo

November 3, 2011

Woke up thinking about my late, great soul-mate kitty, the ever whiney, cantankerous, bossy yet somehow adorable Joey. So I drew ‘im.

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Ya see, it’s November and all the cool challenges are well under way. There’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month, of which I am a participant of.) There are probably a bunch more, but suffice it to say, November is a busy month for some.

So I thought just to heap even more onto my plate, I’d make November a “sketch a day month” for myself. Just trying to get back to the early days of my blog when I feverishly posted just about every single day. When my synapses seemed to be firing on all cylinders and ideas where presenting themselves to me faster than I could sketch or write them down.

Sigh. Those were good days.

Not sure if this exercise will get me back to that place, but I figure between attempting a picture book idea a day and a sketch/blog post a day, I’ll at least have a notebook/sketchbook/blog filled with chicken scratches of some sort or another.

Better than blank pages, I say.

Anywho, it’s November 3rd and ordinarily I might say to myself, dude you need three sketches today to catch up. But no. Not gonna do it.

It starts today.

Ends November 30.

So pppphhhhhtttttttt INNER CRITIC!
Phhhhtttttttttttppph to you and the horse you rode in on.

Happy 4th of July!!

July 4, 2011

A kitty’s remedy for the dog days of summer is to, of course, eat the dog.

Hot dog, that is!!!

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A quick sketch, to jump in there and wish everyone a Happy Independence Day… and please, don’t blow yourself up!!!

asleep

June 2, 2011

For reasons I won’t bore you with right now, my doctor suggested I cut down on my caffeine intake. What? Two to three double, short cappuccinos a day is too much?

Apparently it is… who knew?

So, obediently I began drinking herbal tea and felt pretty smug about how healthy I was behaving. That is, until Read the rest of this entry »

<3 <3 <3

February 14, 2011

resolutions

December 31, 2010

My long laundry list of New Year’s resolutions has within it a promise to blow my own horn more!

Woooooooot! Hoooooot! Toooooooooot!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 2011 is going to be the year! Wooooooooo!

spooky

October 20, 2010

When witches familiars, get too familiar with the equipment.

The Illustration Friday word for the week is spooky.

A bit of holiday celebration yesterday caused me to be a little late with Day 5… Day 6 coming soon!

Be sure to check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4.

Thanks! Happy Holidays!

unbalanced

November 17, 2009

HANGING IN THE BALANCE

Tinkerbell’s habitual tardiness
was beginning to put a damper
on her hot air ballooning.
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A dusted off and polished version of an older image that I’m also using on my new website, (which is almost done… woo!)

Seemed to fit this week’s Illustration Friday theme. Killed two birds with one… er three birds… stones… oh, I don’t know.

(No birds were harmed in the making of this post.)

shaky

July 7, 2009

pretendkitt

The ill-conceived attempt by Alawicious to make new friends, was further complicated by his lack of quality materials.

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The Illustration Friday theme for this week is “shaky.”

Some of you might remember this little guy from the “Pretend” theme back in November. Yep, I’m once again relying on an older post to fill the time void I’m experiencing of late. But I thought perhaps mine and Alawicious’ shaky attempt at winning you over might work well with this weeks theme.

Am I so wrong?

kittirina

ODE TO IGNATZ (Iggy)

With snowy white fur,
and a deafening purr,
her toes are like a pink pearl erasers.

My Ignatz is shy,
but you cannot deny,
she’s the great lizard hunter and chaser.

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This kitty-ballerina image came to mind a last year while staring at my kitty, Iggy’s feets. I studied admiringly, her pristeen white fur and pink toes, bringing to mind the white tights and pink shoes of a prima ballerina. That along with an almost preternatural grace she’s been known to exhibit, while padding, almost toe dancing across the fireplace mantle. She lithely slinks along this 3 inch wide path, past tons of chachkis and photos, with nary an item being knocked over.

The girl’s got mad grace-skills!

Of course, when I have to rescue a terrified, de-tailed lizard from under our bed, one of many she proudly trots into the house, the ballerina image dissipates rapidly. –Sigh.

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Click to get better look at Iggy’s feets!

Hey! This might be my very first post to Illustration Friday… on Friday!!!! WeeEeeeEEE! Ok, ok, I know, it’s because this is a repost. But I think you’ll agree it’s a good fit for “Poise” and I did punch up the rhyme and reworded the whole thing a bit. That counts, right?

Catpid

February 12, 2009

katpid

THE INTREPID CATPID

This little feline seraph is my entry in Dot at Dabbled’s Anti V-Day Contest. The idea is to do something a little darker or creepier than the usual Valentine’s Day fare. Where my little friend here lacks in darkness and creepiness, he more than makes up for in sheer convenience, as he was already created last year. I added a bit of blood in hopes that one of the judges might find it kind of dark… Creepy maybe… if you squint? 

Alright, I’m tryin’ over here!

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Check out Dabbled too, if you get a chance. It’s a wonderful place to visit!

time

February 10, 2009

time

IN A RACE AGAINST TIME

Murgatroid soon realized his race against Time was futile. What he did not realize, however, was that Time had, just that morning, tested positive for steroids.

out on a limb

February 2, 2009

hang-in-there2

No, I’m not speaking of Shirley MacLaine’s New Age novel from the 80’s.

Nope, not talking about risk taking.

In fact, I believe “hanging by a thread” might be a more appropriate term, (if you’ll allow me to be a bit melodramatic.) To put it in more realistic and simple terms, I’ve been procrastinating this whole weekend and am now scrambling to get all my illustration work done, including this here post. Trying to get it all done before getting back to the old day job tomorrow morning.

It’s all just part of my flawed ability to manage time.

However, everything tends to come together nicely in the end, with little or no injury and my sanity somewhat intact. In fact, I seem to do my best under pressure of looming deadlines. So really, no complaints, just a little kitty hanging on a limb, bearing an expression that mimics mine at the moment.

I’m going to resist telling you that I’m “hanging in there”, but really, we’ll both be fine. Like all felines, he’ll land on his feet, and I’m pretty sure I will as well.

balloon

November 29, 2008

balloon

HANG SIX

Tinkerbell’s habitual tardiness
was beginning to put a damper
on her hot air ballooning.

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The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Balloon.”