Top 10 of 2012

7:55 AM

I thought I'd take today to do a special blog post featuring my ten favorite entries from my sketch-a-day journal that I utilized this year. A YEAR! I can't believe how quickly it went by. Oh 2012, you were good to me. Let's have a look:

(And to clarify, these are my favorite sketches, not necessarily my favorite moments of 2012. That would be a very different list that didn't include being serenaded in public by an acapella group.)

Which is what happened here:

To be honest, this is actually my favorite journal-drawing of the year. I think it captures a "Classic Annie" moment more than any other, as I took my blow-dryer into the kitchen so I could dry my hair without missing any of the 6-hour Pride & Prejudice miniseries I was watching. 

I like the ridiculousness of this sketch. In the midst of spray-painting a mural at work, I was so tired and covered in paint that taking a quick nap on the concrete seemed like a great idea.

I was always fond of this one. It captures the best part of being an only child. Peas in a pod.

I was proud of this sketch because I wasn't sure I could draw it adequately, with the right angles to show us blowing air straight through the heart of my computer. Good bonding time with Dad.

I love this one because it visually sums up what it's like any time I babysit anyone's children. Somehow it's a little bit chaotic, and I think we're all having a good time, but I never seem to have a handle on anything that's happening...

I just love that I documented this. After my roommates moved out, I didn't have a can opener, so I used a screwdriver and pliers to get into my canned goods:

This was what a typical day in the office looked like for me in 2012:

I like that I can tell right away who I meant each kid to be in this drawing, even as little cartoons. I'm still holding onto the dream that we can train them to respond to whistles like the Von Trapp children eventually.

I like this drawing because it commemorates the little moments in life, the ones that we so often forget about. I enjoy when my journal sketches were able to capture specific moments rather than "dinnertime" or "hanging out."
On to 2013!!...


My Week in Sketches

7:46 AM

Here's a sketchy recap of my Christmas week!
Last Thursday my mom and I met some friends for dinner (including my first grade teacher, who I still adore!)

Some friends' kiddos cornered me and started requesting personalized doodles. They always seem to want animals drawn, which are not my specialty. (I'm always thinking, "Are you sure I can't interest you in some cartoony dudes instead? Or trees?")

My grandma turned 100 last weekend! I'm pretty impressed. Unfortunately, her short-term memory is failing so we have to keep convincing her she's actually 100.

Morning coffee time with my mom...

Christmas Eve church service with my parents: 

While Christmas was filled with lots of great moments, unwrapping a brand new sander was pretty high on the list. Everyone needs their own sander, right? A very merry Christmas indeed.

And perhaps the nerdiest sketch of 2012:
I finally saw "The Hobbit," which I loved, and it felt like I was visiting old friends.

Christmas Mugging

7:51 AM

This Christmas led to several opportunities for me to help friends create gifts for their loved ones, including this mug with initials that I think came out pretty cool. My friend Matt envisioned it for his wife Bobbi, and asked if I could help with the lettering. It was fun because I don't normally take the time to really work on fonts or lettering, and I liked trying to make the "M" seem like a tough guy and the "B" seem ladylike. We used oil-based Sharpies and then once Matt baked the mug, it was good to go! I'm sure Bobbi loved it, and I'm glad I could be a part of the process.

Cousins Hand in Hand

7:50 AM

This is a portrait I designed for some friends of mine - it's five cousins (the five grandkids!) lined up together as a present for their grandparents. This project was a joy to do because the subject matter was just so exceptionally adorable to stare at while I worked!

My Week in Sketches

7:50 AM

My week in sketches!
I got a bigger computer monitor at work, which made me happier than I could have imagined...

 It SNOWED a little last week in the mountains where I work, which made me super-happy. I love seasons. BRING IT.

Christmas partying with friends. And by "partying", I mean chocolate, cheese platters, and lots of conversations about boys. 

Wrapping Christmas presents! Yeah, that's right. December 16th. I was pretty proud of myself.

 My friend brewed his own hard cider (for the first time), but there's a bit of a debate as to whether or not it really "worked." It sure tasted like normal apple juice. 

 My roommates and I spent our last night all together before we started going our separate ways for Christmas! I'm excited for the holidays!

Clubhouse Planning

7:56 AM

This past summer at the camp where I work, I was asked to help brainstorm different ideas for how to decorate a building to look like a  kids' clubhouse. This is the kind of project I drop everything for. I love to sketch out fun brainstormy ideas like this! In general, I love drawing anything in quick sketches that I don't have to take the time to finish nicely or bother coloring...and any drawing with a tire swing is a winner in my book! Definitely a fun little project.


Maybe Worry Just A Little Bit...

7:58 AM

 My friends and I were talking the other day about what our "life mottos" should be (this is a normal conversation topic, right?) It was actually at a party where all the girls ended up eating together and the guys ate dinner in the other room (jr. high style) even though we're all (kind of) grown-ups. And I momentarily left the ladies' life-motto-conversation to go grab a beverage in the other room...where the guys' conversation was apparently "what kind of car you want to be driving if you're trying to outrun the cops." It became so clear how the gender-separation happens at parties...and I quickly retreated to the lady-life-motto room.

ANYway, thinking about life mottos reminded me that months ago, I cut out a stencil with the words "Worry less" and then never did anything with it. Apparently I was trying to remind myself that I don't need to fret about things as often as I do, and I liked the idea of a reminder-stencil to that effect. Maybe it's my life motto for a while. I managed to dig up the stencil and I thought I should spray the words on a piece of wood (because, you know, that's what I do now.) I probably should have thought it out more, but that seemed contradictory to the stencil's message. I just started painting, and the stencil totally failed. It was super messy. I could have taken my time and tested the stencil beforehand, but nooooo...I was determined not to worry about it...
My new life motto is "worry less, unless it results in a low-quality art project."
On an unrelated note, if I was outrunning the cops, I would drive a Ford Mustang.


8:01 AM

I've been wanting to draw something to go with this quote for a while now.
This little sketch doesn't quite do it justice, but it still makes me giggle. All jokes about "blossoming" aside, I relate to this quote a ton because I'm such a cautious person - and I like the reminder that a flower can't, or shouldn't, stay a bud forever just because it seems safer. It's so much better to bloom.

Mischief Makers

8:06 AM

This is my latest sketch in my Walls sketchbook. Just a few little imps sneaking up on a nice man at a food cart. I always loved the Lost Boys from Peter Pan, with their hooded animal costumes as they run around causing I drew myself in there. Who wouldn't want to be a Lost Boy/Girl? And hang out with Peter Pan all day?! I always thought it'd be cool to have a dog named "Slightly" after the oldest Lost Boy (Yes, I know them by name. You don't?!) I suppose the obvious conclusion here is that I haven't grown up quite yet, and I don't really foresee that happening any time soon. If only I could blame it on the whole Neverland thing...Alas, I have no such excuse.


My Week in Sketches

7:43 AM

Last week I got to visit my best friend and her husband, who live in Idaho.
(If you ask me, that's WAY too far away from where I live.)
While I was in Idaho, I kept rooting for it to snow (I love weather and seasons!) And on Friday we got a little bit of snow, but it was accompanied by some very intense wind, as if the snow was being hurled in our faces. It was funny to be so giddy and pained at the same time.
  As I mentioned earlier this week, my friends and I played Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit Scene It until the wee hours of the morning. That's a special kind of friendship.
My Idaho friends have some dogs, who were a part of the wake-up committee every morning...

 Back to California! It was pretty cold here, too. My friends and I played tennis, but it was freezing and I found myself having a hard time finding the energy to really play.

I attended my work Christmas party (and apparently "cheers"ed into thin air...)
And I got to work from home for a day! That's a rare treat for me. I decided I would like to work in my pajamas EVERY day.


Watercolor Bathroom

8:06 AM

This was me learning the hard way that if I get watercolor paper that's too thick, 
it looks weird and textured when I scan it into my computer.
Um, and that's all I really have to say about this.
It's a bathroom.
I got nothin'.



7:47 AM

It's no use pretending that I don't have a very nerdy side to my personality. I embrace it. To clarify, it's not the I-did-really-well-in-calculus kind of nerdy, it's the I-get-really-obsessed-with-sci-fi-movies kind of nerdy. Like Lord of the Rings, for example. And I'm fortunate enough to have friends that love a lot of the same movies that I do...AND we love board games! Put them together and you get hours of nerdy Lord of the Rings trivia time. Yeah, that's right. I know the difference between Theoden and Theodred. I'm not even sorry. I'm just thankful (and lucky!) that I have other friends that think this sort of thing sounds awesome.

Dadton Abbey

7:59 AM

My parents started watching Downton Abbey because I love it so much, which I thought was such a sweet thing. I found it particularly sweet that my dad would get into it, because it's just not his kind of show. I can't express how opposite it is from being his type of show. But he got into it anyway, and worked hard at figuring out who all the characters are (to be fair, there's like 30 "main characters") and I just love that now we have one more thing in common!


What Idiots Look Like

7:59 AM

This is an old comic strip I drew a while back. My friend, Melissa, actually had this conversation at one point in time, and then I thought it was funny so I turned it into a comic (but I can't take credit for the concept!) I do love the concept, though - since every time I pass a car that's been frustrating me on the road, I have an extreme urge to stare at the driver as I pass them to see what they look like. Now I have a better reason to explain that impulse!


My Week in Sketches

7:35 AM

Two of my favorite coworkers' last day of work...
Apparently we shared meaningful glances for a while.

I came home the next day to find that my roommates had decorated the house for Christmas!

...And apparently that got me in the Christmas spirit so I could get all my online Christmas shopping done (I wish it was ALL my Christmas shopping done...I'm getting there!)

Went out to lunch after church on Sunday with some of my favorite little buddies:

I got to spend the night in San Diego with some pals of mine, which I always enjoy:

I love any excuse to be out of the office for a day, so I enjoyed getting to take notes at a meeting away-from-the-office:

And my week wrapped up with one of the best nights I've had in a while...a "sleepover" with my friend and her two kids that I used to live with. We kept up our annual tradition of decorating a gingerbread house together, which was so, so fun:

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