My Week in Sketches

7:43 AM

Here's a glimpse into my week!
I went to my parents' house again last weekend, though we didn't stay there for long...

 My dad had a senior softball tournament in San Clemente, and my mom and I went along to root him on! This is us having dinner the night before the tournament began:

Day one of my dad's softball tournament! Mom and I chatted, cheered, and worked on our tans.
Sorry Dad for drawing such a poor batting stance. You do much better in real life.

 Saturday morning was so wonderful - I got to have breakfast with a friend who lives in San Clemente. The breakfast was good, the conversation was better, and it put me in a good mood all day.

So by the end of the tournament, my dad had played 15 GAMES in three days. He's kind of a stud. You can say it. And clearly, he loooooves softball. 

It was nice to come home to my roommates after a long weekend...I felt like I hadn't seen them in ages!

I move tomorrow (YIKES!) and earlier this week I casually asked my friend Dustin if there was anything I might be overlooking in the moving process, anything I might have forgotten to think about...and as it turns out, yes, I had overlooked everything. It was a very educational conversation. 

This is one of my favorite sketches ever. My beloved coworkers are finally back in the office after a long summer of summer-camp-directing, and it made my heart so happy to have them back. Our first official meeting together consisted of a lot of laughter...and I know at some point I was wearing a horse-head mask.

Flower Power

7:58 AM

I was just thinking about superpowers that would be really lame. Like shooting daisies out of your hands, for instance. That's a superpower that really wouldn't come in very handy. I always wonder about the X-Men...There had to be a few of them that showed up to Professor X's school for mutants that were like "My superpower is that my toes glow" or "My special ability is that I have very sensitive taste buds" or "I turn to stone when it rains on a Thursday." I'm sure Professor X had to filter out which mutants could actually be useful. I mean, if we believe that good superpowers exist, shouldn't lame ones exist, too? Boy, this whole conversation got a lot nerdier than I intended. But I felt the need to explain my thought process. What I can't explain is why the guy isn't wearing a shirt. Was he just cruising around with no shirt on? Or is that part of his superpower, that his shirt comes off as he shoots flowers out of his hands? On second thought, this superpower could be very effective on lady-villains...


Little Baby Spork

7:58 AM

First and foremost, I'd like to clarify that I totally copied someone's idea for today's post.
Allan Peters designed this awesome image with bikes, and I was just dying to make one of my own!
The bike version is way more amazing, I know. It's just so cute and perfect.
I just wanted to make my own and see what I could come up with. It was the funniest thing to brainstorm, like Trees! I'll draw two trees and then a baby seed...orrrrr...two ninja turtles, and then a little baby ninja tur-- no...Peanut butter and jelly?...Star Wars characters? Did any of them have babies? What kind of baby spaceship would the Millenium Falcon have?...Would two guitars have a baby violin? Or what about a human and a horse, and then a baby centaur?! Wait, no, that's not how that works...Two birds and an egg! Two cars and a wagon! Two beer bottles and a baby bottle! 

Needless to say, the bikes are the best option. But it was a fun exercise to think through what kind of "babies" various inanimate objects would have...which leads me to the spork version. It was the best idea I could muster, and I have a friend whose name* is Sporx, so I feel like there's some emotional connection. Works for me. The baby-centaur version will just have to wait!

*I work at camp. We have camp names. It's a little ridiculous and wonderful.


8:05 AM

I haven't had enough time to draw lately, so I thought I'd post an oldie today.
This is picture of some coworkers photoshopped into the game of Clue.
Sometimes my job requires me to do such things.

Mom & Dad

7:47 AM

These are some caricatures I sketched of my mom and dad, who celebrated 34 years of marriage yesterday. 
 And I was lucky enough to get to spend the whole weekend with them!


My Week in Sketches

7:44 AM

My week in sketches!

Sitting with friends, under the string lights, talking about big things:

Dogsitting. This dog collapses on the floor and begs for your attention the second you walk in the door. I can't say no.

Sneaking Chipotle into the movie theater = awesome.
(Though my purse might still smell like salsa...)

The ultimate roommate bonding time: watching Downton Abbey.

We finally heard back about the house we wanted to rent, and we got it!
We kept dancing around the room saying we were homeowners. It was a cute moment.

I went swimming with my friends, and the little 2-year-old was just so fearless, it made me laugh...
She can sort-of-swim, but that didn't stop her from trying (and Mom was very attentive, unlike my depiction here.)

Rolling Hills...

7:47 AM

This is where I'm going to retire. Just fyi.
A little cabin in the middle of nowhere...I'll spend my days singing in the hills like Maria at the beginning of The Sound of Music. It's going to be epic.

R is for Roomies

7:32 AM

It's official! My roommates and I found a house to rent! 
I'm pretty excited. We signed a lease yesterday. It's for real.
With all our house-hunting, I've had our new house on the brain lately.
It led me to create this little number, which came out a little bit cheesier than I anticipated, but I like it all the same. I look forward to a wonderful year ahead with some wonderful new roomies to get me through it!

Jesus: Revolutionary

7:59 AM

Months ago, I kept making references to a "giant warehouse" I had to spraypaint. I wasn't exaggerating. 
I painted across 160 feet of warehouse. It was for a video that I helped create for Forest Home's summer camp program, and now that summer's over I finally get to share it a bit! I'm so proud of how it turned out. The script was written by Michael Field, and the video editing was done by Kyle White and Rey Kroona. Working with these three guys was a wonderful experience, and I look back fondly at the hours and hours and hours we spent filming this video (and a few others I'll be adding soon enough!) I think we spent about 32 hours (and 50 cans of spray paint) filming this video, and a few of those hours were in the rain (you can see water along the bottom foot of the warehouse when Jesus feeds the 5,000, and then watch it dry up...) This video is not actually video - it's thousands of pictures put together to create animation. Pretty fun stuff.

I'd set up this video for you more except I think it's pretty straightforward... 
Hope you enjoy it!

(And if that doesn't work, you can watch it here on vimeo.)


Darth Father

7:48 AM

I confess, I've seen a few episodes of  The Maury Povich Show over the years. I'm not proud of it. I'm sure any time I was watching it, it's because there was nothing else on. Okay, maybe sometimes I used to watch All My Children on my lunch breaks, and I would flip to Maury during commercials. Maybe. I'm not saying this was a legitimate habit. Only sometimes, rarely, but then after you watch one soap opera episode, it's like I have to tune in tomorrow to see if Leo and Greenlee are gonna' make it out of that abandoned mine before Erica ruins Kendall's wedding by setting the chapel on fire... For instance.

Today's drawing is an illustration of what would have happened if they hadn't cut away after the iconic Star Wars line "Luke, I am your father...Seriously. I'm really your father. Let's go on the Maury Povich show if you don't believe me." Think of this as a deleted scene from The Empire Strikes Back. I'm sure George Lucas meant to include it. So here it is.


My Week in Sketches

7:40 AM

 My week in sketches!

This is me watching the Olympics with my new roommates:

House-hunting! My favorite! I loooooved looking at houses to rent.

This was another day of house-hunting, where we just drove around the area we want to live looking for "For Rent" signs. It was like a giant game of "Where's Waldo."

I went to a birthday party on Saturday! It was catered by a local Mexican restaurant and they provided a giant bowl of guacamole. You know how there's never enough guacamole at a party?! Not this party. Guacamole aplenty.

Oh, camp songs. Story of my life.
A bunch of friends came to visit camp and it was wonderful.
We sat in the back row of the same campfire circle where we all met on staff 8 years ago. 

The house-hunting continues...and this time, we may have found the place!
I mentally called "dibs" on my future room as soon as I saw it. (That totally counts.) 

...Aaaaand we started signing paperwork to rent the house! It's all very exciting. 
(Clearly I think it's a big deal, what with my "This is really happening" thought bubble and all...)

Playing a farewell round of the board game "Ticket to Ride" on my coworker's last day at work...
I never turn down a board game opportunity!

Helmet Anxiety

7:55 AM

I don't love wearing bike helmets. All your hair gets plastered to your head with sweat, and no matter how you adjust the straps, they never seem to feel quite right...It feels like you're carting around some 20-pound watermelon on your head. I want the wind blowing in my hair! But I can't stop thinking about those school assemblies where they'd bring in a mutilated bike to the cafeteria and show us "This is the bike that Timmy was riding when he was hit by a car. But because he was wearing a helmet, he survived." I swear, they must have brought that bike in like every two weeks to my elementary school. And you're just staring at the twisted scraps of used-to-be-bike metal in horror and it instilled sheer terror in me, to where I have to wear a helmet. I will always, always wear a bike helmet. I'm too scared not to. But I despise them. It's a love-hate relationship. This is a drawing of how cumbersome and heavy they feel. You know, right before it saves my life.

Nurse Roomies

7:40 AM

My new roommates are both nurses. I work at camp.
I can't help but notice the difference in what we do for a living.
Every time that they're describing some really serious, legit thing that they had to do at the hospital - maybe some sort of life-saving procedure - I have to fight the urge to chime in and say something obnoxious along the lines of "Yeah, my day was stressful, too! I had to design a poster for a fake band and I couldn't come up with a funny enough album title!" Or "I was trying to spraypaint but this squirrel just wouldn't leave me alone" or "My boss made me draw henna tattoos on his staff members' arms for like an hour this afternoon." For example. Their jobs are just sliiiightly more important than mine. I mean, important in that obvious, matter-of-life-and-death way. But my job is important, too. Without me, how would kids get attacked by a water-balloon-slinging lake monkey?! It's important in a different kind of way.

House Hunters

7:59 AM

Right now my new roomies and I are in the midst of searching for a new place to live. It turns out that I LOVE house-hunting. I love seeing different styles of architecture and floor plans and trying to envision furniture in different places...And when you're house-hunting for a rental, you kind of get to just look at all the houses and pick which one you like best, without having to stress about loans and mortgages. It's a dream.

The funny thing is (at least, I amuse myself with this), even if I love a house that I'm touring, I have almost nothing to say about it while I'm in it. At least, not while the agent is still in the room. My roomies are walking around like pros, commenting on the great counter space or how much light the windows let in, and I just follow them around like "Yeah, totally" or just nodding a lot. I don't know why. I have opinions about every inch of a house, but for some reason it just doesn't come out when someone's showing me the house. I could never make it on the HGTV show "House Hunters" for that reason. It's like I reject the pressure of being fake - I want the freedom to say "This flooring is great but these cabinets are hideous" but instead you're only supposed to say nice things (and apparently I follow the rule of "If you can only say something nice, then don't say anything at all.") Anyway, we're looking at more houses today and I can hardly wait! I'll try to be more chatty. 


Happy Llama Birthday

7:46 AM

This is the result of one of the most random gifts I've ever given somebody. My friend Kelly turned 30 recently, and as a birthday present I decided to draw her favorite things all in one picture. She's been obsessed with llamas for as long as I can remember, she loves youtube videos of cats, and she's passionate about various sports teams...I just like that, as preposterous as this drawing is, it's specifically and uniquely for her...and no one else. Seriously. No one. There can't be anyone else out there whose favorite things are these things.


My Week in Sketches

7:42 AM

Last week I had dinner at my friends' house and they had a giant inflatable water slide. It was awesome.
I know it probably looks like I'm standing there by myself in this drawing, but there's three little munchkins hiding up at the top of the slide. I rolled balls up to them and it felt like a giant game of skeeball.

I had lunch with a friend. We ate salads and talked and saw "Total Recall," all of which were very enjoyable. 

I got to have lunch with my boss from summer camp 11 years ago! Still love that guy.

My new roommates officially moved in with me! 
It's wonderful how it all worked out.

 My roommates and I bought couch covers together. It was our first real "roommate purchase."

No matter how many times I've seen a bear running past my office window, 
I still get excited about it. It just never gets old.

Cartoon Friends

8:18 AM

My friends Nate and Laura recently asked me to create a family portrait of their adorable family, in the same style as the portrait I made of our friends Josh and Heather...which I did in the same style as a portrait I created of my friend Michael...which I did in a style that I copied from a design group called Invisible Creature! It's like the gift that keeps on giving. Nate and Laura have two wonderful little daughters, one of whom is in a stage where she never wants to wear a shirt, which is what's being documented here. I love this little family and I was happy to create their journey into cartoondom!

Fairy Dreams

7:58 AM

This is a quote that was said by my friend's three-year-old yesterday, 
and I just thought it was the funniest thing! I had to commemorate it.

Call Me Maeby

8:13 AM

This is a silly joke meant for "Arrested Development" fans who also know something about pop music..."Call Me Maybe" is a hit song right now by Carly Rae Jepsen (I prefer this version of it best) and Maeby Funke is a character from the show "Arrested Development." Put 'em together and what do you get?...Call me Maeby!

Turns out I'm not the first person to think of this (or, like, the thousandth).
This was one of my favorite internet finds, after I realized I wasn't being original:
Again, this won't be funny if you've never watched "Arrested Development"...
but come on, isn't little Michael Cera just the cutest?!


7:58 AM

I love the idea of "sleepsketching." You know, like sleepwalking?...I think sleepwalking is such an interesting thing. How do you walk around without waking up?! I used to sleepwalk. A couple times, when my dad encountered me in a sleepwalking state, he'd tell me something ridiculous like "Your middle name is actually Dolores" and see if I remembered it when I woke up. I never did, but I loved his hopeful face the morning after, as he excitedly asked me if recalled anything unusual from the night before...Anyway, I've never sleepsketched (I don't think it's really a thing) but I think it would be cool if I could. Maybe not on the walls. But I'd love to draw out my dreams as I'm having them. That'd be pretty cool. There'd be lots of sketches of flying, boys, and running from bad guys.


My Week in Sketches

7:42 AM

Spent the weekend at home with my parents. Love it.
(And I accidentally drew my dad like he's from the seventies...)

Olympic opening ceremony? Yeah...we were watching baseball.
Watching the Olympics has never really been a tradition in our family. Baseball is.

Starbucks run with my mom!:

Back at home, and friends came to visit me at camp:

I'm getting so organized! Packing up my house one box at a time...

This was the cutest...My friend and I were at camp on Tuesday night, and the summer camp staffers realized that we were on camp staff eight years ago, when they were campers. Yes, it made us feel a little old, but it was pretty cool to be able to tell them that a lot of us are still very good friends.

I know this drawing isn't exciting. It's me cutting steak. Thrilling.
I have to prepare lunch for a group of people every Wednesday during summer. 
I refer to Wednesdays as "Steak Day" so it seemed appropriate to document it in my journal.

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