Hulk Splash

7:50 AM

Um, there's really no explanation for this drawing. It's the Hulk, riding a whale. 'Nuff said.


Bec a u se I Car e.

7:44 AM

This is just a little nerdy bit of typography I drew yesterday...Something made me think of this phrase, and it seemed like it'd be fun to draw. Kerning, for those who don't know, is the space between letters. Like, when you read this post's title and you're all "Geez, what's wrong with the title?" The kerning. The kerning is wrong with the title. And kerning is something that graphics designers seem to get particularly passionate about, like Comic Sans and Pantone colors and serifs. So this seemed like an appropriate phrase for all the graphic designers of the world. I just got paranoid as I was drawing it that my kerning is actually off in the drawing, that my letters aren't spaced well enough...but what do I care?! I'm an artist! I was just going where the drawing led me. Or maybe I was trying to be ironic. Either way, it's kerned enough for me. Heck, I'm not even sure "kerned" is a word. Whatevs. Okay, wait, wait, I don't actually say "whatevs." I have to draw the line somewhere. Ha, get it? Draw the line?...

Okay, okay, I'm done. 
Here's a picture of when it was halfway finished:


Studly Abe

7:28 AM

I didn't realize quite how unbuttoned I drew his shirt until just now. Yeesh. It's just that I don't like how old pictures of people never show them smiling. All the pictures I've seen of Abe Lincoln look so somber (I know, I know, there was a war, I get it...) I just wanted to draw him smiling. Or grinning. For once. Instead, it came out as more of a smirk, which I don't really mind. I'll settle for an Abe smirk. And then the shirt...I don't know what happened. My pen got away from me and suddenly he belongs in a 70's nightclub. I just liked thinking of what Abe Lincoln would be like as a normal guy...just Abe. Shirt-way-unbuttoned, smirky Abe.


My Week in Sketches

7:32 AM

Last week was extra-special because it had Comic Con in it!

I got to meet the cast of an upcoming show called "Intelliegence," which included Josh Holloway (known mainly for playing Sawyer on "Lost")...and I can't begin to describe how attractive he is in person.
You might think we're crazy, but my friend and I spent the night in line before a particularly spectacular day of Comic Con panels. There were hundreds of us sleeping out there, like a giant nerdy sleepover.
Growing up, X-Men were my favorite superheroes...so when the entire cast of the new X-Men movie appeared on stage at Comic Con (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, to name a few...) I was freaking out a little bit.

 We were already whining about missing Comic Con on the drive home.

I've been riding my exercise bike before work lately, and it's comical how little energy I have for it. I don't know how people actually work out that early in the day. The only way I make it through is because I'm sitting and watching TV.

My roommate and I saw each other for the first time in like two weeks. We're never home and awake at the same time (she works the night shift and sleeps during the day), so it always feels like a special occasion.

 ...And this is how I was introduced to a large number of people at work this week.
It's cool. They might as well find out how nerdy I am when they first meet me...Less surprises down the road.


Comic Con Be With You

7:40 AM

ONE last super-nerdy Comic Con drawing. Just let me get it out of my system. I'm still detoxing, recovering from a weekend of full-on geekdom. This drawing's totally silly - it was inspired by a friend of mine who was wishing me well as I headed off to Comic Con last week. She was talking about Comic Con with such mock-importance, and was like "I feel like there should be some sort of official sendoff I should give you as you go on your journey...Like 'Comic Con be with you!'" It was just so ridiculous that I wanted to commemorate it. I'm just saying, this could be the official Comic Con greeting. I mean, come on, if anyone is nerdy enough to have a special greeting like this, it's Comic Con attendees.



7:52 AM

Allow me to introduce one of the bigger, most-fun projects I've gotten to work on in a while...
Boom! Whomp! Zap! I was asked to create some large wooden signs with comic sound effects for a superhero-themed camp this summer. I could hardly wait, this sounded like so much fun!
First, I started sketching out different sound effect words:

I narrowed down a list of my six favorite sounds and sketched out little versions by hand, then colored them in Photoshop:
Next, I started cutting them out of 4'x8' pieces of plywood:
(My "obsessed with making things out of wood" phase may have been accelerated by this project...)
I was determined to find a way to make little dot-gradients on the signs (the faded polka-dots that make it look like an old newspaper comic.) So I bought a $4 piece of pegboard and drilled bigger holes in ascending sizes, then used it as a stencil to spray-paint. I felt a little silly for being so focused on the pegboard in the beginning, but I think the effect really made a difference in the long run!
Started painting:

...And painting...
Thus began the period of time where our garage looked like a warzone...
Like, a comic book warzone. 

But in the end, I love how they turned out!

Now they're hanging around camp, and every time I see them it makes me smile.
(And, I get a hankering to cut something else with my jigsaw...)


May the Force Be With You

7:47 AM

Okay, okay, I'm alllllmost down off my Comic Con high...I'll stop with the comic-y nerdfest soon.
But not today. 

This is a little doodle I did while I was at Comic Con this weekend, surely waiting in line for something...since waiting in line is about 87% of the Comic Con experience. I felt like practicing my hand-lettering, and this seemed like it would be the most appropriate phrase to draw on such an occasion.


Confessions of a Comic Conner

7:50 AM

 My friend and I had a bit of a running joke as we walked to and from Comic Con, stemming from the fact that I care too much about what other people think. Whenever we were walking (the twenty blocks from where we were parked) to Comic Con, I never wanted to stick out as a Comic Conner. I just think people who live and work in downtown San Diego must hate this time of year, when there's no parking and there's a line at every restaurant and the streets are flooded with nerds. I'm always aware of that thought in the back of my mind, and it motivates me to try (and probably fail) to keep a low profile. But it's just so silly because on the way BACK from Comic Con...there's just no point in hiding it. Especially after we'd spent the night in line. We were walking back to the car with blankets and camping chairs and the like. And we looked like we'd slept outside for a night. There's just no point in hiding it. I should just own up to it.

Hi, my name is Annie, and I am a Comic Conner.


My Week in Sketches

7:33 AM

This is what it looks like when my friends and I go to the local farmer's market. I pitied the people walking towards us that had to squeeze past our herd. 24 of us, with more kiddos than adults.
My friends and I went to Lake Arrowhead for the day, and it was GLORIOUS. I love swimming in lakes waaaaay more than the ocean. It was a perfect day. 
...So perfect, in fact, that we decided to go back the next day.
This is us trying to tread water without using our hands. 
And this is me at the local Wal-Mart, which has the worst customer service. It was just funny because I was only buying one thing: a $3 pool raft to sleep on while I'm camping out for Comic Con. So ridiculous, I know. And THAT is what I waited 20 minutes in line for.
I finally got around to watching "Dr. Horrible's Sing-ALong Blog." Now seemed like a good time, since I always see people dressed as Captain Hammer at Comic Con.
I got to have a fun little reunion with some friends...It's been ten years since we worked at summer camp together and we still love reminiscing through all the memories.
And we're off to Comic Con!!


Comic Conpassion

7:39 AM

This sums up how I feel about being at Comic Con.
Just so freaking happy.
...And surrounded by people in Star Wars costumes.


Comic Con...versation

7:44 AM

 It's not that I'm actually going to flirt with anybody at Comic Con, I just think it's such a funny concept. Like, your opening line is "Hey, I really like your wings" or "Did you make that armor yourself?" or "Your horns look so lifelike!" Comic Con is just such a ridiculous few days, I feel the need to poke fun at it. (But that doesn't mean I won't get a little weak in the knees when I see someone in a Cyclops costume...)


Comic Con "Celebrities"

7:58 AM

 It's a funny thing at Comic Con, seeing who people think is a celebrity. Sometimes you'll see swarms of people mobbing some old guy (who was probably on one of the Star Trek series or something) and you know he must be famous, but all you see is...some old guy. And people are freaking out about meeting him. It's just weird. And then on the flip side, when I'm geeking out about seeing Anna Torv or Karl Urban, I can tell other people around me have no idea who they are. Like Leif Tilden, for example. When I was about 8 or 9, I was sooooo into the Ninja Turtles. I had a crush on Donatello, which I know doesn't make a ton of logical sense. Since I didn't want to be "the girl who had a crush on a turtle," I looked up who played Donatello in the live action movie...and it was a guy named Leif Tilden. The point is, I'd probably be the only person in the room excited to meet Leif Tilden. To me, he'd be a "celebrity", and to everybody else he'd just be some dude. But he was once a teenage mutant ninja dude, so that makes him something special.

Comic Camping

7:41 AM

 It's that time of year again...I'm heading to Comic Con this week!!
It's my favorite thing. I know it qualifies me in a certain category of "nerd," but I don't care. I love movies and seeing TV show actors and watching masses of people dressed up as superheroes. For better or worse, there is absolutely nothing quite like Comic Con. And I can hardly wait. Even if it means camping out in line once or twice...Let's be honest, it's my favorite kind of camping.


My Week in Sketches

7:28 AM

I had fun with my friends on the Fourth of July...All their kids decided (on their own) that they wanted to dress up in costumes and do a parade for us, which was highly enjoyable.

I went home for the weekend to visit Mom and Dad,
which always means a Boggle tournament is in my near future... 

 One of my former bosses stopped by my office for the first time in several years. It was fun to have him visit, and show off my recent office interior design skills.

 Back to spray-painting...This was my first foray into fabric spray-paint, that's meant to be used on clothes. I'm hoping it will help the designs to last longer.

 I've been trying to actually cook meals lately, instead of just always making salads and sandwiches...and this week marked the first time in a while that I've actually had something in the oven and on the stove at the same time. To me, that's like, major cooking. And qualifies me as a chef.

 I got to visit with a friend for a while by the lake where I work...it made for a nice morning.

A Little More Cowbell...

7:23 AM

Just goofing around with some muppets...Really, I just wanted an excuse to draw Kermit the Frog. You know, because sometimes you just really feel like drawing Kermit the Frog. I was in the mood. This is Animal and Kermit acting out the infamous "More Cowbell" sketch from Saturday Night Live.

Overeager Ghostbusters

7:36 AM

Ever wonder why we don't see the Kool-Aid man in commercials any more?
(In reality, I think he's still around - it's just that I don't watch cartoons anymore, with kid-focused advertising...I mean, that or the Ghostbusters got him by mistake.)


Wooden Badges

7:28 AM

These are some wooden oversized "badges" that I painted for summer camp this year. They're for recognizing when a team does well as a whole, like they earned a scout badge collectively as a team (the teams are called "Groves" because everything's named after trees...it's all very campy.) My only regret is that the round one looks a lot "badgier" than the other two, but I figure you can't go wrong with tree silhouettes... 

One Direction Republic

7:44 AM

Soooo...this happened.
My parents are going to a concert that's being co-headlined by Sara Bareilles (who they enjoy) and One Republic, who they don't know much about...to the point that my dad mistakenly said they were going to be seeing One Direction in concert. If you don't know the different between these two bands - One Direction is made up of skinny-jeans-and-suspenders-wearing boys with perfectly tousled hair, and One Republic is...I don't know, a normal band. I like 'em. But I just can't get the image out of my head of my mom and dad in the midst of a sea of teenage girls screaming out the lyrics to every One Direction song. I was so disappointed when we figured out it was actually One Republic. But I'm sure my parents will enjoy that concert quite a bit more, even with the lack of perfectly tousled hair and suspenders.


My Week in Sketches

7:46 AM

Last week at my friends' house, the children kept chasing each other with what looked like a very real axe. I quickly learned that it was a prop from a "lumberjack" Halloween costume, and that it was harmless, but it was the funniest thing to see out of the corner of your eye.
My parents came to visit for a belated birthday-and-father's-day celebration! Our family really likes games, and I had to solve a few riddles before I was allowed to open gifts. That's how we roll.
Last weekend I bought a bunch of obnoxiously healthy food in an effort to eat healthier. This marks the first time I've purchsed anything involving "flax" or "whey." Sigh.
I went for a run last week. Realistically, I think it was more of a walk, but I'm still going to call it a run. And after toiling along, block after block in the sweltering heat until I couldn't take it any more...I checked and saw I'd gone 1.5 miles. Funny, it felt like eternity.
I've been practicing getting more sleep at night...and low and behold - I can now wake up before seven and feel like I got a full night's sleep! Granted, I went to bed at 9:30pm, but I'm still feeling good about it.
 Oh, good heavens. I've been working out...it's not pretty. Let's move on.
Every Wednesday in summer, I oversee a lunch that involves cooking a lot of steak. The barbeque is in a pretty swell location, though - looking right over a creek up to the mountains. It's a nice spot to spend my Wednsday mornings. 

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