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My Week in Sketches

7:46 AM

An illustrated look at my week:

Last weekend I went to root on my dad at his senior softball tournament, which I liked because it meant I got to hang out with my mom and dad for a while. And I got to watch a bunch of 65-year-old men play softball, which is great entertainment.

 My parents and I hung out in our hotel room for a bit on Sunday, and it always makes me feel like a kid again. So many memories of traveling as a family when I was little.

I returned from the weekend to see that my roommate had gotten engaged!

And back at work on Tuesday, I found myself wishing I was still on Catalina Island...it takes a few days to adjust to working again after being gone for a week.

 My friends and I played a few rounds of Scattergories after dinner (I know, we're party animals) and we kept making fun of each other when we tried to get away with answers that didn't quite fit...

NerdAlert

The Fifth Ninja Turtle

7:42 AM

I still dream about being the fifth ninja turtle someday. I just think the guys should at least consider me as their new ninja ally. I took karate when I was a kid, and I totally love pizza. I'm practically a ninja turtle already. Throw in a little crime-fighting action...maybe some sort of shell...and I'm totally a ninja turtle.

Lettering

Chiller Whale

7:38 AM

This is one of my faves. Last week, while I was hanging out with friends on Catalina Island, one of my buddies coined the term "Chiller Whale." As in, "Man, that song is so chiller whale!" Or "Everybody needs to just chiller whale right now." So it's basically used in place of whenever you would say something is "chill" or really cool. I mean, I never say anything is "chill," but I think this is funny enough that I want to say it. After a few days of us calling everything chiller whale ironically, it didn't seem so ridiculous any more, and I found myself thinking of it as the adjective I wanted to use more and more often. Don't get me wrong, I won't be caught dead saying "chiller whale" around anyone who's not already in on the joke, but around those of us that were there - it's become my new favorite phrase. Also, if I ever start a band, it's going to be called Chiller Whale. 

Lettering

Symbols Spelled Out

7:26 AM

Just a few doodles I've been working on...
I was playing with the idea of spelling out different symbols and forms of punctuation. 
And that's what this is.

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My Trip in Sketches

7:42 AM

I got to spend last week at a small camp on Catalina Island, and I enjoyed every minute of it! 
Here's an illustrated look of how it went:

I got to ride lots of boats! Four boat rides on the first day I arrived.

We hiked up to a beautiful spot that overlooked the ocean. And we threw rocks and stuff.

My friend and I went swimming and used some floatie-thingies that had glass windows so we could watch the fish swimming beneath us. The water was beautiful...and the fish freaked me out a little bit.

Visiting the nearby town of Avalon for the day, we got to ride a golf cart, during which my friends' six-year-old proclaimed that this was the "best day of her life."

My friend and I worked the crafts station on the last full day of camp, with all our friends swimming in the ocean 50 feet away...It was hard to not be playing with them.

And we're already working on names for next year's pirate-themed summer camp!... 
It was a great week. Vacation is kind of the best thing ever.

SketchJournal

A Few Days in Sketches

7:39 AM

Friday is normally when I recap my week with a sketch from each day, but I've actually been on vacation all week, so wasn't able to scan in my daily sketches. Sorry for the shortened post...but I'll return with the rest of my week's sketches next week!

Congratulating a coworker who got a job promotion...

Planning for our upcoming annual camping trip! 16 adults and 15 kids takes a lot of planning, but we're like a well-oiled camping machine! We cook communal dinners, and last Thursday we divvied up who would cook which night.

Packing for a week in Catalina, where I am now! I'll tell you all about it when I get back.
(For the record, I don't actually say things out loud like "Packing for Catalina" when I'm by myself.)

Superpowers

Superfriends

7:43 AM


This was such a fun project! For work this summer, I was asked to create a fake comic book cover for one of the summer camps at Forest Home. My eyes light up when I get asked to do things like this. I immediately want to work on only the comic book cover and ignore all my other duties. I was sent a photo of two summer staffers and asked to draw them as superheroes in their camp superhero costumes:

Again, I can't put into words just how much I love tasks like this. 
Getting to draw superheroes at work is kind of the best thing ever. I loved every minute! 

Tessellation

X-Tessellation Update

7:39 AM

 A few months back, I posted some sketches I was working on to create an X-Men tessellation. Unfortunately, this is as far as I got! I didn't draw things as exact as I should have, so it's still a bit jumbled, and there are obviously blank spots. But I still want to finish it one day...I think it's so fun to look at the parts that are all filled in together, and even though some of the shapes are a bit of a stretch, I think it's so fun to see all the characters smushed in together:

Some day! I'll get around to finishing it. 
Because the world needs an X-Men tessellation. 
I've found my calling.

Trees

Tree of Camp Names

7:35 AM


Working at summer camp has spawned some of my fondest memories. There's just something about summer camp that has a little bit of magic to it. Several of the friends I've made at camp have become friends in "real life," and it's something I cherish. There's something special about having adventured with these people, and gotten into mischief in our early twenties, and spent every waking minute together for an allotted period of time. One such friend of mine recently "retired" from camp-work, and I drew this as a sort of "retirement" gift. We both worked years ago with younger campers, where all the summer staff go by "camp names." Camp names are a glorious summer camp tradition (in my humble opinion), and it's just fun having a counselor named "Wasabi" or "Buffalo" or "Topaz." MY camp name was (and always will be) Sketch. For obvious reasons. 

My camp-retiring buddy worked for ten straight summers, so I wanted to commemorate it for him somehow.
The hollowed-out tree on the rocks has significance to him, and I decided to fill it in with all the camp names of the people he's worked with over the years. It was a long list, and it sort of goes in order chronologically from left to right, 2003 to 2012. That's a LOT of camp (but you can never have too much summer camp!)
Overall it was a very fun project to work on, and I was glad to have an excuse to make it!

Copycat

Hanging Tough

7:39 AM

 I made a new coat rack! Out of pallets, of course.
A few months ago I saw this little number on instagram and I couldn't forget about it:


I decided I needed to make my own. Not that I'm lacking in places to hang jackets or anything, but it just seemed like a fun "craft" for a Saturday afternoon. I might still like the original version better than mine, but everything looks better on a brick wall, so it's hard to tell. That one has an unfair advantage. I just like that I made mine with my own two hands...and a saw. And a drill. And a sander. So, my own two hands and then lots of tools.


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My Week in Sketches

7:32 AM

I went to the park with my friends last Thursday, and there was a particularly cute moment where one of the kiddos hugged another while she was having a sad moment.
 
 
I went swimming with some friends and was ever-so-happy to spend the entire afternoon on a pool raft... 
 
 ...so happy, in fact, that I decided to do the exact same thing the next day.
 
 My friends and I went mini-golfing (which I haven't done in years!) And I remembered about two holes into it that both of them actually play golf for real, and I was bound to lose.
 
 I finally got to meet my friend's new baby...
It's so weird/cool to see a friend as a parent for the first time.
(And then I'm over it and I'm like "Why can't you come to the movies with me anymore?!")
 
 My roommates and I often have a funny window of time during the day when I've just gotten home, and they're about to leave for the night shift, and we're all trying to cook dinner at the same time. It's a solid half hour of crowded chaos. But at least we're together.

Friend Icons

7:45 AM

This is another set of icons like the ones I made last week of my family.
I liked them so much that I decided to create some of a few of my friends. It's a funny task to try and come up with a "prop" for each one that represents them in some way. Alison, on the left, is an avid reader (though I probably should have drawn a kindle if I was trying to be accurate...) Kira, in the middle, is an elementary school teacher, so she gets the apple...even though I'm pretty sure no child has given their teacher an apple since, like, 1910. And her husband, Chris, is a bit of a mountain man, so he gets a trusty axe for all the wood-cutting he does in winter. I like the simplicity of this style...and I especially like that there's no pressure to draw a person's face right when they have no facial features. This I can do!

Lettering

Thy Will Be Done

7:35 AM

This phrase has been on my mind a lot lately when I pray.
Sometimes my prayers get all tangled up, like "God, I'd really like for this to happen. If you want it to. But not if you have something else planned. But I'd really like for this to be what you have planned. But if you want to do something else, I understand. Whatever you want is fine." And it's this weird sort of path that leads me to a shrug of the shoulders by the end of it...like, I have a prayer, but you're going to do whatever you want anyway, so...whatever. And I don't want to tell God "whatever," like I'm an apathetic teenager.

So I've decided that "Thy will be done" is the healthier version of "whatever" for me. God, let your will be done. Whatever you want. Maybe this doesn't make much sense to anyone else, but I've found myself happier with simpler prayers lately...and this phrase has been a part of that. So, naturally I wrote it out and threw some trendy arrows on it. 
Originally, I started drawing this by hand (as I'm prone to do)...but I realized a little ways into it that if I was going to color in the letters (which I was planning to), then I might as well just type the letters. And it was infinitely easier.

Television

Sitcom Sketches

7:41 AM

I was cleaning out my room yesterday (a victory in and of itself) and I discovered some sketches from years ago that I'd totally forgotten about. I love when this happens. Every now and then, I come across artwork that I have no recollection of, and it's so fun to discover something that's both created by me and "new" to me. Maybe not everyone has sketches stored in every nook and cranny of their room to discover years later, but I highly recommend it.

The sketches I found were of several people and several floor plans. It took me a minute to realize they were "concept drawings" for a sitcom pilot I started to write about five years ago. For the record, I'm not really a writer and saying that I "wrote a sitcom pilot" sounds super-duper pretentious...It was a period of time where I felt like writing, and my friends are just so flipping hilarious that I wanted a way to record some of the funny interactions we've had over the years. When I was a kid, I liked writing stories, but I never finished them. What I did finish was the cover art. That was what I always wanted to tackle first. And similarly, here with the sitcom, I was eager to find any excuse to draw things...and procrastinate with the writing. Guess that's just how I roll.

So here you go, images from a sitcom that will never be...




I like that this image has eyeballs showing which direction the cameras would shoot in different rooms:

Copycat

A Little Bit of Whimsy

7:53 AM


I got a little artsy in my office at work. I hadn't made anything "wooden" in over a month, and I was itching to use my saw and sander again. So then I was browsing online one day and I saw this picture:


AND I COULDN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT.
I was so curious what that would actually look like in real life, or if it was somehow just internet magic and in real life it would look wacky. So I decided to find out for myself, and make an Annie-version. I woke up early on Saturday and excitedly starting prying apart a pallet (which is SO much harder than it sounds.) I managed to get the planks off, and I sanded and stained them.

I was so pleased once they were nailed together. I don't know what it is about pallet planks, but I really think they're so beautiful. And it annoys me that they're so trendy right now, because I feel like they're actually my style - I'm not just jumping on a bandwagon. I've always loved wooden things. Every time I see a pretty wooden bowl, I have to pet it. And there's something so casual and comfortable about "pallet art," and that's for sure my style. 

I cut out a bunch of white paper butterflies and stuck them on the planks (though not nearly as many as in the original!)

In the end, it made for a fun office facelift. It's a little bit whimsical, but I like whimsical. There's not enough whimsical in my life. So I'll keep it for now. And maybe somewhere down the line I'll use the wooden boards as a backdrop for something else. But for now, the butterflies are here to keep me company.

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My Week in Sketches

7:34 AM

Last week I got to go to a sneak preview of an upcoming movie that I was really excited about, and then I got to be in a focus group afterwards to ask about my opinion of the movie. I've never done anything like that before, so it was a lot of fun. Oh, and I was sitting a few seats down from Judd Apatow.
 
 Then I went to my parents' house for the weekend...This is what it's like during (fantasy) baseball season. My dad really likes baseball, if I haven't mentioned that before.
 
I always complain that I can't cook chicken right, so my mom supervised while I baked some.
 
 It always feels a little bittersweet every time I pull away from my childhood home...
 
I enjoyed having dinner with the friends that I used to live with (I really miss having dinner cooked for me every night!)

I've been really into spinach smoothies lately! I never thought I'd be that girl. But they taste good and I love smoothies and it's an easy breakfast to "eat" on the way to work.
 
Nothing finishes off a week quite like dumpster diving! There was so much scrap wood for me to make things with! And for some reason I seriously enjoy crawling around on top of giant dumpster. 

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