Monday, September 27, 2010

One Hundred Twelve Degrees... Right Now --!!

In honor of the Heat Wave having rampaged NYC's summer, and finally made its way West (how I weep, I thought we had escaped weather that broke the three digit mark), I am posting this little card I made.

The caption is "You Are My Sunshine!" And yes, it's a pun because there is A) The Sun (lighting up everyone's life, literally speaking), and, B) The Son (who, presumably, lights up his Momma's life).

When I made this card I thought it was fun and playful. One person asked me if it was some kind of sacrifice, but no no no! They are all just playing around, and in this fictional world, the sun is a character you can play with and get up close to. And, you know. You won't be fried. You will just have warm, sunny fun.

One person not having warm sunny fun? That would be me. I went to the West Hollywood Book Fair yesterday, when this heat wave started. It honestly made me feel sick (especially coming off a week like last's, in the fifties to sixties mark). I toughed it out for most of the day, though, and attended some great panels, while helping out at the Society of Illustrator's Los Angeles Booth.

Yet, it's not as if I am unaccostamed to heat. I'm from New York, so I'm used to hot days and humidity come summertime (let's pretend that it's not almost October, though). With the fact there is less humidity, the heat in Los Angeles has always been at least tolerable.

Although, I visited San Francisco last June for the first time, and I thought it was a beautiful city. The hills, the culture, the architecture-- I do agree with people who've said they feel it's both a bit New York and a bit Los Angeles. I also didn't mind the cloudy cool weather, since (on a practical note) when you are running and bussing around, it is pleasant to not be afraid of possible heat stroke, (on a shallow note), you have more options for what you can wear, and (on a personal note), it reminded me of London. Which is a beautiful city and my favorite one of all time. Sigh sigh. London's weather is why I like it when it gets cloud and coldy in L.A. It reminds me of what Great Britain's Sky looked like. Plus, during Fall and Winter, clouds make more sense to me (as an original East Coaster) than eighty degree weather.

I digress. I do love the sun and heat-- it's what Southern California is famed for. But there's heat, and then there is HEAT... which, is certainly the case when it is a Hundred and FREAKING TWELVE. Outside! Yikes yikes yikes.

Please stay safe, everyone! Stay safe from the rain if you are back East, stay out of excess sun if you're over here (especially if you are up in the valley, apparently at a whopping One Hundred SEVEN-TEEN degrees), and stay safe from whatever other weather is hitting you if you are neither of the places I just mentioned.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Illustration Friday: "Old Fashioned."

The title of my submission is, "The Little One That Could."

I figured that this etching fit the theme, given that trains (to a degree, sadly, for my public transit loving self), old-robber baron types who would force someone to shine their shoes, children being forced to work (and do said shoe-shining), and even smiling trains (a la Thomas the Tank engine, since he's still around but is also a bit vintage) are all on the old-fashioned side.

This illustration is also old-fashioned looking because of the fact it is an etching, and the people are Victorian-seeming. It's kind of cute and dark at once and it was fun to create!

To see more submissions for this week's theme of "Old Fashioned," and last week's theme of "Acrobat," go to To see more etchings at my website, please go to

Happy illustrating and Happy Friday --!! ;-D

Friday, September 17, 2010

Illustration Friday, September Seventeenth, Twenty-Ten: Subject, Acrobat!

Why did I type out that whole date? I know not. I am feeling a bit odd after some kind of allergy/headache/bizarre attack of eye-tearing yesterday, so forgive me if I seem off my game.

But for now, I present my weekly submission for I.F., with this week's theme being "Acrobat!"

This is a Birthday Greeting card I created a bit ago, and with the circus theme and girl balancing on the tightrope for the audience of toys, I felt that it fit the description.

To see my entry at the site, and to see other entries for this week's theme of "Acrobat" and last week's theme of "Proverb," go to And to see more of the Birthday themed greeting cards, along with some Halloween and Just Because Cards, at my site, go to

Merry Weekend, peepsies!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Illustration Friday! This Week's Theme: "Proverb."

The proverb I've chosen is, "A Woman's Work is Never Done."

I felt this greeting card I made fit the theme.

In my mind, the lady has just gotten home from a long day at work, is now getting to washing dishes, and is then going to play with her silly daughter (and help her with homework, likely, too) when done with that.

So, all work that can be fun in its own right, but work that all the same is not yet done ;-)

To see more entries on this week's I.F. theme of "Proverb," and to see last week's entries on the theme of "Dessert," please go to

To see more of my "Family and Friends Greeting Cards," please check out this section of my website:

Happy Friday, everyone.

And on a more somber note, Rest In Peace to those who passed nine years ago tomorrow in my home state of New York, and peace and love to their loved ones, and to everyone, no matter where they are, who has passed, suffered, or lost a loved one.

I hope someday healing will be possible world-round.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Illustration Friday: Dessert!

So, this week's "Illustration Friday" is a lovely and yummy topic. I have done several cards with dessert themes in them, but this "Spending Time With You Is Sweet!" card I thought fit the bill:

They are pushing a cart of donuts, ice cream, and cookies, while simultaneously frosting and walking along cupcakes. Lots of sugary desserts, so, it looks fun :-)
To see this entry, other entries on the topic, and last week's entries (for "Immovable"), go to
Bonus: The selected image for "Immovable" is a cute sleeping dragon! I love dragons and it was a welcome image to see first thing on the I.F. Homepage.
TGIF, everyone!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Three Scared Notes and the Big Huggy Wolf"

I take a printmaking class, and just for fun, I made a linocut for the "Dueling Banjo Pigs" site.

The piece below, "The Three Scared Notes and the Big Huggy Wolf," was just posted anoche. Whee!

A link to the blog of the musical pigs is here:

Below is another version of my same print, purple ink and a yellow background:

I like both versions but do not know which I like better. I suppose that's why I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not sure.

Yuk yuk yuk.

I'll be here all morning, folks. Or should I say "That's all for now, folks," especially given these are piggy pieces?

I suppose I'll stick with the latter since that really is all for now.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Daily Blairspiration

So, I already dedicated an entire post this girl/character/HBIC/fashionista a few entries ago, but the fierceness of this photo cannot be denied.

I truly hope this is a takes photo, as opposed to a behind the scenes photo.

I will be so thrilled if she gives her former disrespectful/secret uncle pimping (please don't ask if you don't watch GG, complicated storyline that is beyond not right)/mentee-screwing (again, don't ask) manchild (counting: second time ever that word has been used, in this particular blog) the unimpressed and fierce smackdown he has been practically begging for.

On a personal note, such photos inspire me. Not that the character emerges victorious in my current project, but if I can mentally Blair out while working on it, it will be something fun to create.