Friday, July 29, 2011

"Obsession" For Illustration Friday"

For this week's "Illustration Friday," the theme is "Obsession."

So, I've submitted a piece from a few years back I did, called "Let Go." It was actually inspired by a photoshoot for the film "Black Snake Moan," although the characters in my drawing ended up looking significantly different.

In any event, it may be called "Let Go," but the woman can't really do so. Literally, as she's gripped onto the man's hand, and removed that part of herself so as to always be grabbing onto him. Fairly obsessive, and thus, I felt this fit the theme of "Obsession."

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Creative Tuesdays: Ice Cream

"I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ICE CREAM --!!"

I just had to be silly, for the "Creative Tuesday" prompt that's upcoming is "Ice Cream." Goodness knows that those of us in a hot weathered area could use it. Mmmm...

Gelato is a favorite of mine, even though somewhat different than ice-cream. I have a soft-spot for it because I'm part Italian... but really, the creamy stuff is pretty difficult not to like! Mmm... so many kinds of ice-cream are good. Popsicles are also yummy. The kids in the card I posted for this week's submission are each eating ice-cream popsicles on a summer day. In fact, the girl got so into hers that she got it all over her face!

This card was captioned, "I Think You're Super Sweet!" Since the popsicles are sweet, presumably both parties are sweet to each other, and the "super" part comes from his being dressed up as some sort of a heroic comic-booky type character.

In any event, without further ado, everyone should check out Mister Toast's blog! Come the second of Agosto, the most recent entry will have everybody's submissions (and if you submitted a work yourself, it's where you'll post the link):

Here's a link to more fun and romantic cards of mine:

I'm off now to go dream of ice-cream. Noms upon noms.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SDCC 2011 Recap (Of Cosplay, San Diego Parks, and Silliness)

(Note: Cartoon version above. IRL, Cosplay version semi-below)

So, Comic-Con has come and gone. Always a very fun trip and event, although as a native New Yorker the crowds in the hall (getting bigger every year) tend to stress me a bit. The floor was like a Pop Culture Times Square, which was awesome in terms of visual/mental/aural stimuli... but a little less awesome in terms of being able to walk anywhere. Still, love the Con and wouldn't trade it for anything.

In any event, there were many great panels, after-events, and exhibitors/publishers/artists this year. The "Lucid Dreams" exhibit curated by Mark Murphy designs out in Little Italy on Friday night was one of my favorite events. And in a great neighborhood, too! Lots to see, do, and eat-- the nom-tastic pizza I had made me a happy girl. I am always a bit sad that L.A.'s "Little Italy" was no more by the time I moved to the city, but I digress. Between Little Italy and getting to the S.D. Zoo, these are just more reasons to make myself take a trip to San Diego when it isn't Comic-Con time.

I took too many pictures to put all of them in a blog, but I figured I'd share a couple of snapshots. To be loyal to my blog's description of "Drawings and Other Things," here is... well, a post about other things. Somewhat drawing related (it was a convention that was once solely focused on Comics, after all), but mostly, here are pictures of Fuzzles, Cosplay, Archie Comics, My Little Pony, and Balboa Park (I spent all day Sunday outside exploring, instead of in the Convention Center! Whee!).

Above is Fuzzles, looking out the Amtrak window and admiring the view. Taking the train to San Diego is a beautiful way to travel. When you board the six in the morning train out of Union Station, it's mostly cloudy the whole ride down, and the train goes along the beach for much of the ride. I am a fangirl for the Pacific Surfliner experience!

Fuzzles again, watching my badge. Because Lord knows, left to my own devices I tend to lose things. I'm glad he's willing to help a girl out.

Friday Cosplay! My friend, Veronica, myself, Betty. Yes, that's a wig. I pride myself on my Brunette-ness, although I always related to Betty more and liked her better when I read "Archie" comics as a kid. Some people thought my hair was real, which... not sure how when you see that wig up close and in person (it's been through a lot), and I don't really think I look like a natural blonde, but still, it was somewhat amusing. Fun, unrelated fact: Archie Comics' Headquarters are in my hometown! Well, the town next to my hometown in which I went to h.s. In any event, a pretty cool thing to have such an iconic publisher in your 'hood when growing up :-D

Betty and My Little Pony-- was way obsessed with these as a wee one, so I had to make Fuzzles pose for a picture with me.

Shed the wig on Saturday, so Betty's retired for a while. However, I managed to hug these awesome dudes. I think they were people in balloon-y costumes, which was pretty cool. They might have been blow-up statues, but they seemed to be moving? Perhaps it'll remain a mystery. I really like when over-sized costumed characters wander through Comic-Con and give people hugs. Although, once I almost got crushed by two larger than life Ugly-Doll characters body-slamming me at New York Comic Con. I am a fan of hugging, not crushing (-:

Sunday: Balboa Park's Rose Garden! The people who randomly wandered into the frame happen to match the colors of the flowers, which is kind of cool.

Favorite type of rose. Love it when the tip of the petals are different colors, and the colors fade from red, to yellow, to white. Took a ton of pictures, but figured this was one of the best shots.

Walkway to the many Balboa Park Museums. Very cool Spanish style architecture.

And... will close on a note of riding the Balboa Park Carousel! It was a tough choice between riding the Carousel's frog, dog, or many horses, but I (and Fuzzles) finally went with the cat.

And now, I start plotting a way to have enough time and money to Amtrak it to San Diego for a regular weekend, to see other San Diegan things, and to go to the world-famous zoo.

Before that, though, off to organize the Comic-Con acquisitions! There's a reason they give out those complimentary bags that are about as tall as I am...

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Tea Time" for Inspiration Avenue

For this week's I.A., here is an ink and watercolor painting "Cindy's Merry Unbirthday," shown below.

Dr. Seuss' characters are playing the Lewis Caroll characters for "Alice in Wonderland's" mad tea party. Cindy is Alice, the Grinch is the Caterpillar, the Cat in the Hat is the Mad Hatter, and so forth.

I enjoy combining funny situations and characters in some of my works, and had fun meshing two different (yet in many ways alike) sets of characters for this. A bit like my other post for the "Purple and Green" challenge, where Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors" was trying to hang out and be glam like Audrey Hepburn. Perhaps doing this comes from my love of puns.

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I am excited, because I am a dork and very entertained by her music and performance art thing, if anyone takes the sample on the I.A. Lady Gaga getting tea, and runs with it for their submission (-:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Illustration Friday: Perennial.

For I.F.'s Perennial, here is a card of girls planting flowers. Flowers are the first thing that came to mind for the theme.

As I'm dealing with the fun but complete madness of San Diego Comic Con right now, I haven't time to say anything else. So, please check out Illustration Friday at:

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Have a great weekend (-:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: "Wings," Forrest Friends, Disapproving Rabbits, and Leonardo DaVinci. His flying stuff, not his painting stuff (-:

I am very excited! For this week's Inspiration Avenue, the theme is "Wings." In June, I finished a piece for the L.A. Gallery/Shoppe/Children's Jewelry Making Place, "Leanna Lin's Wonderland." It's a wonderful space, and more can be found out about them here:

Said drawing/painting was made for the upcoming show, "Forest Friends," and it also happens to fit the "Wings" theme.

This ink, gouache, and copic marker drawing is also my submission for the "Wings" challenge here on I.A. It features a Fairy who has wings, playing airplane with a Bunny who is just testing out his new (but styled in an old-fashioned, steam-punky way) flying machine, who is being helped to fly with his pilot Birdie friends.

The Bunny is... well, he doesn't have a name, but I think of him as Leonardo DaVinci Bunny.

There are also two other bunnies, one who is gossiping on the phone to the fairy instead of helping her navigate the bunny plane ("Gossip Girl" Bunny? Blair Waldorf Bunny?), and one who is unimpressed at the chattering, and is going to hang up the Fairy's phone.

I would call that bunny Unimpressed Bunny, or a Disapproving Rabbit. I sadly cannot take credit for the Disapproving Rabbit phenomenon, but I will direct my readers towards this hilarious website (on which they also based a book, which I own, and is quite cute and accurate-- bunnies make the darndest faces when they are unamsed!):

In any case, since I happened to scan in this image pre-painting it, I'm also going to share what the drawing looked like, sans color (well, only a few bunny noses, feet, and fairy shoelaces were colored here):

Here's a blog I wrote, showing the details and progress of it before the coloring:

And, that's all for now, folks! While it isn't up on my site yet, here is the link to more similar color works of mine at my website:

And here is the link to Inspiration Avenue to submit this week, where everyone can then put their link in the Comment Section:

Hope everyone's weeks are flying high, thus far! Okay, so that was bad. But, pun included for silliness, I do truly mean that statement :-D

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Gesture" for Illustration Friday

For I.F., although I have blogged about this piece before, I am submitting it for this week's theme.It is titled "Solidarity," and thought it was perfect for this challenge because the girls still walking up the stairs and fighting against the girls being cruel to them are showing a gesture of solidarity to one another.

It's also a commentary on (and a reminder of) the unfortunate inequalities put back into place in California. I'm glad New York is moving forward, and hope other places start to as well. But, I digress, and should stay on drawing-y topics.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Summer Break," Creative Tuesdays

This week's theme for Creative Tuesdays is "Summer Break," and what better way to spend a Summer Break than by being on vacation?

Above is a romantic card I made of a couple who are enjoying a Summer Getaway in a tropical setting, above hilly houses, palm trees, mountains, and a river below. I hope to save up enough to go on such a vacation myself at some point, but for now, I can draw pictures imagining such exotic locales and vacation-y spots.

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Wishing much Summer Sun and Fun to my fellow C.T.-ers! (-:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Inspration Avenue and Picasso

For this wee's I.A., I am taking an older piece of mine and re-tooling it. The original is pink and black and white. Seeing as I don't usually do digital art/manipulations, I wanted to experiment with basic color changes and the more computer-y stuff for this challenge.

I submitted this drawing/collage/now digital picture for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the blue-ish cast was to reference the famous "blue" period. Secondly, her face is a bit uneven-- and while it's nowhere near the precise and uneven cubism/surrealist style Picasso used, it was the closest piece I had to it. And thirdly, "Guernica" is surreal and meant to depict a dark aftermath of a massacre, this piece was surreal/meant to depict some scrambled and dark thoughts after they'd been floating around too long in the girl's head.

Last week people had beautiful entries for poetry, and it will be very cool to see how Picasso is interpreted! (-:

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Stay for Illustration Friday

The theme this week for I.F. is "Stay," so I am "staying" (sort of a pun, not my best, but I need coffee still so bear with me) on topic by submitting a card with a puppy on it!

The bulldog puppy is "staying," so his human will give him a bone as a treat. Plus, the little girl and the puppy are going to "stay" best friends forever. At least in my mind, which is the only place past which this narrative from this greeting card continues ;-) Perhaps I should make follow-up cards, showing them playing, as well as showing the dog do other poses and tricks. Hrm hrm...

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Happy Weekend, All!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: Remedy

This week's I.F. theme is "Remedy," and my spot illustration submission shows a couple of characters who need one.

The little girl needs a remedy for feeling sad, and her teddy-bear needs a remedy for having been ripped. But luckily, even though they are sad, the Mom in the picture will make it all better. Once she sews him back together, the teddy's issues will have been remedied. And once he's all better, the girl's sadness will be fixed-- and everyone can return to playing! I trust that Mister Bear is not too hurt, as he's still smiling, and he knows his human loves him enough to promptly get him repaired.

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Hope everyone in the U.S. and Canada is off to a great Holiday Weekend! And for everyone elsehwere, hope you are off to a great Regular Weekend ;-)

On a somewhat related note, I in shock that it is already July. Eep! Oh well-- the summer brings lots of arts and outdoorsy activities (as well as comic conventions), and for that I am grateful.