Real Jobs and Upcoming Art Show

Boy howdy! We have been busy here in Colorado, mostly doing real world stuff like working at our jobs. It’s great to have a job again, or in my case, two part-time jobs, but it does leave very little time for doodling.

I have still been drawing though, but mostly just when I can scrape enough spare time together. It seems like I only sleep, eat, drive and work these days. We are still looking for a place of our own which is proving difficult because of the high rent rates and the lack of available housing where we want to live.

I do have something artsy in the works however; next week, on May 11th to be exact, I will be hanging my doodles in our local public library. My art will be on display for a month and I’m pretty excited to see all of them up together. One sad part of this is I had to take my sketchbook apart, which also means I need to finish the straggler doodles soon so I can have a safe place to put them once again.

Repeat States with Birds

So I haven’t made it all the way through the map as far as state birds, but I wanted to try something new to mix things up. I decided to add state birds to a few of my doodles. I only have two completed and two halfway done, but it is pretty fun.

The first bird is the Cardinal. It is the state bird of many states, including Illinois where I spent my primary school years. Cardinals are the most fashionable of all American birds in my opinion, and it was pretty fun to color them.

A cold and blustery day in the Midwest is sure to bring out the Cardinals.

A cold and blustery day in the Midwest is sure to bring out the Cardinals.

I must confess, I had no idea what the state bird of Colorado was until I looked it up, and I’m not even sure I’ve ever seen one. This black beauty is a Lark Bunting, complete with Colorado state flag motif, purple mountain majesty, and some vibrant columbines.

Lark Bunting

When it comes to symbolic images, this doodle is chock full of them.

There are a few more bird in the works yet to come. Hopefully I can get them finished before my big solo art show debut! If you live in Colorado, it would cool if you came to see my art (even though you will have seen most of it on my blog). There is something to be said for seeing the drawings in person.

 

The New and Improved Thinking Cap

Hanging out with family I seldom get to see is super fun. Whenever my parents have any grandchildren over, they always like to do fun and special things. If you are wondering where I get the wherewithal to create fabulous doodles, you need look no further than my awesome Mom. She has always been creative and is on the lifelong search for the perfect project. Sometimes she finds that project and needs to find a new one.

Get Outta My Space!

This year, when my brother’s kids came from Texas for Spring Break, my mom decided she needed to do this cool planet project. The original idea is to use oil based spray paint to make sweet planets and moons on a piece of paper. We were going to try it out on some T-shirts. We soon discovered some problems with the initial plan, and my mom created this ingenuous work around to make sweet, sweet shirts for the three boys.  (My Brother and sister in law have seven kids, five of which are quintuplets).

Like Saturn, but without the rings

Like Saturn, but without the rings

Neptune-ish plus mini-Mars!

Neptune-ish plus mini-Mars!

Excellent Black storms on a green planet

Excellent Black storms on a green planet

Riley is Too Cool for School and also the dining room

Riley is Too Cool for School and also the dining room

The gun show is apparently across the solar system

The gun show is apparently across the solar system

So, as you can see, my mom is ridiculously awesome. Also, space puns anybody?

Flower Hats

Upon further consideration, my mom decided the planet shirts were cool, but that the girls might want something a little different. At the last minute, we decided we should do some hand-painted hats, similar to a hat my mom painted for herself. We did three pink hats for the three young girls, a black hat for the tween, and a pillbox-type cap for mom.

yellow flower hat 1

Kaydence

Kaydence

purple flower hat 1

Kassidy

Kassidy

Kyndall

Kyndall

teal flower hat 2

Kaiya

Kaiya

My sister-in-law got a special hat to commemorate the state where she grew up, Hawaii.

Rachelle

Rachelle

hybiscus hat 2

Going downtown wearing their color coordinating duds

Going downtown wearing their color coordinating duds

 

 

Creeper Gonna Creep

I made it through a full year of my nieces and nephews birthday cards, and the last is for an April Fool’s baby. He loves Minecraft like most other kids his age. His card took the longest to plan and color because I wanted it to be as much like the actual game as possible. Of course, the main feature of the card is not realistic to the game. The green creeper is a terrible monster in the game. Unlike other in-game mobs, they do not burn up when the sun comes out and they are silent except for the popping noise they make right before they blow up. Many a time have I been playing Mincraft when I die unexpectedly because of a Creeper.

Pretty pretty blocks

Pretty pretty blocks

If you have never heard of Minecraft, I’m pretty surprised. The game itself is deceptively simple as are the graphics, but it is actually a beautiful game. The environment is blocky, but the colors and light are superb. It has especially realistic atmospheric perspective (you know, the thing that makes purple mountain majesty). Other aspects of the game are also cool, like the soundtrack. I even learned to play one of the in-game tunes on the piano. (The tune is called Sweden if you want to listen to it.)

kaBOOM

kaBOOM

Nieces, Nephews, and Coloring Pages

In mid-March, my Sister-in-law and her seven kids drove up from Texas to Spend some time with my parents. Since MrE and I still haven’t found acceptable housing that is even moderately affordable, we too are in the same house and it’s been crazy! But only in the best way.

The kids are all very creative and are always playing, imagining, and making up stories to entertain themselves. I was drawing in my sketchbook, which of course made the kids want to color in it for themselves. Since I’m kid of protective with my sketchbook, I decided to make some coloring pages so they could request something special and color at the same time.

Here Be Giant Headed Dragons!

E’ry-body loves a dragon, which was what my nephew Rustin requested.I think it’s a baby dragon which is why the head to body ratio is so strange. I also attached the scanned images of the completed coloring pages. If you are wondering why there are so many nieces and nephews, check out Wilkinson Quints, to see the story of my bother and sister-in-law on their quintuplet journey.

Your giant dragon head is fierce!

Your giant dragon head is fierce!

The kids’ dragons accidentally got a bit wet, that’s why there is a bit of purple splotches on Kaydence’s.

Alec (dude)

Alec (dude)

Ryder

Ryder

Rustin D2

Rustin

 

Kyndall

Kyndall

Kaydence

Kaydence

Kassidy

Kassidy

Megan’s Unicorn Club

As if I weren’t fascinating enough…ha!…I also am the president and founder of Megan’s Unicorn Club est 1995. In a nutshell, this means that I think and have always though unicorns are the most awesome of all creatures. Club members must report all unicorn sightings, bring plenty of paper and pencils to club meetings (of which there hasn’t been one, yet), and do everything I tell them to do. Club members must also memorize the club slogan: They are magic, they can fly!

My nieces were disappointed that I used a horse as reference for the unicorn, rather than a real unicorn, but they got over it pretty quick.

They are Magic, They can Fly!

They are Magic, They can Fly!

Ryder

Ryder

Rustin

Rustin

Kyndall

Kyndall

Kaydence

Kaydence

Kassidy

Kassidy

I would love it if people wanted to print off the blank coloring pages to complete them, then send a photo of them my way! And if you think you may be too old to color, don’t be ridiculous!

Fall Colors, or a Vision in Brown

Even though it is only March, it’s never too early to start thinking about how awesome Fall is going to be. There are so many reasons to love Fall, not the least of which is it’s the only season with two names! I recently bought a handful of new markers in colors I didn’t have yet, And many of them are used in this doodle. I love the muted earth tones and vibrant reds and oranges of fall, but there is no getting around that Autumn has lots of brown on brown action. This reminds me of one of my very favorite episodes of Top Gear where they test British Leyland cars, including the Princess. (The Chaps all look so young!)

The origional idea for this doodle was to write a history in spiral pictograph form, and in a way, this is a history of my doodle project. It has a little bit of every thing I’ve drawn before. It was pretty fun to color.

All Hail the Ducky!

All Hail the Ducky!

Gloomy Gray Sky

I’m nearing the end of my backlog of pre-sketches, and I took an interesting new path with this doodle. I would describe many of my drawings as cheerful at the very least, which become very upbeat with the addition of bold, bright colors. I have done many black and white and grey and white doodles as well, but this is the first time I really integrated color and grays. The result is pretty gloomy and rainy despite the prominent flowers.

The ring thingalings in the middle are pretty strange, I’m not sure what I was really thinking of when I started drawing them.  I did try to make them a little less awkward by adding the 3D type effect. I really like the black outlined shapes filled in with dark gray. I will certainly make that a major part of a future drawing.

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.

Birthday Cards for the Faithful

I have almost gone an entire year’s worth of making birthday cards for my nieces and nephews, which means I need to start thinking about the cards I’m going to make for them for the next go-round.

As I’ve collected new drawing materials and become more practiced with consistent doodling, I feel very much improved compared to when I first sat down and began drawing again. I like doing cartoony cards for the younger kids, but as my nieces and nephews grow into tweens and teens, they require more sophistication from their aunt. Most of my siblings have a stRong affinity toward my Alma Mater, Brigham Young University, which also means their kids are being brought up to love all things BYU.

This is one of the only cards I’ve drawn that I had in my mind exactly what I wanted to draw before I made any pre-sketches.

I tried looking for a good video showing BYU Cougars singing the fight song, and I FOUND THIS!

You could conceivably sing along to this video, but you could also just check out the lyrics:

  Rise all loyal cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
  You will fight, day or night, rain or snow.
  Loyal, strong, and true
  Wear the white and blue.
  While we sing, get set to spring.
  Come on Cougars it’s up to you!

CHORUS:
  Rise and shout, the Cougars are out
  along the trail to fame and glory.
  Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out,
  As you unfold your vict’ry story.
  On you go to vanquish the foe For Alma Mater’s sons and daughters.
  As we join in song, in praise of you, our faith is strong.
  We’ll raise our colors high in the blue
  And cheer our Cougars of BYU.

CHANT:
Ra, ra, ra, ra, ra (3x) GOooooo COUGARS!

It’s probably totally weird to other school alum to see this olde timey fight song, but it is super fun to sing after a BYU team has sportsed harder than their opponent. At the BYU bookstore they have little key chains that play the tune, which can lead to hours of endless entertainment.

I bring all this up because I used the fight song as inspiration my this latest birthday card:

Rawr!

Rawr!

Replacing Tires Isn’t All Fun and Games

It’s been a while since I posted some furry awesomeness. So here ya go!

Catpile! plus one

Catpile! plus one

As for this week’s doodles, it is almost a month old, but I have had other, more exciting things to post. I drew this while having my car’s tires replaced, since they had about as much tread as a peach. I bought them just in time since the very next day it snowed and I needed to make a screeching stop when I realized the car in front of me was stopped but did not have any working brake lights. This is from my tiny Moleskine notebook, despite the large size of the image. I love how it is mostly rectangular except for a few little bits that poke out. It’s rebelling I’m sure.

Good asymmetrical awesome

Good asymmetrical awesome

The Joys of Curly Hair

It is a common sentiment that one always wants what one doesn’t have. In my case, I would love curly hair. My hair is bone straight, and even when I do curl it with rollers or heat, the the curls fall out a few hours after being set in my hair. I know a few curly haired people who scoff mightily at my desire for curly hair, but I cannot change my desire.

In my quest for easy to do curls, my mom found a cool video of tin foil ringlets.

I tried this technique and it worked awesomely! It was pretty easy to do, and although I had my mom do the flat iron stuff, it’s something I could easily do on my own for those times when I don’t live in my parents’ basement.

When I had fabulous curly hair, I was inspired to do this cartoon:

Thats a lot of hair

That’s a lot of hair

I’m impressed by my spontaneous whimsy.

 

St. Patrick: Snake Enemy Number One

Several year ago I worked for an Irish person and I asked him if they celebrated St. Patrick’s day back home. I assumed the Americanized version was similar to Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans compared to Mexican-Americans. I was therefore surprised to learn St. Patty’s is still a big deal in Ireland, but it involves more drinking and less green. The last part makes sense, since Ireland needs no help being green, but more drinking than in America? Holy smokes.

In honor of the great snake extinction event, I’ve drawn a March 17th doodle.

Snakes alive!

Snakes alive!

The Celtic knots are probably way offensive to any real Celt, but since I don’t even know what they represent, I added them anyway. Also, snakes.

Now go pinch people.