Ocular Oddity

My brother in law Mike Croft (who must always be referred to with both names since MrE is also called Mike) is an optometrist. He pretty much rocks at his job and if you find yourself in St. Geroge, Utah in the need of glasses, check out Dixie Eye Care. Seriously.

When I visited my parents in July, my sister Alicia was also there are she suggested I do an eyeball themed doodle. I don’t think this is what she meant, but when I texted a picture of it to MrE, he said he wants it on a t-shirt. So that’s something.

Don't Blink. Ever. Because you have no eye lids.

Don’t Blink. Ever. Because you have no eye lids.

I did bring back the sweet maple helicopter seeds from an earlier doodle. They remind me of my childhood. You will also notice I went back to all black for this doodle.

Coloring Old Doodles

A while ago I started an Iris state flower doodle that derailed me for at least a few months. Once I discovered that I didn’t need to finish coloring every single drawing I did, I was liberated to draw more! The result was a whole bunch of doodle outlines. Sometimes, I go back now and color in these drawings. There are still about six line drawings in my sketchbook, but These are the ones I have completed so far:

 

Arrows and Sky

I really, really like this color combination. I think I’ll find another place to use it later on in my doodling journey.

 

Arrows are cool, especially when they are like an octopus.

Arrows are cool, especially when they are like an octopus.

Psychedelic Seventies Swirl

Since I did not live through the seventies, I can look back on them with a scene of Romanticism…or something. I was trying to get a galaxy spiral feel when drawing this, but it ended up more like a acid trip, or what a Mormon imagines an acid trip to be like.

Orange and green automatically mean the seventies. Right?

Orange and green automatically mean the seventies. Right?

Botanical Garden Pond

The last colored drawing was drawn during church (Which I’ve discovered is the very best way to pay attention to the talk. Seems counter intuitive, but since drawing these doodles is somewhat brainless, I can listen to the speaker without fidgeting). I had just gone to the Denver Botanical Gardens with my Mom and sisters Alicia and Tobi. There’s some busy lily pads and a sweet, sweet carp.

Best. Fish. Evarrr.

Best. Fish. Evarrr.

On a side note, I colored the garden doodle while watching old boxing matches on HBO X Box. Which is maybe why it feels likes it’s going to punch you in the face!

Five Times the Fun: Birthday Cards for Quintuplets

I have pretty cool nieces and nephews. Each has a unique personality (of course) and will undoubtedly think I’m the second coolest aunt ever (after my sister Alicia). Five of them share a single birth date and have been on their local news several times because of it. With their birthday cards, I wanted to make them similar enough that one card wasn’t obviously cooler than the others, but also try to match the cards to their distinct features.

Girls

I shall tell you a not-so secret: I really like kids cartoons, but only the good ones like Avatar, Phineas and Ferb, and My Little Ponies. I modeled all of the girls cards on ponies that I though most resembled them.

Kassidy’s card is Twilight Sparkle. She’s the leader of the ponies, and Kassidy is the most motherly of the kids. She loves to help around the house and is totally beautiful.

There's a moon and sun, cause you know, twilight.

There’s a moon and sun, cause you know, twilight.

Kaydence’s card is Fluttershy’s cutie mark. Fluttery is the sweetest pony, but don’t cross her! Kasydence is pretty similar, but is mostly just as cute a button.

Fluttershy is actually mostly yellow, but itis hard to get any contrast with yellow markers.

Fluttershy is actually mostly yellow, but itis hard to get any contrast with yellow markers.

Kyndall is a scamp and reminds me of what I was like as a child. Her card is modeled after Rainbow Dash who is always on the move looking for an adventure.

This card was the first I drew and I like how the composition turned out with the use of white.

This card was the first I drew and I like how the composition turned out with the use of white.

 

Boys

The two boys are like most other little boys and love super heros. This make my job super easy of course :).

Rustin likes all superheros but one of his top favorites is Spider-Man. His card has lots of web motifs and is actually kind of har to look at for long periods of time without getting cross-eyes. Oops.

Lots-o-webs and spidey colors!

Lots-o-webs and spidey colors!

Ryder’s card was the last one I drew, and it turned out so awesome. His favorite is Batman, which is an excellent choice. I went retro blue and grey with the colors and made a Gotham homage. Why can’t I be this inspired all the time?!

Gotham skyline, harbor, and bat symbol. Plus some gears cause they are cool.

Gotham skyline, harbor, and bat symbol. Plus some gears cause they are cool.

 

I don’t think it’s ironic, but it certainly is annoying, I finished these cards two weeks before the kid’s birthdays but forgot to put them in the mail on time! The day after our birthday is not our birthday Auntie.

Which Line Drawings Are Worth Finishing?

I took some snapshots of all the rest of my unfinished line drawings, so far, from my sketchbook. Which, if any, should I go ahead and finish? 

Some of these attempts are laughable at best, so don’t feel bad if you think they are terrible rubbish. 

Iris

Iris

Here is the fabled Iris doodle. I may still finish this one–the drawing is good, but just so detailed. I would just marker over the words i think, or white them out. 

Gears and combs

Gears and combs

I’m not sure why I never colored this one in. It’s another one that isn’t too bad. 

Make it stop!

Make it stop!

Newp.

Newp.

Don’t like it. What was I thinking?

Meh

Meh

It’s alright. It could be so much worse.

Which do you think I sould color in? Or what can I do to make up for some of these attrocities?

 

Holy Lots of Drawings, Batman!

First off, lots of stuff has been happening but some of the most important are:

  • We are moving back to Colorado! Yay!
  • I applied for and was approved to be an editor for BKA Content! Yay!
  • We are raising a tiny pack of foster kittens. It will be sad to see them go, but maybe six animals in the house is too many. Maybe.

I have been doodling, despite not updating my blag. So in an effort to keep my riveted viewer (mom, that’s you!) pleased, I will start posting the work I’ve done since February! To begin, I will share the cards I have drawn for my nieces and nephews. I only have three more cards to go before I have sent one to each for their birthday (or half-birthday).

Cards

First up is Alec. He pretty much is the most awesome kid ever and loves everything that is cool. I know whatever card I made him, he would think was excellent. This design is actually pretty much a copy of a cool graphic I saw, but it’s all good as long as I don’t try to sell it. 😛

Emprie of the rising Death Star.

Empire of the rising Death Star.

 

The next nephew card is for Riley. He’s the oldest nephew on my side and loves everything BYU, and who can blame him? I wanted to go a little retro, so I picked Ye Olde style Cosmo the Cougar for the feature in his card:

Don't let the little beanie hat fool you; this cougar means business!

Don’t let the little beanie hat fool you; this cougar means business!

 

Doodle

I will also share one of the older doodles. This is an exercise in copying a cool design a friend of mine posted on Facebook. I did a couple different versions, and I have been adding elements from this into some of my own doodles.

There was this design that I liked, so I made a kind of cruddy copy of it.

There was this design that I liked, so I made a kind of cruddy copy of it.

 

Stay tuned for more posts as I update the blag with my sketchbook musings!