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.

Shoes so Shoey They Shoe

Several days ago I posted some pictures of some white, canvas shoes I customized with black sharpie. I’m still in the process of completing an additional pair, but I have also completely finished a third set.

These shoes I used the rubbing alcohol bleed method first to add some funky color, then drew a doodle over them. I can’t really take the credit for coming up with any of these ideas, but I do take the credit for actually going out and doing it. These were the shoes that fit the best when I purchased them and I wanted to make them extra special. I’ve been having a love affair with orange in the recent months, so of course I used all fiery colors for the sharpie bleed.

I completed the right shoes first, and learned some stuff about what does and does not look good. As a result, I like the left shoe way more. Oh well.

Many people have shown interest in this kind of work, and I’m trying to figure out a way to sell them. The problem is the actual shoes. All the shoes I’ve worked on have been cheap, grocery superstore purchases which means they aren’t particularly comfortable. If I were to make these for people to purchase, I would need more reliably comfortable shoes and a way to accurately size people before they ordered. Perhaps I shall investigate similar Etsy products to see what they do.

Shoe Progression

Sorry for the red blurry thing. I took this image with my iPad. The coloring bit was pretty fun, but next time I would certainly use an eye dropper instead of a drippy paper towel to apply the rubbing alcohol.

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Pre-doodle stage

Pre-doodle stage

One shoe done, one to go

One shoe done, one to go

Final Results

Unlike the other shoes, which were mirror images (or at least, as symmetrical as I could make them without spending a million years doing pre-drawings), these shoes have completely different patterns.

 

Sides 2

Sides 2

Tongues w/out laces

Tongues w/out laces

Sides 1

Sides 1

Fancy lacing

Fancy lacing

Heels

Heels

 

Randomy Randomness

Not all doodles are as polished as others. This is to be expected since the doodling is mostly a way for me to experiment and simply to keep me drawing and creating.

That being said, it is a little disappointing when I do a crazy thing and it doesn’t quite turn out the way I was envisioning in my head. For this drawing, I decided to use only curvy lines, at least for the initial sketch. I used angles to fill in around the shapes at the end. These shapes remind me of sea foliage and/or monsters of the deep. The main problem in my eyes is there isn’t any true focal point. This means that when you look at it, your eye isn’t really directed from one point to another. Good to know, but crazy all the same.

Better from far away.

Better from far away.

Ironically, right after I typed that last line and went to insert the image into the post, I realized it looks pretty good when it’s a thumbnail:

Better from far away.

Who knew

All in all, there are some intriguing color combinations I’ll have to remember for future use.