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

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!

Hello Deadpool

I completed my first ever birthday card commission! yay.

The card features Hello Deadpool, a combination of Hello Kitty and the Marvel character, Deadpool. I gather that most people are familiar with Hello Kitty in some form or another, but less may know who Deadpool is. He showed up on film in Wolverine: Origins played by Ryan Reynolds. Supposedly, he will be making a stand alone Deadpool film, but after his flop with Green Lantern, I think that ship has sailed.

Deadpool fights with Japanese style swords, is physically invulnerable, and can break the fourth wall in the comic books. He is often talking to the reader, and many people think that a movie of the character should talk to the viewing audience. Only time will tell.

Hello Deadpool only has one thing on her mind, however, and that is birthday cake!

I keel you for cakes!

I keel you for cakes!

 

An Unexpected Benefit of the Doodle Project

Back in September, I drew one of the final birthday cards of the year and I was super pleased with the results. I discovered that I have improved crucially in an area that I did not anticipate improving in terms of art–composition. It is my belief that great composition often trumps technical skill or the quality of the materials used. It has always been something I have struggled with, since my artistic skills mainly reside in my copying ability and mixing colors. But drawing the preliminary sketches of this doodle, everything seemed to fall into place.

I am very pleased with this birthday card. If you are unfamiliar with the cartoon series, Avatar the Last Airbender, you should certainly consider watching it no matter what your age is because it is excellent. This card draws on images from the series with Aang’s arrow tattoos and the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire.

Master of all the elements...of art!

Master of all the elements…of art!

I was also able to use mostly high-quality markers, which does improve the overall look, I must admit. I love this card.

Sleeping Doggy

I just want to boop her on the nose!

Daww, she's conked out

Daww, she’s conked out

Ferocious Birthday Card and Kitty Cats

I have been doing lots of information gathering and internet searching to find cool new things to doodle. I have found some of the coolest and most exquisite doodles out there are in small Moleskine (not a typo) notebooks. One of the images I found was of a lion made with some cool, doodley alterations.

My dad’s birthday required something extra special, and of course manly, and I’m not sure what could be more manly than a roaring tiger, so that is what I set our to draw.

Highly stylized tiger and swirls.

Highly stylized tiger and swirls.

This doodle reminded me very much of some work I did in junior high and high school. As with every new technique I experiment with, I learned a ton. I even hid a little duck in there, possibly my most inconspicuous duck yet.

Whenever I send a birthday card out, MrE also makes a special custom dollar bill for the recipient. For my dad, he made the best dollar ever: a sock money wearing a BYU hoodie! My dad collects awesome socks and bleeds BYU blue, so the combination is perfect of course. Check out Mike’s skills:

Not illegal in all 50 states!

Not illegal in all 50 states!

Just in case you are worried that drawing on paper money is illegal, it isn’t, as long as you do not tamper with the numbers or make it unfit to be spent. We oftne leave superhero themed dollars as part of our tips.

Time for Cute

Of course I can’t just leave you without an adorable photo of our own ferocious beasts:

What do YOU want?

What do YOU want?

A Birthday Card Fit for a Mother

I know I posted only yesterday, but I just now realized that I never made a post about one of the most important birthday cards! My mom’s birthday was in April, and of course I made a card for her, (my dad’s b-day was yesterday, blog post of his card incoming). My mom likes many things, most of which are related to science fiction, books, and Benedict Cumberbatch, but she also likes my art because I am her daughter. I think she is slowly turning her house into the Galleria de Megan, cause she’s awesome! I decided her doodle needed to represent something that she loves, and what’s not to love about Colorado?!

I drew a single Columbine (the state flower of Colorado, also represented here in a previous post) for her birthday card. Maybe next year will be a Doctor Who/Star Trek/Star Wars themed doodle.

Black and white is always classy, and will go with any decorations!

Black and white is always classy, and will go with any decorations!

The only sad thing about this card is there is no hidden duck! In case you had not realized, I include a duck in all of my doodles, at least the ones that I remember to 😛

Moving Day Is Almost Here!

On a non-drawing related note, the day we move back to Colorado is almost upon us! We are so excited to be closer to my family and to get back into the Colorado Roller Derby scene. Plus, mountains. Last summer we drove to visit, and I snapped this photo of Krypto and Tony getting along in the car.

There's nothing like a 24 hour car journey to help the kids get along.

There’s nothing like a 24 hour car journey to help the kids get along.

UPDATE! This just in! I found the hidden duck! Sometimes, my duck hiding powers are just too awesome.

More Rediculously Awesome Birthday Cards

Here are some of the remaining birthday cards. I tried to copy some of the same concepts as I used on the Batman card, buuuut, I don’t really know if the results are comparable. I like these cards, but they are a little less organized than I was expecting them to be. they match some of the the doodle I drew at the same time–crazy.

Jake and Sophie

My sister Alicia has kids that have the same birthday, Jake and Sophie, but they are not twins. In fact, they are a few years apart. They are young enough that their cards are really more for their scrapbooks, but when they are old enough, they are totally going to be impressed with these beauties:

Star wars and Minnie Mouse. They have lots in common these days.

Star Wars and Minnie Mouse. They have lots in common these days.

You might notice that I tried to recreate Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker’s light sabers. MrE thought the faceless Minnie Mouse was creepy, but I think the manic sun makes up for it.

Cora

This year, my niece Cora turned nine, and my mom had a ocean-themed gift, so I got on board with a purple sea horse. Purple is pretty much Cora’s favorite color ever, for now. The coral is much more detailed than any other birthday card I’ve drawn yet. The jury is still out on it.

That's some crazy coral going on and three lonely and inaccurately drawn kelp leaves.

That’s some crazy coral going on and three lonely, inaccurately drawn kelp leaves.

This card is extremely vibrant in real life. I think I need to invest in some kind of light filter to take pictures of my work with.

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.

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!

@#*! A Birthday Doodle

January 21st is my brother Joel’s Birthday and my dearest husband’s as well. For his birthday I made MrE an Extra special birthday card, with a comic book theme.

@#*! in comic book language means, I love you! (not really)

@#*! in comic book language means, I love you! (not really)

The name for this symbol that often replaces curse words in comic books is a growlix. It was first used by the dude that draws Beetle Bailey ( I think? I’m sure MrE will correct me in the comments if I’m wrong). MrE pronounces this fake word the same way Donald Duck does when he gets frustrated with Huey, Dewy, and Louie.