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!

Unusual and Creepy? Just a Part of the Plan

These next sketches are more unusual than my regular flowers and swirls. It’s pretty fun to do something new, but I  find that I like the comfort and stability of flowers and swirls. They are easy and predictable.

Sea creatures and weeds.

Sea creatures and weeds.

Steam punk/industrial

Steam punk/industrial

Spiral Challenge

My dear husband is always sugesting things for me to draw, and sometimes I do in fact take his sugestions. After watching Ken Burns: The West, he sugested I write a history of myself in pictograph form and also in a spiral. He said start from the center of the page and spiral outward. I decided to try this, but not as a history, but just as a regular doodle. Maybe I’ll do something more ambitious once I know what I’m doing. I do like the aesthetics of spirals, and of course, a prominent ducky.

The pre-doodle is not actually completed, but what they hey! Onto the blog you go!

The pre-doodle is not actually completed, but what they hey! Onto the blog you go!

More Itsy Bitsy Doods

Although my Moleskine sketchbook is about one fifth of the size of my regular book, it takes just as long to complete a doodle in it. This is probably because I end up using a smaller pen and try to make the lines fit in terms of scale.

The Color Problem

One of the first things I discovered about the Moleskine is that the full spread of pages is more pleasing to draw on than just one side of the book. However, this also means that I can’t really color the doodles because the markers bleed trhough the paper. So for now, These little doodles will have to remain in only black. I might go back later and spot the blacks, but we’ll just have to see.

 

Some winter plants. And a ginormous shadow.

Some winter plants. And a ginormous shadow.

Need more mistletoe!

Need more mistletoe!

The second doodles is what my insides feel like after eating super spicy Thai food. Not that I’ve done that more than once, but the memory is lasting.

More abstract than usual.

More abstract than usual.

Boom!

Boom!

Throwback…Tuesday?

Packing has given me ample opportunity to see all the mounds of stuff I have accumulated throughout my relatively medium length life. Lots of the junk has been donated or been tossed straight into the trash, but some things are just too precious or whatever to get rid of. I’ve kept most of my art from junior high and high school, mostly because it’s all on paper and not a big deal to store, but it’s also nice to look back and see some improvements.

Calender Project

My senior year in high school is when I discovered I had a particular talent toward the arts and when I seriously considered changing my plans from pursuing an engineering degree to a fine arts degree. The outcome is still being deliberated by the jury of life, but the past is what it is.

These drawings are from a project where I needed to create a themed calendar of some kind. I only needed to draw five months worth of the calendar, and I chose mammals as my subject matter. I know, really specific right?

Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows I’m mad for critters. That’s probably why we have four pets at the moment, so an animal calendar makes perfect sense.

The most fashionable of all the mammal on Earth, the Zebra always makes a statement.

The most fashionable of all the mammals on Earth, the Zebra always makes a statement.

Sea mammals needed to be represented somewhere.

Sea mammals needed to be represented somewhere.

I can't really remember the name of this particular fox species, but I really liked the bay kind of coat pattern.

I can’t really remember the name of this particular fox species, but I really liked the bay kind of coat pattern.

Although ducks have turned into my spirit animal, moose are among my all time favorites, but I have yet to actually see one. Alive.

Although ducks have turned into my spirit animal, moose are among my all time favorites, but I have yet to actually see one. Alive.

How did africa get all the really awesome herbivores?

How did Africa get all the really awesome herbivores?

Even MrE was impressed with my skills as a high schooler, but if there was ever a time where I wished I had a better photo taking system, it’s with these. Lots of little detail is lost with the cell phone camera and poor lighting.

The Simplicity of Black and White

Working with colors is something that I have historically been hesitant to do because black and white is so much easier. Its been really great to work on my own understanding of color choice and balancing hues for an overall compositional effect. One of my biggest problems in art school was using too many colors that did not share a unifying theme between them. It is almost impossible to get black and white wrong (not that I haven’t done that too). So, just to see how far I’ve progressed since I started doing this doodle project, I decided to make a traditional-style zen-ish doodle.

Tried out some new patterns and of course, added paisley.

Tried out some new patterns and of course, added paisley.

Also, Kittens

Maybe one of these days I’ll take some inspiration from one of the adorable pets in my life. It has sure been fun having the kittens with us so we could marvel at their cuteness!

She's just so adorable. Why can't we keep all the kittens ever?!

She’s just so adorable. Why can’t we keep all the kittens ever?!

Toe Beans. Nuff said.

Toe Beans. Nuff said.

They are getting so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.

They are so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.

 

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.