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

Before R&B, There Was the French Horn

I love the soulful sound of the French horn. It kind of reminds me of an elk or something crying in the wilderness, or possibly dying. Although that might not seem like it would make awesome music, it totally does! Many of my favorite Christmas carols feature the French Horn, which was the original reason I drew this doodle in the first place. I meant to adapt it into some kind of Christmas card, but that didn’t exactly happen. So, now I get to use whatever colors I want to complete this doodle, instead of red and green.

It’s a pretty busy image, but I still like it. I especially like the blue and brown color combination.

Shiny metal!

Shiny metal!

It’s been several weeks, but we did arrive in Colorado. On the way, I drove with all three cats, and at one rest stop in particular, Tony was not happy and decided to make his presence known:

Tony in car

 

I would not consider myself an overly sentimental person, but I did take a photo of our house as we began to drive out of Alabama.

Goodbye House. We wont miss your tiny water heater.

Goodbye House. We wont miss your tiny water heater.

 

Valentino’s Revenge

It’s the Valentimes day, and in honor of this day of luuurve, here are two doodle type things.

Seasonal Chalkboard

The first is a drawing I did for my mom. Since we are living in my parents house temporarily, its no trouble to update her framed chalkboard thing. It’s totally the thing to have a bistro style chalkboard in one’s house and update it with seasonal images or messages. My mom has done one better and framed her chalkboard in this amazing frame.

To do the actual drawing, I used a special liquid chalk marker. It’s pretty sweet and erases easily with water once you are done with one design and need to update for the next month ( St. Patrick’s day anybody?). I though Amore would be better than plain old English “love,” although with the curlicue thing, it looks kind of like Amoree. And if you are wondering, yes, that is a tiny bust of Abraham Lincoln. My mom kind of has a thing for our most awesome of all the Presidents.

Bistro Chalkboard meets epic frame of epicness.

Bistro Chalkboard meets epic frame of epicness.

Cuddling time is very important to the kitties, and this was just so perfect for Valentines day, I had to take a picture.

Upside down hearts are still hearts

Upside down hearts are still hearts

 

Heart Doodle

Hearts are kind of a crap shoot when it come to me drawing them. They are a simple shape, but the slightest mistake is really noticeable in terms of symmetry. In the past, I’ve used hearts very seldom, and usually have made them unsymmetrical on purpose. to make up for any mistakes in the shape of the hearts, I colored this doodle in Heart Attack pinks and oranges. I think a few hearts were squished in the dog pile, which is where the peach and red gushing streams are coming from.

Heart attack. Heyaa!

Heart attack. Heyaa!

Kitten Tangle

Sorry for the delay in new posts. I’ve been having a mixture of being swamped with work and laziness, which never goes well together.

I’ve been working on this doodle for two weeks, and it’s not so much that it has been hard to draw, but I’m trying something new and figuring out how to do it.

This mixture of Zen Tnagle and doodling was completed with two different sizes of teeny tiny pens. The kittens were sketched from a photo I took of them all snuggling.

A tangled web of kittens and patterns

A tangled web of kittens and patterns

Snuggle pile

Snuggle pile

As you can see, I used both pages of the Moleskine, but my photo of the doodle is even worse than usual. I’ll figure it out eventually.

Cats

On another note, we gave away two of the kitten to their forever homes, and kept one for ourselves. More photos of Streaky the Supercat are forthcoming, but for now, check this out:

Nothing better than a cat on a window sill, except for three cats on a window sill!

Nothing better than a cat on a window sill, except for three cats on a window sill!

This would be awesome if the kitten in the middle were streaky, but its not. That ginger cat has entirely too much tail.

Who Knew Iowa Was So Wild?

My next State Flower is the Iowa Rosa Arkansana, or the Wild Rose. Of course, what other time was as wild as the roaring twenties, when Art Deco, my new favorite design style, was so well established. That’s not really what I was thinking when I drew this doodle, I just wanted to add some cool geometrical elements to my next piece. I don’t like the dark turquoise color, but other than that, I’m quite pleased with the concept of this doodle.

Combination dress clip and hair comb corners.

Combination dress clip and hair comb corners.

I love my new Prismacolor markers! They made doing the actual flowers very easy. I must confess, I did draw this in pencil first befome completing it in ink.

Purrrfect

If you need to have a little bit of joy in your life, I give you this video of my cat Tony and our kitten Streaky. For the full experience, turn your volume all the way up to hear the purring.

I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind

For my latest state flower doodle, I have chosen Georgia since it is one of the states where MrE has lived. Their state flower is the Cherokee Rose, also called Rosa Laevigata. There is an Indian folk tale concerning this flower, and it is said that they bloom the entire length of the Trail of Tears. It is a delicate and pretty flower, which called for a little different style doodle than usual.

Grey markers strike again!

Grey markers strike again!

This doodle was one of my more structured projects, and I even used straight edges and French curves for a few of the major details. Since the flowers are white, I thought it would be good to leave the other doodle shapes pale as well. I goofed on the of the flowers though, and used some white paint pen to cover it. The green leaves actually look much better in the photograph than they do in real life. Go figure.

Lazy Bones Kitty Cat

Since Georgia is famously laid back, today’s cute animal picture is Tony, chilling and waiting patiently for a tummy rub.

Feet up and ready for the petting to commence.

Feet up and ready for the petting to commence.

 

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.

 

Inspiration From my Fellow Bloggers

Ever since I have started updating my blog regularly, I’ve become a little more immersed into the blog-o-sphere. This includes checking out stuff from around the web, and always being surprised when my blog is followed by a stranger (Thanks by the way, strangers!). On one of the first blogs I encountered, when browsed her work, mostly projects made of felt, I came across these beautiful and colorful felt flowers. (Check it out, seriously) I immediately knew I needed to do a doodle using these little gems as inspiration.

One thing I have especially enjoyed about searching for blogs for inspiration is seeing all of the talent and creativity displayed on the interwebs. There are all sorts of craftswomen especially, who are continuing in the proud tradition of generations of women who have gone before to make beautiful hand-made objects and art. Of course, there are some dudes too, and their work has just as much heart and soul, but in a less girly way 😛 .

Without further ado, here is one of my felt-flower doodles!

I told the original maker of these little flowers that they looked like jewels. I tried to duplicate that.

I told the original maker of these little flowers that they looked like jewels. I tried to duplicate that.

Of course, I also have some cute kitten pictures to share, I wish I could keep all of the kittens, and that they would stay kittens. I’ll have to do with my grown kitties instead and little foster fur babies.

Why would you wake us up?! You fool!

Why would you wake us up?! You fool!

Just guarding the front room from suspicious characters. And string.

Just guarding the front room from suspicious characters. And string.

Mean Green and Kitten Bath Time!

I did the outline of this doodle whilst watching BYU football face off with the Texas Longhorns at our friends’ house. For some reason I decided I should draw some stylized clovers, which had nothing to do with anything as far as I am aware. I am however glad I did so since I then also used only greens to follow the clover motif.

The photo of my doodle for the day is shown below, but first, kittens!

I think Crescent (the kitten) decided to encroach Tony’s peace in the window seat and Tony then decided, what-the-hey, bath time! More and more animals decided to make their presences known, with much cute cuddlies to be had for everyone.

And if you can tear your eyes away from the adorableness for just a moment, here is the doodle:

All green, all the time. There is something so wonderful about the color green.

All green, all the time. There is something so wonderful about the color green.