The Lily is the Official Flower Of…

The poor lily, it’s probably one of the most universal and recognizable flowers ( I imagine) but it gets no love in an official capacity. Water lilies and lilies-of-the-valley are the official flower of several countries including Sri Lanka, Italy, Guyana, and Finland. One would think that one of the States would have it’s flower be a lily, but no, one would be wrong. Utah of course has the Sego Lily, which isn’t quite the same thing. I suppose the lily is not official because it is not native to any particular state. The only country I could find that used the Lily as it’s official floral emblem is….wait for it….

Kazakhstan!

Whuuut?

Even then, it’s not really official, like US state flowers are official (The rose is the official USA flower. Lame. That can’t have been native.).

I decided I needed to support Kazakhstan anyway and drew a lily, but mostly I drew it because I think lilies are quite pretty.

We forgive you Lily, for not being official

We forgive you Lily, for not being official

I like to think my Prismacolor marker skills are improving, but I also think many of my most recent compositions have been good as well.

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The Lamest of All the State Flowers…Or Is it?

Neither MrE nor myself have ever been to the US State of Maine. This isn’t so astonishing for my case, but my husband has been to 48 out of all 50 states, so far.

When looking up all the state flowers, I had a little laugh because the flower for Maine is the White Pine Cone. Which seem pretty darn lame. In fact, The pine cones in this doodle aren’t even from White Pine trees because I think they are not as cool looking as other species. Case in point:

Pine cone bleh

 

It has no sense of proper golden rule proportions, so I just found pictures of pine cones I thought looked neat to use as references instead.

Pime cohmes

Pime cohmes

Despite being brown and brittle, these pine cones turned out amazing! And that is when I decided maybe Maine had a good idea after all. Maybe. I would like to say that Prismacolor markers are stupendous. I would still like a handful of colors I don’t have yet, but the versatility and ability to blend with them is fantastic.

Breaking Weekend Update

Surprise! Another post!

Colorado is predicted to get some snow this weekend, which means doomsday shopping and preparing for epic sledding. I am all set to spend the weekend doodling if there is nowhere else to go, and I’m starting to branch out into something a little more marketable than just plain wall art.

Behold, Sharpie Shoes Ver. 1.0

Swirleywhirlies

Swirleywhirlies

Heal Sunburst

Mix between saddle shoe and Toms

Mix between saddle shoe and Toms

Inside arch

The shoes I used were the cheapest I could find, and as a result, they are pretty poorly made, but they are great for artsy practice! Once I figure out how to fix the sharpie ink to the canvas, I’ll start taking over the world with my shoe drawing business.

 

 

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!

Potential Project?

Many months back, A few people who know me well commented on some pictures that were making the rounds around Facebook. A few people got a hold of some sharpies and a blank canvas and went to town. The canvas in question happened to be a car, and ever since then I’ve been contemplating turning my Silver Dodge Neon into a doodle masterpiece. Something like these:

Racing stripes taken to 11

Racing stripes taken to 11

Flowers on cars are manly

Flowers on cars are manly

Niiiiiiiiice

Niiiiiiiiice

These hipster shoes brought to you by henna

These hipster shoes brought to you by henna

 

 

The shoes would be a fun and inexpensive place to start, but the car would be a mobile billboard advertising my potential to others who might want a doodled car. I would probably hesitate if someone wanted me to deface a Lamborghini though, that’s a lot of money riding on the steadiness of my hands.

So what does the blogoshpere think? To sharpie or not to sharpie?

Plain jane

Plain jane