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!

  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.

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:



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.

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).


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!



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!