sketchbook: an excuse to draw at work

I blame my friend Marc for getting me into trouble a lot. And almost always, that trouble involves an extra project at the newspaper we work at. Luckily, said projects tend to fall into the “brilliant and mostly fun” category. This time, though, I did it to myself. I was the one who asked my boss if I could draw editorial cartoons for the paper. Marc, however, has done his part to hold me to that. He writes the editorials, I draw the pictures to go with them. When I got back from the honeymoon, I had it in my … Continue reading sketchbook: an excuse to draw at work

sketchbook: i’ve gone missing

img_20170530_191707_095.jpgWedding. Honeymoon. Editorial cartoons. A weekly stepmomming column. Illustrations for said column. Designer of the Year. Custom illustration commission.

Excuses.

There’s been whole a lot of art things (and non-art things) happening, alongside a whole lot of slacking. I’ll try to write in here some more, if for no other reason than to vent and focus my art-related thoughts. Which I guess boil down to primarily this: If I could spend all my time traveling, and illustrating, I’d be quite happy.

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sketchbook: my first *actual* book cover

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I bought the book!

There are some coworkers you collaborate well with.

One such person I know would insist I rephrase that as: “coworkers you collab well with.”

Because he might not actually be a hipster, but by golly he’ll talk like one. (totes ironically, though.)

Enter Marc Munroe Dion, stage left. Or stage right. I’m really not sure which direction he’s gonna come from, most days. But whichever direction or angle he does come from, it usually turns into a fantastic project idea.

He turned up with a fantastic project idea even when I was stuck at home recovering from back surgery a few months ago.

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wedding: bound for the recycle bin

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The seating assignments gave me a bit of a headache, but (I think) worth it!

Marriage is supposed to be forever.
The paper materials that go with it, however, are not.

Despite all the fancy stock, foil accents and die-cut edges that go into the invitations and other papery things, realistically the stuff just ends up in the trash, ya know?

So when my friend Linda found a brand-new box of wedding stationary at a thrift store for a glorious $13, I happily walked that sucker down the aisle (…#sorrynotsorry) to the register.

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sketchbook: scribbles in new orleans

Recently-ish, I discovered two very important things: 1) the awesomeness of travel, and 2) a potential name for my cartoon kitty cat. First, Point No. 1. In the past two years, certain friends (*coughJessiecough*) and a certain fiance scooched me out of my comfort bubble as a homebody. Now, seeing new places is awesome. Like, three months ago, when we took quick hits at NYC, DC and Philly on three consecutive weekends. Or, this past weekend, New Orleans. Somewhere along the way, I figured something else out, too. Normal people take photos during vacation; but not only am I *not* normal, I’m … Continue reading sketchbook: scribbles in new orleans

sketchbook: maybe i’ll be a ghost. or maybe not.

I swear this post has an art-related angle. Or at least, I’m gonna pretend it does 😉 I had grandiose plans last week. In addition to Hannah’s True North logo, I’d applied for a Craigslist gig to be a children’s book ghost illustrator. By Tuesday (…tomorrow…), I have to generate two illustrations in a particular style to get to the next step of the application. And my very forward-thinking “plan” had been to finish the first on Saturday night, and do the majority of the second on Sunday. Because my only other plans for Saturday was to meet up with … Continue reading sketchbook: maybe i’ll be a ghost. or maybe not.