Tuesday, November 17, 2009


so... I sort of wrote a book of poems. I did everything in InDesign, and now I can't figure out how to post a .pdf to the blog :(

Thursday, October 1, 2009

rearranged text

new working file

copy of the current working file... Changes to typeface have been per client request. After comparing them, I think they're right. The first one really didn't work as well.

Now it's the layout of the basic text that is giving me fits... I can't seem to make it flow with the poster....

Friday, September 25, 2009

with a border even...

Fall Project

I am helping Northridge High School make their posters, banners, and program for the play Children of Eden. Here's what I have done so far... And here's a typeface I'm playing with for the word "children". Am still not sure what to do with the word Eden, but I think I want a snake somewhere in there.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

sketches of the day

ok. I've been trying to do 1 hour sketches... and I am having some serious issues with Mr. Schematic. (and keeping my attention span there to spend an entire hour... some of these are 30 mins)

So, here are the sketches I've done since August, trying to get back into the art swing of things. Would I do better if I spent a dedicated 3 hours on a portrait? or just remeasured and remeasured? Or maybe I should just go back to line drawings until I can get the basics down? I don't know, but I'm open to suggestions.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


My friend Sarah had a Husky named Lancelot. He died last week, and I felt very strongly to do a quick sketch for her. He turned out looking more wolf than husky, but... ah well, aren't all dogs a wolf on the inside?

I can tell I'm out of practice with sketching. This looks more like something I'd have done in High School. However, Sarah loved it, so the thought behind it counted for something. I definitely need to renew my "one piece of art a week" goal, though, so that I can my fingers back into practice.

the poem reads:

O freedom from Pain!
The joy of the chase
o'er moonlit glade!
To run unfettered
by mortal imperfections
while patiently waiting
for anticipated reunion
with loved ones left behind.

Monday, June 1, 2009

new ideas...

I was sitting in the combined Relief Society/Priesthood meeting Sunday, and the lesson was on hope. She referenced the article in the Ensign that talked about Faith, the forgotten sister. (of the three sisters Faith, Hope, and Charity)

And it sprang into my head that I should do a family portrait based on this idea of personifying these characteristics. Isabeau is working on a "Faith Wall" for her Young Women's theme. And I kept having more and more thoughts... we could have a family home evening photo shoot where the girls picked and chose who got to be what, and then I could start the drawings, and we could put them all on the wall under or surrounding a picture of Christ with D&C 6:36: "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not" quoted underneith it.

There are 8 of us in the family... so I would need 8 Christ-like qualities from scripture. No, actually 10. There is a widower in the ward and his son that I would like to include in this if they are willing.

obviously, I already have three... But I also thought that part of the family home evening would be us deciding as a family which ones to be. However, I want to write down the ones that came to me as I was sitting in church thinking about this.

Valiance/Steadfast ? (both of these words come to me pretty insistently, but I haven't decided if they are the same thing or different enough to be different)

I know there are countless others, but my mind has gone blank. At any rate, I have got the idea written down now, and can refer to it as needed.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

PTA service projects

Am I glutton for punishment? I think so. All in all, after all was said and done, I did a total of 39 drawings. I am certain that my technique could use a little refining, as this was my first time ever doing caricatures. I did have a lot of fun with it, though.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A sample of some inking

I have 36 Caricatures drawn, and have 12 of them inked. I'm going to try to make a slide-show and put that in... if not, I'll just post a couple of them.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I have 36 caricatures to do as a service project for the PTA...

and I have a week to do them!! 36/7 = 5.--something. 5.5 per day. easysauce.

now... here's hoping I can do a decent caricature!

These are some of my sketches. I'm thinking maybe I'm not making the heads big enough?

tatoos are art, too

So a wife of a friend of mine asked me to design a tatoo for her. kind of cool, I thought...

She was very specific about what she wanted, here are some of the sketches I've done for her so far:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Sun! The Sun!

There really is a sun! The Lord finally let the sun shine for a few days! And I got off of my lazy butt and went walking at the park in the sunshine, and wow did it feel goooooooooooooddddd!!! I forgot to take my camera with me each time, though. Which sucks, because the trees around here look awesome. I like the value contrast of the white branches and the dark bark some of these trees have. As well as the funky curly branches. They're just soooooo interesting.

I did do some sketching last week, and was NOT pleased with any of them. So I am not going to post them.

My goals for this week:
Get out and walk every day - even if it's one lap around the track (1/2 mile) and bring my camera with me.
Do a sketch worthy of being posted - OR - paint in the trees and unicorn in the Fantasy panel of the mural.

which reminds me... I need to find some good photo-references of goats. I thought it would be kind of fun to throw our family's Chinese Astrological Signs into the mural. And since my 5 yr old and 8 yr old are constantly fighting, I wanted to have the goat trying to eat the dragon's tail. You guys can't see the sketches of the goat in that picture, but it's there as well as a dog, a cow, a pig, and a rooster. The dog will be chasing the rooster and pig. Since I'm the cow, I should give it multi-colored spots and have it painting the barn...ha ha. The rat - my son - not sure if I should stick him in the farm scene or somewhere else. The Monkey will be in the jungle panel on the other wall. If you're interested, it will be a squirrel monkey, since that's Rob's favorite kind. Those three panels will be: jungle, underwater, and desert - egyptish kind of stuff... I have the sketches for it somewhere, but I can't find them.

right now I'm lucky to find my glasses.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Career Fairs - What do YOU do for a living?

Today I spent 4 hours at the Jr. High at a Career fair. I took my portfolio, some children's books, some printing plates and package examples I'd gotten from Huish Detergents, and set up ready to tell young minds what it is that Illustrators and Graphic Designers really do for a living.

I gave a 5-8 minute spiel every ten minutes. Some kids had lots of questions, others just stared at me in such a way that I wondered if there was a brain inside.

I found it funny that more adults asked me "Oh, do you illustrate books?" more than the kids did. But what was really amusing was them exclaiming, "Oh! YOU drew that??" When I'd point to my charcoal drawing as an example of head-studies done in figure drawing classes, and how expressions can illustrate an emotion more than words sometimes.

Granted, I didn't take the original photo, but yes, I did do that charcoal rendition right there.

Some kids were very interested, and we'd talk about value contrast in drawings, or how good design means the reader or buyer doesn't have to work to understand the product. I.E. Good book designs flow with the illustrations so readers don't think about it, they just enjoy it.

Other kids couldn't wait to be done so they could run over and see the Music D.J.'s presentation. And to think I actually want to teach Jr. High art someday. Maybe I'd rather teach High School?

I tried to use as much as I could from our local market so that kids knew there were opportunities right here. I named off ad agencies and graphic design studios, as well as working Illustrators. I used some picture books by Guy Francis as my examples of Illustration and Graphic Design working hand in hand. And I let them know some good schools with good programs, always giving props to SLCC cuz they have an awesome program.

I ended up having to rush home from the Career Fair to finish the program design for "Into The Woods" so it could be printed today. Turns out they couldn't print it earlier because I'd misspelled my own name. Go me. But, all my hard work on that 20 page program (I saw the page count when I saved it in booklet form. 20 pages, no kidding) earned me free tickets to the show. So next week we'll be heading Into The Woods as a family if I can find a sitter for the two littlest kids.

After all that, I just want a nap. But, alas, I have to go deliver Girl Scout Cookies in a few minutes. So maybe after that.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Meeting Death

I met Death in a dream the other night. He didn't speak to me, but he communicated to me anyway. He wasn't looking for me, he was looking for my father. But our spirits were so similar he found me first. I don't remember his face, it was a blur, and yet I remember the piercing feel of his gaze. He did not look like a grim reaper; he was dressed in white. Tall, dark, I would assume handsome. And yet... other. He left me with what felt like a warning. He wasn't pleased.

At one point in the dream we were heading down to the funeral, and I was crying. We stopped at my husband's grandparents, and I don't recall exactly what was said, but I ended up having to explain to his grandmother that my father had just died. And her response was "It's too bad you didn't get a chance to tell him what a failure you were."

Upon waking, my husband's response was "You have some really weird dreams." My response is to wonder what I'm supposed to learn from the dream. It didn't feel dreamish. What do I need to change? I do know that some of it is in part to the depression. And maybe some of it is to get me to draw a response. So I will. My personal goal is to have a drawn response/reaction to the dream done and posted here by Saturday night. Even if no one but me reads the blog, at least my goal is recorded.

Besides, I figure baby-steps. That is how to get back into doing the full-scale art projects. Today is Tuesday. No reason to not have at least a sketch done by Saturday.

keeping busy

With some Photoshop help from my dear friend Bradon, I was able to make this cover for the Northridge High School's production of "Into the Woods." I drew everything out, and then when I went to trace it with my Wacom tablet, I was seriously irked to find that my tablet pen no longer worked. So the lines don't have the lovely thicks/thins I wanted because I drew it in with a mouse instead. My first attempt at leather and gold embossing was very scary. I cannot even convey how grateful I am for friends willing to share their skills! - And for Peggy and her internet search engine that found more resources than mine!!

The full program is at least 16 pages, black and white interior, full-color cover. It was good to have some work to do that stimulated my brain, but wow did I feel overwhelmed. I was hoping the school would ask me to paint backdrops. But no... they needed help with the program design. It was fun, I just hope they are pleased with it. And I can't even say how glad I am that I haven't forgotten how to use InDesign! Hooray for style guides!!!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I am in some serious need of motivation. I haven't wanted to even think about painting for a while. The girls would like their walls done, but every time I go in to paint, the 2 and 5 yr olds want to help so much that I can't get anything done. It's not that I want to discourage them from learning to paint. But when I find my palette dumped over onto the carpet, it seems more trouble than it's worth to try to continue.

I am hoping that with spring, sunshine, and fresh air, I can send them outside for a few hours at a time and get some work done.

Latest Creations

My son is 5 months old now. Yesterday he rolled from his tummy to his back three times in a row! I feel like maybe he is a little slow in learning to roll over, as I remember my girls all rolling around between two and three months. Perhaps he's so spoiled with the girls bringing the world to him that he hasn't felt the need to go off exploring on his own yet?

I personally feel like my kids are works of art constantly in progress. They are each so different, and yet so similar.