Thursday, September 30, 2010


Today has been a pretty good day, Ive been making lots of progress on my squares, organized my calendar for the rest of the semester as much as possible, and ate lunch at Eden Alley.

For Lunch...I had a super delicious grilled cheese sandwich on artisan garlic bread with mozzarella, blue and cheddar cheeses. As well as organic onion and tomato. Super tasty kiwi-strawberry iced tea too. Oh yeah, and it was FREE.

Later today....  (Ten Minutes Ago)

As I was sitting outside taking a water break from painting squares earlier a man carrying a rubbermaid tub of leather portfolio cases walked by and asked if Andy, Jules, and I were art students.

( pretty obvious by the fact that I was sitting outside with my macbook, jotting down philosophy notes and drinking from a gallon bottle of water...with paint smeared all over me...I know right?)

The nice man said a friend gave him all these cases and he had no use for them and gave them to me, Andy and Jules!

Now I am the proud owner of a large and medium sized leather portfolios already filled with plastic protector pages. My organizational obsessive side is gleaming with joy.

Calendars are so helpful...but so overwhelming at the same time.

p.s. if anyone reads this they can look back to embarrassing art by me from now to years ago on my flickr  which is seriously overdue for some re-organizing and weeding out of old crap.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I have been working on a 2,304 one inch square color mixing exercise portrait...
I have mixed each individual color so much fun.
To take the edge off of square painting I have been doing a little soldering and making little trinkets.
made a red one also to layer on top of one another (also an homage to Dexter)

oil painting of a exhilarating.

thats all for now...I just remembered I have a class besides illustration studio...whoops.

ooh guess what? (presumed reader)
tonight my illustration class went to see a talk by the creator of the spiderwick chronicles (a very successful childrens book series apparently) and I won a raffle that includes a 30 dollar gift card to Eden Alley the "best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in all of the central united states" and a pair of tickets to an author presentation thats coming up soon. hazah!

Friday, September 17, 2010


this lady kept talking about her job at the renaissance festival
I used to be really uneasy about my figure drawing abilities but we have started out the semester with a really relaxed attitude, which has made me not stress so much.
this lady had a very masculine body, it really looked like that i swear.
i really like doing blind contours.
we are also focusing on an object/theme outside of class in figure drawing, heres a scan of a picture i posted earlier.
my theme is things animals shed

Sunday, September 12, 2010

sunnday 9/12

Today we had an illustration BBQ festivity and it was super awesome and sunny and great.
Steve Mayse the head of the department hosted the event in his absolutely amazing home in Lenexa.

Here is a small view of the house which he designed + Nicki's head.
the house was on a couple acres of property and had terraces everywhere as well as a pond and tree house. not to mention an awesome studio.
I brought my scanner into studio which is always a good way to eat up time scanning in cool scraps of paper or old images from national geographic magazines.
these three ladies are taped up on the edge of my drafting table and keep me company.
a random collage I did yesterday in my sketchbook from found paper.
a fun scan of the vellum layer of the illustration i posted a cellphone photo of earlier.
We are starting a childrens book illustration assignment and I've been doing some searching around the internet for inspiration. I came upon these two images that are really nice, I'm sort of thinking about a circus scene or something.
maypoles seem like they were all the rage in victorian times
Who wouldn't like this? This victorian style really appeals to me because of all the intricate linework (pretty evident considering the drawing I did earlier with all the Victorian houses)

Thats all for now, time to stop looking at drawings and actually start some.

Friday, September 10, 2010


it's always the worst when everything is due on one day...

this week was pretty exhausting.
it was comprised of a lot of things, including but not limited to:

blind/semi-blind contour drawings
oil palette knife color matching practice paintings
victorian house unfulfilled dreams
steampunk buca di beppo outings, of course
Time to go back to my homeworks

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall-ish Friday

Last night I started my new work-study job as a door monitor in the Foundations building which I basically lived in last year. It was pretty nostalgic...but mostly boring because the internet wouldn't work and all I had planned to pass the time was watching Netflix.

I also did five loads of laundry yesterday. yes. five.

Today hasn't really been too productive's too perfect outside to really concentrate on work.

I started a drawing of Harry S. Truman's house in my sketchbook and did some silly Paula Deen playing around.