Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This is the second year I somehow rallied and found the time for handmade Christmas cards. A few people think I should sell these. I don't know why, but I just can't imagine anyone buying them? I think part of it is that I'm pretty convinced I'm the only person on earth obsessed with BUNNIIIESSSSSS!!! I'm also convinced only I find these hilarious.

I don't know. I enjoy making them, though. Would someone seriously buy these?


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Today I went to Gage Academy's 11th annual drawing jam. Hilariously, my favorite out of 5 hours was a crappy little five minute doodle I did. HA! Oh well, here's to next year. Here's the good, the bad, and the not SO bad...

1-5 minute poses

3-5 minute poses

40 minutes

40 minutes

On another note, last week I bought and LOVED Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's Skim. If you haven't, you should and if you already did, you know what I'm talking about.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Not completely sure where I'm going with this, but I'll totally let you know when I get there.

Friday, November 5, 2010


I'm sorry for the truly and terribly taken (TTT, for future reference) photos I'm about to force upon you.

Two fifteen to twenty minute poses from a few weeks ago. I am trying to love charcoal, I really am. I think part of it is finding a good quality paper. I loathe touching newsprint and, even worse, the sensation of blending charcoal into newsprint with my hands. It's GROSS, you guys, GROSS.

These were done on pastel paper. Not so bad, although it has a little more tooth than I am used to.

A different session. One minute to two minute poses. My final two long poses from this session were taken for a first Thursday show? At Vermillion? I think? Ha ha, who knows.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


This moleskin is just about finished! I'm trying out some different processes for actual finished work. I would say my process is 60% fear-based procrastination, 30% productivity and then 10% nail-biting regret. Obviously, it takes a while to get anything done.

On another note, often when I am out and drawing I really dislike it when people ask to see my sketchbook. Not because I hate the invasion of my privacy, I know I'm drawing in public people and that people are prone to be curious, but because...INVARIABLY...someone will say "this is pretty good" or "this is not bad" in a noncommittal tone of voice. Now, by all means, under no circumstances do I delude myself into thinking I'm great. I'm not looking for any handouts. But they asked ME. So I find it pretty incredible when they interrupt me, ask to see my private sketchbook, I oblige, and then they barely summon a lukewarm compliment.

Thanks! Let's see how well you can draw, asshole!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010


I didn't have as much time as I wanted to draw, but luckily that wasn't because I was being lazy and uninspired. We were just endlessly doing something the entire time. But I'm happy with what I got when I got it.

I also had the great great pleasure of meeting in Dublin with Mick O'dea. We met up with him at his studio in Mountjoy Square where he was so gracious and generous with his time. He took out all of his portfolios and let me rifle through everything, and then took us out to dinner! A-mazing!


I'm back to figure painting and drawing. I'm trying to begin and finish some actual original work, one of these days. But until then, I'll be keeping it real with the nudes!

The trip was fun, but I'm glad to be back to my little poop eaters.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Trying to be more brave with color. Scans of my sketches in Ireland to come!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Here's my first drop-in 6 hour studio painting sans teacher after my figure painting class. It's okay? It has a lot of problems. But I'm trying out not being afraid of making a bad painting, and it's working pretty well.

I'm leaving for Ireland tomorrow morning and returning on the 19th. I'm excited to draw lots of old people! And I packed all my green markers!

And one for the road, a digital two hour speed painting.


Sunday, September 5, 2010


Oooooooooooooooooo-eee! I've been busy.

Lately I've been taking a very tiny moleskin on the bus with me and doing some quick quick little sketches of my fellow travelers. It's also great to have around for little 2 minute drawings when I'm waiting for someone at a restaurant, bored at work, at the beach, etc. Some of them have shoddy line quality because of the bumpy bus but if I captured the person's likeness I was satisfied.

I have another painting to share in the next few days and then I'm going to Ireland for 10 days. Wa wa wee wa.