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A Whole Bunch of Sketchbook Paintings and Me Talking About Them. [Jun. 12th, 2011|12:41 am]
Airport People

Last week I was stranded at the airport when my plane was delayed 6 hours. It gave me loads of opportunities to draw/paint peeps, so I was probably the only happy one in the gate.

When I'm home, there are lots of pressing things I need to do, so I don't get to just sketch much unless I'm stuck somewhere. I've been doing a lot more sketching from life lately, and trying to spend more time just sitting and observing and drawing. It's been making me really happy.

The Amazons Encounter the Snake of Sexual Harassment! I drew this once I was on the plane (sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours), after I'd had enough of listening the the drunk businessmen make obnoxious smalltalk with each-other while they waited for the plane to take them to their presentation in the Chicago suburbs. Ugh.

People in a Cafe
More sneaky life-drawing. This time at one of my favorite Chicago cafes, Wormhole, which in sci-fi themed and has an ACTUAL DELOREAN in the window. The bottom right fretting person is my friend Lonnie.

Nora and I went to a craft/movie night last night. We watched the newly remastered E.T. and every person in the room freaked out about the creepy CGI E.T. What the HELL!? Who LIKES that scary stuff?
Puppets-4-Life, yo.

(PS: E.T. came out 3 years before I was born, which didn't stop me from watching it about 4 million times as a child, except that my mom would usually turn it off before the scary government parts. She'd do the same with "The Sound of Music" before the nazi part).

An TCAF jam I found in the back of my sketchbook from April!

I did the first panel from an album cover on the wall of the bar.

The next is definitely Jess Fink, but it was the end of the weekend when everyone is deliriously tired and plus a little drunk that night and I'm not sure who else contributed (though I'm pretty sure Jess finished it, too). I know John Martz and Tasha were there... Who else?

Hunger Games Favorite Characters
This is a verrrrry old drawing I did of my favorite Hunger Games characters. I couldn't remember if I'd posted it a year ago or not. Found it in a pile of stuff I was sorting and was like, "HEY! I think I drew this before the last book even came out!" I'm obviously really excited for the movies.

The Burrow
Thought I'd do a little (unscientific) floorplan of The Burrow, a la Julia Wertz's apartment drawings in
"Drinking at the Movies."

This has been an amazing place to live and work. I'll miss it a lot when I leave at the end of the summer to finally move back East to be near my family/publishers. But I've got the itch to roam and it's good to unbalance yourself to find new ways to balance.

Glee Live.
Finally, a little drawing of the lovely Chris Colfer (my fave). (He's doing, "Single Ladies.") Nora and I went to Glee Live. It was a totally insane experience. A huge arena, totally full (of mostly teenaged girls), and the little tiny people from our television all huge and real-life-y. We were on the floor towards the back of the arena, but MUCH TO OUR SURPRISE, many of the numbers were partially performed on a mini-stage DIRECTLY BESIDE US. Our view:

Our view at Glee Live
God, remember when Chris Colfer was just an adorable round-faced kid? Not only is he gorgeous and mad talented, but he went from near total obscurity to changing America's perception of queer people and teens and bringing a vibrant gay character to prime-time television. It makes my tv-lovin' self all verklempt!

So of course, all I could do was clutch my heart like the little old lady I am and bask in his glow
while wishing I could pull off pants like that.

[User Picture]From: sandor_baci
2011-06-12 07:28 am (UTC)

Absolutely grand

Chris Colfer YouTube videos -- great way to start my Sunday!
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[User Picture]From: roselet
2011-06-12 08:09 am (UTC)
Don't we all wish we could pull off his pants?

..Oh. Oh, I see what you meant.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2011-06-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: perpl3xity
2011-06-12 09:10 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing xD
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[User Picture]From: Grace Uhm
2011-06-12 12:31 pm (UTC)


You inspire me so much.
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[User Picture]From: sarabella
2011-06-12 01:13 pm (UTC)
You are soooooo good at drawing. I think you are one of my favorite illustrators! You should make a post of drawing tips for beginner illustrators... I would totally read it. ;_;
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[User Picture]From: jaymarcy
2011-06-12 01:51 pm (UTC)
Cool sketches! Love The Burrow layout drawing! Looks pretty sweet...
So you're moving back east? NYC? Man I love that place...
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2011-06-12 03:54 pm (UTC)
I love how that airport drawing captures that vaguely anxious stop/go feeling of being at the airport and people trying to distract themselves.
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[User Picture]From: forestfruits1
2011-06-13 06:43 pm (UTC)
I love your life drawings - they're so individual and reflective of real life. The people have life in them! (mkay, i'll stop typing "life" now....erm, whoops...stopping now...)

Also, Chris Colfer is a bloody legend! He's gorgeous, beautiful and amazingly talented. Me? Jealous of your seats? Pffffft! :P
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[User Picture]From: rtred
2011-06-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
Are those colors done with markers, or do you carry a little watercolor set around with you?
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[User Picture]From: lecraie
2011-06-13 10:16 pm (UTC)
Puppets 4 lyfe indeed
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[User Picture]From: UncleZeiv
2011-06-15 01:31 am (UTC)
No, I can't believe you're leaving the Burrow... and what about Nora? Is the duo coming to an end? I'm very sorry to hear this, I grew very fond of this entire studio/life together thing... Oh well. Good luck with your life plans!
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[User Picture]From: Chapel Smith
2011-06-15 03:40 am (UTC)

Hunger games!

I LOVE your Hunger Games drawings, especially the vibrant colors for Effie Trinket! I can't wait to see the movies although I'm not too happy with who they picked to play Peeta - your drawing is a much better representation of how I envisioned him.
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[User Picture]From: sweetennui
2011-06-15 07:49 pm (UTC)
I got to go see Glee Live tooooooo! It was soooo awesome.
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[User Picture]From: milkradio
2011-06-15 09:31 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee, you drew The Hunger Games crowd! I love it :D
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[User Picture]From: meirles
2011-06-18 02:43 am (UTC)
The guy standing on the right in the first image is giving me strong "grown up Bobby Hill" vibes.
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From: thisse
2011-06-19 03:19 pm (UTC)
The chubby sleeping guy in the first picture is me in 20 years.
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[User Picture]From: turukhtan
2011-07-01 12:39 pm (UTC)
Argh, you made me read the Hunger Games books. In, like, three days straight.

... Peeta has a boner? :3
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