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Sunday, May 25, 2014


Not in this picture: The couple I eavesdropped on while I was drawing this spread at the coffee shopt at Barnes & Noble today.

They sat over my left shoulder, huddled in intimate conversation. He seemed to be trying to explain some kind of longstanding failure. She sounded guardedly receptive. Theirs was a relationship that had clearly spanned time and bumps in the road. At one point he said, "I wasn't sure I'd ever see you again." Then there was lots of talk about money he'd be getting from an inheritance.

On and on it went. Eventually, someone pass their table. Hellos all around. The conversation switched on a dime from intimate to the sort of talk people do when they run into each other -- asking about aging parents and friends in common. A series of bad Jewish jokes ensued, told from what seemed to be the inside. (I hope so, anyway.)

After a time, the three walked out together. I wondered if the couple had said everything that needed to be said, or if the acquaintance had thrown them totally off track. I wondered whether the guy would ever get the money he said was coming to him, or if that had been a card he was playing with the hope of seeming more viable.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Inspiration from all over

Today's drawing was inspired by my friend Molly, mother of two kitties, who keeps getting signs from the universe that she has in fact had a baby. We've had a lot of fun with this, and suddenly it cried out for a little sketch.

So, congratulations, Molly! Oh, and congratulations on being an aunt! And a good friend to people who have children! Well done! ;-)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Oh, dear

I spent all night doing writing for my day job, but in the end I could not go to bed without at least going through the motions of a #dailydrawing. I scribbled something like this during a meeting yesterday, and then, er, refined it this evening. Perhaps Mother's Day had me in a mood.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Commence to draw

Katy graduated yesterday, sort of. (Minus the internship she has to do this summer.)
Nice ceremony, only about two hours long. But long enough to observe and draw.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Life drawing

I've drawn this angle before, though I think maybe the last time it was Pearl. There's so much detail in their faces, and it's so nice when they're out in slumber and don't mind the studying gaze.

Of course if you read the text, you'll probably figure out that I meant to say Roscoe was nudging my LEFT hand, not my right, fore a belly rub. It is a wondrous thing, to rub a dog's belly and draw his face at the same time. This is how I climb mountains. This is my idea of adventure.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Silly selfie

I put a challenge out to our illustrators group to do a self-portrait -- silly or otherwise. Figured I'd better play, too ...

Monday, May 05, 2014

Would an alligator use a canoe?

Only if he wanted to float with his non-swimming friends. The #substitutebunnies aren't big fans of swimming, of course.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Oh, hey! Look at the white background!

This might seem like a small thing, but I found the secret to turning off the thing that was turning all my white backgrounds gray.

So where before, this image would've looked extra yuck (I don't love the image itself, but it was my #dailydrawing sketch and all that), now it's just low-key yuck with a few decent elements.

That is all. Oh, except that of course as usual you can click on the image and make it bigger if you'd like to read.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tomorrow's post today

Here's a little peek at tomorrow's #happyfriday #dailydrawing.

It's a compositional nod to a particular illustration by Leonard Filgate, originator of the "Rip Squeak" character, a print of which (above) I happen to own. The image was the art used for the poster of the L.A. Times book festival years back, and a framed version hung in the ladies room at Joseph-Beth Booksellers for a handful of years. I loved it. I love it still.

But that's another story.

Tonight when I was preparing my Happy Friday image, and didn't quite know what Alonzo felt like doing, I stared up at Rip Squeak and thought: Hmmmmn.

And there you go.