4 months later…

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Oh how time flies.

All of the sudden it’s been 4 months and I barely have any doodles to show for it. But I’ve gotten plenty of life adventures under my belt. More than ever before, I’m pretty sure. We drove to Maryland for a wedding, drove up to¬†Pennsylvania¬†to visit family quite often, visited my best buds up in Cleveland a few times and I got to attend Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. More recently, I drove to Chicago to see my 3rd-5th grade BFF & pen pal. (While I was there I also got to catch the Lichtenstein Retrospective–it was amazing to say the least–). And, that letter to the editor? The DDN published it on Saturday, May 12 on page A11! I got so much great feedback from people all over the community, and reaffirmed the idealistic notion that people still pick up their local paper every now and then.

As for doodling, I’m slowly but surely getting back on the horse. I’m trying to not crash when I get home, and instead set aside time for personal projects. It’s been working. I’m experimenting more with brushes and textures and getting more comfortable with my Bamboo. I’m more comfortable in photoshop than I’ve ever been, and it used to be my most-avoided program (InDesign 4 lyfe). I think my style is getting closer to where I want it to be, and that’s always a good thing. My boob-lines look way too blue, must have to do with web colors vs. cmyk. They aren’t that blue on Facebook or Twitter, I swear.

I’ve got one more big summer adventure coming up, perhaps I’ll make something about it soon :)

KBB Friends: Mark

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First friend doodle! Woot!

Some backstory to this doodle. I made this doodle a few months ago, kind of as my first attempt to tackle drawing my friends. The thought came to me while I was discussing my normally weird dreams with my friend Mark. He always winds up in my dreams doing something weird, or telling me to go somewhere, so he joked that he was my Indian Spirit Guide (a la Waynes World 2), and the image in my head was too funny to not jot down. Check out how the final version looks on my portfolio site.

I included staples of his wardrobe (his oxblood doc martens and an orangey-plaid button up his girlfriend had dubbed his “i can’t quit you” shirt in college) and that made it pretty fun, mostly drawing the shirt. I haven’t seen it in years but I’m pretty sure I got the color scheme exactly right. It was one of my first re-drawings using my wacom bamboo tablet, so it was a little wobbly. I wound up using more color than outline, which I liked as well and used that style again when I doodled the republican candidates.

Because it was one of my first ones, I like looking back on it because it reminds me how much I learned when I just sat there with my wacom for an extended period of time. Being able to create characters on a sticky note and then being able to create them again via tablet is a hurdle for me. It’s almost like learning how to use a pen all over again. But it’s a reminder that if I keep playing it will eventually get loads easier.