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Friday, September 19, 2014

Children's Book Conference Weekend

I thought you might enjoy seeing the page spread I created as a workshop "homework" assignment. We had to read text for a picture book, then illustrate one two-page spread (keeping in mind, of course, where the gutter will be and all that). The story is about two kids who love the library and find friendship in each other there. It's a real book-to-be by a writer who has not been revealed to us. 

I chose the part of the story that introduces the boy character, who wakes up surrounded by dinosaurs, which which he is obsessed. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Another illustrated recipe

You'll have to click to see the whole recipe -- a favorite from my mother's recipe box, and a staple of the 1960s housewife.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Convocation

Today was Convocation at the college.

For those of you not immersed in academia, that's the official start to the new collegiate year. I like the idea of this tradition. I like the idea of our work lives broken up into chunks that coincide with the school year we knew as kids.

Convocation usually means listening to a number of speeches and the articulation of goals. I find it helps to concentrate if I draw, so I did that today. But I took notes, too, because our keynote speaker was worth hearing and I wanted to remember his hourlong history of the university/college tradition and culture.

Yes. Really.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bunnies on the Brain

It takes much longer than you might think to draw a properly cute bunny, and I need a couple for my next little project. My #dailydrawing got me part of the way. I sorta like this fellow:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Friday in August

Alonzo has been on holiday as the summer has done its summery, unscheduled thing.

A new school year is right around the corner, but he and Roscoe are squeezing all the fun they can out of what's left of the sweetest season.

It is Thursday night as I post this, also known as Friday Eve. May your weekend be perfect.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Food for thought

So yes, you can really make this. It's a variation on a recipe I found years ago in one of those little booklets that they used to sell at the grocery story check-out line. I've improvised with it over the years.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


The modern world moves faster than I'm inclined to move. This is probably true for a lot of us, though not everyone. I see these people racking up lines and lines of tasks on their to-do list, writing them down, scuttling about, crossing them out, unable to sit still, unable to calm themselves if they're not actively pushing the boulder up the hill. And I admire them, even if I've only ever been able to approximate their energy.

The difference now, as I've gotten a little more, uh, seasoned, is that I no longer think my reptilian pace is necessarily wrong, or that the hamster wheel of constant activity is necessarily ideal. Deadlines are good, but so is breathing room.

The humble little sketchbook drawing here was something I worked on it bits over a few days as I did my best to put in my drawing time around some fair-to-middlin-sized life stress. There's something good about letting some air in between the work. It isn't a great drawing, but there are things that developed that I like -- things that wouldn't have happened if I'd tried to wrap it all up in one sitting, as I usually do.