8 Years!

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Colored Pencils, Pen

Colored Pencils, Pen

8 years ago today me and my loving husband started dating. Now we are happily married and about to embark on a grand adventure to Chicago together.

I drew this picture for one of the many Valentine’s days we celebrated WAY back in High School. I stumbled upon it again while packing for our trip and I think it has always captured the somewhat magical nature of realizing you love somebody.

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Sketchbook Saturday: Squiggle Art!

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Some of you may have seen my squiggle drawing from my Crayons post the other day. I don’t know what inspired me to start making these full page doodles, but I do them fairly often when I can’t think of something more artistic to do in my sketchbook. All of these are from my High School sketchbook and range in creation from 2005 – 2009. I’ve created them in a lot of different media, from crayon to marker to sharpie.

To make one of these I simple start by creating a few random shapes on a page, and then slowly trace those shapes over and over until the whole page is filled. When lines start intersecting I created larger paths. Before adding colors they look a bit like really bizarre topographical maps. Once drawn sometimes I will go back over the lines with a pen to make them sharper, and other times I will simple color in the lines. As you can see in some of the pictures sometimes I will use an image from a magazine for the shape instead of just drawing something random. The whole process is easy, fun, meditative, and relaxing. Its a good way to keep doing something artistic when you don’t have the brain for something more complicated.

Soy Sauce Art

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Soy Sauce Art

Tonight I went to Taigun, one of my favorite sushi restaurants. They are one of those awesome restaurants that provides you with a paper mat on which you can draw while you wait for your food or your check. Brilliant!
A long time ago (sometime in High School) I painted this tree out of soy sauce and a chopstick at the restaurant. I think it turned out pretty well, and it has kept the color after all these years.

Fun Times with MS Paint

In middle and high school the only image editor on a computer I had access to was MS Paint. For those who may not know or remember, MS Paint is the super basic application for messing around with images that came with Microsoft. Mostly it was a couple of super simple pixel brushes and a color picker. Really not much else.

In high school I also spent a ridiculous amount of time on the free website Neopets making up characters and stories for my virtual companions. Petpages are free web space provided by neopets to describe your pet and pretty do whatever you want. It was a cool space to learn about html and css in a relatively unrestricted environment. I would cruise from petpage to petpage gathering ideas, seeing cool art, and learning a lot about the web.

The combination of these two things resulted in me becoming quite skilled at MS Paint painting, which I always thought was pretty cool.

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Here is my crowning achievement of MS art:

Phiddippida is a desert kougra, which you don’t really need to know. She lost her ear in a horrible oil lamp accident. She is psychic and her lover is a ghost. Neopets is a really cool place!

To create this image I hand drew a sketch, scanned it, and then spent meticulous hours coloring, smoothing, and creating texture and shine. I have no idea how many total hours it took, but lots and lots!

 

Another character of mine is a silver peophin names Rasavatam. He’s made of mercury and is pretty cool. You can learn more about him here: http://www.neopets.com/~Rasavatam. Here is my painting of him. It was painted completely in MS Paint, with no hand drawing to start. I think I got a pretty cool liquid affect going on. Apart from the neck being really janky I still like this piece.

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Beyond creating images of my own neopets, a popular trend on character petpages was to create a gift to give to individuals who visited your page. These are called adoptables and they are little pictures of a specific species of neopet in every color they come in. A big part of neopets is painting your pets different colors to “customize” them. Since I was in high school the level of customization has become way more complicated with backgrounds and clothing and much more than simple colors. I made adoptables for my other Kougra, Antideo. He is a poet, hence the hat.

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People can also request a custom adoptable, where they would show me their pet customization (which they made up from their own imagination), and then I would create a little image for them. Very cool sharing of art and creativity. You can see some adoptables I got for my other pets on Isepheloria and Siberyl‘s page.

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If you are totally confused don’t worry; The takeaways from this blog post are:

  • Neopets is a really complicated place with a strange set of cultural rules
  • Neopets is a great place to waste time in High School
  • and MS Paint art is something I used to do a lot, and something I liked to do.

Sketchbook Saturday: Graffiti

In High School I took a workshop on writing graffiti letters. It was really fun, although very challenging. It was a good way to spend time in lecture, instead of idly listening to whatever my teachers were talking about. I happen to be one of those people who does well when doodling and listening at the same time.

These images are a collection of practice sketches I made throughout my later years in High School, all around the time I took the workshop. The words on the collections are: Moxie, Monotonous (spelled wrong), Quagmire, Whimsy, Entropy (maybe), Cacophony, Escape and Maelstrom.

I would like to play with this art form again. I like words a lot and use them frequently in my art. Check back at a later date to see if I dip back into this art form.