Working With my Brother

I am really excited about this one, y’all.

This week’s Shirt Woot! derby theme is: Inspired by Children’s Books.

Aw yeah! How exciting! My brother is a designer, and  has a shirt that won before. He told me of a great idea he had to do a design inspired by Shel Silverstein, but he didn’t have time to draw it.

“I have time to draw it!” I said. We worked together to come up with the final product. I drew the different elements, and he designed it and wrote the poem. Working together was really awesome. I had a ball drawing everything, and he did a kick butt job with the writing and design. We’re really proud of this one, and hope you like it too.Josh and Autumn Collab

If you would please, you can vote for our entry! You need to have purchased something from Woot! before you can vote. If you’ve already purchased from Woot!, please vote for us!

How I Get Back On Track in Drawing

After I’ve spent some time working on a commission, my brain calls for a time-out. I get distracted, and I can’t paint or draw anything well.  I try to hard to be perfect, and it messes everything up.

I’m working on a commission I’m really excited about, but it’s also challenging. I love that kind of work, so NO complaints here, until everything starts to go downhill.

So when that happens (today), I find it’s best to just sketch. Not worry about how NICE it looks, in fact, the messier, the better. I want it a wriggly- line mess of things until I feel like all that stuffy perfectionism is out of my way and I can begin again.

I started with a self-portrait of how I felt…out-of-sorts-sketch Then I noticed there was a LOT of space. Perfect for a little worried muse….But what? A little flying bug? A flying teddy bear! an elephant! Wait….is that….well that works too!!

out-of-sorts-sketch-more

Aaaaaaand then

flying-piggie

 

And now I’m ready to get back to my commission-relaxed and warmed up. I like this piggy so I am probably going to come back to him, but now you know my process for when I get stuck on a piece :) Have a great day!

Medusa is my new friend

For some reason these days, I’m obsessed with Medusa. I’ve always been a fan of mythology-but Medusa is on my mind. A few weeks ago, I posted the vibrant green Medusa on Twitter. I wanted to make her look more like a sea monster. I feel good about the results.Medusa

 Then I was SUPER excited to have Sketch_Dailies tweet that #medusa would be the topic of the day this past week. I sketched lots of Medusa, ranging from not failed scary, to sexy, to cute, and then this ancient Medusa said hello. And I LOVED her. 

I like to think of what Medusa would be like as an old monster. Still beautiful and deadly, but tired-some of that fury finally out of her system. And those of you who know me know that I was just as excited to invent a solution to cover her up a little. I’m not a prude (yes, yes I am a little) but I do like to keep it Family Friendly as much as possible. I have some good ideas for this sketch, so I present it as a WIP and if I like the result, I’ll share it with you!

IOld Medusa 

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