Recently I rewatched 13 assassins, maybe because of my son's name, maybe because I just had that itch. (everyone should rewatch 13 assassins like once a year) and I decided to do some figure studies of the film.
it took me like 2 weeks to do this sketch and I'm not even finished with it. The subject matter is a little on the nose, and the time I spent on it mixed with the subject are a direct reflection of my experience lately. Her confident smirk while breastfeeding... not so much. Life right now is fucking hard, and art is slow.
I did it. I had my baby two days ago. Post partem so far is... eventful. And there is definitely some kind of mental shift happening that feels permanent. I think most women who have gone through labor will know what I'm talking about, but it's also difficult to write about without feeling like I'm opening the window into my life just a little too wide. Things are good. Baby is good, and I'm good.
I painted something today, which is the first thing I've drawn in a while. Third trimester brings a head fog that made is very difficult to do anything, and I can feel it starting to clear. This was an attempt to just break out of baby baby baby all the time, just for a few minutes.
I'm starting to slow down, like way down. I'm in the last month of my pregnancy and I was already prepared to accept that I probably wouldn't be pumping out weekly illustrations anymore, but the change is even more dramatic than I had prepared for. It's hard to get work done right now, REALLY hard. I'm doing my best, but it's slow going, and I think May and June are going to be very slow for work. I'm freelance and I'm not really taking maternity leave, since I work from home, but it seems to be happening naturally.
doing some sketches for a new project for a friend of mine.
A little dragon knight for my wednesday warmup. I saw that myths and legends was covering gawain and thought "I should draw a knight" and this is what happened.
The border collie is unsettled by the depths of the ocean.
warmup sketch for today. The blossoms are all blooming around here.
working on the kids book
Sketching to start off the week.
It's slower going than I'd like, but still, I'm happy with the colors so far.
My husband started a new job at Nike. In his office, there's a huge poster of Ronaldo from when he played for United. He's my favorite soccer player to make fun of. I like him, but as a Barcelona fan it's too easy to make fun of his expressions while he's in a game, and I found the super serious "look how cool he looks" poster funny considering how he usually looks on my television. So I did a sketch.
I'm sick guys. It's the worst. Being 7.5 months pregnant and having a head cold is not highly recommended. BUT! There's still work to do, and I have to do something while drinking a crazy amount of tea so hopefully I can get this spread done this week. Rough start to the week.
caught this girl at a soccer practice last year that my son was at. As I was going through photos looking for something else, I felt I related to her overall displeased expression, especially paired with the flower crown.
Today's sketches. The first are a set of dragons I did while at my son's jiu jitsu class. I'm kind of happy with one of these, and may turn it into an illustration.
Also went to my husband's soccer game, so I got some gestures in. These are always tough cuz the players are actually moving around kinda quick, so I have to try to remember the position and get it down before I forget what they're arms and legs were doing.
And I'm doing spread 2 for the kids book. This one I'm excited about because it's a lot of detail I think will be fun.
Sketching while my kid is at jiu jitsu
new painting! I did this one right after Emerald City but it ended up taking me slightly more than 2 weeks due to my mom getting here, lots of doctors visits now that I've hit the third trimester and just general prepping for baby stuff. I tried a new technique based on kevin wada for this piece but found it didn't feel comfortable and didn't really work for my style. This is why the colors in this piece are a bit different than my other ones. Still I'm happy with it. I like the theme of it, I like the concept of this kind of warrior/tiger energy moving forward in the face of doubt and fear, maybe I'm trying to channel some of that now that I'm about to have a kid and all of that. Enjoy!
Just a little building sketch today. Enjoy!
It doesn't entirely feel like it yet, but still... I'm excited. I'm ready.
I was trying to straighten out my backyard, and then saw a reddit post about some guy who got attacked by an alligator. Also my mom is driving to me from my home state of Louisiana (which has lots of alligators) and somewhere in my head a cocktail formed when I sat down to sketch and a reptilian gardener came out. Enjoy!