Not so lazy now!

I’m not sure what I have against sleep tonight, but I keep doing things instead of it.

On Wednesday, I decided I needed to be a Tweeter, so I started an account. Easy enough, right? Not if you’re in my head. I decided that before I could “go live” with Twitter, I had to create my own profile picture. A cartoon of me. And it had to be me doing jazz hands, because it was a welcome post, and jazz hands would be closest to the two handed wave that’s an joke between my boyfriend and me.
No problem! Find a tutorial, do it up, 1, 2, 3!
I forgot the whole part about me being pretty durn bad at both drawing figures and faces, and at illustrator in general. Oops!
This was my first attempt. I placed a picture I found and traced it. I attempted color, but it just wasn’t working, and I’ve left it for now.

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My normal style is just take a marker to paper, and move it around. I rarely have an image in mind that I’m trying to get out, I just see what images come out on their own.  It’s taking me awhile to get the hang of doing that in Illustrator. Then again, I don’t devote as much time to it as I should, and instead of following tutorials to learn from people who know what they’re doing, I’ve taken my typical stance of “I’ll figure it out on my own!” That usually works for me, but I think to grow in this particular area, I’m gonna have to turn to the pros. I did today to finally make a profile pic. Well, sort of. Much like my life philosophy, my technique on this image was cobbled together from about 10 different caricature/cartooning/illustration tutorials that I kind of skimmed.
Without further adieu (because I’m getting reaaallllyyyy tired), here’s the profile pic I struggled over for like a million freakin hours.

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Oh yeah, I forgot about the background and header. I cheated and used a background I already had made:

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But I made a header.

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I’m not completely happy with them, but I was satisfied enough to let them through. They were worth the struggle. 🙂

Soundtrack for this post: the Squeeze station on Pandora.

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New Beginnings

Welcome! Welcome! Come in, and know me better man!

I started this blog so that I could know me better, too. Back in the day, whenever it seemed like something “big” was happening in my life, I would get a new notebook and new pens so I could start a new journal. I never really kept up with it, I just love office supplies. Now it seems like another phase in my life is happening, but notebooks and pens aren’t really in the budget these days. Plus, it IS the Technological Age anyway, so I may as well get with the times.

A little about me: 30 something, crazy cat lady, intelligent college grad, unemployed and stressed, great family and friends, who may not understand; but still love, sexy boyfriend, helping to start a business; learning/teaching myself about social media, marketing, web design and graphic design along the way, a little too weird/a little too bright; I often get called “hippie” or “free spirit”, adventurous;but lazy, possibly psychic, artistic, waster of potential from way back.
My mind races ALL the time, but rarely does anything fruitful come from it.  I’m hoping that having a place to slow it down, get some of the thoughts out in visual form, sort them, hopefully meet some cool people, and maybe get feedback will help me first figure out, and then become the person I want to be. Or at least do the best imitation of myself.

So then what is this blog going to BE about? Well, anything I damn well please! 🙂

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