Monday, August 30, 2010

My own digestive system should be this cuddly

It's been a long time since a TV commercial has captivated me as much as this one for Yakult probiotic drink. The star of the ad is an impossibly cute, pink, fuzzy... digestive system ?!

Isn't he cute? Although the one in the video is cuter than the static shot above, I think he's ever so much cuter than the Snuggle Fabric Softener bear, who has similar beady eyes and fluffy fur. I have no business wanting a stuffed toy, but if they ever sell these, I'd buy one.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Star Gazing

There is no logic that shines from stars,
Only light, perhaps to show
The next road I will travel.

When I was much younger, I placed a mystical significance on stars, especially certain stars.
When I was a little older, I realized what a bunch of hooey that was.
Nowadays, I still feel just a little sentimental attachment to the stars of Orion. Looking up at them helps me remember how I used to feel so long ago....

For Illustration Friday. Just under the wire.

Things were simpler back then

I was folding the laundry tonight, when I noticed the changes clothing companies have made in the washing instructions they put on the garment tag. If it even has a tag anymore. Many T shirts don't have tags. They just have the information printed right inside the back of the shirt collar.

Anyway, here's what it says on one of Michael's solid-color T shirts that he got at Target:

(apparently no room for punctuation)

Now here's what it says on the tag of a genuine 1970's-era Hang-Ten T shirt that used to be Jerry's and now Michael wears it:


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Legless and Headless?!

There's nothing Boomie enjoys more than a good roll in the grass, especially since he's been wearing his harness more. He can't roll around with the harness on, because of the handles, (His new nickname is "Suitcase" by the way), so when I take it off, the first thing he wants to do is roll around a little.

He was just rolling for joy and I was taking pictures. This one was just too funny because it looks like he's missing his head. Here's a good video from a couple of years ago of him rolling.

Marley is not amused.

Struggling to make a map

I haven't been totally blowing off the whole Art for August thing. I've just sort of gotten stuck trying to make a kid-friendly map for the arboretum. They want it all colorful and fun. They were inspired by a professional and very slick looking kids' map they got from some other arboretum. Two things I am not are professional and slick. They'll get my version: amateur and cheap! Well, I'll give it a shot, anyway.

So here's my basic gray-toned map, that I've been using to plan my bug-hunting routes, over- written (or should I say over-scribbled?) with all the stuff they want me to include.

And here's a nice clean path. I just need to put all that scribbly stuff in there, and make it look nice.

I thought I should start with what I thought would be the hardest part: the buildings. This is our Heritage House. I kind of traced over a photo of it. Thought it looked...meh. Tried a few other versions. Equally meh.

I'm thinking of going a little more cartoony. Is this too cartoony?

I made my own Ombu leaf in Photoshop, and turned it into a brush.

That way, I could use it to put leaves on the Ombu tree that I'm going to put on the map. See, the tree is kind of cartoony, and I like that. I want the whole map to be like this tree. I don't know if I can do that.
There's a bunch of other stuff I've done, but what I really need to do is try to put them together and have something to show the comittee tomorrow.

This is just a doodle. I was thinking I would post something every day, even if it's just a dumb doodle. So here's one, but I don't really like the dumb doodles. I will make more art. Some of it will have to be map-art, but there will be more art this month.

Monday, August 09, 2010


I haven't submitted to Illustration Friday for ages. I decided, though, that while I'm doing Art for August, I would try to do this as well, and hopefully get back into it. This is just a quickie, based on my recent experience watching Monarch caterpillars go through their metamorphosis.
The whole time I was making this, I thought the theme was "cage". Now I see it's "caged". So.... the butterfly had been caged, in a manner of speaking, but now it's free. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

For long-time Illustration Friday participants, my old art blog was called Once Inspired. I merged it with this blog over a year ago.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Cabbage tree of life

This is something I've been inspired to do for a long, long time.

I took this photo over 3 years ago, when I found the shape of a beautiful tree inside a head of cabbage. I have always wanted to make it into a Tree of Life, but I didn't know quite how I wanted to go about it, so I just kept the photo, and I would look at it and admire it from time to time. (not to mention admiring subsequent Trees of Life every time I cut a head of cabbage!)

Well, today was the day! I did this in ArtRage. I really like the way this turned out, but I still have another idea for the rainbow circle behind the tree. I may fiddle with it more later, or tomorrow. Or not. We'll see.

This is not the first time I have been inspired by a food item. It's not even the first time I've been inspired by cabbage. Way back in '05, when I was only just beginning to play with Photoshop, I played it with cabbage.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Remember Pike?

She was the cute little octopus drawing that I found in my yard a few months ago. I finally colored her in, gave her skin a little pattern overlay, and put her back in the water, albeit a swimming pool, not the ocean. (Pool background texture by Darren Hester.)

It wasn't until after I'd put considerable time into this that I realized I had colored in the wrong drawing. I had another version that was in a bigger size, and the ink outline looked smoother. But this is the one I did, and I'm going to be satisfied with it, at least for now.

And in the meantime, doesn't Miss Pike look like she's in her element now? Wouldn't you just love to join her in the pool? Don't forget to bring her something to eat, though. I think she's hungry.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Digitally altered post card

I got the card from here, then stuck everything I could think of on it: a few ArtRage effects, some digital scrapbook elements, the mantis is a rubber stamp that I converted to a digital element. It's been a long time since I've done any kind of collage. It was kinda fun, but hard to think what to do, exactly.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Art for August

This little flower doodle represents the first of what I hope will be a bunch of art for the month of August. I'm going to try to create something every day. I know that probably won't happen, but I'll try to do as much as I can.