Perfect as pie

I made blackberry (wild grown in our property) pie for breakfast.

But more importantly, I will make chocolate peanut butter pie tomorrow! It’s a pie that is so good, it makes you want to adopt me.

Here’s a tip

For those of you who may have wondered how I drew Ahhhnold while watching T2 – and, no, I did not cheat and pause the DVD – here’s the advice I learned from an art instructor: draw caricatures.

In drawing caricatures, one has to notice and focus on a feature or two that particularly defines a person. And then you exaggerate those features in your drawing.

When doing portraits, you pretty much do the same thing except you don’t exaggerate the notable features.

So with Arnold, I focused on his bushy brows and thin upper lips and square lower lips.

It was made easier by the fact that I regularly attempt caricatures while watching Jeopardy these days…like this:

If you’re thinking, “well, that was a skimpy art tip,” I will have you know I never attended art school and don’t have a fine art degree so it was the best I could do. ;)

Life drawing is for wusses

You go to a life drawing class or session and the model sits STILL for a couple of hours for you to draw…piece o’ sponge cake!

Here’s how to kick it up several notches: watch an action adventure film – oh, say, Terminator 2 – and try to draw a character who doesn’t sit still (no pausing the movie because you’re watching it with your family).

And draw in a medium you can’t erase well (or at all, in my case, as you can see), like charcoal.

That’s how you get your adrenaline flowing in more ways than one!

But, seriously, I recommend life drawing classes instead.

The continuing story of…

Doris and Larry.

For the months without themes, I’ll occasionally post a little Doris and Larry (kid lit) vignette for your amusement. :)

“Hey! You’re doing my thing,” said Doris.

“It’s not *your* thing, Doris. I thought we could hang out in trees together.”

“If that’s not just *my* thing, then I’m not so special, am I?”

“You are always special to me, Doris!”

Giveaway…yeah, finally

I’m over 100 followers now (I know, that’s pocket change to some of you, but this is a fairly new blog to me – only about 2 years old – and I don’t do anything to drum up followers), and as promised, albeit a tad late, I’m having a giveaway.

The prizes are

1) a set of my soaps…here is Larry modeling a soap for us…

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2) e-books of the 4 science fiction anthologies that The Minnows Literary Group published. For more info on the anthologies, you can go to The Minnows Literary Group site or my own website.

The soap portion of the giveaway is only available to those in U.S. and Canada (the postage for overseas would be more than the prize itself), but the e-books are available to anyone anywhere.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me whether you would like the soaps or e-books.

I’ll have the drawing in two weeks, so you have until August 6th to enter. The winner will be announced on August 7th. Thanks for reading my blog and good luck!

3 Quote Challenge – Day 2

The rules of the challenge:

Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for 3 days in a row.
Thank the person who nominated you.
Pass it on to 3 other bloggers (which I won’t do but am inviting everyone to play along if they wish).

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Thanks to Karen at My Train of Thoughts for tagging me to do this fun challenge!

Today is one that has special meaning to me:

“Writing is like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub.” – Stephen King

FullSizeRender(3)I could only manage a quick doodle for this quote since I caught a doozie of a cold. I had no idea this much fluid could pour forth from my head. Blah!

3 Quote Challenge – Day 1

The rules of the challenge:

Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for 3 days in a row.
Thank the person who nominated you.
Pass it on to 3 other bloggers.

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Thanks to Karen at My Train of Thoughts for tagging me to do this fun challenge!

Let’s start off with one that I live by:

FullSizeRender(2) No day in which you learn something is a complete loss.
– David Eddings

Because I never nominate anyone else, I will just leave an open invitation to my blogging friends to join in if they wish.

Easing back in with an #illustration

The break was nice…so nice I almost didn’t want to come back. :}

My upcoming schedule for this blog is to ease in today, have three days of quotes per the tag by Karen over at My Train Of Thoughts, and then a giveaway post.

I’m not doing the 12-word stories now but Doris and Larry remain on my mind. So here’s a sketch inspired by an astronomy DVD we’re currently watching.

Larry learns about nuclear fusion which Doris demonstrates using acorns.