Monday, April 26, 2010

springtime nudes

it's been a while since i posted sketches from my life drawing exercises. now that spring is in full swing it seems like a good time to praise the beauty of the female form. so here you go:

all sketches by me: emily, pencil on paper 11x14"

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

tree shadows: beauty in the unexpected

i could write about how i am totally overwhelmed by wedding planning, or that i have been sick in bed for the past three days, or that i still have no idea what i want to be when i grow up. but no. i'll take the high road and post these pictures of tree shadows i saw. besides, they are much more pretty... and positive.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

on reinventing the invitation...

the latest wedding project is done. the wedding and welcome dinner invites have been sent. and no trees were killed in the process. behold, the fruits of my labor:

{ i had a lot of fun doing the artwork on this!}
sure, weddings can be glorious and special events, but they can also be extremely wasteful. one way bill and i have decided to take a stand against the frivolity is to do email only invites - gasp. yes, textured card stock is quite lovely; BUT, in the end, all that pretty paper with your carefully selected engraving will find its way in the trash. get over it. here's how...
1. make a invite layout* 2. export as a jpeg image file. 3. insert said image in an email to your guests with a link to your website to rsvp. it's that simple. no more addressing and stuffing envelopes with more envelopes... welcome to the 21st century people.

{i scanned a vintage-y handkerchief and set it as the background.}

* if any future brides are reading this and want help designing their invite... let me know because i'd love to expand my portfolio.

Friday, April 9, 2010

my blog is 1!

so today marks a year since i started this blog...
i'm still not sure what i'm doing with it (or with my life for that matter) but oh well. it's been a good ride so far. guess i'll keep going with it... what will next year bring?

(this is a scan of a card i had made for my mom!)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

i like big snacks...

to me, one of life simple pleasures, is spending a couple minutes mid-afternoon to concoct a ridiculously delicious snack for oneself.
for example this (not no little) lovely:

here you have an open faced croissant topped with hunks of mobay cheese*, baby roma tomatoes and fresh, home grown basil (fresh cracked pepper & sea salt to top). healthy? probably not. but hey, at least i'm getting a dose of lycopene.

* mobay is a wonderful cheese: half sheep, half goat's milk, divided by a layer of grape vine ash. it has a wonderful tangy, earthy, yet "bright" flavor.... yeah i know, i'm a nerd.

Monday, April 5, 2010


ets face it: we all have issues. this is a loose sketch inspired by that dissatisfied feeling you get after flipping through fashion magazines.

the drawing is longer than my scanner so here we are dissected and singing "head, shoulders, knees and toes".

and reconstructed:
e.cobb: desire the impossible, ink on newsprint, 10x18".
me on my soapbox:
the whole point of most magazines is to make you feel incomplete and insecure. they do this so that you will buy things in order to fill those gaping holes in your life.... am i right? shhhh... i know, so marxist.
(those glossy photo spreads sure are pretty though).

Friday, April 2, 2010

early 20th century woodcuts...

i've fallen hard for this book of woodcuts i came across at the library. how amazing is the line work?! the style is like egon schiele meets aubrey beardsley with a dash of gustav klimt. i scanned the cover to give credit to mr. edward gordon craig (apparently he was a set designer for theater).

que magnifique, no?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

hey y'all

i'm back from "tay-has" where it was warm, sunny, and most definitely spring. it was so exciting to see flowers and leaves on trees that i got a little camera happy. consider yourself warned...

road side beauty...

a tree trunk bump in the shape of a heart & flowers in the shape of stars...

fluffy trees, such show-offs
yes, more trees...

there's more on my texas trip to come - stay tuned.