March 13, 2009 · pensive penning


So…. I’ve been toiling away here till all hours of the night lately. work, work, work. Which is all good, but I’ve been grateful for a bit of break the past two days… if only because I desperately needed to do some laundry and other assorted, seriously banal household stuff. And you know, just take a break from sitting in this chair for hours and hours on end. I’m hoping to get a couple of hours today to work on personal work (um, yeah, so you think I could possibly work the word “work” in here any more?! possible?)

Whilst (whilst!) I’m toiling away, there are usually a couple times a day when I hit send and have 15 minutes or an hour while I wait for client feedback or approval. Often I use these breaks to do things like, well, you know, pee and eat dinner and stuff… but sometimes I just sit here and draw, waiting for the mailbox ping that tells me my client has approved the design and I can get back to it . This is one of the sketches I did last week over the course of a couple of days. I don’t know where the Japanese influence came from, though I suspect it was from my exhaustive searching of the net for paper lantern examples. I was actually looking for Mexican Fiesta lanterns, but inevitably came across lots of Japanese paper lanterns. And I got into this feathery line thing that was just fun to practice, though once again, true to form, I overworked this sketch and should’ve stopped and put it away about an hour before I did. But whatever. I still sort of like this, or the idea of it, and am filing it as an idea for future personal work. (sketch is ballpoint pen on bond paper)

Happy Friday all! Don’t work too hard!

5 Comments so far


  1. She is beautiful. She tree.

    Comment by Woman in a window — March 13, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  2. For a moment I saw a skull by her shoulder. Now I see a face with red rocks for eyes. And I have a strange hankering for spaghetti and meatballs. :D I LOVE your doodle/drawings.

    Comment by lizardek — March 13, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

  3. It is ballpoint pensive!
    Very lovely.

    Comment by Lydia — March 15, 2009 @ 12:48 am

  4. I love the colors and the flow and everything about this…

    Comment by violetismycolor — March 23, 2009 @ 6:16 am

  5. :( We went to our local theater Saturday night to see Coraline. I was so excited. When I asked where the 3-D glasses were the theater owner apologized for them not getting the 3-D version. So, I can only imagine what it would have been like because the non-3-D version was pretty darned spectacular!

    Comment by Lydia — March 24, 2009 @ 3:17 am

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