2. Bit of typography done at the breakfast table for my mom to send to a friend of hers.

  3. Sitting at a child’s birthday party. Quick drew a sketch of the Birthday Boy’s older sister. She’s a cool kid.

  4. Happy Birthday commonplacecaz!

    This is part one of your gift, part two of which is the t-shirt that this will look awesome on.

    Have a beautiful day- you deserve every minute of the constant stream of pretty words I’m sure you are already getting.


  5. awesomejoj said: This is a stunning drawing, I love your technique. What have you done it with, is it an app??

    First of all- I’m blushing. Thank you so much for the kind words.

    If you are talking about the iPad sketches- yes. The app is Sketchbook Pro, which I got for free when it was the app of the week a few weeks back. I have since tried the free version, Sketchbook Express, which has most of the functionality of the Pro version, but doesn’t include the brushes I used.

    There’s a kind of crosshatch brush that I’m fairly addicted to on the Pro version- I use it going back and forth between black and white on a very low opacity (their opacity percentages feel totally random. I’m not sure what’s up with that. They’re very punchy over some percentages that should be low, and then 35% through 70% all look the same to me.). A few other brushes are also pretty nice- there’s four different “pencil” brushes that all have different textures- those are useful. I have done all of the sketches I posted here on one or two layers on a 50% gray background. Then I add another layer for the “background,” which it actually the top layer, and take bits out or adjust until it fits.

    So iPad sketching has been nice for thumbnailing, or drawing my family members while stuck on a plane, but it’s nothing like paper and pencil or Wacom tablet/computer. But it’s so clumsy it can actually produce some really interesting results. Like- it reminds me of being in school, when we would be asked to draw with our left hand. All the line work would be shoddy, but the proportions were often much improved.

  6. A frog got into the house this morning. My Mom put a colander on him and then Seth released him into the wild.

    I named him Armand.


  7. illustrate-her:

    Anyone who thinks violent misogyny and rape culture is not an issue in our society needs to look at the horrifically specific and vitriolic threats and anger aimed at someone like Anita Sarkeesian for critiquing women in video games, or Caroline Criado-Perez for campaigning to get a woman put on…

    Hey, wow- I’m feeling so in tune with this right now. I’ve stopped keeping track of the number of times that I’ve been told that I NEED to tone it down with this “Feminist Shit.”

  8. A fleet of underlings/henchmen is also a plus.

    (Source: loosenthetie, via commonplacecaz)

  10. illustrate-her:

    I drew these last year for a 1920s Halloween party we threw in our flat, and since I’m all about the charleston-ing, tango-ing gardeners right now, I thought I’d dig them out. Bonus: my costume, based on the last illustration. It was the most fun thing I’ve ever made.

  11. Old Things are the Best Things.

  13. Waiting for my shrimp to marinade- drew Aramis. I’ll eventually break end my affair with this crosshatch brush, but not today.

    Hey @illustrate-her, fix that eyebrow. I can’t figure it out.

  14. Relics of the past up at the family Cottage.

    No one can remember when the bobcat was acquired. It has always been thus, with its flippy ears and lacquered tongue and delightfully wonky eyes.

    The owl lamp is from the 50s. The eyes light up.

  15. A bit of chalk typography I did last year and then forgot to photograph before I skipped town.