October 26, 2016

Illustration Diary // 1

The past several weeks have been so artistically productive for me, and I'm excited to start this new series: Illustration Diary.  Every 4 weeks or so, I'd like to share illustrations that I've been working on, as well as non-illustration projects that slip in every now and then.

I mentioned in a post recently (which you can check out right here if you missed it!) that I'm finally finding my way back into making drawing part of my everyday life again....and I simply can not find the words to express how much it means to me.  I'm so excited to see where this new chapter takes me.

These past few weeks have been inspired exclusively by Eagle Vs. Shark, Flight of the Conchords, and What We Do In The Shadows.  The last of which I've only done a portrait of Viago.  I'll pick up on those in the future, but I have a couple of projects that I'll be working on in November that I'm really excited to start on.  I'll share more about that next time!
Eagle Vs. Shark is what inspired me to start drawing again.  I'm not sure exactly what triggered my need to draw after seeing it, but I suspect it was most likely a combination of my love for offbeat characters, Jemaine Clement, and the social awkwardness throughout the film...which reminded me of myself.  Whatever the reason, I'm glad I found a new favorite which inspired me to put pencil to paper.  So happy.  I had a bit of fun playing with backgrounds, shapes, and fonts in Photoshop to turn my original illustrations into these little prints.

Next up is Flight of the Conchords.  I am one of those "incredibly late to the game" Conchords fans.  I remember everyone talking about it when it was on HBO, but I didn't have HBO and it just ended up slipping by me.  I have since become infatuated with them on the same level that I am obsessed with Monty Python.  That's a pretty big deal for me.  Seriously.

I decided it would be fun to make paper doll robots of Bret and Jemaine, and only ended up starting Jemaine.  I'd like to pick it back up and complete one for Bret too, but it may be a while.  It was fun, but the mood to create another paper doll just hasn't struck yet.  I'm sure it will though, and when it does I think it would be cute to make a little stop-animation thing of them.  If you're totally lost in regards to the whole robot thing, pretty please watch this video and become a Conchords fan so we can talk about it!  I would love to dress like this for Halloween...I won't be going out for Halloween so it would just be me sitting at home wearing this for my own amusement...which is comical to me....so maybe I will ;)
Alright, saving the best for last.  The framed illustrations in the photos below were inspired by a promo commercial Flight of the Conchords did for season two where they sing about Sexy Flowers (you can see it here).  I ended up completing the one of Jemaine first (of course) and proceeded to send it to him on Twitter.  He ended up re-tweeting it, which kind of my made my head explode with joy....and then he actually replied with this:
....which I think actually DID make my head explode...or at least that's what all the smiling has made it feel like anyways..  Seriously...I can't stop smiling.  This is too awesome.  Needless to say, I'm stoked to see them in concert tomorrow night.  It's going to be the best night ever!  I ended up completing a matching illustration of Bret and have them both framed above my desk :)

P.S.  I'm just a little bit in love with using these candle holders to store my color pencils, pens, and such.  So cute!

October 19, 2016

Hiking Lake Mineral Wells

It's finally beginning to feel like Fall around these parts, and I couldn't be happier.  The brutal heat of Summer in the South is slowly being replaced by cool breezes, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures.  We were still in the 90's during our hike this past Sunday at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, but you wouldn't have known had it not been for the steady breeze.

Even better than the beautiful weather though, was the abundance of amphibian and reptilian friends we spotted while on our hike!  Leopard frogs, Cricket frogs, Spiny Lizards, and even a juvenile Water Snake!  

On our hike back to the car, I spotted this little cairn!  I had never seen one before, but knew immediately what it was because of a post Kaylah had shared a while back.  Now I want to start building them everywhere we go hiking!

I'm more than excited about our hike this coming Sunday...we're going out of state for this one, and I'm going to have something so magical to share!

October 12, 2016

10 Essential Horror Comedies

With Halloween creeping up in just a few short weeks, I like to fit in as many scary movies as time allows.  Between work and side-projects that I'm doing at home, trying to fit in a variety of classic, monster, ghost, serial killer, and family friendly Halloween movies can be quite the task.  This year I decided to make a list of movies separated into sub-genres like I mentioned above.  As I was creating my lists, I thought about how most "Top Favorite Halloween Movie" lists don't include many Comedy Horror films.  But that's a shame, because being made to jump AND laugh excessively during the same film is the BEST!   So, if you're looking for something spooky or thrilling with a sprinkle of giggles on top...be sure and add these to YOUR Halloween watch list!

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)-"A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months.  The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand.  Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too."-IMDB

It's more than safe to say that I am a bit obsessed with this movie and anything involving Taika Waititi or Jemaine Clement.  I've probably seen it half a dozen times this year, I've watched nearly all of the special features (working on the commentary!), I have a Vlad the Cat lapel pin, and as you can see from the image at the very top of the post...I've even begun creating color pencil drawings of the characters!  A lot more comedy than horror, but still a few things that might make you jump!
I Sell The Dead (2008)-"18th Century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers.  With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake (Dominic Monghan) tells his life story to Father Frances Duffy (Ron Perlman).  Before long, Arthur spills the beans on how he got started in the grim corpse peddling business with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes."-IMDB

I saw this several years ago when it was recommended to me by a co-worker, and I was NOT disappointed.  The music makes this one so much fun
The Burbs (1989)-"An overstressed suburbanite (Tom Hanks) and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult."-IMDB

I was born 4 years before this one came out, and I've been watching it for as long as I can remember.  It was one of my favorites as a kid, and I still just love it to pieces.  If you haven't seen this, please do yourself a favor and grab a blanket & a bowl of popcorn, turn out the lights, and enjoy this 80's Tom Hanks movie...its a guaranteed laugh with a just a little bit of spooky!  Watch the trailer HERE!
Tusk (2014)-"When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him."-IMDB

Alright, this one may not get much support as it's definitely a love it or hate it kind of movie (and most people seem to hate it), but I personally LOVE this movie.  It's bizarre, it's gross, and it makes me laugh SO hard.  Michael Parks as Howard Howe is SO incredibly creepy, and Johnny Depp's character is perfectly aloof and comical!  When I first sat down to watch it, I was expecting a straight up horror film...so I was pleasantly surprised by so many laughs.  If you've never seen it, just give it a shot.  You might hate it, or it could become a new favorite. 
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)-"A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed."-IMDB

I'm not sure what took me so long to see this, but I only just saw it for the first time a couple of years ago.  Musicals are fun, but this one is fantastic!  Also, the scene between Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist and Bill Murray as the masochistic patient is THE BEST!
Beetlejuice (1988)-"A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a 'bio-exorcist' in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house."

Beetlejuice!  Beetlejuice!!  Beetlejuice!!!  Gaaaahhhhh!  I LOVE IT!!!  This is on everyone's favorite list, right?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)-"A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter."

The oldest film on my list, and one of my personal favorites of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a must-see for anyone who's never seen it...and a must-watch again and again for those who have.  I also have the soundtrack on vinyl, and it's one of my favorites to jam out to while working on projects.
Ghostbusters (1984)-"Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service."

Pretty much all of the Ghostbusters films fall under this one.  Sadly, I haven't seen the new one-but it looks fantastic and I so badly want to see it.  Like Beetlejuice, I feel like this is just one of those that's a favorite for anyone who's seen in.  
Dead Snow (2009)-"A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies."

I saw this back in 2009 when it was released, and it scared the crap out of me while keeping me laughing to tears throughout.  The violence is so over the top, which is what makes it so fun.  This is a Norwegian film, the only foreign language film on my list, so be prepared to read the sub-titles!
The Lost Boys (1987)-"After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires."

Oh, The Lost Boys :)  It's 80's fashion clad vampires, teenage romance, and nerds out to save the day.  What else could you ask for in a perfect October movie night?  P.S.  Can I please have Jami Gertz entire wardrobe from this?! 

So there it is!  I'd love to know what your favorite Comedy Horror movies are!  What about your favorite Halloween-time movies in general?  Let me know in the comments below!

October 3, 2016

101 in 1001

Knowing myself, and that I always have a hard time sticking to goal lists that start at the start of the year, or the beginning of the month...I've decided to jump into the Day Zero Project, and create a 101 in 1001 list to start NOW!  I was a bit surprised by how quickly I came up with this list, and having 1001 days in which to try and accomplish most, if not all, of the items on my list...is making me more excited than usual to get started.  So here we go:

  1. Reach My Weight Loss Goal
  2. Complete 4 Rounds of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide
  3. Do 5 Consecutive Pull-ups
  4. Buy a Bike.  I'm LOVING this one!
  5. Go to the Dentist
  6. Pay Off My Credit Cards
  7. Have $1,000 in Savings
  8. Build a Capsule Wardrobe
  9. Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
  10. Drink Only Water for 30 Days
  11. Become a Beekeeper *Again*
  12. Be Drafted to a Roller Derby Team
  13. Master the Slingshot
  14. Complete a Taxidermy Project
  15. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  16. Make a Morse Code Bracelet
  17. Grow a "Mold Farm"
  18. Make Bubble Bars
  19. Complete the Hoop Love Coach Training Program
  20. Learn To Do FX Makeup
  21. Travel to 12 Amazing Places in Texas
  22. Travel to 9 States
  23. Go on a Cruise
  24. Go on a Roadtrip
  25. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  26. Visit New Zealand
  27. Get 10 New Tattoos
  28. Build a Time Capsule
  29. Complete a Jigsaw Puzzle
  30. Fly a Kite
  31. Sew My Own Clothes
  32. Learn to Play the Musical Saw
  33. Make a Balloon Animal
  34. Have a Silly String Fight
  35. Make a Short Film
  36. Memorize "Ice Ice Baby"
  37. Discover My DNA Ancestry
  38. Learn to Shoot My Camera in Manual Mode
  39. Photograph a Tornado
  40. Photograph the Night Sky
  41. Get Paid for a Photoshoot
  42. Have a Photo Published in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine
  43. Buy a Macro Lens
  44. Buy a Wide Angle Lens
  45. Photograph a Rattlesnake in the Wild
  46. Participate in a 52 Week Photo Challenge Probably this one!
  47. Make 12 GIFs
  48. Go Storm Chasing
  49. Grow an Herb Garden
  50. Go Camping
  51. See a Lightning Storm Over the Ocean
  52. Go Kayaking
  53. Learn to Identify 10 Constellations
  54. See the Bats at Bracken Cave
  55. Have a Picnic in a Tree
  56. Go Trail Skating
  57. Go Backpacking
  58. Buy an Apple Computer
  59. Become Self Employed
  60. Organize My Home Office
  61. Create Multiple Income Streams
  62. Learn To Do My Taxes
  63. Make and Launch An Online Course
  64. Create Passive Income
  65. Learn to Edit Photos in Lightroom
  66. Reach 3,000 Followers on Bloglovin'  You can follow me here!
  67. Launch a New Etsy Shop
  68. Make 100 Etsy Sales
  69. List Every Movie I Watch for 30 Days
  70. List 101 Things That Make Me Happy
  71. List 50 Places I'd Like to Visit In My Lifetime
  72. List 50 Experiences I'd Like to Have In My Lifetime
  73. List 25 New Hobbies I'd Like To Try
  74. List 52 Drawing Prompts
  75. Watch Every Best Picture Oscar Winner
  76. Go To The Sundance Film Festival
  77. See Flight of the Conchords Live.  I have tickets for October 26th!  Yay!!!
  78. Complete the Day Zero Ultimate Reading Challenge
  79. See 10 Movies at the Drive-In
  80. Go Bowling With the Family
  81. Learn 14 Recipes From Around the Globe
  82. Learn 14 Vegetarian Recipes
  83. Learn 14 Vegan Recipes
  84. Make Mawmaw's "Berry Pie"
  85. Make a Rainbow Layer Cake
  86. Make Homemade Gummy Bears
  87. Make Homemade Marshmallows
  88. Complete 50 Color Pencil Drawings
  89. Publish a Coloring/Activity Book.  Identifying Venomous Snakes of North America!
  90. Participate in a 30-Day Drawing Challenge.  THIS one is awesome!
  91. Make Money With My Artwork
  92. Participate in a 52-Week Art Challenge
  93. Create a Cryptozoology Calendar
  94. Build a Collection of "Bret" Sweaters (Flight of the Conchords!)
  95. Collect Creepy Old Toys.  Like this!
  96. Be a "Mother of Dragons".  I've always wanted a Bearded Dragon!
  97. Get Animal Plastics Housing For All of My Reptiles
  98. Crochet a Granny Square Blanket
  99. Reupholster a Chair 
  100. Build a Garment Rack
  101. Build a Craft Table
I'll be sharing my progress here on the blog, but feel free to follow me over on DayZero if you're participating as well!  You can find my profile HERE!

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