Messy Notebook

Every. Time.

I use this Leuchtturm 1917 dotted as both a bullet journal and a notebook. I try to make it nice for pictures to share on Instagram (I love scrolling the #bujo hashtags) but this just happens. So, I’m embracing it. Bless this mess.



My new obsession is greenery on the inside of my house. I don’t get much direct sunlight inside so I’m trying to go with things that are Hard To Kill.  


Here are some old and new succulents that I placed in the part of the house that gets the most direct and filtered sunlight. We’ll see what happens.


I adore this little terrarium and I want to make a million more.

And  I won't be satisfied until I have a bonsai tree on my desk.  I love being surrounded by green. 


Children's Book Illustration 1

Here are a few pages from my mock up children's book using one of Aesop's fables: The Crow and the Pitcher. It's pretty rough. The pace of the RMCAD online classes is a little crazy and the classes are getting more and more challenging. I like being challenged and I like how much I'm learning. I also like sleep, though, so I'm looking forward to the last day of classes, the homework of which I am procrastinating as I type this. 

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Elephant Thumbs

I'm really liking the use of thumbnails to plan more finished illustrations. It gives me freedom to just "small draw" (that's not a thing, I just made it up) without worrying about how it will end up looking. Below are some thumbs for my new class, "Basic Illustration." Same instructor as "Mastering the Pencil." My final for that class is garbage so I won't post until I finish it, which might be never. 

This project requires giving human characteristics to an animal or insect. See also: "Anthropomorphic."

This one is not following the rules, but I was having a slow idea day. This is from the kid song: "two elephants went out to play - on a spider's web one day - they had such - enormous fun - they called for another elephant to come..." (Unearthed from my preschool teaching days.) 

I decided to play more with this idea...




These last two weeks of term at RMCAD (new one starting on Monday!) we needed to come up with something based on a nonsense, Balderdash word of our own choosing. I Googled and found many interesting propositions but settled on "Furcatorium." (It means wishbone, I think.) I chose to make it into something cat related because that makes more sense. My initial idea was a cat emporium where you could go play with and adopt cats. Then I thought it would be more interesting to do a cat cafe type of thing but for big cats. Then I remembered I don't know how to draw big cats. We needed to come up with a bunch of ideas and represent them in thumbnails... here is my journey. I have not yet reached my destination. 

It's messy because they're supposed to be quick thumbnails. I'm a messy sketcher. 

Yes. Things got weird. 

And then I forgot the word Furcatorium all together and decided it was Furcatopia. 

This one was my favorite. But it doesn't look like an emporium. It just looks like a girl in the woods playing with cats. 

I combined some together to try and tell a better story. And now it looks crazy. Too many bits! Still working on this. 


I don't even know what to say about this but... I thought it was a good idea at the time.