Thursday, July 24, 2014

I don't wanna know...

July 24th, 2014

I wish I hadn't messed up that line from his eye to forehead. I think it would have been better.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bye bye, Birdie

July 23rd, 2014
Inspired by the film character maybe...

Fell off the wagon...

Workin' on it...

July 20th, 2014

July 21st, 2014

July 22nd, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I dunno what this guy is laughing about, but I want in on it!

July 19th, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Not impressed...

I think this guy might be related to the guy from July 3rd...  Maybe his dad?  Dunno. Kind of like him.

July 18th, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One of the best moments of my day...

I am coming up of the end of my sixth week here at Pixar. Tomorrow I will officially be half-way done. That really puts a lot in perspective.

Working at Pixar has taught me so much. A lot I kind of knew coming in, and a LOT I had no idea about! There have been a LOT of ups and a few downs. But regardless with what has happened in my day, one of my favorite moments of my day (usually late afternoon or right before I leave) is sitting at my desk, and hearing someone in my POD play their banjo. It's never very fast or toe-tappy, but just gentle, fun little plucks. It's unusual to me- don't know a lot of people who play the banjo. Everyone at CalArts seemed to all play the ukelele, and the only banjo I am familiar with is like Dueling Banjos and such. (Deliverance comes to mind...) But this is anything but. It's pleasant and calming and a sliver of fun, because it never fails to bring a little smile to my face.

I play internet radio at my desk all day- on the very lowest sound level possible so it disturbs no one at all, sometimes I can't even tell what song it is- but it's just loud enough that I have sound in the POD. (It can get SO quiet up here sometimes!) But anytime I hear that banjo start to play, even if my FAVORITE SONG IN THE WORLD is on... that tab is closed so that I can enjoy that live music.

I used to walk around CalArts my senior year and tell people how MUCH I would miss the live music that you can find playing on campus- at ANY hour of the day or night- and I would lament that I would never get that again in the professional world. Granted, it doesn't play all day (I'm lucky if I get 20 minutes worth), but you have no idea the difference it makes in my day. I look forward to it more than you could ever know.

Mr. Sock Puppet

This one was so fun and so fast!  Also, I think he's adorable!!!

July 17th, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pretty darn happy!

I am too scared to "finish" this one. I don't know what I want to do with his forehead...

Anyway- here we go!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Lord help you all...  I can now blog from my phone!
Thanks, Sam for giving me that info!  XD

July 15th, 2014

One Post-It a day? HA!

We all know I am failing at this, but I am gonna keep going... Sorry to all of you.

July 12th, 2014

July 13th, 2014

This all started with a squiggle. You can see it in her legs.

July 14th, 2014

This one makes me think of that one Agent Smith guy in Matrix. hehehehehehe


Okay, most of you already know that I do watercolor (and how I love it so!)- if you didn't know this little fact, you either haven't been following my blog very long, or you didn't actually read any of it, and at this point, I feel obliged to tell you that I owe you nothing! XD haha! My suggestion: Go back to the first post of my blog and start there. Otherwise, the rest of this post will make no sense.

The first day I sat at my desk at Pixar (my second day), an email was already in my inbox. It was about classes offered here at Pixar- designed to enrich the creative talents who work here... A WATERCOLOR CLASS! *swoon* Needless to say, I tried to enroll immediately! I got an instant response saying I'd been wait listed. *SAD FACE!* I looked at the email, wondering how hot was this class that it was filled already?! Turns out: email had been sent a week before I started. haha! So, I waited...

Then I got another email. The demand had been so good, that a second section had been put in. I immediately signed up for that! Guess what... Wait listed immediately. I didn't hold my breath anymore. I figured there was no way.

Then suddenly a week later, I got another email! I WAS IN! WHOO-HOOOO!!!!

We had our first class last week, and we covered the basics. Now, I've been painting with watercolor for over a decade? *grimaces* (YEESH!) But I figured the very best thing in the world for me to do was to go back to the basics and kick any bad painting habits I might have picked up along the way. And- whaddya know?!- I was right! I have turned into such a bad painter!

I feel that I should also mention that the class is taught by an AMAZING lady named Tia Kratter. She is a Shading Art Director here at Pixar and most recently worked on Brave.
Actually, I just saw her name in The Little Mermaid credits last night on tv!
I was fortunate enough to meet Tia at CalArts when she came on a Friday night for a Guest Lecture. (THANK YOU, MAIJA!) She did a trivia section, and I correctly guessed- huh... Make that "ANSWERED" XD the name of the one actor who has had a voice acting credit in every Pixar film. She threw me a baby brother bear from Brave plush. After the lecture, I had her sign it because I'd known of here even before she came to visit, through a little animation clip on YouTube. [Bonus points to you, viewers, if you can find it!] That bear now sits behind me at my desk.

Needless to say, getting to take a watercolor class with her is a DREAM! So I wanted to share what we did so far.
Nothing special- just practicing flat washes (on hot and cold press), and gradients.

I didn't fill in one square (the middle of the Italian flag). It was supposed to be a gradient, but I ran out of time.

Then we had class again yesterday and we started some different techniques.

The first one had 6 assignments on it. A lot of basics that I mostly know, but MAN, did it feel good to learn them again! The second image was salt. Oh, how I love doing salt with watercolors! But I din't know yet how this one will turn out. Salt NEVER looks the same dry as it did wet! I am excited to see it again next week!
Sadly, I didn't finish this assignment either. Two hours flies by SO fast!

I feel it is safe to say that dry brush is now my new favorite thing! <3

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Darn it! I want a mobile application that lets me update my blog! I wanna post pictures from my freaking phone. That would make this project so much easier! *whine, whine, whine... pout, pout, pout*

For those of you who wanna get fussy, I did a drawing yesterday- I just... didn't post it!


July 9th, 2014

In fact- I did TWO. Mostly because I was unhappy with both of them... Like, I really dislike them both... But then I realized when I took their picture that I could have some fun with them! XD

July 10th, 2014

This one didn't quite come out very clean... The red thing could just be his nose (which is what I intended...) or- it could be a beak... Which is a little weird too, but *shrug*
Oddly enough... I kind of like him.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catchin' Up!

Sorry for the delay. I have truly never been very good at daily deadlines. I am still trying though!

July 3rd, 2014

I left work early on Thursday and got a massage. It was so nice!
July 4th, 2014

July 5th, 2014

July 6th, 2014

July 7th, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Close Shave

Today's was fun. I like this one.

July 2nd, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1st Post-It

Dedicated to my CalArts classmate (who left school too soon), Shaun Peterson.

July 1st, 2014

Trying to catch up....

Sorry this is late! Working on it!

June 28th-30th, 2014

Puffin one dedicated to my friend, Puffin! <3