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illustration friday: early

illustration friday: early

“Early” is a relative term. Never was this so clear as when I had my daughter a year and a half ago.

In college, I mapped out my schedule such that I could avoid 8 a.m. classes whenever possible. I made that mistake in my first semester, all for a Women’s Studies class during which I could barely keep my eyes open.  That was my first and only early morning class.

Six years later, our newborn daughter sleeps until 5:30 a.m. and I do a victory dance. Even now, waking up at 7:30 a.m. is something of a luxury in this house. Funny how things change!

This was drawn loosely from a photo of Elspeth when she was about three months old. I thought I’d play around with a different style… it didn’t quite capture what I wanted to capture, but it gave me the opportunity to experiment, I suppose.

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illustration friday: fearless

illustration friday: fearless

I am not a fan of heights. Not by far. Looking at the final drawing is making me a little queasy, but it was fun trying to get the perspective right. She’s pretty fearless if you ask me!

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illustration friday: cocoon

cocoon

A quick, last-minute entry into this week’s Illustration Friday! I’ve been busy with custom orders and photography, but I wanted to get something out there. This cute little butterfly will soon be up in the shop as a print-a-doodle.

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free desktop wallpaper for may

free desktop wallpaper - may

I decided to take a slightly different approach with this month’s free desktop wallpaper… I partially traced a recent photo of mine to create a simple, stylized branch of blossoms. Here’s the original for comparison:

spring blossoms

I like a clean, minimalist desktop, and this design definitely works well for that.  Enjoy!

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illustration friday: detective

illustration friday: detective

I was struggling to come up with a doodle for this week’s theme until I mentioned the topic to my husband, who immediately said, “Why not draw one of your famous chickens?”

Ahh, my famous chickens. When I was maybe 10 or 12, doodling chickens kinda became my “thing.” I’d draw them in costume and in comic strips, inspired by the “Far Side” comics I loved so much at the time. I signed many friends’ letters, yearbooks, and textbooks with them, and occasionally people will say, “Hey, Caro, remember those chickens you used to draw?  Those were funny.” I don’t think it was so much that my cartoons were funny as it was chickens are just inherently funny creatures, but obviously they were memorable.

So, for lack of a better idea, here we have Sherlock Chicken (or perhaps Chicken Holmes?) getting ready to solve the mystery of the fried egg. It’s a pretty brutal crime scene, as you can see, and not for the faint of heart!