Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dip Pens and Pug Slump

I've recently become enamored with dip pens.  I love the look and texture of it.  I even love the whole ritual of it.  I admit that cleaning of the nibs is a bit of a pain especially when using fast drying ink, but there's something so fun about dipping your pen in a bottle of ink and just seeing where the ink goes.  So above is my test run with the pen.  I didn't have anything in particular to draw so I looked over and saw my pug doing her classic pug slump.  I'm excited to try out more with this pen, mistakes and all.  It'll be a lot of trial and error but I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cold Hands/Feet and Warm Pug

This kinda ties to my post a while back Advantage to Having a Pug #1 - Natural Foot Warmer.  I have circulation issues and so my hands and feet range from burning hot during the summer, to freezing cold in the winter.  Seriously sometimes it feels like I have ice blocks for my hands and feet.  Luckily, my pug has enough body heat to warm me up.  A blessing in the winter, a curse in the summer.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Second Pet? (octopus)

I've often considered getting another pet for myself and also to be a buddy for my lil pug.  I'd probably get another pug since I'm pug-obsessed, but I like to consider other pets too for fun.  Somehow I don't think an octopus would be a good choice...

Post-Run Binge

Sometimes I get a little carried away with my post-run meal and go a bit crazy and binge.  At the time, everything tastes amazing and I'm so hungry!  But afterwards, as I'm playing around on my computer and relaxing with my pug I start to feel like this.

Cramping My Running Style

I hate it when an otherwise decent run is ruined by a cramp when you're only halfway through.  This is pretty much what it felt like on my run today.

My sister would be quick to point out that I am not this skinny (gotta love sisters!) but my people are always drawn thin and it's my drawing world so I can do whatever I want!

Also, does anyone else hate how their earbuds wire goes flopping about when running?  If I try to tie it down or thread it through my tank strap I feel like it really restricts my head movement.  Argh.

Friday, February 24, 2012


I did two drawings for this week's Illustration Friday theme (capable) during my lunch hour. I may rescan these when I get home since I had to fiddle with the exposure and contrast a lot to fix the horrible indoor lighting. I thought this was a pretty tricky theme this week!

First up, my pug is capable of manipulating me so well with her one constant sad facial expression. Seriously, this is why she's so chubby and why I have often sacrificed my own comfort for hers.

Next I've been wanting to do a puggerpillar transformation drawing after I saw a few photos on Pinterest with real pugs. Sad lil puggerpillar didn't think she'd ever be a puggerfly, but with a little patience she is capable of making big changes!

So yet another pug drawing. I have been having major drawer's block recently and so I'm hoping some new art supplies I ordered recently will help get the creative juices going! Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Animal Encounters Part 10

The last blast from the past at the zoo!  The OCD in me loves that this happened to end in a ten-part series.  So perfect!  Here we have some loose sketches of a gazelle.  These creatures are so delicate and dainty!  So that's the last of my old zoo sketches.  Makes me want to go to the zoo again!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Animal Encounters Part 9

Another blast from the past at the zoo!  Here we have a gorilla and peacock mingling on my sketchbook page.  There's no rhyme or reason to why I have certain animals paired up together on any given sketchbook page.  Although I bet I could make an interesting story about a gorilla and peacock encounter.  Maybe next time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day - Pug Fail

Never trust a pug with a Valentine's Day treat.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Running Feet

Friday, February 10, 2012


Just a quick sketch for this week's Illustration Friday theme, "popularity. " I think this requires no further explanation!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pug Sleep Cycle

My pug regularly does this falling asleep thing that so many dogs do where she refuses to put her head down and instead just gradually closes her eyes, with her head bobbing around.  Every now and then she startles herself awake and tries to pretend like she's alert even though a second later she's back to falling asleep.  Sometimes I can't help it and I cry out, "Just put your head down and sleep, it's ok!"  But unfortunately my pug does not understand human so she continues her sleepy head bobbing.

Pug Guilt Trip

It never fails.  Every morning my pug gives me a super sad mopey face and I feel so guilty leaving her by herself.  But I know that she spends most of the day playing with her toys or napping as I've seen on my sick days or when I've forgotten something and had to go back to my apartment.  Such a lil manipulator!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sleepy Jello Pug

I find that whenever I want to sleep in, my pug has other ideas and bothers me persistently until I wake up.  However, whenever I have to wake up at my normal workday time, my pug is super sleepy and goes super jello-y whenever I try to pick her up.  She becomes total dead boneless weight.  I did a couple drawings to try and convey this.

Monday, February 6, 2012

I Love Cows...They're Yummy

I love animals, but I also love eating meat.  I'm sorry cows, but your meat is so delicious!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Immovable Pug

Sometimes my pug just doesn't feel like walking and she tells me this by planting her butt on the ground and refusing to budge.  With all of her ample weight focused downwards, she becomes an immovable object.  Sigh, pugs can be so stubborn.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Goldipug and The Three Bears

If Goldilocks had been a pug, she wouldn't have made it past the bowls of food.  And nothing would be too hot or too cold for a pug to eat.  I bet the bears would've arrived mid-licking the bowls, before the pug even gets a chance to sleep in all the beds.

This is also for this week's Illustration Friday theme, "suspense." When will the pug turn around and see the bears?? And what will happen then?

I started doing this with brown bears but I found them too ordinary looking and so I decided to try this with black bears and loved their super long muzzles and weirdly large ears.  So in this version of the story, Goldilocks is a pug (with her bunny friend), and the three bears are black bears.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Animal Encounters Part 8

Another blast from the past at the zoo!  Up top we have a buffalo like creature.  I can't read my own writing so I don't know what I wrote up there.  The bottom part of the page are some hanging and swinging baboons.  These sketches are really loose because man those baboons move quickly.