Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day 29 and 30!!!

Last two days of the challenge!! I can't believe October is almost over! :( 

Day 29: A couple

Unfortunately just a sketch again. I'm pretty please with how the girl turned out . . . the guy . . eh. Ears, I tell ya . . . . Not uber detailed, but good practice at a different pose. 

Day 30! Congratulatory Card for finishing!

Another quickie. Tried to make it look like it was "scrapbooked" ish. Like . . . torn . . . and really didn't work out ^^; I think I've figured out NOW how to get it to look that way . . but . . . its scanned in and done. I'm still planning on working more on art, but on to the next challenge. Next month is National Novel Writing Month . . . so guess what? You may actually get chapters of a novel I may attempt to write! >.> We shall see how things work out . . . I also have Hymns of Thanksgiving . . . busy busy, but I still would like to try. 

This weekend was SO fun! My family came down because my sister is Halloween Queen. It is SO fun to celebrate Halloween with her! We went to the Zombie Walk and watched them dance "Thriller" at City Hall. Saw so many fun zombies! One was a chicken covered in fake blood eating KFC chicken. HAha! And there was a girl zombie that kept finding Dad. LOL it was great! We want to participate next year. ^^

Whew! So many projects and things to do . . . skills to learn and get better at ^^; Not NEARLY enough time in a day. TTFN!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Day 28: Something you Need

SUPER quick sketch today. Total of 5 minutes. For reals. WAY too much to do before teaching, helping my sis today, and getting ready for rehearsal and family Halloween funness tomorrow. Whew!

Money, honey! That's what I need- in case you can't tell what it is. I'd just love to be out of debt of student loans. Blah. If you can't tell, those are gold bars. It'd be nice to have a few stored away >.> LOL Anyway .  . . off to the races again. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 27: Favorite Fairytale

We've established that I love fairytales. I love basically ALL fairytales, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be this one:

Can you guess? Its Cinderella. I love that story and many different versions of the story. I'm a type of person that likes it when the underdog wins and poo heads don't. *shrug* I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I'd like to make it much better . . . but this works for a sketch and for the daily challenge. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 26: Inspiration

One of my inspirations . . especially for drawing, coloring . . all that, is Disney. Especially their classic movies with gorgeous art and color, animation, and wonderful music. Disneyland and Disney movies make me happy. I would have loved to be a Disney voice, animator, or designer. But that's not the path I ended up taking. Weird how I forgot about that for a while.

All done with colored pencils this time. Took WAY too much time for how simple it is >.>. Disney lettering is hard! Yikes . . . gotta run off and get some things done ^^; eh heh.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 25: Still life

*sigh* NOt enough time to do something amazing. But here we go:

I chose the object I spend the most time with. Oy . . . not the greatest drawing. ^^; I apologize for lack of awesome, but it had to be quick. Blast. I'll have to keep working on it and perfect some shading and measuring and all that. I have no patience >.> Something to work on.
Back in undergrad, we had names for our instrument. Mine is Antonio, after Stradivarius, and a male name. Basically . . .because I wish it was a Strad and I couldn't justify spending that much time with a female instrument. There you go! May upload a much better one eventually heh. Happy Tuesday.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 24: Something you miss

Halloween is a week from today! Yay! Today's challenge is something you miss. There's a few things I miss, but one thing I really miss is the happy-go-lucky, imagination using, not caring one bit what people think childhood.

I miss making forts out of blankets, chairs, couch cushions, sleeping bags . . all sorts of furniture. ^^ I may have to one day and read a book or something. Watching my nieces and nephews this weekend and playing with them was so fun. Its always fun. I adore being an aunt. I love how they look at everything with curiosity and a box or a green tomato can be the funnest thing in the world. I miss having that optimistic, imaginative view of the world. Some things I don't miss about being younger, but that easiness of life I do.
Still working on cloth . . . eventually it will look how I want it to. ^^

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Days 22 and 23

I spent this weekend with my family at my parents' to celebrate my dad's birthday. Saturday was chalk full of stuffs- so . heh . . . no drawing that day. I'm covering both days today.

Day 22: Someone you Love

I love lots of people <3 My family for one, the wonderful friends that have been so fun and so amazing here, my dear childhood friends, and my fabulous friends that live far away from me. I chose someone who has been there for me even though she lives very very far away from me: Leah.

Leah is an inspiration. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints a couple years ago and I was blessed and privileged to attend and see the progress. She's amazing. She rides horses like a pro and never gives up on her passion and dreams. She's a great author and artist: so multi-talented! You should see her amazing paintings of horses! I got to visit her this past March/April during my spring break and even though I had to spend two nights in the Las Vegas airport, (crappiest airport to stay overnight by the way) one going and one coming home, it was completely worth it. I loved that week I got to stay with her. Leah, you are beautiful and amazing! She is a ray of sunshine in life. So many things in our life are similar. We're twins in so many ways. ^^ Which is just fine with me. Love you dearly, my friend!

Day 23: Favorite Flower

I love flowers. Mostly in gardens . . . I'm not a huge fan of bouquets cuz they die quickly. ^^; Especially mine. But, flowers have meaning, they're beautiful, and I still like receiving them for the thought. I learned about the different types of flowers a LONG time ago from my dear grandmother who also taught me violin. She had a green thumb. Another multi talented woman. Its hard to pick a favorite. I love lilies of the valley . . those pretty little flowers. <3 But I chose a forget-me- not. The meaning behind the flower, the color, and the shape (kind of like a star) make me happy. I smiled when Elder Uchtdorf talked about the flowers in the General Relief Society meeting.

Forget me not's meaning:
True love, hope, remembrance, memories

Friday, October 21, 2011

Day 21: Something you Want

Hi! Hmm . . well, there's a few things that I want, but I decided to pick one . . . . based on if you gotta dream, dream big. A sweet, hot, rich, spiritual boyfriend/husband. Nice right? 

This guy is based off of hottie Matt Bomer. Um . . . . not very good, but hey . . . whatevs. it was a very quick sketch. Of course getting married would not solve all problems, and probably would cause more problems . .or just different ones. But . . . it sure would be nice not to have to worry or look anymore. There's something I want. Another would be a beautiful, expensive, amazing violin . . . but if the guy is rich then . . . . ;) Have a good Friday! Love Fridays. And its a beautiful October Friday. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 20: Favorite Animated Character

Picking a favorite animated character is difficult for me. I love cartoons! I will forever love the amazing art of animation. I think its sad that Disney has gone mostly computer instead of hand drawing. I miss the amazing artwork. So, I picked a classic Disney character!

Donald Duck! He's hilarious! I love him <3 My grandfather (Papa) can do the voice so well and so can my Uncle David. I have NO idea how men can make all those sound effects they can. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 19: Comic Strip

For the comic I picked a moment many many years ago when Professor Craig Purdy from BSU came to Twin Falls to do a master class and he was teaching my sister Joanna. She was little, and so cute!

I love it! And Prof. Purdy still giggles about it! :) I tell my little violin students about it often. They generally don't get it, but their parents giggle. Joanna has lots of cute moments. Heehee. Anyway, its my Dad's birthday!! He's one amazing man. I was able to take violin lessons from Mr. Purdy throughout my high school years because he was willing every other Friday to drive me to Boise so I could take lessons with him. Dad is so supportive, funny, and so smart! He's such a great example of what I need to look for for my own future husband. Thank you, Dad!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 18: A Place you Want to Visit

I have been very lucky to visit a few places: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada. :) But here's another place I want to visit:

If you cannot tell its New Zealand! Decided to try my map drawing skills. >.> My Dad went to New Zealand on his mission and its so gorgeous. I love hearing his mission stories. By the way, its his birthday tomorrow!! I'm excited to celebrate it with him this weekend. ^^ I wish I could take him to New Zealand for his birthday.
I love traveling. Not always the traveling part of it . .  but the visiting new places, especially learning other cultures, seeing other buildings . . especially the gorgeous centuries old cathedrals in Europe. That was amazing!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 17: Something you don't like

I had a few options here . . . but seriously these creep me out:

Clowns. Ugh. Painted faces, get in your face . . supposedly funny, but not . . . pointy teeth. Heck, Ronald McDonald creeps me out. *shiver* They give me the heebie jeebies like spiders. Yuck yuck yuck!
Not only these type of clowns but the clown in the White House currently. And the moronic hippie clowns on Occupy Wall Street and all over. I was going to draw a hippie . . . cuz what they did and still do to our country . . . not ok. Thanks Progressives for completely screwing us up. But . . . I chose the clown, partly cuz I'm a little pressed for time, and didn't feel like drawing a dirty hippie. 
I don't appreciate what they are doing to the businesses on the streets they are occupying and running around topless, doing drugs, having sex out on the streets, completely destroying and dirtying up everything, wanting to take my hard earned tax dollars so they could sit on their butts and be professional protestors. Yah . . they're sure shining examples of my country. (I'm not lying ..  look it up)
BIGGEST pet peeve: hypocritical jerks. That would be pretty much all of our politicians, and those wonderful protestors that scream about companies while wearing brand names and playing Angry Birds on their Iphones.  I could go on about how they don't spew any facts . . but I think the rant should be done for the day. Off I go to get things done. 
Stay away from clowns . . . and hippies. Peace!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Whew! Day 15 and 16

Day 15: Family Portrait

Sorry I didn't get it uploaded yesterday: worked all day then had TWO parties right after work. Woot! Fun but this was a doozy. I have a HUGE family. Seven kids and most of them are married with kids. So . . . unfortunately only chibis . ..  and not very good chibis . . . but I'll have to do a better one for Christmas or something.

Upper left is Donny. I cut off the label name accidentally. He belongs to Rob and Wendy. ^^ I love my big ol' family! Its Becca, Kelly and their two: Arika and Ava. Missy and Eric and their two: Isaac and River. Rob and Wendy and their FIVE!!!! Donny, Paige, Robbie, Kaysha, and brand new sweetie Jordanne. Then me. Then Sierra, Seth, and Porter (with two sweet baby girls in heaven). Joanna and Kory. Mikki, and cute doggie Senji with Mom and Dad. Our huge family. <3 We're all so different! All colors of hair . . . its fun

Day 16: Favorite TV show. The people who recognize this awesome character get a gold star.

REBOOT!!!!!!!! I love that show! And this is Bob from Reboot! I love him! <3 Anybody who hasn't seen that show, its on play instantly on Netflix. GO SEE IT! <3 All computer animation when it was just starting to become big. Fabulous show from when I was growing up and needs to be finished! I heard a rumor about a movie coming out >.> I hope so!

I apologize about the very sketchiness of the drawings. Doing two in one day is rough @_@. Especially drawing the WHOLE family! Mom, I dunno how you draw the adorable Christmas cards every year! I know. . I'm a wimp.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 14: Most Recent Accomplishment

Well . . . . My most recent accomplishment is a graduation that happened over a year ago. I graduated with my Masters in Music Performance. I feel like probably the dumbest masters grad, but  . . . I did it. ^^ And probably won't go on to a doctorate . . . but who knows.

 Currently teaching violin students and working very part time helping out at a music store. I love teaching and playing when I can. I'm also trying to do the weight loss thing. I need to for health (it will help with PCOS and Fibro) and just cuz I really need to. Heh. Yay health.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Day 13: Favorite Book/Author

Another hard one to pick. I have a favorite series. Its called the Once Upon a Time series with actually a small group of authors. They are the retellings of fairy tales and I LOVE them!

I will always be a romantic, fairy tale girl. Plus, they are clean and so well- written, unlike so many teen and adult books now. Blah. Check them out! They are fab. ^^

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day 12: Draw Anything!

What's up? Little fun drawing for you. Quick sketchy of Dug. :) I love him! Dug from Disney/Pixar Up.

I love dogs! And Dug is so cute! I have a little stuffed Dug in my room, who talks, and he was my inspiration today. I miss Senji, my mom's little shih tzu. He's a sweetie, a crazy dog, but just a good boy. <3 Aw I'm gonna go hug my Dug now. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 11: Scenery

If you can't tell its a castle with a stormy sky. I kinda stink at scenery >.> But this was good practice. :) Grass . . . . I'm gonna have to learn to use Photoshop. >.> Here you go!

The weather has been a lot like that here. Gloomy, stormy, rainy. Heehee! Perfect for October/ Halloween awesomeness. Yes . . . I am one of those. I love storms, rain, all that. Its fun!
My brain feels rattled. Had to get a filling replaced and I swear my dentist (I love him though ^^) drilled my tooth off! Guh. Dental work. I don't like it!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's challenge!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 10: Something Orange

I'm actually really pleased with this one. ^^ Something orange: Perfect for October/ Halloween!

Pumpkin! I love pumpkins! They're so fun, and I love pretty much anything pumpkin <3 Tah dah! Spent way too much time on this >.> Gotta run and go clean the apartment before teaching. Cold is almost gone! Finally!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 9: Favorite Food

I love food. It was tricky picking a favorite. But for sure its this:

Sushi! Mmmm.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day 8: Best friend

I have to put two best friends. My mother: who has always always been there for me, and my dear friend, Andrea, who has been my best friend for years and years.

Andrea just had a beautiful baby girl and lives in another state. We don't get to see each other or even really talk much, but we both know we will always be there for each other. I love her so much. We have many fun stories from growing up, playing after she took piano lessons from my mom, and making up stories with our playing that would last forever! So many quotes and good memories. We even got to be roommates at college, which was absolutely the best.

My mom knows and understands me the best out of everyone. I think we've gotten closer through the years. We're SO much alike. I used to think that there was no way I was going to do what she did for a living and that I wasn't going to be like her. Not because I wasn't grateful or didn't like what she did as a mother, but because I've always wanted to be my own person. Well, guess what . . . I'm a LOT like her. We have both been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She's had it much longer, and still handles it better than I do. A lot better than I do. She understands the frustration, the pain, the fatigue. She keeps going nonstop, while I have my breakdowns. I get so angry and frustrated that I can do as much in the day as I used to. I used to be go go go go all the time, every minute of the day. Now, I get way too exhausted. She knows all the good and bad, sees more in me than I do  . . ever . .in myself, and makes me want to be a better person. She listens to me even when I'm being a complete pain and knows all the bad- yet still  loves me.

These two have meant the world to me. Thank you isn't enough, but its what I have. <3

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 7: Turning point in life

I thought about this challenge for days. In complete and total honesty, I can't place a set turning point in my life. Everyday I try to change things, try to be better, try to discover more about myself. I did a very quick sketch (very quick, not very good) of things that have and continue to make a difference in my life.

Upper left: Book of Mormon/ scriptures. Upper right: General Conference, middlish: eighth notes- music, bottom: Taylor Building from my alma mater Brigham Young University- Idaho. (Hard to see- my scanner isn't fabulous) I think that right now I'm going through a turning point in my life. Its been a big struggle for a bit, but life continues, and I stick to my values, beliefs, and what I know to be true.
Sorry about the not so fabulous drawings today. Little energy and time. Still have this dumb cold, but its a little better today. I'm determined to still do what I need to today. Tired of being stuck in bed/home. I was tempted not to draw and just say the challenge today, but that's why its a challenge. Work through the junk and discouragement. See you tomorrow with a better drawing. ^^;

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Favorite Movie

Day 6: Favorite Movie. It is really hard for me to pick a favorite movie. There's so many I love: Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Megamind, and the newer Masterpiece Theater Jane Austen movies. Love them. I also love the Great Mouse Detective, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Sherlock Holmes. But the movie I picked was How to Train Your Dragon. That movie is adorable. 

This is Toothless at one of my favorite parts, when he tries to grin at Hiccup. Adorable. Not the most amazing, but it takes me a LONG long time to get things to look ok. ^^; But still practicing. I'm glad today's challenge is a light-hearted happy one, cuz I'm really frustrated about the stupid Wall Street protests. Honestly, this reminds me of what I studied about Russia's fall before communism. I'm not ok with it at all. 
I am a violin teacher, got a masters, I'm in debt for school, and I'm not a rich person at all. In fact I have a hard time feeling successful at all. BUT, that is not the bank's fault. It was my choice to major in what I did. The way I feel I could be more successful is if the lousy government would stay out of my pockets. Speaking of movies- the protestors remind me of this:

Zombies, Sheep.

Anyway, Still have a really crappy cold. I'm chilling so tomorrow I can be back on my feet. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 5: A doodle!

Here's my doodle:

Inspired by yesterday. I was waiting for my next student and started doodling around the word October on my planner. So I made a bigger doodle today.

Junky cold has moved to my chest today. Its a roaming cold: started in my throat, moved to my head, and now in the chest. Grrrr. dumb thing. I swear, I've caught EVERYTHING this past year. hoorah. I used to have this superman immune system. Not so much anymore. ^^; Here's hoping noone else gets it!

In other news, its beginning to look a lot like October. Finally.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 4: Favorite Place

So, this challenge has been . .you guessed it . .. challenging. But you know what? Even if they're not that good ^^; The drawings make me stretch. The unfortunate thing is not having a whole lot of time to spend on each drawing. I have an eye appointment in a little bit and need to finish a few things before. Long explanation before I show you my sketch heh. I'm going to touch up and color this . . . probably not today, but eventually because its something that means a lot to me. Well, here you go- my favorite place:

Tah dah! For all of you who don't know, this is the Twin Falls, Idaho Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple. Rough sketch. ^^; So, eventually I'll need to really really touch it up and color. The scanner messed with my little bit of shading . . so its rather blah. But in reality, its gorgeous, peaceful, and absolutely amazing. There you go!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Very different drawing today >.>

The theme today is draw something ugly. Day number three. This one works well for Halloween. I'm a little creeped out by what I drew. Reminds me of like . . the aliens in x-files, or how someone drew the chupracabra. I just drew, heh. Yick. I wouldn't want to see this coming after me. Here it is:

Just a quick draw between cleaning today. I am an aunt again today! My sister- in - law Wendy, and my brother had another little girl. Jordanne Eve Seaman. They sent a super cute picture. She's beautiful and I'm so excited to meet her! I seriously love being an aunt. It really is my favorite thing in the world. Wish I was there holding her right now. I love her already. 
My little niece, River, is so cute too! I feel like I have a connection with her. She and I have fun together and she will say my name "manna" when I'm not devoting all my attention to her. <3 I love all my nieces and nephew so much! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Its October!

October is my absolute favorite month! Fall colors, fall veggies and fruits, pumpkins, General Conference, Halloween, cooler weather, crunching leaves . . . I LOVE it! So fun. I would love to do Halloween and Murder Mystery parties throughout the whole month! I need money to do that though >.> Eh heh.

For October I'm doing a drawing a day - its called the 30 Day Challenge. I decided for the first two to do a chibi version of me and my favorite animal. Day One: Draw yourself. Day two: favorite animal.

Tah dah! Doesn't really look like a dog but I figure it works for chibi version. There you go! I will put up each day on here. ^^ Whoops . . didn't put eyebrows . . . oh well.
Trying to get over a cold. I've had it for about 3 days now. I figure any sickness that lasts longer than a day is annoying. Any sickness is annoying. I just get impatient and don't want to rest. I have this knack of cleaning like crazy whenever I get sick. I can't stand being in a messy place when I have to rest. Weird.
General Conference was AMAZING! As always. I never feel so uplifted and hopeful as when I listen to conference. I swear some talks were written especially for me. :) Of course, I'm sure everyone feels that way. heehee.
Stay tuned for day three of drawings and future news. :)