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Oh school year, how you do eat my motivation, my dignity, all my food (whenever the year starts my eating schedule goes haywire and I either overeat, forget to eat, or eat at sporadic times) and my dreams (no sleep for the fail!). That and I’ve been really lazy with updates as I work out my day to day routine… I’ve drawn a lot, but they’re all in my notebook (the byproduct of boring lecture classes. I might as well just buy sketchbooks for every single class).

in the meantime, here is a squinja (squid ninja), a horribly belated drawing for the drawing challenge day 28: anything you want. inspired by my lovely friend Michael Horwitz who drew the original squinja in his notebook.

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I love a lot of people, but since it was my dear friend Hanna’s birthday very recently I decided to draw something for her. we’ve been friends since eighth grade and she has always been there for me.

It’s just a quickie drawing but I hope she likes it… and I am determined to finish this challenge this week! Only three days of it left!

I have never drawn more trees in my life before!

This park is based on a park I used to go to all the time as a kid, called Hubbard Park. It was in Meriden, CT and had lots of ducks and a fountain.

For some reason, with these two, I always end up drawing some kind of photo montage. Mainly for greater number of cute moments in a single drawing.

Will color if I’m not feeling terribly lazy tomorrow.

I will be the first person to admit I am not a low-maintenance girl. It takes me about half an hour (sometimes more so) to get ready in the morning because I have to look like my version of “not a hot mess.” My version of “hot mess” includes hair not floofed up with gel and blow dried (because my hair is awfully flat), zero make up (my complexion requires a dusting of powder at all times) and zero jewelry (I feel naked without at least one necklace, bracelet or ring on. Or even my ear cuff. No earrings are okay, but I need to have my ear cuff). Therefore those things must be accomplished on top of the usual morning hygiene. Forget about picking out an appropriate outfit. On the days when I can kiss being on time goodbye, I grab a dress. They are the best for looking like you tried when really you were just too damn lazy to pair a top with a bottom. I wear dresses a lot. I am lazy. But I need all those things to make me feel functional as I start my day.

I need caffeine so I don’t act like a crabby bitch and fall asleep as I’m going down the sidewalk. I need to take my morning vitamins because without them I feel like I will die. I need to take my afternoon and evening vitamins because without them I feel like I might die as well. I need money for lunch and my red moleskin so I look like every pretentious asshole you see in the park writing down their tortured thoughts, but really, I just get bored in lectures sometimes. And I need my watch to constantly glance at so that I can make sure I’m on time… or at least no more than five minutes late.

However, in between all these bare necessities (…but not really bare. It just shows how horribly spoiled I’ve become), in-between powdering my snubby little nose and getting to class on time, sometimes I get distracted and stare at leaves shaped like miniature whales or at two squirrels fighting like an old married couple. I get distracted by all the colors and think about how primates are the only animals with stereoscopic color vision. I think if our world ever became like the one from The Giver it would be miserable (for many reasons) but for me, probably, I would miss color. I might not ever know what color is if I lived in that world, however.

But if I did and it was gone? Depressing, indeed.

tl;dr: I need colors. I also think it’s a cop-out from having to draw something new, but whatever–experimenting with palettes and coloring lines contribute just as much to a drawing as the composition itself. I have largely ignored what colors can do until now. The bright blue of an autumn sky, the gray hues of winter. I don’t think I realized it when I was fooling around with the palettes in Photoshop!

Today (this morning? This evening?) I have two drawings: the lineart of yesterday’s work, with lots of color, and my share of an art trade with my friend Sara. I didn’t intend for the drawing of her character to be in a winter setting, but he kind of turned out that way!

Scarves, long socks, steaming cups of tea and coffee held in chilly hands, gusts of wind with the promise of snow… I love fall dearly. Pumpkin soup and apple cider and lots of baked goods! Halloween and Comicon!

I’ll probably complain abut the cold as soon as the third snow of the season’s fallen though. But for now, here’s my tribute to autumn. I might color it later when I’m not feeling so lazy and unmotivated.

Very belated, as the last two days have been a bit hectic with plans with friends who are going abroad and parents who are in town! I’m home in Connecticut for the last few days before move-in to get my stuff together (translation: attempt to pack while feverishly drawing nonstop and then getting yelled at by Goody. Oh well.)

I will give a cookie to anyone who can guess which anime girl I am stabbing in the face. ;D (hint: she’s not from an actual anime!)


I guess it just shows where my brain is when “orange” conjures to mind an image of a half-baked Jersey shore girl/all of the bimbos who love to give themselves skin cancer via the tanning bed, but I decided against drawing that and instead opted for my roommate in a cute dress with some carrot cake (because she is an amazing baker!).

Playing around with a little bit of a different style here… I guess you could say it’s Scott Pilgrim inspired!

My oxfords smell like leather and rubber fresh from the paper box, but as with all new shoes, they take some breaking in. They chafe my heels and pinch my toes and mock me as I walk and go “Ouuch.” But we all must make sacrifices for the sake of looking pretty.

Inspired by the dreary, horrible weather, my new shoes (of course) and the textures of a new york city sidewalk.

I had a hard time deciding what plant to draw. I really like Venus flytraps, those snapping plants from Mario, and cherry blossoms. But cherry blossoms seemed a little cliched and the snapping plants, while fun, weren’t really doing it for me. In the end I settled on lilies, the namesake of the main character of my graphic novel.

I’ve been wanting to try something art nouveau inspired for a really long time, and today was the day for it. I also had a lot of time hence it’s all nice and shiny and colored. 😀

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