A love story of some sorts

I had the honor of illustrating some take away gifts for my cousin’s upcoming wedding. According to her, their love story was one of very ordinary nature, but after spending an afternoon with them in their new house, I knew there was more to discover. My cousin and her husband have a very quiet and humorous way of interacting with each other and I wanted to illustrate that. Using photos I took around their home, I transformed them into cute characters in their own world.

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Uhto at twilight.

Couldn’t tell if he was lost or if he was resting.

I was a bit worried, since it was nearing 8pm and it didn’t seem like Uhto was going anywhere to stay for the night. Did he even stay in the city at all? Or does he just come during the day, like me, and go home after dark?

“Where is your home, Uhto? Do you live here?”
The city may seem especially lonely at night when everyone around you are bustling home to their families, a hearty meal and their comfy beds. I’m glad he looks fuzzy enough to keep himself warm; the autumn wind has only started to pick up recently.

“I hope you have a pleasant evening, then.”
And I walked to the train station to begin my commute home.

Uhto’s grand entrance

I had dinner with a friend one night in the city, and as we were walking back to the train station I caught sight of this fella.

“Are you seeing what I’m seeing”
“No. What is it?”
“… it’s nothing.”

It makes me wonder sometimes where creatures like him come from. Maybe he’s a projection from a faraway dimension or just my food coma hallucination. Perhaps he’s something only I can see, but his appearance comes like an interruption. Just when I start to let the seriousness in life start to take hold of me, this creature bumbles into the sharp cityscape like a contradiction. +10 pts if you can guess where this photo was snapped. I didn’t take another shot of him, just out of politeness (no one likes paparazzi antics). I’ve given him a name, for convenience sake, “Uhto”, as in “Uh, totally obvious” but apparently he’s not as obvious as I think he is. Oh, well. See you around, Uhto… I hope.

Zombie Dreams

I have zombie dreams. Often. I’ve been having zombie dreams before they became the next “Big Thing” after pretty elves, men in shiny skin-tight leather, dirty pirates and sparkly vampires. I tried looking up on the internet what it meant to dream about zombies and the best it could come up with was, “you are running away from a lot of sh*t”. If zombies were chasing you, you’d run, too. But I’m not running away from anything; in my dreams I’m hacking away at these gross beings, saving my friends from being eaten, and basically just being a bad ass. I’m also kind of mean, in a realistic down-to-earth way. If somebody got bitten, you’re gone. Even if you’re my best friend. … sorry?

Awkward bodies (POE progress)

Sunday progress for “Panel of Experts”. I still don’t know how I want to paint it so I’ve been drawing the ink portion for each piece. I found this great little book at Half Price on West Coast flowers and plants that will help me with the botanical parts. In the midst of drawing my creatures I realized that my body proportions are quite awkward. How are they posing like that? And those feet stand kinda funny… so much for 3 years of figure drawing, oh well.

I like this guy; he looks like he means business.

back to back (problems)

In early August I injured my lower back. Word was slipped disc and pinched nerves, which caused numbness in my legs and pain down to my knees. Least to say, because of this, I couldn’t do very much, and even sitting for a long time caused discomfort. But being the young and restless idiot that I am, I still went running, went out with friends, went climbing occasionally until a series of retweakings stopped me for good. When the injury first happened, I thought, “I’m too young, I’m too active, I’m still strong…” blah blah blah. Because your body doesn’t care about what you are; it just knows that its injured and it’ll take a lot of patience and time to get back to square 1 again. So here I am, having tweaked my back 3 times since the big whammo, and slapping myself on the forehead asking, “Whhyyyyy?????”

After 48 hours of lying flat on my back, I’m able to sit finally (or should I say, again) so I did some work on my polar bear stuff before my back protests. Swimming tonight to start rehabilitating myself. Sighballz.

♪ to me – little lovers on puzzles

Yesterday while I was cleaning up my art stuff I found some MUJI blank puzzle canvases that I bought when I was in Taiwan. So cute! I just wanted to do a quick drawing with them and came up with my two little sweethearts. It was a bit difficult because drawing on puzzle pieces proved harder than on smooth paper. I had intended finer line work but realistically it would’ve gotten lost amongst the puzzle pieces.

You can see more photos on my website here.