>Stupid Sock Creatures!

>I had intended to spend Saturday sketching a lot. However, I went out for brunch and then ran some errands. I dropped stuff off for donations and then browsed at Bookmans where I found a nice (old) hardcover book to start sketching in and a few other odds and ends; Value Village (a thrift store) where I found just what I was after: a bag of buttons and some photo frames; then on to Antigone where I found a new Moleskine sketchbook (which I use for a journal). I went home and used some of the socks I rescued from my donation bag and decided to try making a stupid sock creature. Before finishing the first one, However, I had to get some polyester fill. I thought Target might have some, but did end up having to go to Michael’s -where I also found some more micron pens, notecards on sale, knitting needles (cause I want to learn), a thimble (I didn’t have one) and some more buttons. I almost bought one of those tomato pin cushions cause it’s just like the one my mom has and I used to play with it as a kid.

anyhoo…on to the pics of my sock creatures!!! Here are the finished creatures with the Instruction Manual *:

This is Sweetwater, my first attempt at a stupid sock creature. I picked it cause it looked easiest. However, half way through the project I read the intro page on her (her name is Genevieve in the book) and it says: “Genevieve is definitely for the skilled stupid creature maker…” I laughed at myself. That will teach me to read first, do second. It was fun making her, regardless.
Meet Rayas (stripes in spanish). He is my second creature. I was so excited to have Sweetwater that I wanted to make her a friend, so I stayed up making this guy. He’s Wronky in the book, but listening to Mana while crafting him made me name him Rayas. I decided not to stuff his ears and make them dangly instead… You can’t see his body in this pic, but if you scroll down you’ll see a full body shot. I don’t care for his LOooooooooong body…if I did him over again (which I couldn’t, cause they’re all so unique) I’d have made his legs longer than they are. Oh well…I like him anyway! Sagis wasn’t too sure, but Sweetwater won him over.
but Rayas’ floppy ears made Sagis a little nervous.
These creatures are so cute…and now writing this post, I want to make another one! It’s a rainy Sunday in Tucson…perfect for crafting…I’ll just have to postpone sketching and uploading existing sketches…and postpone laundry (it’s raining, anyhow!)
The creatures wanted to get a better look at Sock Monkey…so they had a little pow wow.
If I decide to make another one, my plan is to be more creative and not follow a pattern so closely (actually Sweetwater is a deviation from the pattern. Though she has all four feet, she only has 2 arms rather than 4. also, she wasn’t supposed to get a mouth…but I gave her one cause she was mentally crying for one.) but be more creative…we’ll see!!!!!!!!!!
*I checked out John Murphy’s Stupid Sock Creatures from the library.

>Sketch Crawl at the Tucson Zoo

>For the Tucson sketchcrawl, we met at the Tucson Zoo for a day of animal sketching. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture slowly moving, shifting animals and being around so many children and their families. I had a couple of art-loving folks stop and take a peek into my sketchbook…the little girl who ran up to me and just stood there was the best. Turns out she draws everything according to her mom. I suggested she bring a notebook the next time she comes to the zoo. On to the sketches…click to make them larger and see some of the two page spreads better. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

the first sketch….elephants
Gibbons otters…

giraffe… flamingoes

unidentified bird is actually a black crowned night heron (thanks Julius!)

dwarf caiman
anteaters and llama

>Special Release…

>Here’s a fun activity that only take a few minutes. Create your [pretend] band’s cd cover (read below). Here’s mine for the band “Feta” and the name of the first album is “one is truly wise”

Here’s the stuff that meme’s are made of:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RandomThe first article title on the page is the name of your band.
2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
Squish them all together like a sandwich, post it, and you’ve got an instant hit single from a band that never was. (But perhaps in fact one day might be!)

>Loving my Moleskine

>I’m really loving my small water color Moleskine sketchbook and look for good excuses to sit and sketch in it. Today I took my van in for an oil change and to figure out what’s wrong with it that it’s flashing the “check engine light” at me [turns out the oxygen sensor is bad and I need to replace it to the tune of $250 +…this is why I didn’t own a car for so long!] killing some time, nothing to sketch but cars…

I enjoyed sketching this taaaaaaaaallllllllllllll palm tree.

>New Sketch Book!

>Tad and I hiked up “A” mountain to enjoy the view and get some exercise. I decided to break in my new pocket sized water color Moleskine… Here is a panoramic scene with Tad enjoying the view…
And Mr. S makes a reappearance on the blog. He was quite frisky last night and was chasing a tinfoil ball around (mind you, he has lots of store bought toys, but it seems the cheap tin foil ball often wins out over all options.)

>Last Sketches from the LIttle Red Hand Journal

>i did it for the second time, I completely finished a sketchbook! Yay! Here are the last in my Little Red Handbook… I went on an artist’s date (I’ve been skimming through The Artist’s Way). I treated myself to a browse through a thrift shop and bought some funky shirts, a soup ladle (I’m on a soup kick), and a couple of cute trinket dishes; and then lunch in front of the co-op, where I ate soup (see!) and then sketched the scene in front of me…minus the road.
After sitting on the futon and adding color to a backlog of sketches, Sagis just screamed out to be sketched…I went right for the watercolors, leaving out ink all together… Isn’t he cute with his little face buried into the fleece blanket? He was sleeping soundly!
And the last sketch of the book is of Mr.Tad, himself.
I started in right away with a new pocket wc moleskine…posts to come soon!