Archive for 2009

Postcards from the Edge: deadline Thursday

Visual AIDS is holding the 12th annual Postcards from the Edge exhibition and benefit sale in January. Artists from all over the world donate postcard-sized works of art which are then sold to benefit Visual AIDS. You too can donate a postcard, but your entry must be postmarked by this Thursday, 10 December 2009. I […]

The monsters are done!

My sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project is finally done, documented, and ready to be mailed tomorrow. Woo hoo! Here are some of the pages that turned out to be my favorites. I’m looking forward to turning my attention to projects which don’t involve monsters (for the Sketchbook Project I was randomly assigned a topic: Aaah! […]

rubber cement monster

I had to rub so much to get the glue off that I ripped a page out of the sketchbook (some of them are perforated, which doesn’t work so well with all the wet media I’m using). Thanks to the mad skillz I gained working in a book bindery, I was able to reattach it […]

monsters and gear

This is what the covers of the monster sketchbook look like right now. And this is a page I went back over with gouache after masking a bit with rubber cement. Mostly I was just happy to have rubber cement – I bought some today after looking for it for weeks. It’s not labeled with […]

almost done with the monsters

Today I put the finishing touches on several pages of the monster sketchbook. I’ve decided to get it in the mail by Monday at the latest. It’s not due until the end of December, but I need to move on to other projects.

AEDM 2009 day 30: it’s over already?

Once again the last day of Art Every Day Month snuck up on me. I’m not ready for it to end! I especially like how AEDM has helped me make so much progress on my Sketchbook Project monsters sketchbook. Pretty much every page has something on it, and after a little more work on the […]

AEDM 2009 day 29: the Procrastinator

OK, so art it isn’t, but I wanted to show you my little chicken in a basket drawing anyway. This is a page from a notebook I have called the Procrastinator. Each page has spaces for little drawings and other quick, time-wasting activities. Something about the sense of humor of the authors really tickles me.

AEDM 2009 day 28: hand monster

One of my goals for the coming week is to finish the monster notebook, document it, and send it off. For missing two days of AEDM, I think I’ll do two more weeks of it (including blog posts) in December. Maybe I can convince my friend Kim to do it with me.


OK, so I’ve totally missed the last two days of Art Every Day Month. But I have a boatload of excuses: We had friends visiting from London. I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for 20 people. The Christmas markets opened yesterday. Someone who looks a lot like me was busy taking part in an illegal flash […]

AEDM 2009 day 25: even more monsters

Another one those pages that doesn’t seem quite done, but on the other hand, it’s just a sketchbook. Who says each page has to be done?

AEDM 2009 day 24: seaweed monster

I thought this one looked like a blob of seaweed. Or maybe coral. Is it Sesame Street’s fault that all my monsters have googly eyes?

AEDM 2009 day 23: last pages!

See this? It’s the last blank 2-page spread in my whole monster notebook. I’m almost done! There are many pages that are only kind of half-done, but still it will be a relief to have at least something on each and every page. Keeping in mind that this is only a sketchbook, not every page […]

AEDM 2009 day 22: that other project

This is what I was making the other day when I couldn’t tell you what I was making: a life-sized man drawing for a bachelorette party game. Kind of a variation of ‘pin the tail on the donkey’.

AEDM 2009 day 21: sparkly plant monster

If you can’t use magic markers and glitter in a monster sketchbook, when can you use them? I’m so happy there are only a couple blank pages left, plus the cover. Can’t wait to finish with the monsters!

AEDM 2009 day 20: starry-eyed monster

In the background there’s sort of a monster hiding in a sock drawer for Leah. I spent most of today working on a bigger project, but I can’t show it to you (yet). It’s a surprise.

AEDM 2009 day 19: pencil monsters

I had so little time for art today. For these pages I just grabbed a pencil and doodled in my monster sketchbook. The pencil itself was kind of interesting: a standard American number-2 dark blue pencil with “1990 FBLA DISTRICT II SKILLS’ CONFERENCE” stamped in gold on it. I wondered where it came from, and […]

AEDM 2009 day 18: London goauche

Last seen here, this little postcard-sized goauche painting of London is done. I am still getting the hang of gouache. My tendency is to use it very watered down so that it behaves almost like watercolor, but that seems silly given that I’m not particularly good with watercolors. I want to keep playing to see […]

AEDM 2009 day 17: there is a monster lurking in the darkness

Luckily I have some good suggestions for future monsters from the comments of yesterday’s post. And then there was my trainer at bootcamp today… Hopefully I’ll be done with this notebook by the end of the month.

AEDM 2009 day 16: monsters dressed up like ghosts

Eh, you try filling a whole sketchbook with monsters. Not easy.

The view from my studio window

Yesterday’s monster was inspired by the Art House Coop’s Weekly Project. This week the project was to take a photo out your favorite window. This is mine; you can see the other submissions (and sign up to participate in future Weekly Projects yourself) here.

AEDM 2009 day 15: the monster across the street

I love the view out my studio window in Munich. The building right across the street has the best embellishments on top: pointy turrets, triangular bits of fa├žade, clay roof tiles, dormers with arched windows. And then there’s the monster who lives there. I started this page of my monster sketchbook earlier today, then sat […]

AEDM 2009 day 14: Bavarian monsters

It had to be done. Do you like the hint of monster cleavage?

AEDM 2009 day 13: Bavarian wedding

I’m designing some wedding announcement for a friend. They wanted a Bavarian theme that featured a pretzel, and these are the rough-draft sketches I put together. The style is more cartoony than my usual work, but I think my monsters (also cartoony) were good preparation for this project.

AEDM 2009 day 12: getting stuff done

What a wonderfully productive day in the studio. I finished a couple small paintings (such as the one depicted, last seen here), did some sketches for a new project, and drew in my monsters sketchbook. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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