Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hi. I'm Sandy. And I'm a Pessimist.

I don't actually think that's true. I think a Pessimist is someone who always assumes everything will go wrong.

I assume things will be fine... and then... they always go wrong.

At the very least, that's an Optimistic-Pessimist, right?

The Optimist says: "Hey, I finally drew a comic! Yeah!"

The Optimistic-Pessimist is saying: "Hello? Can anyone hear me? There must be someone who can help!?"

The Pessimist: "I'm cracking. These aren't the Cracks-That-Let-In-The-Light. These are the ones where parts of you fall off."

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Queen Bee!

This was easily one of the most fun Birthdays I've ever had.

Birthdays are a huge deal to me - I like to celebrate that I am still here.

We had planned to take a trip down South this week - but the Hurricanes - "Florence", out in the real world, and "Sandy", inside my head - made us reconsider.

After a few days of puttering, and recharging, I started to feel a little better and got this crazy thought, "I want a party!"

My Guy said, "Sure! A party - I'll get food."

My Mom said, "A party for whom?"

Me me me ME!

Today started with a giant note on my door and a Birthday [pan]Cake with kisses. yum yum.

I got to do anything I wanted all day! (That's never happened before).  So I had a really long walk which included an adventure into a forest on the far side of the river, and lots of mysterious comings and goings in my house.

Lots of food, including a chocolate fountain...
Many hours later, when the House Elves were cleaning up, I heard Laurie ask Bill, as she struggled to clean the cursed fountain,
"I wonder if people actually use these things more than once?"

I'm not telling what I wished for. ;-)

I got folks to write and draw in my "Holiday Book". This is a tradition I started just before my daughter was born and it's kind of amazing to look back and remember events, and non-events.

Caden served as Art Director for Debbee - who documented the event:

 Pretty accurate...

And finally... here are some of the Photo Opp pics (thanks Laurie for the background!). There were Mimosas involved (thanks Christine!)

I know I don't always write about the Good Stuff that happens. This was Good Stuff. And I want to thank everyone who sent me Happy Birthday Wishes on Facebook and elsewhere! Thank you for making it such a lovely day - a little bit of calm and happiness in the crazy-storm that keeps raging around here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Graphic Medicine Sketch-notes

I finally got all my sketch-notes from the Graphic Medicine conference scanned and assembled into a pdf. Yah! I even put it onto my Bumblebat shop on Etsy - so go ahead and buy a copy (It's only $3.50).  Download it, print it out - and get some good ideas and inspiration.

If you'd like to see the pages I drew as well as some from the other sketch-noters, they are published on the Graphic Medicine page on the Center for Cartoon Studies website.

More about the Graphic Medicine Conference can be found HERE.

And my previous blog posts are:

Graphic Medicine Conference - Day 1

Graphic Medicine Conference - Day 3
Sketch of a Sketch-note

If you'd like to hire me to sketch at your conference - I'd LOVE to help you out. I can also work from video or turn your TEDtalk into a lovely page of images and info.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Tarot-Concert-Poster

This was a really cool project I finished in August - but I promised to wait to post anything about it...

My client, Naomi, had seen the piece I had done for Emily Clement, the Life Coach -

- and she wanted to know if I could create a poster as a gift for her husband to celebrate their anniversary. She explained that they had been together for years before they finally got married. Their wedding had a music concert theme and was called "The At Last Tour".

I asked her to send me a list of things they liked, images, etc. And I did a lot of research into concert posters, but found very few that had more than one central figure, and nothing that felt very "wedding-ish". A Stevie Nicks poster got me thinking about record covers - and then an interesting Tori Amos cover with an art nouveau style, put the idea of tarot cards in my mind.

Naomi was really excited by that idea as she loves tarot and told me that her husband would be "The Hierophant" and she would be "The High Priestess".

I started sketching out the poster based on the classic tarot images, combining them into side-by-side images.

I designed the concert title and integrated the sports teams into the border. This is the quick sketch to show Naomi my idea:

The final pencil sketch had a row at the top and bottom with mini album covers for their favorite bands, as well as other passions (like their grandkids). Favorite hobbies, travel destinations and beverages were hidden throughout the image. I also connected the two tarot images by having Naomi and Alan both holding the scepter (with a G-clef on top!)

Once Naomi had approved the sketch and I had made a few requested changes - I inked the design at full-size (11'x17"):

Since this was meant as a gift, I painted the original piece with gouache (opaque watercolors), touched up the ink lines, and scanned the art as well.

Here is the final tarot concert poster!


The Granite State Comicon was this weekend and, as always, is a great way to kick off my Birthday Week!

This time I not only had my daughter, Lilah, but I had a whole Tribe...

Lilah, Sandy, Lila, Zack, Tim (and Bill - taking pic)
I was able to listen to part of the interview with Caroll Spinney (and his wife) who played the parts of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

 The place was mobbed with cosplay enthusiasts of all ages...

 There was a lot of sword play too (as a fundraiser for an animal shelter, I think). Lilah challenged everyone to duels...

Her fencing classes finally paid off! She tied or won most of the matches - much to Bill's dismay...

And I think this...

... was one of the funniest things I saw! (Yes. Superman. Texting.)

A Quick Visit to the Graveyard , part 2

My kid and I were finally able to go to the graveyard to visit my Grandmother and bring her some chocolate cake! She didn't mind that we were a few weeks late for her birthday - and the cake was a teeny bit stale... that didn't keep Lilah from eating some of it either.

We noticed some other unusual graves around the place and the large number of "benches"!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sweet Steps

This has been an incredibly intense week... actually, the whole month - if I count the graphic medicine conference and everything. I didn't have time to recuperate or recharge before I tripped over the zip line and went flying down the mountain again.

Deciding to leave the big studio in Concord, packing, moving, Selectmen's Meeting, tons of meetings, legal threats, researching the legal threats... I lost track of how many people yelled at me this past week... what's up with that? Why do people think that is OK? If I wore lipstick, my lipstick case would be covered with notches for all the people who hate me right now.

And the worst part is that my mudroom, my music studio, my garage and now a 10x10 storage unit - are all jam packed with STUFF that I don't know what to do with!? (Yes, my OCD/CDO is so overwhelmed I just stare at the boxes)

 And with the kid in Middle School, I have to get up 2 hours earlier than is biologically possible for me - so I'm running on fumes. (I work at night because I can concentrate better and there is less visual distraction).

And I have to get focused on my fall illustration projects - because surely all the Wingdoodle insanity would have been finished by summer's end. Right? RIGHT?!

Breathing... breathing... nope. I'll get back to that later.

I have ONE thing that is on my side right now - and I have to try NOT to screw that up too.


I got a little bit of sleep last night, finally. Lilah and I had worn ourselves out at Montshire Science Museum yesterday. Then we had a yummy dinner with my guy. Then we all couch-potatoed for hours (Pitch Perfect 2 and Lemonade Mouth). Then keeled over for at least 6 hours of sleep. Aaaaaahhhhh...

I had a strange dream that someone whispered, "two have M&Ms in them... warming in the oven..."

Some time later, I was woken up by Lilah saying, "Bill left you a present on your stairs! I'll TRY not to step on it! Get up get up get UP!"

I was picturing a mouse or something, until I remembered that Bill is not a cat.

Nevertheless, I was still expecting something messy. "A present left on... x..." is a euphemism. Like saying a house has "charm and potential..."

I think I'm just worn out and descending into Cynicism.
(Which is why I'm trying so hard not to screw up that ONE thing that is right in my life.)

What WAS it already!!!????

Ok, ok...

I stumbled across the studio and almost fell down the stairs!

I thought that was the sweetest thing ever until I saw...

...there really were pancakes for me and the kid.

With M&M's.

And they were still warm.


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