Sketch Roundup from during/right after my trip. 

Actually, I gave away most of the sketches I did in Laos to my (adorable) nieces and nephews. :)

Hi friends - long time no see!  Why the sparse updates?

Recently, I had to take an unexpected, emergency trip overseas.  There was a death in our family, and my husband and I had to attend the funeral.  Though in a tragic and whirlwind situation…I’m really thankful that it enabled us to get to know a side of our family we didn’t know very well beforehand, make great new friends with our cousins, and get to explore an amazing, breathtaking place: Laos, in Southeast Asia.  Here are a few photos I snapped during our trip, after the week-long funeral procession concluded.

Quietly observing, learning, as a visiting family member and not as a tourist - Lao’s people, culture, history and countyside was awe-inspiring and exciting.  I’ve come back with a lot of inspiration to draw and create new things, and I hope I can share it with you all soon.  The trip was an unplanned, difficult expense to make, to say in the least.  I’m considering opening up for sketch comissions this upcoming weekend to make up some of the cost - if you’d be interested, please feel free to drop me a note! 

Thanks, friends - you’re all amazing people, and the world is an amazing place.  To all artists, I can’t recommend traveling enough - get out there and see an entirely different world, and you’ll come back bursting from the seams with inspiration.

Some practice sketches from my figure drawing class

A few quick sketches at work, while I’m loading all my files onto the server…If you’ve perhaps been wondering why my updates have been sprase lately, it’s because I got some big news.  My game studio work is winding down - today is my last day (holding back the tears) but I’m so SO excited to say that I’m moving onto doing freelance work for an animation studio!!  I will share more later as I begin my new work.
Have a fantastic weekend, friends - you all are awesome.

A few quick sketches at work, while I’m loading all my files onto the server…If you’ve perhaps been wondering why my updates have been sprase lately, it’s because I got some big news.  My game studio work is winding down - today is my last day (holding back the tears) but I’m so SO excited to say that I’m moving onto doing freelance work for an animation studio!!  I will share more later as I begin my new work.

Have a fantastic weekend, friends - you all are awesome.

Quick drawing - gender-swapped BeetleJuice for today’s #sketch_dailies on twitter!

Quick drawing - gender-swapped BeetleJuice for today’s #sketch_dailies on twitter!

Hipster-filter styled “selfie” for sketch_dailies on twitter~

Hipster-filter styled “selfie” for sketch_dailies on twitter~

Homework - quick figure studies I did in a figure session and *cough* spying on people during my lunch break.

Found some time to finish this.  Happy friday, all!

Found some time to finish this.  Happy friday, all!

Work in progress: painting a moray eel mermaid from my sketch_dailies sketch.  Almost done, but not quite there yet…:)

Vectorized~!  Original trio.

Vectorized~!  Original trio.

First week of homework for my figure drawing class at the Concept Design Academy.    The first week, for me, has been pretty challenging but also exciting.  I’m forcing myself to learn some really different techniques and methods than I’m used to - and it’s awesome.  I love learning new things!!

My Jackalope for sketch_dailies - although, maybe it’s more of a ….Antelabbit?

My Jackalope for sketch_dailies - although, maybe it’s more of a ….Antelabbit?

Finished with my Valentine’s card :)
(Naturally, if you know me in real life…please don’t show this to Jay before Friday!  Haha.)  

Finished with my Valentine’s card :)

(Naturally, if you know me in real life…please don’t show this to Jay before Friday!  Haha.)  

My Sherlock(s) for today’s Sketch_dailies!  
(Yes, I know the mouse’s name was Basil!) 

My Sherlock(s) for today’s Sketch_dailies!  

(Yes, I know the mouse’s name was Basil!) 

A Valentine’s day card I’m working on for my husband. :)

It’s a surprise, so I’ve only been able to put in a few minutes here and there for the last week - whenever he’s not around to peek at my computer screen!