Laura Splan amazes me. I mean, I'm at once speechless when I look at her work and supremely jealous that I never thought of this (as usual) being the crafty science illustrator that I am! She's approached 'anatomical art' in a way I've never seen before and it's subtlety just floors me. My favourite sort of blend: deadly and gorgeous. Mega-kudos to you, Laura. Seriously.
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I just uploaded today's drawing-a-day sketch on alltaglich and it said that it was my 100th upload! Woo hoo!
Granted, that illustrates how many days I missed over the course of just more than a year, but still! 100 days in a year?! That's uber-productive for me! So - I shall commence with the Snoopy Dance. ;p
I did this piece (which was a long time coming) for this week's Illustration Friday theme, "open". This theme is a special one because there's voting to determine which pieces will be chosen to be included in a GROUP SHOW in California for Illustration Friday!
I would die if I was chosen, so, if you wanna be involved in the Illustration Friday community and vote, you need to create an account with them on their forums and then read the instructions on this page: http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/?p=528
I was SO excited when Illustration Friday's theme last Friday was "alphabet". I had been wanting to do a little dog breed alphabet for a loooong time now. I don't know why, but, it's been brewing since the beginning of the drawing-a-day project.
A: Airedale terrier; B: Bernese Mountain Dog; C: Cocker Spaniel; D: Dachsund; E: English Bulldog; F: French Bulldog; G: Great Dane; H: Huskie; I: Irish Setter; J: Japanese Chin; K: Komondor; L: Labrador Retriever; M: Mastiff; N: Newfoundland; O: Old English Sheepdog; P: Pug; R: Rhodesian Ridgeback; S: Springer Spaniel; T: Tibetan Spaniel; V: Vizsla; W: West Highland White Terrier; X: Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican hairless) Y: Yorkshire Terrier
Oh, and, the cocker spaniel is my parents' puppy, Sam. :)
I've had my eye on our sad little yard since we moved in last summer. I didn't have the funds, gumption, drive, or time to do anything about it then because of the wedding, etc.
So, the last two weekends have been yard time! Two weekends ago Erin visited and we planted the pear tree and planted those flowers in the flower bed. Yesterday, Eric & I dug up the "lawn" (read: crabgrass, clover & moss) and laid some sod. This evening I finished off the flowers.
I have my fingers crossed as I've never attempted anything like this in my life. BUT, I have genetics behind me, so, I'm hoping...
Feels even more like home now :)
(click the photo for the complete set of pictures)
Eric & I took our first trip to the U of Mich. Matthaei Botanical Gardens yesterday. It was a gorgeous day and a perfect chance for me to work on perfecting our fancy Canon camera. Click on the pic to see all of our trip. Gotta love Michigan in the fall.
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