Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Years

Ten years ago today, June 11th, one of the greatest movies ever came out – Napoleon Dynamite! I remember watching it for the first time with my family (I was 8 years old! What!). We were all laughing so hard we had tears streaming down our faces and I do believe someone was dramatic enough to fall off the sofa…
This movie has been a wealth of references and quotes and lots of jokes for me and family, and I think it will always be a favorite of mine.
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Silhouette Selfie

A quickly snapped side profile selfie turned into a self portrait illustration turned into a silhouette. I love how a little non important action can spark an idea that can turn into a piece of art.20140603-141408-51248127.jpg


The Captain

First he was just an old man in space. Not exciting at all, right?

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Just kidding, that’s pretty exciting. I love space stuff and I spent a half hour of my life a while back watching Ana Victoria Calderon’s youtube tutorial on how to paint galaxy background. (She is the BEST at space scenes!) This was my attempt at it, and it’s not that great, I know, but it was my first try, okay?!?!?Anyways, I wanted to transfer this to a less textured watercolor paper and try again (ugh I bought paper with too much tooth again! I need to pay more attention when I pick up supplies.) So I used the amazing magical combination of tracing paper and my lightboard!


I got my lightboard for Christmas and I LOVE it! I makes illustration so much easier! I love that I can replicate a drawing so easily, and try out features before I apply them. Like the hand in the next picture. I didn’t know if wanted it there, so I drew the hand on a separate piece of paper and fitted it where I wanted, then drew it in with ink on the picture. It’s so great! I also love that I no longer have to erase pencil drafts anymore and compromise the paper!


Here’s the finished product!


Pug Party

Pug Party

I just had to share this little sketch.
I read someplace that you are at your most creative when you first wake up. This totally makes sense, since you’ve just slipped out of a dream state and into the cool, quiet daze of morning. The small lapse of time between waking up and starting the busyness of another day is my absolute favorite time. It’s made even better with a cup of coffee and my sketchbook. Yesterday morning I woke up and drew this little puppy while making oatmeal. There is just something about pets and parties that is too cute. Ironically, I ended up taking some of my Senior photos that day and wore a party hat most of the shoot! I was very inspired… I can’t wait to get home and give this little guy some color!

Five Things February

Here are 5 things I’ve been loving this month:

1. Sketch Dailies
Sketch Dailies is a Twitter account that posts daily drawing prompts for artists. Some days the prompts are as simple as ‘mermaid’ or ‘griffin’, and some days it’s stuff I have to Google, like ‘babayaga’, and ‘Egon Spengler'(I totally would have known who he was if I wasn’t movie challenged). It’s so cool to see each artists’ unique take on the subjects. If you’re looking for a fun challenge or just want to be crazy inspired by amazing artists, follow them @sketch_dailies

2. Josh Groban
Several months ago I discovered Josh Groban was in a concert version of one of my favorite musicals, Chess. Since then he has quickly become my favorite singer/songwriter. I mean, how can you not like him? He’s handsome, has the most incredible voice ever, and he’s hilarious. He’s become pretty popular on Twitter, and if you’re not following him, you’re missing out. I just bought his latest album, All That Echoes, and oh man is it good! I cannot stop listening to it! My favorite Groban songs right now are ‘Brave’, ‘False Alarms’, and ‘Higher Window’. Oh and ‘Happy In My Heartache’…and ‘Broken Vow’…I could go on and on! (P.S. Also today is Josh Groban’s birthday!! Yay!)


3. East of Eden
Maybe you read The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men in school. Both are great, but my favorite book by John Steinbeck is East of Eden. This book may have even moved up to being my all-time (for now) favorite book, a title which To Kill a Mockingbird laid claim throughout high school. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and I have thought about it long after I finished it. (P.S. Today is Steinbeck’s birthday and the doodle on Google is in his honor, with beautiful illustrations and quotes from his books! Sadly, East of Eden isn’t featured.)

4. Nickel Creek
The band is back together! After a 7 year hiatus, Nickel Creek has announced that they are going on tour again and are releasing their new album, A Dotted Line, on April 1st (please tell me this is not a cruel joke!!!). I am so excited! Nickel Creek has been one of favorite bands for a long time. My Dad loves bluegrass and when I was a kid I usually didn’t enjoy listening to his music. That is until he bought a Nickel Creek CD (for Chris Thile’s killer mandolin playing) and I fell in love with their unique folk sound. So, thank you Dad!
Listen to their amazing new single, Destination, over at


5. Dallas
I have lived in North Texas for a combined total of 15 years of my life. Pretty much the whole time I was like “ew, Texas.” But since I moved back, I’ve realized that Texas is pretty nice. Especially Dallas. I went to Dallas a few weeks ago for the first time since I moved back, and… Dallas is cool, y’all. I only got to walk around a little part of it, but hopefully I’ll go back soon to explore some more!


That’s it for now!

A New Perspective


I’ve been thinking a lot about having a new perspective. I want to look at life with a fresh and hopeful spirit. It’s way too easy to get focused on the negative, and to be weighed down by the frustrations of life. Instead I want to live everyday rejoicing in the goodness of God and what He has done/is doing in my life. He is good!

“Rejoice in The Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” -Philippians 4:4

“Give thanks to The Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1

(P.s. 20/20 Experience, anyone?)

Moving Over

Exactly one week and a day ago I graduated! I am DONE with High School! Yay!

(My first and last day of school.)

Freshman – Senior year of high school I had a blog over on BlogSpot. ( You can read my last post about graduating over there.

Over the years I’ve had fun having a blog (although I used it sparingly). However, it also proved to be very frustrating to operate on BlogSpot. Mostly because it was ugly and the fonts were terrible. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get my blog to look fresh and clean like I wanted. So I have moved over to WordPress. New chapter of life, new look! I look forward to using my new blog!