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!

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?)