Sunday, 28 June 2015

June Links 2


The oatmeal just gets me.

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Jeff Ross roasts female prisoners.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Lately...


"impression selfies" should be the next big thing. It's my new favorite.

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It's weird, there have got to be things I want to say, but then by the time I sit down to blog my mind draws a blank. I have been stressed out like BLAH over my job situation, but it's settled down again until October now...they decided not to re-post the position until my contract ends. So that's ... good. I'm also scheduled as a shipper/receiver AND a cashier over the next month and a half. Basically working full-time. What a roller coaster, seriously.

I decided to not get any loans or anything for school, and to just work my 23948203948 jobs and do school too. So maybe I'll have a lot to complain about say once September rolls around.

Anyway an easy way to get my brain moving into blogging mode again is to do a lately post, so let's do it! Lately I've been...

Reading: I have been doing such a poor job at finding time to read books lately. I am busy and then brain dead and there seems to be no in-between. If I sit down and relax I just fall asleep. I used to read before bed but nope. Instant sleep. I tried taking some books out of the library because I figure the time limit will get me motivated. So far, not so much.

Learning: to use watercolor pencils. It's not that they're hard to use, but they're hard to use well. The main mistakes I keep making are using too much water and mixing too many colors together so it looks muddy.

But I do feel like I did a good job last night on this jellyfish.



Watching: Orange is the New Black. Ryan finally believes me that it's a good show (of course after he read it online, not because I've been telling him for like 2 years) so we have been watching it all the way back from Season 1. I've also been binge re-watching The (US) Office while I draw. It's one of those shows that's perfect to be playing in the background. Except I'm on the Nellie seasons and I just can't stand that lady!!

Eating: a lot of Popcorners. We sell them at the book store for two dollars a bag and it's trouble I tell ya. The Kettle flavor is amazing. I also bought a gigantic bag of BC Cherries and will probably just give myself constant diarrhea until they are gone. Such is life.

Feeling bad for: Tank. Not only does the guy have seasonal allergies, is shedding, has foot cysts, is super itchy, and is WAY too hot all summer, but our neighbor's dog attacked him the other day.

Wait, what?

You heard me. A DIFFERENT NEIGHBOR's dog attacked Tank. We were literally sitting out in the field near my house. I took a picture, actually. Here's us minding our own business.


Then this guy comes down into the field with his crazy dog. It's a little scrappy thing, a teenager dog, you know? We've actually talked to this man about not letting his dog run up on our driveway because of the last time Tank was attacked, so he should have known better but he just let his damn dog run up to us and it went bananas.

I almost think there is something about the way Tank looks that causes dogs to attack him, like, his teeth are always showing and you can't see his tail? Because he was literally just standing there like a dufus, as usual. He didn't do anything to provoke it.

And it just fucking attacked. It only lasted a second because we humans got in the middle and pulled them apart. The man was very apologetic and I was like "he's fine, we're gonna go" because he looked ok at first. But when we got home I noticed a couple bloody spots on the top of his head, tooth marks. And then after a few minutes his eye started swelling up and I noticed there was a huge gash there. 

Ryan and I talked about it and decided it wasn't quite bad enough to need stitches but it was close. I'm so grateful it didn't get his eye.


He was upset for the rest of the night, very restless and panting a lot. Poor doggy. :*(

Listening to: nothing really new. A lot of Nick Cave, a lot of Black Sabbath. Anybody have any music suggestions? Am I missing some new revolution in sound?

Feeling Good About: I just found out the college will pay for two of my classes this Fall. It saves me over two thousand dollars!!! Just for being an employee there and spending 2 minutes at the registration desk. Holy moly what a bonus.

Drawing: I'm going to do another drawing post soon but I've been getting weird with it and it feels right. I want to do another run of Simpsons things but maybe themed sets of Simpsons character portraits or something fancy. lol

Working on: learning to promote myself better. I NEED to make more money to pay my tuition since I'm not doing the whole student loan thing this time around. I brought a bunch of my favorite drawings to a printmaker and am getting nice high-quality prints made of them. I've also scanned a few of them and put them up on Society 6, see them here.


They start at $20 which I think is quite reasonable. Just sayin'. :)

Looking forward to: my little sister's wedding!! It's coming up soon. We are driving the 20ish hours back to Alberta and spending just under a week with all my family. It's going to be an adventure. We just decided to fly after finding an amazing seat sale and realizing our car doesn't have air conditioning and it's 38429875 degrees out.

And I'm a bridesmaid so there's that. Definitely going to need a flute of champagne or two that day.

Spending a lot of time: on the bus listening to podcasts. And at work. I'm doing the whole six days a week thing between the two college campuses, helping the Shipper/Receiver, being a cashier AND doing my buyer job, plus Saturdays at Tattoo Zoo too. It's not bad, I like going to all those places, but it's that whole introvert thing where I can never have a day to myself anymore. And I kind of need it.

Considering: drawing comic strips for the school newspaper. I'm pretty sure it's an unpaid gig but I bet I can get my stuff in print which would be neat. Buuuuuuut I don't know about committing to something like that if it doesn't pay. Hm.

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Hey, quick question, as this just happened as I was creating this post: does anybody else out there with an iPhone get random facetime requests from strangers and 1-800 numbers? I get them like once every week or so and it freaks me out. This time I messaged the number "who the hell is this?" and we had this weird conversation where neither of us would say who we were but I'm pretty sure it was some kind of scammer. Why would they facetime? What do they gain from this? That's fucked up!!



Ok that's it. What's new with you?








Monday, 15 June 2015

June links 1



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No idea why it's taken me half the month to put together a decent links list. I guess there's not much out there on the internet. JK I think I've just been busier than usual. Anyway here's some stuff.



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This video had me laughing my butt off one evening this week. Pete Holmes is my new favorite comedian right now. And who doesn't love a Ben Schwartz? And that is a SPOT ON Jon Krasinski impression!




Sunday, 14 June 2015

new drawings

I know, this Homer at clown college picture was in my last drawings post but it's now up in my Etsy store. So here it is again. 

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I just did this today. It took me freaking so long, so many small details and hand cramps. 

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This creepy mermaid painting is quite big (11x15 inches), and it took me a long-ass time to do. I mainly used Speedball Super Black india ink, water, a paint brush and a nib pen. I used an ultra-fine sharpie for the tail scales and dots.

This was outside my comfort zone but I will definitely be doing more like this in the future. It was super fun. Um, except for when I spilled half the ink pot onto our carpet :( Classic me.







bee stalking


I need to carry my camera around more!!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

decisions decisions

I'm going for it.

Let me back up.

After applying for the Comic Book and Graphic Novel program at the college, getting in, paying my deposit and telling the world about it, I found out that the bookstore where I work had posted a full-time cashier position, available ASAP.

This position pays ridiculously well. It's full time. Holidays, benefits, union job.

I seriously agonized over this. If I applied for (and got) this job, I couldn't go to school, because it's a Monday-Friday 8-4 job. But the MONEY. But then I'd be a cashier in a bookstore and have no time to do what I want to do. But THE MONEY. But I want to learn  BUT THE MONEY.

Well. I am pleased and afraid to say the artist in me won the battle.

I didn't even apply for the job. I thought so long and hard about this decision. My boss at the tattoo shop told me he Googled the instructor and I thought "hey, I should do that too".

And this is actually what won me over to the dark side. Because ...






I want to learn from this person. (and have a drawing studio like that too). I find the idea intimidating, scary, and exciting. And that's


well, I was going to say it's more important than job security but let's be real, it's not.


I may have made a stupid decision, tbh. BUT you know what?

I'm happy. And I'm doing what I want to do. And more than a couple people have said to me that it feels right, the timing was really weird, how I lost my job then didn't again, but that window of a couple weeks was the deadline to get into the program. And I've been drawing at such high volume...for what? Well I don't know but those drawings got me into the class.

Anyway it feels a little serendipitous.

Not that I necessarily believe in all that stuff.

SO long story short, I'm doing it. And I know it's kind of a dumb decision in some ways but I also don't care?

No I care.

But I'm doing it anyway.

And isn't that the creative person story? I hear it over and over, I listen to a lot of You Made it Weird and Nerdist podcasts where the comedian/actor/artist/musician did their thing even though the odds were against them, because they knew it was what they should be doing?

I'm feeling that way.

Anyway bla bla bla follow your dreams or whatever.

The end.