Monochromatic – 3

My site wigged out yesterday. Everyone say THANK YOU to Matt for staying up late and rescuing my blog. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Quote Quiz:”“I can be rude sarcastic, whatever it takes””

Currently Reading:Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo illustrated by Julia Denos

December – Monochromatic

The ultimate balancing act for most creative people, the month of December. Not only are you trying to juggle your normal work load, you have holiday shopping or gift creating, lots of holiday events, travel, family, if you run a small shop for yourself extra time needed to making new stock, then any added requests from friends or benefit events, and any early presents you have that you can’t help but play with, such as a new video game. All of this is wonderful but, you can feel like your head is going to explode.

As the procrastinator I can be, on projects that don’t have pacing deadlines, I am trying to get all of that done and my Sketchbook Project for 2012. I am very happy to have this creative outlet at my finger tips but, part of me does wish I had taken care of this in September. Although, I was able to complete 5 spreads over the Holiday weekend as I watched my husband and mother in-law play Zelda in the same room with me and my sister in-law play Zelda in Florida via Facetime. I was impressed with how well Facetime applied to this situation as we traded tips on the game play through video chat. We all had a great time and I ended a weekend of playing a video game feeling accomplished.

Here is the start of Sketchbook Project 2012 replacing my Tuesday Postings:

And a sneak peak at the middle spread:

I wrote a story for my sketchbook this year.

Quote Quiz: “Welcome to the Party Pal”

Currently Watching: Matt play Zelda
Currently Reading:The Uncrossable Canyon by James Dongweck Illustrated by Sean Bixby

Finished Sketchbook Project

Fearing that I would not have time to get to the post office on Saturday due to my son’s second birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCIEN!), I wrapped up my sketchbook Thursday night and shipped it Friday. A few hours later I got the email about the extension. . . doh! I am happy to all who were able to take advantage 🙂 Honestly I got so sick between Friday and Saturday I have been in full recovery mode until now. Some things are meant to happen the way they do! As Oogway from Kung Fu Panda says “There are no accidents” Yep my son and I watched Kung Fu Panda on his birthday so it’s fresh, plus I love quoting movies.

Now for the sketchbook project. I was hoping to complete more pages. In the end I illustrated on 64 pages removing 14 drawing pages-this counts front and back. What is below doesn’t carry a story, most are little hits from life with Matt. In the sketchbook a spread from last week’s post goes in between each of these spreads, expect for the first two spreads below.

We drove through a blizzard after lots of crazy planning to help all the people flying so we could get everyone to VT.

Yes an hour before our wedding ceremony my Step-Mom, Rebecca, broke her femur. She is a trooper and she sent my Dad back to keep the wedding going! We visited her the next day.

Scul Ride!

Disco Murder Mystery from Wedding Anniversary. Matt looked so gross in his wig.

Lucien helping with the snow plowing from this year’s blizzards. He is using a plastic toy lawn mower.

Yes this really happened.

There you go! My sketchbook project and some windows into my life. I am going to put together a file of all the pages for better viewing. Just give me some time to figure out how I want to do that. If you also did a sketchbook project and have some ideas, drop me a line.

Wild Man

Up!

A bit higher

A little higher

And very high!

These are Matt’s heros, Parkour. I am sure most of you have seen this style of stunts at least once in the James Bond film with Daniel Craig, Casino Royale. Like them he takes all necessary precautions before performing any of these stunts, they are dangerous, he does get hurt from time to time, so, DO NOT TRY ON YOUR OWN!

For more fun watching this is his current favorite video of Parkour acrobatics.

The Accident

The whole story (I am pulling from old posts; so, there will be repeats but, even on those pages some changes have been made):

And in case you miss the comment from Sean: Anyone interested in some more details of the story might be interested in the blog post I wrote shortly afterwards:

http://sean-graham.com/2005/03/10/a-is-for-accident/

and if you want to go Dr. House, here is a post with some X-Rays:

http://sean-graham.com/2005/06/09/as-promised/

Load-Bearing

For the next pages in my sketchbook project I am going to work on stories Matt has told me. Most involve hospital trips in the end.

This story has been told to me, to others while I listened, and by me(because I have heard it so many times at this point). The story has grown and taken on new stories after it’s telling. It ends with two significant view points and is unbelievable. I love this story, I hope I do it justice.

First is the night before. Ridiculous antics in the hotel room at the ski slope. It all started with climbing the balcony in whatever ways seemed impossible:

Magical Nature Hike

This continues off of the pages where Matt ran up the flight of stairs. After I caught my breath for 20 minutes we ended up walking alone. We traversed narrow ledges over the river, climbed logs that had fallen in the river, and found this pillar which we climbed and sat on.

Taking Leaps

Having a kid was taking a leap. Before we had to go through labor we talked about how much fun having a kid would be. Part of having a kid is fun, but boy that process of bringing them into the world. . . the is a good reason they call it labor!

More stories from my life with Matt. Watching the sunrise as Matt tries to calm me down at only 3cm.

Another leap is the blog layout has had some work done. The sketches of design detail are now my own creations and I have added some buttons and links for my store and groups I am currently participating in, PiBoldMo and The Sketchbook Project. Check them out!

My other leaps have to do with preparing for the holidays, cards, ornaments and presents! I have been going at 110% for too long, as I am dropping off sitting at my computer. Need to keep going for a day and a half more! Then I am hoping I can really take Thursday off; eat some food and sleep the rest of that day.