In my imaginary camping trips, I know how to play a red acoustic guitar. And when I gather around the campfire, I’m joined by my BFF’s Fox, Banjo Bear, Raccoon (he plays a real mean flute), and my lil’ bro Drummer Boy.
I wasn’t fond of the first sketch I did, so I started over and revised a bit. Finished in watercolor, inks, and pastel. I like to think they’re playing something spooky, like this, or perhaps this. (Just kidding on that second one) (You’re welcome)
What started as a quick brush pen drawing in my sketchbook later grew into this full color drawing. Beehives, cat eyes, and forever smoking. I think I’ve watched a few too many French films in the last couple days.
Last Thursday was the re-opening of Pony Club Gallery, after a month of reorganizing and cleaning. The gallery looked stupendous, featured a new mural painted by our six members, and we also debuted our new show, “Portraits”!
The concept was simple: artists were paired up and tasked to paint or draw each other. Some of us were couples, some friends, and some acquaintances. The results were lovely, and our show featured some of the best artists in town! Props to member Jennifer Parks for curating such a great show.
I was delighted to be teamed up with my pal Brooke Weeber. Before the show we refused to look at each other’s pieces – and we were pretty surprised by the results!
Ok, ok – so I skipped about 1,000 steps there (sometimes it’s hard to remember to document the whole process), but what started out as a little doodle in my sketchbook turned into full-fledged Lady Warrior goodness.
What’s even better is that even though we didn’t see each other’s pieces until the opening, this happened:
WE’RE BOTH WEARING SNAKE NECKTIES!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the lovely portraits over at Pony Club’s facebook page, and then head on over to the Pony Club website. We’ve got a new artist interview blog feature, and this month we’re featuring couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, GRIDLords is releasing its first ever comic anthology, entitled I’m Not Afraid to Love.
The Anthology will be in black and white, but for my contribution, I couldn’t resist the urge to fill the white space with fluffy pastel colors of the Rococo period.
Enjoy your day of swooning!
More Harry Potter inspired bartending comics! If only this could happen in real life. Although I could probably still make that kid cry like that, without any magic.
Posted in Adult Babysitting, Comic, Digital, Illustration, Ink
Tagged Adult Babysitting, Bartending, Comics, Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt
THE TIME is nearly here! This Saturday I’ll be reading my favorite strips from the newest issue of Adult Babysitting for GRIDLords! And I’ll be selling the first copies exclusively at this event! omg omg omg
I’ve spent months toiling away on this issue, hunched over my desk, eyes bleeding, fingers cramping, ignoring my cat – I’m so excited to finally let it all hang out. Volume II is pretty dang awesome.
Plus, scope my sweet interview with GRIDLords’ Emily Nilsson, in which I reveal all my darkest secrets, like how I got a job by lying or how I ended up living in Portland because of a funeral. JUDGE IF YOU WILL
Yup, I’ll be selling the first copies of Volume II exclusively at my comic reading, Saturday January 26th at 8pm, at The Waypost in NE Portland! Get your little mitts on one!
I hope to see you all there!
This coming Spring I’ll be hosting my first solo show in quite a while. I’ve been brewing a few ideas for about a year now, all surrounding the theme of Animal Battle.
In addition to lettering experimentation, I’ve been developing various animal soldiers in my sketchbook. Initial sketches were quite violent, but I’m going to stray away from the bloodshed, as that’s not what this is really about. Instead, my comrades will be armed with weapons of wood and indulge in frivolous costume. Think Richard Scarry meets Lord of the Rings.
Last night I made friends with a fox, who can be both sneaky and genteel.
I played around with some quick digital color too:
Look for more colorful creatures in the coming months; my solo show will be opening at Pony Club Gallery in May!
Posted in Animal, Gallery Show, Illustration, Ink, Process
Tagged Animal Battle, digital, Fox, Hand-lettered, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt
After months and months of hard work and revisions, I’m happy to announce that Adult Babysitting: Volume II is now at the printer! May the world rejoice.
Above is the illustration I used for the back cover. Don’t you wish all bottles grinned at you?
As always, be sure to check out www.adultbabysittingcomic.com for the latest updates, new drawings, and doodles in progress.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that some pretty awesome stuff has been going on lately. Not only did the holidays bring family and friends, and lovely little trinkets like eyeball rings, but December also brought with it a Seattle adventure and big changes to my home studio.
Just before Christmas we made the short trip from PDX to Seattle to partake in a sold out show by Louis CK. Was Louis CK good? YES, YES HE WAS.
I’d been in dire need of a computer upgrade when I finally bit the bullet and put in my order the newest, biggest, fanciest iMac yet. It just delivered this week, and OH MYYYYYYYY is it magical! It took a little while to get all my “old-timey” devices to work on the newest OS (these macs don’t even have disc drives anymore), but son, it’s worth every penny.
It’s hard to believe how much work was output from my durable little laptop, but I was really pushing it to its limits – files dragged, the motor constantly heaved, and that little rainbow ball of death would spin for eternity as it struggled to save my huge files.
No more – I shall wrap up the final files for Adult Babysitting: Volume II in style, soon to be at the printer. AW YEAH
And throughout it all, always drawing. Lettering has been so satisfying with my fancy new brush pen, I just can’t stop experimenting in my sketchbook.
Stay tuned for more comics updates – there’s plenty to come in January!