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3, 2, 1…DRAW

More years ago than I care to recount (mainly because I have no idea) I acquired and subsequently lost my only USB cable. Every now and then when I need to transfer files from here to there I search for this minuscule MIA cable. Today marks my 93rd search, I’d say, but this sly cable still eludes me. I find this mildly infuriating. On my search and retrieve attempt this evening, though, I stumbled upon some stuff that (almost) makes up for the fact that what I actually set out to find still appears to be totally outside my grasp.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing. Nothing in particular, just drawing. It’s just what I did. This particular creative drive is what led me to decide to earn my degree for graphic design (which had an ironic yet delightful conclusion that I won’t get into now, but it’s kind of awesome I swear). A lot of the stuff that I used to draw when I was a kid was lost, but teenage me hardly ever threw her drawings away (unless they sucked, if I’m being honest) so I still have a bunch. I kept them in my purple, plastic folder, in two categories: “Don’t like,” kept in one pocket, and “Damn I’m amazing at this” in the other (there really was no in between for me, now that I think about it). I also managed to hang on to a handful of the stuff I did on assignment for my various high school and college classes. I wish I had had the patience to actually make my work look as great as I thought it could be. But I still like some of the stuff that managed to tumble out of the tumult in my head and through my shaky hands. Here’s a handful of my inadvertent findings:

Childhood drawing ea1701 Karissa C

I don’t draw nearly as much as I used to. It’s kind of sad when I think about it. But every once in a great while I get some kind of idea that I’m able to see through. And sometimes, actually, I do get commisioned for something. Back in September I was asked to make an inspirational-type poster for a local school. I sketched it all out by hand first:

Dream BIG Sketch

I’ve got this thing about sketching in my math notebooks for some reason… This is what I ended up with:

Dream Big Poster by Karissa C 2014

Dream Big Closeup

Closeup of the poster. The blond girl is my favorite of the chibis :)


It was a big hit. Can’t say I wasn’t a little pleased :)

And recently I was hired to make a few posters for some kids’ bedrooms. This is one of them:

Giraffe poster by Karissa C 2014

A giraffe was requested for this one, so I first sketched it out on paper. (I did this right before bed one night and I’m blaming the horrendous sketch on the exhaustion I must have been suffering from.) A little tweaking in Photoshop the next day and things were much better. The next poster in the series is a couple of penguins. Hopefully I can work on that this weekend. (Penguins are so bodacious.)

I definitely don’t draw anywhere near as much as I used to, and not in the same way. One of the nasty side-effects of being an adult. Time was never an issue when I was younger; I never didn’t have enough of it. Wish that were the case these days. But I guess that’s the way it goes. Just trying to make the best of the time I do have. There are just so many awesome things out there to do. Sometimes I think that’s why I don’t spend a lot of extra time polishing my stuff; I always want to be off on my next creative idea :)


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le sigh

Fall photo by Karissa Cole 2014

Really love the colors of the fallen leaves. So pretty.


Note to Self

Play When You Can 1 Karissa Cole 2014

Just a bit of friendly advice to my future self.

Saturday Afternoon

Six years ago I found this scrawny little blue-eyed fuzz bucket on my front steps. Best damn thing I have ever had left on my doorstep, and I am a notorious online shopper, so that’s saying a lot.

Nowadays he’s by no means scrawny, and his big blue eyes have long since turned green, but he is still by far the best random gift I’ve ever gotten.

He’s got these funny little quirks, as all cats probably do, and one of them is sleeping under the blankets on my bed. Lately he’s gotten into the habit of crawling under the covers AFTER I’ve made up the linens. (I come home from work and find this giant lump in the middle of my bed.) In an effort to deter this I lots of times throw a big, black blanket down for him to cuddle under instead. Today, on what turned out to be a gloomy, cold Saturday afternoon, I walked into my bedroom to see my baby-man squished under his blankey:

Murry 532014 2

He lay on his side, holding his back feet with his giant polydactyl front paws. This guy has the most adorable giant mitten paws I have ever seen. He uses them to open doors or tap me on the shoulder if I’m not paying enough attention to him when he wants. SO CUTE. The lighting was pretty awful, but I tried grabbing a few quick shots before he fully woke up. Once he’s awake he instantly begs for food, or, if it’s later in the day, he does his best to steal my lap for another nap.

Murry 532014 1

I love this cat.


PDOY image copyright Karissa Cole 2013

It just occurred to me: the ratio of time I spend looking at creative things to the time I spend actually pursuing creative things is incredibly skewed. Seriously. I spend way too much time on Pinterest saying “I could do that!” and far too little time actually doing anything. Actually, it’s a bit laughable. But I try to chalk all that time up to creating a to-do list and deriving inspiration. Of course, there are so many things I’ve got to do already. My to-do list is pretty staggering these days.

As part of my ongoing endeavor to be more creative, I’m smack-dab in the middle of a super secret art project as we speak. Well, we’re not speaking. And technically I’m typing at this exact moment. But you get my meaning. Hopefully..

Anyway. I was doing some work with this particular project when I sort of tumbled into another one. Just a little thing. For some reason I started thinking, whatever is to be possible in our lives depends almost entirely on what we’re willing to do. Sometimes things only seem impossible because we’re looking at them from too far away. You’ve got to move closer to what you want, take those steps, and then, I think, you’ll find it’s no longer impossible. Limits be damned; nothing should stop you from at least trying.

That was my little thought detour of the day.

Of course, I rode on this train of thought on an empty stomach, and it is highly possible that once I eat lunch I’ll realize I was making no sense whatsoever. We’ll see.



Just thought I’d offer an update on my “to-do list” exploits. Sadly I’ve been a bit down for the count, lately, due to some as of yet unexplained medical issues. Nothing serious just, irritating.

Despite having what feels like ample free time, since I haven’t been feeling well, I haven’t been able to get much of anything finished. My ability to concentrate and work with my hands has been…limited. Hoping it clears up soon. I have some messages to respond to, spacescapes to make, fractals to create, drawings to complete, a whole slew of other completely awesome artsy and crafty ideas to put into motion that I’ve thought of over the past couple of weeks, AND some patterns to distribute! :)

IOU! by Karissa COle 2013 ea1701

One of the first things I want to finish once I’m feeling better is “the Day of the Octopuses.” I just realized, though, that every time I plan ahead when it comes to amigurumi, I run into more troubles than if I just wing it from the start. Hopefully I haven’t jinxed my next free pattern by planning it too much! I’m really hoping it comes out as cute as it looks in my head :)

Although, to be honest, my head is so crammed with things I like to do, who knows what’ll happen. I might just explode creativity one of these days…I could be a walking time bomb and not even know it…

To-Do List

Whenever I make a new post I tend to scroll down the front face of my blog, glancing at past posts, widgets, the site setup in action, all that stuff. This is pretty much pure vanity, of course. But I’m cool with that. When I posted my “Beautiful Lie” photo set the other day, as I was performing my habitual blog-scroll, I happened to glance at the calendar feature I’ve got over there. I really have no right to be so stunned, but coming to the realization that we were already more than a week into the month of July felt a bit like witnessing a distant explosion (but with a little bit less horror than that situation would incur, I think). I just kind of stared at the calendar, wide-eyed, unmoving, trying to process what I saw. Honestly, I had a holy-hannah-we’re-already-in-July-how-did-I-not-notice-this-before kind of moment.

Anyway, because there are so many great things I want to accomplish, this whole little episode has spurred me to create a to-do list:

Summer 2013 to do list

Admittedly, this was kind of just for fun, but it does serve as a legitimate reminder of the projects I’ve got loosely planned. Some things, if I don’t write it down, I will forget. (Speaking of which, I mentioned a dinosaur amigurumi a little while back. I am happy to announce that two dinosaurs have been completed, one pink and one green! I won’t be posting the pattern though, as, although the pattern is uniquely mine, the actual design rights belong to someone else. Out of respect for them I will not post pictures without their approval.)

Not everything is on this list, but it’s a start. It’s also not really in any kind of order. Tonight, though, I do hope to start setting up for my “the Day of the Octopuses” amigurumi pattern and story post. I am a terrible procrastinator though. This will undoubtedly come around to haunt me at some point…

Anyway. Octopuses later, that is my plan.  And tomorrow I hope to make another photo set post. I think my friends are getting tired of constantly seeing my flower-themed pictures, but I can’t seem to help myself. And actually, I’m not gonna even try.

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