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:

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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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Gold in the Wood

It’s. Getting. Cooooold. Not sure what it’s like in your part of the world, but here in mine winter seems to be coming up, fast. (I have mixed feelings about this.) Despite living in a winter-wonderland-prone state for my entire life, for some reason my tolerance for the cold has gone way down this past year. So I figure pretty soon I won’t be able to hit my trail after work, at least not until I am in possession of a bodysuit capable of maintaining my ideal body temperature while still flattering my relatively adorable figure.

Anyway, barring some unlikely shift in the weather that increases the outside temp by about 30 degrees, this will probably be my last real walk-the-nature-trail-and-shoot-some-pictures-0f-pretty-nature-things-just-for-fun-after-work walk, until spring rolls around.. Wow. It sounds kind of pitiful now that I actually say it..

SO. On to the photos I took:

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I sort of lost feeling in my fingers for a little bit. (I really may need to invest in a pair of gloves soon…) I mean, in retrospect it might’ve been better if I hadn’t gone out walking after work; it turned out to be much colder than I had anticipated. And I am not okay with the whole shorter days thing yet. I underestimated how quickly it would get dark. Good thing there were streetlights…

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But I think the walk  was worth it.

Oh, also, this isn’t really a trees-and-sun-flares photography blog, honest. I just, you know…like them I guess.

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Because they’re cool :)

le sigh

Fall photo by Karissa Cole 2014

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

 

Magnificent!

Fun Fact: Christopher Columbus once claimed to have seen 3 mermaids. They were, in fact, manatees.

Guess six months at sea really took its toll on him.

Manatee Cover photo

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the Magnificent Manatee crochet pattern is available :)

NOW, GO FORTH, AND CREATE YOUR LEGION OF VEGGIE-EATING SEA COWS!

Crush

I’ve got a bit of a crush on lens flares.

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I’ve been trying to soak up as much sunshine as I can this summer. Well, not literally. I’m still as white as snow. (My coworkers don’t call me Snow White because I talk to animals. At least, that’s not the only reason.)  I just really love the summer sun, and I want it to last forever. My relationship with winter has relatively recently turned sour, and I’ve really been dreading its return. I kind of wish I could extend this season, summer, just a little longer. It’s been nice so far, it just seems to be running out too fast.

Most of my projects- digital art, crochet patterns, and the like- have been back-burnered in favor of just coasting through the summer days, trying to enjoy it while I can. I’m not quite ready to give of my summer vacation yet. And I figure since fall doesn’t officially arrive for another month I don’t have to.

YOU HEAR THAT TREES? IT’S NOT FALL YET SO STOP CHANGING COLORS.

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Lookin’ Up

Yes, this is another flower photo post. I COULDN’T HELP IT.

Lookin Up by Karissa Cole 2014

I saw these yesterday while out walking and made a beeline for ’em, camera in tow. I have discovered that I really suck at landscape photography, but I don’t do too poorly with these kind of up-close shots, I think. Guess I’m more details than big picture.

Joyful Rain

I really, really don’t like rainstorms…

Joyful Rain by Karissa Cole 2014

but I can still appreciate that they’ve got their upside.

These sweet little splashes of colors were a nice diversion from an otherwise grey day :)

I have absolutely no idea -or at least not much of one- as far as what these flowers are called. But the yellowish one, on the left there, was huge and completely gorgeous. There were only two of them that managed to survive through the incredibly brutal rain that mercilessly pounded and pummeled everything in its path all day long. But I’m really glad they made it. I didn’t even know these flowers were in bloom until I stumbled upon them today completely by accident. I was in love when I saw them. Honestly, this one yellow spurt of sunshine was probably about the size of my head. I guess I should’ve done a longshot or something for a size comparison. But, then, my photographic skills aren’t nearly refined enough to even capture little upclose goodness, let alone full shots. Still, I’m pretty please to have captured a look at these lovelies. I can save them to look back at whenever I may need.

 

 

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