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My Favorite Things – Potato People, or, How to Draw Cartoon Figures

These days I’m very much a fan of the Potato People school of drawing.   Face it, it’s a lot easier to draw a potato than to draw the human figure.

Before I turned this potato into soup yesterday, I photographed it…


Then traced it.


After studying the outline, I added a circle for the head, and sticks for the legs and arms.  And since the potato looked like it was sitting, I gave it a support.

(I think you’ll agree he’s beginning to look like quite the spud.)

At this point, he was still just (potato) skin and bones, so I had to imagine what he would be wearing…and reading.  Voila!

Happy drawing!


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Keep Calm and…Vacuum?

I figure if you have to do it, you might as well have a sense of humor about it!

Someone's Gotta Do It Girl cropped for blog

Truth be told, I actually find vacuuming to be calming.  Who knew?

(P.S.  This illustration is now available in my shop at Etsy.)

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This Thing We Call Life…

As the saying goes:

Life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans.

Sometimes the “life” that happens is a wake-up call – some emergency or unforeseen event that makes us stop short and reassess our focus.  In some ways (though I don’t wish that kind of “life” on myself or anyone else) being forced to stop and be in the moment is a gift.  How much better, though, if we can learn to be in the moment as part of our daily routines.

Josephine meditates resized

Although I’ve been more mindful of late and have actually started trying to make meditation a daily part of my life, I still get caught up in living in “fast forward” mode – that is, feeling, thinking and hoping that something better is just around the corner.  The problem with this type of thinking is that when I do turn that corner, the enjoyment is short lived.  And to be honest, keeping up that kind of pace is exhausting and, ultimately, far from fulfilling.

I found that this article sums up my “condition” pretty aptly.  Perhaps some of you will also see yourselves in it and will benefit from the tips at the end, too.

Signing off now to contemplate my navel (and embrace its imperfections.)



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From My Sketchbook – Week 12

Last week I had my bottom pretty much glued to the chair at my drafting table.   So, although I was constantly drawing, I didn’t have too many opportunities for real-life sketching.  But when I did finally venture out, I made sure to bring my sketchbook along.  The following two sketches  are the “bookends” for my sketching output for the week.

From 4/21…

ink sketch of lady walking

And from today (technically the start of a new week, but who’s counting?)…

Quick ink sketch of lady with glasses

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Going Retro…New Whimsical Marker and Ink Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Yes, my latest illustration just happens to have a retro vibe…

Playful polka final for blog

Not only did this illustration “flow”, but I’m happy to say that I own this EXACT outfit (and plan to wear it to a fancy schmancy New York City Ballet event soon.)  Heck, I like the outfit so much, I’m going to need lots more fun functions for it.  Dinner out anyone?

P.S. The note card version is now available in my shop at Etsy.


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My Latest Illustration is Definitely Posh…

And a little spicy?

Posh Final for blog

Coming soon to my shop at Etsy!

(And in case you need proof that practice makes perfect – ok, I’ll admit I’m more comfortable saying “progress” – take a look at my earlier attempt.)


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Walk Like An Egyptian…A New Illustration Goes Slightly Awry

I was pretty pleased with my latest illustration when I left it this afternoon.  However, spending a few hours away gave me “new eyes”, and I realized that the way I’d positioned my model’s feet was slightly reminiscent of an Egyptian hieroglyph!  So I plan to give the illustration another shot tomorrow.

Who knows, maybe she doesn’t even need the legs?



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