02 January 2017

well, happy new year, and stuff.

I could have sworn that I've updated sooner than October, BUT I GUESS NOT. If you haven't heard by now, THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES and Wrigleyville was in SHAMBLES for a few weeks there, but everybody's over it at this point. Well, kind of. You know, whatever.

Since Dantober, people have told me that they missed seeing random Danny drawings in their news feed. After October, I was kind of over everything and wanted to sit and do nothing for a while, but for the month of December I decided to do "A Very Danny Winter", which consisted of 31 Christmas-ey/winter-ey Danny drawings.

I scanned the Dantober drawings and will have them uploaded soon. All Dantober originals will be on sale for $10. A few of them will go for $5... my lesser favorites, really, but it'll be good for people who want an original Danny drawing on the cheap! The Danny winter drawings will be uploaded soon and those will probably go for $20... and some may go for less. Haven't decided which ones. The winter drawings will cost more, because they were done in watercolor and took significantly more effort than Dantober.

There's not really much else to report on. Goals for the new year are to do one artistic thing daily, watch more shows and movies that I HAVEN'T seen (I'll watch the same movie OVER AND OVER and never get tired of it), and to relearn Photoshop and Illustrator. I got a Surface Pro during the Black Friday frenzy, bought an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription like an actual adult, and Conor got me a sweeeeeeeeeeeet camera for Christmas. I'm going to do all the weird shit I used to do before my Rebel got stolen... the second time around.

02 October 2016

it's inktober!

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I sure do love inktober. I'm going to follow the official daily themes, but with the addition of Danny. It's 31 days of Dantober. This is the drawing for October 1st and the theme for the day was "fast". Look at him go.

Nothing else to really report on. Still doing artsy fartsy things, but not as much. Cubs are in the playoffs again, so I'm going to be all kinds of crabby again. It'll be crabtober. Okay, I'll stop putting words in front of "tober" (maybe).

26 August 2016

hey check it out!

I'm selling prints of Danny Kardashian West and there's the man himself posing with his animated self. Prints are signed by both myself and Danny and are going for $10. Framed prints are $25... price might decline if I can't find anymore of the same frame that I'm currently using. Tell your friends! You know you want Danny's hairy ass hanging on your wall!

Oh, I'll probably also get on this more when I unpack my storage unit (lol, probably never), but I'm going to start framing original drawings and selling them things too. Anything you see from a detachable sketchbook will be for sale and prices will vary. The only two drawings that are completely off limits are the original Danny the Centaur drawing and the original Danny Kardashian West.

22 July 2016

oh, so this one time...

Outside of my own laziness, I actually have legitimate reasons for not updating frequently. Starting at some point in April, I got sick. One thing led to another and then another and then another to the point where I couldn't take the avalanche of illnesses and finally went to the hospital. Apparently when I get sick, I'm always in denial about actually being sick, so what had happened was I let what could have been an easy fix blow out of proportion into an awful, awful lupus flare. Couldn't really work and eventually one of my doctors said I couldn't work at all until my condition had improved. When I finally stopped being so crippled and was able to move around a little bit, I started to draw again. I filled an entire sketchbook (sans a few pages) during the month of June when I was staying out in the suburbs and recovering.

Another reason why I haven't been updating is because at some point during that illness, about late April, I had to move out of my apartment. Even though I have the majority of my art supplies with me, my scanner is somewhere in my storage unit. This unit has become the bane of my existence. I thought I grabbed everything that I would possibly need, well, that was important or whatever, but there are a few items that I need every so often. Instead of rummaging through 2398428934 boxes labeled "misc." I figured I'd just buy new shit, but there's no way I'm buying a new printer. Actually, the boyfriend has one and I just thought about it 30 seconds ago. Might scan a few things in the coming weeks.

Weeks? Festival season has started. I work four bar shifts before FOUR days of Lollapalooza. I'm going to need to conserve as much energy as possible for that one.

So, I'm about 90% recovered, been drawing loads of art, and been working my balls off to play catch up on some things. Here's a few bits of crappy art.

30 March 2016

welp, so much for that.

I've been posting more crappy art to everywhere but here. I don't even think people visit actual websites anymore that aren't some form of social media. I could have the cure for cancer somewhere on this site and people still wouldn't visit it.

I filled up two sketchbooks so far this year (well, the first one I started in September), and am currently on my third one. It's a fancy schmancy Baron Fig I got from the Artsnacks studio collection in 2014. I've been putting off using it, because I have this issue about using pretty notebooks. I think I'm going to "ruin" them even though, you know, you're supposed to put shit in them. Same goes for this Simpsons Moleskine my friend got me about a year or so ago. Been thinking about writing ideas and such in it, but I never finish journals or idea books or whatever. I think the last time I finished a notebook as a journal in its entirety was when I was 16. I still have it and should probably consider destroying it. I also have issues writing certain things down, because I don't want people to read them ever and I have super paranoid thoughts about people going through my shit and reading everything... which is funny, because even I don't want to re-read some of my shit.

Oodles of #doodles #doodle

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Been doing all kinds of crap like this in my sketchbook so far. After all these years, I'm still trying to think of a series, but think I am closer than ever. Since I haven't actually started on it, it's still a concept that I won't really share until I have something to show. Maybe I'll get started on that now.

03 January 2016

so, 2016 is here.

I didn't post much last year, but I did draw a lot more than I normally do. One of the things that I want to do for the new year is be more creative. I'm not going to stress myself out with daily drawing challenges, but I definitely do want to draw even more and post more. Not only do I want to draw more, but I want to make more finished pieces rather than sketches that never see the light of day.

I also want to do stuff like cook more at home/order less take out and so far it's been working out pretty well. Then again, it's only January 3rd.

19 December 2015


Yeah, I realize December is almost over and I'm just posting these now, but I'm lazy. You know I'm lazy. This is not a secret. Anyway, here are my inktober drawings.