I’m a runner and it wasn’t always so. At first, I had asthma and internalized that because I required an inhaler to get past the hard parts, I couldn’t run. Then when I tried anyways in college, I did it too often with bad form and I developed runner’s knee so again, I thought that I couldn’t run. This year, I resumed my attempts and made the same mistake but this time I had a runner friend Leann to ask for help and the blessed internet. I slowed myself way down, switched to dynamic stretches, cross-trained, rolled out with a foam roller afterward, and reduced the frequency of my run.
Fortunately, third time seems to be the charm and now with stronger muscles and form that doesn’t make seasoned runners want to cover their eyes, I’m back to that lovely runner’s high.
I’m pretty excited, and off to go for a run now. I see my running as an example of continued effort and education paying off. I’m immensely proud of my running habit, and as it was on my mind today, I drew a sketch of that feel…when…your feet are taking you places you want to go.
Every year I create a couple of holiday cards. This is one of them. My brief was, ‘puppy in the snow’ so I went with that and brought in a barcode scanner since the company is a point of sale hardware/software store. Usually, things are pretty conservative for their branding so it is nice to do something playful in the spirit of the season.
I’m workin’ on this “Holiday Hustle” campaign for a gym. They use a lot of kettlebells (among other things) and they’re running a special over the holiday season. I created this eye-catching graphic for it and I’ll share the poster when the sale goes live. The trainers are really nice and if you’re in Bham you should check EveryBody’s Gym out.
This is the updated work in progress for my latest piece. The colors are really starting to pull it all together. I have the drawing underneath everything but I find that it gets me focusing too much on the details. I wanted to get the all over lighting before focusing in on the tiny bits. Beth Sobel said something similar to, “Start broad in scope and then narrow.” I have a tendency to go narrow too quickly which I’m focusing on improving. I am looking forward to working more on this tomorrow.
I grew up in the Sound not knowing much about Orcas, indeed they were just pretty local residents that got everyone including the locals excited when they would swim by. I’ve had them in my dreams but never really given it a second thought. Then one day I was waiting outside a shop underneath the bones of Rosey (a humpback that beached in Coupeville WA) and reading up on the local wildlife. Surprisingly Puget Sound is home to only three whale pods. They stay here all year round and haven’t mated with any outside pods for centuries. As far as killer whales go I guess they could be considered the vegetarians of the species as they only eat squid and fish, no seals like the transient Orcas are oft seen munchin’ on. Then I read the last bit about there only being 77 Puget Sound orcas left and I was completely stunned. I had always thought they were making a comeback. I’d like to make an effort to help our majestic sea wolves, the Orcas. So here is a drawing of the newest member of pod J. Born only a few days ago, his name is J50 and currently his Grandma Slick and Auntie Echo are baby sitting him while his mother rests. He is none too happy about this and keeps trying to slip away to mama. 🙂 Pretty cute.
J50 is the only living Orca baby from the last two years. Starvation and malnutrition is a big problem for these guys so PLEASE send some positive energy their way. Donate to a local salmon stream rebuilding effort like http://www.n-sea.org Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association or volunteer time. (Orcas rely on Salmon for food like so much in our area.) Or even just find ways to reduce your waste water from getting in the Sound. Here are some things YOU can do at your home and with your car that will help keep J50 healthy and eventually well fed. http://pugetsound.org/education/polluted-runoff/what-you-can-do
“The newborn looked healthy and energetic with Slick, but Balcomb noticed it would wander off and have to be corralled back by Slick’s daughter J42, an 8-year-old known as Echo, according to The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. Babies typically stay right alongside their mothers, Balcomb said.” http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025372836_whalemotherxml.html
I just realized I never got around to posting this drawing. Enjoy!
Originally post per my Deviantart account, Luvecerviere…
“Why should I fear the sun, I gave it birth, I can give it death.”
“The Tzitzimimeh were also associated with the stars and especially the stars that can be seen around the Sun during a solar eclipse. This was interpreted as the Tzitzimimeh attacking the Sun, this caused the belief that during a solar eclipse, the tzitzimime would descend to the earth and devour human beings. The Tzitzimimeh were also feared during other ominous periods of the Aztec world, such as during the five unlucky days called Nemontemi which marked an unstable period of the year count, and during the New Fire ceremony marking the beginning of a new calendar round – both were periods associated with the fear of change.”