I’ll post the close-up at the end of this post for your viewing pleasure.
This one is the direct result of my own juvenile sense of humor being mixed with one of my best friend’s even more juvenile sense of humor. The titmouse joke isn’t exactly new or unusual to the world, but it’s a favorite all the same. She jokingly suggested I make it into a t-shirt and me being me, I took it upon myself to actually do it. It’s been a few weeks since I did a t-shirt design, especially one this involved, so it took me longer than the single day I set for myself to finish it in, but I like it even more for it. That being said, I think the joke is pretty self-explanatory even if you’re not familiar with what a tufted titmouse is, so I don’t have much to add, other than I’d wear it if I had boobs I was wanting to show off.
Edit: It’s been brought to my attention that this illustration has gotten a lot of interest from Stumbleupon in even just the last couple hours, so I’d just like to say thanks for the support of all the stumblers who have come by and given it a thumbs up. It means a lot.
This drawing of the day was taken from an old doodle I had lying around in a sketchbook I originally got for the sketchbook project way back in late 2010 and never actually got around to filling the book and sending it back in. For various reasons, I could never find a chance to put an idea down in it when I had the idea, and I’ve been carrying it with me since the beginning of my senior year of college. To date it’s gone on 12 train trips, several road trips, been accidentally dropped in a toilet somewhere in Arlington VA, had a small lapdog attempt to eat AND urinate on it and it’s been used as a coffee cup coaster pretty much the whole way ( I have never been good at taking care of my toys. ).
Chances are pretty good that given my refusal to give up on it, that this little sketchbook is eventually going to somehow find its way on a combat deployment or two with me and have a few other adventures before I one day finally manage to finish it and return it to the sketchbook project people. But that being said, I have a feeling they’ll be the sort to appreciate the story behind it when it finally makes it’s way home.
Ok, I post this “sketch of the day” with a couple caveats. One, I didn’t really finish it because I’m drawing and writing this on public transportation, and it’s not exactly easy to work with a tablet and laptop both in your lap, and two, I have not seen the new Avenger’s movie and I only barely managed to fidget through the Captain America origin story. And I probably won’t get the chance to see The Avenger’s until some time next year. That’s just how it goes some times. But, I was asked by a young gentleman wearing a righteously old Spiderman t-shirt who saw me doodling to draw him a funny Avenger’s-related picture, and out came this. If you’re wondering what the practice of stuffing is, I’ll give you a hint; that is in fact a sock hanging out from under his gut. Not exactly breaking new ground, but come on, steroids jokes are always funny.
Two and a half weeks is entirely too long a time for me to go without actually posting anything up here, so rather than waiting until I’m done with some of my longer projects, I instead elected to take a sketch from my giant pile of them and turn it into a quick finished sketch. Lo and behold, I give you my sentiments on what it is to be an illustrator and designer via partially nude garden gnome. I personally find garden gnomes to be the perfect answer to all life’s problems. Girlfriend broke up with you? Chuck a garden gnome and threatening note through the window. People always stealing your spare house key? Hide it under a gnome. Aggressive mole infestation? Garden gnomes can plug up those tunnels. A garden gnome can solve almost anything with a little creativity. You can even use them as a stand-in for taking the time to draw a realistic representation of yourself.
In other news, I also recently started a Society6 shop where I’ll be posting all of the things I do to make them available as art prints. Nobody asked me, but hey, why not? It’s nice to have the option to spend all your well-earned money on awesomely frivolous things. You can find that spot here: http://society6.com/AlexGroh