Campbell and Cullom

Well, that was a long sick day!  Actually, it was more of a hibernation, but I’ve emerged – a little disoriented, somewhat energized, and seriously disappointed that I didn’t manage to use up the fat that I stored last fall.  In addition to the lengthening days, a series of commissions helped drag me out of my den.  This is a custom house portrait that a very sweet girl ordered as a gift for a neighbour she was leaving behind when she moved into her first house.  I love hearing the stories behind the purchases of my prints and am regularly impressed by pure thoughtfulness.  Either I have especially nice buyers, or people in general are nicer than I give them credit for (I’m betting on the former).

and then there were five

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I’m back!  I took the liberty of giving myself a nice long maternity leave while reacquainting myself with life with a newborn (pure… um… joy).  Doodle’s little sister (Doodette?  Twoodle?  Me Toodle?) was born one month ago today!  In celebration, I drew a new family portrait for my “About Me” page.  I have to admit that this doesn’t really look all that much like my husband.  In fact, it’s weirding me out a bit that this four-fingered stranger has his hand on Doodle’s head like that.

Let the regular updates resume!  Hopefully…

new drawings, familiar faces

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Welcome to the new and improved Doodle and Hoob!  The link images for my new front page took up so much time this week, I didn’t do my regular Sunday drawing.  Instead, here are larger versions of the links for you to peruse.  

I actually drew this first one a couple of weeks ago, before I drew “endgame …”  Maybe it’s the same guy – who some of you have assumed is my husband.  I guess I see the resemblance.  Whoever he is, he must be pretty secure in his masculinity to hang out with so many bears.  Any guesses on what the bear is saying?

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I apologize for the extra click to get to the blog, now.  For those of you with severe cases of impatience/carpal tunnel, you can always just bookmark this page.  This drawing was inspired by the seriously dorky cool Moleskine flickr groups.  

Don’t bother trying to read my “Latin” (you know you want to).  It’s just Lorem ipsum.

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Woodland creatures dig my stuff.  Or maybe they’re just freaking themselves out contemplating the horrors of formaldehyde.  

Check out my shop to see the new banner I made using last week’s drawing.

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I love how you’re not allowed to smile in passport pictures.  I got Doodle’s passport when he was just about a year old.  It took at least a half an hour to get the shot because he wouldn’t close his mouth!  

Now that I have a nice new link to my “about me” page, I really need to update my info and picture…  Maybe next week.

Janus senses change

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I was checking out my shop the other day and decided that my old shop banner just isn’t cutting it anymore.  Yeah, I know, everyone loves an aye aye, right?  While this is true, I still think I’m ready for a change after almost a year.  So, this week I offer up a drawing of Doodle and Hoob which may or may not end up being incorporated into a new shop banner.

I drew this picture before naming it (as usual), and, although it immediately reminded me of Janus, I’ve only just noticed how appropriate the connection is to our current situation.  This January brings not only a new year, but also a new baby into our lives.  Poor Doodle and Hoob will have a lot to deal with.  Perhaps we should get on with some invoking.

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Yes, it’s true. I drew a portrait of my dog in Burgundian dress. Commence mockery. I can’t believe that this is my first D&H drawing of Hoob, after all this time. Well, here she is. And yes, she is a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. I started this drawing to remind me that I’m supposed to be focusing on my studies these days.  So, this post comes with an announcement: I’m scaling my D&H posts back to once a week (Sundays), while I prepare for my comprehensive exams in the fall.  Since my topic deals with medieval portraiture, you may or may not be seeing more poor animals decked out like so many (ye olde) ren fair(e) attendees.  I’ll try to keep it to a minimum, though.