Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I'm Still Alive

Hello! It's been a while, I know. It would be an understatement to say that I've been very busy. Still, I wanted you all to know I'm still alive. Haha. So, I made this gif.

Hopefully things will settle down in the coming month, and I can get back to blogging and illustrating more regularly again.

Until then, I'm still alive!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#WIPWednesday: A Big Dog

I'm currently working on a pet portrait that is 18x24. While I've made a few drawings this size before, I'm always excited to work on one so large. The process is a bit different because of the scale, and of course it develops more slowly.

Stay tuned on my Instagram (@Jonezee85) for progress shots! It's time for me to get to work.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Little Sketchbook Is Almost Finished!

So, I thought I was going to finish my little sketchbook last week, but somehow I'm still working on it. Yesterday, I did some Facebook live videos (I'll embed below). In the meantime, here's another couple of pages. The floral on the left is pasted in. It didn't show up quite as well in the photo as it does in real life. I think the dots on the right threw my camera off.

All right! Now for the videos.

This first one is from The Spinsterhood Diaries Facebook page. It's much shorter than the second one, so if you're short on time, this is the one for you:

 This second one includes a little tour of the sketchbook while I wait for one of the watercolor paintings to dry. It's much longer, though, so if you've got the time, this is the one for you!

 All right. That's it for me! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Few Things You Should Know

So, this weekend, I finished my fourth quilt. It's a baby quilt, and it's a little irregular, but I enjoyed the experience, and I suppose that's all that matters. Well, that and the fact that it does its purpose as a blanket. It is warm.

Now, as for the title of today's post. There are a few things I've been meaning to tell you. Before we get started, this is not a sponsored post.

1. Protein Blends:
          If you're a spinster, and you're too lazy to cook, sometimes you end up eating things from your freezer. However, a lot of the options aren't as healthy as you might hope. If you need some extra protein and fiber, might I suggest Bird's Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends? If you eat the entire bag (which is generally a mix of beans, vegetables, and a starch), it's 500 calories, BUT it does have nearly your entire day's allotment of fiber so...I think it's a good option. My favorites are the New England Blend, the California Blend, and the Italian Blend. Make sure you drink plenty of water, though...

2. Target Quinoa Blends:
          These aren't nearly as healthy for you as the Protein Blends, but they're really very good. I think the Mediterranean-Inspired blend and the Moroccan-Inspired blend are the best ones. Bonus: They're actually really nice-looking in the bowl  once they're cooked.

3. Walgreens Girl Scout Cookies:
          I really hesitate to post this information for a number of reasons. Firstly, I love the Girl Scouts. I was a Brownie, and I loved it. Secondly, I'm afraid Walgreens will stop making these cookies if they're caught. However, in the absence of a Girl Scout Cookie stand, these really will do in a pinch. Walgreens' store brand cookies, Nice!, has created very acceptable knock-offs of Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. I don't know how they're getting away with it, but they are. I've tried the Samoas and the Tagalongs, and they're both very good. Perhaps not quite as good as the original, but they will certainly do in a pinch.

4. Happy Style Socks:
          So, when I designed socks, one of my favorite lines to research for "inspiration" (wink wink) was Happy Socks. Well, yesterday I made a trip to Walmart, and I discovered that Happy Socks has a very affordably-priced line there called Happy Style. Photos aren't available on the Walmart website, sadly, but there's gotta be something else at Walmart you need anyway, right? That's what I thought.

5. The Great British Baking Show:
          You probably already know about this show, but if you don't, you need to go to your Netflix Account right now and check it out. This show is great. It makes me hungry, but it also makes me feel oddly creative.

All right. That's enough for your Monday morning. Grab some coffee, and make it through. Happy Monday!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Side-By-Side Tinsel Print

The reference photo for the portrait I'm working on right now has a red tinsel background. The background is small and a little out of focus, and with how much I've been looking at it, I was inspired to make this little image. With the highs and lows in the original image, it sort of ends up looking like the page on the right here. Then, of course, I had to add the print into some fashion girls.

Ok. That's all for today. I hope your Friday is excellent and that you eat some chocolate. But really you should eat chocolate every day.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spinstergram: Printed Sketches

Last time I checked, I only have 6 pages left in the little sketchbook. I posted the right side of this image the other day on my Instagram, but later I added the sketch on the left, adding the print from the right into the pants. I find this sort of side-by-side so pleasing.

I've pasted so many pages into this sketchbook that it's really fat. I kind of like that about it. It reminds me of when, in high school, my art class worked on altered books. It seems like a good kind of contained chaos. Or maybe organized chaos? That would be the only thing even remotely organized in my life. Ha!

All right. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day, and from one woman to another, I'd like to wish you a happy one. I made this little time lapse to celebrate. You should also celebrate with some chocolate. I know I am.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spinstergram: So Close to 800 Followers

Spinsters, I'm pretty excited. I'm very very close to 800 followers on Instagram. If you're not already following me, then you should be. Go here and click the button. Or, if you already have the app open, my account is @Jonezee85.

I'm also hoping to update my Etsy shop this week with some new things I've made. These items include but may not be limited to the little sketchbook, a baby quilt (and quilted - No machine!), and a paper flower crown. Of course I'll post about it when I've updated. In the meantime, go check out the Sarah J. Jones Art Etsy Store and buy everything. Thank you in advance!

And as for today's image, this is a work-in-progress of a painting that will hang in a pet aftercare provider. Their clients will be able to order paintings of their pets as part of their overall aftercare package if they so choose. I've already delivered a dog painting, and this one will be next!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 6, 2017

More Leopard From The Sketchbook

I've been working in the little sketchbook since January, and I'm getting close to being finished! So, today I thought I'd share a two-page spread I made over the weekend.

First, I drew the print on the right hand side. Then, I drew the girl on the left on a separate pieces paper outside of the book and then glued it in. The marker really bleeds through the paper, so If I wanted to save the sketch on the page before the girl, I had to paste her in.

Anyway, stay tuned here and on my Instagram to see what else is coming out in the sketchbook. When I'm finished, I'll post the whole thing on my Etsy!

Happy Monday!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Late Nineties Nostalgia

In keeping with the rest of the posts this week, I have yet another fashion doodle from the little sketchbook. Today's doodle is 100% an outfit I used to own in the late 90s. Let's talk about it.

Before I start in on the bullet points, I'd like to talk about how weird I know her face looks. The mouth, in particular, is weird because I drew it in pen. It was originally going to be a closed mouth, but then the bottom lip got out of hand, and I had to fill it in and it just spun out of control. So...just pretend she's about to say something.

Ok, now we can continue. Let's break this down into bullet points.

- Headband: I remember having a specific technique for headbands where in you had to place them straight into your hair instead of slicking the hair back. Very serious business.

- Pearl Studs:
          I'm not sure if this was something specific to where I lived in South Carolina, but large pear studs were all the rage toward the end of high school. 98/99 was a time for more subdued pearl studs, so of course I wore those.

- Lip Gloss:
          Oh, the lip gloss. I had clear lip gloss, vanilla lip gloss, lip gloss with glitter in it, and some that was sort of weird and frosted-looking. The glitter was the best one...obviously.

- The Flip:
          I'm not sure how popular the flip hairdo was in other parts of the US, but we were very serious about it in my  hometown. We didn't tease it or anything like I would probably do now if I were going to wear it. We just used a curling iron to try to get the most perfect upturned-curl around the edges of our shoulder-length hair.

- Cap-Sleeved Tee:
          I had a great number of these, and they were all rather fitted. My most favorite one was from The Limited

- Spaghetti-Strap Dress:
          The cap sleeve tee/spaghetti strap dress combo was my go-to. I specifically remember having two such dresses from American Eagle: One Khaki and One Denim. I'd wear a white tee under the khaki one with a denim jacket (from The Gap, obviously) over top. With the denim one, I think I may have worn different colors, but I don't remember that one as well.

- Cross-Body Bag:
          I still like a good cross body, but I remember having a very small one around this time. It had colored seed beads hanging from the bottom.

- Buddha Beads:
          These were really popular. We all had them, but none of us knew what they really were. I've done a little research, and apparently they are "Mala" Bracelets used in both Buddhism and Hinduism. This bracelet is the construction we all had. Of course, we all hd lots of different colors, too.

What about you? Did you wear this? Do tell.

Also, have a happy Friday!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Another Couple of Pages

Today is Thursday, and I have another couple of pages from the little sketchbook. I've been doing a lot of work in the book this week, so I feel like I may finish it before the end of March. We shall see.

Today's side-by-side is comprised of a swimwear sketch I pasted onto the left side page and a doodle I drew directly onto the right side page.

More to come!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Little More Leopard

So, I'm actually sharing these  images in reverse order. I first drew this pinup-style doodle/sketch and filled in leopard for the background. After doing that, I decided it would be fun to draw the sketches I did yesterday.

This image gets a little blurry toward the center because the book is actually pretty thick , so the scanner didn't get to the very middle.

Check back tomorrow for another two-page spread of the sketchbook. And if you are absolutely in love the the doodles (because, why not?) I'm going to post this sketchbook on my Etsy when I run out of pages. In the meantime, you should head over there anyway, because there are some very *ehem* well-priced sketches and drawings in the shop right now.

Happy Wednesday!