Monday, July 25, 2011

07 How to Choose Your Watermelon

(took a break for comic con, will keep at the daily sketches in a bit :D)

I always love watching people pick watermelons. They gently bounce the fruit, pat it, look very intensely at it....It seems like everyone has their own method or secret for picking the very best one.

My dad was generally the one in our family who chose the watermelons, and I remember almost all of them being delicious. My sister and I came to think of him as some kind of...Watermelon Whisperer. I, too, wanted the magic touch! So recently one night (after eating some of yet another perfectly tasty watermelon), I asked him:

"How do you pick your watermelons, Dad?"

A good watermelon?

to pick a good watermelon you need to look for three things

"A good sound when you pat it!"

If you listen closely to that sound you can tell how juicy and thick the watermelon will be.

"The scars! The scratches! If a watermelon has some of these it will taste better"

Huh? Why?

Well, you see....

Animals can tell when a watermelon has a lot of sugar in it, so they're always clawing and trying to get into the sweetest melons. That leaves the scratches and scars.




"You see those little black dots in the scars? Those are beads of sugar that have oozed out of the melon! You can tell that it will be sweet."

Now, the last thing you need to look for is the bu--...button...buh--...


"The butt, Dad?"

Yes, the butt of the watermelon.

You see, right here?

The butt.

some text
"When you push on the butt of the watermelon, you should feel some tension and it should bounce back a little. It will tell you how firm and juicy the watermelon is" heh heh


"The butt!"

....Aaaand that's how I learned the three, completely unscientific secrets of good watermelon-picking. I haven't tested them myself, so I have yet to confirm their accuracy....but I'll be sure to let you know if I do!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

06 wee foxes

some more quick watercolor practice. it did not scan well :(

and for fun, my palette:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

05 witchy

I stopped liking this one halfway through and kind of gave up on it, but here it is anyway. eeeehhh.

I think "eating fingers" is in the official Witch Job Description.

PS. shoutout to kyle and beth, my boot-color designers :P

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

04 triple crown winner

always bet on the unicorn!
prize steed, indeed

Monday, July 18, 2011

03 prize steed

this sweet unicorn was used to great effect by Rad. I fully support anyone who wants to get this as a tattoo. Email me for a hi-res copy haha.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


okay, with some encouragement, I'm going to try the daily sketch thing*. Hopefully it'll force me to draw more! :)

I never could get the hang of hacky sack.

*except i might take some breaks for longer posts

Thursday, July 14, 2011

the woman wonder

a little something I drew for Rad, since he seems to have been on a bit of a Wonder Woman kick

Saturday, July 9, 2011


...and their hair.

We have a nice little studio gallery here at Nickelodeon, and this month it was dedicated to art by the R & M crew. I am, of course, biased (hehe)--but I thought it was a really great show. I'm lucky to work with such tremendously talented artists :)

Here are the two pieces I did. They came out rather small (both under 5x7''), and were done in watercolor (acrylic for the girl-inking). And because I thought it was interesting, I've included the color palettes for their respective paintings. I got lazy and mixed right on the paper, those were all the colors I used. The scanner killed some of the colors :(

And the original sketches, if you're interested:

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