Friday, October 29, 2010

Sketches and Notes

For today, I decided to post a few sketches of some comics that I've posted here. If you are interested in the process of creating comics, maybe you'll enjoy seeing these. I always carry either a sketch book or a small clip board with drawing paper in the bag that I take with me everywhere. I always have a pencil, eraser, small ruler, and a couple of my rapidograph pens in a little zipper pocket so I'm ready to go wherever I am. I try to draw whenever I have a couple of minutes... waiting at the doctors office, picking up kids at school, at church... whatever. That way I can keep track of any ideas I might have and practice drawing every day. I just really love to draw. I love the way the pencil feels against the paper. Maybe I'm weird, but that's how it is.

Anyway, here's a few sketches from my little clipboard.

This is a sketch of Phil at a gig.

 And here's the sketch I did of a comic I posted a couple of days ago. When I think of an idea, it usually appears to me pretty complete. I think in metaphors a lot...  because I'm a visual person. I could tell you that I think like I'm in a fog, but you get a better idea when I draw the fog and then the thoughts are little rockets that I can't catch.
That's it for this lovely Friday... see you soon with some new comics!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Brain Fog Disorder

A couple of months ago, I went through a psychological evaluation to find out if I had A.D.D. It was pretty grueling as tests go, I was there for almost 5 hours and was interviewed as well as taking a battery of tests. One thing I found out is that I'm a monster processor... my processing speed is manic, but sadly, my working memory falls far below that. So, I often feel like my brain is speeding, but I can't grasp and hang on to whatever thought is flashing through. It's really frustrating. Sometimes I find myself wandering in some other world, unable to focus in on any one thing. Time becomes irrelevant during these little forays into my imagination. I've spent valuable minutes/hours day dreaming!

Then there's this thing called "executive functioning". That's the ability to organize your life, keep track of your things, categorize, make decisions, be prompt, be able to follow through, manage your time wisely... an ability that's massively impaired when you have A.D.D.

I've spent my whole life trying to function, going to school, working, managing my home and family, but struggling in a kind of fog. Finally, I have an answer as to why it takes me so long and why it is so much of an effort to do things that seem to be easy for most people. I have a brain that doesn't fire very efficiently. I'm so relieved to find that there is something that can help me. It doesn't solve all my problems, but it clears out the fog and enables me to be productive. I'm not the type of person to say that all you need is a magic pill, but if there is something that helps, then by all means, take it. I can testify that my life has improved many times over now that I've found something that helps me think.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Only You! Can Prevent Cooking Fires

I can cook pretty well, but for some reason, I seem to create a smoky atmosphere sometimes. 
I don't get it... 
And hamburgers are the worst.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rosie Steps In

I can't say enough good things about my girl, Rosie. She's my best friend, my daughter and amazing. Yeah, I'm biased. Get over it :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Early Years: 2nd Thoughts

Thanks for being so patient! I have been swamped with family stuff for the last week and a half! But I'm glad to have this comic done and sent out into the etherworld! Thanks for stopping by and reading... you make my day!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Gourd-zilla attacks my hometown!

This is so crazy you have to come look at it.... right here. It's really begging for a cartoon and maybe I'll have time to do one, but at the very least, you should go look at the world's biggest pumpkin. No kidding. It weighs almost a ton. And it's not very pretty. Happy Autumn anyway!

Sunday comic is coming... The Early Years: 2nd Thoughts

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Checking in with my peeps...

Hey! I just wanted to check in with you all since I haven't posted in a week! I've been a little under the weather AND super busy with stuff at home. You might not know this, but I Homeschool my daughter, I'm starting to teach a few students this year (piano lessons!) and I have four kids that all need stuff so my life feels a little out of control at times. On the positive side, the weather has been gorgeous and that makes for a good mood. I'm still drawing and working on the latest Sunday comic that I missed last week... It's coming soon, I promise!

Take care, y'all! I miss you!