Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

Homer and I wish you the best and scariest Halloween!

Monday, October 28th, 2013



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Urban Wolf

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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I’m trying out a new format for my dog stories.


April 2013 Free Embroidery Pattern. The Jackalope!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I’ve had a few request to do a Jackalope pattern on my Flickr group, Badbird Patterns.  So, I thought it was time that I made their wish my command.



Click on the image to enlarge, then right click on the image to print.

You won’t believe it! A NEW free embroidery pattern!

Friday, February 15th, 2013

You know, you guys have put up with a lot from me over the years.  First, there was Oil-Painting Andrea, then Craft-Girl Andrea, Stupid-Story Andrea and now Children’s-Book-Illustrator Andrea.  What can I say?  I wear many hats and some of my hats are wee pointy things with glitter on them, but I digress.  I vaguely remember promising to give you, my loyal minions, a new free pattern every month (what was I thinking?) and that seems to have disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of my life.

But guess what!  A free pattern has snuck in! Right under my nose too (it’s probably because of me having a cold).   And it’s topical!  That’s right, it is!  It’s an Easter Bunny.  Can’t you just image him hippity hopping into your house on Easter night and depositing his eggs?  Oh the joy.

So go ahead and have your way with him.  Make me proud!

You can click on the pattern above for a large view.

How to draw characters.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Let’s begin by getting your mind and psyche in the right space.

If you use my tutorial I want you to:

  1. Sketch a little bit everyday, for at least a month.
  2. Allow the sketches to be crappy.  In fact, I give you permission to make crappy drawings.  How’s that!
  3. If you are sensitive about your work then don’t allow anyone to see your practice sketches.
  4. Repetition is more important than perfection with my tutorials.
  5. Use bold long pencil strokes and give yourself permission to lose control.
  6. When you let yourself lose control you are actually pushing your boundaries.  You are learning new things.




Here it is super quick:

  1. You know those generic cartoon expression images  in “How to Draw Cartoons” books?  Copy them over and over until you’ve got them memorized.  Be able to draw them without looking at your samples. ( You can find a bunch of sites on-line that have these cartoon expressions.)
  2. Now collect images by your favorite artist and copy them over and over.  And, while you’re copying ask yourself questions like:  What makes this character  so cute?     How does this artist handle eyes or hair or the body?     How does this artist show emotions with his/her character’s face and body language?  Study the art!

      3.   Draw your favorite artist’s characters over and over until you can draw them by memory.

       4.   Now play! Sketch and sketch.  Make cute images, silly images, and sad images over and over. Don’t second guess yourself.  Allow yourself to make horrible drawings.  Use idea’s you’ve seen in other peoples work.  Or maybe start with another artist’s character and change it.  Morph it into your own charater. Got a stupid idea?  Draw it.  Wind up drawing something you like?  Save it but keep drawing, and drawing, and….

If you do these exercises you will learn a lot about the vocabulary of character design and at the same time teach yourself what you want to see in your own characters.          


Here are some of the people I have learned from:

Hyperbole and a Half – (This site proves that you don’t need to be the most realistic artist to be awesome)

Patrick McDonnell

Bill Watterson – (He doesn’t seem to have an official site)

Peter Reynolds

Looney Toon Cartoons.  You can find many of them on YouTube.

Here are some of my favorites:

What’s Opera, Doc? – (Sample )

Witch Hazel – (Sample)     (Sample)

Drip Along Daffy – (Whole Cartoon)

It’s time for a wedding!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012


   My daughter is getting married.  Here is what happened when she told me-

Daughter:  I’m getting married!

Mom:  That’s so awesome! Now what do we do?

Daughter:  I don’t know.

Mom:  Me neither.  How about elope?

Daughter: No, I  don’t think so.

Mom:  Oh my god, you mean I have to dress up?  What will your Father wear?  I don’t know how to put together a wedding!  Can we have chocolate cake?  Do I have to wear high heels?  I’m not wearing makeup!  Can we have a candy bar?  Wouldn’t if be fun if we all dressed like circus performers!  Oh god, were am I going to get a circus performer type outfit?

 Daughter:  No Mom, no circus outfits.  Could you just design our invitations?

Mom:  Yes. . . Yes I can.



   I put, “as they join fin and paw in marriage”in the announcement as a joke, but my daughter and her fiance both liked it, so it sayed.

Camp Whosawolf

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

This Winter my dog decided to take a trip.  

He’s been wanting to get back to his roots so when he heard about this place called Camp Whosawolf he got very excited.   Basically, you get matched up with a wolf pack and for one week you eat, drink and sleep as a wolf.

Here’s My Little Timber Wolf aboard his bus headed for Montana to meet his foster pack.

Here he is meeting his foster pack for the first time and greeting them as a wolf.

Notice his stern wolfish expression. He’s feeling pretty dangerous.

He’s always loved the snow. Here he’s keeping up with one of his wolf brothers.

Bringing down a caribou has been a life long dream for my little guy.  He finally got his wish!

My pup was never much of a howler, but on his last day he was feeling very wolfish and he was able to muster a pretty good Ha-ruuu!

When he  got home his was tired, his throat hurt and his farts smelled really weird.  But it was good to have him home.

October’s Embroidery Pattern, Acorns!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

What to do, what to do, what to do?  Hum…  I know, acorns with faces!   I just wanted to do something that I, at least, have not seen before.  Well, maybe in I’ve seen it in some form of artwork but not in embroidery pattern.

Oh, and how do you like the new logo.  Kind of pokes you in the eye doesn’t it!

Click on the image to get the full size pattern and  like always Have Fun!