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Let's All Nap [Aug. 13th, 2016|07:30 pm]
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zzzz
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I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty [Aug. 9th, 2016|10:33 pm]
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lalalalala

Walruses get to feel pretty too sometimes.
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Did You Know: [Aug. 7th, 2016|10:58 am]
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Did you know you can just decide to make pancakes for yourself?

Like when your kid inexplicably woke up at 3:15am and never went back to sleep.* And demanded that you be awake with him. And decided he wanted to walk to the park at 7:00. After a morning like that, you can just be like, "Screw it, I deserve some pancakes."

You can just make a small batch, and you don't have to eat them all, but you also don't have to share them. I mean, you'll try, but your kid won't listen to you when you tell him pancakes have the word "cake" in them because they're delicious. He'll think this is one of your evil tricks and demand Goldfish crackers for breakfast instead, because he doesn't make sense ever.


*-You on the other hand, went to bed at midnight that night because you were watching/backseat driving while your husband played Banner Saga, and you would really have preferred to sleep in until at least 9am that morning.
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California Thoughts: Heat [Jul. 25th, 2016|10:41 am]
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We're in southern California for a while visiting friends and family. Our timing was a little unfortunate, since we decided to drop in during a heat wave. So the weather has been comparable to Texas, with slightly less humidity and slightly more wildfires.

We had commented on how dry everything looked as we drove out to see family one day, and by the time we drove back at night, we could see orange light and the fire cresting over some mountains. I'd lived in LA for what, seven years? And I had never seen that. Shit looked like Mordor.

The sky the next day was a gross pukey yellow color, and there was ash all over everything. No outdoor activities that day. Sorry, toddler.

But the wind seemed to change in our favor yesterday, so now the sky is blue again, and we're back to just regular heat, not heat + apocalypse.
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4th of July Sketches [Jul. 19th, 2016|07:20 pm]
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people

people

I rarely sketch people anymore, not sure why. Oh wait, I remember now. Because sitting down to sketch people somewhere while you have a three-year-old is impossible, that's why.

Anyway, I did think to bring the sketchbook to the local 4th of July festival, and I even got to doodle some fellow attendees while we sat around before the fireworks.
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More Legacy Monsters [Jul. 14th, 2016|06:33 pm]
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groar

The grouchy tree-dwelling lizardfolk this time. I finally gave them a real layered art pass, and hopefully these versions can make it into the game. Some outfit details as well as the horns, feathers, and hats/masks will all be separated out so that they can be turned on and off for each enemy. The different combinations of features (as well as size tweaking and color tinting) should help them feel a little more like individuals.

(FYI, their awkwardly clenched fists are where the weapons are going to go.)
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More Texas Wildlife [Jul. 13th, 2016|09:22 pm]
Annie
We were walking through the park, and I saw a bug I'd never seen before. It looked like a really big wasp, with a blue-black body and these copper wings. It was quite pretty, actually. I reminded myself to look it up when I got home.

Oh man, guys, it's a good one this time. Pepsis Wasp. And this was the article that came up when I googled it:

Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

I've never really had issues with wasps, but knowing that I bent down and had my face 12 inches away from that level of potential pain gives me a weird queasy feeling.

PS- Whoa, fun fact I just learned from that article. Apparently only the females sting, since "[stingers] evolved from ovipositors, which the females use to lay eggs." Badass.
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More Potential Legacy Monsters [Jul. 3rd, 2016|07:24 pm]
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growl

Our game will feature a few different types of enemies. This is the first real (i.e. non-sketchbooky) exploration of the ones that are "telepathic magic-using insect-dragon" things. They're the least fleshed-out of our monster types, but they'll probably get up to things like:

-Weaving webs of magic that they catch prey in
-Mind-controlling your dudes
-Trying to suck your life essence out through your nostrils

Can they talk or make plots? Do they have a society? What do their environments look like? These are questions that may someday be answered.
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Eleparent [Jun. 29th, 2016|11:51 am]
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sigh

I actually had a much better parenting-day yesterday than this elephant, but the sentiment is a familiar one.

"I know I'm stifling your innocent exuberance, but we are going this way. Right now."
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Halp. [Jun. 25th, 2016|07:51 pm]
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oof

I'm just about at that stage of pregnancy where your abs stop working altogether, so trying to get up from a reclining position makes you feel like a fallen tyrannosaurus, flailing your useless little arms.
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Onward to Victory [Jun. 24th, 2016|04:55 pm]
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giddyup

I've never watched "Game of Thrones." I am a sensitive little flower and it is absolutely not my jam. But for some reason, whenever I hear the theme song, I get an image something like this in my head. Maybe not this exactly, it varies, but that's the general feel.
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New Wildlife [Jun. 22nd, 2016|09:30 am]
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So Ben and I are in the guest room/office this morning, and I'm like, "Man, this carpet is even dirtier than I thought. I'm going to vaccuum this right now." I go to roll the suitcase Ben had gotten out to play with back into the closet, and as I'm looking at the floor in there, I'm thinking, "Wait, is that...blood—"

And then this guy flies out at me and lands on the door frame across the room.

Surprise-9am-screech-owl in the closet! GOOD MORNING.

With the help of our trusty salad-spinner bowl once again, I got the owl back outside. It looked a little shaken and kept poofing up and clicking its beak at me, but it seemed able to fly away just fine.

There weren't too many stray feathers around, and only a couple drops of blood on the carpet—our best theory right now is that Baxter got a lucky grip on this thing last night, brought it inside, and then realized he was in waaay over his head. So not much of a fight. Which is great! Injured blue jays give me enough anguish, I might have just had to call a wildlife-rehabilitation-person for an injured juvenile owl.

In other news, Baxter is getting a collar with a bell on it today.
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Thought of the Day [Jun. 15th, 2016|02:25 pm]
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I think I've mentioned it before, but I like spiders. As long as they're a reasonable size and not in the shower or the bed, anyway.

They don't want to eat my food, or my plants, or my blood. They just want to eat the bugs that do (and now that it's summer, there are more of those). Spiders and I are on the same team.
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The Armadillo Suit [Jun. 11th, 2016|08:31 pm]
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armadillo

Ted didn't want to wear the armadillo suit. Nobody did. But sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do.

* * *

Sometimes these doodles come from inspiration. From a song, or an idea, or a conversation or event that took place. And then sometimes they come because the "muse" (aka Mean Annie Who Lives in My Head) demands it:

good god she"s annoying
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BayOwlSunBear [Jun. 2nd, 2016|08:51 pm]
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groabgh

Unfortunately, most distinguishing features of different bears happen in the face/head, which doesn't lend itself to "Owlbears of the World" very well.
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First Peach Cobbler of the Summer [Jun. 1st, 2016|12:33 pm]
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Okay, I swear this is not a recipe blog.

BUT. Butbutbut.

In case you went to the store recently and peaches suddenly became super cheap and you got carried away and filled a ginormous bag without thinking whether you'd actually go through them that fast... I have something that might help. It's a cobbler that comes from... I want to say my uncle's girlfriend? Who is a bona fide Southern lady with a fantastic accent, so this is legit. Also it's one of the best work-to-yum ratios I've ever seen.

Okay so:

* 3-4 cups of peaches- no need to peel, just sliced as chunky or thin as you prefer. I couldn't make up my mind so I ended up with a range of 1/8 to 1/2 inch, and it was fine.

Spread these into a 9x9 dish. Then:

* 1 cup flour
* 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 2/3 cup sugar- the original uses a full cup, but I've experimented, and while 1 was too sweet for my tastes and 1/2 didn't quite do it, 2/3 was perfect. Depends on what you like.
* 1 egg
* 6 Tbs unsalted butter
* I also add a little cinnamon, but this is totally optional.

Mix that stuff together. Cover the peaches with the mixture. Lick your fingers liberally. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min, or until the top just starts to brown. That is it.

Welcome to heaven, motherfuckers.
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The Littler Ones [May. 29th, 2016|08:59 am]
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rawrclankclank

Baby Great Northern Owlbears though, those things are vicious.
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Great Northern Owlbear [May. 28th, 2016|10:14 am]
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hoot

I could have sworn this was supposed to have ended up more menacing and majestic. She just looks kinda friendly and dopey, like she's here for your sandwiches, not your intestines.

Could have been dopier, though.

hoot
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The Hands We are Dealt [May. 27th, 2016|01:00 pm]
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I just realized that I've currently got three books about food/cooking/baking open and scattered around the house, which I pore over at various points throughout the day. I've got my first-ever-on-my-own creme brulees cooling in the fridge (we'll see how those turn out), dough rising for a new pita recipe I read, and I'm eyeing the egg whites left over from the creme brulees and thinking "Aren't meringue cookies a thing? I wonder how hard those would be to try..."

When people say they got good at, I dunno, math or programming by "just reading books and practicing," it seemed like such an alien concept. I figured I wasn't the motivated type who would go "learn something on her own."

But maybe I can be. It's just that I happen to be motivated to learn about cooking right now instead of algorithms. Which doesn't exactly "pay as well?" That's okay though. It takes all types. Y'all bring the software, I'll bring the dessert.

Point being, um. Go... learn about the thing you want to learn about, no matter what it is. That's a good moral I think.
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I guess it is spring or something. [May. 22nd, 2016|04:02 pm]
Annie
birds

Oh hi there.

birds

Oh hi guys.

BABIES EVERYWHERE! In our yard!

I used to be really good about mowing the patch of "grass" at the bottom of the hill in our backyard, but its period of massive growth this year coincided perfectly with the worst of my morning sickness. And since we have a dinky reel mower, by the time I felt well enough to mow the lawn, it was too late. So we're just letting it be a "meadow" now until somebody complains.

While we're talking about wildlife, I never thought I'd be googling "what does a songbird gizzard look like," but Baxter has consumed two birds in the last week and left nothing but a few feathers, a bit of birdseed, and this one particular organ on the floor of our living room. It's probably a gizzard? Google was less helpful than I'd hoped. Whatever it is, Baxter doesn't like it.
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Unrelateds [May. 18th, 2016|01:29 pm]
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Most art these days has gone to Legacy, most free time has gone to toddler-wrangling so that Nate can work on Legacy. I mentioned that environment art is scary, right? It's scary. A cool thing happened though where we reworked the art for an environment, thought about it, etc., and it actually turned out way better than before! I have this irrational fear of over-working things that makes it hard to do large detailed pieces or long projects, but maybe we can chip away at that fear bit by bit with examples of "Hey look, here was a time you edited something, and the more you worked on it, the better it got! Not the opposite! See?"

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I recently learned that you pronounce the "ch" in mochi like the "ch" in chair, not the "ch" in mocha, which seems weird. Nate thought so too, and we made an agreement to not correct each other about it for the time being.
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Thought of the Day [May. 9th, 2016|04:30 pm]
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Past Annie: I love you, but for godsakes, name your Photoshop layers. You are not going to remember what "Layer 59 Copy 3" is six months later, and then you get to play that Guess-and-Check game where you turn each layer in the file off and on again multiple times to figure out what it's doing.

Also, why are your production art files for various walls of the same building different sizes? Were you drunk or what? Maybe you were drunk, that's ok, I'm not judging. But next time check and make sure things that are supposed to be the same size are actually the same size before you go in and spend an evening drawing details on them.
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Cheesecake [May. 7th, 2016|06:44 pm]
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My pregnant self just discovered that I can bake a serviceable cheesecake. I'm in trouble. The last time I baked a cheesecake was in 10th grade,* and I think part of me feared that once I bit into this particular fruit of knowledge (cake of knowledge?), the angels with flaming swords would drive me out of the Garden of Health forever.

Because I remember now, how much baking cheesecake is a Dark Art.

This sucker is 32 ounces of cream cheese (go put that in your grocery cart, see how big it is, and tell me you're not a little nervous), some heavy whipping cream, sugar, and eggs. And what, maybe a tablespoon of flour? A teaspoon of vanilla? And don't even tell me you could use fat-free cream cheese or some shit. I have pregnancy-spider-sense-taste. It will be ruined.

When you don't skimp though? I took a bite and my brain was like, "This is why I'm here."


*- Actually, it was a 3-or-4-way effort between myself and a few friends, and we baked the cheesecake in order to get higher grades in our math class. This is a true story, and it worked.
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Bunsmith Hoppington the Third [May. 1st, 2016|08:32 pm]
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hophophop
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Merfolk [Apr. 30th, 2016|05:59 pm]
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blub

The mer-nautilus has it bad. He can never see where he's going, and is always calling out, "You guys still there? You'll tell me if I'm about to bump into something, right? Right guys?"

The only thing worse than being the mer-nautilus is being the mer-clam.
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