Daily Archives: September 30, 2012

Inspiration: It Happens in Armitage World


As some of you know, my college degree is in art education. I only got to teach art for five years altogether, years apart and in very different settings (a residential school for the blind and a private academy). Once I started working at the newspaper 11 or so years ago, I pretty much put aside my artistic efforts to focus on writing and photography.

Of course, it was Richard’s wonderful ChaRActers who inspired me to try my hand at fiction after several years of writing non-fiction, and to start doing the slideshow fanvids.

But the more I have played with Mr. A’s images in fanart; the more I have seen of Sebastian’s (aka Gisbornesboy) wonderful cartoons and other drawings, as well as the artwork of other fans, the more I have felt compelled to pick up sketch pencils and pads once more. To see if I could wake up skills long dormant in me.

My lovely sister gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday and I decided to use part of it on some new art supplies. Earlier tonight I started working on a sketch based on a photo of Adele on the cover of the newest issue of Rolling Stone. It’s far from finished, and far from perfect, but I thought I would give you a peek. I don’t have a scanner here right now, so I had to take a photo with my SLR:

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t even sure I could still do more than doodle (I never stopped doodling). It’s almost as if I was afraid to even try. But Mr. A wouldn’t let his fears keep him from tackling a challenge, would he? Mr. Armitage inspires and, both directly and indirectly, encourages us; we, in turn, inspire and encourage each other.  This is what happens in Armitage World–and it’s a good thing.  How has Richard Armitage inspired you?

Sunday Smorgasbord: the “real” thing


How would you like to come home and discover this guy stretched out on your sofa? And giving you that sort of look? *thud*

I just bet this young lady was feeling pretty starry-eyed, don’t you? One of my all-time fave candid pics of RA.

‘Cause baby you’re a fireworks!  😉 I just love his expression here.

Such a nice face, that boy. How can he say it’s mean-looking? Sure, he can look mean, but he’s not a mean-looking guy.

Of course, this guy can come and lounge on my front steps any time he wants to.  Especially if he keeps those sleeves rolled up to show off those yummy arm hairs.