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Valentine’s Day 2014

I know this is a tad on the late side, forgive me, but Happy Valentine’s Day! I love the idea of a day that reminds us to tell the people we care most about that we love them are are lucky to have them in our lives. Plus it is great to support hard working artisans by purchasing their paper goods to share with our loved ones. 

I really enjoyed buying cards this year and drawing on the envelopes, take a peek at what I did to them. I am hoping there aren’t any postmen out there angry with me!

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Below are some of the cards I bought. I found a lot of them through a lovely little blog called Oh So Beautiful Paper, check ‘em out.

In order, left to right:
1. Rifle Paper Co.
2. Dude and Chick
3. Mōglea
4. Fugu Fugu Press
5. Rifle Paper Co.

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Resolutions

At the end of November I made a list of end of the year resolutions. Unfortunately the holidays crept up faster than I thought and, well, you get the picture. I may not have reached any of my goals, but take a look at the progress I did make below:

1. Create 5 more blog posts this year, thats about 1 a week
I completed 2 of the 5 I was shooting for. In total I created 13 posts last year. I’m hoping I can beat that by quite a few this year!

2. Finish the sketch I started about my trip to NYC
It is about half way done!

3. Make good progress on my T-Rex commission
An illustration job popped up after I made these resolutions and took away the time I had to work on this commission, but I’ll get it done early this year!

4. Create a Twitter list of Austin art galleries to follow
I have a good start to this one, but (again) it’s not quite finished.

5. Draw for at least 15 minutes everyday
I was originally hoping for 40 little drawings, one drawing a day. But, like all of my other end of the year resolutions, I didn’t quite make that. I did draw about half of those days. I’m glad I made this resolution even if I didn’t reach it, it helped motivate me to work on a daily sketching routine.

6. Start a drawing of a Golden-Cheeked Warbler
See number 3.

I may have screwed this one up a little, but making the goals helped me focus my creative energies, even if I can’t officially cross any of them off the list. Perhaps I will continue the tradition of end of the year resolutions near November of this year!

Here are some of my 15 minute sketches from #5 (some were completed in 2 sessions).

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Favorite iPad Games Part 1

The holidays are a particularly great time for iPad games, whether it’s to pass the time on a flight or long car ride, or just to get away from the holiday commotion. The following are a few of my favorites. Stay tuned for part 2!

Sketch of World of Goo by Chloe Yingst | chloedraws.com

World of Goo

World of Goo was originally made for the Wii but now is available to play on your iPad for $4.99. It is a physics based puzzle game in which you construct towers, bridges, and other structures using balls of goo. The story is told through sign posts encountered on each level left by a mysterious character known as the sign painter. The object of the game is to get a specific number of the goo balls into a pipe at the end of the level by creating the structures across challenging terrain. Got it? Good. There are many different types of goo balls, each have their own unique properties. My favorite is the Ugly Goo Ball, she has a lovely, hairy mole. 

Art is © 2D Boy

Sketch of Year Walk by Chloe Yingst | chloedraws.com

Year Walk

There are two parts to the Year Walk experience: the $3.99 game, Year Walk, and the free Year Walk Companion for iPhone. Both are enjoyable as their own applications but together they expand the scope (and the magic) of the game. I recommend having the companion app on your iPhone next to you while you play the game on your iPad.

The game follows a vision quest set in the dark woods of 19th century Sweden. You are tasked to solve cryptic puzzles using all of your senses while encountering mythological Scandinavian creatures.

The companion app is a guide to the mythological creatures in the game including the seductive forest guardian, the Huldra, and the deathly Brook Horse who lures people onto his back and promptly leaps into the water to drown them.

The art is wonderful and haunting. I loved every second of playing this game! It definitely creeped me out but the art and the stories ensnared me.

Art is © Simogo

Sketch of Tiny Wings by Chloé Yingst |  chloedraws.com

Tiny Wings

In this simple and addictive game you are a little bird. All you do is dream of flying but you wings are too tiny! You slide down colorful hills and jump up to fly for short periods of time. You can only fly as long as the sun is up. This lovely little game is only .99¢ in the app store.

Art is © Andreas Illiger

Sketch of favorite iPad games by Chloé Yingst |  chloedraws.com

End of Year Resolutions

For the past 2 years I've been slowly adjusting to a steady, 9-5 work routine. I often find when I come home from working a full day of designing I am creatively and emotionally drained. This means my drawings and paintings have taken a back seat. I need to find a way to work my love for making art into my everyday routine.

There are about 42 days left this year and I figure why wait to make resolutions until January? Why not wrap up this year feeling productive and reaching some goals? Below is a list of art related goals I'd like to achieve by the end of this year. Sharing this here will help me feel obligated to stick to it and  light a creative and motivational fire under my ass. As I complete items on my list I will report back with updates.

1. Create 5 more blog posts this year, thats about 1 a week
2. Finish the sketch I started about my trip to NYC
3. Make good progress on my T-Rex commission
4. Create a Twitter list of Austin art galleries to follow
5. Draw for at least 15 minutes everyday
6. Start a drawing of a Golden-Cheeked Warbler

And to start things off right, here's a sketch of a friendly little scarab beetle.

Scarab Beetle sketch by Chloe Yingst | chloedraws.com