Eyeball (in progress)

I’m working on the cover illustration for a journal, which is good because it is forcing me to whip out the old pencil and paper. This is the preliminary sketch, not super high quality (but not bad for a phone photo). The plan is to colour it later today so we can get the issue out this week. I haven’t decided if I’m going to colour it on the computer or, heaven forbid, watercolour. Only time will tell.
Eyeball sketch


Making a headboard has been on the to do list since about the time I moved in. I inherited a box spring and fram from my family, but being just a frame, it was really plain. I’d seen lots of cool ones online and figured “it can’t be that hard.” I even borrowed a staple gun from my parents (this was about 4 months ago). So finalllllly I got around to getting the rest of the supplies this weekend and Mike and I set about the creation of our masterpiece. It’s made out of MDF, with thick polyester upholstery foam and dark brown vinyl covering it. The buttons I bought and covered myself. For the project we also bought a drill and I must say, I’ve taken quite the liking to the drill. I can see how men people get very attached to their power tools. Though the mechanical staple gun was not easy to use. In fact, I was unable to use it, so it’s a good thing I had Mike around, because I obviously seem to be lacking the upper body strength to use such a tool.

Unlike most of the instructions I found on the interweb, we didn’t attach it to the wall because the metal frame had holes in it to attach a headboard. So we just drilled corresponding holes and then bolted it together. It’s crazy how much of a difference it makes in the room.

HeadboardHeadboard + Brenda modelling on the bed

Faucet adventure

I’m always in a constant search for a project, so when I noticed that a ultra-cool kitchen faucet was on sale, I thought, “ooooo, I could use a fancier faucet.” A little frivolous, but wow, does it make a difference. It was also quite the experience switching faucets. Mike is becoming quite the handyman though (I helped, but he was the brave soul who got under the sink and did the wrenching).

I really can’t believe what a difference it makes!

Before and after:

Faucet before and after

We also got rid of the Moo (cat) on the counter

We’re eventually hoping to change the countertop and move to a single sink. I know, single sinks are the devil, but when you have the roughly 2 square feet of counterspace that we have, that extra foot makes a big difference.

Squeezing in some illustration work

Schooooool’s out for the sum-MAH!

Schooooool’s out for ev-AH!

(ok, it isn’t at all, I start again at the end of August, not to mention I’m working around the university this summer, but to say otherwise wouldn’t have fit with the song)

Illustrations for a math assessment

Since I writing the exam on Friday and starting work tomorrow, I did manage to squeeze in one small illustration job. It’s just supposed to be a couple people to refer to for a math question about rations. Ex: What is the ratio of people with glasses to no glasses?

Because I was feeling cute, two of the kids are Mike and I.
Hint: I’m not blond
Other hint: Mike wears glasses

Science tattoos

I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for tattoos (at least ones that are well done) and when I came across the Science Tattoo Emporium I was like a little kid in a candy shop. There’s just something inherently awesome about people getting their research passions (or otherwise) tattooed on themselves! I especially like the couple I’ve seen that are representations of Cajal’s* drawings of neurons.


*Cajal is one of my all time heros since he was both an amazing artist and a renowned scientist. Not to mention that he studied neurons, which I am particularly found of.

My little tattoo does have a speck of science in it though, a little Fibonacci spiral in the middle of it. Maybe I’ll post a photo later.

Placenta previa

This and my other scientific images have now been moved over to Sketchy Medicine.com, my new website dedicate exclusively to scientific and medical images!

See it there!

I’m doing some more illustration for Sharing in Health, which is great because it forces me to get off my butt and do some art. This one is of placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta develops either over or dangerously close to the cervix. Being, in very very simple terms, a giant sac of blood, this isn’t the best place for the placenta since it’s kind of where the baby needs to go. The danger is that when a woman with placenta previa goes to delivery, the placenta gets all mucked up and she can bleed out. It’s one of the most common causes of maternal death in the world. The good news is that placenta previa can be detected by ultrasound and then a C-section can be preformed, preventing all this nasty bleeding business.

The illustration shows the normal location of a placenta, along with placenta previa and two not-quite-placenta-previa situations that should still be noted.

Placenta previa

The Kug

I saw this over on Gizmodo and thought it was ingenious! It’s the Kug, as in kettle+mug. Two students designed it to address the fact that people with severe arthritis in their hands have a hard time lifting a kettle full of water.

Of course, I think the general idea is that this just seems like a smart idea regardless, since in the morning I am always boiling water in a kettle and then pouring it into my travel mug before I head to class.

Unfortunatley, my iMac is still on the fritz, otherwise I would post the design I’m working on for next year’s orientation week t-shirts.

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