Thursday, December 24, 2015

a star wars christmas // pen // notebook sketch // SMALL SPOILER HIDDEN INSIDE ON RED

Merry Christmas, everyone!

   I hope you're having a great Christmas Eve.

   I just finished some Star Wars fanart for you... I've been in the Star Wars mood for a while now., though I've only seen the movie twice so far, but hopefully I'll go to see it again soon.

   Willow and I had some favorite surprise characters, as we are pictured with below.

   She really loved the little perky droid, BB-8, and is getting one for Christmas. She's super excited, he's a voice activated droid. And because she loves him so much, I thought I'd draw her under the mistletoe with 'her guy' :)

   I drew inspiration from DrawingWiffWaffles, who likes to put a square of color behind the character to add focus where she wants it, and to make it pop out more. I did that here, though I'm not super happy with the lighter green around the mistletoe... but, overall, I like it pretty well anyways.

   Right, here's the part where I explain myself... this would happen after Kylo Ren (eventually..?) turns good and brings presents to the Christmas party. I did the red because it's Christmas colored, not just because of the darksidieness. He was a surprising character, which lands him on my 'highly favored' list. But dude, his face is super hard to draw... what's up with that tiny chin, man?!

Well, I hope you liked them, and that you have a great Christmas/Eve!

Merry Christmas,

Friday, December 18, 2015

star wars: the force awakens // review // spoiler free

Not very long ago, in a theater only a mile away...

The force awoke.

How long have we been waiting for this day to come?

Just long enough.

The timing was perfect, special-effects clean and practically real. Actors just the right age and with the right attitude.

Can't get much better than this.

The whole movie was a fast paced ride, with many fun jokes and memorable sets. They slowed down just enough for the emotional scenes, and gave some great in-between dialog to keep the story going. The amazing cast really lifted the story with their chemistry, while lightsaber duels and other battles were wonderfully choreographed.

I can't say enough about the characters. I love the way they handled Finn, he's my favorite of the bunch. Ray was great too, she was a strong character, but not overbearing. Po was amazing and very funny. BB-8 was adorable, and wasn't only a simple replacement to R2, but his own character. It was really cool and nostalgic to see Han, Chewie, and Leia returning.

Oddly enough, I really enjoyed the scenes with Kylo Ren. He was a very interesting character, and I can't wait to see more of him and how his story unfolds.

The only thing I had a beef with was the ending. It could have been tied together more neatly, but it wasn't enough to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.

Over all, it was an amazing ride, and I loved it just as much as the old movies. In fact... I think I've found my new favorite Star Wars episode :)


P.S., please leave a comment on what YOU thought of the movie! I'd love to chat with you :) But remember... spoiler free for those who haven't seen it yet!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

give thanks // photography // 12 days of thanksgiving tag

 Thank you, Sarah, for tagging me for the 12 days of Thanksgiving! I know it's after Thanksgiving itself, but I thought I could show you some of my photos from the big day in this post.

~ Rules ~
1. List 12 things that you are thankful for
2. Tag as many bloggers as you want, making sure to tell them of their nominations

I'm going to be giving less generic answers here... so just know that I am thankful for God, my home, and my family :)


the smell of cinnamon rolls on sunday morning


 the light of the sun's morning rays streaming through my window


handwritten letters by caring friends


little white lacy dresses


warm knit sweaters in the wintertime


listening to gentle instrumental music while blogging


steaming hot tea in my favorite blue round cup


long walks in the cool winter air with my dad


twinkling white stars in a deep blue sky


a layer of frost on the dull green grass


 wrapping up in warm blankets for long car drives


 fuzzy boots that act as slippers around cold feet

I tag the following...

Maggie Rice from Traveling Home

Thank again to Sarah for tagging me! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving :) Maybe later I'll do a post of the other photos I took on our trip to the Thanksgiving table. There was a lot of good scenery.

Remember to thank God for the little things in life, and to give thanks with a grateful heart.