Saturday, January 5, 2019

Top Posts of 2018

It's time for the annual year in review!

I'll start off by being honest and stating what is probably obvious to those of you who regularly follow this site: this year was probably my least prolific one since I started regularly drawing.  The completion of my post-bacc certificate and the ill-advised decision to be a full-time employee and student at the same time resulted in the great summer drawing drought of '18.  Consequently, there are far fewer posts that usual to reflect upon, but I hope that there is a good dose of quality below in spite of the lack of quantity. 

Without further ado, below are the top posts of 2018 based on views, complete with editorial!

To be completely honest, sharks are probably one of my favorite animals to draw.  They have the coolest angles.  I also think it's hilarious that Shark Week has become such a pop cultural point of interest.   As for sharks themselves, yeah, they're pretty neat and serve an important role in the ecosystem.  I've even petted (very small) sharks.  But more than that, I just really, really like drawing them.  If it hasn't been made completely obvious, I think cartoony apex predators are one of the most absurd and funny things out there.

And, you know, I think Tracy Jordan was onto something when he advised that we "live every week like it's Shark Week".  Do that, whatever that means to you.

#8: All the Non-Trad Feels (Tie)
It's no secret that I have been back in school recently to learn all of the sciencey things my heart and head could handle.  Most of my classes were through night school, so if things got tough, I could commiserate with my fellow olds.  However, there was the occasional class that I had to take with regular undergrads.  Although most of the time I don't note my age, during these classes  I seriously felt like the most ancient 30-something on the planet.

PS: Kids these days sure say "dope" a lot.

A lot lot.

#7: When You Feel Like an Imposter
I love a fun pop-science article, bonus points if it involves dinosaurs.  The discovery of a goofy-looking duck-like dinosaur was too good to pass up.  And honestly?  I'm not sure whether the above or the actual artist's rendering in the article is the goofier of the two.

#6: Another Greeting Card I Would Like Mass Produced
A "Sorry for flaking, I really like you, anxiety is really hard to live with, please don't give up on me!" card could really come in handy for me.  I'm guessing I'm not the only one.  I try my best to always show up for my people, but sometimes that is a challenge because of anxiety of the social and general type.  Since I believe in cards, this seemed appropriate.

#5: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Guys, can I be (quite possibly irresponsibly) honest with you on this one?  I pretty much phoned this one in.  No shadow, no shading or highlighting, no background art (but let's be honest, a true background is a rarity with me these days) no special knowledge or research.  Just two dinosaurs celebrating a day.  I guess it's a healthy reminder that simplicity is best sometimes.

#4: Question
The answer, of course, is no.  Like most people, I think, I sometimes struggle with talking about my feelings and problems.  It's an incredible burden to carry for everyone.  Being open and honest is great, and I still need to constantly work on it when dealing with my own feelings.

#3: How to Become the Office Hero in Three Steps:
Okay, I know I just said I like drawing apex predators, which is true.  I also really, really like drawing cute woodland creatures.  Like chubby squirrels.

As an "adult" I've been shocked by how little so many people know about general office functions and how incredibly hard people work for no reason.  (Mailmerge: it's not just for emails. And no, I won't act like I didn't learn that longer than a few years ago.)  Honestly, as someone who has spent a lot of time in school and also working in a variety of settings, I really wish high school had a mandatory class senior year that encompassed two main subjects:

1. How to Really Use All of those Microsoft Applications
AKA Pivot Tables are Neat!
(And No, They're Not Just for People in Business)

2. Personal Finance
AKA Student Loans Aren't Magic Money and You Probably Won't Make as Much Money as You Think or Have Been Told You Can Right Away So Don't Waste Money on Expensive Groceries and Consider a Roommate.

But you know, solidly in my 30's I now get my kicks shopping at Aldi and laughing at the ridiculous and weird stuff they sell in the center aisle, so hey, there's hope for everyone!

#2: Classroom Valentines Day Cards for Grownups
Clearly, I love a good card. Also, I don't think it's fair that kids get to have all of the fun with Valentine's Day cards (or holidays in general).  This is my way of sharing the fun by making the day more adult-accessible.  I'm very lucky to have awesome work friends, and more than one of them deserves a card with a fun-sized candy bar taped to the back.  Problem: solved.

#1: Koko
Aw, man.  This one makes me sad.   I'm (probably clearly) an animal lover, and Koko's passing really hit me in a way that surprised me.  I think she exemplified the care, intelligence, and kindness of which animals are capable, and served as such an amazing ambassador for her species.  Beyond her intelligence, as a confirmed cat lady, it warmed my heart the extent to which Koko loved her kittens.  May we all aim to show one another that level of kindness.

Because of how I felt, I tried to really give this drawing time and attention--hopefully that came through.  It was cathartic and felt important to me to do that.  It seems fitting that the drawing I worked the hardest on was the most popular this year.
__

So there you have it, all.  My most verbose post of the year is now complete. Thank you for supporting me on my lil' corner of the internet.  It really does mean the world to me to have your support. I hope your new year is filled with good people and good things.

Happy 2019!

No comments:

Post a Comment