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January 21, 2019
by Sharon

About Today

JAN 21 2019

12:00 am – Try to photograph the blood moon/lunar eclipse, but I don’t have the right lens here. So I just gaze in awe and try to commit it to memory.

5:30 am – Alarm goes off. I turn it off. Im on holiday because of MLK Day.

7:14 am – Finally get up. Still sick. Go to bathroom to blow my nose. Glad my headscarf stayed on through the night.

7:20 am – Load the dishwasher. Lie on the couch to recover from cold. Realize I forgot to bring my phone charger with me into the living room. Find two more teacups on my nightstand when I go back to my bedroom. Put on my gray and white polka dot fuzzy robe that my mom bought for me. Load them into the already-going dishwasher.

7:22 am – Fill my stainless steel bottle with water to drink today. Need to stay hydrated to help this sore throat.

7:24 am – Lie on couch and start looking for a journaling app. Decide to just start the thing in Notes app.

7:31 am – My stomach starts to gurgle. I’m hungry, but don’t feel like eating anything.

7:34 am – Read Daily Text, Colossians 3:12.

7:36 am – Remember that I still have some mango wedges in the fridge. That makes me think about the way Schuyler Ray was saying the word “fridge” after reading it in the Curtis comic in second grade.

7:37 am – Finish reading the cited text, Micah 7:1-3, which describes corrupt officials abusing their power.

7:42 am – Eat breakfast—mango spears (Walmart—stood in self checkout line for way too long yesterday after vowing never to return to this location because of the ridiculous lines; this time, the self-checkout machines were out of cash…) with Publix vanilla yoghurt in blue Opalhouse glass. Also take daily multivitamin.

7:45 am – Alarm goes off letting me know to start class and take attendance. But I’m off today.

7:50 am – Scrolling through Instagram while I finish the last mango spear. See an ad for ScrapBox and send it to @adornedbynicole.

7:55 – See an Instagram ad for the new show Crashing. I word associate to the Fall Out Boy song entitles “You’re Crashing, But You’re No Wave.”

8:53-10:08 am – FaceTime with family: mom, Laura, Peighton, Nicole. Made mom cry telling her about how she is the best person I know.

11:07 am – Completed two Nike Training workouts—Basic Burner (15 min.) and Motion to Burn (30 min.).

11:15 am – Showered.

11:40 am – Moved clothes hampers from my bedroom to my closet to give a semblance of tidiness. Think of Marie Kondo’s Netflix special and how I will maybe tackle folding and purging next weekend.

11:45 am – I draw back the blinds in the living room to let more light in. My patio looks out onto the backstreet of a neighborhood, an unsightly, broken wooden fence separating us.

11:59 am – Lie back on the couch and marvel at all I was able to accomplish before noon, even with this cold. Now I’m hungry again and a health app just reminded me to drink more water.

I miss journaling. I want to take it up again in a format that I can consistently manage. This seems like as good a start as any. I’ll imbed more links to the random things I mentioned, for reference.

Let me know if this is something you would like to continue to see.

hello, (ides of) march | robyn + marian

March 15, 2016 by Sharon | 0 comments

Yeah, that’s what today is. Apparently the Romans had this whole system for naming the point they were in the month. Pretty interesting stuff.

Incidentally, this is my first post of 2016. A few things have been going on behind the scenes here at artgyrl, and I’ve just failed to update my blog here. I’ve been pushing my Patreon more, uploading more exclusive art there. I finally got going with developing and drawing my comic. Recent updates will be posted exclusively to Patreon first and then here. So consider subscribing if you would like to get a first look at my new content. I won’t bore you with all the details here, so click the link for more info. :)


Some sketches of Robyn and Marian, the main characters of my comic. I drew it in a handmade sketchbook, so I’m not sure of the paper, probably about 80lb, colored with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, outlined with Staedtler Pigment Liners, and highlights with a Uni-ball gel pen.

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inktober: week 3

October 20, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Whelp…I’m behind on my drawings. I haven’t given up, though, and I’m still trucking through the challenge. Still, there are only 3 drawings to share from the past week.

day 15 | peggy carter | captain america/agents carter/mcu

day 17 | john + teyla | stargate atlantis

day 18 | ororo munroe/storm | x-men

This was my first time drawing Storm. I based her features loosely on Lupita Nyong’o, since both she and Ororo have Kenyan ancestry. And I wouldn’t mind seeing Lupita play her in real life.

I’m considering putting these drawings for sale in my storenvy. But I’m more attached to some than others, and it will be a while before I could part with them, if ever.

For now on, I will try to not spend so much time on each drawing, because I’ve easily spent 2-3 hours on each one, including the initial pencilling stage. On to next week. :)

inktober: week 2

October 12, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

More Inktober drawings. I started to lose momentum at the end of this week. So now I’m currently 3 drawings behind. Fortunately, October has 5 weekends, and hopefully I will be able to catch up.


day 05 | napoleon solo | the man from u.n.c.l.e.

After the drawing of Napoloen, I decided to switch to the Faber-Castell PITT Pens. I really like the solid black lines that they produce. This is due to the fact that the pens contain pure india ink. I also tried a different technique for shading the hair, inspired by the art of Glenn Arthur.

day 06 | lara vega | minority report

day 07 | phryne fisher | miss fisher’s murder mysteries

day 08 | safe and sound (fitzsimmons) | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

09 | daisy johnson | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

inktober: week 1

October 5, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments


I don’t really think much about the fact that I’m an artist. It’s just something I have always done and have gotten pretty good at over the years. However, like any skill, the only way you can get better is to practice. Unlike many other physical activities, art is something that you can start at practically any age and continue to improve and evolve in your abilities. It’s always important to challenge myself and try new techniques.

The introduction of Periscope was a way for me to have a live window into the creation process of my favorite artists. I never thought I would really have a use for Copic markers, but after watching other artists use them, I found I have a use for them after all.


Last year I discovred the Inktober Project. I t was a great way to challenge myself to use ink more. This year, I’m more determined to complete all the drawings. Drawing has come easier since I’ve been doing it more consistently (go figure), so I’m really excited to see what I can produce. I’ve branched out to using a brush to ink my pieces, and I bought a set of Faber-Castell PITT Artists Pens (Manga Black), which I have yet to use.

day 01 | greaser!fitzsimmons | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

day 02 & 03 | gaby teller + illya kurkakin (smol + tol) | the man from u.n.c.l.e.

All drawings were done on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper with Winsor & Newton Cotman 00 round brush and Higgins Ink in Black Magic.

I’m not too happy with Jemma’s likeness. I can’t get her nose quite right. Maybe this week I will switch it up with the PITT Pens. But I like to leave myself open to what the Muse wants