Fall In Love with February

Welcome back to Fall In Love with February! I’ve really enjoyed this past week. Since I’m only finishing a drawing every other day, this week was a bit more relaxed and I think my drawings benefitted from it. There are only three being posted here this week, because drawing number 4 won’t be finished until later today.

If you are following along, make sure to use #FallInLoveFeb2018 if you post on Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to see your creations!

This week in art

I love the month of February. I love Valentine’s day. So I was excited to get started this week. Drawing lovey-dovey couples just doesn’t get old for me. The most difficult prompt for me was the very first one. How did I want the couple to meet? Where should they be? What should they be doing? Once I’d made those decisions, the rest of the week came pretty easily. I decided to work a good bit on my tablet this month and try to get some practice in on it, so two of my three drawings this week were done on my Surface. I’m starting to get the hang of it a little better. Though, I think that has more to do with my use of Clip Studio Paint over Photoshop than any skill on my part.

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Anyway, let’s take a look at the first few drawings for February!

Fall in Love With February Day 1-2: Meeting for the 1st Time

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I thought about where I would want to be in February and the first place I thought of was a nice sunny beach. So that’s where my little couple meets for the first time. Poor guy, he looks totally smitten by that winking vixen!

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint.

Fall in Love With February Day 3-4: Becoming Friends

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I changed her hairstyle a bit this time, but I’m trying to stay with the same couple overall. I really liked this picture. It was a bit time consuming due to the table and chairs, but I really like the whole thing.

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint.

Fall in Love With February Day 5-6: Holding Hands

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Okay, now they are just getting super duper cute! I love this one a lot. The little blush on her face says so much and they look so adorable together. I can’t wait to draw more of this couple and see how it progresses.

Drawn on copy paper with standard pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor Pencils.

Next Week?

This coming week we have a couple having their first kiss, hugging, spending time together, and then (dum dum da dum) a proposal! Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #FallInLoveFeb2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Progress Report

It has been a while since I’ve done a progress post. That’s mostly due to the fact that I haven’t made much progress. Well, so I thought. January was a bit rough on the diet and exercise front, with the mister and I fluctuating up and down quite a bit. But we broke out the tape measure this past weekend. Lo and behold, we were making progress without realizing we were.

Measurements trump the scale

I see it a lot, that the scale is not always the best indicator of where you are. But we never really believe that, do we?

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We want to believe that that horrible, mocking number on the device of doom somehow is our end all and be all. Which is why we put so much stock in it. A good number can make you feel on top of the world, while a bad number can send you spiraling into depression.

The Clothes Test

After several weeks of the mister not going down at all, and my own numbers barely budging (or worse, creeping upward), I knew we had to get the measuring tape out. Neither of us were dealing with clothes that were too tight. In fact, hubby just bought a shirt in a size large! And the size 24’s that I bought just a little too tight to be comfortable are now fitting as nicely as my now loose 26’s did. So what gives?!

Had Anything Changed?

We weren’t eating any differently. If anything, we’ve been more diligent on the low-carb front since the discovery of Fathead dough. But we have increased the weights we use for our daily workouts. I went from 1lb dumbells to 5lb. The mister went from 2lb to 8lb dumbells. That’s a big change. I knew we had to be dealing with some muscle increase, but there might have been more going on.

So I did Some Research…

Turns out, part of the issue could have been the muscle gain, sure. But more likely, what we’ve been dealing with is muscle inflammation. It seems that we’ve been seeing the scale go up the more we work out with the heavier weights. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop working out. It just means we need a few more weeks for our bodies to adjust.

Still, I’m pretty certain that most of the issue was actual muscle gain, due to the measurements we took after our last disappointing step on the scale.

Oh wow.

The last time we did measurements was in November. At that point, the mister was at his lowest weight of 229.1 with a body fat percentage of 19.5. This week, his weight was at 237.3 with a body fat percentage of 19.4. Yeah, you can see where this is going right? Higher weight, lower body fat? He lost a total of 4.25″ off his body measurements that we track. A full inch of that was off his belly! He now has a healthy waist measurement!

But what about my progress?

Well, despite having stalled out around 275 (274.7 to be exact) my measurements dropped dramatically. I went from 279.2 with 55.5% body fat in November to 274.7 with 53.5% body fat. So I lost 4.5 lbs, and lost 2% of my body fat. Oh…and 15.5″ off my measurements.

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Of course, there is a downside to that. 3″ of that loss came off my boobs. At least I have plenty to spare in that department! But that was also 2″ from around my ribs, and 1.5″ off my waist and hips. And by the way, squats kick ass. I lost an inch and a half off each of my thighs. EACH.

Not a Bad Start

The year is still just beginning and I have a long row to hoe to hit my goals, but I’m going to get there. If I don’t hit my goal of 250 by our anniversary, I’m hoping to at least get into a size 22. That would be a size smaller than I was on our honeymoon.


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Fall In Love with February

Welcome to a brand new month, and a brand new challenge! Today begins the first day of Fall In Love with February. This month is all about falling in love and couple drawing. Because it is going to be a bit more intensive, I will only be posting a drawing from every other day. There are only 14 prompts this month!

When you look at the prompts, you will notice that they follow a pattern. It is the classic story of boy meets girl (or boy or girl meets girl, as you like), they become friends, and their relationship progresses. You could draw the same couple every day, or you could draw a new one as the mood strikes you. It’s all up to you!

Make sure to use #FallInLoveFeb2018 if you post on Instagram or Twitter if you are following along. I’d love to see your creations!

This week in art

This past week has been a bit hectic (as evidenced by my lack of posting). What with work, a new tattoo, and an irresistible desire to play World of Warcraft, I haven’t had time for much else. However, I did do my drawings every day. At least I thought I did. Then when I was looking at my drawings, they didn’t quite add up! I missed the ogre. Oh well. It’s the first time I’ve missed a day at all since the holidays, so I’m not beating myself up over it too much.

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So before we fall in love let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 25: Demon

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I really liked the expression I got on this devilish guy. He looks so devious! I wanted to make him look fairly normal, aside from the horns, and make him look like he’s asking you to keep them a secret. This is one of my favorites this week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 26: Ogre

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Poor Ogre got forgotten! I don’t even remember what it was I was doing on Friday that led up to me forgetting to draw this one. It was probably because we ended up going out for dinner!

Manuary Day 27: Cat Man

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I’m not super thrilled with this cat boy. His hands came out wonky, and so did his hair. There’s just a lot to not like about him. That said, I do like the way his tail came out!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 28:Alien

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I know, it’s not original, but I love Roger so much! He’s so sassy and selfish and funny. I broke out my tablet for this one since I was more or less laid up after my tattoo session. I’m glad I did! I discovered that I’m not as bad as I anticipated.

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint

Manuary Day 29: Minotaur

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Not as good as my Roger the alien, but still not completely disappointed with this attempt on my tablet. I had fun drawing this little chibi, and I worked on some new skills. That’s the whole point of the exercise, right? Right.

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint.

Manuary Day 30: Mage

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This is another of my favorites from the week. This “janitor mage” was based off the character created by one of my friends. I was considering the backstory he’d created for him and decided I’d take a crack at drawing him learning a bit of clean-up magic.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 31: Tribal

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My final drawing of Manuary! I looked at my prompts last night and then told the mister, “I have no idea what I was thinking when I put down Tribal.” I still don’t know what I was thinking. But I forged ahead and decided to go with a caveman feel. The pose is actually based on a photo. I wanted to try morphing a reference from real to chibi. I was pretty pleased with the outcome!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

This week we have a couple meeting for the first time, becoming friends, holding hands and having their first kiss. Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #FallInLoveFeb2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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