Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom,Totoro and A Finished Polar Bear

Flowers... Check
Warm Sun.... Check
Lazy Dreams.... Check
Polar Bear..... Check

My cuddly, lazy, dreamy Polar Bear and Child painting is finished.

Not only did I finish my painting, but I also saw My Neighbor Totoro for the first time today. Another Miyazaki film and absolutely beautiful. It was full of heart, little joys. The children characters go on adventures with forest spirits, and deal with the possibility of losing their mother. It was surprisingly moving and at times reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, so full of magic. Again, not only did I finish a painting, see a Miyazaki film, but I also FINALLY saw the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom.. 
It was.. Incredible, vintage, clever, hilarious, risky, and one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. 
Yup, I went there, I said it. Now, YOU should go out, buy a ticket and see it too.

Believe me, you'll thank me later. 

Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Moby Dick and Polar Bears

My Polar Bear painting now has color!!

I spend many hours sitting at my desk painting, sketching and inking out pictures. It can be more than a little tedious. To fight the inevitable boredom, I listen to audio books on YouTube. The current "thrilling" read is none other than Herman Melville's Moby Dick. I guess thrilling really isn't the word, but it has kept me in a sort of trance perfect for painting. That droning voice, the constant flow of descriptions.. how bright was the door nob, just how worn were his shoes, and that beard.. which shade of grey do you mean? Well, Herman will let you know, just give him the time to tell you. Of course he does have his funny moments, my particular favorite was " "He" drinks the temped tears of orphans.", I couldn't help but laugh at such a dramatic description of a jerk. Oh Melville, you cut me up! But honestly it is fun to listen to the story, elaborate detail and all. I can feel my "grey matter" working up a sweat, maybe growing stronger. 

After all, whatever keeps my work going, the paint flowing and this blog growing! Haha, maybe I should be reading Doctor Suess insted..

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Polar Bears are Cuddly Right?

Today was a whirl-wind of activities, book clubs, and volunteer work!
I was able to find a good 40 minutes to finish inking in my polar bear and little girl painting. 
Tomorrow, once I nail down a good color pallet, I'll start oil painting it. 

Sleep well, 
Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sleeping Figures

I'm currently sketching my sleeping bear and child onto a canvas. 

The little girl was a challenge to get right. I think her little hands, and sleeping figure look natural enough to finally leave for good. I exercised my eraser vigorously..  Another thing that teases my brain, but in a good way, is drawing the many wildflowers and tall grasses that make up their napping area. Hollyhock, Black Eyed Susans, Poppies, and Dandelions will all be present in this field.

 I truly adore the simple beauty in these two figures, maybe someday I'll revisit it for a larger painting.. hmm. 

Sarah Bosserman

Monday, July 23, 2012

Snugly Polar Bear

So.. when I was little my Dad used to read to my sister and I the old  A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh books. I remember cuddling up before bed time, eager to hear my father's different character voices. He really went all out! I guess this drawing comes from those early memories. My dad being a big 'ol snugly bear, and my sister and I falling asleep next to him.

In the on-coming painting of this, I'll work on the sleeping girl figure, but the bear will be as close to this as I can manage. Sometimes the first try is the best!  The bear will be a polar bear, not quiet Winnie the Pooh, but I believe the white fur will set off the wildflowers they're sleeping in.

Life truly is the greatest inspiration. 

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Learning the Hard Way

I can't wait to get this painting done. I'm not really that into it, and I think it's because of the excess yellow and pink tones in her skin mixed with milky white. I've got to a grip and stop faking skin tones! Next time I'll try something different.. 

But until then I must finish this piece. And hey, I learn something from each painting I make, and I've learned from this one as well.

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


I have a gift when making comics. I can take the most mundane thing (finding a frog) and make it a crisis. 
I can also take a noble, powerful thing (Ninjas, musical geniuses) and reduce it to total pathetic absurdity.

So, though I  respect anyone who can through a killer punch in the name of justice,wield a violin in a heavenly manner or.. in this case, defend a "Gothic" city, I can't help but poke a bit of fun at them. 

Now, my take on Batman. I can't wait for the Dark Knight Rises!

Oh, and yes, I made these. Feel free to spread them around the internet!

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Littlest Astronaut

A small pencil sketch of a tiny astronaut and smiley sleepy stars. 

Enjoy your weekend,

Sarah Bosserman

Friday, July 13, 2012


I seem to get sick quite a bit, and today was no exception. 

The one good thing about sick days is that you can laze around all day and watch movies.
Today I rented and saw Ponyo for the first time! I truly am coming to adore any movie Studio Ghibli makes. They have such a strong standing when it comes to beautiful animation and character development. They're sort of becoming my art heroes.. 

I was able to work a bit on my painting, not much, but a little. 
Now her face is painted in and I can finish the background and hair later this week. I'm having fun experimenting with colors, like pastels against yellowy greens. Hmmm.. it's truly fun to experiment with out apprehensions or worries of messing up!

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Freckles and Doe Eyes

My freckled-doe-eyed girl now has color! I'll tone it down a bit, and make it more of a pastel pallet tomorrow. I do however like the direction it's taking. Especially the background semi-abstract floral pattern. I also love the spot where her lower right jaw line meets with her hair. Lots of interesting color play going on in that region. 

Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sun Kisses

I drew freckles. 

I love freckles, they're adorable. I especially love them on children. Running around in the sun, grass stains on knees, the care free confidence of Tom Sawyer. That's what freckles remind me of. 

But, when I sat down to sketch out this new painting, I wasn't planning on using those tiny "sun kisses". Nope. I was almost finished with this lovely child, when I realized she needed something to make her genuine feeling. A perfect spray of imperfection. So I drew them, and I'm glad of it. She feels kind of.. real now. 

Also, about those two weeks when I skipped out on this blog...
Here's where I was. Camano Island, in the Puget Sound, right outside of Seattle in Washington.
It was beautiful and I gleaned many ideas for paintings during the trip. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ninja Master I Am

This is a near perfect documentation of my illustrious and futile 3 months learning Karate in a Dojo.
All in cartoon form of course! 

I guess you could say that I didn't take to it very well.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Life's a beach

For the past week and a half I've been traveling in Colorado and now in Washington state on the coast. With the pacific ocean as your front lawn it's been hard to get anything done.. You know with all the sun to soak up and beach to lay on. But, today I painted an old par for my grandmothers beach house. Pretty cute huh? I painted the 4 fish last year. Stay artsy and dftba
Sarah bosserman