Friday, August 15, 2014

Hey, geeks! Been forever and a day since the last post. While I enjoyed the fun of writing and drawing these gag-based comic strips, I've learned from this experiment that I desire more story-driven projects. And though my work has also improved dramatically since this little venture, I'll still keep this blog up in case anyone wanders over to it to have a gander and hopefully a laugh.

In the meantime, if you'd like to keep up with my current projects, please visit SketchyStraub.com

Take care and stay geeky!
-Sarah

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fly-by Update!

Hey, geeks!  Long time, no update.  Sorry 'bout that...  ^^;

As you know, the comic is currently on hiatus, but that is only because it took such a large chunk of time to accomplish each strip.

In an effort to shave off about 6 steps (pencils, inking, scanning, contract correction, cropping, and placement) as well as the time it takes to do them, I have been working on trying to improve my digital sketching.

Here is one of the results.

And yes, I'm late for school now, and on the first day.  Time to nom some toast and run!

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Whenever I Feel Like it" Schedule (and Bonus Caricature!)

I've been putting off writing this post for quite some time...

I am sure that the considerably small readership of this humble webcomic has noticed my sporadic and often missed updates.  The truth is, I have simply had far too much on my plate for far too long.  In order to catch up, not just in my professional projects, but also in my personal life, I have had to take some time to sit and prioritize the things in my life.

Of course, husband always shoots to the top of the list.  Husband is more than a relationship, he's my best friend, my confidant, my business partner, and my support system.  Wallowing in depression over perceived failure and missed updates is not conducive to a happy homelife.

Taking that into account, I had to ask myself what I truly want to do with my art career.

The answer?  Get a job.

How do I do that?  Network and have a bitchin' portfolio.

How do I get one of those?  Draw more, study harder, and draw more.

Why am I not already doing that?  Because I'm depressed about being too busy and missing my webcomic updates.

Do I make any money from the webcomic?  Realistically, no.

Am I disappointing a large fan-base?  Honestly only a precious (and I mean precious as in you guys mean the world to me) handful.  But a handful none the less.

What do I get out of keeping up with the regular schedule then?  Mostly the amusement of friends and family that know me.

After this careful consideration and realizing that I have unwittingly derailed my original plans with this humorous experiment, I have come to the conclusion that I really should be focusing on the things that will help me most in the long run.  I really need to push forward and develop my weaknesses while cultivating my strengths in my work.  I also desperately want to finish a graphic novel worth keeping in my portfolio and have had development on hiatus for some time.

This does not mean I will no longer be updating Geeks in Love.  This just means I am having to adopt a "when I have time" or "whenever I feel like it" schedule.  I love doing the webcomic and will still put out strips when the mood strikes.  If you follow the Geeks in Love Facebook Page or watch me DeviantArt, you are much more likely to catch these updates.

And hey, with how many posts I've missed throughout the year, not much is honestly changing.  So look at this that way.

 Here's another caricature!  This one's my Aikido Sensei, Jessica.  She's got a black belt in AWESOME.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Geek Anniversary / Bonus Caricature

Hey, geeks!

So this past weekend was Beau and my 6 year wedding anniversary!

This means of course that I was too busy celebrating to bother to do a Geeks in Love strip, and I'm sorry.  But I promise it was for good reasons!  Reasons that included country French style lunches, The Princess Bride (the book), "The Lion King" in 3-D, book shopping, comic brainstorming, live satellite broadcasts of "The Phantom of The Opera" 25th Anniversary performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London showing at my local movie theater, cupcakes, chai lattes, and decadent dinners!  Reasons that make me a happy and productive little artist!  Reasons that keep from wallowing in social networks and daytime TV due to a lack of stimuli!

See?  It's all good.  I'm also working on a new site and some commissions too.  In the meantime, here is a bonus caricature of my Iai sensei. I'll try and have something else up by the end of the week.  (Maybe my Aikido sensei.  We'll see.)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yoga Flame

I have always been a fan of exercise and have recently been enjoying the addition of yoga to my fitness repertoire.  It took a considerable amount of poking and prodding, but I also finally got Beau on the bandwagon.  While I'm happy to have a partner in my pursuit of flexibility and tranquility, I have a feeling Beau is only in it for the really advanced stuff

Monday, September 12, 2011

Litter

Lily doesn't know the meaning of patience.  Now Beau makes absolutely sure he leaves the lid on the litter bucket when scooping the box.  Always an adventure in a cat household.

(Fun fact:  I made the curtains for the lid to the litter box out of my old work shirts.  It was a crappy job, so it seemed appropriate.  Ba-dum-PSH!)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Spelling

So my convention season is finally over!  I'm actually really excited, not only to get back to regularly scheduled "Geeks in Love" updates, but also to work on my portfolio and an even better table setup for next year's conventions.

In my hunt for better products (like higher quality prints), I've come up with some pretty interesting results...

Remember, kids, spelling is important!  Using it incorrectly can yield false expectations.