2.12.2005

Sketches

As promised, here are some sketches out of my blackbook. They were done in March of 2004, so Ava's grown quite a bit, and of course, Ezra's been born since then. The first couple are of Ava playing with her highly-adored Polly Pocket collection. Ah, Polly Pocket - If Andrea and I had only known, we would've put stock in Mattel for their diminutive-sized money-sucking doll racket. But that is a rant for another day.




It's amazing to watch kids as they'll locate the most minute of puddles on the most arid of days and go stomp and play in it. Gotta love that.


You just have to know Ava to understand...


Looking back on this sketch, I think I gave Andrea a happier look than what she was really experiencing at the time, as Ezra gave Mommy absolute fits inside her tummy. But from my end, she looked absolutely beautiful. Ignorance is bliss, indeed.

36 comments:

  1. Those are great Ward! Your great style and sense of design aside, it's fun to see how much your family means to you. Awesome stuff.

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  2. I love your style and the explanations are interesting. keep it up!

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  3. I love these! Damn, I wish I could sketch.

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  4. cool :)
    i think ur interesting *smiles*

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  5. I love these! It's fun seeing your family through your sketchbook and comments! I hope you do this again!
    Oh, and because of your link, I just found out Brad Bird won an award for voicing Edna Mode. How wonderful. Thank you for your site.

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  6. I passed by your site b/c it was listed in the "featured blogs".

    I really love these sketches of yours. They are so visually appealing, and I think the beauty lies in their truth. Definitely the best blog I've ever read. Keep it up :)

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  7. wow. i love your sketches! amazing! You can never get tired of looking at these pictures. Honest. These are the kind of pictures that can last for decades and smile while looking at them when you are ancient(kidding). great job.

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  8. Thank you all for your kind words. I do plan on posting more sketches and artwork up on the site soon, I just need to find the time to scan. (And it doesn't help that we don't have a scanner at home.) You all are too kind.

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  9. Delightful. Ava must be a beautiful child. I love your style.

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  10. this is my first time on your site and i love those drawings. more please.

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  11. this is my first time on your blog. i love your drawings. more please.

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  12. wow, those are all really lovely! You're quite talented (which your probablly already know)

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  13. Weeeeeee! Dig it man! I am honored that I got to see these before they appeared on the blog! It's so nice to see you pay such a heartfelt tribute to your family. Cheers man!

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  14. hey, ward... glad to hear petra and i aren't the only people spending all of our extra income on polly pocket stuff. i think the 2004 right-of-passage for the american dad is learning how to get a pair of rubber pants on those little dolls.

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  15. Todd, no doubt. Actually, the true right of passage is trying to fit one of the hats on the dolls without that tiny string from breaking. And keeping all the shoes from getting lost. But, the more I think about it, yes--those pants are tricky. (I must stop now before this conversation sounds too creepy.)

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  16. Great pics, you have flair and personality.

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  17. your sketches: beautiful. they make me so happy that i can't stop crying.

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  18. Finally! An animators blog!! thought I would never find one here in blogland. I studied animation as well but pretty much haven't pursued it since graduating about 3 years back... But now I feel inspired to start afresh! Love that movie, too. Will definitely be back for more! Seeya Mr Jenkins!

    The Adventures Of PuddingVisit me sometime. :)

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  19. Your sketches are beautiful....u should make a childrens cartoon "life of Ava" Take it to Nickjr....

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  20. Astounding sketches! Lovely character and energy... You're helping to inspire me for my weekly Wednesday drawing class tomorrow. Also for adding some more doodles to my website. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. You've got something going on here..your blog is original and i love those sketches. Great expressions!

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  22. Hi, your desings are pretty good! Congratulations

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  23. Man I wish I could Draw. I really need some art for This Article. Pictures really add to a blog and your own personal work is great.
    It's nice to hear from a real Family guy.

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  24. You need a new camera, those pictures look like they were drawn.

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  25. Fantastic! It's lovely capturing your family with such heartwarming sketches and sharing them with us. Thank you!

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  26. You're very welcome, Pepper-shaker. I plan to put up more when I get the chance. And thank you all for your wonderfully kind words about my sketches. They originally weren't meant for mass consumption, so I was a little shy about sharing them to you all at first. They are like a visual diary to me, so this is like you all reading my personal journal.

    Or something like that. Thanks again.

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  27. More sketches please!! You have me hooked and I check out your blog every day for more pics!

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  28. Nice sketches Ward. I do enjoy your illustrating style. Will you be finishing them in color?

    www.designerm.com/blog.html

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  29. I absolutely LOVE your sketches! the one with your daughter blowing you a raspberry is adorable! She reminds me of my young cousin that I see every week!

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  30. My daugher LOVES Polly Pocket too! She is even a little young for them, according to manufacturer recommendations, but she will play with them for hours. Love the drawings!

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  31. awesome sketches. i love personal sketches about family. they are so personal and they remind me of family. lol

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