Bad Art I Am Compelled To Share

Monday, January 29, 2007


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is red. "Red" was drawn on a piece of watercolor paper with a Faber-Castle 3-H pencil and colored in with watercolor pencils, water and a fine brush, then inked over with my Gel-Roller.

It is, in fact, a picture of my Gel-Roller. I was sitting here, thumping the desk with my pen and wondering what I was going to draw for Illustration Friday.

"What the Hell am I going to draw?" I thought to myself. "Red. The theme is red."

Thump, thump, thump.

"Red. What do I draw for red? What's red?"

Thump, thump, thump.

"What do I use everyday that's red? My hearts red. I have one red shirt. Sammy Hagar loves red."

Thump, thump, thump.

"Bah! I don’t know what to draw. I'm going to do the crossword puzzle. Where's my pen? Oh yeah, it's in my hand."

A light bulb goes on over my head.

"Oh Sweet Jesus! My pen!"

And that's how I decided what to draw for Illustration Friday.

Here's a photo of the real deal.
I love this pen. I've had this pen for seven years. This pen lasted longer than my marriage and it only cost me a buck fifty, plus the occasional ninety-nine cent ink refill.

Fuck! I should have married the pen.

Is your hindsight 20/20? Is you going to leave me some love?


  • I love rollerballs, but gel pens are always a little too light. Good luck to you & your pen!

    By Blogger Tony LaRocca, at 17:09  

  • "What the Hell"!?! RED! RED! RED! RED!RED! RED!RED! RED!RED! RED!RED! RED!RED! RED!RED! RED!RED! RED! It's ALL in the Sandbox!

    NO LOVE!

    By Blogger Hellcat, at 18:51  

  • Seven years with one pen has to be some kind of record. My complaint with the stores is they sell these cool pens that can be refilled... but they don't stocked the #%@*ing refills!
    Anyway, peace and love to you and your red gel pen.

    By Blogger Twisselman, at 08:33  

  • Seven years? No way!
    And now, it will live on forever.

    By Blogger Diane Duda, at 09:13  

  • Wow-seven years....perhaps they should sponsor you to put all your art in a book that was created with their pen!

    By Blogger mikepflaumart, at 09:17  

  • excellent work!

    By Blogger arvindh, at 16:40  

  • I, too, am impressed by the fact that you have had your pen for so long. Do you realize that's like 62 in gel-roller years?? You must have a well-organized drawing area. Or maybe you've just been lucky. Either way, that's a nice little drawing of it.

    By Blogger Cindy, at 19:28  

  • i wonder what other things things you've got that lasted that long or longer?

    nice drawing1

    By Blogger isay, at 23:56  

  • Cindy! You made me laugh so hard I'm honking now! gel-roller years...


    By Blogger catnapping, at 15:10  

  • I just realized it has been months since I visited your blog. So glad to see you haven't dried up and blown away since I've been gone. (Me? A narcissist?) Your drawing skills have continued to improve -- and I love the Super Hero post. Was just about to get some coffee, but I think I'll pass... :)

    By Blogger andrea, at 08:54  

  • Yea! The famous gel roller! Your partner in crime (and art)

    By Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud, at 19:38  

  • Beautiful job on that pen! I'm impressed! (And amused!)

    By Blogger Chrissie A, at 06:55  

  • "Fuck! I should have married the pen."
    Fuck that's funny. I had to laugh right here in my classroom in front of my students. They asked me what was so funny. I didn't tell them. "Get your own funny" I said.

    By Blogger Brian the Mennonite, at 13:47  

  • i want your red in purple. :)

    By Blogger {illyria}, at 00:16  

  • I love the blog that you have. I was wondering if you would link my blog to yours and in return I would do the same for your blog. If you want to, my site name is American Legends and the URL is:

    If you want to do this just go to my blog and in one of the comments just write your blog name and the URL and I will add it to my site.


    By Blogger David Stefanini, at 22:52  

  • Really cool sketch! But, but, but... the Gel-Roller is red, but the ink is black? I think it's a good thing you didn't marry the Gel-Roller...

    I made the Mensa pre-test once, I had 16/20 so I could pass the big test... I didn't... May I still come on your blog? Mmmmmmmmmmm? :O) *blink* *blink*

    "Is you"? Am I pointing a mistake here? Is my english have had should improve so much in the past year?

    By Blogger Clo, at 06:02  

  • I once stuck a pen in my...........

    ear.... and the tip broke off in my ear canal. When I tried to retrieve it, it somehow got pushed farther in, and long story short, I had to get it surgically removed...

    Happy Valentines Day Luva!

    nice pen, btw....

    By Blogger Shroom-Monkey, at 05:28  

  • Ah, it's the simple things in life that last and make us happy.

    Love, love, love.

    By Blogger TravelingMermaid, at 18:21  

  • Of course I'll leave you some pulsing, heart-beat RED luv! What a grand pen-post, and I'm with the folks above about how I snorked coffee out my nose reading it.

    A dangerously nice sketch, BTW -- you may have to change your blog-title if you keep that good art up...

    By Blogger Lori Witzel, at 07:11  

  • A pen can't break your heart, that's for sure.


    By Blogger You've Got What I Need..., at 09:58  

  • tony larocca: I love the original rollerballs with James Caan. The new one sucks.
    Wait... what??
    Are we talking about the sme thing?

    hellcat: Hmmm... If there's red in your sandbox, you should see a doctor. :-)

    twisselman: No Doubt!
    I have to make a special trip to an office supply store to get refills.
    And thanks.

    diane duda: It's true!

    mikepflaumart: Sweet Jesus! That's a great idea. I gotta send a letter to the company!
    I smell money!

    arvindh: Thanks. :-)

    cindy: HA! Thanks.
    Actually, my drawing area is a mess. 3 things I never lose, my wallet, my keys and my pen.

    isay: Just a couple of t-shirts.

    catnapping: Me too. :-)

    andrea: Thanks Love. :-)

    princess pepper cloud: Too True.

    chrissie a: Aww... (blush) Thanks and thanks.

    brian the mennonite: Thanks.
    It always makes me happy when I can make someone laugh. :-)

    {illyria}: Thay come in purple! They come in just about any color now.

    david stefanini: Thanks.
    It's a deal. Sorry it took me so long.

    clo: Thanks Love.
    I understood you perfectly.
    (not really)

    shroom-monkey: Wha...??
    I hope you're joking!
    Thanks. :-)

    travelingmermaid: Yeah! Like dryer lint.
    Mmmm... dryer lint... so soft.

    lori witzel: Thanks!
    Knowing I made you snork made my day!
    How about, "Mediocer Art I Am Compelled To Share"?

    you've got what i need: Ha!
    A pen broke mine. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 12:58  

  • Must have RED pen for RV!

    Tons of LoVe, Love ....

    The Tart
    ; *

    By Blogger The Tart, at 05:11  

  • the tart: :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 09:04  

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