Monday, September 28, 2009


I did it. I now have a header drawn and thought up by ... me! Yay! I drew most of it in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet (lid down) because I woke up at 5:30, my sister and her roomy were sleeping, and I didn't realize her desk had a built in lamp until much later.

Here's the original sketch -

boy and girl with reaching arms drawing

And here's the old header -

Emy Augustus header (old)

I went to the DUMBO art festival on Sunday with my sister. At first it was raining, but then it stopped so my shoes dried. I saw a good amount of interesting sights. Open studios are the best. It's like visiting the bedroom of a grown up high schooler. (MY PICS)

DUMBO art festival

I now have a weekend job in addition to my full time job at the preschool. I'll be teaching a mental math class for kids 6-10 (using an abacus!). It's starting with only 2 hours a week, but the guy told me he plans on adding more classes. I also had an interview today for a week-nights job (4-6:30) as an after-school TA/teacher. I hope I get it. The guy pays CASH. Until my next paycheck on the 1st, I have $20 in the bank and $40 in cash that I borrowed from my sister. I need money like a zebra needs stripes.

Francie (THANKU!) told me about an art contest where you design a book cover for the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Fun! I wish there'd be more contests like this! The reward if you win is $350. I don't think I'm going to win. This is one of those books I should have read a long time ago, but never got around to. I have read a few of its sister novels though, like Story of the Eye and Venus in Furs. I wish I could've read the book first but I don't have time. I only found out about this last Friday, and the deadline is this coming Friday. Aaaaaahhh! Thank goodness for Wikipedia and Yom Kippur.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This deadline business is SO awkward for me since my painting method is very much like how this guy describes it:

F: How much time, on average, do you have to design a cover? How does that effect your brainstorming process? For that matter, what is your brainstorming process?
JG: We have about 6-8 weeks to get cover designs for around 70 books in place. Like most creatives the brainstorming process usually involves some combination of the following: avoidance, procrastination, mild sedation, cups of coffee, staring out the window, long walks on a spring morning, lack of exercise, talking to myself in a funny voice, feelings of worthlessness, turning on the music, turning off the music, kicking the dog, making lists, surfing the internet...
I don't have a dog to kick, but avoidance? Check. Staring out window? Check. Feelings of worthlessness? Check.

Anyways, time for dinner! (Potatoes, celery, corn with rice)

Thank you Charlotte and Carly for the questionnaire tag and award!

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