Saturday, March 20, 2010

Guess which NICU nurse this is!

A couple Fridays ago, some of my coworkers and I decided to go out to dinner at Bravo's to cheer ourselves up after a sad day in the NICU.  We had a a great time!  Well, Bravo's is kind enough to cover their tablecloths with a huge sheet of drawing paper (and they supply crayons, too) so customers can pass the time while waiting for their food.  I decided to borrow a sharpie from one of our nurses, and attempted to draw a caricature of one of the girls in our crowd.  Consider me a rookie at caricature, because I only recently took a caricature workshop at the IAC.  This is my first attempt to draw one from life, and without the benefit of a pencil and eraser.  So, it's a bit raw.  The original drawing had a botched attempt at a sexy body, so I re-drew the body after I got it home, in the style of my caricature instructor Katherine Hilden (so yes, I did cheat a little).  She taught us that no matter how ugly your drawing is, all will be forgiven if you just add long eyelashes and big boobs (to the girls, that is).  So to any men reading this, NO, nurses do not dress this way for work.  We were all in our scrubs that night. :)

So...can anyone guess who this is?  Five points to everyone who gets it right!

Thanks to my daughter Alyssa, who helped me clean this up in Photoshop.  She's a pro with that stuff.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Jake's Fun Day

My son Jake kicked off a rockin' Spring Break with a surgical procedure to fix his paralyzed vocal cord, which has plagued him since his old NICU days.  His surgeon, Dr. Stacey Halum, MD, a laryngologist and Director of the IU Clinic for Voice, Swallowing and Airway Disorders, performed the procedure.  This was actually a trial run with collagen injections to the affected cord.  If he gets a good result, he can return for another procedure that involves placement of a more permanent implant.  He is looking forward to being able to yell to his ultimate frizbee teammates.  I wonder if he will still sing first tenor?  This week he is supposed to rest his voice so it can heal, so today he has been typing and texting to communicate.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's All Too Much



By the way, I can't promise my sketches will be lovely or even relevant. They're just sketches.