Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Today is Ada Lovelace Day! That means it is a day to celebrate achievements made by women in the fields of science and technology.

Today I chose to honor not Ada Lovelace herself, but another great women in sci-tech, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.

Grace Hopper was one of the very first computer programmers, having worked on the Harvard Mark I, a.k.a your home computer's great-grandad. Her great contributions to the field of technology and her years of service in the U.S. Navy earned her one of the very few ships in history to be named after a woman, the U.S.S. Hopper.

And perhaps not quite as importantly, she's also credited with coining the term 'debugging' after having helped to literally remove a moth from a computer.

Here's a nice bit of her in the 80's explaining nanoseconds.


Choosing just one woman to honor today was tricky. There were so many great stories I came upon during my research. I reckon my choice was inspired by the of various elements of Hopper's story that reminded me of my own grandparents' stories.... serving in the Navy in WWII, working as a woman in the tech field way back when most women didn't work, working on big important technology changing projects, etc. etc.

And though Grace Hopper might be very famous in the sci-tech world, I figured she might not be all that well known in the world of art and craft blogs, so an introduction would be keen.

Plus, I like her feistiness.

As far as the art part of this blog post goes, the portrait of the young Hopper is digital and very different from my norm (I called upon skills from my A Scanner Darkly days to help some, methinks), and includes a moth in need of debugging, waves to refer to her Navy service, and blue because, apparently (at least according to one interview), she likes blue.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Subterranean Root-Maid


Or should it be WORMmaid? Get it, eh? Clever, aren't ? Not really.

Anyway, I dunno what she is, but she dwells underground, is half root, half lady, and loves wormie squirmies.

I did this doodle lady last minute, last night for last week's topic over of 'subterranean' on Illustration Friday. But I missed posting it in time before this week's topic of 'expired,' for which I guess it could also work. : P

I reckon I was inspired by my new favorite hobbies of yard tending and gardening. Pulling up long dandelion and sow thistle tap roots and digging various plant beds has introduced me to more earthworms, wayward roots, snails, and creepy crawlies than I have seen in the past 10 years of my life.

They have been following me into my dreams, and apparently my artwork and subconscious now. The pre-yard Alicia mind would've thought of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Morlocks for the word 'subterranean,' nerd that I am.

Thought I'd post this tardy worm lovin' girl anyway. Hope you enjoy her.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

SXSW Induced Sketchbook Flashbacks of Cartoon Kitty Cats


Tomorrow a friend of mine, Casey Shea, is playing a day show here in Austin as part of SXSW. I'll be there, enjoying a taste of this year's SXSW offerings (no pass for me this year -- boo!) and enjoying the musical skills of a friend from long ago.

Casey and I went to school together way back when. Our schtick was that we were continually battling each other for the title of 'Best Artist in the World.' In 1991, this involved many a drawing of Garfield, with an occasional Batman or character from 90210.

As the years progressed, I stuck with the visual art world, and Casey ventured over into the audible arts. And title of "Best Artist in the World" still remains officially undecided.

I tried very hard to find our competing sketches of Jason Priestly to share with you for the occasion, so that you, the all knowing public could help decide the champion.

And where is that sheet of paper with our dueling Batman's on it (mine was mocking labeled 'BatWOman' and given bows on his cowl by our peer judges at the time for his incredibly feminine physique)?

Alas, no hideous Jason Priestly's, and no dueling Batmen.

But I did find a Garfield of Casey's and a Catwoman of mine... So, cartoon cat characters it is. Enjoy!


Nice knock-knees, there, Selina.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top-O-the Mornin' To Ya!


Here's wishing you the luck of the Irish, and a very happy St. Patrick's Day, too!

I'm lucky I managed to make some art for myself having finally settled in after my second move in a year (Yes, that's were I've been. It takes a lot to move when you're 1) a packrack artist 2)who works from home 3) and moving catches you totally unaware).

I hope the cutesy fluffiness of these sheep make up for any trauma endured during my hiatus.

Baaaaaa!
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