Scrunched up.




I can’t believe it’s been almost five months. I guess every parent says that, as the weeks, months, years go by. It’s a gloomy day out today and I was scrolling through Netflix for like ten minutes before I realized I could be spending the time drawing instead, so that’s what I am doing. It’s too gloomy for laundry, and I vacuumed. My dear husband did the dishes this morning. Thank you.


So I am wondering what to draw. I will not draw the baby today. I’ll draw something else. I want to draw something with detail, and maybe practice drawing clothing.


It’s hard to keep drawing as a hobby when there are so many things I should be doing, namely studying Japanese.

On Monday we went out in the carrier, the Ergo. She was perfect. She sat in my lap as we ate lunch (Tenya). She drifted off here and there and smiled. I was surprised, as she’s been fussing in it lately. Yesterday, though, she lost it a little on the way back from the supermarket. I guess it’s interesting trying to guess what she’s thinking.


Baby legs, baby feet, baby clothes.


I’m not as obsessed with baby clothes as I thought I would be. There are a few I really like and I’m considering making something out of them once they’re outgrown. Interestingly enough, the ones I love most are the cheapest ones, like the quilted woodland print from Uniqlo. Of course, in my head I have this ideal expanse of free time that allows me to make little stuffed toy keepsakes of outgrown baby clothes but a) we might have another baby someday so why damage them? and b) when will I ever have enough time that making little keepsakes out of outgrown baby clothes even nears the top of my priority list?


Also when I was still pregnant I used to stroll around the neighborhood enjoying the peace and quiet. Now that I have a four month old who enjoys sleeping in the carrier, I loathe every scooter, coughing old man and squeaky bicycle that comes my way. And there are many of each of those.

Hello. I’ve been drawing a baby.

pocketharu 11 9

Well, it’s been a while, but I’m back. I’ve been drawing, but things happened in life that got in the way (see above). I have a new inspiration now and it’s nice to have a convenient model. I will be trying to post more often than before – at least sometimes. I have some drawings I’ve saved of Baby so I’ll post those as I find the time and the words to go along with them.


Actually this spread is from a pocket Moleskine that I have. After I drew these I decided to buy a sketchbook specifically and only for baby drawings. It’s a bigger one, but still a Moleskine, although seeing how the price of those keeps jumping up, I’m open to recommendations for sketchbooks going forward.


As for writing, well, I’m still not great at it. And this subject is a deeply personal one (baby, family) and I’m not comfortable putting that out in public on a blog, even if no one reads the blog. But I don’t want to post these without anything, either.


After I draw and scan, I usually write some notes to the baby. Those are for her to read and I guess my husband too. I don’t think I’ll include those here.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy them.

Note that I am practicing and not drawing these for anyone else. I told myself I wouldn’t rip out any pages even if I hate them… and I still haven’t, even though I promise you I have been sorely tempted already.



I’ve been wondering if maybe I spend too much time drawing animals and not even trying to be creative lately. So, I drew this…animal/character hybrid.


Also, happy new year. Hopefully it’ll be a good one. I’ll be able to show my mom and Dan around Japan, and it’ll be there first time here. I’ll get to see my twin, too. I’m really looking forward to that.




The body of a shark and the head of a lion.

I actually wore gloves on my way to the train station this morning, it was just cold enough. No more snow, thought, not yet. Maybe in January?

Etsy has been fairly busy. I’ve been trying to be more creative, but at the same time, now that I have an Etsy shop, I feel obligated to draw things that people will actually buy. Hm.

There are a few pieces I’ve been hesitant to scan and let people buy. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I feel a little too possessive. With time, eventually I let them all go… tomorrow I’ll try to take photos of the kelpie drawing I did. I thought I’d let it rot in storage but I’ll list it in the coming weeks.


We are heading to Aomori over the new year’s holiday. I am looking forward to it very much, and even picked up some new winter boots since my BearPaws from Seoul’s 2013 nightmare of a winter fell apart once they hit Tokyo pavement. What a shame!



A couple of sloths, a pair of sloths, a sloth hugging another sloth. Sloths are fun animals, I think. And they have disgustingly putrid fur, it would seem, and yet it is fun to draw it clean and clear.

I really like this one.


Also, the snow has melted, but I am waiting until the New Year comes so we can go up to Aomori and hopefully tromp around in the snow for a few days. That will be fun and I’m looking forward to it if all goes well between now and then.

You can see a tiny bit of snow clinging to the shady ground in the far right.



I drew this dog and his little snake friend a while ago, but I forgot about him. I finally made some postcards of them though, and I think they turned out alright.

Also, happy December.

Today was actually pretty warm, with some light rain in the morning that let up by the time I reached the station.

We could have dinner together in Tokyo tonight. That was nice.