I don’t recall ever being this hip.

I’ve recently found an area on the online community Reddit that’s called Reddit Gets Drawn. People submit pictures of themselves, and others sketch them.

It’s weirdly addictive to sort through these pictures for something that strikes a cord. And the recipients always seem happy with what they’ve received.

I’ve drawn a lot of these, but here are my top 4:

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This child has a long and stylish Brooklyn life ahead of her.

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This child is going to become a top-tier civil rights lawyer. She’s the sort of princess who would ensure more safety protocols for her 7 dwarfs.

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This child is going to sail around the world in the style of Magellan, but in a yacht. He will high-five at least one mermaid of every species.

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This child is going to run a vegan lifestyle blog called “Can’t Be Beet.” Not all recipes will involve beets — but many will.

I was an unstylish kid. I had a lot of jean shorts (“jorts”) and baggy t-shirts. I oscillated sharply between jumping in creeks and jumping in books.

I was not cool.

I am still not cool.

These kids have me beat. Or do they have me… “beet”?

Please sort me into Ravenclaw!

Nothing makes you feel crotchety like Halloween night in a college town when you’re 30+.

After giving candy out to the cutest kids ever (my friends brought a conductor, an owl, and Bjork in a swan dress to our house), Hubs and I decided that evening bar-hopping was in order so we could see grown-up costumes.

All we got was apathy and tiny dresses.

“Oh look,” my husband pointed out at one moment, “it’s Willie Wonka, Oompa Loompas, and a douche!”

That’s all right, though: all of the winners of the 2013 Costume Awards went to people at my improv troupe’s annual party (the same people who held the 1920s party). This year’s improv party is tonight.

The theme is Harry Potter.

I was asked to contribute some Mad Mad Skeelz to create a Hogwarts moving painting wall

Check out these progress shots!

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Here we can see basic lines and shapes getting blocked in. Colors are nothing without highlights and lowlights, though.

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Now it’s coming together! In the first picture, I added the black detailing; in the second, I brought out the bright spots and added in some white outlining. Now it’s time for the witches and wizards to arrive and get sorted.

Speaking of sorting, here’s a list of Halloween trick-or-treat costumes that came to our house.

  • Classic: Witch, tin man, mermaid, conductor, ninja, mummy, mobster, 2 pirates
  • Animal: black cat, owl, peacock, bee, Hello Kitty, pink poodle
  • Scary: 3 Zombies (“walkers”), 2 werewolves, Jason, 2 skeletons
  • Comic book/sci-fi: Batgirl (pink), The Avengers (a toddler with an Iron Man hat on and an Avengers tee), 2 Star Wars Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Minion (Despicable Me)
  • Really specific: Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie)
  • Really un-specific: A child who appeared to be a thug, a kid who claimed to be “steampunk”
  • Your Mom’s Obviously Very Artsy: Bjork in her swan dress
  • Nonsensically fun: Rainbow cowgirl on a pink unicorn
  • This outfit was on an adult: Tinky-Winky from the Teletubbies

I’m glad I wrote the costumes down; now I’ll always be able to remember our first Halloween in our new house.

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I’d like to take a second on the swan dress.

I could link you to the slew of articles about oddly sexy little girl costumes, but anyone who’s been in a store that sells costumes already knows. Little boys wear clothing. Little girls (and college-age girls) wear skimpy, leg-baring sexualized slips.

Not this costume. This is a perfect kid’s costume. It is age-appropriate, cute, creative, girly but not aggressively so, and warm. If you knew about Bjork’s VMA antics, it’s hilarious. If you don’t, it’s just a pretty swan. It works on a bunch of levels.

Of course, it helps that I’m a fan of both Bjork and the mom who made it.

The only drawback to this costume is that it’s not in my size.

More of the best costumes of 2013 will be posted later in the weekend after the improv party!

It’s time to mangle some children’s activity books.

If you’ve ever been daunted by your sketchbook’s endless blank pages, I have just the thing for you:

Children’s activity books.

This sounds lame, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s only as lame as the inside of your head.

At Cracker Barrel, I picked up What to Doodle? by Rosie Brooks for $1.50 & tax. Pictured below is the cover and the first thing I drew.

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Page 5. “Can you draw a lovely pattern on Sophie’s bed cover?” & A convergence of demons on her?

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Page 6. “What are Jeremy and John riding to school?” Velociraptors to school — fuck yeah! 

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Page 9. “What are Neil and Jess having for breakfast?” Their parents. 

Page 15. “Can you draw what Ali has in her cupboard?” A portal to another dimension. 

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Page 12. “How many people are in the car? Can you draw them?” 1 squid. 0 people.

Page 13. “What is Ben carrying? Can you draw it?” A bride he doesn’t know is dead. 

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Page 10. “How many candles are on the birthday cake?” Death draws ever nearer.

Page 11. “What type of candy is in the candy jar?” Dried fairies. 

Et cetera. Release your inner Tim Burton. It’s really, really fun.

Happy Monday!