5 Fandom Friday


This week’s 5 Fandom Friday, hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick is all about Thanksgiving!

Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast!

Seriously, there are SO many choices for this!! Ahhh!! So many characters I’d love to meet in real life. I can’t pick JUST five, so some of them are groups.

1. The Doctor. Ideally the tenth Doctor, but really any would do. I just adore the Doctor and I can only imagine the stories he’d have to share, and how he would interact with everyone else.

2. The Sailor Scouts. I couldn’t pick just one! I just think they’d be a riot all together, and I have always wanted to hang out with the Sailor Scouts. Plus, I would totally recruit Makoto (Sailor Jupiter!) to help me with the cooking! XD

3. Dean Winchester. Dean is just hilarious. I very much appreciate his sense of humor. And I would love to see how he and the Doctor get on. I feel hilarity would ensue in some form. Plus, he would appreciate all the pies and baked goods I’d make, which is never a bad thing.

4. Merry and Pippin. You can’t have one without the other! Well you can, but then it’s heartbreaking and makes me cry (I’m looking at you Return of the King….). Anywho, not only would the two of them love to sit down to a massive meal, I just love them. Plus they could lead us all in fabulous songs.

5. Fred and George Weasley. Yes, I realize Fred died in Deathly Hallows but it’s my fantasy dinner so too bad! 😀 Seriously, the two of them would just complete this mix. I’m picturing massive amounts of pranks, them joining in song with Merry and Pippin, and doing all sorts of magic to Dean. It’d be a riot.

Despite being an introvert, when it comes to the holidays I love a loud, boisterous get together full of laughter! That’s just how my family has always done it – we all talk across the table, and laugh a LOT. We just love to have a good time, and that’s the vibe I’d want at my Thanksgiving feast!

My Geek Confessions

Gamerwife posted a geek confessions post and it’s catching like wildfire! I’ve loved reading other peoples (and learning I’m not alone in some of mine!) so here are my biggest geek confessions.


I know, I know, they should just revoke my geek license right now. To be honest, I have zero good reasons for not reading these. I OWN THEM for pete’s sake. I’ve just never actually read them! I read The Hobbit when I was twelve, but never as an adult. In high school I adored the movies when they came out (still do), but I’ve just never gotten around to reading the actual books.

blade runner

Blade Runner is one of those movies that I just feel like everyone BUT me has seen, especially in the geek community. When I was younger, I was really never that in to sci-fi. I was always a fantasy girl. As a late teen I started falling for sci-fi a little bit thanks to shows like Farscape. But I never got around to seeing this, and still haven’t,


Oh, the Elder Scrolls games. I should like them. They are considered by many to be the cream of the crop for realistic fantasy RPGs. And yet, I just can’t get into them. It makes no sense, even to me. I tried really hard to love Morrowind, and I just didn’t. So I didn’t bother with either Oblivion or Skyrm. I enjoy watching them (I watched the hubs play both Oblivion and Skyrim and that was super fun!) but playing them myself just isn’t my cup of tea.

walking dead

Yet another show I absolutely should love. I love pretty much zombie anything. I love horror. Gore doesn’t bother me. But I found this show to be stupid from the first five minutes. I couldn’t get over how he magically survived in that hospital despite the fact that everyone else got eaten/dead. Or that in so many cases people make the worst decisions ever. Everyone told me, ‘Just get to Season 2, it’s so much better!’. So I kept watching. And for me, it never improved.

Be sure to check out Gamerwife’s post, and then write your own if you haven’t!


April NerdBlock Reveal

Another good NerdBlock month!


First up was this Avengers pack – I was definitely excited at the idea of an Avenger’s mini-fig! But…

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. . .I got a skateboard. What can you do? I was going to give it to my 6 year old nephew, but my little miss saw it and immediately said, “Cool, a new skateboard!”. And now she drives around her Pet Shop guys all around on it. My kid is awesome.


The hubs is so excited about these. . .and so am I!! Although the Transformers movies certainly went steadily downhill, it’s hard to beat the 80s cartoons. Therefore Tranformers + Lego(ish) guys = excitement. They are so cute!


I’ve heard of Rabbids, but have never played, or seen anything about them. But my daughter thinks he’s hilarious, and he now hangs with her Pet Shop guys.


I so love this little Gollum!! And lucky for me, I actually needed a cord gatherer. I’ve been using a big twist tie, and a little angry Gollum is SO much cuter and more fabulous. Now he keeps all my cords in the USB ports on our desktop together, of which there are many. Camera, iPod, external hard drive. . .it goes on.


I’ve never heard of Bravest Warriors. And as of yet haven’t bothered to Google it. It looks vaguely Adventure Time-esque – feel free to enlighten me on the subject! I really like the action figure though. Quirky and cute – love it!


And lastly the shirt. Although the hubs and I do enjoy Spiderman, it’s really my brother who is a big fan (as in read the comics, which neither Chris nor I have) so we gave it to him as a surprise! Random gifts for people are always a win in my book!

Onto May!


My Open Sketchbook

I wanted to use this post to display some of my own artwork (old and new!), and give you a little insight to me and my art. Lately I’ve been hard at work on commissions for people, as well as some personal portraits of my own. I figured I’d give a little rundown on my history with drawing.

I began drawing when I was 11. I was a rather geeky 11 year old (who turned out to be a rather geeky adult). At that age I was obsessed with Pokemon, Zelda, and especially Sailor Moon. My best friend was really into drawing Pokemon, and I’d always liked drawing, so I started drawing some Sailor Moon characters (my personal favorite – Sailor Venus. She’s still my fave!).

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The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker fanart circa 2003.

Looking back ay my old drawings cracks me up. No sense of proportion, bold outlines – classic stuff. But hey, gotta start somewhere! Sometime during my freshman year in high school I made the switch from drawing anime to drawing more realistic people. I think what prompted me was the Lord of the Rings movies. Me and my buds were heavily into LoTR. Posters covered my walls, I had the action figures. And somewhere along the lines I started drawing my favorite cast members (usually Elijah Wood; he was definitely my celeb crush back then). That progressed to a real enjoyment drawing and capturing people’s expressions in portraits, and I just kept going!

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Elijah Wood, drawn 2003.          Khal Drogo, drawn 2013.
Ten years makes a difference it seems!

I went to art college for one year, and it was amazing. To sum up, I made the decision not to go back for all the wrong reasons, but it all turned out okay in the end. I love the life I have now, and wouldn’t change it for a thing. When my hubby and I decided we wanted a baby, I was just getting back into the swing of art again after taking a rather long hiatus from it after college. While pregnant, I did keep drawing, but close to the end of my pregnancy I stopped completely. Becoming a mom consumed me for the first year of my daughter’s life. And it wasn’t in a bad way. I just couldn’t get enough of my beautiful little girl; I didn’t want to miss a single thing she did, any expression on her face, any sound she made. I drank in every aspect of her. But around her first birthday I began to get restless. Eventually, I realized I needed more than just ‘being a mom’. I needed my own hobbies and activities back. And art was always such a big part of me. So I began drawing again, and haven’t stopped since. I’ve only recently begun sharing my art online again, and opened up commissions. I’m confident enough with my skill again that I’m proud to share it, as opposed to wanting to hide it! FYI, if you’re interested in a commission, check out my Facebook page, Pencil & Paper, or email me at kaylynyman@yahoo.com.

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A just for fun drawing of one of my friends and her son. The second was a piece just for fun too, but the woman loved it so much she bought it from me!

My drawing style doesn’t really follow a specific technique. Unless ‘winging it’ counts as a style, in which case that’s mine. I usually start with the facial features (eyes mainly, but sometime the nose first) and sometimes I start with something else entirely! When it comes to shading, I usually do things pretty routinely (click below image.)

Ian WIPS montage

I usually follow that pattern, but not always. Hair used to be the bane of my existence in the drawing world. It overwhelmed me. So many strands, so much movement; I didn’t know where to begin. Now, I have completely embraced hair. I’ve stopped looking at it as a whole, and started viewing it like a face – something to break down into individual pieces and draw. When I draw hair it takes on more of a graphical quality than an ultra realistic one, but I like it. It’s nice to now enjoy something I used to loathe – such an accomplished feeling!

Hair like this would have crushed me a couple years ago. Now, it’s a challenge that I love finishing!

Nowadays I use drawing as a way to relax, but also as a way to challenge myself. Those sound conflicting, but they mesh together well. When I just want to chill and lose myself in art, I’ll grab some tea and work on a piece that isn’t too hard for me. But when I want a challenge I’ll purposely select a reference picture with something I know I’ll find difficult – a clothing texture perhaps, or a difficult pose. It all depends on my mood. Lately, for my personal pieces, I’ve been really picky about references that have expressions I really want to capture. I also think I want to start working more on full body poses instead of just head and shoulders ‘bust’ type portraits.

Why people portraits? I just find the human face fascinating. As different as people are, I find when I’m drawing so many things become similar. The curve of an eye, or lips. The subtleties between each person is what makes them unique – I love to try and capture that. And I love the lines of the face. Profile shots are one of my absolute favorite; the continuous curving line from the top of the forehead all the way down to the neck is just beautiful.

In my spare time I like to oil paint. I’m incredibly slow at it, but I love it!

Some more Legend of Zelda fanart. I started this piece back in 2012, and every few months do a little more work on it. Lately I’ve had no time for painting!

My hubs requested this piece – she’s a character from a game called League of Legends. I haven’t touched it in months. . .I should really get on that!

If you’re an artist, what medium do you favor? And if you’re not as into art, what do you do to unwind, or challenge yourself?

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