Monday, October 18, 2010

Tammy Wynette Surviving Hurricane George, Tweaking Out on Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Sketches

I had to go into work tonight to put in a few hours so that we can make our press deadline for the magazine. After one caffeine infused pumpkin spice latte, four hours straight at my computer screen designing like crazy, and one jammin' Justin Bieber pandora station (I know, I know... it was a low point. I needed something peppy to keep my eyelids open and the Bieber did the trick, OK?), I arrived home more jittery and tweaked out than a meth head. So I thought it would be a good time to break out the old sketchbook and get to work on a new sketch. I haven't sketched anything since I illustrated Jon Lovitz for an interview I did with him for the magazine. I was long overdue to get these stubby fingers of mine back in action.

I've been really into Tammy Wynette recently. She's the epitome of what a woman should be. Strong but vulnerable, beautiful, talented, and a survivor. She survived Hurricane George. (George Jones that is.) A survivor. I was trolling the Goodwill vinyl section and found her album "Womanhood" for $1.50. Best $1.50 I've ever spent. It's been spinning non-stop on my record player. The title track is so classic country. It starts out with distorted guitars straight out of a Johnny Cash song and goes into a ballad about a girl dealing with the struggles of being a foxy young thing with men throwing themselves at her. The main verse goes, "I am a Christian Lord, but I'm a woman too..." So badass country. So I grabbed the record, the cover of which is an arresting picture of the bombshell blond in a sleeveless sequined number (not too different from the one I have) and got sketching. The above photos are as far as I got.

It's now 2:43 and I'll be waking up in about 4 hours. Guhhhhh. I'll leave you with this video of Miss Tammy Wynette. It's her classic, "Stand By Your Man."

Listening to: Tammy Wynette's "50 Words or Less"

[I want one of those glittery Christmas trees.]


  1. Ames, this is so amazing already!

  2. Thanks Yenny! I was inspired by all of your amazing sketches to start sketching again. Now that I think of it, I should have done a literary figure so I could submit it to that blog. BLAST!

  3. I love the Tammy Wynette sketch! I recently started a tumblr blog ( and have been thinking about doing a series of "Tammy in Art" postings - may I link readers to your blog via your great photo of the Tammy sketch in it's beginning stages?

  4. I'd be honored Joe! I'm going to start working on it again, so I'll try to let you know via your blog when it's finished so you can post the finished work too!


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