Art by Gabrielle Rose. I live in Oakland, CA. Watercolor and ink are my favorite media. Get in touch at hello@drawgabbydraw.com.

We went on a hike the other day and saw a dead mouse. I think a zombie wasp is eating its braaaaaaaaaaains.

We went on a hike the other day and saw a dead mouse. I think a zombie wasp is eating its braaaaaaaaaaains.

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FAQ page

I’ve put up an FAQ page. Handy!

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There are so many other things I should be doing, but instead I am collecting things on Etsy.  Leave me a little note if you like it!

There are so many other things I should be doing, but instead I am collecting things on Etsy.  Leave me a little note if you like it!

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Cat’s opinion on grading papers.  I have to say I’m inclined to agree.

Cat’s opinion on grading papers.  I have to say I’m inclined to agree.

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New Look

draw, Gabby, draw! has a new look!  I did love my old, super simple theme, but sometimes one wants change (which I have a tendency to resist, so this is a big step, guys).  Maybe the best part is that the blog and the store match!  How quaint.

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Thanks for the feedback!

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on this post.  For the time being, I’m going to keep both my Etsy and Goodsie shop open and see which one works better for me.  Mini paintings, prints, and notecards will be available in both for now.  Maybe I’ll eventually have one for prints and one for originals.  Who knows?

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Thank you both.  Simplicity is simply the best.

Thank you both.  Simplicity is simply the best.

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Shop News

Hello all.  I think I have some news about my shop…  Keep your eyes peeled as it might be changing locations!  I’ll let you know for sure soon.

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This is an old drawing (2005!), but I wanted to show it to you.  People often ask me how I developed my style, and I say that I “stole” from my favorite artists.  This is an example of that, I think.  If you are familiar with Kay Nielsen, then you will recognize many elements in this drawing as his, even though the illustration as a whole—its composition and subject matter—is my creation.  
Eventually I just sort of forgot to “steal” and each element evolved into something different, something mine.

This is an old drawing (2005!), but I wanted to show it to you.  People often ask me how I developed my style, and I say that I “stole” from my favorite artists.  This is an example of that, I think.  If you are familiar with Kay Nielsen, then you will recognize many elements in this drawing as his, even though the illustration as a whole—its composition and subject matter—is my creation.  

Eventually I just sort of forgot to “steal” and each element evolved into something different, something mine.

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Last night the electricity went out.  Even the street lights were dark.  We lit candles, and I made the best of the situation and by candle light finished a pencil sketch I was in the middle of.  I think I will paint and ink it today.

Last night the electricity went out.  Even the street lights were dark.  We lit candles, and I made the best of the situation and by candle light finished a pencil sketch I was in the middle of.  I think I will paint and ink it today.

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Eeeee!

I’m going to post something exiting today, and it has to do with this!!!!

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I’ve Returned

So many things I could tell about my vacation, but for now I’ll leave it at this: U.S. Airways sucks, and iguanas are awesome.  I drank many margaritas, palomas, and beers.  People in Phoenix are nice.  I miss Chicago.  The Bay Area is still cold.

Something I learned about the Yucatan peninsula:

'Hablando con aquellos Indios de aquella costa, a lo que los españoles preguntaban los Indios respondían: “Tectetán, Tectetán”, que quiere decir: “No te entiendo, no te entiendo”.  Los cristianos corrompieron el vocablo, y no entendiendo lo que los Indios decían, dijeron: “Yucatán se llama esta tierra”.'

(from Taste, Alternative Flavor magazine, quoting Fray Toribio de Benavente from his Historia de los indios de la Nueva España)

So basically the Spanish asked the indians what the name of their land was, and the indians responded in Mayan saying, “I don’t understand.”  The Spanish took the word to mean the name of the land, and the Mayan word “Tectetán” was corrupted into the word “Yucatán”.  I find this funny.

I leave you with an iguana crawling around on some Mayan ruins in Tulum.  No big deal.

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