I just thought you guys should know...

...that this week's visual vocabulary was inspired by cartoon lips. Specifically, the guy on this birthday card Scott recently received. This one's going up on the bulletin board (thanks Aunt Susan!)

Many thanks to the art director at American Greetings that approved this card. 

Many thanks to the art director at American Greetings that approved this card. 

If you've been following visual vocabulary for just about any amount of time, you may have noticed that I like to draw people with...extreme (?) / creepy (?) / schnozzy (?)  / Mr.-Potato-Head-esque (?) facial expressions (deformities?) I couldn't pick just one adjective, so I went with them all. The more ridiculous the face, the better. 

But what you may not know is that I pretty much always draw these after making the same face myself and either taking a snapshot at the computer or just keeping the reflective camera on my phone as I draw. Sometimes I hesitate to take photos of myself because I worry that I might forget to delete them, and then they will live in the cloud and could potentially be hacked along with naked celebrity photos. Personally, I think I might be more horrified about a photo of me with a triple chin and crossed eyes getting loose on the internet. But then I'm no Jennifer Lawrence, so what clout do I have in that argument?

Each of these looks was painstakingly developed in the Rado mirror lab. 

Inspiration is everywhere. Including on a birthday card about a poop cake from your husband's aunt.