Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Illustration Friday "Perenniel "


This weeks word on IF has given me an excuse to post an image I did quite some time ago.
This has to be one of the best paintings I've ever done, and I hope that I can do something like this again. With much patience and some Reeves acrylics, painting a masterpiece is possible.

The original reason I made this picture was due to a sketch my friend made while talking to me online. She turned it around and told me "Find the Jusha." I snickered at her sketch with the wavy vine patterns and several sets of red eyes. (In case you're wondering what Jusha is, they're shadow creatures I invented as part of a story line I tell my friend.) Anyway, after looking at her sketch I said, "Ive got an even better version of that forming in mind." Instantly she got excited and insisted I make the picture; so one day I put my mind to it and got to work.

I worked about 15 hours on this piece, that is, over many days time. The hardest and most maddening part of this picture was painting every little thorn on the vines.

As you can see in the picture, I hid faces in the vines and also added many red eyes to the background as part of the whole "Find the Jusha" theme. My original and absolute intention was to make the picture like one of those pages in a hidden picture book. In the end though I feel it ended up becoming a piece of art rather then a seek and count game.

In the case with the whole flower design, it's actually a man eating pod that has an awful smelling nectar, but Jusha absolutely love the smell and taste of the nectar which is a blackish-purple color.

The only thing my family complains about is that I didn't use canvas but rather multimedia paper, which in their eyes is cheap. They just couldn't believe what I made,and yet on not so good quality paper. All I could do is shrug saying it was experimental and I didn't intend for this painting to come out so wonderfully, it just happened. I sorta wish I would have used canvas, but that wasn't till after I made the picture.

Hope you like it as much as I do, enjoy. :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

K'Nex Microphone Stand



 Remember I said I'd get back to you on my microphone experiments? Well here's what I finished doing today, a microphone stand made out of K'Nex pieces.

Since a real stand cost quite a bit, and I've been getting annoyed with having to hold the mike while talking, I decided to make my own. I've had this idea forming in mind before I even got the microphone.

I guess it's true, when one is poor, creativity is at it's strongest. This project was actually fun to build, though I didn't quite make it exactly to what I hoped; I actually wanted to make it adjustable, but couldn't figure out how since the mike is so heavy. So I just figured out how to weight things correctly, ensuring it wouldn't topple over.




This is the back view of it. As you can see, I placed two pegs at the end to keep it in place. If it weren't for those pegs the stand would be practically worthless.

You could say this is a nerdy project. But when one is bored it helps the time pass.

This is the front view, as you can see. I added just enough support to make it stable.

Hope you had fun looking at this creative project. Don't worry, I may do more....

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A vine held envelope and a transparent page

Now that I've mentioned about my Bind-it-All, here is what I've been up to. I've been working on add-in's for my journal, above is the pocket I finished just yesterday.

I thought about how I could add the pocket without having to glue it on the wood grain paper in the book, which led to the idea of a vine held pocket.

Here's how I did it: First I sketched out what I wanted the vines to look like, then I took a piece of green paper and folded it in half. Next I drew the vines along the fold line, then using my Bind-it-All I punched holes on the edge. After that I cut away at the drawn lines, and when I unfolded the finished piece I was amazed at how well it turned out. (Above is the final result).

After that I carefully glued the piece to the pocket, thus making it vine held.

Besides that project, I also did a transparent page. After several practice punches on a scrap sheet of paper I finally figured out how many holes I needed, and punched the edge. Then using a French curve tool, I added some swirled edges. And then I felt I should add some cut outs to add more interest; so I sketched the designs out, then carefully cut away at them with my razor pen. I punched some designs on the corner edges, unfortunately I experienced some damage, so I decided to to cover it up with some flowers. In the end it turned out fine, and goes well with the background paper in my book.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Bind-it-All



I'm blogging about this late, considering I got this mechanism back in April, but it's never too late to blog I guess.

Eventually I plan to make some books of my own with the O wires as they're called, and the space bar will come in handy on smaller projects.


What came with my Bind-it-All was an instruction booklet that's come in handy on many occasions, a product pamphlet, O wire measuring keys, and also an instruction CD.

In my opinion, this machine was worth the investment and has increased my creativity in journaling even more
. Now that I can punch away at any form of paper and fairly thin material, I've been able to make add-in's and pockets for my journal pages.

It's taken a little practice getting use to, but I think I'm finally starting to get a hang of it. Sometime I may try to make my own book with different material pages, I just don't know when.

One thing I forgot to mention is that I have a tendency to call my Bind-it-All a Zutter cutter, which to me seems like a catchier name.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sleeping Princess



This was the first full blown digital collage I've ever made. All the images used in the picture are from Graphics Fairy. I think that for a first try it's beautiful, and thanks to the class I took on Big Picture I found all the perfect images to play with.

The program I used is called Paint.Net , a free photo editing program similar to Photo Shop. It's a good program if you can't get Photo Shop, and works pretty well. Though it has less gadgets from what I've heard, so if you're not planning on doing extremely complex editing this program is great.

By the end of this project I had a total of eleven layers with individual images. A little color adjustment on certain elements, a final look over of my work, and I was satisfied. During the time that I made this image (Composition for collage class) I was trying to understand vignette. I experimented during that time and in the end never actually succeeded in the vignette look, at least not by my opinion, but I ended up with some unique and magical pieces.

To me this picture looks like something you'd see in an old Arabian Nights book, that may be why I like it so much. Hope you do too. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Illustration Friday "Gesture"


This picture was inspired by an idea I've had for a long time. A story where a mute woman meets a mime who falls in love with her and they both end up becoming mimes.

My brother encouraged me to make something for this week, and I'm so happy he did. I'd also like to congratulate my brother on actually being chosen for pick of the week, "Stay" on IF. His blog is called Panda Advantage, in case you're curious.

I guess you could consider this picture an introduction to the end of the story, which I may write out and illustrate someday.

Here is what the painting looked like without the characters. First I drew everything out, then did watercolor washes for the sky and grass. For the the bushes I used acrylic and a sponge, same technique used in my last IF picture "A Midsummer Knight's Dream"

The Eiffle Tower, a cliche French thing, I know, was surprisingly fun to make. I used my T square and somehow made things symmetrical, not something I feel I'm very good at. After I was done with all the painting I went over the clouds and tower with a marker pen, giving it the same cartoon look as my figures.

Speaking of figures, I drew them on card stock then outlined them with a brush tip pen. For color I used colored pencil. The shadows are pastel, and I tried a little something new other than glue to stick them on. This time I used sticky foam pieces to pop them off the page. It's kinda hard to tell from the picture to notice though.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A large drafting project


I finally finished my drafting project today. The reason I set out to do this large project is so I could have a reference to put in my journal of where I was at certain times when I was hanging out at my friend's house. It almost drove me crazy making it, that's why I had to take frequent breaks. But finally I finished, and now I need to fold it up and make an envelope for it.

Maybe someday when I fully finish my journal, I'll show you all the pages......somehow.


Anyway, I had to clear a whole bunch of stuff off my desk to make room for this large sheet of paper. and then with a very large and a fairly small T square, I began the task of making the house and outer border. Though time consuming and requiring some math, I feel it was worth the trouble. When it comes to the T squares I used , I call the large one "Big Brother" and the small one "Little Sister". Not sure why those are the names that came to mind, but I thought it was cute.

Since the page was so big, I had to stand on a step stool and take a picture from above to get the full view. It felt funny standing over my work like a giant, but hey, it worked.

Motorcycle books


Look what my sister found at a yard sale today. She thought I'd like these books, and indeed she's right. They have such clear pictures and details of the bikes, it's an artist's delight if you love machinery and look at motorcycles for robot designs. I especially adore the custom choppers in the the little mini field guide. they have some nice curves and contrast to them.
These books are perfect for reference if you need to draw a motorcycle. I love what you can find at yard sales. :D

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Italian Journal Cover


Just today I went out to the STUFF store, as it's called, and we found this beautiful Italian Leather journal cover. It could use some repair here and there, but for the price (only two dollars) it's worth it. The guy who owns the place likes us as customers for some reason, so he gives us things for extra nice prices.


This is the back cover, I'm not quite sure what the eyelets are for, they're only on the back. Almost like they were meant to put ribbon 0r posts through them to hold paper in place, or at least that's what I assume.


The inside is covered with a simple, shiny satin material. I may get back to you when I figure out what to do with this book cover....... it just might take awhile.