Monday, August 29, 2016

Mystery Machine Autobot

I've had this silly idea in my head for awhile. It all started when certain pictures in my old Scooby Doo coloring book inspired a basic idea of what if the Mystery machine became the mystery.

I scanned the coloring pages and adjusted them, then assembled the comic panel above to show the beginning of a basic concept.
For the record, I'm not the first one to embrace this concept. A few other people have drawn the Mystery Machine and other movie/tv series cars as Transformers, but I wanted to make my own design, and really tried to think about how the van would look as a robot and what part would go where. 

The license plate became a belt to compliment those platform feet of the gangs new friend, GRU-V (pronounced Groove as a name, but Groovy as a license plate). I even considered making his belt say MR-E, but I liked GRU-V better.
 I went through some basic sketches to try and figure out the structure of GRUV. Drawing out a character in segmented parts helps me pull it all together better.
Since I didn't add story blocks to the comic pages, here's what's going on. The gang was heading to a party at a place called Moon River, but Fred took an off road. None of them are aware that in the sky is an alien ship of true celestial origin, a one pilot pod from Cybertron. 

Daphne thinks they may be lost and Fred pulls over to check out some road signs and find the lake's nearby. But in their half hour break he forgets where he parked the Mystery Machine, the original vehicle being pushed behind some bushes after being scanned by a mysterious new friend.
Velma spots the giant foot prints of this alien as the Mystery Machine's whereabouts becomes a mystery. They follow the giant footprints as Velma claims she may have found the van, and when they approach the area the van was once parked, they have a shocking encounter as GRUV enthusiastically celebrates his new form, having found the van's colors appealing.

And so, the adventures of Scooby and the gang continue with their new mobile friend who finds pleasure in helping them solve mysteries as he learns more about Earth.

A little trivia. The last panel of the comic, which is the main illustration, was inspired by this basic picture above, one of the first images in the coloring book.

I had colored some of it when I was younger, and decided to play around with it in PSE. After cleaning up the background I applied a cut out filter to the image and found the results charming. It seemed kind of retro in color, so I kept it as a stand alone image for future use. The middle version with added black outlines is the one I used in the final panel of the comic.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Truffino Chocolate Junk Journal

I have a lot of things stashed into categories, stuff I've been trying to go through and get into books. The Truffino journal is a book themed around fancy chocolates, and was a way to use certain elements I've saved forever. 

This book was completed on Aug. 14, 2016.  It's spine width is about an inch, which means I couldn't add more than two fat signatures which caused it to bulk even at that. To keep it less splayed I added a black satin ribbon around it as a closure (left). 

To the right is the back inner cover, a brown swirly scrapbook paper that's been glazed and then accented with craft tape. I simply folded over the box sides to complete it.
The cover itself is made from a Truffino box, the gold foil eye catching to me since I'm big on shiny stuff. Not only can you reflect your thoughts in the book, but the book reflects you, literally. :P
Side views, you can see how the book splays on the left, and how puffy the contents are on the right.
First page and the front inner cover make the introduction warm and inviting. Great part is the inner part of the box came like that, so I only had to cover the back side of the book. 

Most of the packaging I find pleasing in this book are the ones for liqueur chocolate cherries.
I liked the color of this Belgium Blonde Ale box, it matched the chocolate boxes I chose for the book, so I settled on using it and even created a tuck spot, complete with tag. 

Speaking of tags, all throughout the book I added tags to my tuck spots and pockets, each made from basic flat toned papers that matched the color scheme. And in each of the journals I make, I face the challenge of finding ways to use up every bit of the packaging I incorporate into the book, that includes the end tabs of boxes and such. I find that using the ends of packaging as pull tabs on tags is a fun way to use up the scraps.
The thing I love about chocolate packaging is all the foil paint they add, like on the Godiva package to the left. One of my favorite pages though is the one where I used a Toblerone box and Lindor bag (right). I'm not sure why I like the colors of it, but I do know this is the only spot in the journal where blue was incorporated.
This had to be my favorite pocket spot in the whole book. I loved the bag before, and now I'm happy to have found a place to use it. These chocolate cherries were great, one of the reasons I saved the bag to remember the brand. 
I was inspired to add my own hand cut cherries on a string, made from scrapbook paper, marker, and clear emboss. the idea of hanging things from center strings came from Ephemeras Vintage Garden, her trademark to add hearts on the ends of her signature strings.
I made a video flip through of course, just of the basic book with its tags.

I'm not sure yet whether I want to keep this one or sell it. This is an issue I've been having trouble settling on for all my journals, having to figure out which ones to keep and which ones to sell. If I do decide to sell any one of them I'll be sure to add a link in the video description or somewhere....but currently I haven't made a decision.

Bringing up that subject, I may start trying to add more scrapbook paper to my books in the near future, and lean towards making quirky scrapbooks with less junk stuff.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Candy Cane Cookie Journal- incomplete

As mentioned in the Jingle In July Journals-sneak peek I'm sharing the first of the three journals displayed in that post.
The reason I say the Candy Cane Cookie journal is incomplete is because it's missing a few small details. The front cover has part of a Candy Cane Joe Joe's box glued to it, but the back remains being flat. I wanted to add the same image to the back of the book as I did the front, but only one side of the cookie box has a vertical image, the other half didn't look right as part of the book cover. Unfortunately I only had one saved cookie box, and Trader Joe's only gets these cookies in during December, so I'll have to wait till the season comes around again to get another box of cookies and complete the cover of this journal.

By that time I hope to have completed internal details and made it into a kept journal that I can then share in its complete form.

I used a cereal box, brown paper that's been crinkled, brown and metallic gold paint, Candy Cane Joe Joe's box, and scrapbook paper to make my cover. All of it has been sealed with Liquitex satin varnish.
The spine of the cookie box served well as a spine accent on the book I think. Kind of has a Nutcracker story vibe to it. You can see from the side it's a rather filled book of random materials making up a total of five signatures.

It has everything from Target holiday bags that have been sewn together, plain paper, striped paper, old calendar print outs, scrap doodle pages, flier pages, envelopes, and food packaging.
The main themes I was going for with this book revolve around holiday desserts, candy, gifts, and surprises. My front page choice was a flier image of a peppermint candy cake, complimented by candy cane colored scrapbook paper as the inner cover.
I had to think of creative ways on how to make signatures out of the many different materials I wanted to use, some of them varying in size and shape. after some experimentation I found a way to add everything in while keeping my favorite pictures in tact. 
The second page of this book makes me happy because on one side we have the cake and its recipe, on the other we have a bag that says icing. Put the two together and you have icing on the cake. :P

Below I have a video flip through of this incomplete journal. One day I hope to show a video of it with more added, but till then enjoy the following.

The Four Elements-male fashion

The four elements, based off the traditional color schemes for the elements in the Bionicle universe. As mentioned in the Onu Glow Weed Male fashion design  I decided to take the outlines of those designs and apply different themes to them.

I saw how fitting just the outlines alone were for the four elements theme, something about each one just seeming to lend itself to the concept. 
Out of all of them, air is still my favorite design, but water had to be the most eye catching to me as I worked on it.
 I Found myself glued to the screen when I discovered the perfect gradient for that glowing bottom edge of this fancy tribal outfit, and went through accessory stages which I displayed beneath the main one.
I liked the way it looked as just a skirt, then I added a sash, and played around with making a hand designed tattoo pattern.

Each design excluding earth, contains subtle symbolism relating to Bionicle. The three wavy green line patterns for air with accents of plants for jungle, the horizontal wavy line with ocean waves and symbol on the belt for water, and the fire emblem on the belt plus symbols on the bracelets for the fire costume.
I even experimented with adding a fire Glatoran helmet to the fire costume, just for interest. The tattoo and fire designs on the costume are Glatorian symbols from the Bionicle universe, and I found they made nice accents.