I Found It!

I honestly did not know that this picture still existed! I wrote about it in A Sad Little Story About Pencils and totally figured that I had thrown it out years ago. So this is the picture that I drew when I was maybe 11 that was the last picture I drew for a few decades or so.

I found it in an old Readers’ Digest World Atlas that we had kicking around the house my entire life. I went through a few old yearbooks and, yeah, that’s pretty much what he looked like!

 

Challenges and the Wee Sketchbook

tumblr_o25x5inuDI1qhderro1_1280Near the end of January, I took a short class about the practice of daily sketches. I didn’t need to be convinced of the value of that sort of discipline, I just needed some help getting started with it. I had developed the habit of choosing an item from my desk or worktable and doing a small ink sketch of it in my journal at the end of the night when I wrote down what work I managed to squeeze into the traffic of the day. I figured that it was time for another little stretch. Continue reading

This Little Guy

This wasn’t my own pattern or anything, just a fan project that I’m working on with a friend. It was a heritage doll pattern that they adapted and my first stab at soft sculpture in so very very long.

IMG_5590I try to be a lot more closely representational in my own work, caricatures are not my strength but taken in pieces, it came together. It all started with the eyes and I will admit that I went far overboard on the amount of colours but… hazel! They’re hazel eyes, they’re supposed to have a crazy amount of colours in them!

IMG_5608The face was very simple as is the case with most heritage dolls, but I did make the eyebrows a lot thicker than the lines that they suggested because it was necessary. The character he’s styled after has some eyebrows on him. The eyes were a simple long stitch done much like an eyelet with a French knot in the centre for the pupil. The nose and eye outline a stem stitch; and the eyebrows and mouth were satin stitched lines.

The hair took the longest just because of the sheer area to cover with long and short stitches, I marked the hairline and sideburns first and then left him looking like a medieval monk for too long while I worked on the back of his head.

IMG_6200I left the bangs and the beard till last because they really complete the face for me. I was going to add a little salt to the pepper and may yet but I want to get the clothing completed first. Not going to reveal which character he is but also not going to deny it if someone guessed.

Misspent Youth, The Technique

I would never have gone so far as to call myself a graffiti “artist” even back in the day but there is a slight chance that I may have dabbled in a little urban… decoration in my time. My (alleged) technique of choice was stencils because of the speed and precision of the image.

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FullSizeRender2Putting all of those hours spent with an Exacto blade to good use for the sake of a Boba Fett cosplay commission.

 

IMG_5167This was done for an as-yet-to-be-revealed project. The image transfer technique that I was trying didn’t work at all (so grateful for no deadline!) so I went back to the tried-and-true for this part of the process.

I have definitely come to prefer screenprinting for a lot of my textile work but it was great to have this to fall back on as a low-tech solution when I needed it.

And there are still a lot of undecorated dumpsters in my neighborhood so it might come in handy! Allegedly.