Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Movember Auctions!

Yes! I've finally gotten off my ass and finally listed some sketches for some
Movember Madness!
(ie the personal project I was talking about in my last post).

All proceeds from these auctions will go to Movember who are collecting funds for research and to raise awareness of Men's Health Issues with partners The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue so
to go to my page of auctions.

Since I can't grow a mo' for the cause (or actually ... but that's another story ...) I thought I'd draw some! And then some more!
I'll be doing a drawing for each day of November (and maybe more if time permits) and all auctions are for a single page of my sketchbook which has a drawing on each side, so 2 drawings for the price of 1! Bargain!

And one more time:
to see all my auctions!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NaNoDrawMo 1/50

Trying to get the aesthetic down for my November project. Any guesses what it is going to be? ;)
I had wanted to try out a few more of these tonight but I got sidetracked by a program called "Superhuman" over at ABC2 so I only got one sketch done ...

Also, there's a group I joined called NaNoDrawMo over at Flickr which is a counterpart to NaNoWriMo for those less literarily inclined (ie moi) in which I am to create 50 pieces of Art in the 30 days of November (!!!) Seeing as it's the 4th and this is my first piece ... well, I've never been all that interested in numbers anyways (total lie!)

Graphite and Ink

Please forgive my flash photography ... it's 11:33pm ... must be more concise and coherent next post ...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daily Doodle October Roundup

I've just completed a month of Daily Doodles over at Shuttercal with a Halloween twist! (Not that I'm all that into Halloween or dressing up for that matter. And yes, a BAH HUMBUG to ya'll!).

Here's a few of my favourites:

Click to enlarge

(I was also trying to expand my vocabulario español)

I have a small scheme cooked up for my November doodles but will research a little before I decide whether to go through with it or not.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Postcrossing #11

C'mon blog, you make it!!!
To stop my blog flatlining, here is a quickie Postcrossing card that has already arrived in Finland! I will never say anything bad about Australia Post again.

Now I'm off to see "This Is It"!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Movie Tag Team - "The Running Man"

Another movie I haven't seen over at the Movie Tag Team (at the Unit 16 forum). I really should get out more ... or, stay in rather.

Also, I have had a cold for the last three days. Woe woe woe is me!!!!
Which is to say that the following image is pretty rough. And somehow Dynamo became Asian ...

"Through a haze of Codral and Nurofen, I present the moment that Kid Dynamo figured out that his costume needed more *S*P*A*R*K*L*E"


Monday, October 19, 2009

Felt Mooncake

Having finally completed the fortune cookies for my friend, I thought I'd have a go at the Moon Cake as well before posting the whole package to her. Unfortunately I missed the Moon Cake Festival (or "Mid Autumn" Festival as it is officially called I suppose ...) by a week or so but she still seemed pleased!
It was quite nice to find out that embroidery is not as hard as I thought, you just gotta know what a 'back stitch' is!

I also supplemented the package with a full set of the 3 Totoro sizes (hmmm, it appears I didn't take photos of Chibi-Totoro ... but I have plans to make the set again for my own pleasure!). However, I was a little ashamed of my O-Totoro disaster, therefore I fashioned a most ingenious fashion accessory. Muy bonito!!! Much improved yes? (Sorry Totoro!!!)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Felt Fortune Cookies

I discovered it was not purely my lack of sewing prowess that resulted in a disastrous first attempt at these fortune cookies - it was more my lack of ability to cut out a perfect circle with blunt scissors! A cheap circle cutter later and I'm VERY happy with my next three attempts! :D

Felt and thread

However, I am very wary of embroidering tiny English fortunes on the slips ...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Movie Tag Team - "Babe"

When I started my new job (oh so many months ago now ... or so it feels) I joined the Unit 16 forum that a lot of the folks at the studio were already a part of. One of the activities on that thar forum is a "Movie Tag Team" where one posts a character from a movie of their choice and the next in line interprets that into an image. (Or perhaps ya'll should just go check out the thread).

My turn finally came up and I got "Babe" which I have never actually watched.
Thusly this occurred:

Alias Sketchbook and Photoshop.

It's been a while since I had some Photoshop fun ... it's all Flash, Flash, Flash at work (or CRASH CRASH CRASH if we're going to be literal ... grrrr ...)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beryl and her Moopsie Companion

Although her dear partner Bruce left her all alone, Beryl understood that sometimes the world has bigger plans for us and our loved ones. Therefore, she found a matching pet Moopsie to fill the hole left in her heart.

Wool, beads and a button!

Now then: Less typing ... more creating ...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Moly X Portrait 3 - Sherri's Moly

(I've had a headache since yesterday so my mind's a little fuzzy ... can't think straight so can't think what to type!!!)

Got off me butt this week and finished another Moly X Portait 3 entry after having Sherri's book for a few solid months ...
Her theme is pencil and pixels so I made a little 8-bit Sherri and made myself up in pencil. I'm not wearing my glasses here as I'm not supposed to wear them for 'close up' stuff like reading and computer work hence the slight squinting as well.
And not to advertise but once you go Wacom, you can never go back (at least not me!)

Click image to enlarge

And the digital Sherri:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Totoro vs. Bender

Finally got around to making "O" Totoro but he looks more like Bender than Totoro! I modelled him the same as Chibi Totoro but it hasn't worked quite as well on a larger scale ...

I have since straightened up his smile but his whiskers are giving me all sorts of bother. Anyone with good tips for adding stiff black whiskers to a needle felted creature? :(

He's still very huggable tho' :D

I'm also desperately missing Bruce ... think I'll make a horde of them in coming weeks ...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Desperately Seeking Sewing Prowess

Some other felt things I've been working on on/off recently. Finished a batch of 6 "macaro(o)ns" at a mate's request and also a couple of 'cakes'. Although my stitches are uneven, I do pride myself that I now know a whole FIVE different stitches!

I'm pretty tempted to buy a whole lot of felt off an eBay seller I've been eyeing off now that I know my sewing skills are not a total loss. Plus I still have 200g (maybe 198g after these felt foodies) of polyfil to use up ...

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Very Huggable Bruce

My Spanish teacher (as in I am taking Spanish lessons, she is actually Mexican!) is going to hospital next week so I made this little guy to cheer her up. I gave it to her tonight and I think she liked him! I made his hands extra big for extra hugs. She's not going for anything serious but she's a really entertaining and great teacher so I just wanted to give her something anyways.

Needlefelted Wool and Steel Wire

I finally managed to successfully use steel wire to make his arms posable (I've had some poor attempts at getting the wool to 'stick' to the wire) so I'm pretty chuffed with that ;) Especially since I bought about 20m of wire from the bead shop way back when ...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Confessions of a 28 Year Old Something

Dearest Blog,

How have you been? I hope you haven't been too lonely and I'm SO sorry to have neglected you for so long but I've had an interesting couple of weeks!
After all the hub-bub of moving, I started a new job! For the first time in 28 years, I have to work full time! Getting up at 7:30am when I'm used to waking up at 10:30am is quite trying but the job itself is relaxing but challenging at the same time. I just find it so AWESOME that I get paid to play with a Wacom all day. The only downside is that we have to use Flash CS4 which crashes A LOT, but otherwise the days pass quite quickly which is a nice change from any previous jobs I've ever held.
I'm also cycling to work everyday which makes me feel a little more removed from the rat race that I've now finally become a part of! And perhaps this will help remove those stubborn 2 or 3kgs that have been hanging around since Christmas X_X

Anyway my dearest blog, I hope you can forgive me my absences and I promise to be a better friend from now on.
Your Prodigal Pal, Jo.

PS I drew this picture yesterday, I hope you like it. It's another card for Postcrossing, just a warm-up from weeks of idleness so rather simple!

Pitt pens & watercolour pencil

Monday, June 8, 2009

We Are The Bears In The Real World

Headed down to St Kilda the other day to checkout my bears in action! They are in a newly opened boutique called Rude Health, helmed by the wonderful Julia Pound. The shop houses a collection of all that is cute and quirky manifested into clothing, jewellry, crochet dolls and other knick knacks (including felt anatomical parts in jars!). It's just off Acland St for all you Melbournites (and visitors to Melbourne! Hello!) so why don't ya'll just mosey on down and have a gander? :)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Almost Done Moving

90% of the way there with the whole moving thing *phew* Still need a coffee table and then some art for the walls and maybe a few plants. But yesterday was my first relaxed day in the new place (no getting up for 8am calls from delivery men, steam cleaner men, rubbish collecting men ... why are they all men?) so I sat down with a nice ole cup o' miso and did a sketch to warm up these tired drawing hands.

The left one I actual did a couple of months ago but never posted (?) I remember being struck by the beautiful strokes of her hair in the photo was what made me want to draw her.
They're a bit distorted because I couldn't be bothered to use the scanner (which is hooked up to the boy's computer ...)

Ink, Copics and regular markers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Moving House Hiatus

Sorry for the lapse in posts! But I have been building myself a boat bed and other bits and pieces from IKEA lately :D All should be done by this weekend so hopefully it's back to regular programming then!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Different Kind of Felting

For my birthday, my extremely cool and talented friends Kat (check out her amazing architectural photos here: and Matt gave me a book of felt patterns purely of sweets (cakes, cookies and chocolates!) and despite my poor sewing skills, all the photos looked too good not to try out! So after a quick trip to Lincraft for polyfil, embroidery thread and some felt sheets (they don't have a huge range of colours though, mostly very bright, bold ones), I put my neanderthalic sewing skills to the test.

'Rustic' edges are the new 'smooth'

First up, I tried what I thought was the simplest pattern in the book: macarons. They only required 2 different kinds of stitching (prior to this, I didn't know there was more than one kind of stitch ...) so I thought "No Problem!" Plus they looked sooooooooo cute in the photos.
However ... mine ended up looking like burgers and not the cute puffy cookies in the photos. Cutting circles with scissors is HARD people!!!
After 2 disastrous macaron attempts, I then tried to make a fortune cookie (a special request inscribed by the gift givers onto the front page of the book, I LOVE book inscriptions! :D) which also looked easy on the pattern but took me a good 30 minutes to figure out what the instructions meant! No matter how hard I tried, I could not get the stitches to disappear from the cookie's 'bumcrack'.

Left: Sir Oinksalot II contemplates My First Macaron. Right: Bad photo of bad cookie!

Despite these disasters, I am not all too discouraged (not MUCH anyways). I mean what home is complete without an assortment of felt cakes and petit fours? Not mine, that's for sure!

Lesson of the day: keep on trucking people!

On a side note, we have found an apartment that we really like ... in the building right next to our current one! It is one bedroom but has an extra 'study' area which I am hoping to turn into a dedicated 'mess-making' area for all the crafty, painty stuff that we plan to make. Very excited about decorating esp. about the imminent trip to IKEA!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

On Turning 28

I started a Doodleblog over with the friendly people at Shuttercal. It's a site meant to be a photolog but they kindly let me use it as a doodleblog :D

Besides the getting-old-a-phobia, I'm really looking forward to being 28! Juan and I are moving into our place in the next few weeks (rental applications pending *stressed to the max*), I start a new job in a month, I'm feeling quite fresh creatively and can't wait to get myself more organised and focused! Power to me!!!

(Cue deflation in 5...4...3...2...and...pfffffffffffffft...)

Moly X Portrait 3 - Rose's Moly

A THIRD moly arrived today and I felt awful guilty about not having done anything for this group for so long. So I managed to slay the procrastination monster, gave myself an extra good kick up the bum and just got down to it.

Rose's moly has the theme "Found Objects" but I've been trying not to hoard too much stuff anymore (despite leaving two rooms full of stuff at my parent's house!) so I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do when I first got her book (like ... 2 months ago ... bad Jo ...) But then, on a fateful Melbourne evening in a certain Spanish class, I found a fortune cookie slip on my table that read "God has given you one face, you make yourself another" and *BAM* inspiration!

Pitt Pens, Watercolour, Pencil

Felt good to be drawing after so much felting (and much less painful on the fingers *poke*poke*poke*bleed*).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Accessorize Dahlings

Hair and accessories all accounted for! It was really fun trying to come up with absurd hair for all of them.
The bears are now tagged and packed, ready for pickup, it will be a sad goodbye. These are my favourites of the final 10 (whoever said parents don't have favourites are delusional).

This one is my absolute favourite which I named Randy Warhol.

These two look like they could really do with a big hug and some hot cocoa.

And these two are my top picks for best hairstyles in Bearland!

As much as I love these guys ... no more bears for a while ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Decuplet of Bears

All 10 bears lined up and waiting for their salon treatment in which all colours and styles of hair will be experimented with. Also some bracelets and other accessories to be added.
Strange how they all have their own personalities even though I was trying to make them all the same. It's really hard to get the sizings identical! But that's the license of ye who handmakes isn't it ;)

Click image to enlarge for extra fuzziness

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Naughty Bears

I woke up this morning to find my wholesale bears thus:

Just goes to show you just can't take your eyes off the Felties!!! Even for a moment!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Back from Sydney! Twas all very delicious ;)

Coupla ACEOs made playing around with my Pitt Pens (*swoon* I will never love another) and primary school markers. Loosely inspired by the work of Jason Edward Davis which is all very, very cute!

Pitt brush pens and cheap markers on collaged card

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's A Bear Factory

Blargh!!! Too many days without blogging! This daily blogging is not going well at all. My excuses this week are:
* I GOT A REAL JOB!!! 'Real' as in a job for love, not the money (DEFINITELY not the money ...) Drawing backgrounds and characters for a children's cartoon. Although actually, it doesn't start til June 15th so err ... perhaps it's not an excuse for not blogging but I decided a few lazy days were on the cards after this great news.
* We're aparment hunting >:o( My #2 most hated activity (#1 is jobhunting ...). I hate that real estate agents can rock up whenever the hell they feel like it cos there's not a DAMNED thing you can do about it because you will be homeless soon.
* I've turned into a one girl bear factory. All those hours at my old data entry job have stood me in good steed as I haven't reached my needle felting threshold ... YET ...

Our coffee/dining table is now Bearoland! Also, I bought $44 worth of wool yesterday and discovered they now have a grey (of sorts) so Medium Totoro will have his bigger counterpart as soon as these bears are finished :D

And as a pre-emptive strike, my excuses for next week are: I will be in Sydney for my father's grandest birthday thus far: 60!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Postcrossing #7 and #8

Well that daily blogging really took off didn't it? I'm terrible. It's kinda like trying to quit smoking except that I'm trying to get addicted to blogging as opposed to trying to stop. So maybe not like smoking at all.

A couple of quickie Postcrossings as I'm waiting for a roast to come good:
The first is going to the USA to someone who likes images of national costumes. Forgoing the blue singlet, shorts ('stubbies' for those reading from Oz) and flip flops that first came to mind, I went for a more traditional approach and made a big botch of his face :(
The second is going to Portugal for a woman who likes gnomes!

Made using anything and everything I could draw with at the time

I won't lie and say that I've been too busy to blog daily. In fact it was a downright lazy Friday as Juan and I had finished all the changes requested for the documentary on Thursday and decided on a day of total debauchery which included a trip to KFC (for shame). And yesterday I cozied up to the couch with a marathon screening of Pride and Prejudice (BBC version) and felted the rest of the bodies for the wholesale bear order. The back of our couch now looks like this: (the little blobs on the left are the bear heads).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Postcrossing #6 (aka Don't Draw Mad)

Not my best efforts by any standards *sigh*
But I'd just wasted a couple of hours watching a terrible TERRIBLE movie called 'Rise' with Lucy Liu and was feeling rather grumpy.
I like Lucy Liu. We had a voucher to get 6 weekly DVD rentals for $5. But a vampire movie with no fangs? Ripped. Off. Cameo by Nick Lachey? Triple whammy.

This one goes out to a woman in Finland who likes Harry Potter!
I'm going to my happy place now ...

Pitt Pens and Acrylic

The absolute eBay bargain of the month arrived in the mail today: 10 Faber Castell Pitt pens for $20AUD (inc. postage!!!). 7 of these pens are brush pens which is mainly why I bought them as I wanted to try them out but even the fineliners are totally awesome, blacker than any pigment marker I've used. Sorry scratchy Mr Staedtler but you will no longer be allowed to grace my presence.
Will give them a proper tryout tomorrow when I am less grumpy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Food Sketches

A few more foodie sketches. I think I'm going to really like this little sketchbook when I finish it ... enough to drool ...

First a simple and precarious little pile of mini cookies, then something titled a 'mise en place' (which must be similar to what us film folk term 'mise en scene' right? err ...) and then what looks suspiciously like green tea ice cream but was titled 'pea pod ice cream'. WTF???

(Click image to enlarge)
Ink and Potochop.

If my heart wasn't already captured, I would advise potential suitors that homemade cookies would be the most direct route.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hello Ruby Tuesday

How was everyone's Easter? I saw Arj Barker at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he was extremely entertaining! And now I shall grieve for the loss of hot cross buns from the shelves *sigh*

Anyhoo, my first bear is completed for the wholesale order :D Well ... almost finished , I'm awaiting a delivery from an eBay purchase (I LOVE eBay for supplies) so I can make some bracelets and other assorted accessories for them all.
For some reason I want to call her Ruby Tuesday despite the fact that she is obviously blue but then I don't know if I want to name them because then I'll love them and it will hurt too much when I have to delivery them ... oops too late ... she will always be Ruby to me now ...

Needle Felted with 100% Merino

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sir Oinksalot II and Multiplying Bears

Happy Easter everyone! Since the first Sir Oinksalot left me so fast, I made him an heir with the signature Oinksalot family scarf.
Also, I managed to wholesale out 10 slightly emo bears and am in the process of making their parts: below are 8 out of 10 heads lined up on my couch. I can't wait to see them all finished!

Sir Oinksalot II (now with 20% more head!)

And because it's Easter (but really, who NEEDS and excuse???) I made these Easter Egg stuffed muffins this morning (using this recipe). I was a little greedy and made 16 instead of 12 muffins with the batter and ended up not having enough to cover over all the eggs! But mmmm ... I think everyone should have a go at these!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Messy People Exercises

There was something I craved about the soft urgency of charcoal so I started defacing decorating an old play book that I had bought for no reason other than it was $2. Usually I hold a high reverence for books and the mention of book burning makes my hair stand on end. But then I remember Dan Brown and that not all books are created equal.
It still did hurt a little as this book had a name at the front dated 1949. And so I begin to destroy it's almost 60 year existence ...

I quite like the how dress turned out in the third drawing.

Charcoal and pastel.

It's times like this I really wish I wasn't renting so I wouldn't have to be so paranoid about charcoal powder all over the carpet ...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Needle Felted Strawberries

Just added a trio of extremely cute strawberries My Etsy Shop! Needle felting is taking over my idle hands!

Click here to purchase!

I think Papa might be Mexican! (No offense Mexican readers!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Postcrossing #5

"So many posts?" you ask?
Okay, fine, so noone's asking but I'm trying to blog everyday (as of ... yesterday) in a hope that it will make me draw E V E R Y D A Y. It's kinda working in that I'm starting to feel restless if I'm not drawing or felting during idle moments.

For my 5th official Postcrossing card I got some markers and went to town! Made me feel like I was back in primary school, now where's me Clag? This is for an American woman who listed flowers in her interests.

Budget Textas and Prestige Copics

Monday, April 6, 2009

You Gotta Good Noodle On Ya Kid

Couple more foodie sketchies. The first is a shellfish and spaghetti dish that made me go a little cross-eyed while drawing so I went for a simpler strawberry cake for the next one.

Ink and Photoshop.

Sadly I can no longer eat shellfish (prawns, lobsters, crabs) due to an adult onset allergy that is severe enough to have landed me in hospital for an overnight stay once. If I had known this was going to occur earlier in my life, I would have eaten way more crab noodle hotpot at all those Chinese banquets when I was a kid. Strangely, my body still accepts scallops, mussels and oysters as friends and not enemies so I take a small comfort in that ;)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Monday Artday - Bunny

Something so cute I could just spontaneously combust for Monday Artday's theme of 'Bunny'. Wanted to do something fast in Illustrator so *Kablam!*
I also really like the number 3 when it comes to series of things. In every essay I ever wrote, examples would always be in threes (e.g. hommus, pizza and cupcakes) and every story would have stunningly appropriate and fabulous adjectives in threes. Good thing I'm not pursuing a career in writing ...

Illustrator and Photoshop.

On a side note, someone told me my comments weren't working since my blog made the big leap into 3 columns. If someone could leave comment here it would be muchly appreciated!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Totoro and Sir Oinksalot

A productive/painful day in Jo's Felting World (aka the couch). I think it's a rite of passage for artists and artisans of all things cute to do their own renditions of Totoro in whatever medium they are working in and today it was just my time.
Sir Oinksalot will be in the Etsy shop soon enough but Medium Totoro (I can't find any grey felting wool in Melbourne!!!) stays with me! (And would probably infringe all sorts of copyright if I try to sell him anyway!)

I love the Sir's pompous little scarf! Squeee!!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dessert Sketches

I really like food (especially if it's pretty ... and more often even if it's not ;D) and I really want to draw more so tonight I'm killing two birds in one dark inky stroke. Loving susunrudat's Flickr stream right now hence the style of sketch albeit a bit (lot?) looser.
I also made a few little hardcover books covered in cute fabric to sell in my Etsy shop but haven't got the binding process JUST right yet so there's a few spare blank books lying around the flat. The fabric of this particular one really made me want to draw food in it so that's just what I started to do today!

Dodgy Rollerball pen and Photoshop colour.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Postcrossing #4

Firstly, after a whole morning of tinkering with things I know nothing about (CSS? I'm lookin' atchoo!) I finally have a 3-column blog :D and a new banner :D so much neater than before. I don't know why blogger doesn't have 3-column templates.

Anyway, this new Postcrossing postcard is going to a woman in Helsinki who likes dogs. Oh how I really REALLY want a cutie patootie puppy!!!

Pigment pens and watercolour pencils.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Currently Screenshotting

Some screenshots of work we are currently doing (that is soon to end ... the spectre of unemployment looming large!). The boy is doing all the artwork and I'm doing some of the compositing and puppet animation. It's been a good project for us and like all good things it's ending! Yargh!