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!