Monday, October 30, 2006

Dragon Pumpkin

Blurry photos of our pumpkin! :P I messed up his wings but I think you can still tell what it is. *crosses fingers* Roasted the seeds too, so atleast something good came out of carving :p

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Nap Time Finished

Finally finished, the paper will not take anymore colour even if I wanted it to. Going to leave it for a few days and then see how it looks. :) I like how it turned out and the black paper was nice to work on. The log/rock did not turn out the way I wanted it to, its hard to tell if its a rock or a piece of wood. Live and learn, and study tree bark more. hehe And all this time I have been saying its a leopard, but nope its a jaguar. I feel like an idiot, I can never tell them apart. Always forget which one is supposed to have spots within spots.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Another Nap Time Update

Another quick update (3 hours worth of work). He looks like he has the mumps :p Need to darken up a few areas and still work on the log/rock.

Going to carve that pumpkin tomorrow, have to remember to take pictures when its done.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Extra Large ??

Its about 7 inches tall, not really that large to me really. :p If I can pick it up with one hand its not extra large. Not sure what I am going to carve on it, probably just your basic jack'o lantern face. Hopefully it has atleast a few handfuls of seeds I can roast. John still wants me to carve a neep. Not sure about that, just doesn't seem like it would work very well.

No art, and I feel guilty about it. Been drawing a bunch of tattoo designs, but don't want to post them incase one of them catches someones eye and then gets it. You never know, might get a tattoo one day (not sure but I could). I have worked on that leopard a bit, going to change the log he was resting on to a rock. It was hard to tell what it was anyway, and I think a rock would look better. Hopefully *crosses fingers* an art post tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Another Nap Time Update

Not much of an update, been sketching dragons like mad lately, might have some to show tomorrow if I don't work on the leopard. Worked on his other eye and the top of his head, things are starting to look better. :) I really need to work on that log though, its really distracting right now.

Walked around downtown Dundee yesterday and took some pictures in between the rain. Its not even November and some of the xmas decorations are up already. o0 It doesn't even feel like fall, let alone winter. The leaves on the tree are just now starting to change colour.

I love this! It was in front of the Overgate (a mall), but its back where it was before I am told. I want one for the backyard. :)

Links: Info about Dragon and other public art in Dundee

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Loch Photos

Went to the Loch hoping that the tree leaves had changed colour, but they can't decide on what time of year it is. Most of them are still alive and very green. A few have changed, but not many. Always have to be on the lookout for the many geese on the banks, huge mean buggers they can be.

Not the best time of day to take photos, but I think some of them look really cool. Go back in a few days and see what the trees look like then. If the weather holds up tomorrow, we might go to the botanical gardens, if not I will work on that leopard.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Day Out in Forfar

I have been working on that leopard, just haven't gotten enough done to warrant an update. So here are some pictures instead of our day out. We went to The Meffan Gallery today and walked around downtown. They had some more artifacts from the witch trials in Forfar that I wanted to look at. Was interesting, and sad at the same time. Its a nice little museum, showing the history of Forfar and the Picts. There are a few Pictish stones to look at too. I had seen them before but they are really cool to see anyway because some are not behind glass so you can get really close to them. Not too interested in the current gallery show though, not the kind of art (conceptual I think it is called, my art history is a little rusty) that I or John am into. So I'm just going to leave that at that. :p

Not our dog, not sure whos it is. It was standing right outside the grocery store not even trying to go any further inside. Could have been a stray, was gone later on. It looked so sad. :( Im always shocked when I see animals right outside the store not tied up. I'd be afraid they would run around the store or bite someone, not because the dog was vicious, but because someone might do something to the dog. People were petting him and he just stood there. lol

Waiting in traffic.

The Cross in Forfar, actually busy downtown today. Probably because of the nice weather, been raining the last few days.

East and Old steeple with a dragon weather vane which I think is really cool. I want one. hehe its probably huge.

Odin and his traffic cone. He lives a few houses down and loves to "play" with the traffic cone, its funny to watch. You know he is outside because you hear the cone go flying in his front yard against the bricks.

Makes me miss Luka when I see Odin. :( And then they tell me that someone has puppies that are related to Odin for sale. Too bad we don't have the space or the money, or we would seriously go and look at the puppy at least.

Link: Meffan Gallery

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Derwent Colour test

John bought me 3 of the new Derwent Coloursoft pencils so I could try them out and see if I liked them as much as Prismas. Decided to do a little test to see how well they layed down and how well they blended together and blended with the Prismas.

Derwent colours used: Deep Cadmium (yellow) C040, Red C120, Blue C330
Prismacolors used: Sunburts Yellow PC917, Carmine Red PC926, True Blue PC 903

I do realize the colours are not an exact match but its the closest I could get. :)

The first box is the Derwent colours blended together, they blended well enough, not as smooth as the prismas but after a few extra layers the colours went together. The red didn't blend very well with the other colours as much as I personally would have liked, but thats just me.

Order of colours:
Yellow (twice oops), yellow/red, yellow/blue
blue, blue/red,blue/yellow
red, red/blue, red/yellow

Box A I put the Prisma pencils down first and then put the Coloursoft over them. Found the opposite, the red blended ok, the blue left streaks. The yellow worked better than both colours on both tests. Blending the two brands of pencils together didn't work very well. Couldn't get a really smooth look, probably would have to burnish the colours to get it and I don't burnish unless I need the effect in a piece.
The box with the Prismas is only them blended together, same colour order as the Derwents. Blended easily, colours layed down smooth, but that is probably because they are what I am used to using.

Box B is the Coloursoft pencils layed down first and the Prismas over top. Worked better than laying the Prismas down first. Blended much better and not as many streaks. In person the colours look more vibrant when layed down this way than in box A.

I like the way the Coloursoft pencils flow on the paper, much smoother than any previous Derwent products I have used. Less breakage than Prismas I found too, easier to sharpen as well. Limited colours and a hefty price tag are a big downfall to me. I could adapt and learn how to blend them the way I work, but the hefty price tag is a huge problem for me when I can get Prismas for the same price or cheaper and have more of a colour choice. I do think I will try to do a bigger piece with them to see how that turns out. Probably get a few more colours to see how they look on paper.

Blending together is a bust. Atleast the way I work. Not a smooth blend and a quick build up of wax.

I think the Coloursoft are a huge improvement on previous pencils, and with practice I probably could switch to them instead of Prismas. Would I though? Not sure.

Colours will vary on different monitors and settings, and image might be grainy. Only my opinion don't freak ;)

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lovely Foggy Weather

The last few days the weather has been foggy and wet. The kind of weather people think of when they think of Scotland. I haven't been here in the fall or winter, so its new to me, strange seeing green trees this late in the year. The trees where I come from are usualy bright yellow and red right now,(except when I lived in Alberta, where trees were few and far between). On the plus side I don't have piles of leaves to rake up or fear the odd dead branch falling on my head if I went for a walk in the woods. I do miss the colours and the smells in the air(hopefully by this time the manure smell had gone away).

And its way too early for xmas stuff. Half an aisle of Halloween things and 2 full aisles or more of xmas stuff. o0. But did get these really cute little Halloween coffee cups today and John bought me some tea light candle holders shaped like pumpkins. :)So I have started a Halloween collection again. Also got a pumpkin, so I have to think of something to carve into it. Probably something simple, even though its flat enough on the front if I wanted to do something fancy I might be able to. But I'm crossing my fingers that it has enough seed I can roast and that the oven doesn't cremate the seeds if there is enough.

Pumpkins here are small (people carve neeps [turnips] here too, which I just don't get). I'm used to the ones you can barely get your arms across, the ones here seem like itty bitty baby pumpkins.

No art today, spent most of the day shopping (mostly looking at stuff) and trying to stay warm (and not get hit by some crazy 40 something lady who should not have been driving in the fog because she almost caused an accident between her, a lorry (transport truck) and us). (She was driving so slow the transport truck was going about 3 times faster[but still the speed limit] and had to pull out right in front of us at the last moment)

Ok I think thats it for today. :p

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Shhh! The kitty is sleeping

Didn't go to the zoo today because it was really foggy and no point going to the zoo if you can't see the animals. :/ Hopefully we can go sometime soon. I keep buying a few bags of sour candy so that I can do a still life, but I keep eating the candy. oops. They don't even make it to the bowl before the candy is half gone and by then there isn't enough to draw so I just eat the rest. lol

Didn't get as much as I could have done today on this, but considering it used to take me sometimes months to finish one coloured pencil piece, I'm working on this pretty fast. Still needs a lot of work, areas on the face need to be darkened heavily. Still happy with the way it looks, so yay! :p

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Nap Time update

Today in the for the first time in the longest time I actually had a nap. Realated to drawing this? No, I wish. Couldn't sleep last night I was so nervous because of the ultrasound I had to have done today. So when that was over I crashed at home. There were no loud gasps of horror during the whole thing so I would assume nothing is horribly wrong, but better safe then sorry. Find out soon I'm told. Probably just scar tissue, meh.

Anyway, now that I almost wrote too much info here is some art:

This is taking longer than I thought it would, about 6 hours into it so far. But I really do like how it looks in real life, the pencils are laying down very nice. Laying down the basic colours and then going to go back and darken or lighten areas that need it.

*crosses fingers* that the weather is nice tomorrow and it doesn't pour down rain. I really want to go to the zoo before it gets too cold. I could wait until next year, but I like going to the zoo this time of year and I really want to get some nice pictures.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nap Time Nose

In between watching my mother-in-law panic as she packed to go away to canada for 9 days, I worked on this. I really like working on black paper, the colours lay down really fast. Not sure if its the paper or the colour but I am getting a painting effect with this, the pencils are laying down like acrylics. Kind of neat. Hard to see in the scan of course though :(

It is an odd size, about 10 by 11 inches, but probably going to crop it either square or small enough to fit into a 8 by 11 frame. Canson Black Mi-teintes paper, sprayed with acid free spray. Not really sure if that will help, but figure it can't hurt. I think its strange that the black is the only mi-teintes paper that is not acid free, all the other colours are.

Need to roughen up the tree log (which looks more like a brown rock right now) more, but going to wait until the cat is finished. It just looks funny being the simple white lines, a nose and a chin. :p

Tried to get a better picture of the art card I did yesterday, just my luck it was pretty grey outside today, hopefully tomorrow the sun will shine (its really not as grainy as it is in the scan).

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

New Zealand coast

Little ACEO of the east coast of New Zealand, between Picton and Kaikoura. (I think) Wasn't too worried about realism, just wanted to get the basic shapes and colours. I have 2 more drawn out just waiting to be coloured (waterfall and moeraki boulders). Really like doing these because they don't take hours and hours to do, well they probably could if I wanted realism but on something this small its not that important. Sprayed this with fixative, so the colours changed :(

*trying to get a better scan or photo, this one is horrible

Started on a leopard, its drawn and transfered to good paper. Just getting the colours together to colour it.

And gloves! With bats!! that Glow!

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hair everywhere

Started some little art cards today of pictures we took in New Zealand. Not sure really why, because don't really know if anyone would want art cards of New Zealand scenery, but you never know, I can always add them to my collection if not. :) Might have one done today, but that all depends on if I can get any of the sharpeners to work properly and not eat my pencils. (and if I stop writing online)

Thinking of re-doing my website, probably with another template because its a lot easier for me then learning anymore html. (and the husband with a computer degree runs away at the thought of templates) Want to add certain features that I can't with the current site.

I need a haircut. Im starting to look like Cousin It with grey hair. I want to chop it all off but everyone says I will regret it. Regret getting my hair caught in the door or sat on?? hmmm no.

ok off to draw

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Halloween Dragons Finished

Spent the last 2 days in bed, not out of laziness but because everytime I moved the room would spin one way and I my head would spin the other. Not a nice feeling. I don't get sick often but when I do, I make it count. Atleast this year I don't have to spend 9 days in the hospital. *knocks on wood*

So the dragons turned out alright. The scan is a bit fuzzy but thats ok, the size online also makes it hard to make out some detail. But considering this was just for me, I'm alright with that. 10.5 by 10.5 inches, prisma colored pencils on stonehenge. I might scan each dragon tomorrow to try to get close ups of them.
And because Halloween is not as big here as it is in North America, I'm having candy withdrawls. No one has heard of rockets or peeps, and I'm sure they are a few more teeth rotting goodies that you can't get here (surprisingly I had the all clear from the dentist, no cavities). I really want marshmellow peeps (the marshmellow pumpkins are cute and so evily good). Its an odd thing to want. I should see if I can get someone to send me some rockets or peeps, even though I'm not sure if the peeps would make it across here alive or if its even legal to mail them ( I have just been informed that aslong as they are not open its fine). But I can still carve a pumpkin if I want and roast pumpkin seeds, even though I would probably be the only one eating them.

Peeps defined
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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Halloween Dragons update

I have been seriously neglecting this blog the past week, but I have a valid reason (well atleast I think it is). I have an inner ear infection which seriously makes the room spin in circles, kind of makes drawing hard and I will leave the explanation at that before going into any graphic details. But its getting better and I managed to work on my Halloween dragons. They are not done but I still have um.., 23 days!. Should be done tomorrow *crosses fingers* I really like the way it is turning out, even if the pumkin doesn't really look like a pumpkin oops (use your imagination ;). I will post the whole finished version once it is done, with just a small watermark. :)

I love fall, once my ear gets better I really have to try to get pictures of the trees by the loch. Must watch out for the killer geese if they are still hanging around though, they chase people. o.0

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