Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

I don't even know if I will be able to stay awake till midnight (can't actually remember the last time that I did...). So Happy New Year to everyone. :D

I did decide to make a few goals for 2008. Nothing really huge just very simple.
1) Post everyday here (unless I lose a net connection or am in the hospital). This might be easy some days where I have lots to write about and lots of art to show and other days I might struggle to find anything to post. But I am going to try anyway and see if I can post everyday.
2) Do Pilates at least 3 times a week. I am supposed to be doing this anyway for physio, so it shouldn't be hard once I start doing it again. It is only hard the first week or 2 and than after that it is much easier.

So those 2 plus the previous things mentioned in the 2008 Plans post are my goals for 2008. Not much but a year will tell if they get done :) So a post tomorrow with art!

Friday, December 28, 2007

B Mine

"B Mine" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip
Coloured Pencil and Neocolors 2 on Stonehenge
For Sale here

Little card based on those little candy hearts people would eat at around Valentines Day. They were usually hard as a rock when I got them and I'm surprised that I didn't chip a few teeth :p

Going to try to do another art card of those little red hot candy hearts. I remember stuffing as many in my mouth as I could, trying to be the person who had the most in their mouth but trying to hide my watering eyes as they hearts were really hot when you tried to eat half a bag or more at a time. But they were really good :) (my tongue hated me for days after trying this and I think the only think I could eat was crackers)

Also want to try to find some Valentines themed fabric to make either a few bags or a few little dragons with. I know its early but this year I want to be more prepared.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

2008 Plans

I don't actually have any lol. Well I plan on still writing here, still drawing and trying to improve artistically. I need to sketch more, draw things I normally don't and draw more dragons! I really haven't drawn a big dragon piece lately and I really should, considering the blog title and the business name has the word dragon in it :p. I have all kinds of ideas for dragon pictures and other fantasy creatures. :)

So to help me sketch more, I thought that I would try to draw the list over here from the Everday Matters group. Lots of different things to draw and many of them I either haven't drawn since high school or not at all. Going to use my little moleskine sketchbook for the sketches in the hope that I improve even a little. Not sure what I am going to do with the sketchbook once its filled though.

Also going to try to participate in Illustration Friday. A topic is chosen weekly to draw. I have had the topics emailed to me the last few weeks but haven't found the time to draw any of them. I really want to try now for the same reasons I want to draw the above list. And there are many times I could probably incorporate dragons into the topic chosen so it kills 2 birds with one stone.

The above photo is of a corner of my desk and a little art card for Valentines Day almost finished. Doesn't hurt to be prepared and possibly sell holiday related art. :) I already put a few little gouges in the desk when I was working on the fuzzy dragon lino block, which hopefully gets finished before my birthday. Better a nick in the desk than a blade stuck in my palm o.0

Friday, December 21, 2007

Birds on Ice??

I keep thinking I'm going to look out of the back window and see little birds doing triple axels on the bird bath. hmmm, that might make a cute drawing :D

Frozen berries, not sure if they are edible though. Doesn't matter I guess when if you did try to eat them you might break a tooth :p

And I thought this was funny :D

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tookie Tookie

"Toco Toucan" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip
ACEO 2.5 by 3.5 Inches
Coloured pencil on Stonehenge paper

For Sale Here

Another bird ACEO. Lots of fun to do this one as they are one of my favourite birds. There are so many beautiful types to look at. I would love to own one but would have to do a lot of reading and hands on learning before I would even seriously think about getting one.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Too Many Lights??

Its cold
You can see this house before you turn the corner. Its very bright, pictures don't do it justice. She has a donation box wrapped in lights in the front to be given to the Guide Dogs, someone has tried to steal it before before*angry face*.

Want to drive yourself crazy and use your head more?? Try any of the puzzles here :)

Art tomorrow :) Spent the weekend making cookies and wrapping presents in between sneezing (not over the cookies!!). Did I mention its cold?!? I think I could deal with the cold if I had snow to play in. Your never too old to play in the snow :D

Links:
Guide Dog Site

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cookies!!

Our oven hates me still, but most of the cookies are edible.

(We were lucky today the evil oven god only minorly singed the cookies rather than fully sacrificing/cremating them, then again it does tend to get regular sacrifices from other people so perhaps it was in a good mood tonight lol)

I got the recipe from Rita at Purple Tastes Good and it gets an approval from everyone in the house :) So thank you Rita. :)

And I bought a jar of icing to use and its all mine!! Well almost, John uses it some time but still a tub of icing to myself is a good thing, well maybe not for my stomach....
(and I will have no sympathy for her either :P says the evil husband) hrmm....

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fabric Labels

So I thought it might be a professional touch to have labels to sew onto any bags or stuffed animals I make. So after finding a shop I can get them done at a reasonable price I spent most of the day designing labels, and this is what I came up with. Very simple (yes this took me half a day, don't laugh! :P).

I did have the dragon that is in my banner above where the little inked dragon is, but I could never get it to print right without it looking really blurry. So a few quick little scribbles later and time for the ink to dry (remembers horrible time when I didn't let the ink dry and I ruined a huge drawing and ended up with ink on my hands and face for a week...), I had a little dragon finished.

I do have a Xmas dragon picture drawn, but because of the size I don't know if it will get finished by Xmas. Going to try though *crosses fingers*. Of course I might get sidetracked making cookies tomorrow :)

I was sad to read this about Terry Pratchett :( I really enjoy his books.

And I listed the oranges I drew yesterday here

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Juicy

"Juicy" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip
ACEO 2.5 by 3.5 Inches
Coloured Pencil

Oranges side by side. I loved oranges, can't eat them since I had my Gall Bladder out though :( *sobs* Going to put this on sale tomorrow once I get some better pictures of it. Having a hard time getting a good scan. Its either too harsh or too dull, no matter what I try to change.

Very cold here, but no snow which is strange. I want to make a snowman, but it might have to be a slushman. :p

O Tannenbaum

People were always looking at me strange when I would start singing O Tannenbaum. I never knew the rest of the lyrics in German before but here they are from Wikipedia (so they could be wrong) :

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie grün sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie grün sind deine Blätter!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat schon zur Winterszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen! O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Mut und Kraft zu jeder Zeit!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren!

Sing it with me!

Actually I have no idea how to pronounce any of that besides the first line but it would be cool to learn German. Art post later, but for now here is the new Xmas tree John's parents bought (its fake, but better for the environment). Almost everyone in the house caught some kind of flu, so apologise for the lack of weekend posting. :/

Friday, December 07, 2007

All Lit Up

For some reason whenever we go to Dundee to take pictures of the lights its always raining.But it wasn't really that cold so thats a plus. I love these blue lights, much more colour I thought this year than the last but most of the pictures are blurry :(

And the start of another drawing. The plan is to have it a set of 2 close-ups, hopefully focusing more on the tack the horses where wearing. I only have one sheet of this paper colour (Canson mi-tientes), and can't seem to get any more. I don't even know what the colour is called because it shows up lighter here, its more of a reddish brown in person. I think I have another sheet of dark blue which might go with the colour of this paper or might have to take a small corner of it and take it paper shopping with me to find a match. Which might get me some odd looks from people....

One horse is a dark bay, the other is a really light red roan (I think?). I think they will look really nice side by side.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Moggy Finished

"Moggy" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip
ACEO 2.5 by 3.5 inches
Coloured pencil

Finished the WIP. I did end up getting carried away and forgot to scan it again between colours. I might do this one again on different paper. I didn't do it on black paper because I didn't think I could have gotten the eye as bright as it is here and didn't use white paper because I wasn't sure how long it would take to fill in all that black. Kinda regretting using the yellow paper because I am not sure if I like how much of it shows threw the black.

I can't lay any more colour down sadly so it is what it is. I like the eye itself, just wish the black was darker.

And here is the town tree (photo taken with John's phone). It looks dead. :/ And it doesn't look any better at night lit up. The lights look like they were just thrown on.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Moggy WIP

"Moggy" WIP Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip

A little work in progress of another cat's eye. This time an everyday black moggy. For most of the ACEOs that I do, I do a quick little 5 minute sketch on paper already marked for the right size (2.5 by 3.5 inches) so that I know the finished drawing will fit the right format. Than transfer the drawing either with transfer paper or if the finished paper is light enough I use a light table to trace the lines.

So far with this I have just layered a few light yellows and oranges around the edge of the eye. The pupil is a combination of dark green, dark blue, black cherry and than black over that. Sometimes I just use black itself, but it does have a tendency to look really flat.

I put a few faint lines where the darker parts of the fur will be just so that I remember when filling in the rest of the fur. Not sure how much of a WIP this will be as it is a simple little thing but I will try to get one more scan of the eye before it is done (unless I get carried away and lose track of time).

And for the painter in all of us and for those who love throwing paint at the walls, make your own Jackson Pollock :)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Xmas Tree

The Xmas tree in downtown Dundee. I think its pretty, probably looks better when its lit up but it was raining so we didn't stay around long enough for it to get dark. Going to go back maybe sometime this week, later in the day to try to get some nice shots of the lights. I'm not a Xmas person, but I do like looking at all the light displays. :)

*edit*
did I post this link before?? Its a link to how to fold an origami dragon. I haven't tried it yet, not sure what paper to use. I want to make one thats 4 feet tall but not sure where I would get paper big enough :p