Tuesday, December 31, 2013

White Tiger #4

Coming a long slowly, still loving this paper. Its great for creating fur :)

Happy New Year to everyone :D Might make up a small list of art goals for 2014, but then theres pressure to finish them instead of working on what you really want to. Most of them would probably be print related anyway.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Books Reviews

A couple of book reviews, probably the last for the year unless I don't sleep at all :p

 Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hard to review this without spoilers, but I will try :)

I enjoyed this series a lot, until this final one. A lot of intense build up and nothing really happens :/ Very anti-climatic. The best part of the whole series is of course the dragons, arrogant yes, but dragons should be. There were many times you forget they are dragons talking until they start complaining about being hungry :p

Every time the love triangle reared its head with the younger characters, I wanted to put the books down. The characters lose all of their appeal and it so predictable what happens. Yes, characters change as a series progresses, and these are young characters left pretty much by themselves to discover the world and make new choices, but what happens is such a cliché. I did like how one minor character ended up, it was a fitting end, which you could see coming a mile away, but still a good ending for the character.

I haven't read anything else but this series by this author, will give her stories another try since so many people keep telling me that I would love her books. Maybe the next ones I will like better *crosses fingers*



View all my reviews LongbournLongbourn by Jo Baker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sort of a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, but focusing on the Bennet's servants. I don't think you really need to have read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy this book, but if you have, you know what is happening in the Bennets time line upstairs with what the servants are doing in the background.

This isn't the clean cut world of pretty frocks and handsome men with money, it can be pretty dirty but I think it does a good job with showing what the servants have to do and put up with in order for the house to run smoothly. It brings too life more of the time period, not just focusing on the posher parts, which fans of Austen already know about.

Really picky Janeites might not want to read about the underprivileged of the time, they want romance, not chamber pots, but there is still a lot of romance happening with the servants.



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Scottish Word of the Week

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This weeks word is:
1. gansey

Last weeks word was correctly guessed by Cindy :) The word parritch, did mean porridge :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lend Me Your Ears....

Jeanette made a blog post before Xmas asking for people to draw some ears if they wanted to and had the time. Its a good little drawing exercise and unless you are focusing on specific body parts, you tend to either just hint at ears in life drawing or you don't draw them at all if they are covered by hair. So here are 2 little ear sketches. I should do a series of sketches of other facial features just to get some more practice in.


Friday, December 27, 2013

White Tiger #3

Back to work, need to tone down the pink nose so its not so light pink.

Lovely weather we are having, not as bad as Ontario, or down south and we are on a hill, so unless there was more 10 feet of water the house would not get flooded. Still, its been raining all week and the wind has gotten up pretty strong that trees have broken and if something is not nailed down its going to go for a flight. Every time the lights flicker, I cross my fingers they will stay on. The dog refuses to go out and looks at us like we are crazy to suggest it :p

Monday, December 23, 2013

White Tiger #2


Love love love this paper :D Just wish it wasn't so expensive :/

Music Monday



I know I've posted music by this band before, but this song makes me laugh :)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

White Tiger #1

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Line art for a tiger finished, now to transfer it onto Fisher paper. Really like that paper, but I don't know how my polys will work on it, will let people know. Pencils do get eaten on the surface since its pretty much sandpaper, but I like how the Coloursofts work on it. Will be interesting to see how the harder pencils look.

Its going to be a white Tiger, and while I do know of the horrible breeding problems and breeding practices that go on with the white Tigers, this one is pretty nice looking.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Last Day of College....



Well it was supposed to be my last day in college this year, but of course I forgot the plate of the swans I was working on, so have to go back to Dundee tomorrow and cross my fingers it is still there. I'm not back until the 8th of January and want to work on the swans so the plate is ready to print when I go back, so have to go and see if its still in the room somewhere. (Things have a habit of going for a walk at the college :/, not that I think someone would take a printing plate, but you never know).

The eagle above is the next etching I am working on. I figure stick to birds, its either that or go back to drawing big cats and horses all the time. Even tho an etching of a big cat would probably look nice.

The etchings are done on plexi-glass, so the etching only shows up in a scan if I put a piece of dark paper behind it. Its not supposed to shatter like normal glass, but it def. shatters when you cut it and goes flying everywhere. I am still stepping on broken pieces 4 days later :p

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lots of Salt

The background for a watercolour painting. The idea is to colour in some cranes, but will see if it works. *crosses fingers*

I am counting down the days until jaw surgery because this is so bloody painful, nothing works for the pain :/ Not looking forward to surgery, its never fun and often there is some kind of problem when I am involved, not to mention having to wear a backless gown and flash people, but at this point I just want this defective jaw joint gone.

Had another MRI today, with a dye contrast so my brain probably lit up the screen :p And of course I felt like I was going to sneeze when I was inside of it :p

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Scottish Word of the Week

 
This weeks word is:
1. fecht

Last weeks word, hin-end, means the back or last section of something. Could also be a butt :p

Thursday, December 12, 2013

3 Swans

Really original title :p This is a test print of an etching. I forgot how much I love doing this, even if I do get ink everywhere :p

I need to darken parts of the left swans and use the proper paper next time. I am really really  happy with how this is turning out :D

Monday, December 09, 2013

Fly Away


Really like the colours in this, they work really well with the folded cranes.

Would love to get the bigger gelli-plate or make my own, but the plate isn't cheap, and there is no room in the fridge to make my own. We need another fridge just for me to put art materials in :p

Music Monday



I saw them in concert when they opened for Nickelback, was a very Canadian concert :p

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Meow

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Actually I don't think tigers make a meow sound.... Been awhile since I have drawn a big cat, just been lots of various birds lately. Figured it was about time I started to draw something fuzzy and use my coloured pencils to do it. I want to get the line art done tomorrow, but that all depends on what time I decide to crawl out of bed. Its not the minus -33C that some parts of Canada are getting, but I'm not use to the cold any more, -3 is more then cold enough for me that I don't want to get out of a warm bed.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Scratch Scratch Scratch

Started to work on an etching, which sounds like nails on a chalkboard sometimes :/ Slow going but hopefully get it done this weekend *crosses fingers*

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Bluebird of Happiness

Ok, so its not a blue bird, its some kind of bird of prey, but I am happy with how its looks :p I think using Inktense pencils to draw a rough outline, and then using watercolours to roughly add shape and shading to the subject works really well for me.

Book Review

The Dragon Keeper (Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Adult version of The Dragon Riders of Pern?? The story is different, the dragons still talk, but are not exactly very cheerful or all that humble or helpful.

This book is really, really slow for roughly the first 200 pages, interesting, but slow going as not much happens. But after that, things start in motion and a huge adventure starts. I thought the main characters were developed nicely, even the characters that we are not supposed to like very well. The dragons have their own very distinct personalities, and sometimes you do forget they are dragons and instead think they are a bunch of moody teenagers. I enjoyed reading about the dragon mythology and how the problems that caused them to be so scarce happened, and their appearance is described very vividly, very colourful dragons. And I do really like the idea of a live ship, a vessel that could navigate itself and also in some cases talk.

I do want to find out what happens to the dragons and their keepers, the book does end with the adventure having pretty much just started. Through the whole story you are told it could take a long time, if they get there at all, to reach their final destination, but since the series is complete I will just assume they do reach their goal or they all die :p (Its fantasy, people generally get killed/maimed or eaten by a dragon, which could happen with all the dragons around)

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Practice Practice Practice

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Practice makes perfect and all that :p Getting better with registration marks, just need to either find a better way to line the paper up, or just keep practising. On to the next one :)

Sunday, December 01, 2013