Sunday, August 31, 2014

Small Update

Really like the way the water is starting to look. I didn't now how I was going to etch the water, but figured just approach it the same was I would with the bird. Focus on the texture, or lack of texture in this case and try to make the water look like it has slight movement to it.

Scottish Word of the Week


Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Wrap-Up August

Net yet the end of the month, but I probably wont finish any more books, so here are the books I finished this month. I also started to make book related videos on my Youtube channel, and will hopefully keep that up :)

 Deathworld 2Deathworld 2 by Harry Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Was OK, not as much world building as the first, so that aspect of the book suffers. There is one character that should have def. been punched a lot sooner in the story; its one of those characters that just annoys you but that is the point.



West of Eden (West of Eden, #1)West of Eden by Harry Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book deals with what if Dinosaurs were not wiped out and evolved into "civilized" beings and how that effects the humanoids that are around. Its an interesting idea and thankfully they did die out as I don't really fancy being hunted to death just for being a mammal. The main characters are well written, and you get a general idea of what the area looks like, I just felt like the story dragged about half way through and never really got back to the pace it started with until the very end of the story,

And why do evolved dino species have to be evil/up to know good most of the time?

Deathworld 3Deathworld 3 by Harry Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nothing new, follows the same formula as the other 2, so it can get a little tedious reading at times. The beginning was entertaining to read, but then the plot just really started to slow down and drag. If it wasn't for the fact I do like the main characters and how they are written, I would have rated this lower.


HornsHorns by Joe Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Guy wakes up with horns on his head, people say all the bad things they are thinking, the character tries to solve a murder, snakes everywhere, bunch of people die, the end :p



The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

grrr my review got eaten again :/

Anyway, I thought this was a good retelling of the The Island of Dr. Moreau, it works well as an introduction to the original story but enough has been changed that you don't always know what is going to happen. With one of the characters, you can figure out pretty early on in the story what is happening to them, but with another I didn't, and I should have because when I look back its pretty obvious lol

This has made me want to reread The Island of Dr. Moreau, since its been 17 years since I've read it and wonder if I still will like it as much as I did then.

The Summer QueenThe Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can tell that Chadwick did her research when writing this, the main plot points in the story seem more plausible then in other books I have read about Eleanor. If you read historical fiction at all, or have an interest in England's history, you know what happens during Eleanor's life, but I didn't find this book boring or repetitive. The story flowed nicely, only slowing down near the end when I really felt like the story dragged, but it sets up a starting point for the second book which was probably the point.

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If Goodreads would let people rate books a little differently, I would probably give this 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I liked the world building and the explanation on how Mars came to be the way it is in the story, a bit more on the caste system would have been nice tho. This book is really similar to The Hunger Games in plot, just written for an older reader. Unlike a lot of reviewers that loved the ending, I found it actually very dull and boring, tad predictable.

Enjoyed the beginning of the story, and even some parts of the battle scenes, but the only character that I felt was fleshed out at all, was the main character; and there are a few other characters that I felt could have had more written about them.

Another hyped book that in places is worth the hype and in others, not so much.

Appaloosa (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #1)Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Didn't like this at all and I don't think that is because it is a western. Or it could be if the current western books are like this one. Poor writing, flat characters, full of horrible clich├ęs and really predictable.



Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey


Well paced, really nice world building. Maybe a bit more written on the different levels in the silo would have been nice, but the levels needed to tell the story are explained all right enough to get a sense of what they do. The ending was a bit predictable and the big reveal isn't really that big of a reveal if you have read any scifi/dystopian books before. I have read/heard people complain about the title. That wool has nothing to really do with the story, but I took at as referring to the phrase "pull the wool over someone's eyes" (to deceive someone in order to prevent them from discovering something)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ripples

Starting to look like water ripples, so thats good :p I am going to have to go back and darken a lot of the feathers on the duck so that they are darker then the reflections so the bird looks like he is above the water.

Throwback Thursday

1984, love my smile, but what the hell am I wearing? :p Danielle would have been pretty much brand new here and the other person is dad's mom. Who I don't remember much about other then she baked really good cookies.  That is very.., interesting wallpaper lol

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cough Cough Cough

Would have more done on this, but I can't stop coughing. And that can get dangerous when using a sharp pointy thing :p

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quack #??

Almost done with the duck and then I can move onto the reflection in the water. And I still have no idea how I am going to do that lol

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting a Blister

Needs a lot of shading so he doesn't look so flat, but the feathers look OK at the moment :) I'm starting to get a blister at the base of my thumb from the etching tool. meh, just means I work too much :p

Throwback Thursday

I have no idea what year this was taken. Mostly just posting it because of the fetching blue glasses  :p I don't even remember this being taken or where it was taken.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Watercolour Peacock


Do people spell watercolour as one word or two? I always spell it as one word, but I have seen it as two in a lot of books. Don't think it really matters, just curious.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Music Monday



An Australian band I had never heard of before I met John, one of many actually.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Meeko

Meeko/Miko, however its spelt ;) Looking fluffy so that good. I wanted more done on this but I seem to have a frog in my throat that is jumping around a lot and its a bit painful and hard to concentrate :/ Hopefully I finish this in the next few days *crosses fingers*

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I forgot to post a photo last Thursday, so here are two to make up for it :)

On the back it says 1984, but I look older then 3 and my sister look what 6 months old?? So its probably 1985 instead, unless its really late in the year. Notice the frogs on the windowsill, mom collected frogs so we had a lot around the house. She also collected chamber pots...clean :p

1985 on the back of this one. I assume its Easter because of the bunny on the bag. I clearly remember that dress, very odd that I do.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Need More Black Pencils

More work on done Meeko, who is a Husky, not a Malamute :p I always confuse the 2 unless they are side by side. I should know this having worked at a dog groomers, but we didn't get that many Malamutes, even tho they do groom one now. Actually to tell the truth, I'm glad we didn't. Would have taken forever to bath and blow dry, a Keeshond took almost all day and they are nowhere near the size of a Malamute.

And I have figured out what to do with all of the Prismas I have, use them for backgrounds on this paper since it doesn't matter if they get used up, since I don't use them any more and wont be getting any more.

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Duck #2

More done on the duck etching. Still needs work, but as usual I want to fill in more of the bird before I work on the shading :) The water ripples might turn out to be a bit of a challenge, not sure yet how I am going to create them....

Music Monday

The movies are just popcorn movies to watch when bored, but the soundtracks for all of them are great to listen to :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dust Everywhere

More work on Meeko. The background is just loosely laid down so I have an idea what it will look like when finished. Might just have a light blue background and leave it at that, simple can work.

Post linked over at Artist Play Room :)

Scottish Word of the Week

tentsmuir 

This weeks word is, haar.

Last weeks word, hackit was correctly guessed by Norma :) The word means ugly.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Sandpaper

The start of a malamute that lives around here. He is so fluffy and full of energy lol

This is on Fisher400 paper, which I love but I don't really see a difference between it and normal sandpaper, so I don't get the huge price difference. I should do a small test with it and normal sandpaper and expose them to sun, water, fixative and then compare the 2. There might be a difference, but I am really starting to notice that a lot of supplies labelled as "artist", are no different from what you could get at a DIY store and for half the price.

*edit* I've used coloured pencils on sandpaper to compare them, but the site for the paper says you can use all kinds of different media on the paper, so need to do testing for that. The site says you can wet the paper, but pretty sure you can do the same with normal sandpaper.

Friday, August 08, 2014

More Book Stuff :)

Two videos about books :) A Friday reads video and a Library book haul video.



Monday, August 04, 2014

Pretty Pinks

Calling this done yay :D

Yes, my hair is usually pink/red but I really am not a pink type of girl :p This is a lot of pink for me to work on for so long lol I need to work with some other colours for a bit now, and never again flowers! :p I will laugh if I end up drawing flowers for Uni.

Music Monday


I am not a huge Mettalica fan, but I really the album this is off of. Its a great combo of orchestral instruments and more contemporary instruments.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Quack #1

Still working on the penguin, I just need to try to fix something first before I work on it any more. So onto another bird. I don't really know how I am going to make the head of this mallard look shiny, but its a challenge I am up for. (hopefully)



Friday Reads Video



Need to dye my hair :p