December 29, 2011

Girl with Berries v2 WIP

A while back I painted this quick digital painting for my (now defunct) 365Days blog.
I came across the original file while cleaning out my harddrives and without thinking started working on it again.
Here's a peek at how it's going.

The original:
Ugh, look at that neck, actually... don't o_o

 The work-in-progress edited version:
Obviously, a few changes here an there, (don't know what's happening to that branch yet) including the beginnings of a brand new hand... Godknows the poor girl needed one... -____-


December 28, 2011

Happy Christmas 2011

Happy (belated) Christmas everyone!
Hope you all had a wonderful time :D

December 12, 2011

Back To Uni

Not sure if I mentioned this in an earlier post (losing track of A LOT lately XD ) but I'll be going back to uni next year; Bachelor of Fine Arts at the QLD College of Arts.
It's funny that it's taken me practically my whole adult life to finally do the one degree I've always wanted to do, ever since I left high school. Heh.

Oh yes, and since this is an 'art blog', per se, here are the latest things I've been working on:

A few mixed media pieces that are no also up at my Etsy store for sale. :D


November 28, 2011

Still Chugging Away

I've been doing a whole lot of bookbinding for sale lately, though I'm going to refrain from posting each and every one here!
I've also started writing shop specific posts on my Artfire blog, you can find more info here:
Don't worry, I'll still keep updating this blog too.

Drawing has been going fairly slowly, stress kind of kills the drawing creativity, but I have been working on a commission illustration (still at the sketch phase) as well as a content filled book commission which is still in the page design and layout phase.

I've also been trying new ideas for items to sell. Here's a peek at the latest thing I'm fiddling with.

These are going to be turned into stickers!
There's also a few smaller ones with ladybugs on them. I love making stamps! XD
Anyway, thanks for sticking with me in these trying times. :)


November 19, 2011

Artfire Store

I'm finally starting to get my act together with my Artfire store.

BumbleVee on Artfire

I've owned a store there for some time now but haven't had the guts to actually list anything! (had an Etsy store once, sold a few things then... it died o_o)
There's only a few items up at the moment but I'm slowly working on that but with money so tight right now, I figured it's time to get my butt into gear and try just about anything lol.

Wish me luck!


November 12, 2011

Long Days

Decided to extend my stay here at my parents house for the weekend, I've been feeling a little isolated lately, so I'm glad for the company and easy conversation.
I've been trying to get my butt out of the drawing rut it's been in, it's sort of happening, sort of not... It's odd because I've been on such an artistic high lately, I guess it was only a matter of time before the crash, lol.

Anyways, I pushed myself to get at least something creative done yesterday and this is what I came up with. It's something, right?

These are tile-able images I've created for Spoonflower (this link will take you to my Spoonflower store/gallery), I'm going to get them printed on fabric then use said fabric to cover some books (click on the "all" tab to see the rest of my fabric designs that aren't for sale yet).
The flower image is currently set to private so this is the only place to see it. :3


November 7, 2011

Mamita's Birthday Present

I think I'm pretty safe posting this now, it's too late at night (or early in the morning) for mother to read this now and I'll be heading down to my parents house first thing in the morning so should be giving her her present then. Yay!

I made her a little pocket sized book bound on tape with a mould-made polymer clay decoration.
The ribbon wraps right around to tie the book closed.

And with the extra time I had, I made her a pair of earrings in a similar colour scheme. :D

Happy Birthday, Mum! <3 <3 <3


November 5, 2011

Supanova 2011

I have never seen so many cosplayers in one place in my entire life! My friend and I, who weren't in costume, actually felt like odd ones out! This will be rectified next year. :3

Supanova is an Australian pop culture event with everything from anime, comics, gaming, tv/entertainment guest stars, book authors etc etc all come under one roof, so to speak.


By far, in my opinion, the very best aspect is the cosplayers; costume watching is an event in and of itself and the people are so friendly! Always happy to pose for you. :D

Lizzy & Kakashi
Nurse (Silent Hill)
Shunku & Suigintou
(Rozen Maiden)

Dapper fellow in pink
Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
Lizzy & Choji (Naruto)

My friend and I managed to check out most of the things we wanted to see inluding a Q and A session with Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Georgina Leonidas (Katie Bell) and signing of autographs by Colin Morgan (Merlin from the recent TV series of the same name - and also the highlight of my day! what an awesome guy and super cute too with his scraggly facial hair and super-thick accent!), Julie Benz (from Dexter and a lot of other things) and Cliff Simon (Baal from SG1).

Georgina Leonidas (Katie Bell) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
from Harry Potter

Also caught glimpses of Christopher Lloyd, (Doc Brown from Back to the Future) and Renee O'Connor (Gabrielle from Xena).

I got to watch a session by some local comic book authors, a guitar hero playoff, a little droid unit pestering people and a guy in a lovely dress that actually fooled me (he looked that pretty!).

Droid unit
One of these ladies is not like the others

I also had the chance to wander around ogling all these amazing nerdy pretties from comic book and merchandising stores, fan artists, original artists, crafters, performers and some of the most amazing and intricate costumes I've ever seen.

From the top left to right:
Cyberman (Dr Who), Batman (DC), Ironman (Marvel)
Scythe-weilding Scarecrow, Red VS Blue (Rooster Teeth), Sniper in camo (Sniper)

From the top, then left to right:
Princess Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Daft Punk and others, Spot the character!
Team Fortress (Valve), Captain America (Marvel)

All in all, it was a fantastic day, and I am definitely doing this again next year. :D


November 4, 2011

Mamita's Birthday

It was my mother's birthday on the 2nd of November and I was unable to visit her that day :( however, she did have a lovely party at her work, courtesy of my father and their friends.
Even though I wasn't able to see her in person, we had a lovely chat over the phone and I will be seeing her on Monday to celebrate her birthday with our little family (just the three of us at the moment, younger sibling and other half, who live in South America, will be there with us in spirit <3 ).
In the meantime, I managed to add a second item to the birthday present I'd made for her, so now it's a set!
Unfortunately, she reads my blog, XD so all I can post right now is this:

Her present, all set and ready to be given!
Happy belated birthday, Mamita!! Love you!! xoxo

October 28, 2011

Finished Prints!

These are the four finished prints I've been working on.
They're all about 10cm x 10cm in size and cut from soft-cut lino. Printed with Derivan Phthalo Blue block ink on hand marbled watercolour paper. :)
I like how they turned out!

Also, this is the coloured print that appeared in a photo from the previous post, as a dear friend asked me to post a better pic of it.
The print is from an unused lino cut that I had initially made for the above series but found it didnt' match and was a little too big.
Printed with Derivan Green Deep block ink on cream mixed media paper then coloured with watercolour pencils. <3


October 26, 2011

Lino Cutting My Way

I've been working on some prints for a mini prints competition.
I don't really expect anything to come of it but I've used the competition excuse to boot myself into making a series of related lino prints.
Here's an example of how I've been working - mind you, this isn't strictly the 'right way' to do this, I'm self taught here so this is just my way of doing things.

There are two ways I usually start:
Create a drawing on paper or draw the image directly onto the lino.

If I've gone with the pen and ink drawing then I usually trace the image onto tracing paper and transfer it to the lino block.

I begin by cutting out all around the outside of the linework with a small v-gauge.

Then I cut around the inside of the linework and start cutting away the filled white within the linework using the small v and u shaped cutters.

I cut away the excess lino with a blade.

Then begin cutting away the area outside the image.

 Once finished cutting I gather my materials and choose my papers - this also includes some cartridge paper for test prints.

Test my print while making small adjustments to the lino cut between prints until I'm happy with it.

Create my artist proofs before printing the final prints.

And that's it! :D


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