Saturday, February 21, 2009

Week Six.

Wow, so long? Six Weeks! Well, I'm sure I would have thought I would have completed more by this point... drat! I'd better kick it into high gear.

This week I wasted a day remembering working super small suuuucks! And rest of the week working on two new dolls... one is decently clothed... or in this case, covered in fur. You may recognize him from the doll idea sketch I posted briefly the other day. I have just to make his saddle and rider and he'll be ready for the world of Etsy.

My next plan is to make a series of cute (and or) fuzzy things. They're tough and warm and *cough* easier *cough* than some of these dolls that require more attention to detail... did you know it took me well over six hours to put all the fur on the mount? And in that time I did not eat, leave the house, or, you know, leave the sofa. Just once to set him down and look at him from a distance... I didn't know so much time I had passed until I tried to move my neck and it made noise! Little cute things with easy to work with fur, check! I'm thinking things in the world of mogs and such other overly cute things. I could make a mog... come to think of it... maybe I will.. that should bring people over my Etsy account. I've had no bites on the items I posted so far. :( But I shall not be disheartened! Not yet! XD :| >_<

Though.. if a in a few more weeks I'm not making money... I'd better go start applying at fast food restaurants. At least I know I won't spend any money at that place of work. But.. what if they asked me to eat the food!? Ugggggg.

The other doll is one of the characters from my story. I want to dress him in a little jacket, pants and a shirt... with, of course, a scarf. I hope to get my hands on some patterns for clothes... I wish I knew the first thing about making clothes! I'm sure once I get the concept of dress. jacket. shoe. I'll be set. I just need to -see- and -understand- and I'll be set!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Week Five.

Ack, must get back to work... but wanted to -try- to keep up to date on this blogging thing.

Worked most of last week on the doll commission. The photos don't do the skin the credit it deserves... each one is slightly shiny, the mom more than the daughter... I used this pearl-powder with a matte gloss... I'm rather pleased with myself.

Dave and I had a nice Valentine's day of not doing too much. He bought me orange covered chocolate.. wait, switch that up... chocolate covered candied orange peels... my favorite. <3

I think I'll have one before I start my next project!

edit: more photos of dolls for M: One here - and here - and one more here

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Week Four.

I feel like old ideas are coming back to me... or I'm connecting them to what I can do with them in the now. Does that make any sense? I've long felt like a had a box full of bits and bobs, and knew I would know what to do someday... I don't think that day is today, but I'm starting to see how all the pieces can fit together. I am just slow... it's a process, or something.

Finished some more of the story... Jim and I went up to the little town of Bellefonte, which is about ten minutes away from where I'm sitting now. We had a good time wandering the stores there for a bit and then we puttered out to this massive abandoned/dilapidated lime processing plant. It was really just right down the street from the main stretch.

I was the most amazing thing I've seen in ages... granted, I've been stuck here for five years and haven't explored a tenth of what I should have while I was here, but this was too cool. I'm expanding a whole section of the story to include it... I had old machines already, but this thing was like the lovechild of a rusted oil drill and a lime covered city block... really, something completely out of a Miyazaki movie. Well, as close as real life comes.

Finished the painting commission for the family. They loved it! So, a task well done.

One more commission to go... two dolls, the mother daughter pair from a rather popular teenage vampire novel series. I won't say more. <_< Okay, I will say... they're turning out well.

I've plans to do a series of doll pairings after this one. I've only been sketching that idea for years... just came to me that sculpting them might be an extremely fun thing to do. So slow on the pick up...

Oh! Another most wonderful thing I happened across this week, other than this truly great yarn from Stitch Your Art Out, was stumbling upon the work of Remedios Varo. I hope I get to see some of her work in my life time... so I can add her to the list of artists-whose-works-I-HAVE-to-see-in-person. This list is oddly enough... rather short: Clive Barker, Hieronymus Bosch, and (now) Remedios Varo.