Sunday, January 30, 2011

In Progress


A collage I've been working on for the last week or so with a Steam theme. Gathered here are materials that I've pocketed over the years, odds n' ends and scrapbook materials (the Steampunk lady is something you can probably find at a scrapbook store). Not done by any means; there are small things I would like to add but mostly done. I can say that for a first attempt it's not too bad but I have this niggling feeling that I could do better so I'll make another one (I have one more Steampunk lady cutout). The alter piece itself was fun; I gessoed and painted it with hooker green acrylic then took a stamp and gold acrylic and made the pattern on the front. THEN I glued rusted (but sealed with mod pod) hardware on the front and completed it with some nice ribbon.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fruit People


Small project I did sometime back; felt fruit people. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. I am working on paper type things but I'm also swamped with work/class things so it cuts in on time to draw/create sadly. Will try to finish one project this weekend with pictures later.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Eat My Heart


I may or may have not written last year about a local Valentine Auction for the University's art gallery BUT it's that time of year again. I'm really on the fence on this one. I really loved the idea of taking an old Valentine candy box and doing something like this with it. However, I didn't forsee all the problems I was going to have with it. The cardboard is, of course, really cheap and not all that sturdy so when I covered the front with glue/red card stock it had trouble adhering. The plastic cover over the window for whatever reason popped out (it may have had something to do with me dropping it, who knows?) AFTER I had glued everything in place so if you look really closely you can see where I tried to re-hot glue it and it didn't work out too well (but only if you look really closely at it). The damned trim around the window was a PAIN IN MY ASS. No glue was working with the paper!! Possibly because part of the trim is made out of wire so I ended up hot glueing it and made a tiny mess of things on the top part. So all in all I would like to auction it but then I feel like I could make a better one (but not in a heart shape because I only had one box) then I think I don't want to go through all that trouble again so it will probably go into the show. Will take pictures later in Febuary.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Victorian Smoke


Not that I advocate smoking - don't, it's pretty bad for everybody. and smelly. but I saw this crazy double smoker invention somewhere online and wanted to make an illustration for it. I really love Victorian clothing, I love the old illustrations/ads (I think I've mentioned that a few times). Anyway, another pen and ink (micron .005 pen) drawing and a lovely young lady who has a dirty habit.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Speaking of Birds


I liked how this turned out even if it did take an ungodly amount of time to put together the tail-end. I have peacocks on the brain; I was watching For Your Home on PBS when they were showcasing up and coming interior designers and I saw this pillow, not just any pillow but the most frivolous, decadent, utterly gorgeous pillow that had two sweeping peacocks all done in embroidery and beads and..and...I want it. So I made myself a peacock which, while may not be anywhere near the class of the pillow I saw, satisfies my inner lust for pretty things (for the moment anyway).
Further inspiration can be taken from history; near the turn of the century during the Arts and Crafts (or was it Art Nouveau?) the peacock was a theme used for decoration - wallpaper, furniture, stained glass, there are some beautiful works of art from that period. I believe the peacock symbolized immortality, peacock lore isn't my strong point.
I didn't cut him from a pattern, I actually sketched one after looking at some different photos of fabric birds. I don't know if his body works all that well, it could probably be better but I was mostly focused on the tail. the crown of beads on his head was an afterthought but I really like it. For some reason my camera has a hard time photographing his eyes, which are rhinestones. the rest is recycled fabric (it used to be a jacket!). I may do a larger version.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

On a Wire


I did say it was a small show^^ but there were some cute and neat birds that people entered. The lighting was a little dark and it was located in a small art deco home turned gallery a little ways away from downtown Reno. But this isn't the only show; up and coming is the Valentine auction
which is a great deal more publicized (this one wasn't really, too bad). This one runs until the 31 of January.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011



Victorian Ad number 3. I had (have) an idea to do a whole series of Victorian inspired ads but somehow I keep running out of time, or I just don't feel up to it. It's difficult to sit down and draw something decent when your mind isn't in the right frame. In any case my art instructor said in order to make a good art piece you should have the idea in your head for at least a couple of years (which it has been, along with several other ideas). Someday I'll sit down and get a ton of drawings done but right now my mind is in a fabric mode and it isn't letting go until I get a couple of more things sewed!

Monday, January 10, 2011

For The Birds (Two)


Here he is! Zombie Bird, complete with his own hanging device (and wire feet, even though you can't see them too well). I made him last fall when I was exploring my own shapes and versions of critters and cute things. He is made out of felt and is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. Submissions for On a Wire are due today by 5:00pm so I'm just in time. I'm really excited to see what other people brought in and WILL take photos when the show is up (on January 13).

Sunday, January 09, 2011

For the Birds


A little bird (one of two) that will go to a local gallery for a show called 'On a Wire'. It was pretty short notice; I only noticed the call for submissions on Friday so I thought, 'what could I do on short notice AND that doesn't weigh much' (submissions are required to be pretty light as they will go on an actual wire) so I thought, 'embroidery!' everybody likes embroidery. I have a zombie bird also but he'll be the next post. I now remember the reason why I don't do embroidery very often; it is VERY time consuming. This is a very small piece but it took about three hours to do every single stitch!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

On That Note

Here's a handful of unique and inspirational stores online! To start with Tokyo Milk, fine parfum and beautiful gifts. I love LOVE their package designs, in fact I would buy their items just for the packaging but fortunately their products are wonderful too^^

Next is something I just ran across this morning while watching a home decorating show Natural Curiosities, home decoration focusing on the Victorian naturalistic movement. There were too many beautiful prints to choose from but I loved the octopus (and yes, those are real butterflies).

And lastly is something I ran across in a magazine some years ago, a modern dandy who started his own line of unique products DL & Co. Modern Alchemists and Purveyors of Curious Goods. Many beautifully crafted candles and curious objects.

I love collecting strange and beautiful sites like these but seem to have trouble finding them. If anybody has a favorite site that falls into this kind of category - steampunk, victorian, goth, naturalistic type of decor, would you please share?

Of Collectors and Horders


I suppose I fall somewhere in between. Its rather unfortunate (or, fortunate - for me) that most people pass up second hand stores for home decoration, books and clothes (and a number of other things). The majority of amazing things in my home have been found in thrift stores, flea markets, thrift shops. My blue dog here is a recent item I found at Savers. I didn't find his mate (and I assume he had one, don't these statues usually come in pairs?) but he was so beautiful I couldn't pass him up and look how he gorgeous he makes my bookshelve look! Someday I would love to afford things like Natural Curiosities but until I hit the jackpot I'm completely happy with my thrifting.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Top Hats


A bit of an older drawing - from way back from Drawing III but I still like him. The goal of that particular class was to create a theme so I chose silly Victorian ads. This was one of the more simple ones. Its a pretty bare bones, not really special line drawing. But he has a top hat! I think I need to go and buy myself one.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Art of the Book


As much as I would love to take credit these are not mine! I'm sorry that I lost the site that I found these on but it was under paper art. I love the crazy detail and intricacy of each piece. I've been attempting my own book art made out of old books and it isn't easy.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Starting the Year Off With Steampunk


Continuing in Steampunky picures this sassy lady has a sweet futuristic gun to go a huntin'
This time around I used watercolor which seems to work better with these line drawings. I have a few more ideas along this line. Next I think I need a dandy steampunk gentleman. I love top hats, need to draw top hats (more top hats, that is). A good start to the year.