Saturday, June 13, 2015

So Much Glue

Hello, Pocketeers!  I'm back!  Last weekend, with two days of Seth Apter classes, was awesome.  And I know some of you wanted to see what I did in the workshops, so here we go!

Day 1 was Collage Camp.  Seth went over several collage principles and techniques, and we did an exemplar of each one, thus building up a sort of handbook for future reference.  Then, we did some background painting and were let loose to practice what we had learned. 
This is the color combo I started with.  Meh.  I don't like the two-tone.

That's better.

Are you shocked by my choice of stamps?  I bet you are.  Not.

Auditioning the layout.  Employed here are Overlapping (duh), Repetition, and Highlighting.  For further explanation of what those are, take Seth's Collage Camp class wherever he offers it near you ;)

Just put the finishing touches (the gold and the word "sanctuary") on tonight.  Except for how much the washi tape wrinkled, I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

And btw, how gorgeous is that Gothic window stamp?  Mom got it for me (in a set with an awesome door design too) when she was out in Washington state taking another Seth class.  I swear we're not stalking him.  We're just groupies.

Day 2 was actually a class we were supposed to take back in February, but it got snowed out.  It's called Brick by Brick, and this class was a little more project-oriented, though we learned a lot of cool painting techniques and did a lot of, er, sharing.

Pardon the shadow of the window here, this is my painted paper.

Detail of the painted paper after a few more layers of fun.

All that beautiful paper........

And this is what it became!  Sorry, I can't tell you how we did it, you'll have to take the class.

Even the sides of the canvas are covered.
Doing all of this collaging and such, I went through an entire little jar of matte gel medium.  I'm not quite sure exactly how much of it ended up on my hands, but it seemed like a lot -- I wasn't sure I would EVER get it all off.  And if there's one thing I hate, it's having sticky hands.  But you know what?  For all of the fun we had, all the stuff I learned, and the two complete works of art I ended up with, I think it was totally worth it.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Almost There...

Funny how having another pair of Seth Apter classes coming up makes me want to get my 52 Card Pick Up deck finished.  And I'm so close to finishing.  Though one card at least will have to wait, because today I ordered a new stamp that just needs to be included somewhere in the deck.  Anyway, here's what I've done over the past two nights.  Tomorrow, there will be new art to post!


After tonight's efforts, there are only 5 cards left to do!

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Quick lunchtime post.  Last night I finally got back to my studio table and back to my 52 Card Pick Up cards.  I'm approaching the end of the deck!  It's been over a year since the class, so I guess it's past time, right?  I got 5 done last night.

I think this is my favorite of the five.  That stamp is one that my mom got me while she was away for a week-long workshop with Seth Apter and Orly Avinieri.

The other thing that's approaching is another weekend of Seth Apter classes!  I can't wait.  Maybe I'll even be able to finish the deck by then!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

OMG She's an Otaku

So when I said I'd be blogging more regularly, I didn't specify the frequency, did I?  Heh.  Early Spring, between work and various extra scheduled activities, has been really busy.  I didn't have any time for art, which was really a drag.  But in the past couple of weeks, things finally settled down and I was able to play again.  My inspiration came in the form of all my favorite animes that I've been sharing with Mr. Pocket.  So, once again, I got out my old pencils and started sketching.  This time around, it has felt more natural again to be drawing and forming images of people.  I feel like I've got my mojo back for real this time.  I'm still a little rusty, but I'm off to a pretty decent start.  Here's what I've been doing...

This is Natsu Dragneel, from the manga and anime series Fairy Tail.  He's a dragon slayer wizard who uses fire magic.  My first sketch of the current revival.

This was a bit of a test.  She is Lucy Heartfilia, also from Fairy Tail, but I've redesigned her for the Middle Ages.  To stay consistent with her character as a wizard who uses keys to summon celestial spirits, I gave her a chatelaine full of keys on her belt, and the whip she uses when she has to fight on her own.

In keeping with the anime thing, and prompted by a fan event over on Tumblr, I started practicing characters from another favorite of mine, Free! Iwatobi Swim Club.  The first (and so far only) one I've tried my hand at is the main character, Haru.  Still not finished.  But here's an in-progress photo:

I was trying to take a very straightforward approach, just getting his features right without trying any particular expression.  Not unusual for Haru, who's very stoic.
So, the aforementioned fan event on Tumblr is called Sakurathon, and fans were invited to submit art, fanfiction, or any other creations featuring Haru and another main character, Rin.  Both are swimmers, and have been friends since childhood, and they really keep each other motivated.  It's sort of generally held among fans that they are desperately in love with each other, even though no such thing is directly established in the show.  So works submitted for Sakurathon had to feature the two of them together, along with cherry blossoms which are another recurring theme in the show.  Well.  I love cherry blossoms, and I needed an excuse to draw more (of course), so I decided that I had to participate.  Besides, I'm one of those fans that likes to think that they're more than friends.  So here's how my entry came together...

Blocking out the adorable swimmers.

Base sketch complete.  Haru looks better in my other sketch, but oh well.  Three-quarters views are hard.

Sprayed background, and their eyes have been colored in with Peerless watercolors.

Fully colored with Peerless watercolors, plus Tea Dye Distress Ink for their skin.

Inked the outlines.  With a Sakura Micron pen.  Heh.  Fits the theme.  LoL I'm a dork...

And finished!  Cherry blossoms stenciled with Prima crackle Texture Paste over Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  The stencil is one I cut from doodles I did at work.  Don't judge me, indexing gets boring.

Wide view, so you can see my pocket stamped to show it's mine. 

I'm pretty pleased with  how this turned out, overall.  It's the first time I've ever tried coloring one of my sketches with watercolors, and I like the way it turned out.  The Peerless are fantastic to use.  And I love the crackle paste.  I mean, just look at it: 

Ooooooh texture....

Here's a closeup of the adorkable swimmer boys:

They're prettier in the anime, though.
I did learn something useful, too.  I learned that I do not like Dylusions spray inks.  They smear and bleed all over the damn place when you get even a hint of water near them again, they end up all over the place, and though they don't like to stay put on paper, they can't seem to get the hell off of your skin.  I've got a dance recital tomorrow and my fingers are blue.  Argh. 
Anyway, if you ever want to see more of my anime fan art, I've started a Tumblr blog just for that, so that here I can stick to mixed media and other forms of creativity.  My Tumblr is here:  Got Some Anime in My Back Pocket  Whether you follow that or not, I hope you've enjoyed this look at my sketches and my first fully integrated sketch and mixed media piece!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Out of Hibernation

*yawn* Oh.  *blink, blink*  Hi.  I hope I haven't completely lost you guys.  I know, I haven't posted anything since Christmas.  Ugh.  Lazy blogger.  In my defense, though, there's a lot I haven't been doing, because it's Winter and I don't deal well with Winter.  It makes me not want to do anything.  I even slow down on art-making. 

This year, though, a tragedy kicked my butt into gear and inspired me to take my art more seriously and devote more time to creating.  Since then, I've been trying to keep my momentum up, and while there have been stretches of days when I haven't done any art, I've mostly been keeping up. 

Blogging, though, I haven't caught up on til now.  So I'm just going to show off some of what I've been doing with my art time, and pledge to blog a little more frequently from here on out.

I'm also trying to work on making some stencils, very slowly.  Got a few stamps I want to carve, too.  And some sewing to do.  As usual, I'm either doing nothing or I'm doing everything.  Maybe one of these days I'll learn to pace myself.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Whatever your tradition or faith, I hope you are having a beautiful and blessed night.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Giving and Receiving

Hello Pocketeers, long time no see!  Sorry I haven't blogged in a few months.  I have been making things, though, so I'd like to catch up a little.  Most of what I've been making has been for a swap group I joined on facebook.  Most of the swaps I've signed up for in the group have been ATCs, but I've done a couple of tag swaps.  Here's some of what I've sent out:

Black Cat ATC

Tea Time tag

These sets were for an Earth, Wind, and Fire ATC set swap with a group of 5 of us.

An Apple A Day tag

Christmas Tree ATC
It's kept me busy.  I've done a bit of my own stuff, though.  I started a cigar box with the apple themed papers from Authentique from a year or two ago...  You can see it in the photo from the last post.  And I've done a few of my 52 Card Pick-Up cards:

I'm only making one Christmas present this  year, and I can't really show it too much of course, but here are some sneaky previews of my super sneaky secret project:

I have yet to make my gift tags, but I'll post those once I make them.  I'm excited for Christmas, but this year I haven't done much Christmas art.  It's taken a while to get into the spirit.  And my art space is such a mess, it's not very pleasant to work in right now, so I haven't been as active in general.  Ah, well.  I'll get it cleaned up and get in there more often soon!  In the meantime, I plan to share some Christmasy stuff with you this week.  See you soon!