What I’m Working On.

So, if you were paying close attention to my last post, you may have saw some of my plans and directions for my art.  I have always had a hard time focusing with art, but that is what I plan on doing… if you can call two completely different types of art and mediums focusing.  But, for me, as someone that has literally worked on printmaking, sculpture, painting, illustration, handicrafts, and photography within a span of a single month… picking two is pretty good.  So what two you ask?  Well, it’s going to be comics, and dolls.  Out of everything I do, I know I most passionate about storytelling and creating characters.  So, I think these two choices make sense and compliment each other.  Plus it lets me work in very different ways, even on the same project, especially with doll making.

So, right now I’m working on my Transit of Valari story.  Some readers may remember these horn girls from old posts and sketches, and I’m pretty proud to say that they have taken on a lot of personality, and have really grown from my initial ideas for them.  But you will have to wait for me to have pages more finished before I tell you more about them.

For doll making, my main goals involve finishing a lot of projects that I’ve abandoned over the past few years.  The first is my mermaid doll, which I still haven’t settled on a name for (any suggestions are greatly appreciated).  Currently I’m working on her finished box, and deciding on any finishing touches to the doll herself.  I posted a WIP page for her on Behance in March 2014.  No I’m not joking, and that’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but now is better than never.. and at least I have worked on the doll since those photos were posted, right?  One step at a time, I need to remind myself.

Lastly, I’ve been interested in improving my graphic design skills with fonts.  So I’ve started creating these motivational pages, which I may or may not use in a project in the future.  But for now, they are just fun pages to get warmed up with illustration again, and good mental reminders to myself.

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Rag Bag Bazaar and Dundas Street Festival June 14 2014

So this past weekend, my partner Hrafn, and I had a table a local art bazaar and street festival.  This isn’t the first Rag Bag bazaar I have taken part in, and certainly won’t be the last.  It reminded me that I need to start posting on here more often, because surprise!  People actually want to be able to find me online, and see my new work online (or I suppose work that I have now finished).  So, I’m going to try to at least update everything I have online and maintain this blog with WIP updates more often.  Also, please feel free to contact me through e-mail anytime with inquiries about items you have seen at festivals or custom ordering.

Now, on to the Bazaar… It was an up and down sort of day.  It was insanely windy, which meant that my display had to be very flat, and very weighted down (seeing your art get blown onto Dundas street doesn’t make your stomach feel too great as it turns out).  I think it negatively affected some sales, but I just tried to be encouraging for people to pick items up.  Unfortunately my always openness for people to touch resulted in disaster… even though I never suggested for this particular child to touch (he picked up some of our mini zines and alien crayons and thought they were free and tried to walk away with them..), he then proceeded to pick up my most recently finished doll (one which I haven’t properly documented) and literally rip her arm off.  Jerry tried to catch up with the kid and mom, but they were quick to flee after the incident.  :(  I guess this means I will have to keep my dolls farther back and only allow adults to touch (with a stress on being gentle).  The sad part is, is that my dolls really are not that delicate.  I have dropped them at home, or have had Dante pull them off of a table (or pushed ahah), without any breaks.  But I’m confident I will be able to fix her arm,  luckily it is covered by clothing at the break.  But in good news, I sold the last two catopi from my series, the last prints for a few designs, and most surprisingly (and most painfully) I sold Diana and Lapin.  Diana and Lapin were my first finished clay doll set, and part of a larger story I have been working on for some time.  It was incredibly thrilling to have someone love her enough to take her home!!  I hope that wherever she is, she is being admired.

The biggest “reveal” of this show (I always try to have at least two different and new items at a show), was the hand bound book I put together.  It is 24 pages long, includes one longer story, multiple fragments, bird girls with floating islands, space cat comics, and some sneak peaks for other ideas I’m working on.  I learned a new binding technique, and hand stamped each cover.  I received a lot of positive feedback about these and look forward to creating I am filled with ghosts vol. 2.  I will be posting more about this release on my Behance page within the next week or so.  My partner also created a new zine for the Rag Bag, it is called Alone.  He also learned new binding techniques, and he even added belly bands.  I have to admit, I’m pretty damn proud that we both finished our books on time, though it did result in us literally have two hours of sleep before!

 

the Start of Eve {WIP: MH Doll}

So, I’ve been working on finishing a few things.. such as this Monster High Ghoulia Doll that was my very first MH doll I found used.  I’ve painted and re-painted her face a few times so I knew it was time to create her into a full, new character.  I got this particular doll at a steal ($1), thanks to the fact that she was sans arms.  This was the inspiration for what to do with her.. I considered making her more traditional lady arms, but was unsure how to do the jointing to allow them to move still.. and in comparison to “real” MH arms, I thought they wouldn’t look very good.  But then, inspiration hit me in the face with a brick.. a faint memory of a stunning scene.  I remember watching my sister play the PS1 game Parasite Eve.  At the beginning, there is an Opera scene of a beautiful young woman, and suddenly everyone explodes, except for her: her arms explode and out burst these huge scythe like hands.  So, this doll’s name will be Eve.  With this weird, old memory in mind I started creating.  She still needs more work, but I couldn’t hide her from the world! (Also, I purposefully decided NOT to look up Parasite Eve during the design and creation, I don’t really remember what the original Eve looked like, but I wasn’t really interested in creating THAT character, just a character inspired by it!).

Running Horse {custom cloth doll}

Last year, I was excited to have a full commission request for Christmas.  I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I took a lot of time to really work on the design and approach.  I have never made an AmerIndian style doll before, and to be honest, would normally be something I somewhat avoided (I live in an area with a lot of Native Americans, and tensions on occasion run high).  But, since this was for a little girl with an AmerIndian heritage, I couldn’t say no.  I’m thrilled that I did decide to go for it, I think she turned out perfect.  I’m really proud of her, and think that she is one of my more successful dolls overall.  Let me know what you think of her entire photo set over on Behance.

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Anomelope {custom Monster High}

Okay, so I’m finally getting around to posting Anomelope, the custom finished Monster High doll that I gave to my sister for Yule.  She started as an Abbie Bominable, and after looking at a few of her customs online.. I knew that I had to make her beautiful, with big eyes, and that hair HAD TO GO.  All of the Abbie customs I saw made her into a bitch looking ice queen (which I guess is what she is supposed to be) but I wanted to give her a fresher personality.   I hate tinsel hair on dolls, it looks cheap, it doesn’t feel nice and frequently little pieces fall out every time you touch it (very true with this girl).  Being the first fully finished Monster High custom that I’ve done, I’m really happy with her.  I wasn’t able to sand her joints down, due to the fact that she is covered with a thick layer of glitter, BUT the glitter already made the joints a lot less noticeable than other Monster High dolls.  I was concerned about removing her face paint, and wasn’t sure how the glitter on her face would work.. most of it came off with the paint, but a nice thin layer remained, so her face is still a little bit sparkly (to still match her very sparkly body).   I also had no problem simply painting over the glitter on her body to add her “tattoos”.  I had sewn her dress, petticoat and arm bands.  Her *new* hair is a LIV wig, that I was lucky enough to find in a thrift store one time.  On the other hand, pulling out Abbie’s old hair.. was tiresome.  It took a lot longer than I expected, and I definitely pinched a nerve in my thumb (it felt tingly and painful for a month after).  It makes me re-think wanting to do a full re-root.  But at the end of it all, I loved doing this doll, I love how she turned out and I look forward to working on more (uh hello Miss Swamp Honey that I just got for my birthday..)

PS: Curious to see Abbie’s before?  Check out this post from last March which includes a shot of her when I first bought her! Thanks for reading.

A little late {halloween and a christmas bazaar}

I can’t believe that I have two bazaars this month, and currently I am sitting in between both of them.  One was last Saturday, held in Delhi, a town that I haven’t literally been in, in years.  The next one is on the 23rd, and in my more familiar (how strange to think) downtown London.  I have been working as diligently as possible, despite that I’ve been working a lot and now, I’ve been sick for the past four days.

Going back in time a little bit, I did manage to make a new costume this year for Halloween (barely).  We handed out lot of candy to kids, and my partner even made a few of them cry (he was pretty scary).  I’m going to update again before the Rag Bag Bazaar next week, because I want to show off some of the new darlings I’ve made (and by darlings, I mostly mean cats!).

So for now, enjoy these shots from Halloween, my costume is Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls and my partner is Doctor Frankenstein.

the Mermaid {WIP}

Wheh.. just popping in for a quick update. Currently working on about four different projects.. a MH custom for my sister for Yule, an Amerindian cloth doll as a commission for a friend at work, a small series of cats and girls for a Christmas bazaar in November AND this mermaid.. which I started a few months ago and have had to put aside a few times to make room for well.. more projects.  I’m hoping to have her done in the next week or so, but with the other projects as great distractions, well she might take a little longer.   I’ve decided not to post any shots of her head.. because I think that a lot of her character is in her head and I’m pretty proud of how she looks so far, so I want to keep that secret a little longer.  Thanks for reading.