Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Back from Seattle

I'm one week back from Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con. The timing was bad for me because taxes and late work, but hey, what can ya do?

I've found a group doing "Artist's Way" and I thought I'd give it another shot. Maybe being in a sorta group would be inspiring. At the very least there'd be other people to talk to if I needed it. For the record, I quit last time because of the one-two punch of "shadow artist" and the exercises getting a bit on the dopey side.

I managed to do some sketching at ECCC. It took this long for me to scan them because once I got home, I had to hit the ground running with work and finishing those taxes.

This was done at the park adjacent to the convention center, where all the cosplayers hang out. There were actually a bunch of other people around this guy, but I thought he was the most interesting person in that corner.

...While waiting for food at Dragonfish.

The W hotel in Seattle doesn't really have a proper lobby. It's a bar. And it was weird. And sometimes oontzy.

I have way too much on my plate right now and not enough time to get it done. I got two books to letter and my plan was to get some crafts made for the next comic swap in late May. I just took a peek at my crafting area and aiyiyi, I gotta pick up after myself before I get started!

I'm also hoping to post more here. But between the Morning Pages and scanning/posting images, it takes a lot of time! lol

Monday, March 07, 2016

Fussing, not much Doing

Been quiet lately since day job work rolled in.

Here's what it looks like:

(Wandering Island ©Kenji Tsuruta 2011)

Meanwhile I'm going nuts trying to figure out what kinds of crafty things I can sell at the local comic book swap meet. I'm going to try something new and it may not work out, but oh well. The swap meet being two weeks is adding to some pressure, but then again, it's a deadline to motivate me.

In other crafting, I tried some Prisme paints and that didn't go too well. For whatever reason the paint didn't bubble. It threw a wrench in my plans and I promptly avoided the craft room for a week.

When things don't go as planned, I tend to run away, but I also spend that time evaluating and making a plan B. Well, I figured that maybe the paint wasn't warm enough and I put them in my pocket all day before using them again. It's not looking like cold paint is the problem either. :sigh:

In more positive news, I finally found an online art course that inspired me! Looking to jumpstart my creative juices, I've been poking around for some free courses. I was really excited about one on creative lettering for journals and was disappointed that it was basically links to a series of videos that talked about a paid course the person is offering. The instructor didn't offer anything free as promised. I was disillusioned (and wanted my 45 minutes back).

So when I saw the Strathmore Paper course on journaling, I was a little skeptical, but figured, why not? Holymoly, it was inspiring! The instructor reminded me of some of my classmates from art school and captured the energy I'm trying to get back. The first thing he did was trick out his sketchbook with a blotter/bookmark that doubled as a pen holder. He also super-thinned acrylic paint to make it easier to prime pages with. I've been struggling to lay down the acrylic with the right consistency and this might solve some of my problems.

Anyway, if this sounds like your cup of tea, definitely check it out. You have to register, but it's free. https://www.strathmoreartist.com/artist-studio/groups/workshop-1-2016/

Now I gotta find jars to make acrylic wash with...

Friday, February 26, 2016

So. Many. Product Photos.

...and they're all so-so. 

I've been trying to get my etsy started* and I've been struggling with taking decent product shots. Historically I've never been the best photographer.

I have one of those fold-up light box setups, but I can't seem to work with it too well. Also, the plastic that holds the lamps has cracked in a few places so they kinda point to just one angle. I've had to wait for a sunny day to shoot these. I've also found that mica shift is kinda hard to capture too.

So when the sun came yesterday morning, I took a BUNCH of random photos. Now that it's raining I've been sitting here processing photos. This is not my idea of fun.

I should be working on my next Face or that Thing I keep thinking I'm gonna do for March.

*As of this posting, it's not open yet, but if you're interested its: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioCutie

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Faces #8 and #9

Compared to Face #1, I can feel myself loosening up.
I feel like I cheated a bit for this challenge because 1) Not a face a day and 2)Not so experimental. On the other hand, I'm regaining my confidence and I'm seeing now that if I just draw more often (and preferably on a consistent basis), I'll see improvement.

So wasn't really up for the Challenge, but I'm really happy that I participated!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Face #7 (29 faces challenge)

I think this now puts me ahead of the whopping three entries from last year. But I still have some catching up to do!

Face #6 (29Faces Challenge)

I don't know why, but I really like this one.

.05 Micron pen on gesso/acrylic paint on sketchbook paper.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Face #5

They can't all be winners. I had a really tough time seeing what I was doing from the gold paint. Then I got frustrated and walked away. Came back a coupla days later and decided to just finish it and move on.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Faces 3 and 4

Happy President's Day! I had big plans for catching up and getting maybe six more faces done, but the best-laid plans...

Meanwhile, the comic fest went well for me. I managed to sell a buncha necklaces with my handmade Totoro charms on them. I now have money burning a hole in my pocket for more craft supplies (and there are sales going on today only)!