snap yo fingers

This is a hard piece to scan, so I did a really shoddy job of it since I was just throwin’ it up on Marshmellow Kisses.

I have been struggling with parts of this piece, namely her dress.  Finally got it to a place where I like it.  I am hoping to have some time with it this week, since Sat-Sun I will be out of town.  I’m going to NYC to visit some friends and take in some gallery shows.  I am also going to hit up Baked, a place that isn’t far from my friends apartment and whose cookbook I love so dearly.


wrestling

Here’s what I got done between now and Wednesday, which is not a lot:

I’ve been fighting with what to do on top of her dress all week.  I keep trying things and starting over… to get resolved this weekend.  


take it in

I don’t generally show my sketchbook because I think most of the drawings in it are pretty ugly, and I (rather unfortunately) have a terrible habit of only using sketchbooks for planning, when they should be for exploration!

Here’s a cut-out, paired with its sketch.  Often I am dissatisfied with my cuts, feeling that they don’t reflect my sketches.  I am happy with the progress of this one so far.

This is the start of an illustration for the story Off, out of Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures.  It is the tale of a woman’s quest to kiss three men at a party – one redhead, another blonde, and lastly a burnette.  The main character is rich and constantly talking about her appearance and wealth. She’s rather backhanded in every aspect of her life.


computer work

Sorry for the no-show post on Friday.  Last week I was in a blogging slump (probably brought on by an unproductive weekend), but I am back!

This past week I was working on some freelance stuff, including this illustration for LittleBig Magazine:

I also did a little work for Brown Paper Bag.  Images to link back to BPB!  I still have one more image to create:

This weekend’s weather was gorgeous.  I enjoyed a thick slice of the outdoors on Sunday by running in the park and playing softball with my friends that afternoon.  So wonderful!


beginnings

Armed with two discs of Dexter (the third season IS pretty boring compared to the first two seasons, but at this point I’m working towards the 4th season finale), I was pretty unsuccessful in working on freelance projects last night.  I just couldn’t seem to get anything right.  When I started on this, however, things seem to fall into place much better:

Above:  A project for Brown Paper Bag.  I am sending this across the pond to the lovely Thereza Rowe so she can play around with it.  I’ll let you know when its up on BPB.

Also, a recipe I really like:  I have attempted to turn my diet from carnivorous to vegetarian, and so far it’s going pretty well.  It especially helps with recipes like this, that are both tasty and filling and don’t make me miss eating meat.  Tortilla and black bean pie.


ordered

I finished that piece on Thursday… and yesterday I ordered postcards with that piece to send out for promo purposes.  Here’s the front and back of the postcard:

Hopefully these turn out nicely.  They are slightly larger postcards: 5.5″ x 8″.  I like that size.


scan, furrow brow, repeat

I finished the piece I had been working on for so long!  Wrapping up all the loose ends was not as daunting of a task as I imagined.  I did scan pieces FOREVER, though. I kept getting frusterated during the process and wanted to give up.  To amuse myself, I:

- Tweeted about how much I really want a cat.  Then received some @replies that made me want a cat even more.

- Thought of the motivating words of a Project Runway, season 2 contestant: “You can cry and cut, but you gotta be cutting”.

This is the largest piece I’ve made in… at least three years? Probably more like four or five.


snippet

I forgot to post this morning, so here I am, Wednesday night!  I was sewing this evening and suddenly remembered to scan.  So, here it is, fresh out of my hands and to your lovely eyes:

This piece is pretty big, so this weekend I should be able to show a scan of the whole thing.  I hate it when I have been working on something for a while and get disillusioned.  I’m at that point with this piece.  I lose track of where I started and where it’s going.  Must see my vision through!

Also, danke to a couple of (awesome)blogs that have shown my work recently:

Where the Lovely Things Are

+ 22:BLOG

Its always interesting to see what people pick to show!  Seeing this sort of stuff always makes my day.


a slice

A portion of what I was working on this weekend.  I am really hoping to finish this piece by the weekend, but we’ll see.  All the heavy lifting on it is done.

Detox from a really great weekend:  Annie was in, and we ate out nearly every meal. I got a new piercing and I love it!  I’ve been wanting the Monroe for years and finally felt comfortable enough to get it.  Good choice.


moar

More skulls!  These are done, now they just need bodies to go along with them!


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