I got the idea to paint a journal for a friend's gift, realizing quite late it's been probably 8 years since I've painted anything aside from a house. Yet I don't listen to myself, and copied a picture from Where The Wild Things Are (a children's book by Maurice Sendak) onto a journal.
The picture I worked from:
I used acrylics (mostly because it's the only paint I had on hand, though it peels like a b...bad thing). Also sealed over n' over n' over with extra-thick spray:
This guy was always my favorite.
I can see the errors/in-need-of-fixing issues (the eyes, the EYES!), but not too bad for a spur-of-the-moment thing.
Made for a Christmas present. I bought a cheap clock with a wide enough border and covered it in Archie characters. Re-reading the comics, I kept wondering why I liked these so much whereas now they drive me crazy. Poor Archie gets so embarrassed when Betty pays for their dates! Pfft.
Well, my friend loves them, so I'm hoping she likes this.
And Betty, joyfully skipping around on the second hand (she was always my favorite):
Advice: Make sure the clock works before you buy it. Otherwise you will be horribly angry and have to buy a clock mechanism from Michael's. Raarg.
Rabbits hide under everything. So I made my bunny a little tent/house so he can start to use the shelf on the second floor of his cage. It's just a cube with no 'floor' or bottom panel, with an entryway cut out of one side. But voila, a bunny hiding place. I tied it to the top of his cage with shoelaces, which I still need to trim.
Is yellow really my color?
Knowing him he'll look at it for a week and then start to use it
Made for a co-worker, he has a tiny crush (...understatement) on the singer and asked for one, from the gray-shirt-with-a-star-on-it era of REM:
Pro: He's bald, which means I don't have to make hair! Con: He has stubble.
The star and his shoes are felt and his pants are stretchy black fabric. I tried to make the textures different so it doesn't look like he's wearing footy pajamas on the bottom. Although that would be cute. sunglasses are shrinky dink plastic. stubble is pencil shavings rubbed on lightly with a paint brush.
It never fails, the left eye always looks off. Have since fixed it, although it never looked as bad as it does in this photo.
I made this a while ago, I just forgot to post him. A going-away gift for a friend, musician Sufjan Stevens from his Illinoise! album.
The left eye looks consistently off, but looking at the actual doll it looks fine. I can't figure it out. Maybe his head was at an angle?
Removable pom-poms! I made them by sewing strips of fabric to a rectangle of felt. Then I just rolled it up and glued it together, added a little loop for his hands, and there you go. Glue works too but it bulks up the fabric quite a bit, resulting in GIGANTIC POM-POMS.
I have a push on to get all my doll requests finished before I begin my summer job, so here's the latest: Captain Jack Harkness, from Doctor Who and Torchwood. Played by the lovely John Barrowman (a sane man's Tom Cruise).
The face was probably the most challenging. It still needs some tweaking here and there. It's not so noticeable here but I did sew a little cleft in his chin.
The suspenders, however, I will never stop loving. They're made out of stretchy elastic straps.
And the first time I've made removable clothing, if only his trench.
Roses for Ianto?
girlfriend has highliiiiiights. His hair was a little too dark so I took a toothpick and streaked some gold paint through, then rubbed it off with cloth (some paint stays but it's less obvious that I raked paint through his hair )
Add Jack to the stockpile of dolls I've yet to get out to people. Sita, two Krishnas and Colin Meloy from the Decemberists.
Jack, really now. (if you don't watch the show, Jack's from the 51st century where sex and gender are irrelevant, and as a result he will sleep with anything - men, women, humans, aliens...he's a very well-traveled man).