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901  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: May 28, 2009 03:50:27 PM
One more finished! My first mini-comic: Attack of the Killer Swine Flu! You can see the whole thing over at the More art Less Craft section http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307045.0
902  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My First Comic!! Attack of The Killer Swine Flu! (pic heavy) on: May 28, 2009 03:40:17 PM
This is my very first comic. I kind of made it on a whim and I made it after 24 hours of no sleep! It is really small (about the size of an ATC), and the little book only took one piece of paper. It took me about 6 hours to make from getting struck with the idea to folding and stapling the first 50 copies. The fact that the entire process took me less than half the time it should take a comic artist to make one page explains the lowbrow, sketchiness of it all, but it was seriously fun!

903  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: May 27, 2009 11:34:47 PM
Thanks! It's too bad that a picture on the internet can't capture the effect of the metalic gold paint, it really seems to glow in person. The Watercolor's internet pic is only a shadow of what it is in person. I don't know why some of the colors didn't show up, I use a lot of irridescence and metallic paint, and I guess those are just to reflective to pick up well on camera.
904  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: May 27, 2009 10:28:13 PM
here are some pics of some projects I have finished!

The Naked Athena Returns.

The City
905  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: May 25, 2009 04:23:35 PM
Thanks! Some a very near completion so I should have some pics up pretty soon.
906  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: May 25, 2009 04:07:51 PM
ok, the thing did something weird so I am going to have to continue my list in a new post.

19. make a sculpture or installation out of many brightly colored wiffle balls.
20. Paint an Acrylic painting "The Midnight Disco Skyline"
21. Master the art of making bread.
22. Make a pattern for my Amigurumi Alien Baby.
23. Alter a pair of shoes. or more than one pair!
24. Make significant progress on my Rockstar Project.
25. Start up a tutorial blog with sections on Fine art, crafts, and comics.
26. put together and present a proposal for volunteering to teach some art classes at my local public library this summer.
27. Make some fashion accessories out of candy wrappers.
28. Stock my etsy shop with a few hundred items and really make a go at trying to make it work for me.
29. Make an origami star charm bracelet and earrings for myself and someone else.
30. carve a print block and print an edition of christmas cards.
31. Make a comic for Halloween.
32. make several pieces of altered clothing for myself and my friend.
33. Learn how to make my own soap.
34. crochet a pair of slippers for me.
35. Crochet a pair of slippers for my friend.

ok, well the little field things is all junpy again so I guess I will work on some of these things and add to the list later.
907  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects a year 2009! on: May 25, 2009 03:31:43 PM
I know this is seriously late but I am going to join in! It's only the end of may and I do art and stuff full time so I should have no problem getting 50 things done in the rest of the year! Also I am kind of in a rut so maybe this will give me a good kick in the pants. So here's my list:

1. Complete an acrylic painting "The Naked Athena Returns"
2. Complete an acrylic painting "The Monster"
3. Complete a watercolor painting "The City"
4. Complete a watercolor painting "The Savior of The Broken, The Beaten, and the Damned."
5. Make my first mini-comic "Attack of The Killer Swine Flu"
6. Complete a set of nesting dolls that I started before last Christmas.
7. Complete a Harajuku Bridge playset that I also started before last Christmas.
8. Complete a crocheted liberty spike hat (only a few more spikes to go!)
9. Complete a set of geisha and ninja kokeshi dolls.
10. Complete an acrylic painting "Everything old Becomes New Again"
11. Make comic called "Lightning Bolt Steve"
12. Write and record an EP with 5 to 7 songs.
13. Write a novel.
14. Design, build and publish downloadable printouts over the internet of a line of paper toys.
15. Make some things using freezer paper stencils.
16. Make some art using encaustic techniques.
17. Paint an acrylic painting "Venus of Battleship Island"
18. Catch up on my scrapbooking.

908  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Ideas for art projects for adults with disabilities on: May 25, 2009 01:42:13 AM
Printing with things like vegtables, kitchen utensils and other objects that have texture is great for groups with a widely varied skill level. The items can be chunky enough for people who have lower motor ability and the textures can have enough variety to spark the imagination of the ones that have a higher functioning level. There are lots of ways that a printing project can be made less childish: They could make a print and then use it as a background for some other art, or they could print on a bag or other wearable item.
909  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recomendations for supplies on: May 25, 2009 01:31:03 AM
Derwent is an excellent brand of pencils for drawing, they have a wide range of products and they have some basic sets of drawing pencils that are reasonably priced. The biggest thing I would focus on is variety, a representation from each of these: Graphite pencil, charcoal, conte, pen and ink, and woodless. There are even water soluble graphite sticks to that you can draw just like a pencil but then acheive even more effects by brushing them with water. I know that list seemed really long, but you can get a sampling of all that stuff for a very reasonable amount. I do a lot of my drawing with a fine mechanical pencil, then I use a few others to add the shading, but after all of the things I have tried I have found that the mechanical pencil is still my most versitile tool. 

I also recommend getting him a set of watercolors, I find watercolor painting to be the most stress relieving and freeing form of art that I do. There is just something about it.
910  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for watercolor paints? on: May 25, 2009 01:13:07 AM
I have tried a large range of watercolors and I always come back to Windsor & Newton. If you are looking to experiment and learn some techniques without spending a whole lot of money than The Cotman line of Windsor & Newton are going to be lower in price but be worth your time. Grumbacher also has a line of tubed watercolors that are acceptable, but their pan paints are terrible. Run as fast as you can away from Reeves or any comparable brand because they will: Dry chalky, always mix muddy, contain way to much polymer causing a booger-ey effect, fade in very little time, and because of the fact that they are very little pigment with a lot of fillers it is very difficult to achieve any kind of range of brightness causing you to loose depth and detail in your work.

As for Prang watercolor sets, I recomend those to anyone who is just beginning to use watercolors, they are very smooth and acheive a good amount of brightness. They will also behave enough like more professional quality paints for you to actually learn from them. I still use a set from time to time if I am traveling or need to make a quick sketch or touch up. Their drawbacks are the fact that there are limited colors and limited mixability, they also fade a little, and dry significantly more dull than when applied.

If your paints are grainy or chunky that may be because they have lost some of their moisture to solve this problem you can check out some watercolor mediums there may be one specifically for dissolving or reconstituting paint. Gum Arabic is one that tends to smooth things out. you can also apply some paint to your palet and then set it in the bathroom while your shower is running hot water, the steam will work wonders. The shower trick will also revive paint that has completely dried back to its original moistness  so that you can continue working with the same palet.
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