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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: TTTPT Gallery! on: September 08, 2010 09:04:17 PM

The coaster indeed came from the Convention Cheesy The design was commisioned by PJSM Prints (which sells a lot of Paul Kidby's Discworld work & signed stuff, etc.) from someone I know on DeviantArt, so I had to endorse it, of course Wink

Oooohh, PM me who! It is adorably and oddly creepy, so much like Nanny, I suspect. Very confused that PK is commissioning other artists, but what a huge compliment!

The Nanny portrait was actually done in ballpoint and watercolours XD I tend to team them up all the time Cheesy

How big was that portrait? A year ago I still would have said watercolours and ballpoint cannot possibly work, but I learned a lot from looking at work-in-progress photos. Mostly by a certain Twatterby, I admit. Cheesy Now I'm a BIG fan of the combination. It's amazing.

I'm really pleased you also liked the letter from Drumknott; I sometimes cosplay him. XD

XD  Can I tell stories?  Please, can I? It would be unseemly for Drumknott to tell them, but I'm not hampered by being Drumknott! *happy dance*

I am hugely excited to watch this swap gallery fill up! I missed being in on this one, and while I'm bummed, I also feel like my head would have exploded if I'd had to think of things to send. To anyone still working on theirs: HURRAY! and other happy cheering-you-on noises! HAVE FUN!
22  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding Lanolin back after dyeing rovings? on: September 08, 2010 08:34:34 PM
I'm interested to see an answer to this one, too. My Mom's allergic to lanolin, and I'm pretty sure I've inherited this. I cannot *stand* touching wool - it just always feels scratchy to me. I've assumed that it feels like that due to the lanolin, so if you can remove so much of the lanolin that you need to add some again while spinning it, maybe there's a chance that I can find some wool that doesn't feel yucky. Cheesy 

I'm also curious about where you'd get the lanolin to add - hand lotion?
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Botanical watercolors - (Lots o' Pics) on: September 08, 2010 01:13:20 PM
Wot?  WOT?? *No one* else has claimed the Amorphophallus bulbifer as a favorite? EVERYBODY with a preference is going for Haworthia? Fine, then! He's all mine!  AHA HA HA HA HA!!!ahem...

I even had to wist it. I love it when reality out-weirds fiction, but that plant is totally cheating! It put on its Halloween costume when it saw you coming, right? Right? ...No?

Okay, for real: painting anything that bizarre is pretty difficult, because people will always assume that anything exaggerated is going to be an "artistic interpretation," artistic license, lack of skill, poor paint colors, etc. When you paint strange things from life, you're fighting that twitch inside people's heads, too. It takes serious skill to get past that. When I first looked at the AB thumbnail, I wasn't sure if it was glass, or oil painting, or mixed media, or what. I didn't really get that it was a watercolor until I read the post, and it's so good that I believed you, even though that is a seriously strange thing!

I keep wishing that "mushroom designer" were a valid career choice, but I'm not sure my designs would be convincing enough for anyone to buy them. Wink Yours, though, I'm sure would look real! It's like they say: "One you can fake sincerity, you can do anything."
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: No title yet on: September 08, 2010 12:37:37 PM
Yeah, I definitely like your style, and your anxiety.  Cheesy  Sign me up for the team of "your anxiety is great art!", "my anxiety is different colors," and "you anxiety relaxes me". I agree with all of those.

I like the amount of detail you put into things. I could stare at your stuff for hours. I hope your anxiety doesn't crush you, but... it's leading you to do such wonderful art! How about we compromise: what does your "relaxed and happy" look like? I'd quite like to be able to cheer on something happy for you, now!   Grin
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Tiny Octopus Lamp on: September 08, 2010 12:14:13 PM
I LOVE this guy! I like octopuses I like underwatery stuff... I love the colors! I can't get the link to your blog to work (I'm kinda late finding this thread!) but I love this. I could be friends with him.

I take it the shiny black thing that looks like an eye is actually a lightbulb, yes? I'd like to see this "in action," although pictures of lights are, um, Hard. :}  I can't get my head around this being a lamp, I guess. I'm so distracted by the awesome of the sculpting. I know nothing of the material, but when the sculpture is this good, frankly, who CARES how it was made??  Grin  I know no matter what I used, unless I used some coral, some rocks, and an actual octopus, I would never be able to do this. And even then I wouldn't get the colors right!

I vote against a lampshade unless you need to shield tiny minds from the onslaught of awesome, but even then I'd push for just letting them explode. This guy should not be hidden. And if your house doesn't go with him, then it's time to redo your house.

He's just SO GOOD!  I need to go stare at him some more. And wist him. And generally covet.
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: More anxiety art on: September 08, 2010 12:01:16 PM
Oooo, I like this! I'm an anxiety person too, and I've been making random crazy things over the last few months to give the crazy somewhere to be outside my head. I have a LOT of crazy, too...

What I really like is the detail. I could stare at this for quite a long time, in person. It makes it clear that as an artist, you're pretty strongly developed. This isn't just slopped out randomness (I have a LOT of that around, so I speak from experience!). There's some real meatiness to this.

I really, really like it. Smiley  If this is you being anxious, I'm really sorry, but...have you considered a career in anxiety?  :}  *hugs*  Grin
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A Study in Pink (well, sort of...)--First Post in this Category on: September 06, 2010 05:38:52 PM
This is my first Craftster post of any kind - obviously I'm reading/licking my way through EVERYTHING! - so please don't hurt me.  Cheesy

I know it's been ages since the original thread, but I love everything about this. I love the thread title (SHERLOCK! *swoon*), I love the date-significant approach, and I LOVE this peacock! This is one of those ideas that makes me think "Darn it! I wish *I* had thought of that!" I aspire to someday having an inchie collection worthy of something this cool.

I've rocked a few things here already, but this is the first one that's made me post. I just plain love it.  Kiss
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