So I LOVE ink. My first experience with it with it art-wise was my first bottle of black India Ink, with a paintbrush. Then I started using plain old black ballpoint pens. And now I've discovered dip pens.
AND HOLY HELL THEY ARE FANTASTIC. *ahem*
I like them very much. The level of detail that I can achieve with them is super intricate, which makes me giddy with excitement. Perhaps I'll try designing some detailed tattoos now! Actually just had an inquiry asking permission for someone to get this tattooed on their body! As an artist, that is an epic compliment.
I just recently got into sculpting, it has been YEARS since I last gave it a true shot, and I just LOVE it.
This is Eden, one of my Dreamweaver series. Dreamweavers are a series of critters that are associated with dreamcatchers, and often have other little otherworldly features about them (such as feathered wings on a mammalian creature).
Eden was done entirely with Original Sculpey, I have had a box sitting around for years, waiting to be used. Finally its day has come! And then he was painted with acrylic paints. And also brushed with some metallic bronze paint for a nifty effect. I do love my metallic paints. <3
My first hand-made sketchbook! Pretty small, about 6"x8" and about 3/4" thick. Black leather on the front brushed with copper paint for the gears, and then cut-out feathers detailed with more leather paint. Also a nifty little bookmark made with a real peacock feather and a gear!
This book is actually for a project that I am starting. I will be painting on the first page then mailing to book to another artist, they paint then they mail, so on and so forth. I have about 50 people signed up so almost all the pages will be filled!
Around December I was absolutely SWAMPED with life. University finals, commissions, fighting off the usual cold 'n flus flying around, and I was to leave for a 2.5 week vacay in Hawaii over Christmas. I was finding everything very hard to manage. And then a friend approached me, asking if there was any way that I would be able to do a custom painting for him, as the perfect Christmas gift to his mother. I was hesitant at first, but I asked him to explain what he would like. With a slight pleading look in his eye, he explained the story of his late younger brother, and the significance of the elements he would like (such as the words "Andrew", and "I Hope You Dance", as well as the way the dragonfly is hovering above a pond). It was absolutely beautiful, and it touched me. So I told him, yes, I will do everything in my power to get this done for you before Christmas. So I buckled down, went to town and WORKED LIKE A MADWOMAN.