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1  super glittery top hat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by teddybearbones on: January 10, 2011 09:31:47 PM
I've had a sequined top hat for some time and always felt it needed something. This weekend I found a butt-tonne of very sparkly flowers and decided I needed to put the two together.

As modeled by Ermine:



and an action shot:

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2  Lineups and a rotation in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: November 18, 2010 10:47:56 PM
I've been doing work on No Pants are Tied to my heart. It's my project to work on while I'm laid off so I don't go crazy. Some folks might remember Martin from a little while ago. Here's some more of the cast. Click on the images to see them larger on my deviantart account.

It's supposed to be a teen melodramatic comedy of errors... with fairies. The main character, Frankie is an illegal fairy who must earn his legal fairy wings by night as Feydra while trying to keep the horrible melodrama of his teenaged life in check by day.

Here's a rotation of Frankie:


Here's the main cast:

Left to right they are:
Gabe Dahling: cap'n of the hockey team, best friends with Aaron. He's a bit of an antagonist.
Renée Gill: tries so hard to fit in. Aaron's ex-girlfriend. She's a bit of an antagonist.
Aaron Neihart: the main love interest. He dresses like a rockstar so clearly he's dreamy.
Fairy Princess Feydra: Frankie's superhero alter ego. She gets involved with Aaron.
Frankie Mackenzie: protagonist. A bit of a nerd he wants to get into neuroscience to fix his mum's crazy.
Liz Diaz: dark fashionista extraordinaire. Frankie's best friend.
Martin Doxtator: full disclosure no matter the cost. He is sometimes an antagonist.

Here's a mixedy past lineup.

and a present day lineup of the same characters:

In these we have:
Jack Huband: Frankie's Dad: in the first he's about 18. In the second he's a bit vegetative.
Wendy Mackenzie-Huband: Frankies Mum. In the first she's about 16 ish. She started losing it when Jack was hospitalized.
Frankie: At about 7. I think he and Aaron are too old for this lineup.
Aaron: at about 7. I love his little chubbiness ;]
Babette Huband: Jack's Little sister, Wendy's best friend, Frankie's Aunt and legal guardian (and english teacher). She's about the same age as Wendy. Found herself saddled with the responsibility of rearing her young nephew when her brother mysteriously became a vegetable.

And some fairies:


The repeated characters are for size comparison.

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3  Opinions wanted- updated with semi-final hair in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: October 14, 2010 11:06:03 AM
UPDATE:
A friend of mine suggested combining the shape of 4 with the style of 2 and taking the coffee away from him. So I present the mellower, slightly more interesting face of Martin.



So I'm working on character designs for an animated piece I plan on doing. This character is Martin Doxtator. He's 16-17 throughout the story's arc. He's obviously a high school student and gothy mall rat. He plays a very Puck-like role in the plot and may or may not be a fairy-creature. I haven't decided entirely whether or not it's necessary for him to be. I'm leaning towards no at this point. If he were he'd be a faun (but we'd call him a young buck to not hurt his feelings).

Anyhow, my question to you is: which hair do you like better for him? His hair has changed drastically over the last few drafts and I spent last night drawing many different hairstyles for him. These are the four I like the most right now, but I'd love additional suggestions too.

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4  Re: Dinosaur Flying helmets in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by teddybearbones on: August 03, 2009 07:18:40 PM
made another one ;] The rainbowwy bits in this one is some nifty velour

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5  Dinosaur Flying helmets in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by teddybearbones on: August 02, 2009 01:06:39 PM
Because I love flying helmets and I love making hats out of polar fleece with dino spikes. I'm bringing these with me to fan expo at the end of august, but also want a bit of feedback for now ;]







so yes, feedback appreciated.
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6  Re: Prom Dress! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by teddybearbones on: July 10, 2009 11:37:33 AM
I did you a doodle to help figure out how to draft that pattern. I changed your design a teensy bit though, to make it a little more flowy and simpler to draft and sew.



So the front and back can easily be one piece each with a side boob dart on the front to keep the top part form fitting but not boob squishing (half of front and half of back are labelled F and B and should be put on the fold on the [ side). The flouncy sash is just a very long rectangle. I'd say two or two and a half times as long as your waist.  The top drapery could probly be done as a trapezoid with the top being as wide around as the top of he dress and the bottom being one and a half or two times that long. The shoulder strap is the hard part. I think it should be two moon shapes sewn together with that extra little triangle sewn on last. You should definitely wear a pair of those greek/roman mid calf sandals with it.

also here's a very helpful book on pattern drafting I'm in love with:

http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-01.html#procedure

It shows you how to draft darts and all kinds of groovy things.

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7  Steam Loli design needs headress advice in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: July 10, 2009 10:32:41 AM
So I'm going for some crazy mash up of steampunk and lolita fashion sensibilities. This outfit is fairly well both, but needs a head dress of some sort that doesn't clash with the french braided mohawk. I'm thinking I'd like to go with maybe a fascinator or a silk rose or something. Feedback is definitely appreciated.



since craftster has an auto resizer thing going on you can find a larger version of the image here: http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/7641/steamloli2.jpg
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8  Look ma no reference in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: July 08, 2009 04:24:13 PM
So I've been lax in my panting and drawing practice, so I decided to do a tonal portrait more realistic that I normally do. It turned out rather bad, but I felt like sharing. No reference. It's all done digitally and it took me about 3 or 4 hours.


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9  more frogs in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: March 23, 2009 09:22:22 PM
a couple more. These are about ATC size, but I don't think they're really atcs, hence not being posted in the atc section. These are all traditional pencil crayon, ink and  watercolour pencil.


this one is all watercolour pencil



this is a self portrait gone horrible awry all pencil crayon


again all pencil crayon this one needs a bg still

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10  Re: Rave Frogs in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: March 16, 2009 07:39:32 PM
I like them. Sorry if that would sound stupied but I really would like to know: what do you use to draw them - ink? Background is computer added? How do you do that? Is there any tute or how-to about that computer manipulating images (adding background for example) drawn by hand?
Thank you in advance.

I usually do a very rough version of the pose I want in pencil first then solidify it in ink and spend a bit of time fixing up the line work to look nicer. Prob'ly not much more than an hour. I then erase the pencil and scan them at medium-high resolution (I think these are 200 DPI?) on greyscale. I use photoshop to colour them. Don't know if there's a tutorial for doing exactly this, but it is sortuv easy to explain.


1. Scan your linework in greyscale and a medium-high resolution (100-200 DPI should be fine unless you want really high quality prints). Bring your greyscale image into photoshop.
- the first is what you layers window should look like. From the lock icon on the layer that tells us it's locked, and we don't want that.
-so we right click on the layer. The only option that isn't greyed out id "duplicate..." It'll pop up a menu where you can rename your layer. Renaming layers is obviously a good idea 'cause some images get terrifyingly cluttered.
-now we have a copy of the background layer. We want to set its mode to "Multiply" from "Normal" This option is in the drop-down menu in the top left of the layers window. This mode does exactly what it sounds like it does. Anything black will stay black, anything lighter will be multiplied with layers underneath it.
-now delete the old background since we won't need it. There's a little garbage can icon in the bottom right of the layers window that will delete it. Create a new Layer and call it "background layer" or something like that. This layer should always be the bottom layer, and you line layer should always be the top layer.




2. Change your image from greyscale to RGB mode.
Go Image>>Mode>>RGB Color.
Photoshop'll ask you if you want to flatten layers. Click no.

3. Colour. Use a new layer for each area you want to colour. Keep skin all on one layer, hair on one layer, eyes, pants, etc. Anything that needs to be a different colour should be a different layer. Use flat colours to start.

4. Shade. The checkerboard icon underneath the layer mode drop down menu we were looking at before will lock the opacity of your layers. If you click this on your already coloured layers you can go back over quickly with a new, or darker colour without having to tediously match the edge of the first area.

5. For the coloured background I was really lazy and just used a circular gradient. There's a couple where I added squiggles and played with the layer opacity.

since that's a hugely vague tutorial I'm happy to answer questions too.
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