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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / super glittery top hat 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:

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lineups and a rotation 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.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Opinions wanted- updated with semi-final hair 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.

4  CANADA / Ontario / Sewing Machine Repair in Toronto? on: August 28, 2009 09:32:39 PM
What's the best place Downtown Toronto to take an old Singer sewing machine to get repaired and tuned up? My machine is in need of a good fixing. She's circa early 60's.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Why does my foot pedal smell like burning? on: August 22, 2009 11:14:05 PM
I now know the answer, but I wanted to post the somewhat resolution to this problem  since there's not a lot of info for troubleshooting burning foot pedals (or at least I couldn't find a lot and it was very frustrating earlier tonight).

I have a Singer Style-O-Matic 328 sewing machine that I inherited from my great aunt who probably got it second hand (since the initials carved into it aren't hers). It's from the early 60s and an amazingly awesome beast of a sewing machine. I work with a lot of heavy upholstery fabric and faux fur and have never had troubles with this machine until about two years ago. Suddenly I couldn't leave my machine plugged in because the foot pedal was making a popping noise and smelled like burning. So I used it sparingly and only plugged it in when I needed it. I didn't take it into a repair shop because I'm really poor and was afraid of how much it would cost to repair.

Today I forgot to unplug it and the darned thing just about caught on fire. Which was quite frightening I must say. I finally took everything apart that I could including the faulty pedal and the transistor part. I read it called something else but can't remember what. On my pedal it looks like a teenaged mutant ninja 9V battery made out of plastic. On the top are two screws that attach to the wire(s) which plug into the wall and on the bottom is a sort of plunger that completes the circuit when the foot pedal is pressed. When I unscrewed everything I found that inside of this transistor thing there is supposed to be a spring that holds the plunger back when the foot pedal is not depressed. My spring had snapped into four pieces causing the plunger to stay put and continually complete the circuit, ergo be on and running all the time.

I plan on going tomorrow to get a new spring and having a romp with a newly fixed sewing machine that should not have gone so long in the condition it did. Embarrassed I'll update once I get everything all together tomorrow. I'm so excited for being able to figure out what was broken on it finally.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dinosaur Flying helmets 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.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Steam Loli design needs headress advice 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
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Look ma no reference 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.


9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / more frogs 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

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Rave Frogs on: March 15, 2009 09:55:01 AM
From last summer. A lot of the poses are scarily broken with dislocated joints and mismatched limbs with hideous hands. I'm aware of this.









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