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41  Skull doodle - oil pastel in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by SuzannahAshley on: April 07, 2010 11:14:00 AM
I made up a little doodle that I decided to use as the basis to experiment with some new techniques. That way I'm more focused on the new mediums/techniques themselves, instead of the final outcome.

I just got my new oil pastels yesterday, and gave them a whirl.

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42  New Plushes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by SuzannahAshley on: February 23, 2010 01:10:49 PM
I made two new plushes recently. I used them in my application for Plush You LA.

Here is a new little girl. She's an adaptation of an earlier design, but in a cuter more compact form.

And this is my first monster I've ever created. I was so excited when I figured out how to attach his teeth.

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43  First ATC/ACEO - shading practice in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by SuzannahAshley on: January 14, 2010 11:51:24 AM

The other day I whipped out a pack ATC sized Bristol board a friend had given to me and decided to do a little shading practice for a larger scale project I'm working on. Its been awhile since I've worked on art, so I'm trying to get my art muscles all nice and loosened up. Just wanted to get some tonal values down to see how I want to progress with her on a larger scale. I was pretty pleased with how she came out despite being out of practice.

This is my first time making such mini art, its so much fun!
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44  Re: The Christmas Ornament Swap Gallery (Sendouts Oct. 23rd) in The Swap Gallery by SuzannahAshley on: October 21, 2009 08:07:12 AM
Here are my ornaments from blushingbluegrass!

She found about my super-love for all things Princess Peach. Adorable.

I love nintendo!

Some awesome monkey garland. I may have to give this one to my sister because she LOOOVES monkeys. My kitteh, Mr. Spooky, is unsure of them, and is sniffing them carefully.

And while the rest are all awesome, this is my absolute favorite. A gingerbread man with a munched on leg.  I also love all things gingerbread man related. I cried in Shrek 2 when the giant gingie died.

So yay yay yays!

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45  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap 2009 [CLOSED Sendouts Oct 15th] in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SuzannahAshley on: October 15, 2009 10:31:40 PM
Sent to blushingbluegrass tonight. Am very excited. Here's a teaser until she receives and posts in the gallery.

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46  Robot Block Print - 4 Images Start to Finish in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by SuzannahAshley on: August 26, 2009 07:46:06 AM
Late last night, I decided I wanted to do something crafty and fun. I had been looking at block prints and linocuts earlier that day, and decided I wanted to do a simple little block print.  I went upstairs and opened my drawer labeled "Printmaking" where I just so happen to have supplies to do such a thing.  I decided to use the Utrecht Easy Cut stuff I had purchased years ago and never got around to using. I haven't done this since elementary school, so I was unsure of how the finished product would look.

From start to finish, it took me about an hour. Including searching all my sketchbooks to find the robot doodle I wanted to use for this project.  I doodled him years ago, and tucked him away for safekeeping.  I finally found him.  Here he is:

Here I had transferred him to the EasyCut, and began cutting.

Here he is all finished.  The EasyCut was a bit TOO easy to cut at times, and crumbled a lot.  I ended up knocking off his little "signals" coming from his antenna with my hand while cutting another area. He lost his signal!

And here he is test printed on a piece of Bristol with some stamping ink. I do have block printing inks, but didn't want to get into that whole mess since it was already 12:30am and I was sleepy.

His finished size is about 2x4 inches.  

I think the EasyCut is good for doing rougher looking work, and for practice, but for precision its not that great. It crumbles very easily while cutting, and its too easy to dig in deep. You need to use a very light hand, and even then you get crumbling. But its definitely good to use for cheap test blocks to see how your idea might look. While not perfect, I still think he's adorable, and will not go about stamping him onto things.
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47  Plush girl - Updated! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by SuzannahAshley on: June 18, 2009 08:30:14 AM
I've been meaning to try to make a plush version of a doodle I made a few years ago. And after several attempts, I finally have it close to what I wanted.  She's now been stuffed and dressed, and has been submitted to Mortal Plush.

Update:  She made it in!  She will be at the Mortal Plush show coming up soon.  http://mortalplush.blogspot.com

The doodle:

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48  Dolly - Marker sketch in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by SuzannahAshley on: February 27, 2009 06:07:30 PM
This is a sketch I did almost 2 years ago, and finally did a quick outline and fill in with marker a month ago. Its just a quick job, mostly as a value study for a future painting, or a more detailed graphite drawing, or maybe a screen print. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do with her yet. She's kinda like my little mascot. So she'll probably end up in lots of places.

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49  Pencil Study - Chess Girl in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by SuzannahAshley on: February 09, 2009 07:23:16 AM
I'm working on a pencil study. I'm hoping to create a painting once I'm finished with the study. Here is my progress so far. I really need to carve out more time in my busy day to work on it, but I like how its coming along.

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50  Farewell Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by SuzannahAshley on: August 22, 2007 09:33:33 AM
I made this card for a coworker who was leaving her job to move to Europe so she could be with her girlfriend.  I even hand drew/cut a silhouette of the lady who was moving to further personalize it for her.

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