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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Star Trek Napkin Drawings on: October 29, 2009 01:14:27 AM
i picked one of those glasses up for the boyfriend. we were going to go back and get all of them but never did. hhhmmm. i forget if this pic was taken before or after i bought the glass. it would've been good in place of the blue cup.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Assortment of different cakes (picture heavy) on: October 24, 2009 07:25:01 AM
it would be even funnier if you knew the guy. i made that probably over 2 years ago and i still crack up everytime i look at it.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Star Trek Napkin Drawings on: October 24, 2009 06:04:33 AM
ha! well he says he's not technically a trekkie but we do have a spock head decanter and snow globe in the living room and he knows everything about any star trek reference. i even read him a topic about a sci-fi themed party in the food section the other day and he surprisingly was able to explain all the different nerd show foods to me. i'm not hating on the nerds by the way. i've just recently realized i've become one too and i'm having a hard time admitting it. lol.

thanks so much. come on over and i'll make you a star trek shaped sandwich.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Star Trek Napkin Drawings on: October 24, 2009 05:35:00 AM
After 2 years of being with my boyfriend (we are now on 4) he finally admitted to me that he loves Star Trek. Somehow he hid this from me. So off we went when the new movie came out. It didn't take much coercing though since I love Zachary Quinto. The same week that I saw the movie my friend was putting out her local zine called the Napkin News which she distributes in Napa. She needed some art and so this was one thing I submitted to her. She ended up not using it even though she is also obsessed.

Napkins with ink brush pen (crayola I think surprsingly) I also used some white out for some highlights. I wasn't sure how the materials would turn out but it looks great. I decided to arrange it in a setting so I made a cheese sandwich in the shape of the Star Trek logo. This was really fun.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Hands! IMG heavy on: October 24, 2009 05:26:08 AM
i don't know how many hands i have drawn in an art class but i love what your instructor had you do. the sign language idea is genius. well i suppose anyone could come up with it but i like it. i may do a series someday to spell out certain words. great job on these.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mid-Term Review on: October 24, 2009 05:13:37 AM
I have some drawing tips for you that changed how I draw figures, actually everything. What I do to start off is draw lines at the angle of each main body part. Head, shoulders, arms, legs, torso. Do shapes as was said. You can always wipe them away. The next crucial step is lights and darks. Figure out the main shapes of darkness and light and fill it it. Don't even think about whether it will turn out looking like a human. Just try it. You can squint your eyes and it will enhance the darkness and make the shapes more pronounced. Try not to use your tools like charcoal or pastel or graphite like a pencil. Turn it on it's side and just rub. You can fill in more space faster and easier. Don't be afraid to mark where you think you don't want to. It could produce something you weren't expecting. Also, for proportions you can take a pencil, squint one eye, and hold the pencil straight out. Then use the top of the pencil as measuring the top of whatever it is you are looking at for proportion, move you thumb down and use that as a measuring device. That's the best way I can figure to explain it. Try it and you'll get the hang of it. One of the most memorable art school tips I ever received was to fill the negative space. It can really add some dimension to your drawing and add a finishing touch. I rarely erase anything so what I do if the shape is not correct is I cut in with more color from the negative space and that helps a lot of the time. I would love to hear if any of these tips are useful. Also, practice practice practice. I have always had a focus in art since middle school and I was always afraid of taking that darn figure drawing class for my degree in college which I should've done in highschool but once I actually took it, it changed my skill emmensely and I wish I had listened to everyone who told me that for years.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Assortment of different cakes (picture heavy) on: October 24, 2009 03:33:43 AM
i wanted to share some cakes i have made in recent years. they are definitely not professional looking but they are fun none-the-less and they tasted great (yes, even the alst one lol). i'm in the process of making a very interesting cake for a friend's birthday today which i am planning on documenting each step. i'm going to be using fondant for the first time so we'll see how it goes.

big guy in a little (woman's) swimsuit. for a friend's birthday. i colored the inside red and i know i pooped red for days. tmi? a little too much food color. i basically painted colored frosting all over the cake.

i made this simple spiderweb cake a few years ago. i really like purple and orange together for halloween. it's a change from the norm of black and orange.

i am a little disappointed because i had a full length picture of this cake but it was broken. this was made for a friend's birthday. it's made of just a round cake and black and white frosting. this was also my first attempt at a cooked frosting and it used egg whites. it was sorta like a runny marshmellow so some of jack's face sorta slid. i had drawn out the rest of his body and it took up my entire kitchen counter.

this was made for another friends birthday. she loves pandas. i used three cupcakes and a regular round cake.

i know this is not technically dessert but i attempted a diaper cake about a year ago for my friend's baby shower. i added a picture frame, a homemade quilt and bib set that my mom makes and some ribbon around a really cute set of diapers. inside held a pack of baby wipes. i tied it all up with some ribbon and fabric. it turned out beautiful if i do say so myself.

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Max Costume!!! on: October 24, 2009 01:28:09 AM
no kids. little ones anyway. it can get pretty scary but there were some really funny parts but i won't spoil anything.
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Meg and Jack-o-lanterns on: October 23, 2009 05:48:04 AM
i've started a tradition of taking my favorite band and cutting and slicing their likeness into gutted out pumpkins. i especially enjoyed the play on words too. skipped pumpkin carving in 2007.

2006-i really enjoyed these two pumpkins the best so far. meg looks like a scary monster.

2008-used several toothpicks since there was a little more detail than i expected. tried to shave the inside enough so light would go through. that is where i made my crucial mistakes but every year is a learning experience.

not sure about my pumpkin/s for this year but i will add to the post once completed next week.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: scarf necklace thing on: October 23, 2009 05:47:55 AM
i attempted this the other day but used a tshirt with stretch. i found some issues with it that i need to work out but it was a simple project that is fun and everyone is getting one for christmas. i'm gonna make a white one to wear with a mummy shirt and some side cut leggings for a pre-halloween outfit just for fun. gotta get on that.
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