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1  Jem Misfits fan art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Patraw on: Today at 07:17:37 AM
I got a PM asking about my new avatar, but, since Photobucket changed their image sharing policies recently, all the images on the Jem fan art page on my web site don't work anymore, so, I'm uploading those four drawings that I used to make said animated GIF here, even though they're pretty old (I did most of them back in college, well over a decade ago).  Since it's been a while, I don't remember for sure, but I think they were done with colored pencils, markers, and watercolor paint.





I uploaded a bunch more to my gallery, but even that isn't all of them Tongue
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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- September 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: September 20, 2017 01:09:39 PM
Tinker Bell is certain that my fairy talent is rotating JPGs.

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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: September 05, 2017 07:10:03 AM
@bunny1kenobi:  Cute witch portrait; Mandykaye ended up with two ginger spellcasters this month!  Wink

@mandykaye:  And I appreciate you sharing a photo of your completed witch binder sheet too; a bunch of cards from different artists, yet united by a common theme, makes for an impressive display!


The mailman handed me my fourth, and final, ATC for August on Saturday, September 2nd (I would have posted this sooner, but, due to the Labor Day weekend, I wasn't able to be online again until today). Bunny1kenobi, from Arizona, selected my "functional ATC board game" theme. Aside from liking board and card games in general, ATC-sized ones are particularly appealing to me because I can also use them as accessories for my sixth-scale (12") dolls. When you spend your plastic (un)life sitting on a shelf or in a cardboard box, any little diversion like that, to help break the tedium, is welcome.

I also experienced a bit of deja vu, as the food-themed envelope that this ATC arrived in was nearly identical to the previous one I got from Curiousfae [aside from the obvious things (addresses, stamps, and tape), the only real difference between the two was that Bunny1kenobi's envelope had a black front border and interior, while Curiousfae's sported blue coloration in those areas instead]. This duplication can't be just a coincidence and doubtlessly some sort of conspiracy is afoot--I'm still in the process of investigating the case, but Mothman and Elvis Presley are definitely involved!

hin said envelope was this coordinating pizza slice pun card, which would have also gone perfectly with the ATC I got from Curiousfae:

The board game ATC itself, and a bag of tokens, were securely taped to the inside of the card like so:

Taking a closer look, Bunny1kenobi made me an "Icebreaker" board game. I don't know if that's a real product or not, or something that she invented, but the idea is that, by playing this with someone, you'll both learn a lot about each other, and, because it's a game, you can avoid some of the awkwardness such an exchange might normally entail. Forty-eight squares, filled with text, is a LOT of information to squeeze onto an ATC; imagine that you got forty-six of them filled out and then misspelled a word on the forty-seventh--the horror! Bunny1kenobi didn't include any instructions (which is unfortunate, because that means a certain pony can make up whatever rules she wants when she plays and nobody can legally challenge them, no matter how ridiculous they are) but this type of game is pretty self-explanatory: begin at "start", roll the die, follow the arrows and instructions written on whatever square you land upon, and the first player to reach "finish" wins. The card's front and back are glued to pretty thick cardstock too, giving the ATC some good durability and rigidity.

The back of the card sports this cool, colored stamp of a unicycle. I've never attempted to ride one of those and my unbroken bones thank me for it.

Inside of the "tokens" envelope was this small Ziploc bag containing a translucent green die (a bead) and four playing pieces (buttons) in yellow, red, blue, and green. They're super teensy, but, thus far, I haven't lost any of them. Bunny1kenobi was very brave to send these too, as I've read that postal sorting machines just LOVE to get snagged on, and chew up, envelopes containing 3-dimensional stuff like them.

Anna and Elsa aren't going to take any of Rainbow Dash's crap today!

Bunny1kenobi, thank you very much for your miniature board game creation; because of your efforts, Barbie can finally trick Ken into engaging in meaningful communication!

And, lastly, here's a final look at all four of the cards that I received in August scanned together. Thank you again, ladies!

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4  Re: Wonder Woman plush in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Patraw on: August 31, 2017 01:56:14 PM
Themyscira magic has rotated your images:

Adorable plush rendition of Diana; the longer dangling blue bits (I can't remember what those things are called) on her war skirt give it more of a dress flair, which I like, and I also dig the red heart shapes you added to her tiara, bustline, belt, and shield, in addition to her usual stars.
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5  Re: August ATC quartet in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Patraw on: August 26, 2017 08:07:22 AM
They're not ATCs, but here are the only other owl drawings I've ever done, from seventeen years ago (that makes me feel ancient!), both based on photographs.  If memory serves, the Snow Owl was completely done in graphite pencil and the Eastern Screech Owl is a combination of graphite and colored pencil.  I was on a bird kick at the time for some reason.

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6  August ATC quartet in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Patraw on: August 25, 2017 11:05:00 AM
All my swap partners have received their cards, so, it's safe to post a thread without ruining anyone's surprise now.

For my first card, which went to Ohio, I chose BigBangMomma's "Cute Monsters" theme (she also listed "Cute Animals" as another option on her list, and, as you can see below, for some reason, I got the two mixed up while I was filling out the back of the card). I decided to illustrate a Nacht Kobold (German for "Night Sprite/Spirit"), based on the adorable design found in the Shin Megami Tensei (Super Reincarnation of the Goddess): Devil Children (renamed DemiKids in North America, doubtlessly to avoid controversy) Gameboy Color/Advance video games. The Devil Children titles are intended for a younger audience, thus, the mythological monsters are significantly "cute-fied" compared to the more realistic/graphic artwork used in the "normal" Megami Tensei games.

In German folklore, Kobolds are entities that take up residence in houses, mines, and on ships. If their human "hosts" treat them well and with respect, the Kobolds will bring them good luck and even do chores or provide other helpful assistance, but, if you behave badly towards them, then the angry Kobolds will cause all sorts of misery and misfortune instead. Regardless of how you feel about the supernatural, the lesson in clear: Do onto others as you'd have them do onto you.

I selected "Figure Study or Nude", from Texan Rockingbearranch's list of themes, as my second ATC project. I had to do similar, albeit much larger, figure studies quite often when I took illustration classes in college, but my professor could never get any naked models to pose (and, at times, nobody at all, which resulted in my classmates and myself being the models instead--fully clothed mind you). You see, my alma mater was cheap and only paid minimum wage for both clad and unclad models. Short of being an exhibitionist, why would you take your clothes off when you got exactly the same amount of money for keeping them on? Obviously, none of the faculty in the art department minored in business. But, then again, I often skipped class anyway, so maybe I missed out on all the full frontal nudity. Speaking of which, a former friend of mine, whom also took the same illustration classes that I did, but during different semesters, claimed that he was present when our professor did manage to somehow find a male nude model, who became aroused on the job, and our saintly teacher felt compelled to hide the offending member with an (artfully) placed towel. My ex-friend was a habitual liar though, so, I put little faith in his story being true.

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My third card went to BigBangMomma again, this time for her "owls" theme. I used several photos of those birds, that I have saved on my hard drive as reference images for modeling, as a basis for this piece. I really liked this one and had a hard time parting with it, but, I told myself: "You can always just print yourself out a copy and glue it onto cardstock if you really want to."

My third card went to BigBangMama again, this time for her "owls" theme. I used several photos of those birds, that I have saved on my hard drive as reference images for modeling, as a basis for this piece. I really liked this one and had a hard time parting with it, but, I told myself: "You can always just print yourself out a copy and glue it onto cardstock if you really want to."

And one final picture of them all scanned together before I sent them off to the four (okay, three) winds:

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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: August 24, 2017 12:17:59 PM
@rockingbearranch:  Glad you liked her and got a kick out of the wig ad (I'm oblivious, or, more accurately, I was more worried about getting it sized/folded up right to fit inside the envelope, so I didn't even notice the whole wiglet thing at all!)


The mailman dropped off my third ATC Wednesday afternoon. Once again, it was made by Curiousfae. She originally chose my "Bella Sara Horses" theme, but, she explained that she had a difficult time trying to draw those animals, so, she decided to switch to my "Katy Perry's This is How We Do" theme instead.

I love Katy Perry's music in general, but 2013's This is How We Do (from her fourth studio album, Prism) is my absolute favorite song that she's ever done. You can watch/listen to the official music video here if you like (which I've done way more times than I can count):


The ATC arrived inside of this neat, food-themed envelope, which actually matches the art direction of Katy's music video pretty well in my opinion. "Fries Before Guys" indeed!

Within said envelope was this coordinating fun donut pun card:

On to the ATC itself, Curiousfae made me a "It's no big deal" pizza-themed card, which is a phrase that gets repeated several times throughout the song.

In the video, said text gets spelled out in pizza as well, there's a cartoon pizza slice character, and you may have noticed that, in some of the scenes, Katy is also rocking a one-piece pepperoni pizza print bathing suit with coordinating pizza slice earrings (spicy!) I daresay Katy must REALLY love that Italian food, although I think that she should have had a slice in her hand, instead of watermelon, to tie it all together.

I'm one of the small number of people on the planet that doesn't like the taste of pizza and never touches the stuff, but, while I won't eat it, except at gunpoint (and maybe not even then), I'm okay with artwork depicting it. Curiousfae did a really nice job of arranging all the letters out of nothing but rectangle and circle/wedge shapes; I think the way that the "S" was done is particularly clever and I also like the pepperoni apostrophe. The textured orange background also suggests the cheesy surface of a pizza pie as well.

And, finally, why I never have any money:

Curiousfae, thank you very much for your pizza-riffic Katy Perry song quote card, and I also like that you went to the extra trouble to have everything that you sent adhere to the food motif!

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8  Re: I'm MR. Meeseeks in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Patraw on: August 22, 2017 01:40:20 PM
Cropped and rotated:

I gotta say I prefer the pickle to this one, but they're both well done, and Mr. Meeseeks has a charmingly anxious expression.
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9  Re: Dr who evil snowman plush in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Patraw on: August 22, 2017 01:37:57 PM
Cropped and rotated:

I don't know much about Dr. Who, so, I'm not familiar with this beastie in that respect, but, it's a cool, fluffy, evil snowman, that's for sure.  It reminds me a bit of a Star Wars wampa or one of the crites from the Critters films; it could be their love child!
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10  Re: I'm Pickle Rick, B*$#@ in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Patraw on: August 22, 2017 01:34:45 PM
I cropped and rotated your photo for you:

I've never watched it, but I know what Rick & Morty is because I've read toy reviews of the action figures.   Your plush pickle looks great, especially the manic expression!
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