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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2019 in The Swap Gallery by Patraw on: June 15, 2019 12:14:51 PM
No, no, they're totally butt tattoos.  "Cutie Marks" is revisionist propaganda!

I love both kitties and horseys, so, it's tough for me to pick a favorite, but, I have to give the intentionally-partially-uncolored kittens hoop the nod.  Awesome work, JoyfulClover!
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2  Re: Plant Lady! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Patraw on: May 29, 2019 12:47:10 PM

All lovely, but I like the middle design the best.  I've never seen a geometric planter like the one you made for the first hoop before; works like a miniature greenhouse I imagine?
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3  Re: SwapDoodle Scribbles in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Patraw on: May 28, 2019 09:43:40 AM
This is probably my last Swapdoodle sketch (I still use the program to exchange written notes with my friends though).  I got bored/tired of doing these drawings all the time, and I also got a new Android tablet on the 3rd, so, I've been spending more time messing around with that instead (super important stuff like playing bingo and solitaire, or at least that's what I'd like to be doing if Rainbow Dash wasn't hogging the tablet and spending hours filling up the memory with animated gifs of herself!)

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4  Re: A question about female mannequins and clothing displays in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Patraw on: May 17, 2019 11:54:27 AM
So male mannequins packing heat do exist!  Well, at least there's equality of sorts there at least.

Speaking of mannequins, I was walking home from the supermarket, early this morning, and noticed a woman's hand hanging from the wall near someone's front door downtown.  I have no earthly idea why.  The middle finger was missing nail polish too, not sure if that had any significance or not.  I would have liked to have gotten a closer photo, but, that's the best I could do from the sidewalk.  It was only a little after 6 AM, so, the occupant(s) were probably still asleep and I probably could have gotten away with it, but, still, it'd be trespassing to go up on their porch to shoot a photo, so, I didn't.

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5  Re: SwapDoodle Scribbles in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Patraw on: May 10, 2019 11:20:13 AM
Yup, I bought one of her books at said sale too:

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6  Re: Dala Dachshunds Ornament in Needlework: Completed Projects by Patraw on: May 09, 2019 02:03:10 PM
Wonderful azure puppy with lovely embroidered detail!  I don't think I've ever seen a dog with a saddle on it before--I wonder who, or what, the rider would be?

I've got Samantha's American Girl craft book, and I think another volume that encompasses all of the girls' time periods (maybe it's a "best of" compilation?), but, unfortunately, none of the other ones that focus on the individual girls.  I bet Kirsten's has all sorts of good stuff in it!

There was a plastic 2010 McDonald's iCarly blue dachsund toy, that you could color and erase on, with a marker, which is what your project instantly reminded me of [here it is, with Jethro, our Chiweenie (Dachsund & Chihuahua mix); the Japanese I wrote on the side says "aoi inu", which means "blue dog"]:

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7  Re: Tiamat cut-out figurine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: May 09, 2019 01:42:14 PM
And these are all around 15-20 years old, but, here are some more examples of the similar types of paper figurines that I used to make (either 2-dimensional, or a combination of 2D and 3D elements):


Phantom (Blood)

Ayane (Dead or Alive)

Dr. Mario diorama

(Close-up of the Toad anatomy poster)

Siren figure & pattern (Final Fantasy VIII)

Female Archer, Chemist, Ninja & Summoner (Final Fantasy Tactics)

Clash, Minx, Rapture & Riot (Jem)

Mariaha (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)

Amano Hyo  (Last Blade)

Mature & Mai Shiranui w/South Park style Joe Higashi  (King of Fighters)

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Spiral Vs. Psylocke  (X-men: Children of the Atom)

Link  (The Legend of Zelda)

Jubei Yaggyu  (Samurai Shodown)

Uriel  (Quake 3: Arena)

Man-E-Faces  (Masters of the Universe)

Gravedigger (Spawn; he also happens to be one of my favorite toys of all time, I've still got one hanging on my bedroom wall, unopened, in his original packaging!)
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8  Re: Tiamat cut-out figurine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: May 09, 2019 01:20:39 PM
For scale, here's a photo I took of the figurine and ring with my new tablet earlier:

And, um, because:

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9  Re: Tiamat cut-out figurine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: May 08, 2019 02:05:57 PM
I didn't measure her, but, I'd estimate she's around 3 inches tall.  I probably should have went with 2-ply cardboard instead of 3, as that was murder on my fingers to cut with scissors (I used cuticle scissors for the trickiest bits, and also a hole-puncher for the closed off inside loop of her tail/thigh).

The Spider-man heart watch ring is pretty big, by ring standards, here's a stock photo of it:

I think I have two of those things (I got them both, like all of my jewelry, in bags of random girls toys at thrift stores).
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10  Tiamat cut-out figurine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Patraw on: May 07, 2019 02:53:39 PM

Tiamat was the primordial saltwater ocean goddess of ancient Mesopatamian religions.  Her matings with the freshwater god, Abzu, produced the younger gods and goddesses as well as a variety of monsters.  She later waged war against said offspring, and her son, the storm god Marduk, slew and dismembered her.  Tiamat's ribs became the heavens and the earth, her weeping eyes the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, and her tail the Milky Way.  Happy Mother's Day I guess?

Said story is arguably the classic example of patriarchy overthrowing and replacing matriarchy.  

This cut-out figurine is modeled on Tiamat's depiction in the Japanese PC Engine CD video game Princess Minerva.  I chose the back view, rather than the front, because I felt that was more mysterious and dramatic.  Rather than the true goddess, the Tiamat(s) in said game are actually normal girls and women that have been transformed into monsters (defeating them presumably causes them to revert back to their human forms, or, at least that's what I choose to believe, as I really don't want to think that Minerva and her entourage are rampaging across the countryside murdering hundreds of her female subjects that were involuntarily transformed into creatures).

I drew her in pencil, inked my linework, and then colored Tiamat in with regular and watercolor pencils and a little acrylic paint.  I then glued her onto 3 layers of cardboard (sealing the illustration with white glue too while I was at it), cut her out, and mounted her on a similarly-fabricated cardboard base (I just happened to have a heart-shaped McDonald's Spider-man 2 watch ring on my computer desk and decided to trace that shape).  This was kind of a trip back in time for me, because, before I started making 3-dimensional figures, this was the sort of thing that I used to do instead.  While it's certainly not as impressive as a 3-dimensional figure would be, it's also a lot quicker and easier to do.

And here's a bonus sketch of Divada that I also did this morning and probably won't ever finish.  She's my favorite character from the SNES/Genesis fighting game Weaponlord.  I also REALLY like that name, and, if I ever have a daughter, it's definitely in my top three picks for naming her (Astrida & Cleo are the other two).  Divada belonged to a clan of sorcerers, but their women were forbidden to practice magic.  Divada said piss on that, I have higher aspirations than becoming a brood mare, murdered her father and brothers, and taught herself to became a sorceress anyway.

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