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201  Re: A Portrait with Progression Details! I'm HAPPY This Time! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by cinnamon teal on: October 31, 2006 01:52:16 PM
You are doing so well and making such great progress!!  Can I add one more recommendation for you?  Can we talk about eyes?

Your drawings have such big expressive eyes, but they are a bit exaggerated and start looking cartoony.  Let's take a look at Audrey here:

She has nice, big expressive eyes, too.  But notice how her head is tilted down and she's looking up at you?  This causes her eyes to open more than usual and also you see more of the white below her pupils, giving the illusion that her eyes are bigger than they really are.  Her makeup also adds to the effect. 

Ok, using the magic of photoshop, lets add some of your guidelines:

Since her head is tilted, the horizontal lines need to bend down and her ears appear higher.  Note that Audrey's eyes don't quite fit the 5 across rule.  The spacing between them is about an eye's length, but the spaces on the sides are a bit shorter.

Now lets trace just the eye without the makeup:

Ahhh!  Scary red eye!
Anyways, notice how much vertical space is between the bottom lid and the top?  It really isn't much at all. 

Let's give her some eye makeup now:

see?  Now her eye looks nice and big again!  (But still weird and creepy Tongue)

Ok, so in conclusion, to increase the realism of your portraits, pay attention to the eye height.

I just want to add that you are making really great, fast progress!  I admire that you are willing to listen to criticism and really work to improving your drawing skills.  You are doing really, really great! 
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202  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by cinnamon teal on: October 26, 2006 07:15:16 PM
Last year I spent Halloween with my family and we went a little pumpkin-carving-crazy.  Here's the results:

The little one with all the stickers was done by my little baby nephew. Grin

Here's my husbands creation.  He really liked that the pumpkin looked moldy.

Some more:

My brother's (age 11) creation:

and finally this little one.  (It says "beware!" the "e!" is around the side)
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203  I can't decide if I like it or not... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by cinnamon teal on: October 18, 2006 06:07:07 PM
I have been seriously craving some cabled wrist warmers so I used some old yarn from my stash and made this prototype one:

But I kind of feel like it looks like a cast or one of those wrist guards that roller bladers wear.  I would really love any ideas or constructive criticism to help me improve it.

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204  Re: October 2006 Birthday Swap in The Swap Gallery by cinnamon teal on: October 14, 2006 02:38:50 PM
I recieved my b-day present from hgflower yesterday!  Woo-hoo Cheesy.  She sent me this great mod fabric:

And this awesome indie mix CD:

Thanks so much, hgflower!
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205  I made a lamp! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by cinnamon teal on: October 12, 2006 07:03:41 PM
My husband and I moved about a month ago and our new place doesn't have many windows and the bedroom is especially dark.  It was really hard to get up in the morning cuz without the light it felt like night time.  So my husband and I decided to make an artificial sunrise.  I made this lamp with an extra bright 200 watt bulb and he (being the computer genius that he is) got some home automation stuff and turned it into an alarm clock, of sorts.  He made it so that 1/2 an hour before we want to get up it starts to get slowly brighter and brighter.  At wake up time it's on all the way.  And, can I just tell you, it makes it so much easier to get up!

Anyways, here's pics of the lamp:

I made it out of some heavy gauge steel wire and I got the fabric from a thrifted mens shirt.  The fabric is wrong-side out so that when the light is off it doesn't look quite as flashy, but when the light is on it looks right-side out.

I'd love any comments or constructive criticism!
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206  yet another knit ipod cozy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by cinnamon teal on: October 12, 2006 06:47:58 PM
Here's a little ipod cozy that I made for my mom's b-day.  It's a little loose on my ipod in these pics, but her's is an older, thicker one, so it fits.

Let me know what ya think.  Smiley
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207  Refinished desk in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cinnamon teal on: October 04, 2006 01:25:08 PM
My husband had been wanting a new computer desk when we found this fugly old desk was outside our neighbors' apt with a "please take me" sign.

Some sanding, new knobs and a few coats of paint later and we got this.  (Sorry for the bad lighting.  The room it's in is pretty dark and the flash makes everything look bad.)

Nothing fancy, but we like it. Smiley
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208  little cabled purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by cinnamon teal on: August 19, 2006 10:07:56 PM
I made this purse while traveling and I'm so proud of it Cheesy  It's my first ever completed cabled project, my first lined purse and my first project posting on Craftster.  It's pretty little, only about 5 inches across. 

Comments and constructive criticism will be greatly appreciated!

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