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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / my peaceful forest... on: September 08, 2009 07:36:40 PM
so i haven't posted on craftster for over a year. but i just moved into a new house that i'll be in for an extended period of time (first time in 5 years!) and so i decided to really put some effort into decoration.

i got my first set of furniture that wasn't hand-me-down (ikea!). also, i saw the most amazing tree wall decals on ebay, but wasn't feeling the $80 price tag. so i bought some black contact paper and made my own! this is what i came up with:

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / gizmo the revolutionary on: March 19, 2008 08:24:45 PM
my favorite little guy in the world is gizmo (AKA le oui), the rat terrier. like most terriers, he has a big dog complex. we joke that he would like nothing more to incite a revolution. in fact, his middle name is either coup de etat or bonaparte, depending on his mood. i was inspired by the website "obey the pure breed" (http://www.obeythepurebreed.com) to make this propaganda poster in photoshop for his owner. this is my first photoshop illustration! the only thing i didn't do is the swirly stuff at the bottom.

he lives in brooklyn, where there are lots of pigeons- we joke that he calls them his "avian allies"- so of course i had to include them in here. and i think he looks rather handsome in his beret!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 3 new portraits: african children (UPDATE: info about children added) on: March 08, 2008 04:10:47 PM
i was asked to draw some portraits for a charity that supports heath care in africa, so i decided to draw three 4-6 year old african girls.

these were drawn with black and white colored pencils on gray paper. i used a black pigment liner to add highlights.

Gugu (the girl without face paint), Anele (the girl with beaded necklaces), and Ntando (the girl with whiskered face paint) live in a Zulu village near St. Lucia, in South Africa. This area is heavily affected by HIV/AIDS, so many young children in this village have lost one or both parents and are in desperate need of care. These three girls attend a free day care center that was established in order to meet the basic needs of children aged one to five. In these drawings, the girls are waiting to participate in the day care centers end-of-term event involving traditional Zulu music and dancing.

the amazing photographer who took the reference pictures is here:

i just framed them!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / which pics do you like the best? on: February 04, 2008 07:59:03 PM
hi all-
i'm in the planning stages of a new set of drawings, but i need some input in choosing my references! which of these images would you be most likely to hang on your wall? what are your top 3? i know some of the contrasting is funky- try to ignore lighting problems and look more at the pose or overall image.
if you wouldn't hang any of these on your wall, tell me that too!
p.s.- these photos were done by my amazing photog friend, adam spencer. here is his flickr account: http://flickr.com/photos/grizzledadam/







5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / another portrait of lil sis (pic heavy) on: January 20, 2008 03:45:26 PM
as always, this is with white and black colored pencil on gray paper with black ink highlights. i really need to venture outside of my comfort zone, sigh...

for some reason, it looks a bit cartoony to me. but i think i'm happy overall. critique is ALWAYS welcome- don't be scared to tear me down, i can take it!

final product:



6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / why is craftster crashing my internet?!?! on: January 18, 2008 08:54:35 AM
i have NEVER had this problem before. for the last week or two, whenever i try to look at "hot new topics" or "recent with pics," i have to reset my wireless router. it will still say i have a strong signal, but i won't be able to access any pages. i'm on internet explorer.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / newest portrait- advice needed! EDIT: possible backgrounds on p. 3 (pic heavy) on: January 12, 2008 08:32:02 AM
this is of my gorgeous, talented sister (plus blonde wig!!!). she doesn't know i drew her- she would probably be mad. ohhh well...
i know the jacket's wonky (i took some artistic liberty to try to make it less distracting from her loverly face), i'm going to fix it when i get some time.
i need advice- what color should i make the background? originally i was thinking neon pink, but i don't know...

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note: holy crap! how did i not realize that the color ref was not the same as the black and white ref? i thought the former was just a crop.

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / another oldie on: January 11, 2008 07:30:51 PM
this was so weird, i haven't seen this piece in 3 years, but i found it stuck to the back of something i had framed.

my favorite parts are the hair and the nose, but the skin is killin' me! it doesn't photograph well.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / oldish sketch on: January 10, 2008 07:49:28 PM
this is a little under 4 years old. it's not really a completed work- more just figure-drawing practice. it's a bit hard to tell, but it's of a handcuffed guy sitting in a police car, twisting to look out the window. man i am SO hardcore. HA!

i tend to get so caught up in the details, that the rest is lost- if i did this over, i would bring the background out more and try to make the back a bit more crisp.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / revolutionary terrier jacket on: January 07, 2008 07:37:31 PM
my favorite terrier(ist) in the whole wide world is gizmo, the rat terrier. he is the epitome of a little dog with a big dog complex. we joke that he would like nothing more to incite a revolution. in fact, his middle name is coup de etat. gizmo needed a new jacket. my goals were to (1) make it easy to put on and take off, as most dog coats are a pain in this regard, (2) make it cover the chest, as this is the most important area to keep warm on a dog and many coats do not do this, and (3) make him look like the revolutionary he is.

i have NO real sewing experience- this is the first thing i've ever made from scratch. so be nice! also, as a matter of interest, the buttons are around 80 yrs old.


this one shows how it closes- at the back, with velcro

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