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1  Birdgirl - digital illustration in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: September 06, 2007 04:04:31 PM
I think her name is Ava-Lu (or Loo, I don't know how you spell it). Possibly Aveline, but maybe that's what it's short for anyway? Although if your name was as pretty as Aveline I doubt you'd shorten it.

I have so many ideas for paintings popping around my head, but since I'm just back to school I haven't (and probably won't) have as much time. But I was doing some sketching earlier, and ta-da! I think I'm still going to add a background of some sort - maybe even some wallpaper type or something. But for now, Ava-Lu says hi.
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2  Re: my new blog header [show me yours, too!] in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: September 06, 2007 03:59:15 PM
That's fantastic! I love the artwork and I love the banner, it looks awesome.

My blog header is this:

I made it myself, from a painting I did (a scan of a watercolour on canvas, rather than digital art). I haven't changed it ever, because my blog is pretty new, but I think I'll be sticking with it for a while to come. As should you, with a header that great!
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3  Help me price my paintings? in Get Product and Website Opinions by sirensrising on: September 01, 2007 12:56:33 PM
I'm hoping to sell some of my illustration-style originals soon but I'm having a bit of trouble with the pricing. My artwork can be seen at my blog (link in signature) but there are two in particular that I'm thinking of putting up for adoption, if you will, and they're my paintings Elspeth and Sukey.

They're mixed media (oils, ink and watercolours too, in the case of Sukey) on 6x6 canvas board (not actual canvas, it's a thin, hard, textured board).
Now, I'm having trouble figuring out how much I should ask for them, mostly because my venue for selling is Etsy, and thus in American dollars. I live in Ireland, and the dollar is pretty weak against the euro so what sounds expensive in $ is really not much at all in , but I also know that I can't charge too much. I think too that the fact it's on canvas board (rather than canvas or something) could work against me, and they're pretty small too (they're petite and a nice size, but I just worry people might think I'm overcharging) - but, I don't think it should be valued at the worth of the materials, but at the worth of the artwork.

The thing is, I love what I make and I want to see it go for a price that does it justice. I was thinking before that I'd just set a price that I could bear to give them away at, but at the same time, that might be too high and I would also like to sell.

So, I'd really appreciate some opinions on prices, in USD or euro (preferably USD really, because that's what I'll be selling them in). Shipping would be about $5 too on top of that (maximum, I wouldn't want to charge any more but because the boards are light enough that should cover it). And Etsy take a 3.5% cut (before shipping is added) and Paypal take some sort of cut too.

Even if I decide not to sell the two above, it's a good indication of my style and the size of my pieces, so opinions are welcome across the board (if you want to suggest things for other pieces on my blog that's more than appreciated too!)

Thanks so much for any help!
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4  Re: Pixellated Link old-skool SNES shirt...*FINISHED! pg 4* in Stenciling: Completed Projects by sirensrising on: August 29, 2007 04:34:03 PM
Thanks, BabyAngel!

I did give it to him earlier and he loved it Smiley He liked everything I gave him but he really liked the shirt, I'm so happy! Cheesy It looks really good on him too, if I do say so myself.

So, without further ado - the action shots!

(He doesn't look all that impressed but I asure you he was Wink)

And us together:

So, it's all done and finished! He said he had no idea it was coming and that he can't wait to wear it. I'm so happy that he's happy and it was definitely worth all the paint and worries and time (I went through so many Russell Brand podcasts making this shirt) and everything, I'm really glad it all turned out so well and that he loves it so much, hurrah! If you have any comments I'm sure the boy and I would love to hear them  Wink

Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: Pixellated Link old-skool SNES shirt...*FINISHED!* in Stenciling: Completed Projects by sirensrising on: August 29, 2007 05:02:26 AM
Okay, the finished shirt! It was our anniversary yesterday but we didn't do presents then (he was unable to pick my present up from the post office, I am so curious!) but he's coming over today (my last day of summer) so I'm going to give it to him then, and hopefully action shots will follow in the near future.

This has been heat-set (or so I hope) and through the wash, design-side facing out, so hopefully it's good to go. It might crack over time, although at least the fabric paint is under it so maybe it won't even be too bad. Anyway, I used acrylics, that came out darker than they were supposed to, and are really heavy so it's possible he'll be protected from nuclear attack (always a plus). Let me know what you think? Smiley Do you think the colours are okay? I know they're not perfect but as long as it's recognisable than I think it's good enough.

(the brown looks really red because of my bedspread - lies, I tell you!)

Here's a close up of the paint:

I'm so much happier with this than the fabric paint, it just looks so much cleaner and better.

Sorry about the abundance of pictures throughout this project (and more to follow too!) but don't worry, I'm using Photobucket Wink Anyway, I better run off and shower and get his presents together! I hope he likes it!
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6  Re: Sukey, Whose Title Is Under Construction in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: August 20, 2007 01:38:38 PM
And here's the finished Elspeth:

oils and ink, on 6x6 canvas board.

Comments? Smiley
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7  Re: Pixellated Link old-skool SNES shirt...help and opinions greatly appreciated in Stenciling: Completed Projects by sirensrising on: August 20, 2007 08:13:27 AM
I wouldn't worry too much - it looked awesome to me (I'm a huge Zelda fan and believe me, we Zelda nuts are completely swayed by crafty depictions of our obsession). He'll feel lucky to have it, and you! Cheesy
anyways, we are all waiting with bated breath for the updated pic. Smiley
Ahh, you lot cheer me up no end  Smiley I love Craftster  Kiss

Here's the updated pictures - the skin tone is a lot pinker (I preferred the other colour myself but overall this is better) but I think it still works?

And close up so you can see the difference:

I think that paint works a lot better (as long as it holds up in the wash!). Thoughts?  Smiley
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8  Pixellated Link old-skool SNES shirt...*FINISHED + now with Action Shots! pg 4* in Stenciling: Completed Projects by sirensrising on: August 19, 2007 06:42:12 PM
The first thing I have to say is that if my boyfriend is inadvertantly or otherwise happening through my Craftster posts, that he should look away now or I will be very disappointed...

And here's some space...

Okay. When I first started getting really into Craftster, I was rather tentatively Linked (har har, pun will make sense later) to this by the boy, with heavy hints and a "you like crafts, don't you?" (bless him  Grin) and a mention of preferring Link to Mario thrown in there for good measure too. Our anniversary is in just over a week so I've been working on it, hopefully to surprise him. This is what I've come up with:

Now, I'm looking at this critically because it's not for me so:
This is my first time doing anything like this so of course it's nowhere near perfect. There are two small smudges of green at the side (although they're not really noticable or a big deal when it hangs, I think, like it would on a person), my lines are all blotchy and crap, and worst of all, you can see the pencil marks through the fabric paint, and I'm guessing they're there for good. The design has been heat set and put through the wash (I didn't turn it inside out because I needed the grid to wash out, plus it got rid of excess blotchiness, although some of the brown on top is kind of faded slightly or something, but it's not too noticable).

Here's a close-up of the design - and how noticable to lines are close-up (and my crappy paint job  Embarrassed) haha my ego is dying...don't laugh at me, I tried really hard and the reason those lines are so heavy is because I made a mistake first time. They're done with pencil.

So, my question is, and I'd REALLY appreciate some help or responses - what do I do? Do I give it like this, even though it's not perfect? I don't want to give him something craply homemade. I want to give him something enviable and awesome that he can be proud of. Do I make it again? I don't know how I wouldn't get the lines in, the grid is a pain to draw and it's hard to get right (I actually put a few squares in the wrong place but I think I covered pretty well), not to mention it would cost me (the shirt was 7.50, and I'm really broke). Do I try another coat of fabric paint over it? Wash it again?

Please, I'd love some honest opinions - while I don't think this is disastrous for a first attempt, I want to know is it good enough to give to my boyfriend? Would you wear something with all those imperfections? What would you think if you saw someone wearing it?

Thanks for any input, it's really appreciated.
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9  CD cover I designed (Bright Eyes mix) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: August 19, 2007 05:29:05 PM
This is a year or two old but I don't think I've posted it before.
I'm not a super-huge Bright Eyes fan but I like a couple of their/his songs, and I said I'd burn what I had for a girl in my class. Here's the resulting cd cover I made for the mix:

^ front cover.

^ back cover.

Sorry if the photos aren't great, they're all I have. It's collaged, made with crepe- and other various-papers, and silver ink pen (and glue, obviously).

I couldn't give the original away in the end - I ended up scanning and printing a copy, which turned out nowhere near as nice so I ended up collaging over that again too, heh. I can't remember the tracklisting (my iTunes and iPod have both since deserted me) but I don't think it had any bearing on the design. It's hardly fine art but I thought it was pretty cute.

I wanted to be a CD-cover-designer for the longest time afterwards  Cheesy
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10  Re: Sukey, Whose Title Is Under Construction in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: August 16, 2007 08:30:40 AM
So, as vaguely-mentioned, here's the scan - I'm not posting it in the original post because goodness knows that's long enough.

(Look ma, I can do watermarks! Sorry about that, but as I've mentioned before I'm starting to think about selling or making prints of my work so it's going to be a necessary evil for scans from now on, I think. I put it in a place without much detail anyway, and speaking of which I think you can see the hair and such better here)

Again, there'll probably be a clickable, much closer-up detail on my blog in about...10 minutes, haha.
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