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21  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sirensrising on: July 10, 2007 08:23:15 PM
My hair is nowhere near the lovely artistic canvases you ladies have, but I had a good hair day the other day, and you know how that goes Tongue All in all very boring and tame - I've never dyed it or done anything particularly exciting, but all the same:

I used to have really straight hair, then it got a little kink in it, then it got wavy, now it borders on wavy/curly. I used to say I'd HATE if I got really curly hair like my mum but now I love the waves.

It was on its way to waist length (I could totally cover my boobs, and it was growing, and I'm 5'8"):

mmm, dork.

Then I got it cut and for a while I started to hate it, and now I'm liking it again once I pin it when it's wet to get curls at the front. And last week it went awesome:

mmm, curls.

mmm, secret cleavage shot.

Yeah, so I just wanted to post, seeing as it will obviously never do that again  Tongue
Sorry if the pictures are huge!
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22  My self-portrait (I take too many pictures) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: July 02, 2007 08:10:01 PM
...And I ramble a lot too! You can skip all this if you want, just a bit of backstory:

This is one of the only major finished pieces I've done, really. I didn't bother with a background, and it also unfortunately got quite smudged before I had a chance to spray it.

The assignment was to do a self-portrait that showed more than just your appearance, that showed a little bit about yourself too. I really love art and art history, so I decided to do mine in (what I hope to be Tongue) a sort of Renaissance-style portrait. I wanted it to look sort of academic, hence the book: it was originally supposed to say "Vasari" (the first major art historian) but in the end I had neither the time nor will. I picked the top because I thought it could pass for sort of old-fashioned and peasant-y, but all my friends thought I was stripping (thanks guys). I guess that would have been overtly sexual back in the day but it didn't really occur to me. I also left out my glasses, which makes it look less like me because I never actually take them off. Honestly, it doesn't really look much like me anyway, but it was a really enjoyable project, probably my biggest to date, and I learned a lot. And the medium was just perfect!

Anyway on to the pictures! I took like 20 so it's hard to know which ones to post Tongue As with most pictures of art, it's really hard to get a good one, so some of them are a bit skewed or whatever. If there's anything you'd like to see more of, or a detail of, or anything, please let me know! I love taking copious amounts of photos  Grin

Joan Crawford eyebrows  Tongue I screwed up a lot with the eyes and had to redo them several times (as well as the eyebrows) so they're nowhere near as clear and bright as I'd have liked.

I can't really find any photo of me for reference, and like I say, I took a couple of liberties to make it more stylised/Renaissance-y. Plus I've gotten a haircut since then, and like I say, I wear thick black/brown framed glasses. Not to mention self-portraits are always difficult anyway because you always want to hide your flaws!

It was done with coloured cont and chalky pastels...if you have any questions, please ask!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

Edited to add: these pictures are about a year old-ish, but they're the best I can do right now. It's 4:30am  Tongue Crackster indeed.

(sorry for looking so stupidly emo and glum, but in most of my photos I'm smiling so...)

Heh, I hope they don't make you realise how little it looks like me  Wink Remember that they're old. I thought I'd throw them in there anyway but really the picture is a stand-alone piece.
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23  A bunch of my old work (mostly sketches, MONSTROUSLY picture heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sirensrising on: June 28, 2007 08:18:32 AM
So it occured to me that I haven't really posted much of my stuff here on Craftster (mostly because I joined to try and get into other crafts and experiment and learn new things). I'm drawing a blank as to things I've done recently (aside from a large self-portrait downstairs) so here's my standard "showing off" work from a few years ago, ranging from summer '05 and the schoolyear that followed. I hope I've gotten a bit better but at least this will give a small example of the things I've done (aged 15, 16 and possibly 17 as I am now). I hope you like it!

Summer 05:

(actually that was before the summer. Regular inky pen)

Watercolours and ink.

(sorry about the pictures!)

This needs a little explaining: it's a photocopy of an original drawing I did (but it looks identical to the original, you'll just notice it says photocopy in pencil at the bottom) because the original had to go into my exam that year (again this was before the summer) but I wanted to keep a copy. Alice in Wonderland (and unless I was subconciously inspired, it's a completely original character, I just started drawing).

Chagall-inspired work for schoolyear 05-06:

"The Birthday", ink.

The hands make me cringe SO MUCH but I like the colours, and it was only homework, I guess...

Does the shading remind anyone else of Anya from Buffy?  Grin

Original work from that schoolyear, drawn from ELLEgirl models:

(that's her ankle at the bottom, not her knee! My mother is so silly  Grin )

A veeeerry quick sketch I did:

Annnnd finally for now, the Girls Aloud parody CD cover I did for my boyfriend  Tongue  Wink

That's it for the moment! I have a little more old work that I might upload later, and I don't know how much I've done lately/this year/what newer work I have but I might upload that too, if I get a chance.

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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24  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by sirensrising on: June 23, 2007 04:58:00 PM
I'm really excited to post my first ever ATC! I'm still looking through all of yours and they're so amazing. Hopefully I'll keep this up although I don't know if I'll be able to manage that many! Anyway, I decided to post this at actual size because the super-close-up doesn't really do it justice, it gets a bit pixelated. ANYWAY blah blah blah:

44. Two Roads

Media: image I found from google and cropped, coloured conte, gold ink, pen, the inside of Robert Frost's brain.
Like I say I'm still in the process of looking through all you guyses beautiful works so apologies if something like this has already been done!
I'm really happy with it  Smiley

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