Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 | Day 156 (part two)

Day One Hundred Fifty-Six (part two)

If you know me, you know how much I hate to paint and the lengths I go to in order to avoid it.  Then when I finally actually paint, I hold my breath and I am so shaky by the time I am done I need a Xanax...sheesh.  Well, that's where I am right now.

I finally fixed BiteYou's edges and half-decided on the look for his eyes.  In order to commit to his eyes paint I used colored pencils on a couple of print outs I made for myself to practice on.  I wish the act of painting was as simple as the colored pencil attempts.  Anyway -- for now, here is what I ended up with.  I will need to put another layer of Payne's Gray on the inside of his eyes.  I know for sure that I don't want to add the white highlights at end.  Yeah, it probably would look better, but it is just not me.  I am just thrilled I got this far.

The first example was my starting point, next on the top right is a deeper brown inside with original brown edge.  Bottom left is like a black or dark gray "wash" over the inside of the eye with the original brown edge.  Bottom right is a black inside and a painted over white edge.
This is where he is right now -- mostly the bottom right example except I also left a very thin ring of the original brown inside of the white edge with Payne's Gray on the very inside...they will need another layer of Payne's Gray -- if they stay like this.

I suppose I could change my mind and re-paint his eyes with my first thought -- the deeper brown inside of the original brown white circle...but, whoa -- I SO need a break right about now!

2015 | Day 156

Day One Hundred Fifty-Six

Well, I suppose I might as well get used to the (apparent) fact that I am no longer doing a daily blog -- this year anyway.  I miss the discipline of the daily posts but things are different this year and that is just how it is.

This morning I am beginning to rework the cat girl.  I want to try to get her to look more "finished" than she used to.  I also want her to be a stand-alone character rather than be connected to Chime Cat.  Originally I tried to make her look like a resident of Cloud City (the place Chime Cat was visiting).  Her skirt and tail were meant to look like clouds and a sky.  For this incarnation she will have her own story.  She also gets glass taxidermy eyes this time around.

Today I am working on "aiming" the glass eyes.  I will need to do more plaster cloth reconstruction on her face but this is my first stopping/drying point.  She won't be even close to perfect but I am enjoying the learning progress/process that goes along with working with what I've got.

Here is her "before" look from late January, 2012.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 | Day 134

Day One Hundred Thirty-Four

DONE!!!  I filled in all of the circles on the linen snake!!!

Over the last three days I have been working on and off on the linen snake's embroidery floss circles and I cannot believe I am finally done with them!

I am definitely taking a break from sewing for a few days...then I will figure out what my next step will be for the linen snake's construction.


Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 | Day 131

Day One Hundred Thirty-One

I don't know what is in the air today but I am so exhausted and physically and emotionally drained that I cannot even put it into words.  I am okay, just super super out of whack.  I am taking the night off.  If you need me I will be conked out in front of the tv with elevation and a cold pack...and a giant box of tissues.  One thing I know for sure -- it is NOT the pit -- I know what that feels like and this is maybe a tenth of the intensity of that...but still just rendering me totally incapable of I guess that is something anyway that is something decent to say about all of this.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 | Day 130

Day One Hundred Thirty

Nearly seven stripes closer to done...I just could not move the hoop one more time...missed the last two circles on the seventh stripe (for tonight).

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2015 | Day 129

Day One Hundred Twenty-Nine

I know I am sounding like a broken record, but all I have to report for today is more filling in of circles on the linen snake.  It seems like today dragged out forever and still, not much progress was made...hmmm.

Friday, May 8, 2015

2015 | Day 128 ( and a nod to Day 127)

Day One Hundred Twenty-Eight

Between yesterday and today I filled in the outlined circles on ten stripes of the linen snake.  Last night I was having a hard time staying awake and I missed my midnight deadline...I only did three stripes.

Ten more stripes done.
Close up of a section of three stripes.

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