Friday, January 30, 2009


Man I've been gone a while, eh? Here's the catch up:

Classes started again and so far I'm having a swell time. We have great discussions in Sociology and Drawing II is definitely worth it. We've been doing contour drawings of bones in ink which come out looking magnificent despite their occasional inaccuracy and we're going to be using live models this year as well! I've only used photos for reference and pose study, never live models so I'm really excited about it.

I went into DC recently to stock up on art supplies at Utrecht's in Northwest. While I was there me and my friend and fellow artist (pictured above) visited the Hirshhorn Art Museum for our midterm project. It's one of my favorite museums because the art they have there is modern in premise and experimental. They have a fair amount of Installations too, like a few really trippy video installations that are seizure inducing. They have this really wonderful exhibit there called Strange Bodies that if you're in the area you should check out. Once I get the pictures from my friend I should be posting them.

As far as crafting goes I joined another Pagan swap over at Craftster this time for Ostara so I've just started doing some more crafting for that. I took some time off from art after the holidays because I was just exhausted. Now that it's been a few weeks I've really begun to miss it so this swap came around at a great time! I also might be interested in some small personal swaps as well.

I should have some photos of what I've been working on within the next few days in addition to a new layout. It feels good to be back.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Last semesters work + mug reaction + commission

So my mug post at Craftster was pretty great, even got chosen as a Featured Project. This intrigues me greatly because of the wonderful response I got. If I make more, would people be interested in purchasing them? I'd probably have to get a paypal or etsy account first. Trouble is I don't have a bank account and I doubt people would be willing to send me a check/money order. I'd love to be proved wrong, though.

Basically within the next month or so I hope to start taking commissions and selling crafts/art online. I'll probably take commissions for 18x24 charcoal portraits/drawings in addition to the other crafts I do. I'd take commissions now if a check/money order is okay for payment. Contact me with interest.

Also, for those who haven't seen it, pop over to my Flickr photostream to see some of my work for drawing class. All done with traditional mediums. When I say portrait, I mean like the ones below.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year! Plus custom ceramic mugs

Let us welcome the New Year! By posting our holiday crafts! Hah!

This year for christmas I was broke. But I'm clever so I decided to customize some ceramic mugs for my friends. I bought several ceramic mugs at the thrift store for $.99 each and then purchased one of those ceramic paint pens that you draw with and then bake it in your oven to make it dishwasher safe. The paint pen was the most expensive part, it ran me about $4 at Michaels and they come in tons of colors. I thought the paint pen would be easier than just the regular ceramic paint and it was. The only thing is that the paint sets up quickly so if you want a smooth surface to your paint then work on one area at a time. Also, the paint clogged up the pen tip several times, but cleaning it off wasn't a big deal.

The green mug has tentacles circling the entire upper rim of the mug. The blue one has "harlot" in fancy script. The small white teacup has "RELOADING!" and zombie hands and splatter on it (ode to L4D). No stencils were used.

This was easy and fun. I have already doodled on a few more thrifted ceramic mugs and might sell a few, might give away a few.


Continue to quit smoking.
Focus more on my artwork.
Lose another 15 pounds.
Stand up for myself.
Learn to better control my temper.

This is all I can think of right now.