I always get these silly ideas in my head- parodies, rhymes, almost-rhymes…. one I’ve had bouncing around my head for a while has been Jurassic Squirrel.
It almost rhymes with Jurassic World, so I imagined the super scary scene in Jurassic Park where the t-Rex is in the rear view mirror of the Jeep, but with a giant squirrel instead. It felt like it would be hard to draw, so I didn’t do it.
Until! It hit me that I could draw it as the logo instead of the rear view mirror, and it has come to fruition!
It took a little bit of time to get everything how I wanted it. I couldn’t successfully download the Jurassic Park logo font, so I made do with one that I deemed close enough.
Overall, this was a fun challenge! It has also occurred to me to create “Jurassic Bark” with a canine skeleton…. would that be cool?
Oh my goodness, I am having so much fun drawing Pokemon spirit animals! Over the past few days I’ve drawn Gengar and Bulbasaur.
I’m experimenting more with the tools in Krita, and have been getting bolder with highlights and shadows. I think my technique has improved! It’s also been a lot of fun researching these Pokemon to find positive traits that would make them good spirit animals. Check out their descriptions on threadless, if you’d like! https://www.threadless.com/discover/s/henryx4
In other news, when I’m not working on my drawing tablet, I’m either reading gardening books or working on my Bring in the Clowns socks. They’re coming along great- I’ve finished the first and am increasing for the toe-up gusset on the second.
The toe-up gusset is pretty interesting. I’ll share better photos of it when both socks are done.
I just love how the rainbow yarn contrasts with the black to mimic stained glass. It reminds me of Saint Chapelle chapel in Paris, or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. I also like how they are extra tall! I asked for Doc Martens for Christmas, and I like to wear long socks with them so the boots don’t chafe my legs. These will be perfect.
For a few days, I’d been trying to come up with a decent digital rendition of Charizard. It was harder than I expected! (Some) other Pokemon are so much easier to draw! Today I took my time, drew slowly, erased a LOT, and in the end, I was happy with my Charizard design!
I’m learning so much about Krita every time I sit down to design! There are SO many tools and effects to play with; I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it is. My only problem with it is that I don’t always remember which tool/brush I had used to create a certain effect. I suppose that will come with time……
Suddenly I have all sorts of ideas for knitted and crocheted holiday gifts, but, well, pretty limited time to get things done! I have a few geeky gifts finished, which I’ll show you after the holidays, and purchased yarn for a few more yesterday. I’m pretty excited about ALL OF THEM!!!!
In the meantime, here’s a shot of a design I just finished for my Threadless shop. It’s a parody of an animal crossing sign, but instead of a deer or ducks, etc., it’s a trio of Totoros and a couple of Susuwatari– soot sprites. I need to order myself a sample!
I’ve been very busy lately working on designs for my artist shop. If I’m not subbing at a school, I’m at my dining table, drawing and scheming. OH! We tested out some Xp-pen tablets at Kumoricon and almost immediately bought one. It has upped my design game, as it was hard to draw and color on paper and have the designs transfer nicely/bright enough once I scanned them into my computer. I suppose I’m slow to the game, but creating digitally is a game-changer.
This morning the Wee Girl and I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason to attend San Francisco Bazaar, my favorite local (and free!) craft show. It isn’t the kind of craft fair you might remember from your childhood, with doilies and cheesy stuff. This is funky, cool, edgy, very San Francisco and very awesome! If you are in the area, it’s really, really worth the effort to attend.
If only I could rock this look, it would be so handy!
Who doesn’t need an angry kitty tote bag??!!
The Girl was such a good sport while I looked at everything (it helped that lots of vendors have dishes of complimentary sweets for the taking, and that we had her friend and his family join us, and that there is just so much CUTE STUFF!). My only regret is that I knew that Chibi https://www.etsy.com/shop/chibiland had a Star Wars cloth bucket for sale and I didn’t buy it, and it sold after we had been there. That’s the risk with hand-made/one of a kind! You can’t just put it on your wish list, because it might not be available later!
Luckily the Wee Boy had a long, well-timed nap, so we were able to continue our mother/daughter time while ignoring housework. Walking around amongst so much creativity and artistic talent, I left feeling as refreshed as if I’d spent the morning at the beach or in the woods. With such a relaxing start, the kids behaved better than usual all day, I was much more patient than ususal… I declare it the best Sunday we’ve had since…. last year’s San Francisco Bazaar??