Saturday, January 24, 2009

Comics in progress

Inspired by Bob and Renee and the comics they work on (check out their blogs!), I decided to try my hand at comic making. Last time I tried this was high school, and I like to think I've grown somewhat since then- well... except for height.
I figured that I should start with a character. And so The Great Mustachio was born:

No idiotic clumsy magician is complete though without an adorable (and brilliant) assistant. Meet Mabel:

The premise of the comic is for naive Mustachio to get the duo in wacky predicaments which Mabel uses her noodle to get them out of. A pretty simple, tried and true storyline. I often find myself jumping into over complicating my art, and getting frustrated. So my goal with this project is to keep it simple, keep it cute, and try to make the reader give a light and happy chuckle. No hearty laughter though- I'm not that funny.

Here are just a few doodles from my sketch pad:


I let the beads I made using the polyester casting resin sit for about a week. I used vegetable oil to line the mold I used, and I think it had a negative affect on the beads because it took them a bit longer than it should have to stop being sticky.
Things I learned from this- make sure to measure exactly what the directions say to. Some things you just shouldn't eyeball. If it says use a certain spray, don't assume your store brand light cooking spray will suffice. Also, sprinkles are great on most foods, but melt in caustic chemicals.

Here's a preview of the beads before I start drilling holes in them to start making jewelry.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My latest animation

This is an animation I was working on in my own time for about a year. I was so happy to finally finish it (although the audio needs to be remixed- I sound like I'm in a can!)

Potato PoTAAto

It's been some time since I posted... blame laziness of sharing with the digital world, but I have been making things none the less. Here comes a long post of what I've been up to! Wooo!

Little Felt Squirrel! 

I repainted both the living room and the studio. I can't help but like 70s colors...

A earring tree! Now all I need is to find all my earrings. 

Little clothe octopus!

I made a few of these sconces for my bedroom. They have fixtures to put lightbulbs in them.

Knitted lady elf, and felted frog boy.

The middle of my first oil painting venture. I'll post a picture of the completled picture. Overall, I'm not a fan of oil paints, though my hands didn't get as dirty as I thought they might. I need to try something smaller- as this painting is all tall as me when I stand it up sideways. It was probaly just too much to try for a first time.

I got the supplies to make my own plastic beads in a mold. My mixture of the chemicals was off for this batch, so they all came out a little sticky. I'll need to be more precise next time.

Clothe/felt bowling pin shaped guy. I love the button on his collar.

Oils part two- smaller picture! I'm happy with this one... more reasonable of a venture!

Ok, enough for this hour!