While spending some quality time with myself the past couple of days, I pondered how I could combine my love for sketched infographics with my love for DIY- when it struck me: holy crap is that a wasp?! After much shrieking and debate, it turns out it was not, and I decided to create a single page wordless tutorial. Like it? Want it? You’ve got it! Here is a link to a full page printable version: Like A Fox: Veggie Sandwich. Enjoy!
Like any freelance artist, business comes and business goes. Lately I have had the unfortunate/fortunate circumstance of work being really slow. This is unfortunate because, no one has dropped off the bag off money earned through sheer awesomeness yet. This is also fortunate, though, because it’s given me some time to really dive in and work on my own projects.
I have always been interested by folk tales and traditional stories, but after getting out of school my interest really zeroed in on Korean folk tales. During my retail days at the late Borders (rest in peace) I always took time to check out fairy tale and folk tale children’s books and stumbling across those from Korean tradition was always few and far between. I always found them to be very rich and colorful full of mystical creatures, talking animals, magical items, and lessons to be learned. Something else I found interesting was that many of the stories had spaces that could be left open for interpretation, as opposed to the idea that every tiger nine-tailed fox (the eastern version of the Big Bad Wolf) was evil and nothing more. This being the case, for a long time I sketched out ideas I had for bringing these stories to life.
During this latest hiatus from the daily grind, I went back to one old idea of a pop up book telling the story of a tiger and a woodcutter. Some months ago I’d sketched a really rough mock up with 1.5x2 inch pieces of paper with tinier pieces of paper taped to them. After trying to decipher what my intention was (kids, don’t have a great idea, crudely create a mock up, then wait long enough that you forgot what you were doing- it will only end in tears), I was able to recreate a more reasonably sized prototype with the illustrations actually sketched out and the written portion of the story actually written onto the pages.
I’m hoping to start on final art in the next couple days (trying very hard to figure out how I’ll reproduce the book to send to publishers while the original remains in my clenched hands). Wish me luck!
So amidst my normal work routine, Netflix up and running, I had just completed a Hoarders marathon when it struck me. Hoarding is a terrible disorder that generally ends in chaos and disarray, but out of all things to hoard the two things that freak me out the most are porcelain dolls and cats… but which is worse? Sure cats will make messes and potentially poop on every available surface, but on the same hand porcelain dolls could potentially come alive in the night and consume your soul.
It seemed like the kind of mental conundrum that was best to take to the streets of Facebook. I logged on and asked simply this: which is more horrifying, hoarding cats or hoarding porcelain dolls? To my genuine surprise 2:1 of those who responded seemed to dislike dolls over cats. Could it be their glassy eyes that stare into the depths of one’s soul with an evil sort of hunger? Could it be the eternal almost life-like youth frozen in cold porcelain that reminisces of humanity but is still just a little unsettlingly off? Could it just be that people find porcelain dolls weird and useless?
Either way, it became such a hot topic, that I realized I needed to create a sort of monument to the debate. So, naturally I decided to make a coloring sheet. Follow the link Coloring Sheets: Hoarders to reach a full page .pdf of the sheet, print, and enjoy!
I am planning to do a series of these, so please send me ideas of what you’d like to color! Thanks!
In the endless search for more things to occupy the time I could spend actually working, I came across a really wonderful website called Craft Passion, which offers tons of really neat free tutorials organized by type (knitting/crochet, food, etc). While there, I came across a free crochet pattern for a purse I just had to make. The link is here! Be ready for it to take a little while, as you’ll need to create 32 motifs total, but aside from that the purse is really simple and has a part 2 that outlines how to create a good lining along with a printable pattern download.
I did make a couple of minor changes in that I created a single crochet strap for my shoulder instead of the two canvas ones to hold, and I also created a flap for a button closure instead of the sewn in magnets. For the strap, just crochet a chain of around 75 or so, then continue back and fourth for four or five rows then sew it between the bag and lining on the ends. When I created the closure, I simple doubled the length of the first chain that you build off of for the middle of the flower then continued on to create one additional motif. I used the edging color of the flower and crocheted a few rows attaching that piece to the center motif on the back. Then I simple sewed a button onto the front so the new motif would function as the button hole.