Friday, June 29, 2012

Keeping the faith and taking names

Remember these I did for this?

Well now they're these! That's right: fully coloured intergalactic vigilante pseudo-nuns.

With a cheesy group shot for good measure.
They make me feel both sexist and racist. What great value!

More stuff from this project:
An admiral and a captain
Alien and demon

God this has been going on a while. At least I'm slowly overcoming my hatred of digital colouring.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

End of the line

The finished product, after many, many prescribed changes! My first paid poster gig. Woop.
 And now the robotic building head insides without lines because they look cool.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Just visiting

There have been a few brief forays back into sewing land recently. Two for a very slowly progressing project with my friend, wherein I sew his characters and he draws my toys.

And one as the return of these fellas, under quite adorable circumstances.
 The other day I received an SMS from my mum: 
"... could you please make a minotaur for Liam [a family friend's 7yo nephew]? He's quite keen on [the family friend]'s one and I'd like him to have his own. He is having a hard time at school and thinks the minotaur will give him power."
I'm not normally one for kids but that made me go 'naw' something fierce. (That said, it may have been helped by Liam having endeared himself to me earlier through his in depth knowledge of WWE wrestlers.)

Also, just for visual feastery's sake, here is a photo of the CNC router the guy who runs my studio made himself in action. 

He's so cool.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

1.5 beta

I'm not sure if I'm using the above terminology properly. But it seems to fit. I think.
Anyway, here are some roughsketchdraftytpethings of new looks I'm fiddling with for the poster, loosely based on the new guidelines I was given. Smokin'.
 This stuff always takes so much longer than I imagine. But on the upside a rostrum stand that I ordered on Ebay arrived today! It was the cheapest one I could find, so it may not last very long but I'm still excited to shoot some more hand-drawn animations with its help soon, as you can see.
It also came in this box, exquisitely decorated by my housemate before I got home.
I was actually way more impressed than I appear. Awesome housemate is awesome. (It must be noted that this is a different housemate to the one set to abandon us. For she is not awesome, but in fact quite the opposite. I'm still sad about her imminent departure, and we still haven't found a freakin' replacement. Baaw.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

So crazy, so, so crazy

Here's a poster I did for a gig that'll never see the light of day. So now I'm posting it for posterity.
I need to redo it all, which is annoying, but I guess it'll help me to get used to the whole process of creating drafts and not just last-minute-rush-ing 'finished' products somehow.

Also I get the feeling inking drawings by hand (this one was done in several layers using the lightbox) isn't the most efficient way to get things with deadlines done. I'll need to hone my digital drawing skills. Or just my drawing skills in general. Either way, boooo. I wanted to spend my day off animating.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

'Round we go

The karmic balance is righted again. With news of awesome collaborations ahead, now I find that I'm about to lose a housemate who has been with me since I first flew the nest.

I am scared of being without the only other girl I know who laughs so heartily at fart jokes and is so open to sweat talk. And worried about who might replace her here.

I'm trying to be happy for her. She's leaving us for a boss warehouse space with boss people; an opportunity like that doesn't come up too often to say the least.
But it's really difficult. I realise being sick and low on sleep is probably exacerbating how I'm feeling right now, but the whole thing is making me really, really sad.

So now I'm staying up, sulking and colouring in some doodles from the past few days (except for the first one, technically). They're mostly to do with being lonely and cold.

This is of me when I arrived all sick and delirious to an empty house this evening. 
 This one's about being cold and needing  a body to burrow into. For the warmth.
This one's just about being cold.
Winter helps like a poke in the eye. With a drill. 
Sorry folks. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Got you by the ghoulies

Spent the evening fiddling with this cardboard diorama overlaid with perspex...

... to create the illusion of a wandering ghost...

... which was then hastily animated and special effect-ed to hell on Adobe After Effects.

This is all by way of some sort of "preparation" for a very exciting collaborative animation project I'm about to embark on with my friend.

Sure, she lives interstate.
Sure, all we've really done so far basically amounts to throwing so many potential sources of inspiration at eachother that our brains are threatening to capsize under the weight.
Sure, my use of "about to" above should probably be considered deliberately misleading at best.

But, goddamnit, this is going to happen at some point and when it does it's going to be awesome. I am stupidly excited.

Good day to you sir.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Priceless Sydney

It's rainy and I'm sick, so here are some photos that have been sitting on my desktop for a while. Sometimes I feel like I need to do something more constructive with my propensity to compulsively take photos.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Just an excuse

To use my new lightbox. It seems to work well.

I have excitement!

(Also, to reiterate that thing that everyone who draws says, hands suck.)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

More partial success!

Here are the aforementioned edibles and containers set up at the cinema. I'm happy to report that all but one of the cake pops sold.
While we're on the subject of food, let's look back at the gastronomic events of the past month.

May began with my housemate buying a huge box of sweet potatoes on a whim. Thus came many sweet potato experiments, such as these very flat buns with cheese, Spanish onion, seeds and parsley...
...Which looked a hell of a lot better on the inside than they did out the outside.
 And this herby sweet potato tarte tartin
  - a side dish for steak with buttery, vinegary onion sauce, accompanied by a roast capsicum salad.
Next came pizza cupcakes which weren't really cupcakes at all, but cheesy muffins decorated in the pizza style.
They looked a whole lot cuter on the site I found the recipe on.
A spate of Japanese-inspired food followed, with an attempt at tempura eggplant (pictured with sesame mayonnaise) that resulted in a lot of leftover batter.
Shitloads of gyoza, accompanied by nori-filled egg rolls in the case of the top one:
This shitake-filled vegetable broth over rice:
 And this donburi-type thing with a bunch of stuff, but primarily marinated tofu, saucy chinese broccoli and egg.
The month finally ended with this rather depressing shepherd's pie variant, made in the absence of a working stove and many ingredients, and but also presence of more than a few day-after-the-party pains. The potatoes were done on a sandwich press.

Never again.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

There's no 'I' in 'team'

Or in cake. But there are two in origami!

I spent this evening doing my part to help out with my specialpersonmanfriendwhoIlivewith's independent cinema project in the only way I know how: food and craft.

I made these here cake pops (refigured cakes on sticks, dipped in chocolate and clumsily decorated):
 Along with these origami containers for snackables like pretzels and nuts.

Both will be sold at the venue and will hopefully go towards punters' enjoyment of rarely seen cinema. And encouraging drink purchasing.

There has been a vicious wind blowing all day. The proper howling business, none of this namby pamby leaf rustling shit. Tonight we watched sheets of the corrugated roof of our neighbour's workshop flapping around for hours, constantly threatening to tear free from the rafters, and there are suspicious bangings and crashings of big things being blown over from all about the neighbourhood.

Beneath a waterproof roof, between four walls and relatively warm, I feel like I'm in a mighty keep by the edge of a stormy sea, stalwart in the midst of a maelstrom. It's a good feeling to have. A feeling of childhood. Of having a little corner to burrow into.
It's good weather for being inside.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

(Partial) Success!

One out of two isn't too bad.

All in all a pretty good night. 
Aaaand some slightly more atmospheric shots nabbed from my friend's facebook.
 Still so sleepy.