A thing I made for my mum! I finally finished this on the 1st of March! It’s made out of three shoeboxes reinforced with card, then paper machéd with newspaper and cooked-flour-paste. Painted with one coat of brilliant white emulsion, then acrylic paint. Embellished with half pearls and rhinestones.
I finally finished this on the 12th of March 2016. Here’s what it looks like!
Stencilling should be done with sponges and not regular paintbrushes. I had to learn this by experience.
Not only can it take the weight of a toddler, it can take the weight of two toddlers and one me, making it strong enough to support 80kg+!!
And the kids loved it, so it was a job well done. The end.
I’m jealous of your clothes, because they feel your warmth every day. I’m jealous of your bed that gets to spend each night with you. I’m jealous of everyone who gets to hear your voice. I’m jealous of every single goddamn person who walks past you on the street, who could reach out and touch you, if only they knew, but I can’t even reach you.
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So I mentioned in my last update that I bought some (I hope) better quality paint. Two in titanium white and one in silver. Got it from quickdraw on eBay, who had a buy 3, get 20% off offer. And because I’m good at working out 20%, I realised I could get them at £6.40 each.
That’s cardstock I got for the wallpaper. It shows just how yellow the Wilko paint got!
So I got the Royal and Langnickel brand. This new paint is glossier when applied, as you can see below:
It does seem to be better than the Wilko stuff. Gloopier and slightly better coverage.
I’ve given everything a coat, except the roof. And the underside has already had two coats.
Giving Cal’s bed a coat as well. I think I’ll make his bed silver though.
Now the back of the pack says that the colour will remain intense and bright. So I’m taking them at their word. I really need to get a move on as the spare room is going to be needed in under a week! Better get cracking!
Oh wow, every single stage of this is going wrong, but so far, all the previous problems were solvable. This one is even worse than the uneven floor board in the dining area.
So at the last update, I realised that water-based polyurethane varnish and emulsion paint do not go well together. So I set about repainting the whole thing once more in acrylic.
But things are STILL going wrong.
Because the paint is turning freakin’ YELLOW!
At first I thought that maybe it was Read the rest of this entry »
Right, here’s how I made the loft bed for my dolls’ house. To get the proportions, I based it on measurements from my old real-life bunk bed, scaled it down by 12, and made some tweaks.
What you will need:
Cardboard, about A3 size, roughly
Glue (pref silicone or, second-best, PVA)
Metal ruler with millimetre measurements
Masking tape and coarse sandpaper, maybe
PROTIP: In order to make the paper mache stage less fiddly, you could paper mache all the individual components FIRST, then assemble at the end. Alternatively, rather than paper mahce, you could just glue cardstock on to each component, then glue together at the end.
First thing is to make the base of the bed. So measure out some cardboard, 140mm long by 70mm wide. Glue them together, back to back, and allow glue to set.
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So what I did was give the whole thing 2-3 coats of white emulsion, which my parents just happened to have lying about.
And I started painting what was meant to be charcoal panels, but somehow still ended up black.
Just to remind you what it should have looked like:
The warping looks worse than ever. I’m not sure what to do about it. The only thing I can think of is to hammer it down, then redo the paper mache 😦
Started paper macheing the bed.
Okay, I was meant to make regular updates on this, but somehow never got round to switching on the computer. Why? Because I was either cutting cardboard, getting tangled in masking tape, or
stuck doing endless paper macheing. So you now get the whole thing so far in one sitting.
So at the last update, we only had the kitchen and the entryway for the residential area. Now I have a whole ground floor. So this is the back view. I’ve got most of the walls done and something of a staircase.
You can see the spot I managed to find for the house is the corner next to the dustbin.
This is the partial construction then of the first floor. That’s the restaurant kitchen on the left. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve mentioned before how much I want a dolls’ house. Not a toy one — I do have one of those, although don’t ask how that came to be — but a proper collector’s one. And though I could afford to buy one, having more money than sense, I can’t justify spending £1000s on one (have you seen how much the furniture costs?), especially when you can make a real-life house for £150.
In any case, I still want one. I’ve actually been planning on making a paper mache tower for YEARS now. There are long panels of cardboard festering away behind my wardrobe, for seriously. But I never did get round to it. So a few weeks ago, I felt like I wanted to get on with it, so I looked up paper mache dolls’ houses online to see if anyone else had done it. And I came across only one site that mentions it, and that’s lolasminihomes. Looking at that, I learnt some tricks to making my dolls’ tower, only now I am more ambitious. Why make a tower when you can make a restaurant? Heck, why make a teeny-tiny restaurant when you can make a BIG restaurant with LIVING QUARTERS above? You see, I never do things by halves — and then set myself up for disappointment, because I always get bored halfway through and give it up. So how far do you reckon I’ll get into this project before I get bored?
The other problem with doing such a big building is WHERE THE HECK AM I GOING TO PUT IT? My room is already jam-packed and it doesn’t help that I have to share it with my two idiots — I’m talking about my birds.
Birds who will also mess all over my dolls’ house, meaning even if I do find space for it in my room, it will have to stay covered all the time just to not resemble the bottom of their cage (seriously, they can projectile poo, it’s crazy).
Anyway, just to bring this whole blog back on topic, I used Sims 2 to plan out a basic design, so here it is:
Another baby, another book needed to save the records. The ready-made books are not really suited. It looks a bit silly when you have to cross out references to christening days and godparents and first Christmases and so on. So I thought, why not do it on the cheap and make it myself? And that way I can include only those things which will be relevant. So this is how I went from this…
… to this:
So it was simply a case of making a nice-ish cover (I originally planned to cover it with brown paper, with a heart cutout, which would be lined with red shiny paper), which I made out of cheap white paper, crinkled and washed with diluted ink (the blue hue shows up only under optimal lighting conditions), then decorated with bits and bobs.
Here are some samples of what’s inside:
I’ve been making more stuff for the dolls:
A prom dress for Millie (she’s not really Millie, she’s Florry, but never mind) and boots to match Molly’s dress.
The problem with these dolls is there is so much variation in their body size (yes, yes, I know, don’t start). I just mean that when it comes to making clothes, this prom dress fits quite snugly on Millie, but falls off Mimu because she is so scrawny.
Here are Molly’s new boots. They only gave me one of those buttons in the pack, so she has to make do with one buttoned shoe, and one button-less.
I’m planning on making Mimu a more mini-me-like outfit (since she is actually a mini-me from when I had pink hair :cry:) Not sure where I will get the mini chains and zips for the combats from, though :S
Kid playing Nine-Ball. Took a while, and didn’t come out quite how I intended.
I did it! I did it! I clocked Hard level!
Anyways, yet another fangirlism to add to the list. Here are Clarys and Zephy celebrating my success by way of awesome cosplay.
Nope, the outfits aren’t wrong. It’s a combined cosplay of Ouendan AND Ouran!
Okay, so as you might have noticed, one of my weaknesses (besides anatomy) when it comes to illustration is — COLOURING! I fail at colouring, although I am starting to figure things out a bit. But in any case, what I would really love is for someone to colour my
fails stuffs and show me how it’s done. So here is desperate attempt for lessons #1:
My stuffs. Click to download the high-res version from dA:
Rules: credit and link back to either my profile on dA or this blog. Use whatever colour schemes you like, create whatever backgrounds, just keep it clean (strictly PG — sexualise my characters and I kill you) and don’t remove the copyright text. kthasall. I’d be really grateful to anyone who can teach me a thing or two about colouring!
‘I’m sick of this, Father. Can’t we do something else?’
‘On your feet, Kiki, come on.’
Kiki let out a growl of irritation as she heaved herself up. ‘I’m not even better from the last time,’ she complained, clutching her arm. ‘One of these days you’ll kill me with your training — and then I can think of some people what will be sorry for some things!’
Callimachus sighed. ‘If you’d only hit the stone as I told you, you wouldn’t have got hurt.’
‘And don’t bury me somewhere manky,’ Kiki continued. ‘I want somewhere with flowers, somewhere nice.’
‘Sure.’ Callimachus picked up another pebble. ‘Hold your dagger properly, come on, don’t slouch. Now for the last time, Kiki, please hit the blessed stone! Ready?’
Callimachus threw the pebble.
‘I’m going inside.’
I am very lucky, thought Callimachus as he watched Asteria at her spinning wheel. I have a beautiful wife, a whole island to myself and a flock of sheep that keeps growing and growing. I have everything I need, and no troubles at all.
Except maybe for Asteria’s fiery temper. Sometimes it took only the smallest thing to rile her — but that was a small price to pay for her companionship.
He’d heard in Skyworld that happiness was often hard to find for Overworlders, but he knew, and they were wrong. I am very happy, he thought. Very happy.
As you will probably have guessed by now, I’m really into AD&D at the moment (did I mention D&D 4e is PANTS?!?!?!?!). Sad loser that I am, I have no one to play with, so I’m stuck making campaign worlds by myself 😦
Anyway, it does mean I have more OCs to play around with, so I present to you Silver Arrows’s AD&D 2e Character Portraits of Awesome
(There’s a better shaded version here, by my friend PrimroseMoon. She did an awesome job! yAy!)
Hang on a sec —
Can I just say first of all, D&D 4e is absolute PANTS! I’m still waiting for my AD&D 2e Player’s Handbook to arrive, but luckily as I have Baldur’s Gate I have a good deal of info on it anyway.
*tee hee hee* I drew handsum!
He is actually the brother of my AD&D player character. Heh. He’s the leader of his mercenary band and a difficult character to be around; he tends to look down on his rookies and have a laugh at their expense (hence the low charisma), but actually he’s a big softie deep down and really loves them all.
His pencil-and-paper stats are actually different from what I got in BG, which was just lucky. And his race is Winged (Dark Type), not human.
- LEVEL: 1
- STRENGTH: 16
- INTELLIGENCE: 9
- WISDOM: 7
- DEXTERITY: 18
- CONSTITUTION: 14
- CHARISMA: 5
- HP: 5 AC: 4 XP: +10%
I’ve started designing the basics of a campaign setting, but this was done using a mishmash of the D&D Basic Set rules and what was described of the AD&D 2e rules from the Baldur’s Gate manual, plus a couple of races and a class that I made up myself. If I come up with anything good, I’ll chuck it up for anyone who’s interested.
PS Did I mention that D&D 4e is absolute PANTS??!?
PPS I hate school.
I haven’t given up on the art lessons yet 😦 ARGH! I still feel like I’m stuck at the same level and not getting any better. Meh. Faia Emburemu style is too hard for me 😦
Well, you can kinda tell who they’re supposed to be, right? Right?? Uhhhhhhhhhh 😦
Chibis are easier. These came out better:
Bodies still look lame though. C’est trop difficile pour moi. Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!
If anyone is actually reading my Dreamsong story — and they might be you know, even if it’s just to laugh — I have finally got both chapter 2 and 3 written and — yes! — typed up. Unfortunately, a) there are probably at least 3 more chapters to go and b) it’s going to take me even longer to illustrate them. Now it’s very tempting for me to say, never mind the pictures, we’re all grown ups, we don’t need illustrations, but you know, the whole reason I even came up with this nonsense was to give me a context for my drawing lessons. Anyway if you are curious — and you might be, you know, even if it’s just to laugh — here are two pics that I have so far. It’s not much, my colouring lets me down big time.
And here are some more random pics since I haven’t posted anything interesting on here lately:
Sorry about the shadows, I should have put them on a different layer. Full pic with chibis here
I do think it’s safe to say I’ve got better since chapter 1, but it’s also safe to say I have a way to go yet. I need to stop being so lazy and drawing chibis. Anyway what it means is I don’t know when the chapters are actually going to be posted because I have soooooo many pics to go I’m losing my mind help!??!!?!
I’ve decided – I am not going to bother finishing Twilight Princess. As I said before, action games are not really to my taste, and anyway – I can haz new game!!! The game I am playing right now is called Faia Emburemu – Radiant Dawn. It’s full of yummies!!
But seriously, it combines two of my favourite game genres ie RPG and strategy (my other fave is platformers – Commander Keen and Kid Icarus baby!). I’m playing on easy level since I’ve not played any previous titles, and I’m not doing too badly. I’m playing Ike’s mercenaries at the moment (IKE!! Oscar!! Geoffrey! And all the other yummies! ). I’ve already killed Ike’s sister twice. When do I get to go back to Daein?? I miss my sweeties!
What I am saying is, it’s an awesome game.
The only thing that’s spoiling it is something I read on a character profiles site, ie that Micaiah is going to marry Sothe who PS is her adopted brother. That’s just… wrong.
Moving swiftly on, a friend recommended watching Naruto. Well technically, I asked her about it because I keep hearing that Read the rest of this entry »
Wo0o0o0oh0o0o0o000! My books have arrived and I am starting my manga lessons yay! The books I have are: Manga for Dummies, and How to Draw Animé and Game Characters Vol1.
Anyway as you know, one of the things that I have trouble with is profile views. Unfortunately, Manga for Dummies has little to no advice on this 😦 All you get is how to draw the basic shape for the profile of the face, and the wire frame for a full body profile view, but that’s it really. How to Draw Animé does have tips on facial views but again, hardly anything on full body profiles. So it looks like I’m on my own here 😦
The good thing is though, apart from what I said above, each book fills in the deficiencies of the other, like ie for example, How to Draw Animé doesn’t break facial structure down to basics, but Manga for Dummies does. MFD hasn’t much on different eye styles, but HTDA does. So the two together are pretty much awesome.
Anyway I still don’t have a decent pic of Apollo for the Dreamsong story. Only the one profile view (flukes FTW!) but I want a front view. So I thought, armed with these books, lemme give it another go.
Needless to say, I failed. So what started off as Apollo turned into a shojo manga style man. Well, kinda. I don’t like it.
Since I did the man, I thought I might as well make a lady to keep him company – and failed even worse! Like the bloke, I followed the tutorial in Manga for Dummies on drawing shojo – I don’t know why, I can’t imagine I’m ever going to make shojo manga, but I suppose it’s a learning experience anyway – well here she is, but I warn you, she’s not pretty!
I’ve been trying out this new program of Paint Tool SAI, which is an awesome paint package and I am absolutely totally in love with it. It makes increeeeedibly smooth anti-aliased lines, which you can’t get in Paint Shop Pro, and also it’s great for paint effects which is utterly brilliant if you are the kind of person who makes lots of mistakes and also can’t afford to buy real paints and paper. The problem is it is only a 31 day trial, what I am going to do when it runs out I don’t know.
Rabid fangirl is rabid!
I am also feeling quite utterly disillusioned with Paint Shop Pro at the moment. Firstly, if I use the graphics tablet, even on another application, I can no longer use the mouse to paint. I don’t know why, nothing happens, although the airbrush tool still works. So I have to exit and reload the application, which takes a while. Also as well, I am sick of it always crashing. Thirdly, you don’t get smooth lines like you do in SAI. I still think PSP is awesome for vectors, especially when you need to do precision stuff and might need to resize and tamper with lines a lot, but I hate the way the ends of the vector line are so blocky, you’d think they’d at least have a way to smooth the edges, but you can’t have everything I suppose.
Would anyone like to donate £40 so I can buy SAI?
What happened was, my How to Draw Anime book which I ordered last month, seems to have got lost in America somewhere – or something – anyway the upshot is, I can’t be bothered waiting for it, and £15 crumbs! So I’ve cancelled that, ordered it second hand and also ordered Manga for Dummies, which in total together, cost me about 12 quid.
Sooooo, I hope that in 2 weeks or a bit longer I should have my books, and by then I hope to be able to produce some new work and say What an improvement!
I always dream myself to somewhere else each night / I dream in colour, cos I live in black and white / I know I dream much more than other people do / But I can’t see / How anything can be / Better than a dream…
~ Mike Batt, Better than a Dream
Despite life’s being good, Callimachus always found something to dream about.
Aside from the squabble between Palutena and Medusa, things had been quiet in Angel Land lately. Callimachus was off-duty a fair bit these days, which gave him more time to spend at his woodwork. Right now he was carving toys for the younger angels at the Children’s House, which always earned him some brownie points. It was nice that Angel Land was at peace. But one needed some adventure.
Of course, there was always Pit.
Ever since their captain had gone missing, the Icarus Army had Read the rest of this entry »
*simper* I drew Pit again
Can you guess who that is supposed to be? Yeah, it’s Cal. You see what I mean about men’s bodies? I wish my book would hurry up and arrive!
I drew Pit! I drew Pit!
Doesn’t it suck?
There’s still over two weeks before my How to Draw Anime book arrives 😥
I’m so utterly bored of the chapter on how to draw trees – not just because I was finding it a leeetle bit difficile I dunno how it is, sometimes my mind is just a blanket and I can’t seem to get the pencil to do what I want. I drew a squirrel instead:
And also!!! I am getting better at profile views!!
It’s not finished, I still need to shade it and suchlike, but hey hey hey! It’s better than my previous one which I was so proud of at the time.
What I’m doing now is digitising most of my paper-based pics. This needs fixing for one. His hand looks… wrong somehow. I haven’t finished shading of course, and that’s something I need to work on still. It’s not so easy for me 😦
Anyway as well I’m about 2/3 through the first draft of chapter one. yAy!
Il faisait beau aujourd’hui. It’s surprising how much better one feels when the sun is shining. In any case I’m feeling happy enough to start my drawing lessons – as my regular readers (all one of them) will have noticed, there’s been a bit of a hiatus in the drawing lessons department. Anyways, I’m having another go. So let’s see what wonders I’ve managed to come up with!
This is the assignment that caused me to give up on the drawing lessons in the first place. A bit iffy, hmm? He didn’t give many helpful hints. The mountains totally spoil the picture, don’t they? I didn’t get that bit (and in fact, I’ve erased a few of the worst bits so the real thing looks actually worse). And it seems I’ve forgotten how to draw water 😦
Anyway, I am still on the lesson of trees. Here’s one I made earlier:
Moar: well also besides landscapey things you know I also want to be able to draw decent anime-style peoples. Profile views are still a pain for me – the pokemon style is the easiest but not always what I want. Anyway what I have found is a super tutorial by Crysa on deviantArt. However when it comes to drawing profile-views she just says, ‘this is how side views look’ and leaves it at that. Helpful! So I’ve been doing a bit of… um… investigating! for want of a better word and discovered something:
Because the way I’ve learnt to draw is, always break everything down into its component parts and then construct the picture. So that’s what I did – I traced Crysa’s sample face and broke it down and you can see my amazing discoveries for yourself. My Kid Liquorice underneath is the result of these discoveries and was drawn utterly freehand using only the basic shapes and lines as a guide (ignore the crappy hair that was done roughly cos I was concentrating on her face).
So start with a circle, note down the radius, then at eye-level, draw a vertical line equal to the radius length to get the length to the chin and the length of the nose. Then from the base of that line, draw another line at a right angle, again same size as the radius, to get the position of the front of the neck. Super fantasticness!!
That’s me trying to draw Apollo cos he crops up fairly often in Dreamsong. Hmm, back to the drawing board I think!
Anyway whenever I try to draw a new character it ends up looking too similar to one of my existing characters. Sooooooooo, I’ve splashed out (£15 yes) on this book of How to Draw Anime and Gaming Characters, Vol1. I’ve looked at the e-book and it convinced me to bankrupt myself on buying the actual in fact real book. But I’m hoping it will be a worthwhile investment because…
I can haz commission!!