Thursday, September 6, 2012

Edible Art

As I mentioned a few blogs ago... cooking and baking is another passion of mine. I thought about making a separate blog completely but really it is an art form... it's just art that's meant to be temporary. And really it's rather soothing to do. So I thought I'd share them with you. All of them are made from scratch (my frosting is a swiss style butter cream recipe) with the exception of the fondant; and this summer I have had an obsession with "checker boarding" (and no I don't have a checker boarding pan... I just cut them myself from two separate cakes).

Mocha and vanilla cinnamon (Tardis "Doctor Who" Cake)

Doctor Who Tardis Cake for a friend

Strawberry cake version 1 (family reunion at my best friend parent's house)

The strawberry cake... the black/purpler is just food coloring

Strawberry cake version 2 (friends birthday)

So those are the cakes I have done over the past few months. I have cupcakes to make for Saturday (sour cream chocolate with peanut butter cream cheese frosting). I have another cake to do in about two weeks. My birthday cake lol. It will be a carrot cake themed as World of Warcraft: Mists of Panderia (which releases on the 25th). Then I have one for early November.

For people that know me and live locally (or individuals in general who live locally), I will take cakes, cupcakes, and cookies... as commissions gig (if given ample notice and deposit).

At some point, I might sell cookies online (meaning shippable) through my etsy... I'm undecided... but I've been playing around with the idea and some ideas for geek themed ones.

Art update

These are just some of the other art projects I have been doing the past few most (I didn't post all of them by and stretch but it's some of them).

Commission for "Arctic Boar" (BBQ sauce labels)

"Party Animals" (meerkat 1 of 9) Collab project with my uncle for quilt patterns. He is a successful fabric artist and wants to sell pattern sets which will work well but doesn't have the time to come up with designs. So I'll be drawing them and he will be making the demos and patterns.

"Little Ones" (Gnome 1 of 9) Collab project with my uncle for quilt patterns. He is a successful fabric artist and wants to sell pattern sets which will work well but doesn't have the time to come up with designs. So I'll be drawing them and he will be making the demos and patterns.

for someone on FA

Surprise finally something for myself (when was the last time I did something for myself... ???). I'm hopefully getting a new phone when my contract expires so this was an idea for the possible casing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

And seven were the chosen...

So it's nearing the end of February and I haven't posted since last month so I thought it would be a great time to post an update and say hello.

"Hello!"  Well not too much has changed on the job front unfortunately. I actually applied to my 74 job today. So that's still going on and I have been working on art and projects :D! As I mention in my last post, I'm working with someone on a animation project... I'm making the character concepts. Which we are actually getting to the ending point (some of these are even further along than I'm posting. I actually sent the last two rough character sketches yesterday.  But I will post them all since technically I have visuals for all of them. The visuals vary per character... some have multiple poses or single poses with weapons. They were done just to basically give a form to the characters and some needed more or less to explain each one. I am not the actual animator so the animation will be produced using my concepts. 

The story is a follow one boy, a son of the original seven set of heroes that protected the mankind. After a destructive war when he was a child, the seven were destroyed and he was swept away being a survivor as the world spun into a horrid totalitarian society. But his destiny is larger than merely being a survivor. After being train in the arts of the sword he has to take to the field again and bring forth a new group of seven to stop the leader's reign of terror.

The world has an older feel to it... similar to the story telling that we knew from the 80s. Good is good and evil is evil. There is no redemption.
It also has a lot of cultural variety. 

First up we have the most important fellow Doramoont aka Moo: The Survivor

Next is Banjora: The Shaman

Jacques: The Tank

Kemball: The Berserker

Riquello: The Fighter

Trance:  The Assassin


Gern: The Prince

And the Villains

Maug: The Leader
Nen: Lieutenant
Sindersen: A shaman league that is actually behind Maug
Hyle: Sindersen's Wife

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Years!!!!!

Sooooooo.... it's 2012.... and we all know what that means... I'll be 28 this year (hahaha); and every 7 years something happens. No, really I am normally not any where near this egocentric (really I''m not) but it was better than saying... "it's the end of the world". Even I find the Mayan Calendar "interesting" but I never believed that it meant the end of the world. It merely meant the reset of humanity; and no, I don't mean that we will die off and begin again. I merely mean it in the mental state... that this year will mark the either turn away or towards more chaos. Referencing The Fourth Turning by Strauss and Howethis is the time that marks the change and reset of the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern cycle we have done throughout history.

But enough of that... you didn't come here to talk about humanity or politics.... so it's time for updates YAY!!!!!

When you saw me last I had lost my job and was working on my piece for the Tomie De Paola SCBWI contest for Chicken Little. Well not too much has changed... I'm still sadly unemployed and I'm still keeping busy other wise. Still hunting hard too... applying to a lot. While I'm not working on the Tomie De Paola contest... as that was done, sent in and lost... yes lost... le sigh. I'm honestly more sad for the other entries. The winners were honestly baffling and I had four (not including me) that I desperately wanted to win. But also in that time I finished this... tada.  

I finished my volunteer project for the FHQ: Firehouse Quilts organization (please check them out)!!!! This was the design that they chose.

Which I would have posted earlier but it was a gift to someone and I was waiting for her to get it. Also in that time I've met artists on Linkedin. One by the name of Anthony Beard who is a GREAT prototype toy and figurine modeler from Ohio. So if you are on Linkedin... look him up. I also met an aspiring writer by the name of Tim Girard who is looking to create an independently started animation... The Seven aka Shard of the Seven. He had seen some of my character designs and asked me if I would be interested in getting commissioned to create his character references.

Along with that I have some other smaller commissions like this one on FA. Which I  am enjoying because I get to draw period clothing... hahahaha. I have no clue why but I love drawing period clothing!!!! They wanted their fursonas done as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett.

I also am preparing to send a submission in to possibly win a grant to self publish it through the SCBWI. Which book you ask? That book would be "Dark" written by Victoria Chang. Didn't you plan on re-redrawing that again last year? Why yes... I did. So are you going to re-redraw it again, Mrs OCD? Why yes, yes I am.... oh and I'm not OCD... I think I got it this time and I'm rather excited. There's going to be action and serpent shadows... and ohhh it's going to be good. Nutter... isn't the deadline for March? Ummm well yes... but I only need a rough dummy and two finished illustrations. I can do it!!!! 
Ohhh okay... you're still nuts. Why... yes, yes I am.

On the note of being nuts... the theme show is coming up and it's the Wizard of Oz. Well I liked the movie when I was a kid and "Wicked" is interesting... and I re-read the first original book. And yet you came up this this? Yes I know... not the most impressive but I have been playing a lot of Super Smash and I wanted to do something Wicked-esque but not many know the races of Wicked so I thought even if it isn't amazing at least it would be amusing. So I have been working on this. It's a brawl of Ozian characters. The brick road needs to have other character heads but the selected fighters are Dorothy and the first witch they meet in Oz from the first book versus... Wicked's Elphaba and pets and Chistery (which I need to fix the spelling on the piece... I know). It's EXTRA cliche to show good against evil so I took it more to the since of comparing the two books in general. The Wizard of Oz (unlike the movie) is actually VERY Dorothy centric. It's chibish and really unrealistic and lacks depth. Wicked brings Oz to a whole new level; and has caused the world of Oz to never look the same again. And "Wicked" is political... and about Elphaba and her legacy (even after death). She wasn't wicked at all.

Anyways... other projects... I have a novel I'm reading to illustrate for a friend of my cousins in Australia. And Spoon's baby shower is Sunday... talk about me being a nut again. You'll have to wait for evidence of that but I worked hard on my presents and even I'm impressed with how they came out... or well coming out. I still have two more pieces to sew together. I still have lots of fabric though. I swear it's magical. I actually ran out of the matching thread before I ran out of fabric. I seriously have no clue on how since I estimated the amount of fabric I'd need before buying it. I know I made a slight change in plans but I seriously didn't think it would be that drastic. Oh well I hope they like them.

And lastly my book series is coming along rather well. Next is to convince my best friend if he'd be willing or bored enough to help me out :D! Closing out and I hope you enjoyed Yays!