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Domestic & Boring = Best Me

Lately I've been finding it really amusing at how my present self would appear to my late teen self - probably very boring, and very content with very little. I'm actually incredibly pleased by that. 

That's not to say I don't demand a lot when it comes to certain things - Casa Hope has always been very picky about having an insanely good TV and sound system for our insanely good video games. We cook good food well and often and oh god now that I've written this out, I've realised. We're actual hobbits. 

As a result, my blog will never be filled with pictures of myself in new and exciting locations because I'm really content at home. I do love seeing my friends' pictures of their travels but it's personally taken me a lot of travelling to get to where I am now, literally. 

What's next? That's a question that's been on my mind so much this week. It's been two years of waiting for this exactly moment that I guess I didn't have enough space in my head to think about what I'd do now. I've been applying for jobs and working hard at the things I to do like making art or crafting fancy new things. 

I have to take it as it comes, I guess! 

In the meantime, enjoy my doodles this week:


Two weeks into 2015

Here's a weird thing - I posted a package off to my nieces a few days ago and I'm fairly sure I wrote the date on the registered article receipt as 01/14.

One thing I still get really excited about is buying a new sketchbook. My brand new Daler-Rowney sketchbook (which is way more affordable than a freaking Moleskine) is so fresh and so clean and full of wonderful possibilities. And then I put my pencil to the paper...

After all the hullaballoo that's been happening in my family recently, I finally got some time to buckle down and do some doodling.

And true to my resolution, stuck to my guns and did some digital painting.

These are still works in progress! They're just playful little doodles but I think I might be getting an idea for a longform work. Hopefully. Oh no I've jinxed it. *SIGH

Moon Goddess

When I originally started sketching the layout of 'Moon', I was inspired by some of the illustrations of the Art Nouveau period which I realised were direct descendants of Japanese woodblocks! Pretty interesting.

I began to imagine a moon goddess with an implacable mask and a fantastic cape, because she's fabulous obviously.

Okay, so the drawing part was easy. but something was off. It looked... incomplete. That's when I realised I needed to tackle territory I am still afraid of - digital painting. Yikes! The problem is, I'm surrounded by absolutely terrific and talented digital painters on my tumblr feed and I think my expectations for myself are a little bit too high. After a quick pep talk and some coffee (and a mini magnum or two) I was ready to take this on.

And you know what? It wasn't that bad. Digital painting is actually really fun once you get into the groove because layers make it super forgiving. So I'm definitely doing it again.

Anyway below, the result. You might notice that I replaced that weird chunky floral border with something with a little more cosmic flavour. Mmmm cosmic flavour.

Personally, I still feel like like it might need something but at this stage I'm very happy with it, and sometimes that has to be good enough! Especially with my type-A, perfection obsessed, Ravenclaw personality.

What a little figure drawing practice can do...

I've officially consigned myself to stay home for the next two days on a crafting frenzy before MAAD happens this Friday, but I did allow myself today to pause and slack off.
What usually happens is as follows: I'll go out, have a coffee, take out my sketchbook and do a little figure drawing. I decided to concentrate on animals today and was actually really pleased with the results. I always expect that whatever I draw will turn out to be complete and utter poop.


Then I got home, played some Pokémon Omega Ruby (I've finished the main storyline so I'm hanging about the Battle Maison like a creeper), got some work done (the actual biggest surprise of today) and started doodling. The weirdest part about art or any creative endeavour is that most of the time, it feels like I try so hard to push out something that's just about passable in my eyes. And sometimes, it feels like something with great potential flows out - and that happened today. I guess my Muse was back from her holiday or something.

So I'm going to put this up for sale at the flea market, but as I've scanned it in I guess there's no harm in doing a little digital painting too! Fingers crossed. I'm still a little scared of digital painting, eep!