Sunday, May 31, 2015

Canadian and Scottish Word of the Week May 30 2015

May Book Wrap-Up

Probably not going to finish anything else in the next 6 or 7 hours, so this is what I managed to read this month :)

 The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked it, great world and character building but....too much politics and I think I am sick of hearing about politics since its everywhere with the general election going on. Maybe if I read it in a different year/time I would have enjoyed it more. Did seem like a very abrupt ending after such a build up.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim, #1)Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The art goes great with the story, def. full of Canadian humour...hard to explain why tho, it just feels Canadian :p

The Mayor of CasterbridgeThe Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its a Hardy book, you know its going to be depressing, but this wasn't all doom and gloom, some of it is really wonderful to read. Well written characters, even if one of them sells his wife and child :p

Flowers for AlgernonFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review :)

Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)Neuromancer by William Gibson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I guess cyber punk sci-fi is just not for me. What little character development there was felt very rushed, interesting ideas just felt everything was too rushed and not really explained well. I know this is his writing style, but just couldn't get into this book which is a shame since I like the basic ideas, just didn't work for me :(

A Darkling SeaA Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It really was like an episode of SeaQuest but with more death and destruction :p

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (Scott Pilgrim, #2)Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thought it was a little more slow paced then the first, but still enjoyed it. prefer the black and white art, colour is just a distraction I think with this story to make up for the week parts in the plot.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Owlet #2

Starting to look fuzzy now :) Need to fix the shadows on his beak.

If I can figure out how to set up the camera so it will tape one of these being made without getting in the way, would anyone be interested in seeing one of these from start to finish?? I will probably try to figure this out even just for my reference but need to think about how to film it since I don't work on an aisle with these, so the camera would either need to be over my shoulder or hanging from a shelf. 

Friday, May 29, 2015


Looks like his make up ran :p

While I wait until I get some bigger plates marked and cut, I figured might as well use up the small ones I have. So here is the start of a little owlet, well almost full grown so not sure what to call it actually.And we think its a Grey owl, but might have to do a bit more searching around to make sure.


furry ears :p Sky

Love love love this paper. Cannot say how much I love it lol Looks at empty wallet *cries*, *roll on student loan time* Well you get what you pay for it seems. I did try using normal sand paper, and while it does work, doesn't seem to blend as well as this but would work if a person was desperate and wanted to practice.

Now I'm wishing I had of done something different with the background, not too sure of the colours. Probably should have went with browns and yellows to go with her eyes. Oh well, its not too bad.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday #2

I don't draw enough dragons anymore, really need to get on that. But around this time, 2004 I was drawing a lot of them, so they will probably be showing up a lot in the art Throwback Thursdays I post lol, so much that people will probably get sick of them.

Throwback Thursday

Thanksgiving 1985, so I am 4, almost 5 Danielle would be almost 2 and the horses :p are our uncles, well half uncles on mom's side. The one on the left in blue broke a lot of bones falling off the Niagara Escarpment later on in life and ended up living at the house we were in for awhile because like I said, broke a lot of bones and needed help with everything.

What confuses me about this photo, says London on the back but I can't figure out who's house/apartment we are at. Could be dad's moms or it could be one of dad's brother's houses but I didn't think mom's brothers ever went to Thanksgiving in London and I think the drawings in the back were at one of dad's brothers, but not 100% sure. And once again, more macrame hanging things :p

*edit* apparently this was at dad's moms according to mom

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sky #2

Small update today since I had a hospital appointment to get a CT scan on my jaw, (get the results June 4th), and even if the appointment is the middle of the day, somehow nothing really gets done the rest of the day. Not sure why, I think its the time it takes to get there and back and how I don't generally feel like doing anything after, even if its just a scan. It does sometimes suck how little things can leave me absolutely shattered for hours, sometimes days after, but thats just the way it is now. And I just try to get as much done when I don't feel like crap :p

Website and Facebook

Updated my website and created a Facebook page. Been resisting creating a Facebook page because I didn't think I would remember to update it lol but so far so good. I know the website is plain looking, but I like that. Not a huge fan of flashing graphics and everything just thrown at your face, so I keep my sites as plain as I can.

Monday, May 25, 2015


Took awhile, but finally done and while it is not a very pretty looking bird, I find it an interesting one :)

And now onto the next one, either a flower or if I get the plates cut, the horses.

Music Monday

One of my favorite soundtracks :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Canadian and Scottish Word of the Week May 24 2015


This isn't the best Xray of my teeth since I can't really get the little Xray things in my mouth for the usual Xrays, can't even use the small kid ones :p So this was done with the machine the turns around your head to get an Xray. No wonder my face was so swollen when you see how many screws they had to drill in my jaw. Thought it was really neat to see, and yes, I have horrible teeth :p

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Again with the Feathers

Feeling pretty proud of myself with this one actually :) Wasn't sure how I was going to do the feathers since they are more like quills than the feathers you see on other birds, but I think its working fine. 

Friday, May 22, 2015


Started on a drawing of Sky :) The background is in pastels, which are very messy and make me sneeze lol This is on fisher 400 paper which as I have said before love but its not cheap :/ So when I buy it, its a bit of a treat to myself :p

Going to colour Sky with coloured pencils, namely Derwent Coloursofts. I find they work the best for me on this paper. I would use pastel pencils, but I only have a few and they are not the right colours. Even tho, a red and green collie might look good :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trowback Thursday #2

A bird from 2003, looking a little too wide eyed :p

And a French Bulldog puppy from 2004. It was so cute and tiny.

Throwback Thursday

John in his primary 1 school outfit. Dimples :p And he has hair lol So this is like Grade 1, don't have kindergarten here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creating an Engraving/Etching without a Press

Well sort of, this does give you an idea of what your finished engraving/etching will look like and you can print prints of it, but if you want a print right from the plate, and don't have a press you need a lot of elbow grease and a metal spoon. But here is how I get images from my plates right now, (I will build a press still, just really need a bottle jack and a few thick sheets of metal to finish it).

This is done with Photoshop, but I would think it would work with most editing software.

1. Scan your plate (mine is clear perspex, clear works best for this). Place a dark or black sheet of paper behind the plate so that your etched lines will show up when scanned, make sure the paper is not on the scanner bed or you will just end up with a black image. You should end up with a scanned image that resembles this:

2. In Photoshop go to Image-Mode-Greyscale. I find that if you don't do this, the background colour tends to get really muddy and almost yellow in further steps, looks very odd :p Image should resemble this (only a small difference):

3.Then go to Image-Adjustments-Invert for this step. Creats an image with faint lines:

4. To darken the lines go to Image-Adjusments-Levels. I tend to only use the slider on the left and move it to the right. Its not really an exact science at this stage, just move the slider until you like the way it looks. Experiment with all of the sliders to see what they do and see if you can come up with an image you really like.

And thats it :) Quick and easy way to get a print from a plate without a press. Hopefully helpful and not confusing. If you have any questions, please ask :)

Monday, May 18, 2015


Started on the feathers today :) And then I think its done yay This is def. not one I will try printing by hand, way to big lol my arms would never forgive me.

Music Monday

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Slowly getting this done. Think I am done with the wrinkles for now, might add more shading tho once the feathers are finished.

And I have been calling these etchings wrongly it seems. They are engravings apparently,learn something every day. *shrugs*

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday #2

Because I am running out of photos, well photos of me, John's mom has a lot of him I can post, I decided I am going to post old art. Art that is at least 10 years old, should get a laugh or two from seeing how I started drawing :) And I think it will help to show that practice does make a huge difference.

A creature design from 2003. I actually want to re-draw this now and then colour it.

And a horse from 2004. Pretty sure this was from my head, just a generic draft type horse.

Now to find the pile of old sketchbooks :)

Throwback Thursday

I posted another photo from this before but this is us all sitting down. Says 1981 on the back, can't be since I look way older than a year old. Mostly posting because you can see my extra finger :p My mom's dad, me and then mom.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Almost Done

Well, not really, but almost done with the wrinkles. And after I get some more perspex, the next big etching is going to be a bunch of horses :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Will be up tomorrow since Youtube is taking forever to upload anything for me. Actually I think its my computer, need to have a look at it, probably need to vacuum the vents and get rid of some stuff on it.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Cassowary Gif

So here is a gif of the Cassowary as it stands now. You can see how each section grows as its worked on. I had wanted to have the neck finished by now, but my fingers are killing me. Very painful and my fingernails are really sore to touch so its a little difficult holding an etching tool. Can't even hold a pencil for very long without my fingers really started to ache :/

Friday, May 08, 2015

More Posters

Two more posters from the province posters I did :) Alberta is pretty flat but there are areas like the above in the badlands, and lots of hoodoos. Hoodoos are cool :D

And B.C. Famous for rain and pot smoking. Oh, and the Rockies too.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Province Posters

So, I decided I wanted to create posters for all of the provinces and territories for a few reasons; One to bulk up my portfolio for Uni, and two, just for the hell of it :p Wanted to keep them simple, have either a well known landmark or area associated with the place, and the province/territories flower. Here are 2 of them, still need to finish I think 5 more to get them all done, so will be finishing them over the summer and posting them here :)

Throwback Thursday

Think John is 6/7 months old here? Pudgy cheeks :p And his mom still has that laundry basket, 30+ years later. I think they got their moneys worth out of it :p

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Such an Odd Bird

Still need to finish shading the crest to try to make it a little less flat looking and then back to all of those wrinkles..yay :p

Monday, May 04, 2015

Back to Coloured Pencils

Normally I don't burnish with CPs as I am not a huge fan of the look,  but thought it might look OK with these flowers, time will tell. Not going foa realistic look, too  many flowers to do that and not take months to do :p

And Everyday in May #4