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Study of myself this morning. The only way to stop my paintings being so flat is to do life studies! Now, I would have done as detailed images of my (fidgetty) friends, as I have tried, but you guys kept moving. You have yourselves to blame for your shitty portraits! >:I

Study of myself this morning. The only way to stop my paintings being so flat is to do life studies!

Now, I would have done as detailed images of my (fidgetty) friends, as I have tried, but you guys kept moving. You have yourselves to blame for your shitty portraits! >:I

I was asked by my university to be one of the 22 chosen to represent my  course. So I made these and will be exhibiting them on the 2nd -5th of July in the New Designers exhibition in London.

They’re all fingerpuppet sized, so the tip of your index finger is about the scale of a human head here.

There are another 10 masks I wanted to make, but with two weeks available, it wasn’t going to happen!


Skin practice with some new brushes I downloaded. I want to open comissions, so I timed myself; 5 hours 7 minutes….because I ended up being lazy and slow towards the end

Skin practice with some new brushes I downloaded. I want to open comissions, so I timed myself; 5 hours 7 minutes….because I ended up being lazy and slow towards the end

Me, my arms, and my rockclimbing instructor…
Note to artists: muscles become turgid with blood after intense exercise. Hense the pink guns.Also; I doubt he intended to, but goddamn, did Mike make some good compositional lines by standing infront of the join in the pannels and holding the rope with almost parallel forearms. Good show sir!this isn’t an art post, but I managed to make it one >_>..  it’s a boast post

Me, my arms, and my rockclimbing instructor…


Note to artists: muscles become turgid with blood after intense exercise. Hense the pink guns.

Also; I doubt he intended to, but goddamn, did Mike make some good compositional lines by standing infront of the join in the pannels and holding the rope with almost parallel forearms. Good show sir!

this isn’t an art post, but I managed to make it one >_>..  it’s a boast post

thought I’d show you the update on that dragon picture I forgot I had.

my process is very messy.. and there are a lot of creepy guys walking around… (creepy guys help with perspective)

And then a second picture! Sans creepy guys.

Also, NOT GoT DRAGONS… Kinda bummed that a few of my designs and ideas seem to emulate those of GoT. Even though I’ve never read the books, and most of my stuff pre-dates the release of the TV series :I

oh well… my dragons stink of fart when they get angry. (methane gas is collected from the intestines and stored in a separate organ. When it wants to breathe fire, the gas is sent through a tube up into a throat sack where it is pressurised. The vouivre (these are French) then opens a valve in the back of the throat that forces the gas out. A pistol shrimp-type mouth claw sets off a spark and FWOOSH.)

further Vouivre info: Unlike GoT dragons, these are wimps and only use fire for food and defence. They are shit for battle because their large membrane wings are targets for arrows and spears. and they’re also too stupid to train. Their skin isn’t enormously tough either; a good sword will peirce it. Armour is out of the question because they would then become too heavy to fly. If their wings get damaged they have to resort to their legs, which as you can see, are pretty shit. Their legs barely assist with movement, so most of their weight falls on their strong arms, and on the ground their neck makes an easy target. Their jaws aren’t very strong as, due to their tendency to roast their meat, they haven’t evolved to need to rip tough flesh apart. The bigger issue is their tail and getting thumped by an extended wing or head.. thing is.. they don’t differenciate between allies and enemies, and would rather fly off away from the hubub. They can breathe fire, yes.. but the methane used is a limited resource that replenishes steadily throughout the day - it would drain up quickly, so they tend to save it as a last resort in offensive situations. You’d essentially be left with an expensive flailing reptilian idiot who’s just a nuissance to everyone.  In my story, they’re actually “trained” as international cargo vehicles intended to carry expensive foods like fruit to willing foriegn kings. They’re preffered over ships in some situations because they’re difficult to ambush, are faster (so fresher food) and can go directly to the castle.

Heelp

I haven’t quite got my inner child back yet, so I’m still badly wired up to be an industry slave monkey that has no passion for drawing anything in particular. (aside from textures. Which alone a painting does not make)


Suggestions for what to paint please?

Just so you know, I’ve looked up 30 day drawing challenges already and I’m not big on things like “draw your characters at a theme park”  at the moment. Especially because my characters are still heavily in a development stage right now.


Even if you think it’s stupid, please go ahead and suggest it anyway.
I’ve just about swept away the depressive dust that kept de-saturating my paintings, now I feel that I really need to improve on depth and dynamics… but first I need something to apply it to.

Spontaneous out of the blue gift for Silvermender.I’ll zip it and spare you all from my self criticism on this. Enjoy Gaby o:

Spontaneous out of the blue gift for Silvermender.

I’ll zip it and spare you all from my self criticism on this. Enjoy Gaby o:

I went into a bead shop and had a magpie moment. makin’ a shirt out of metal and rock. Fuck yes. (I do not have enough for this)

I went into a bead shop and had a magpie moment.

makin’ a shirt out of metal and rock. Fuck yes. (I do not have enough for this)

I am so tired and so angry of getting: “You?! Clothes shopping for that long!?”, “you’re wearing pink!? The world is going to end!”, “You’re trying to be more feminine? What so should I expect to see you covered in makeup and wearing heels soon?”, “you should really add more colours to your wardrobe”, “You would look great in this dress”, “this is really in fashion, I think it would suit you”, ” I wish you’d let me buy that dress for you”, “how about this? *picks out endless amounts of clothes irrelevant to my interests and eventually strops at me for not liking any of them*”

I don’t even know what I like anymore. I don’t like my old clothes, and I don’t like 80% of my new/current ones. I hate that I have to wear clothes to express who I am because I don’t even think I know anymore, and I certainly wont know if people keep trying to influence who I am.

I’m having a huge gender identity crisis and I’m sick of being alienated to myself. I did want to experiment with more feminine clothing.. but I don’t even know if that’s because I’ve been put down enough fucking times for not wearing it in the first place.

I just want a fucking suit of armour.

So I.. painted clouds.. because I have desires to paint textures and rarely have an idea behind it otherwise. I didn’t have a use for this painting, so I updated my CV with it.

Included a close up (but kept the text on it, sans my home address, because I don’t want it being used as an album cover by some twat without permission :I)

some character doodles because I reaally need to practice drawing people again. Finding myself with more time as uni winds down.I was going to draw Gillian suffering period pains, as I am now, but, eh, I may do that another time!Everytime I draw Aileen, she gets thinner >_>, only because I’m getting better at drawing malnourished people. Really doesn’t work in the comic pages though… don’t think I know anyone who can go down a cupsize that fast.

some character doodles because I reaally need to practice drawing people again. Finding myself with more time as uni winds down.

I was going to draw Gillian suffering period pains, as I am now, but, eh, I may do that another time!

Everytime I draw Aileen, she gets thinner >_>, only because I’m getting better at drawing malnourished people. Really doesn’t work in the comic pages though… don’t think I know anyone who can go down a cupsize that fast.

i am still interested in purchasing one of your lovely little luna moths. your prototype looks wonderful, especially its little fuzzy face.

thankyou! I hope one day I can, but it will be some time in the future if I do

My “Luna Moth” prototype is done!

If I am to make more of these for sale, I’ll have to send some parts to a factory. Namely to get the legs and wings firmly anchored into the resin body. (there’s way too much faith in glue here)

I also plan on changing a few materials and methods around as well to get both a sturdier product and better realism (lol those wings).. oh and it still has yet to be glow in the dark. That’s an entirely different ballpark though that I’ll read up on later., but I do know that of the glow in the dark colours, I want a white glow. (I’ve never liked that green.)

I am considering different species of moth in future and possssibly custom colours. But for now I’m doing this. Based on what you can see here, a near £100 pricetag and the description, please tell me again if you would be interested in purchasing one. This information is useful to me as it is a huge deciding factor in whether or not I will at some stage approach a factory. (when the time is right I will probably set up a kickstarter as well)

Lastly, I still don’t know what to call it! I’ve been refering to it loosely as ‘Luna Moth’, but while I was making the packaging I learnt that “moth” is mölfluga in Icelandic and motte in German…. which are both adorable. (and Mott in Danish, but I hear that you have to put “Der” infront, else it also means that “shit has hit the fan”…go figure)

A rough packaging mock up and full image of the print for the (unfinished) moth (moth: http://taniakerins.tumblr.com/post/81674504093/prototype-moth-wip-this-little-guy-will-hopefully)

I’m not sure my mock up fully conveys the design in all its translucent frosting, transparency, spot varnishing, foil printing and embossing.. but I expect printing it once on plastic at A3 will be too expensive to do, so for now I may have to stick to a painting of the outcome.

Room updates! New(ish..not really) additions to my room that I would like to share~

I came back from uni to find Benway (my venus fly trap) has had some sort of heated feud with Steven (my Sarracenia stevensii) and has for about the 6th time, tried to flower. Up until now I denied him the chance because a lot of fly traps die when they do (I’m not an expert keeper with controlled humidity levels and he didn’t get to hibernate as advised)…but I’m risking it this time because I feel bad for denying him the right to as a plant and because he’s already gone and grown the damned stem anyway. Maybe if he gets to flower he’ll finally stop wasting energy trying to.

I also came back to find that my moss garden grew lilypads, which..just..what. …I.. …fine, whatever. go figure. I don’t get it, but I’d like to think I have some sort of ditto moss that can grow any plant it wants to on a whim.
  I put some in water as you can see in the next photo, and you can also see that one of my cacti grew one pink flower, and now looks like a bird.

Lastly, away from my grotty windowsill and onto my dusty shelves, I have the company of a doll carved by an inuit lady out of caribou bone :D and a bee in a faux display case that’s actually the lid of a toothpick holder.