Archive for December, 2013

More Monsters

Friday, December 13th, 2013

For a while there, I was managing a monster a day, but then a) I got a giant contract  and b) we went to Palm Springs. And 10 days from now, we head to Maryland for the holidays, which requires plenty of ramp-up. So now it’s more like a monster whenever.

Here’s a guy I did in Palm Springs:

Georges

Georges

Note the French spelling of his name. He is old and crotchety, but in a French way.

And here’s one I did in a different app, Adobe Ideas:

Flish

Flish

As you can see, I was working with a specific body position. This is apparently an underwater monster, although she seems comfortable pretty much anywhere.

With some help from John, I started to work with layers. The iPad seems to be somewhat underpowered to manage more than a few layers in ArtStudio, so it wasn’t entirely fluid to assemble the following image. But with some patience, I made it happen:

Group Shot

Group Shot

It isn’t perfect, but it’s cute enough, right?

I’m experiencing something akin to what happened when I discovered felting: Suddenly, I have the power not merely to purchase cute but to create it. And that feels like nothing less than a superpower.

Cuteness, YOU ARE MINE.

A Monster for Paloma

Friday, December 6th, 2013

I have a two-year-old friend. Her name is Paloma. (Hi, Paloma!) She loves purple, so much that she thinks of herself as Purple Paloma. She also likes monsters, so I made her a little gift.

Purple Palomonster

Purple Palomonster

Hope you like it, Paloma!

The Felting Continues

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

You know how I made my mom a doll (well, two dolls) for her birthday? I wanted one of my own.

That’s kind of a problem I have with gift-giving. One for you, one for me. Or maybe, occasionally, none for you. (Ask me about the little animal figurines I brought back from Europe when I was 14—and how I never, ever gave them to my friends. How I still have them, in a drawer in our dining room. And how the guilt pretty much melted away!)

Anyway, I felted another doll (I just wrote “felted up another doll” and then . . . deleted it), and here are the results. With which I am happy.

Lady GaGaGa

Lady GaGaGa

I don’t really think of her as Lady Gaga. But her face is a little Steffi-esque, no? I do think she probably needs a name. Charlotte?

A La Mode

A La Mode

Here’s a side (-ish) view. I’m kind of into her nose.

Le Rear

Le Rear

And back. I’m proud of that hair. Wasn’t as easy as it looks to make happen.

And now for some art-house versions:

Album Cover

Album Cover

I sense a Facebook profile photo in the offing.

She's So Unusual

She’s So Unusual

Really feeling the face here.

Pensive

Pensive

She may have one facial expression, but she has many moods.

Et voila. C’est tout. But pas mal, non?