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Snippet Sunday

At last, a full week on the creative front.  I finally finised the "Project of the Week" that I've had on my agenda since we got back from our holiday by the sea:  Make Junebug a bucket hat.

I used fabric from my stash, which means one side of the reversible hat is exactly like the last hat I made him, and the other is from one of the hooded towels I made from Sprout before she was born. Nothing like getting mileage out of one's purchase.

The model was not too pleased with having to wear the hat. Naturally.


I sketched quite a bit this week. Here's one page from my sketchbook. These are not for anything in particular, just playing around from my imagination, still working to let go of "how things look in real life":


And I (and J) helped Sprout create some clothes and wings for her paper dolls. These dolls ride llamas, complete with removable* Western saddles, btw, but I didn't get any photos of them. Alas.



I also did a lot of research about illustrating children's books--watching videos, tutorials, browsing sites for inspiration--and now I need to get back to finishing up the text.
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* Sticky tack is the greatest thing for paper dolls, infinitely re-stickable yet mess-free. Way better than paper tabs that get weak and tear from overuse.

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khiemtran
Apr. 12th, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
Very cool!
mnfaure
Apr. 13th, 2015 06:49 am (UTC)
I had fun doing all of it. Makes me wonder why I don't take more time to be creative during my week.
frigg
Apr. 12th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ahhh it's a "bøllehat", as always I was imagining something completely different. :p

Bottom sketch lady is interesting, looks very pro.
mnfaure
Apr. 13th, 2015 06:49 am (UTC)
Argh! Just typed up a long message and a loving child accidently erased it. Here we go again, condensed:

Yeah, "bucket hat" always puts a funny image in my mind.

Regarding sketching: Much like what you were talking about with "Know what you want," I find it takes me a while to completely own (or be willing to use) techniques. In this case, I've known/seen how important eye placement and size are, but because I've never been into drawing cartoonish figures, I haven't tried using it. It really gives you unique characters when you do, though.

Well, unique to a degree. So much stuff looks like other people's stuff. :P And I think that's the fear that keeps me from trying out tried-and-true methods. Instead I (ridiculously) try to reinvent the wheel when I should just own something and, once comfortable, meld it with my own talent and vision.
asakiyume
Apr. 12th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Those paper dolls are lovely--great costumes, great faces, and it's fun to see them out in the landscape. Sticky tack is a great idea! Makes me want to go make some paper dolls just so I can try it out. One thing I hated about tabs was how the clothes would swing around, revealing the doll underneath (the side tabs never seemed to help much).
mnfaure
Apr. 13th, 2015 06:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, the fairies quite enjoyed themselves in the tomato plants, amongst the tomatillo lanterns ..but I was more at ease when they were in the robust pomegranate tree. :P

I alway liked paper dolls but hated those dratted, ineffectual tabs!
xjenavivex
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:32 pm (UTC)

So cute!

mnfaure
Apr. 13th, 2015 06:21 am (UTC)
:D
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