Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Floating Away

Over the weekend I didn't have a whole lot of time. I was attempting to get loose ends tied up with my thesis. My thesis is currently 53 pages and is in desperate need of revision. I finished up what I could, I'm still anxiously awaiting from a source, and sent the sucker off to my committee. I can get this sucker revised in two weeks before the quarter ends, just as long as my teachers get drafts back to me.

While I was attempting to sort out my own revisions and adding in more things I had forgotten I was working on this butterfly. I was going to embroider in some orange as that is the color these butterflies normally are, but this took well over two hours. Considering this is supposed to be a one-hour drawing I wasn't going to put that much effort into it. I'm noticing now that the wings aren't symmetrical... I'm nitpicking,  I know. I really feel the need to keep my sketchbook on me and actually draw thanks to these last two drawings. The bug has bitten me and knows I will have free time soon... Damn it...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I had a busy weekend again. This of course means my one hour drawings were embroidery. I find that my one hour embroideries are taking longer than one hour. Not that I mind that, it's so relaxing to sit and just embroider. It makes me want to draw more often, which after this quarter is over is just what I think I'll do.

Although, if I do draw more I highly doubt it will be sea creatures. I do like this jellyfish though. It was fairly easy to embroider. The reason its pink was because that was what thread I had on me, lots of shades of pink. The cloth is a bit wrinkly because I didn't have time to iron it quite yet. I spent an hour and a half scanning all of my one hour drawings into my computer. Sounds like bunches of fun doesn't it? Well, it wasn't. I had to scan everything because I'm required to turn in a CD at the end of the quarter with all of my drawings on it. I really want to keep ahead of that as my last day of work is also an important day at my work and it'll be more hectic than ever! Plus, if I do most of the tedious work now I'll have more free time later.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oh Dear

When my drawing professor saw all of my one hour drawings more than a week ago, he only had one request from me: Draw more figures. Lovely. Figures aren't my strong suit, or at least I don't think they are. I did take a drawing class back in undergrad because I wanted to strengthen that. I can draw people, but I need larger paper for that because we drew them on large scale paper and it just helps me to flush problem areas out.

I'm not overly fond of this embroidery, but that's all right. I opted out of doing a face here, it didn't look right when I did it the first time. She's a bit out of wack in places. I really should start drawing in my sketchbook. Eh, I'll get around to that after this class is over.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Under the Sea

I've finally reached desperation in trying to find things to draw. By that I mean when I go to draw on my pieces of cloth for my one hour drawings I can't think of anything that I should sketch out! This is bothersome because I still have 20 more drawings to do for my class, yes 20. I'm over half way done! Now if I wasn't busier than all get out I would have had these 50 suckers all done in 50 days, but thesis had taken over most of my life. Yes, had. That sucker has been finished in rough draft form for a while. I'm just waiting on revisions. Waiting for those suck.

Anyway, I pulled out one of my old sketchbooks to see if I could find some inspiration. And indeed I did find some! I drew this octopus over a year ago. He looks almost exactly the same in my sketchbook, except he's in color here. I would simply love to paint him, but I don't have paints or canvas here.

I was working on this while talking to my roommate and she pipped up that she wanted him. Oi... At least I know this little guy is cute! I'm not fond of the cut towards the bottom left, this is what happens when I draw things too low on the cloth and use scrap pieces.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Would You Like Fries With That?

 I've decided that I really need to get better pictures of these one hour drawings! Or a better camera... Hm... Yeah, better pictures are just slightly more realistic. Oh the woes of a poor college student. I'll just add a super nice camera to the list of things I want after I graduate, along with furniture and heaps of other practical things.

Yes, this is a burger. Yes, I was super bored when I drew this. Yes, I was watching TV and saw an add for either McDonalds or Burger King. It was an inspired burger. While I don't believe this is all that great and I need to fill in the burger so that the color comes out better this seems to amuse my drawing classmates. Whatever floats their boat I guess. The burger really isn't bad, I'm just not fond of drawing or embroidering food.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Birds of A Feather

Another one hour drawing, this time I got slightly bored at work and started to draw one of the paintings that was in the area I was sitting in. For being in a historic house I can only sit a few places, especially within the house. I keep telling my coworkers that one of these days I'll be in period dress while working on embroidery on the couch that's in one of the rooms. And yes, I am allowed to sit on said couch, it was re-fluffed and the like so us employees could sit in one of the rooms to help keep an eye on things. Apparently people have sticky fingers or something of the like.  

I left out quite a bit of detail with this bird, but it was an hour in the making. I'm not too pleased with the critter, but it's a drawing and I'm working on my skill. I feel like a Victorian girl while I'm working on these, appropriate because I work in a house that dates to the Victorian time.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beneath the Tree

This is another papercutting, in the ever lovely yellow paper. I had a lot of fun with this one and I have to say it turned out wonderfully.

The only thing I would have liked is to get some more detail into the figure at the bottom. I won't go back into this at the moment, but if I do another one I'm going to take more time for the person beneath the tree. This is probably my favorite paper cutting so far. I'm really liking how clean my new knife is cutting and how nice these bifolds come out.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Swirl Snowflake

I really like the design of this snowflake. It was pretty much just line work that worked out.

I drew this while I was chatting with my boyfriend the one day. I sometimes get antsy when I have to sit still for long periods of time and it helps when something is moving, like a foot or a hand. I just so happened to have a folded piece of paper next to me and here the result is. No... I did not cut this while chatting with the boy. I don't know how to get my phone on speaker and I need both of my hands to cut these.

Also, happy Lent for all of those who celebrate it. Yes, I am fully aware Lent is not supposed to be a happy, exciting time. I've decided that in these lovely 40 days before Easter I'm going to sew myself an Easter dress! I'm excited because it'll be the first garment in months that I have sewn! At least, that's the plan at the moment. I still have to dig through the patterns I have here to see what I have with me and if there's even a decent pattern to use for a dress. If not I'll have to go out and purchase a new pattern, oh darn!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Live in Knots

During the weekend that led up to the 15th I was attempting to get as many of my one hour drawings done as possible. I worked the entire weekend, which was my 4 days off from school. Not that I mind working at all! I like my job, but this was probably the only weekend I did not have one day off and other things that needed to get done.

I have time to sit and embroider at work, so this little thing came to be. I'm all right with it. It's not my favorite piece and the knots could have been done a bit better, but it was a rush job and well, it worked for what it needed to be.

Monday, February 20, 2012

We'll Meet Each Other There

I finally got away from just cutting out snowflakes! For this, I just folded a piece of paper in half and had fun. It's only yellow because I had extra of it and well, it needed to be used up somehow.

I decided to do an attempt with figures on this. They're not too bad, but there are definitely spots that could be a bit better, like the legs. I was very happy with how much detail I was able to get into this. Cutting through less paper seems to be key. Perhaps I'll actually get around to drawing on a single piece, then cutting. That's not looking promising.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Centered Off

I drew the pattern for this snowflake out a while ago. I had 30 of my lovely one hour drawings due on the 15th. So when did they all get done? Well... Most of them got done on the 14th, it was a lovely productive Valentines Day.

I tried to do something other than geometric designs with this snowflake. I'm quite happy with it, especially how the center turned out. I was originally going to have something else in the center but I accidentally cut out something important and this was just a result of that.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Leafing About

Sorry I haven't posted anything in two weeks! I had midterms, multiple art assignments due, and I finished the rough draft of my thesis. Needless to say it's been just a wee bit busy. Luckily for me things have calmed down just a bit and I've managed to get some one-hour drawings completed.

I'm still working on my lovely snowflakes, although I have branched out a bit. I was playing around with design and pattern on this one. I'm not very fond of the center but I do like how it looks as it goes out. Reminds me of looking at the top of a tree, a very symmetrical tree.

Please pardon the dinginess of my cutting board. My last project dealt with clear vinyl which I drew on with permanent marker. Well the permanent marker did NOT want to come off the material after I cut out the shapes and it got all over my cutting board in the process. Once I get around to taking my camera out to my studio I should be able to get a picture of my actual projects at some point.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Happy Groundhog's Day! I hope the little rodent predicts spring is going to come soon. Who am I kidding?! The little stinker always sees his shadow and we get six more weeks of winter.

Today's paper cutting was a product of a few days before hand. I'm very pleased with the finished product here. There are a few places where I accidentally cut through the paper, but some of them you can't see.

I noticed as I was cutting this out that my shapes, which I had based off a spiked pattern were starting to look like hearts. Apparently I'm subconsciously starting to think about Singles Awareness Day -er I mean Valentines Day... I think I may play around with this and yesterdays flakes for one of my larger art projects. But we shall see how that all works out. All I know is I won't be able to feel my finger again after I finish project two, it's going to be larger then four 17.5 inch snowflakes which means more cutting... yay....

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Yet another paper cutting. Aren't ya'll just getting bored of these yet? Well I'm not getting bored of making them! My finger was recovered enough that I could attack some paper today, and attack I did.

When I started this snowflake off  was a bit worried because of all the curve in it. Luckily those curves didn't do quite the number I thought they were going to on my finger. Don't get me wrong, it still hurts because I went ahead and started experimenting with different materials (baaaaaad idea). I have to say I really like this design.

I'm definitely enjoying this paper cutting but my sewing machine is starting to get jealous of my exact knife. Unfortunately, I won't be sewing anything for myself, with the exception of embroidery, until after my thesis is finished. Although, I may get adventurous when my rough draft is finished. We shall see. Until then, I hope you all are enjoying what I've been working on!