Monday, April 19, 2010

Logically, Jim.

Even though I moved house two months ago, I still have a couple of boxes of random stuff out in the garage... Every weekend I go out and sort through them a little bit more, often times coming across the odd DVD I thought I'd lost or a book I want to sell back to Powell's or an old sweatshirt or a random box of old paintbrushes, but two weeks ago I found a piece of nostalgia:

I remember playing this computer game when I was in grade school and loving it. I actually got it to work on one of the computers and it runs super fast. 32 bit animation and all, it is glorious. The strategy part of the game is supremely easier ,now, than it was for my nine year-old-self. A relief. I'm glad I'm smarter and quicker on the up take than nine-year-old me. I guess staying in school was worth it after all. Har har har.
Anyway, fan art to follow. Zoombinis are rad.


music: Tally Hall - Haiku
TV: ashes to ashes (UK)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How to Make A Dragon?

I am obsessed, like I said a couple of posts ago, so why not make my own Toothless toy? I'm too cheap to go out to WalMart and buy one for $12... so I made one out of Sculpey. I made the head and then the body. I attached them with a toothpick and smoothed them out. Then I attached the claws and the tail and wings.
I baked him at 275 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Now I am painting him with black and green acrylics.
I'm on my second coat and have not done the eyes yet.

The painted pictures are a bit blurry because the paint is so reflective wet, I couldn't really get a good picture, but when I'm done I will post angles of Toothless when he is dry.

Love, Nana

TV: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Now I Want A Dragon.

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon.
I do not own this book, but I have seen it and it is glorious. Amazon has copies for $27 and it's hard to just not pay part of my bills to buy a copy, but I'm holding fast... but for how much longer? Blah.
Anyway, you should go out into the world and at least see this book in person. And if you still haven't seen the movie, it is very much worth it. The book is almost better because it goes into detail about the development of the story and characters and the designs inside are amazing. I want to draw like that.

Maybe someday I will. :)


music: the radio
drink: Peace Tea Green Tea

I'm gonna go to Babylon and get me some whiskey, Gonna get me some whiskey now...

ME (below)

Studies for a series of pin-ups I want to do. And a ninja.

Stressed out. But such is life.
Weekend right now, though. Monday through Wednesday. Strange weekend. Good weekend. Job hunting. Made eggs, toast, coffee. Cleaned. Store. Bought groceries with invisible money. Fixed broken taxes. Headache. Lovelovelove and loved. <3 Gotta make some changes. Gotta go somewhere else for a little bit, but there's nowhere else to go.

Love, Nana
p.s. blog title today from Regina Spektor's song Pavlov's Daughter from 11:11.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"the big bad music makes me go insane!"

So, I went to see How to Train Your Dragon in 3D and I felt like I was going to explode. I don't really get obsessive about things, in general, and I learned in grade school that buying into fades was mostly just a waste of money, but I find myself obsessed with that movie. The design was incredible and the story was more original than most of the films that have been coming out recently. The character design, specifically the varieties of dragons, blew my mind. Not that they were unimaginable, but the care with which they were designed and the study of how they all moved exceeded my brain's capacity of awesome.
So, above, you will see two depictions of Toothless, the Night Fury, whose design is unfortunately NOt mine, but I mean no criminal intention by reproducing his likeness.
In other words, go see this movie. Check out the art book, it is beautiful.
I also include two girlies and a free-form bird I drew off of a random watercolor splotch I made.
I've been trying to work more on making permanent marks right-off, instead of relying so heavily on pencil, but it's tough.

LOVE, Nat.

music: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Oh Yeah [Save My Soul]