Saturday, January 24, 2015

Studio Mascot!

I'm not sure what appeals to him more: (1) the heat register, (2) the enclosed, safe-feeling space, (3) the quiet, or (4) the fact that the minions usually don't notice him under there.

Fun Morning!

Are you sensing the sarcasm?

I am really not suited to sewing ribbon shoulder straps on itty-bitty doll dresses. My fingers are apparently HUGE, even though I never realized that before. The things we do for our kids!

Ergh.

And the elastic on the one dress was surprisingly hard to get a needle through, so I kept stabbing myself. Three dolls, six shoulder straps and one sore finger later, I'm done.

The good news is I didn't bleed on the dress and the dolls should now cease having embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

And the girl is happy with me. That's good.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work More = Draw Less

New additions to our pottery collection, courtesy of the girl.

The boy gave a speech in front of the mayor, school superintendent and a lot of parents.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photoshoot On My Desk.

I spent most of yesterday photographing new painted ceramic pieces to post in my Etsy shop. Normally I take pictures outside using natural light, but 15 degrees is not my idea of prime picture taking weather. Instead I made a tabletop light box (light cube, macro photo box, mini photo studio).

Here's a little Behind the Scenes How To ...
I used two pieces of white foam core board to build a small box.

QUICK TIP: Foam core is paper glued to stiff foam glued to paper. If you carefully cut through just the paper on one side, position the cut along the edge of a table and press down firmly you can create a 90 degree angle, making two sides for your box with one piece of board.

I then cut a piece that was the width of the box and half the height. This provides stability – also known as keeping the box from collapsing on itself – and allows me to "hang" backdrops (in this case a piece of handmade paper) using tape or bulldog clips.
Next I cut windows in the sides of the box for my light sources. Direct light from a flash or lightbulb creates a lot of glare and harsh shadows, causing you to lose details in your subject. Lining the window with tissue paper, velum, parchment paper, a white sheet or anything translucent will diffuse the light, making it softer and more flattering on your subject.

(SAFETY NOTE: Please don't put your light source right against whatever translucent material you choose. That would be a fire hazard.)
There are probably better, easier, faster ways to build a tabletop light box, but I'll be the first to admit I don't excel in three dimensions. Still, this method worked well for the majority of the shots I wanted to take.
Another alternative to a light box is natural light through a window. It just so happens we have a huge window, so I made use of that for a several "in use" photographs.
You probably already have areas in your home with "scenes" you can use to create similar photographs. The tops of bookcases ...
... or end tables, for instance. I need to get a better photographer's assistant – my current guy keeps falling asleep on the job.
Anyway, I could have set up something similar in the light box for these images, but using the natural light worked just as well.

So that's my little tutorial on making a light box and taking photographs of objects indoors. Hope you found it helpful and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Can There Be TOO MUCH Cute?

I don't know what it is about these little needle-felted creatures, but they make me smile. I really don't think I need to take up another craft, though, so I'll just get my fix drawing them.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Slow Start ...

A couple end of the year bumps carried over to the New Year, but things are getting back on track around here. Hope things are warmer than 5 degrees wherever you are hanging out today.

I keep telling myself at least it's sunny. 

Now if I could just feel my toes.

Sigh.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Book, New Cover ...

It's been a lazy day today. The family slept in, so the dog and I enjoyed a quiet morning to ourselves. Drawing, reading and a cup of tea for me; breakfast, belly rubs and uninterrupted loving for him.

About the time everyone else got moving, we decided a nap in the sunbeam sounded like a wonderful idea. It was.

The rest of the day has been filled with Mythbusters, trying out a pottery wheel, an easy baked ham dinner and now football. The last of which translates to more time to read for me and probably an early bedtime.

Not a bad way to start the new year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Draws to a Close ...

... quietly over here in Bladosville.

I've been drawing, folding clothes and reading.

The minions are determined to stay up until midnight. They don't care about the ball dropping in Times Square. In fact, they'd rather watch the Mythbusters marathon. They just get a charge out of staying up later than mom – I usually give up around 10:30 – and poking dad awake from his slumber on the couch.

Yeah, we really know how to greet the New Year in style!

I hope wherever you are, you ring in 2015 safely with all the fun and frivolity you can stand.

Best Wishes and Thank You for visiting. See you next year!

Karen


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I'm Not Drawing Today ...

... and I refuse to feel guilty about it.
Seriously, I have one spread left in this sketchbook, two days left in the year and kids who want to play board games ...

... NOW!

Guess what's going to win.