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Some Assembly Required

Phew. Almost forgot to get back on the posting bus.

So, today brings us one of the most unique Order Ups I ever had: “Four animals assembling IKEA furniture”.

What?

This request was recently filled because I found it’s beginnings in a box. Back in 2010, I was student teaching and had little time to draw. It was very difficult to learn how to live without drawing. So I reached out to different Order Uppers and asked for animals to draw. Animals have always been my favorite, and it was a game I played all through High School, “What Should I Draw?”. Yeah, I’m not an attentive student.

So my virtual game yielded a lot of results, and I penciled pretty happily. As I got close to Christmas, I thought I’d sculpt some since my teaching time was coming to a close. Candidates for sculpting were people that I really enjoyed. Top of that list were the gentlemen from LHT. Turns out with graduating and moving out of my apartment, I didn’t get to finish these sculptures. When I found them a couple of weeks ago, I went ahead and painted the lot.

 

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And so yielded an Animal Ikea playset.

They’re…well, they’re not doing too well. And that sloth is not helping in the least.

In my life, this is definitely the most unique sculpture I’ve ever done. So that’s a rare honor.

PS I typically add hyperlinks, and would indicate who I’m talking about more explicitly, but this gentlemen hasn’t received this package yet, and it’s a surprise! I’ll update with appropriate links and such when I know he’s got it.

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Sheli

Let's Do This

Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

(Please sing the post title to Rawhide)

Yes, as I hope the existence of this post proves, I’m not dead.

School was a thing that happened, and actually, I got the diploma in the mail a week ago. I don’t have the money to have it framed, but it still looks really spiffy in it’s cardboard envelope. I’ll sit it next to the poster tube where I keep my other diploma. It’ll be lovely.

What’s most exciting about talking about school in the past tense is that it’s over. Finished. Kaputski.

Do you know what that means?! DRAWING!

I’ve been steadily working on various projects since graduating, so I’ll start posting different pieces every Mon and Thur. I still haven’t caught up with my freedom, so I’ll take a bit to figure out what my drawing and website goals are. Till then, enjoy random stuff such as: Unicorn vs. Narwhal!

This was the start of a rather ambitious project for me. Not so much for ingenuity as for the time that I allowed myself to complete it. I think I brainstormed for days, then only had a week to sculpt it. It sounds like a lot, but work and life seem to get in the way.

Anyway, this was part of Laika‘s January creative challenge: Unicorn Sins. You had to craft a Unicorn embodying one of the Seven Deadly Sins. It took awhile for me to get the idea, but having a unicorn attack a Narwhal made me very happy.

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I learned a lot sculpting this, which is always what makes art worth my time.

(1) The rainbow was a particular challenge. It took a lot of time to work out what was most structurally sound was using one continuous wire up the rainbow, through the unicorn, then back down the rainbow. It took a lot of crafting, but I think the effect was worth it.

(2) You can put (some) wood in the oven. The internet was not as helpful as it usually is. Most websites said that if I put wood in the oven I would kill everything I ever held dear. But since I had put in so much time sculpting that stupid rainbow and narwhal, I thought the risk was worth it.

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Definitely a fan of the overall piece. I’d be a butt if I didn’t mention that the unicorn design comes from Brianne Drouhard. Love her style. If I had more time, I would have made the design more individual, but time was what it was. Best I can do is just credit Ms. Drouhard every chance I get.

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So Long and Thanks for All the Omega-3

This isn’t goodbye forever, just until 12/13/2012.

Guys, I am so scared.

Some context: You may be tangentially aware that I’m in school. I’m not even that aware because the entire degree has been hilariously easy.

And now it’s like all of the Academic Gods have sought to punish me.

I have spent more hours studying this week than I can ever remember doing for any class, ever. I watched all the lectures, read all of the notes, checked all of the discussion posts, and the highest grade I received, that I worked so HARD for, was a 60%.

I am so scared.

I do have two other classes, but they’re pretty open and shut. There’ll be plenty of work in them, but I get reading and writing papers. This other class…..

SO. That leaves me thinking how much drawing time I’ll have. Well, it took me three and a half hours to answer ten homework questions. I got all of them wrong.

I’M NEVER DRAWING AGAIN.

That’s not true (it just feels very true) but it does mean I can’t be reliable. I was really proud of how on-top of my schedule I got. It’s not a skill that I lost, but now I’ll have to use it to combat the forces of me-failing-school. I have a grand history of being an F student, but for this degree I’ve maintained a 4.0. You better believe that I will not lose that without exhausting every brain-resource that I have.

I’ll check in every now and then with a sketch or two, but it won’t be regular again until 2013. I hate that that’s true, but I’d hate me more if I didn’t try my hardest to win this degree.

As I can’t post without posting a picture, here’s a library sign I made:

 

No, I don’t know anyone that likes unicorns. And yes, I think that’s hysterical.

I will see you guys on the other side.

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PaJaF 15: Altogether Spooky

This is a thing I forget about Peter all of the time. It’s not something used in the comics often, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s definitely in Peter’s wheelhouse. Fortunately, I’m not afraid of bugs or many creepy things, so my love of the Web-Head is not messed with. I was pretty surprised by how many people I met in my adult life that hate spiders. I would want to talk about how some spiders eat birds, or how they have cool mating rituals, or how the Trap Door spider has the weirdest, most intricate back….and would be told to GO AWAY. It’s a fear so prominent for several of these friends, that they cite that as their reason for not liking Spider-Man. Since Pete is usually so preoccupied with saving New York and doing his homework, I forget to regard him in that context. But when I acknowledge it…yeah, that dude could be mad creepy.

Pete, never change.

Please.

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PaJaF 14: Do You Have Insurance?

 

 

I have no idea what Ferris Bueller antics they got into, but they’re in deep. This is one of those moments where it would be really nice if Johnny had super strength.

In other news, I’m sorry. I drew buildings. And I drew a car, and these are things that I shouldn’t be allowed to do. The more depressing thing is, even for these three miniscule buildings, it takes a hunk of time to draw them. Oy vey.

And while I do wish they looked better, I won’t say I regret drawing them. I learned, and that would be a silly thing to regret. Since non-organic shapes are the thing I’m least successful with, they garner the acknowledgement that I need to practice them more. So I’ll work on them, and I’ll get better. But like inking, wait a few years before you expect to see proficiency.

Is that car simply penciled after a hot wheel? Why, yes. Yes it is.

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Peter, you're face is going to stay like that.

PaJaF 13: Life is Full of Johnnys

Not quite a return to form, but man this looks way better than Tuesdays.

This is one of those things that’s true about Johnny that no one really cares to mention. He’s kind of a genius at engines. That Dr. Storm didn’t raise no dummies. It’s just hard to be noticed when your brother is in the next room gaining access to alternate dimensions. It’s something that I think is really good for Johnny. Honestly, when you measure him up against a lot of other supes, he comes out pretty powerful. He’s also charismatic and more than a little bit of a showboat. All of these qualities could coalesce into a stellar A-lister.

But then there’s that family of his.

When your nephew is down the hall being the god of his own universe, you lose a little steam, and gain a lot of perspective. Despite being the Human Torch, most occupants of the Baxter Building reinvent an area of science before breakfast. They do more with their minds then they ever will with their powers. (One of my favorite qualities of Mr. Fantastic). So it doesn’t matter that Johnny can do a lot of science pretty well. Or can destroy the world with a Nova blast. Until he’s thoughtful enough to apply his talents in ways that effect lives, they’re useful in few situations.

Obviously, Mr. Storm loses his temper, or plays pranks that go quite south. But no matter the circumstances (even if he caused them) he’s ready to be the heart of the team. Against big brains and long odds, he doesn’t have a lot. But he never gives up. And if it’s his family that I have to thank for that, I guess I can be okay if he’s not always in the spotlight.

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PaJaF 12: Damsel In Distress

 

Johnny is that damsel. Don’t you have school too, Johnny? Seriously, what do you do all day?

This is the quickest PaJaF I’ve ever done. Which isn’t saying much since I’ve been working on it for five hours. And there’s no backgrounds. And it looks pretty poor. So yes, I guess you get what you put into it.

I know I’m on the cusp of having my head back on straight, I just need to get through the next couple days of work (busy, busy!) and then clean up this landfill that is my room. I find having a messy room so distracting.

And after all that’s done, I start school again so…!

Yeah, we’ll probably be seeing rushed pictures until December 2012.

GUYS. Let’s all look forward to January.

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For the Love of Libraries

I did have all of these grand aspirations to draw PaJaF right after I got home, but I’m kind of full of grand aspirations, so I chose to finish another one today instead. Despite my recent couple of weeks, I don’t revel in lying to you, my adoring public. But there’s another group that I probably definitely value a little more than you….maybe.

It’s come up before, but I work at a library. I’m in charge of having the most fun. I support this claim by sharing the fact that I was paid to fill water balloons today. To further illustrate this, I will, as a requirement of my job, peg children in the face with water balloons this coming Friday.

You might be coming to an understanding about why I love my job.

As a Teen Librarian I have to concoct mischievous happenings for me and my ragtag gaggle of chillun’. I play with and teach a diverse and highly talented group of kids. It’s quite the privilege, and I hope their parents never figure out the shenanigans we get into.

With ALL of that in mind, it is entirely frustrating that I’m part time. For many reasons, but mostly because I want to have so much more time to plan and improve the experience the kids have at my library. There’s SO MUCH to do, and what feels like so little time to get it done. Then I feel bad for not giving the kids everything I think they deserve, and the guilt cycle goes round and round.

Earlier this week I decided I’d punch that guilt right out of my life. Don’t know how long I’ll keep it up, but for at least a few tasks my work day will not stop when I clock out. I made a list of things that tick me off, and I’ll dominate them at home one by one.

To that end, I do have some art to show you.

This is our new book request box. I’ve loathed the box we have for months. But I’ve also made it very clear that you should not allow me to work on art at work. I wouldn’t have settled for a box that was less than this awesome monster. Which means I would have taken a work day and a half to make a….request box. Not exactly an optimum use of time.

Never changed that it bugged the crap out of me.

So I took a couple of packaging boxes, a lot of medical tape, paint, and one shaky exacto knife and came up with this gentleman.

You toss your request in his mouth, and I’ll pop by every week or so to see what’s inside.

         

I’m inordinately proud of his simple fasten in the back. I wish photos conveyed the weight great textures of sculptures better. It’s every aspect that makes a sculpture great, lost on a 2D format. So use your brains and imagine how satisfying this behemoth might be.

This will not be the last of my home projects. I was pretty excited about this guy (I knew it was a mistake to not clear my desk before work) so I finished him instead of focusing on PaJaF. The next couple of PaJaF are really simple, so hopefully no matter what other projects I make (I’m SO excited for one) I’ll have enough time for both.

Ah, and so some of you can get the Fantastic fix you need:

This is a small kokeshi, or Japanese wooden doll. We painted a bunch of them in Anime Club. The kids did an AWESOME job and graciously did not make fun of me for making yet another Human Torch item. That’s why they’re keepers.

And for those paying attention? I had to get paid to paint kokeshi. Too wonderful.

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