Friday, February 5, 2010


I stumbled upon these gorgeous spats, handmade by a German artist named Maide. She uses thick, patterned fabrics, lots of buttons, embroidery, little bobbles, and prints (likely on fabric) of master's like Mucha & Klimpt's work - for a very art nouveau/victorian feel. I would love to own a pair of spats myself!

Make sure to check out her other work (click on her name above).

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Finally, a sunny day!

It was sunny today. Perfect excuse to take the camera out :3 There's nothing like a blue sky and warm sunlight when all you've seen is gray for months.

The trees, roof tops, and street lamp silhouette the beautiful sunset

An airplane zipped by. I really like how the electrical power lines and the plane's smoke lines cross. Nifty.

Nice silhouette of a tree against the beautiful blue sky.

I found this abandoned little milk keychain. So cute! (he's now washed and adopted).

First Blossoms of the New Year

All the plants are starting to blossom!


I just got my very first moleskin sketchbook! [:
The purchase was inspired by Iphigen, who creates lovely traditional illustrations. Here's an example of her work:

She has a really neat video where she's flipping through her moleskin sketch book. I find it hypnotic! Her 'sketches' are so beautiful that I hate to call them just that. They really look like finished pieces. I hope to make a video of my own moleskin when I finish filling all of the pages. Check out her vid here:

Moleskine Nr2 from Angie Hoffmeister on Vimeo.

Lost things

Gah... I seem to have misplaced two important character drawings! I've been searching high and low, and they're no where to be found. This is where a prayer to Saint Anthony to recover lost or stolen things comes in:

O blessed St. Anthony,
the grace of God has made you a powerful advocate
in all our needs and the patron
for the restoring of things lost or stolen.
I turn to you today with childlike love and deep confidence.
You have helped countless children of God
to find the things they have lost,
material things, and, more importantly,
the things of the spirit: faith, hope, and love.
I come to you with confidence;
help me in my present need.
I recommend what I have lost to your care,
in the hope that God will restore it to me,
if it is His holy Will.


I feel it's a little contradictory to pray to God to help me recover a drawing that would be considered tres naughty by the church. Hmm...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Why do we draw?

I was thinking over the past couple of days about why I draw.

Why do some people start to draw and just keep doing it? What is our need and fascination with drawing? Some draw from life, photographs, imagination, or a mixture of all three. I draw every day... Whenever I'm being idle and not drawing, my fingers are always itching for a scrap of paper and pencil. That comforting weight of a sketchbook on my lap. Half listening/half drawing.

I know why I started to draw. I did it because I really liked making characters with personalities, and lives in an imaginary world. As I drew each character their whole life and world grew with them. It was sort of a way of escapism I think. Kind of like playing with Barbies, only with dragons and faeries. I did it because I needed to tell stories, or create them, and see them at the same time.

That's my story... what's yours?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I love the new Black Eyed Peas music video for their song 'Meet Me Halfway'. Totally steampunk meets forest goddess aka awesome.

Immortal Jellyfish - No, I am not bull-shitting you!

I was on Crystal aka rustykeloid's deviantart looking at her new art... and someone commented on her Jelly Fish pic saying that a Jelly Fish was found that is biologically immortal. I had an immediate - holy shit - moment, and of course had to wiki it.

What I learned:

Jelly fish start out as little polyps, then they hatch and reach sexual maturity within weeks, and after laying eggs, they die. The Turritopsis nutricula, is different because when it reaches sexual maturity and lays its eggs, it starts to revert back to the polyp stage. It goes from baby to adult, then adult to baby, and repeats the process indefinitely, or until it's nervous system is removed.

According to wiki:

The umbrella turns inside out; middle section and tentacles are reabsorbed before the polyp spawns. Stolons form two days before the polyps differentiate.
[3] The ability to reverse the life cycle is probably unique in the animal kingdom, and allows the jellyfish to bypass death, rendering the Turritopsis nutricula biologically immortal. Laboratory tests showed that 100% of specimens reverted to the polyp stage.

So it's true. This creature has discovered its own little fountain of youth. Now as fascinating as this is, I have to say that I don't think humans would be able to cope well with having to revert back to children/babies, and then go through puberty over and over... the emotional baggage would be pretty severe I think. But that's assuming we'd retain all of our memories from our childhoods and adulthoods. If we didn't retain our earlier lives, or regenerations, then it would be like reincarnation, only within the same body.