Illustration, Design, Comics, and Nonsense. My madness keeps me sane.

My Small Sentimental Bit on Steam Powered Giraffe

I was at the last concert that Rabbit ever wore (at the time) his infamous coachman’s hat. I was at the last concert that Rabbit wore pants. I have a poster signed by former members of the band that I will probably never see again. There will always be people who boast or lament about these kinds of things. But while all of those things I mentioned are meaningful and significant to me in their own way, this band isn’t about lasts. It’s about firsts.

Instead I think about the first time Hatchworth joined the band on stage, and won us over with his adorkable antics. Or the first time the Walter Girls joined them on stage. Or the first time the Spine marched into the room with those glowing silver spines (I was ecstatic to actually be privy to that one). Or the first time Rabbit stepped on stage as a female, and the absolute glow and excitement she gave off as she did. Or the first time they introduced Bebop, and now Qwerty.

As much as Matt and Mike and Paige leaving the band affected me, I am no less enthused by the band’s work and where they’re headed. Every time I’m shaken and unsure about the direction the band is heading, they come back and win me over with their sincerity and confidence in themselves and their vision. One of the most amazing parts about being part of this fandom is being able to join them on every step of their constantly and rapidly evolving journey. It can’t go stale, because it’s growing and changing as quickly and dramatically as the people who make it possible. Bunny’s most recent blog post just reaffirmed that for me, and I couldn’t be more excited.

I can’t wait to see Rabbit’s beautiful new costume in person. I can’t wait to see the re-worked show and all of the new tech and projections. I can’t wait to hear “Go Spine Go” live. I can’t wait to meet the completely adorable new Walter Girl Chelsea. No show is ever the same, and that’s how it should be.

See you in Detroit guys, and thanks for the amazing journey.

You probably thought I forgot all about Cosplay Tuesday BUTIACTUALLYDIDN’TANDITWASAPRILFOOLS!

Actually yeah. I did forget. Completely. Not fooling anyone there.

So because I really haven’t done anything cosplay worthy this past week, have these crappy quality pictures instead from when I was playing around with the Spine’s make-up to potentially cosplay as him this summer. I have everything I need…except that damn vest….you certainly make it challenging David…

I call the first one “what if the Spine had bangs…?”

Also in the second picture I wore the make-up to a party casually with clothes vaguely SPG-themed.

Some properly proper art
Last project for my favorite class, Intro to Digital Illustration, we had to do a painting of a skyscraper in Detroit, so naturally I picked my favorite-ist building in all of downtown, the Renaissance Center.
This was done entirely with a rasterized image, though I did cut paths with the pen tool in the beginning to make the clean shapes of the buildings. The goal of this project was to learn how to make realistic and artistic images with simple shapes and minimal effort.
I’ll probably post some of the pictures from the photo shoot I did for this project, because I got so many rad pictures that didn’t get used that I really like as well.

Some properly proper art

Last project for my favorite class, Intro to Digital Illustration, we had to do a painting of a skyscraper in Detroit, so naturally I picked my favorite-ist building in all of downtown, the Renaissance Center.

This was done entirely with a rasterized image, though I did cut paths with the pen tool in the beginning to make the clean shapes of the buildings. The goal of this project was to learn how to make realistic and artistic images with simple shapes and minimal effort.

I’ll probably post some of the pictures from the photo shoot I did for this project, because I got so many rad pictures that didn’t get used that I really like as well.

Someday I’ll have a consistent style. Someday. Today is not that day.
I…needed a Loki poster for my wall so I made one. That’s my pretend justification okay?
I don’t even know about the background and border colors, I fiddled with them for ages. I chose the combination I disliked the least.
I’ve been looking for a simpler, cleaner way to shade for things like comics so I tried a three tone shading, and I like how it turned out a lot. So I consider that a success.
Also forcing myself to focus more on linework in digital stuff. Doing linework on the computer kicks my ass.

Someday I’ll have a consistent style. Someday. Today is not that day.

I…needed a Loki poster for my wall so I made one. That’s my pretend justification okay?

I don’t even know about the background and border colors, I fiddled with them for ages. I chose the combination I disliked the least.

I’ve been looking for a simpler, cleaner way to shade for things like comics so I tried a three tone shading, and I like how it turned out a lot. So I consider that a success.

Also forcing myself to focus more on linework in digital stuff. Doing linework on the computer kicks my ass.

Cosplay Tuesday

Woooah kay it’s Tuesday again already. Since this is the only moderately consistent thing I’ve got going on at the moment I feel the need to keep it going.

So like I said last week, this week’s shenanigans involved armor making, which I’ve never done before. And yeah, in form with my current theme I warned you about, the cosplay-I-said-I’d-never-do-but-am-doing-anyway is indeed Loki. I’m doing the costume from the first Thor movie because it will be easier to make with the resources I have available at the moment and I don’t see as many people do that one.

Not included is the  3+ hours it took me to cut out all of these (individually drawn) pieces. Matte board may be flexible and pliable, but it is still tough as fuck to cut. Also the frame for the shoulders that supports the cape. Derp.

I also nominate these pictures for “lighting conditions and ISO settings so shitty they look like they already have an instagram filter on them.”

Next week, styling my Elsa wig that FINALLY arrived! And probably updates on the armor as I hope to have all the pieces cut and spray-painted by then.

It started with a couple of dreams some weeks ago and then stuck with me, and Loki has become my poison of the month.

So bear with me while I attempt (poorly) to get that out of my system~

Also gonna start art for my original webcomic ideas tonight! Finally!

I made a dumb thing

At some point there was a thread circulating around that I now can’t find talking about how Cap and Thor and Loki from The Avengers would basically have no idea what the heck was going on around them on Earth, and how hilarious it would be to see them just try to do everyday things

There was one about Loki yelling at a toaster and that stuck in my brain so here have this shitty thing that I spontaneously sketched and decided to color and took me way longer than it should have when I should have been doing other things. Procrastinatioooooon

I like panel 4

The only one in which I managed to make Loki look remotely like Tom.

"He’s misunderstood!"

"Yeah well, Mr. ‘Misunderstood’ is currently in the kitchen throwing a toaster at the wall."

Cosplay Tuesday

One of the three cosplays that I will be wearing in April, my own robot/automaton AVI, inspired by the SPG crowd and what will be my modus operandi for steam powered shenanigans since the band is returning for Midwest Media Expo.

It’s been kind of a work in progress, but I think I may have landed on a finite design for the time being. These are pictures from previous incarnations (including one in which I didn’t have the metallic paint yet, as you might notice up top, lol.)

Next week will be MATTE BOARD ARMOR BUILDING SHENANIGANS! For the originally unplanned and wasn’t-going-to-happen-but-I-changed-my-mind-and-am-doing-it-anyway Cosplay #3!  I’ve never done that before so it should be an adventure.