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I have been surprisingly effective when it comes to crocheting this week, so with the blue pocket bag finished, I’ve started another small project I’ve been meaning to do for the past 4-5 months or so.
Over the past three days I’ve experimented with various lighting and two different cameras when it comes to taking photos of my crochet stuff, and to my dismay I’m able to take better photos with my phone.
Anyway, here’s a sneak peek at my super secret project thing because I’m almost done with my Rubber Onion Battle Entry and I promised myself I’ll finish it today. So no time for other sketches and stuff. Look at some yarn instead, isn’t the blue pretty?

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Distracting Tactics

If I don’t finish this animation soon I’ll quickly run out of other distracting things to show here daily!

This is another pocket-bag I’m working on at the moment. The green one is finished, and I spent the sunny morning hours trying to take good photos of it. The general idea here is to try and sell some of this stuff on Etsy at some point, so I’m stocking up and doing my research in the meantime.

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So far the animation looks terrible. I’m learning A LOT as I go along, and today I realized I made some major mistakes waaaaay at the start. If I start redoing everything from scratch (AGAIN) I will not finish this on time, so I’m just moving on, knowing that it’ll come out looking bad. But seeing how the point of this exercise is to learn how to do puppet animation in Toon Boom, I think I’m accomplishing my goal. Uglily, awkwardly, but I’m getting there 😀

Funny-looking Old Doll

It’s amazing what one might find while rummaging through art boxes looking for some pretty shells! I started this doll back in 2008, think it was the first of its kind, with face, hands and feet sculpted out of DAS clay, and the body crocheted. I learned a lot about building the body with this one, and my following dolls were either built around a strong wire base, or had their limbs attached separately with a movable joint stitch.
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I remember abandoning her after getting extremely frustrated with the hair, I couldn’t get it to stay where I wanted it to, and it kept getting horribly tangled up. Still no idea how to work with that stuff 😛

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The tip of her nose and one of the ears got chipped after all the moving, but strangely enough I find it endearing… for now. I can’t remember why I started making her though, it wasn’t for any school assignment, but I remember going out to buy all the materials I needed, which I never used for anything else.

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I felt a little silly putting a date on her foot at the time, but I’m really glad I did. Wish I datestamped all of my old doll stuff.

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And this has been another edition of “I’m still animating, so look at this other thing in the meantime”. Have any of you discovered any old creations lately?

Ladybugs and Weekend Plans

The green pocket bag is coming along nicely, I’m hoping to finish it this week, now that I’ve finally bought the needed buttons.

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In other important updates, I’m refining the characters for this month’s animation super-short, and trying to wrap my head about rigging the cutout puppets and stuff. Much tutorial reading and watching happening over here. Tomorrow will be pretty busy with family stuff, and all my big creative plans are for this weekend, hopefully with my mom  doing a lot of baby-sitting.

Curly Dogs and Drawing Frogs

Got my first crochet commission in a long time. It’s going to be a pocket bag with a white fluffy dog, and it needs to be done by Thursday, so a pretty neat start of February 🙂 The biggest challenge with these bags is that since I want them to be both delicate and sturdy, I use a very small hook with this yarn, so the process takes a little longer than it normally would. It works great with crocheting tiny details though, I’m really looking forward to making the dog!

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And here’s my last daily comic diary page for a while. We spent hours drawing together today, and I’m getting rather good at drawing animals upside down. Now that I think about it, I should’ve drawn this entire page upside down.. But that’s now a missed opportunity. (Her favourite animals today were frogs, closely followed by bees)

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Looking at my list of artistic goals I set for January, I’ve accomplished 2/4: participated in the R.O. Battle and posted daily in this blog. (I didn’t do any work on Boonka, and I’m not going to include any of this month’s drawings in my portfolio.)
I’ve set the goals for next month in my Bullet Journal and I’m looking forward to colouring them task boxes in!
So far, I’m extremely happy with the way I’m organizing everything with the journal, and I’ve become a lot more productive with my time in this past week or so.

How was your January? What’s the one thing that stands out the most when you think about it?