This morning I decided to get crafty with polymer clay, which reminded me why I never make anything anymore: It takes forever. I wanted to make some pins for a friend of mine. One is a simple Deadpool character face and the other is a slice of narutomaki with a quote from the title character of the anime Naruto.
The narutomaki came out much bigger than I wanted it to, but making words out of clay is difficult at a small scale. It's about an inch and a half across. Deadpool actually turned out better than I was expecting, until I dropped the finished piece into a jar of glaze. I think my friend will probably like them anyway (it's the thought that counts), I'm just a little disappointed in my lack of glazing ability.
At lunch I tried quinoa. In case you didn't know, it looks like little bits of ants and tastes like nothing. I had to drown it in soy sauce and still only ate about half the bowl. It's a good thing someone invented gummy vitamins.
This afternoon, after watching a few episodes of Brooklyn 99 and ignoring my clay-tastrophies, I decided to do a little drawing. I've drawn more cats than anything else in my life (except maybe Pikachu) and since I wasn't in the mood for frustration I went with that.
This little orange cat is enjoying spending time outside, walking along under some bushes.
I want to be able to sketch out cute little cartoon guinea pigs as quickly as I used to draw cartoon cats all over my math homework. I don't want to copy other people's cartoon style, so I'm practicing from pictures of my real guinea pigs instead of borrowing from other people's drawings.
I probably should have tried drawing more short haired pigs first instead of miss Abyssinian cowlick queen Zelda, but I think it looks alright considering she's all fluff and no real shapes.
Whenever I draw I tend to start with a character's face. I made Zelda's too narrow and her ears are... well... I don't know what to do with guinea pig ears. But it's a start and I like it!
It's almost May, have a day!
When I was in school I used to draw on EVERYTHING, so using my new drawing tablet has been a lot of fun. Unfortunately I don't appear to have improved as an artist over the years since I haven't been practicing. BUT, enjoy my randomness:
Have a day!
On Monday I received a drawing tablet I bought online. I spent some time with it, drawing mediocre Hamtaro fanart mostly, and it's been so much more fun than trying to draw with a computer mouse.
If you are interested in digital art, I recommend trying a drawing tablet. There are smaller models available that come with a smaller price tag, but this is the one I have:
I had never had one before, but this one seems pretty nice. It has Bluetooth capability (which isn't important to me, but it might be to you) and a rechargeable pen stylus. Pen pressure allows you to make the lines you draw thicker or thinner depending on how hard you press down on the tablet (I didn't use this feature when I was playing around, but plan to in the future). The drawing area on this thing is huge! It's 11 inches across, giving plenty of space to make detailed drawings.
I have only had a couple of minor issues with the tablet. First, the driver disc that came in the box doesn't do anything and I had to download what was supposed to be on it from the manufacturer's website. Honestly it wasn't a big deal, just weird. My other problem is really a problem with Adobe Photoshop Elements, which lags slightly sometimes while I'm drawing. When I was sketching in plain-old Microsoft Paint there was no lag at all, but of course Paint doesn't have all the advanced features of Photoshop.
Tuesday was the sixth anniversary of the day I brought Zelda home from the animal shelter. We took a few pictures together, though she probably would have preferred not to.
Guinea pigs can live ten years or more, but on average they live between five and seven years. Over the past year or so Zelda has slowed down quite a bit. She doesn't stand at the cage bars and beg as often as Peach and Lilly, and she doesn't try as hard to get away when I try to pick her up. Despite this, she is still a pretty healthy pig and enjoys all types of vegetables, hay, and even those boring looking food pellets.
Wednesday I bought and assembled some wire shelving to put the gerbil tank on.
The tank is a little bigger than the top shelf, but it's sturdy so I'm not worried about the cat being able to knock it over. The gerbils don't seem to care about their new location, but it's good that they're not hogging the craft table anymore and their supplies now have a central location.
Well, it's Thursday now, so time to clean the guinea pig cages. I hope to post again soon. Until then, have a day!