Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I'm going to Seoul, Korea soon

Anyone out there have interesting ideas about things to do in or around Seoul?

I'm currently eyeballing a couple of art supply stores and some tea shops. I'm wondering about neat things to try eating and fun bars to go to.

Also there is a puppet theater and an animation museum in Chuncheon that I'm curious if it is worth the trip to check out. Nami island sounds pretty as well and a hike would be fantastic.

This just in, Chuncheon hosts the International Mime Festival!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Clay form for paper mache

I spent a good portion of today making this clay sculpt of an owl. It's about 2 feet tall. 
Now that the sculpt is done this guy will be covered in saran wrap and we will duplicate him several times using paper mache. This is a great technique for making very light, durable, and CHEAP replicas. While putting down the mache you can use butter knives and things to really press in crisp details. Just remember to let your clay become somewhat hard(not dry hard) before mache-ing it or you will squish your sculpture.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Come make Giant Puppets!

Toni and Sarah make giant puppets and are fun teachers of their art. They have free classes running from the Powerhouse in Fremont on puppet making over the next month. If you have the slightest interest in puppets you should drop by and learn some fun new things about making giant living creations.

Check out updates and progress of their ensemble for this year's Solstice Parade and Folklife Fair in Seattle.

Also, we sure could use a few volunteers to be puppeteers during the parade to fly giant birds, wolves, and tree creatures. Drop on by the Powerhouse any weekend or evening during the next month to check out the parade ensembles under development, and better yet, raise your hand and volunteer when you do drop by!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I've got clay imbedded under my nails and a well of ink by my side. Feels damn good.

Moleskin seems to handle india and sumi ink and water very well. My Lamy bleeds through it fairly easily, but not too much using Pelican ink. Markers eat straight through a page and bleed into the next like acid. Is it the alcohol in the marker or my blood?

The sun shone brightly all week and I'm glad for it.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Amiskwia plush creature

Matt's been getting me pumped about the Burgess Shale fossils. We have PLANS! Well, vague plans... Which will lead to ridiculousness.

In the meantime, I made a first pass at a plush Amiskwia sewing pattern. The photo gallery shows the whole process from concept to finish. :( My sewing machine "broke" just before I attached it's tail and whiskers, so they are crudely stuck on there. I'm sewing machine retarded and gave up trying to solve the problem pretty fast.

I used felt to make this creature and that was not wise. He's kinda stiff and the fabric didn't expand like I was planning, so he is a skinny little thing. Poor starving Amiskwia!

Eddy the Plesiosaur

This creature was made from the same pattern set as the earlier dinosaur post. With a few additions. I think I spent around 20 hours on him. I am not so fast with the crochet.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

fun song

Heard this song at life drawing today and DUG it. Surprised to find out it was the Kinks!

Seattle keeps pretending like winter is finally over and then pulling the wool over my eyes. The plants are into it, but it's still cold. I've been drawing plenty lately, but most of it has been work related doodling. You'll see the results eventually in GW2. I'll try to get some not so secret work up here soon, maybe even today.

I'm trying to live like summer is here even if the weather is faking me out. Tea, beer, buddies. Getting outside and keeping the brain and body busy. Remembering to take naps in a sunny spot, but not letting all the light go to waste.

A simple, surprisingly entertaining board game is Hopla. I picked this up a couple weeks back and LOVE it.