7 Day Gimp Challenge- Day 3

I’ve been bad about updating my posts for the Gimp challenge, mostly because I’d rather work on my pictures than post them online. So… here’s day three!

I was really mad my first original painting in Gimp 2.8 didn’t look the way I wanted it to, so I decided to try to paint more original pictures before I began to figure out how to add backgrounds, layers, ect. I didn’t want to draw more people, so I painted a still life.

The reference for my still life was some of the books and a spool of tulle that was sitting near my computer.

This is how it turned out….

still life cThis painting is the first still life I ever painted digitally and ever did in color. It was hard, mostly because I wasn’t using a pencil or paper, but I’m glad I did it. I learned a lot! I’ll probably do more of them in the future, but for now this is the only still life in color and/or painted digitally I’ve done. 🙂

7 Day Gimp Challenge- Day 1

Back in January, I tired to do a 30 Day Art Challenge. I ended up stopping it because I had too much going on in my life to continue it. Now, it’s August, and I decided to try again. This time, for Gimp.

I usually paint pictures using Gimp for a variety of reasons, mostly because I’m not a professional artist and I don’t make money off my paintings. So, I don’t think buying a program would be a good idea because I cannot pay for a new program using the funds I make off my art. Gimp is free, and fits my needs as a “hobbyist”.

I usually work with Gimp 2.6, but in the past few months it’s been acting strangely. I finally gave up and uninstalled the whole program. After searching online, I found that there is a Gimp 2.8. I downloaded that and began to play with the program. I soon realized there are parts that are different than 2.6 and I needed to make myself practice using it. I’m not fond of doing art whenever I feel like it, mostly because I want a purpose for doing my work, so I’m making myself do another art challenge. This time for seven days instead of thirty and all my work must be done in Gimp.

This is the first picture I made in Gimp 2.8….


It’s not much fun to look at, unless you like textures and such, but that’s it. I used the brushes that are “new” and the air brush tool to make this picture. Although this isn’t my usual type of art, it does have a purpose. I wanted to see how the brushes looked and which one I might be able to use for backgrounds, hair, designs on cloth, ect.

I might use it as a background for a picture in the future, but I’m still working on trying to learn how to draw using 2.8 so a background might not show up until the 7 days are almost over.

Shinny Kaylee Painting

Lately, I’ve been trying to draw/paint pictures of people and/or characters that aren’t from Doctor Who. I’ve watched Firefly a while ago, but I still love Kaylee and I can relate to her more times than not. I also love the dress she wears in the episode “Shindig”. (I’ll never make it for myself as a cosplay, but that’s beside the point of this post…) Since I love the dress so much, I decided to try to draw Kaylee wearing it!

As always, clicking on the pictures will take you to the deviantART submissions of the same picture.

Line art…

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Although the line art is fairly “cartoon” looking and looked nothing like what I pictured in my head, I decided to move forward with the painting and colored it. I did learn a lot about accepting my drawing style while working on this painting and I now think the paining as what could be a cartoon version of Firefly. (Hey, it’s fun to dream it’s possible!)

I’d like to go back and paint Kaylee again one day, but for now this is it for me. 🙂

Fable 3 Princess Suit~ Part 1

It’s been a while since I made a post here on this blog, so I decided I should talk about a costume I’ve been working on since December 2011, the Fable 3 Elegant Princess Suit.

Anyone remember that costume? I don’t blame you if you didn’t. I forgot I was working on it until recently. Here are some picture of the costume…


I thought I finished it back in 2012, but after a while I realized the bodice wasn’t going to fit me (and might fall off while I was wearing it!). So, I decided I needed to remake whole entire bodice. Continue reading “Fable 3 Princess Suit~ Part 1”

New Sewing Machine

The past few weeks have been hard on me post-wise, especially when it comes to sewing. The reason why is because of my sewing machine.

I already had a sewing machine, a Singer, but I messed up the timing of it a year ago. I would have been more than happy to get it fixed, but I had trouble finding someone that lives in my area that can fix a Singer. (They can fix a Brother, Jerome, ect. but not a Singer) I made do with my grandmother’s old machine, but it has some serious problems of its own. Still, the timing works and if you work with it very gently, it would sew straight stitches and maybe zig zag stitches if it wants to cooperate.

Recently, I’ve begun to work with fabric that needs to be sewn using a more dependable machine (Specifically the taffeta for my Snow White dress) and my grandmother’s machine has begun to act pickier and stranger than before. A few months ago, I began looking for a new machine to serve as a more dependable back-up machine than my grandmother’s. I finally found one, a Singer 4411 Heavy Duty sewing machine and I ordered it.

After waiting a long time for reasons I won’t go into, the machine finally arrived at my house. Here’s how it looks….

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Lady Romana i Drawing

Back in May of this year, I decided to draw a friend of mine a picture of Romana i from Doctor Who as a gift. Drawing this picture was very hard for me to draw because I visualized Romana in an art nouveau style setting. (And I couldn’t get that idea out of my head) I’ve been having trouble, and plenty of self doubt, about my ability to draw in an art nouveau style, but I gave it a try anyway.

After sketching one failed drawing, I ended up drawing, and liking, this….

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*Clicking on the drawing will take you to the deviantART submission of the same drawing*

As usual, I worked on this painting in Gimp with a Bamboo Wacom tablet, but I did something different with this drawing. I first drew the picture on sketch paper using a .5 and .7 mechanical pencils. Then, I took a photo of the drawing (My scanner wasn’t working at that time), imported it into Gimp, began to trace the lines, and then colored the picture. It was a far harder process to go through and I could have easily colored the drawing on paper, but I imagined the colors of the drawing to be more bold than the makers and colored pencils I had could accommodate. So, I went the extra mile with this drawing. I also learned more about how to take a photo of a drawing on paper without making the lines get washed out. (It’s easier said than done!)

After finishing the drawing, I’m very pleased with the result! The only problem is trying to figure out how to make a print of the drawing that makes the subtle differences of colors show! XD

Favorite McCall’s Costume Patterns for 2013

Last week, I walked into Hobby Lobby during their 99 cent McCall’s pattern sale without any intention to buy a pattern. Much to my surprise, I found several new costume patterns, but three in specific caught my eye. The first two are coats that have a very heavy Once Upon a Time costume influence while the other is heavily influenced by Merida’s dress from Brave.

Like other McCall’s and Simplicity patterns I’ve found over the years that are based off costumes from movies and TV shows, these patterns are not 100% accurate to the original costumes, but they should give the person using them a good head start and will take a lot of the stress of creating a pattern from scratch.

Before I talk about my favorite new McCall’s costume patterns for 2013, allow me to explain why I’m so excited about one of the patterns…

Back in August of 2012, I began to make Merida from Brave’s dress. I never did finish it, but I used a McCall’s costume pattern to make the dress. (I don’t remember the number of the pattern at this time) I ran into some problems making the dress fit, and assembling the costume in general, so I set it aside with the intention to go back to the costume and finish it after I learned more about sewing or a Merida-style pattern shows up on the market.

Anyway, back to the patterns…

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Belle’s Broadway Dress Drawing

Recently, I bought a new sewing machine online to make sewing easier. Although I bought it over a week ago, it hasn’t arrived at my house yet…. but that’s another story. Anyway, to pass the time waiting for my machine to arrive at my house, I drew. A lot.

One of the drawings I did was of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I recently revived my love of Broadway musicals and one of the musicals I focused on was the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast. I fell in love with the dresses Belle wore in the musical, and since I wasn’t doing any sewing at that time, I drew a fan art of one of the dresses….


The drawing can be bought as a print on deviantART only. I never sold my art before so this is a test-run of selling prints.

Anyway, hope you enjoy seeing Belle! And I also hope my sewing machine comes soon. I’m starting to have serious sewing withdraws….

Snow White’s Mirror Mirror Dress~ Part 3

Well, as you probably know by now, I had to stay home from the Phoenix Comicon because I felt sick. I was feeling very depressed about not going so I was trying to find something to get my mind off the Comicon. I had already started working on my Snow White, Mirror Mirror dress earlier in the week so I thought it would be the perfect thing to focus my thoughts on. I ended up making more progress on the whole entire costume than I ever had before. (See what happens when I miss a convention I was looking forward to for a year?!)

Earlier in the week, I had cut out all the pieces needed for the skirt and the the royal blue sleeves.

The sleeve pieces looked like this…006a

And the light blue over skirt looked like this…


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