January 17th, 2008

fairysquash

7 inches

SEVEN INCHES!

I've been whining and whining about how we need more snow, how unfair it is that the lower 48 is getting more snow than us, that GEORGIA is getting snow and we aren't... and someone was listening. This morning we woke up to seven glorious white inches of snow. I'm so happy. I'll take pictures for Becca when the sun comes up in a few hours. I have to call and cancel coming in to work and taking my nephew to flute lessons because our driveway is completely impassable for my little Subaru. Jake will have to run the snowblower tonight. (Under normal circumstances, I could run the snowblower, but as iffy as my back has been this week, I'm not going to push it.)

Yay for seven inches!

(Also, I have regrets over my last post and hope it didn't come across as too sanctimonious or pretentious... I should be clear that it's a benchmark I strive for, but it's HARD, and I don't always make it...)
happy bubble fairy

Owl's Gift, finished!

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You can see the in-progress steps here: http://www.fantasticportfolios.com/salon/viewtopic.php?t=167

A 'Tell Me a Story' commission for Marina. She specified first that it have an owl and an oak tree, and later told me about her RPG character, Nimhelith, while I was noodling around trying to figure out what to put in as a central focal point. From there, the composition fell into place.

I used a new kind of pen on this one, a Copic Multiliner, and I think I may a convert from the Microns... they have smaller sizes (this piece is almost all the .03 size, with some .7 for bold areas). The lines are really nice and controllable - the feathers are actually outlined with the .03 with heavy pressure, not the .7 - and the pen is still working after this entire piece. I think I would have gone through at least 2 of the 005 microns on this. I didn't go easy on 'em, either, though I wanted to because they were more than twice as expensive. I also picked up a brush pen that they had, but didn't want to chance this piece with a tool that unpredictable. I'll use that on something safer...

I forgot to keep count of my hours, darn it. At least 5 in inking alone, I think.

ETA: Also, voting is up for LJ Idol! If you didn't think my entry on Internet Me was too awful, please vote! http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/105142.html