Sons Bedroom

As a part of moving house, I wanted to keep a bit of a ‘personal record’ of what we have changed, when, and how.

The house we’ve brought was (mostly) functional, but a bit dated and by far the worst room in the house was the one which has been designated to our son – it’s also the smallest room in the house as well, so the perfect room to start with for a couple of DIY novices!

The room was painted a grizzly green colour that I don’t even know if I can describe – and being an artist that’s saying something. It was a bit like infected snot or pale peas or something. Either way, it wasn’t attractive. Also left in the room was a single bed, that I don’t think even the dog wanted to sleep on! So that had to be removed before we even started doing anything in the room.

 

The first thing was to redo all the gloss paint in the room – cause the skirting board and radiator were more of a cream than white. This made the room look instantly fresher.

The next step was to paint the walls – we’d picked out a nice wallpaper from B and Q – Marcus had a hand in picking this himself by enthusiastically pointing to the wallpaper when shown a couple of options. So the paint we picked matched the wallpaper. It was one of Valspar’s colour mixing paints, which was pretty exciting in itself seeing as Marcus and I have watched how this is done on the Cbeebies show ‘Do you know?’ I think the colour we picked was called ‘Morning Glory’ but I can’t 100% recall.

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We are by no means experts when it comes to hanging wallpaper, but we were pleasantly surprised that it only took us an evening to do; while Marcus was sleeping in the spare room. We’re reasonably proud of how it came out too; considering the hiccups we had along the way – paper tearing because it was a bit too wet with wallpaper paste, not quite getting the patterns lined up and the concern that there might be stains because of the paste. Thankfully come the morning these things weren’t noticeable!!

While we changed the room around, we also took the side of Marcus’ cot as well and he has been sleeping pretty well despite the change!

 

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Sorry I have been a bit neglectful when it comes to posting on here.

I want it to be because I’ve been mindlessly busy since moving – which to a certain extent I have been, but I also think it’s because I’ve been hiding too. Having thoughts that I wanted to try and figure out before I started posting here again. There was an absolutely massive focus on my art before I moved house; and after too – but I ‘crashed’ today.

I hit my limit and just feel like detaching from everything anthro and furry; yet at the same time, I don’t want to because most of my following is from the furry fandom. Yet, as always when I try and get into anthro/furry stuff something comes along to put me off. And it’s usually the same thing; ungrateful turds that just want to use and abuse, get something for free or act like an absolute arsehole to people while egotistically claiming they are an “Art Messiah.”

It’s my own fault, like always, for trying to get closer to people and build my own sort of following on websites like DevArt or Tumblr. It’s either too much because I seem to attract people I’d rather not; or it’s a reminder that ‘Fiction is better than reality’

I wish I could be the sort of person that could upload and share art to a website; like dA, and be content with that. Not interact with people or even try to make ‘friends’ just, share and go. I might have to give it a try. Upload something; log off and move on? Because I can’t keep going on the way I am; it’s draining and stupid!

I’ve thought a bit about it this afternoon before writing this. I’ll always love anthro/furry art; it’s home so I’ll never stop drawing it completely. That and Warhammer 40K doesn’t have enough Tits and Ass for me too really enjoy for the long term. Space Marine Pin Ups can only get me so far and really, my biggest following is for the anthro stuff. It’s a bit of a conundrum really.

 

Friday Feature – Horrorlandcop74

This weeks Friday Feature is from Horrorlandcop74

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

Firstly, I’ve liked drawing since an early age. I’ve always enjoyed making stuff too, be it decorating with stickers, glitter or making collages of my favourite stuff (mostly favourite tv shows and other media), cutting out and gluing onto paper, and recently, making digital collages/cut outs.

Also, like everybody else at school, I had art classes. All our art would be drawn in sketch books provided by the teacher, which she would then mark. Looking back at my arts and crafts book, I’m surprised I did quite well. I regret not having kept up my drawing from when I was 15 until when I started drawing again in 2014 (that’s 16 years!!)

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

My plans are to continue drawing and improving. I’d love to be able to do digital art someday, but first I need to improve my traditional graphite drawing, then stepping up to traditionally inking and colouring.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

I usually use pencil, paper, ink outliners and markers/coloured pencils. Sometimes I’ll dabble with digital stuff, but its pretty basic. The duration depends on what the art work is. I mostly do sketches, which maybe take 20 minutes. Sometimes I’ll outline them straight away, but a lot of the time I’ll put the pencil drawing away and dig it out a while later to ink and colour. I try to scan all my pencil/ ink drawings too.

If its a digital piece, I do a little bit everyday (about half an hour a day, then again it depends how big it is.) Usually it can take me up to 1-2 weeks.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

Many things actually. When I was a child, I was inspired by my favourite shows and comics, mostly Disney and French cartoons. I drew my favourite characters. More recently, I was inspired by my daughter when she turned 2 in 2014. She was always wanting me to draw her favourite cartoon characters, so I picked up from there. This inspired me to revisit some of my favourite characters I had drawn/written fanfics of, and it was around this time (towards the end of 2014), that I went back on to deviantart. I’m very glad I did!

There are a couple of artists I admire, such as Tragicfangirl, Nightriver16, Shadow12177 and Irenei, all on deviantart. I met Tragicfangirl and Nightriver16 when I went back onto deviantart, and I’m glad I did go back when I did, otherwise I never would have met these lovely talented people.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

The only thing I will say is never give up what you enjoy doing. Continue drawing, even if you don’t think your drawing is good enough draw for yourself. And you will get better in time! Also, never let negative people bring you or your art down. Be positive and confident, and befriend other inspiring, talented artists who you can share stuff with and also learn from. I’ve picked up a few tips on improvement from my talented artist buddies.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

There have been many with my artist buddies, but I guess my fondest memory is returning to deviantart and meeting my buddies Niky and Sandora, who like me were fans of Slappy the Dummy, I included both of them as characters in my story. That was a fun memory.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Thank you for listening, and remember: never stop creating!

Friday Feature – Dockman19

This weeks Friday Feature is from Dockman19

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I can’t really say what got me into art and drawing. It’s just something that’s always been a part of my life. I simply can’t remember a time when I didn’t like drawing. My mother told me once that I’ve drawn pictures since I could pick up a crayon. As a child those crayons were like a box of magic wands, with them I could conjure all manner of places and characters. They aloud my imagination to come to life. I was only in the 3rd grade when I started showing off my drawings to my class mates. The popularity and attention that fallowed only encouraged me to draw more and improve.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

As for my future plans for my artwork, what I want most of all is to get better. I’m never 100% happy with any picture I draw. The 1st thing I see when I look at my drawings is the mistakes I feel I’ve made. I would also like to work more with digital art. I’ve been trying to mix it up a little by coloring my sketches on the PC. It’s definitely something I need to work on. Oh and of course I want to make stacks of cash just drawing pictures all day.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

My weapon of choice is a Paper Mate Sharpwriter #2. If you didn’t know they are cheap disposable mechanical pencils. They’re the same color yellow as a wooden #2 pencil and you extend and retract the led by twisting the tip. That along with some plan old printer paper on a clipboard is how I get things done. From start to finish it takes me anywhere between 2 to 6 hours to complete a drawing depending on how detailed or complex a piece is. Sometimes when I’m really into a picture I’m working on I’ll get lost in the details and shading. When that happens I have to just stop myself and call it done before I ruin it.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

What inspires me to draw the most is people. It could be artwork they have made, a story they’ve written, or it could just be the person themselves. When someone has inspired you to create a work of art and you show or give it to them and they truly appreciate it, that hast to be the best feeling ever. The artists who have inspired me the most would have to be, Boris Vallejo, H.R. Giger, and Hieronymus Bosch. Oh and I have to give some love to the one artist everyone knows Bob Ross. What would the world be without happy bushes.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

To anyone who wants to be an artist and is just starting out, my advice to you is. Draw, paint or create what you love. After you develop some skills then branch out to other things. You can practice drawing apples all day every day but if you hate apples and just want a banana, you’re wasting your time.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

My fondest art memory is when I was in 5th grade. Our art teacher submitted a bunch of our projects to a state art competition. There were thousands of works of art there and my mom took me cause one of those works was mine. I remember walking through and seeing all the beautiful things people had created. I started to feel way out of my league, I was just a kid after all, what chance did I have of competing with all these amazing artists. Then we came to the section for my school. All I wanted was to see my project hanging up with all the other great artworks I’d seen. Then there it was, a sheet of construction paper that I had bent and glued pipe cleaners to. I did my best to create three flowers in a flower pot. It was hanging low on the wall almost on the floor. And what was this? Someone had stuck something on it. I ran over to it kinda upset that somebody had ruined it. I knew it wasn’t the best but why would they do this. Then I realised what it was. A purple ribbon with gold letters. “Mom, what does it say?” she knelt down next to me and said “It’s an honourable mention ribbon. It means the judges liked it.” As far as I was concerned that ribbon was way better any gold trophy for 1st place. Wish I still had it.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

One last thing before I go. No matter what your skill level is, it’s not how well you draw that’s important, it’s why you draw that really matters.


Many thanks to Dockman19 for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Art Trades

 

Since moving house and returning to the world of art and dA, I decided to do a bunch of art trades – and here they all are!

If you’d like to know about any of the individual characters or pieces of art, please let me know and I will be happy to tell you who the characters belong too~

It was wonderful to be able to draw these for people and get back into the swing of drawing while in the new house.

 

Life updates and all that fun stuff.

The move into out beautiful new home went really well.

More or less as soon as the removals company got everything onto the lorry, we got the call saying that everything had completed on the solicitors end and we could pick up the keys for the new house.

All the boxes have been moved in and we’re currently going through the long process of finding a home for all our possessions – a much longer task than I had first figured; but seeing as my husband has taken the laddo swimming, I thought I would steal away a precious few minutes for myself rather than stare blankly at another box wondering where I could put it’s contents.

Already, I am feeling much more vibrant and ‘alive’ and I think it’s thanks to the fact that I can sit somewhere with natural light and where I can hear birds singing in the garden.

I feel really lucky that we managed to get this place – and we’ve already got some wonderful plans in mind for the garden as well as the house itself.

I’ll take some pictures and add them to the post tomorrow; really I’d like to share some ‘Before and after’ pictures of the house as we ‘do-it-up’ and make it ours.

While I was offline, I thought about the future of the blog – and how it has changed since it’s first conception all those years ago. Less and less is it about my Fangirling and the characters I love and adore. we’ve moved onto artwork now and how this place has become a hub for sharing my own art as well as that of others – which is something I would like to continue doing; but I’d also like to get a bit of focus on just the ‘daily life’ things that I’d just… like to share and write about. Like the house, how my garden is growing and my little family too; I’ll have to think about how to format it and have another little ‘play’ with things over here over the coming weeks and months.

Friday Feature – DrPStripes

This weeks Friday Feature is from DrPStripes

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

Both of my Brothers and Cartoons on tv.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

Right now I’m a College Student Doing Concept art. So when I’m finished, i might either go to UTD or Do a Webcomic or all together.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

Mostly Sketchbooks, Flash cards and Tablet. It would take me Less than 2-3 hours to make something good.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

Yes I do! Whom i Admire is Newspaper Comic artists, Talented Furry artists, Manga Artists and Cartoonists.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

The usual Follow your Dreams, But don’t take things or life seriously. Enjoy what you love a lot, Be Weird!

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

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7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Anyone can be a artist. but don’t be like the bad ones who do it for Views, Horniness, think they’re cool or the best, or for Attention. Be yourself and be creative.


 

Many thanks to DrPStripes for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.