Monday, May 31, 2010

Return of the Felties

Remember when I tried to learn needle felting? It's been almost a year since I first (and last) took a stab at it (har har), but I got the sudden itch to craft some creatures this weekend.

I used one of my favorite characters from the Creatures II set as my model. My first attempt came out a bit too small, and didn't allow for the detail I wanted, but he made a good little brother for the second, larger one I tried.

DoodleFactory Feltie





You guys, this may be my favorite thing I ever made with my own two hands. Who should I make next?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Danbo!

[also x-posted to my other blog]

It ("It" being my OCD obsession of the day) all started when my boyfriend showed me this adorable photo of a tiny box person helping a tinier box person over a sidewalk ledge. The image was so enchanting, I had to know more.

That particular photo was taken by Anton Tang, but it seems to be part of a larger phenomena involving many different photographers and their own box people. The little cardboard robot(s) are actually plastic figurines from Japan, based on a comic character named Danboard, or Danbo.

A little internet sleuthing turned up literally hundreds of Danbo photographs on the web. [HERE] [HERE] and [HERE] just to name a few.

I wanted a Danbo figure to play with too! Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I was too impatient to eBay one from Japan, so I made my own, with some modifications to this handy template someone else made. I deleted the colors and printed it on some recycled paper. Folded, glued, and stuck his head to his body with a toothpick. I modified the face, arms and legs just a bit, and he's got dirty toes, but he still came out cute as a button. I know I'm really late to the Danbo party, but who can resist playing along when even a rip-off version of this little guy is so darn photogenic?



Friday, May 21, 2010

Antidepresstamps



The uncomparable Nina ├ůaslund has lent her talents as a stamp illustrator to Starving Artistamps with a fun and fabulous new stamp release she calls Antidepresstamps. Check back on Wednesday, June 23 for some samples, a blog hop and a look at the whole set!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Wedding Card



It's wedding season...or at least we've been invited to two weddings within the next month, and I whipped out the craft supplies for a couple of simple cards. No stamping, but some papers, buttons, ribbons, and a couple of beautiful paper flowers sent to me by Tracey from www.starvingartistamps.com.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Other Half

Want a peek at what I do when I'm not drawing DoodleFactory characters? I started a new blog for my design work since I haven't put together a portfolio or website yet.

www.irenesilva.wordpress.com
Lady Gaga - Fame Monster USB


Let's see if I can keep this one updated more than once a month :)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

I Wonder if This Will Give Me Superpowers

I'm really terrible at updating this blog with any regularity. In part, it's because whenever I'm working on DF stuff, it's shrouded in secrecy. By that time a release comes out, it's been a few weeks or months since I last made those drawings and I've already moved on to the next secret thing I can't talk about.

I just turned in the latest set, which is something Tracey has been asking me to draw for ages. It's something new*ish, and sort of unlike anything I've drawn for Starving Artistamps before, but nothing crazy or out there as far as the stamping world is concerned. I'm not sure when this set will release, so I'll distract you from asking me any questions I can't answer with this picture of my lunch yesterday.

I have come to the conclusion that I will never be able to brag about my culinary skills. There are a few meals I can make without destroying, but I'm no Martha in the kitchen. On the other hand, ever since I bought this amazing and affordable little blender, I've discovered a penchant for smoothie making. What could be easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a little machine and pressing a button that pulverizes it all together? Plus, look how pretty: