30 Day Drawing Challenge: Part 3 of 3

Probably should’ve done 10 days per post. But what fun is that?

Day 24 – Polygon Art

uoit-dc-day-24Now you’re probably wondering, “isn’t all art polygon art?” Or maybe you’re not, I can’t tell you what to wonder. Anyway, let’s draw something using only polygons. I drew Hatsune Miku, because why not. This is how I mock up plushies, to determine what shapes are required. The hair would just be yarn hair, instead of actually shaped.

Know what would be interesting to make? A stop motion animation of plushies… Until I have access to more powerful animation software, we’ll just have to make do with what’s available. That’s how South Park got their start: they just used paper cutouts. Today, episodes are made using 3D software, but shaded in such a way that stays true to the old art style.

Day 25 – Mandala

uoit-dc-day-25Mandalas are drawn as part of Zen. They are soothing to draw, and soothing to look at, as well. In real life, mandalas are drawn over a period of several days, using coloured sand. And then they are blown away, to symbolize that nothing is permanent. To me, it symbolizes that all good things must come to an end. That’s why I drew pizza, and garlic dipping sauce. Pizza is good, but pizza doesn’t last forever.

I don’t like how toys and fun things have to be labelled as “adult.” Who says you have to be a kid, to enjoy colouring? My challenge for you, is to pick up a colouring book, and colour a few mandalas for yourself.

uoit-dc-day-26Day 26 – Galaxy

Continuing on with the food theme, my galaxy is a literal milky way. You know when you were a kid, and just getting the hang of drawing tools? Yeah, I regressed to that stage when drawing this. It was fun to play with the filters and brush tools again, because it gave a sense of creating something amazing with only the push of a button, or click of the mouse. If only everything in life were that simple. ;w;

When your box of Planet Pops doesn’t scan, does the cashier have to key in the cereal number?

 

Day 27 – Greatest Fear

As we got closer to Halloween, the theme grew spooky. My greatest fear is the uncertainty that the future holds. The light behind the curtain is not white, but a muddy yellow, because I do not yet know what the future looks like. They say as long as you plan ahead and stay in school and all that jazz, you’ll be fine. Well, I did stay in school. I did go to University. I did everything as I was told. Yet it wasn’t enough. After 25 (!) years of following someone else’s plans, it’s time to follow my own dreams. But the naysayers have clouded my mind with thoughts of how what I want is wrong, and that their ways are right. Hopefully we can get through those voices, and do what is right for us.

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Day 28 – Self portrait

uoit-dc-day-28C’est moi, the most terrifying thing you’ll see in this post. In real life, that blue shirt is bigger, and blue plaid. And the black shirt has a graphic on the front.

Have you noticed that successful people tend to wear the same thing every day? Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and even Barack Obama wore the same outfits every day. Now if you saw a stick figure, you can look at them and go, “oh hey, that’s _____!” I used to wear a bright blue coat. Eventually, it wore out and my new coat was a standard dark blue. My friend had a hard time finding me, and she said, “I was looking for a blue coat… XP; ”

Day 29 – Bone Art

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Time for some spoopy skeletal stuff. While browsing for ideas, I happened upon this interesting bracelet. At least, I thought it was a bracelet. It’s kind of odd to look at, because it looks like your bones are on the outside of your hands. It’s also a clever idea for an adornment. Inspired by this, I created a foot equivalent. Perhaps boots could be created, with a shinbone attachment?

 

Day 30 – Final Redraw: Heroine

Time to redraw your hero one last time, and see how much you’ve improved since day 1. This time, I’ve attempted to pose her in something a little more action-y. And for the most part, it worked! Pose reference is courtesy of faestock on deviantART.

Something I’ve learned in this challenge, is to not be afraid to reference other people’s work. If you ever see a drawing and think, “that looks like it could be used for…” then go ahead and use it as a reference for your own art. Don’t forget to give credit where credit is due!

Another thing I’ve learned is to work smarter, not harder. Sure, you can spend hours getting every last detail just right, that would show just how much you want it to look good. But if you were working for an animation company that puts out a new episode every week, you need to be quick. That’s how I learned to draw in such a way that the point still gets across.

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**BONUS: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL**

By the time you read this, you’ll be seeing Christmas decorations up and about. But after 30 days of drawing, this challenge was too good to pass up. Considering that I finished this in an hour, why not show it off? I present to you: kuchisake-onna, or slit-mouth woman. Don’t worry, this one won’t ask you if she’s pretty.

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At long last, we’ve gotten through the 30 Day Drawing Challenge! I now feel more confident in my abilities. Seeing as December is not too far off, perhaps we should aim to do a craft challenge next. Who’s with me? (^_^)/

Have you enjoyed the 30 day challenge? Will you join in the challenge in December? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

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Trick or Treat!

Hey you.

Yeah you.

What’re you doing on the internet? Don’t you have to get ready for trick or treating, or that sweet party with your friends?

You should go do that as soon as you finish reading this run-on sentence which is going to run on so you should probably stop reading but then you’ll break the rules and now you’re wasting time that you could use to get ready and put on your costume or makeup or maybe you’re one of those people that just throws a sports jersey over your regular clothes like why dude is a little creativity too much to ask of teenagers nowadays last year this group of middle school kids showed up and that’s all they did so I just gave them all McDonalds toys we had lying around I mean if you’re not going to put effort into your costume I’m not gonna put effort into reaching for the candy humph how do you like dem apples oh wow I used that idiom correctly I deserve another Crunch bar om nom nom nom nom nom swallow well guess I should end this sentence it’s getting really difficult to read but first lemme take a selfie hahaha jokes I’m not that type but since you read all this way guess I should take a selfie with the Jigglypuff hat which by the way now you mention it is now complete look at it isn’t it the cutest most jiggliest thing ever by the way my costume is a Jigglypuff with jiggly puffs get it hahahahahahaha I’m so funny by the way the sentence is going to end soon you should probably stop reading now but you can’t because there are no punctuation marks to help you catch a breath trolololol okay I’ve had my fun time to end this sentence by placing a period at the end of this sentence after I write a few more words okay the period is going to come right about now.

Trick or treat? There, I gave you a trick. Now go get ready. Happy Hallowe’en~ ^_^

Oh yeah, I finished this at long last. Time to go find sleeping people, and draw on their faces.

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Jiggly, Jigglypuff~

Pokemon Hats – Knitting #1

October is a busy month. If you’re a student, it’s a time of submitting assignments and cramming for midterms. If you’re Canadian, you’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving and are now preparing for the cold weather. And of course, Hallowe’en is upon us. October also happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness month.

This is totally what I look like in real life.

This is totally what I look like in real life.

Let’s make a post that ties in to all of the above. If you’re a student who wants to dress up, but doesn’t have the time to make or buy a fancy costume, simply throw on a fun accessory. With the cold weather approaching, consider a nice, warm hat. For example, my Pikachu costume last year (and the year before): I made a hat with the Pikachu ears. After that, I just popped on a yellow dress with a cutout tail sewn to the back, paint rosy cheeks, and voila~

Remember folks: silly headware + wise wardrobe choices = quick and easy costume.

Here’s the prototype Pikachu hat, beside the mystery newcomer hat. Can you guess what it will be? Hint: It’s not Ditto.

Right: Pikachu prototype. Left: Who's that Pokemon?

Right: Pikachu prototype. Left: Who’s that Pokemon?

Now it’s time to make your own hat! Don’t worry, hats knit up quick and easy. Try using larger needles or thicker yarn if you’re really in a bind.

How to Make your own Character Hat

Step 1: Make a basic hat. (I used this pattern from Tin Can Knits)

Step 2: Make necessary details, such as ears, horns, hair puffs, etc.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Profit!

I improvised the ears on the Pikachu hat, and will improvise the details on the mystery hat, as well. If you’re new to circular knitting, the Tin Can Knits blog offers a step by step tutorial with pictures. You can also try making your hat from a basic crochet hat, or cutting the detail shapes from felt.

Finally, let’s move to the more serious part of October. I bought the pretty pink yarn (same shade as the breast cancer ribbon) from Zellers a year ago. The sign above the shelf said that all profits earned from said yarn sales, would benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. I don’t think it was wise to trust that sign…. this happened in December, and Zellers is no longer a thing. Now that I have earned back the value of the yarn on Etsy, I plan to donate that amount ($5.99) directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It’s not much, but at least this way I know the donation is going straight to the cause. I hope the donation will make a breast cancer patient’s world a little more plush.

October 24 is Wear it Pink day. I’m not 100% sure if this is also a Canadian event or not; our school had it last year, but we’re pretty bad when it comes to publicizing events. ( ; w ; ) Wear it Pink seems to be based in the UK. Even if you’re not confident in your ability to make fancy details, you can make a plain pink hat. You could also make a pink scarf. Scarves knit up quickly, just in time to wear it pink this coming Friday.

For more information, or if you’d like to donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, visit their website here.

Coming soon...

Coming soon…

What other character hats would you like to see? Will you be wearing it pink? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~