Mini Art

thumbnail_20180328_174908To my horror, I have been without a sketch book for almost 2 weeks now (due to the brand of sketch book I usually use, no longer being sold in the shop and having to research the alternatives. It so confusing, who knew drawing paper was so complicated). I’ve missed being able to squiggling and paint on actual paper so much, that I got some mini B6 canvas boards to keep me from going crazy and squiggling all over the floor and walls.

thumbnail_20180328_174725But before I share with you the brilliant idea I had for these boards, I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek at my first attempt at working on mini canvas boards. It’s a little rabbit inspecting a Peony rose. I haven’t finished painting it though, so you’ll have to wait to see it all painted and complete. Right, back to that brilliant idea. After wracking my brain over what to do these mini canvas board, I finally decided recreating miniature of the first painting I made for this blog, would be really cool.

paint1Just as a reminder of what paintings I’m talking about, it’s these two paintings. The Winter Sun and Bathing in a River of Poison. The creation process for the B6 sized miniature is the pretty similar to the original A4 sized paintings, except scaled down. So, if you’d like to see that process click here.

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Original A4 Sized: The Winter Sun

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Miniature B6 Sized: The Winter Sun

To keep things interesting, I changed a few things in the paintings. With The Winter Sun miniature I used acrylics instead of watercolour, so there’s a lot more depth of colour in the miniature. But to be honest, I like the mini one better because of that.

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Original A4 Sized: Bathing in a River of Poison

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Miniature B6 Sized: Bathing in a River of Poison

With Bathing in a River of Poison I tried making better colour choices (meaning use colours that in theory look better together), but to be truthful I like the original better. I just couldn’t get the same level of detail into the miniature, so it doesn’t have the same feel as the original and I also prefer the colours in the original (so much for colour theory).

thumbnail_20180309_142843So, that is my mini art. Hope I’ve enjoyed it and if you’d like to see more, let me know in the comments below. There’s still 3 blank canvas boards left, so I can easily make that happen.

Thanks for reading.

Now I’m off to ask google what the heck cold pressed paper is.

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Liebster Award and So Much More

thumbnail_2df22584-b345-4881-9653-2e71ab22b5d0Being busy these last few months, I sort of accidentally let awards pile up. A big oops on my behalf. I didn’t realise it was nearing to double figures, until I checked and seen the long list of awards, I was meaning to respond to. As a small blog, I feel rather bad about that, therefore I’d like to apologise to anyone who nominated me, for taken ages to respond.

To make up for this huge oversight, I’m going to create a few award posts (maybe one a week), responding to Awards. So, without further delay, I’m going to dive right and start making some award posts.

Liebster Award

img_5527(I’ve been nominated a few times for the Liebster Awards, but since it’s sort of long, I’ll respond to them one at a time to keep post short.)

First things first, I’d like to thank Ami Cyberspace for the nomination. Ami also creates art on her blog. I personally love Ami’s work (especially her Jack Frost, it’s my favourite). She has a lot of talent and makes some very cute pieces, so I highly recommend everyone check her blog out.

Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 other new bloggers for encouraging them
  • Ask them 11 questions
  • Let them know you have nominated them.

Questions and Answers:   

1.What is the one thing you wish people knew about you?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. To be honest, I really can’t think of anything I’d want people knowing about me.
Maybe that I’m an awkward old soul, but that’s pretty obvious after spending 5 minutes with me (Glob, my awkwardness even bleeds through in that answer).

2.Would you rather be a werewolf or a vampire?

Definitely a vampire. All that hair would be a nightmare as a werewolf. Just imagine the state of the shower drain, if you were covered head to toe in long thick fur. Not to mention, you’d shed all over your furniture and be forever vacuuming it up. There wouldn’t be much time for fun werewolf stuff.

3.What’s your lucky number and why?

The number 2 because good things comes in pairs.

4.What is/was your worst school subject?

I didn’t really have a worse subject. I loved learning, so liked all my subjects regardless of how good I was at them.
However, one thing I didn’t like about my school days, was some of the teachers. Quite frankly, some of them would have been better suited to a career as a prison warden or Drill Sergeant.
Sometimes they would suddenly explode for no reason at all. Even if you were a good student, behaving yourself, keeping your head down, doing your work and getting top grades, they would find some reason (usually a ridiculous one) to eat the face of you, bursting your eardrums the process. It would make you afraid to breathe and even move at times.thumbnail_da165728-a418-42b3-8e4d-05a2b349d534

5.Favourite candy? YUMM

Most definitely Chocolate, I couldn’t live without it. Cadbury, Green & Black’s and Kinder would be my favourites (I couldn’t choose one favourite. I love them all and they all so tasty in different ways, it would be unfair to compare them).

6.What pets do you plan on having in the future?

A raven, called Mogi. I’d teach it to talk (like a parrot) and let it live by my front door, to creep out nuisance callers.

7.If you were a superhero, what powers would you like to have?

Invisibility. It would make fighting villains, so much easier. I could just become invisible, walk up behind a villain and handcuff them or follow them home, wait until they fell asleep and tie them up.

8.Favourite youtuber?

YouTube has changed a lot in the past year or so. I don’t really have a favourite YouTuber anymore. I mostly use it now to watch music videos and get my daily recommended dose of cuteness. Speaking of which, here some kitty cat assassins to help everyone else reach their daily recommend dose of cuteness.

9.What element would you like to be able to control?

Air. It’s my birth element so I’ll stay true to it.

10.One thing you would want to change with humanity?

Greed hands down. I’d replace it with wanting to care for others, less fortunate.

11.How did you create the name of your blog?

It’s kind of silly, but the name “The Things I’ve Seen” refers to reviewing things and also the first piece of advice you get when learning to draw (which is draw what you see). So, the name sums up the blog. I review the things I’ve seen and I draw the things I’ve seen. (I’m definitely not a poet or master of words)

 

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for this by Jenn, therefore I’d like to thank Jenn for the nomination.
Jenn blogs about anime and anime related subjects. It’s really interesting and a joy to read, so I would also highly recommend checking Jenn’s blog out.

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I couldn’t find the picture for this Award, so I’m including Thank You Bear as added Thanks to Jenn. 

Rules:
1.Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.
2.Give the story or history of your blog.
3.Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4.Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

 Blog History
My blog is only over a year old, so it doesn’t really have that great of history. However, I suppose blog history includes its creation story, so I’ll talk about that.
Just before I created this blog, I had to move from living near the city, back to the countryside. Although, I much prefer living back in the slow pace countryside (where there’s more cows and sheep than you can shake a stick at), I found myself very bored. So, I decided to create a fun little blog.
First, I created a blog on Blogger, but I didn’t like it over there, so that blog didn’t last long. Then I came across WordPress and created this blog. Now I’ve been blogging here for just over a year and have no plans on stopping.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
For this I thought it would be nice to give one piece of advice for blogging in general and one piece for art type blogging.

In General:
Be patient. When you first start a blog, it might seem like no one’s reads your posts. It can awhile for a blog to really find its feet. In the meantime, explore other blogs. It just makes blogging so much more fun.

thumbnail_88ae50fb-5750-44c8-a876-98dc28669462Art Type Blogging:
Learn to love and have confidence in your lines. That might sound silly, but I really wish someone would have told me about the trappings of line paranoia, when I first started drawing. I wasted so much time drawing and redrawing lines, trying to make every line perfect. It never really improved my drawing skills, though. Probably because when you’re in the habit of messing around with your line, you never really learn to draw them the way you intended the first time around and don’t gain confidence in your ability (apologies for the self-reflection).
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is a little bit of confidence in your drawing, goes a long way in improving your art.

Nomination:
Since I plan on making a few of these posts, I’m going to leave nominations until the last one. Hope you enjoyed this post and if everything goes well, hopefully I’ll be able to respond to more awards next week.

And as always Thanks for reading

10 Cloverfield Lane

thumbnail_99cd16f9-f5c4-4073-b3ce-0afa27a427a1Have you ever read a movie description and thought the movie seems really good, just to be left sadly disappointed after watching it? That feeling of disappointment, would pretty much sums up this film. 10 Cloverfield Lane sounds so promising, but it just doesn’t deliver. But hey at least, it gave me an excuse to draw an underground bunker (it was so much fun), so with that in mind. On with the review.

In 10 Cloverfield Lane, a woman (Michelle) awakes after having a car accident and finds herself locked in basement-like room, chained to a pipe by the kneecap. Her captor (Howard), claims he found her unconscious in her car, on the side of the road and saved her from a chemical attack, that killed nearly all life on earth.

After claiming to be Michelle’s saviour, Howard frees Michelle from her chains but won’t let her leave his underground bunker, saying the air outside is contaminated and would kill her instantly. Now trapped underground, Michelle slowly realises there is something very wrong with Howard and ends up being sucked into a deadly game of house. Is Howard telling the true about the chemical attack and will Michelle make it out alive?

To be honest, 10 Cloverfield Lane starts of really strong and set a truly unnerving tone, that would make for a good Misery type thriller. Having Michelle awake in a creepy room, chained to a pipe with a Saw-like contraption, really gives you the feeling, things aren’t going to go well for Michelle. However, this level of intensity gets lost somewhere, causing the movie to feel a little flat. Probably because it tries to push too many reasons for why Howard is psychotic, at the viewer. Making the whole plot feel a little confused and lacking direction.

thumbnail_94b4c701-80df-42c5-b3a1-43cf0a1e5869In saying that, John Goodman (who plays Howard), does a really good job of portraying a disturbing unstable psychopath. They really didn’t need to give the viewer a reason why Howard was psychotic. Just from the demeanour John Goodman gave off as Howard and from his facial expression and strange body language, it was pretty clear that the character Howard wasn’t stable and had some serious issues. At points in the film, it shows glimpses of Howard’s face and it’s enough to make your blood run cold. It’s just very disturbing, which really shows how well John Goodman played the role of Howard.

I can’t say much more about 10 Cloverfield Lane, without making this into a complete rant post, so I’ll quickly conclude and give you my final thoughts. Although, John Goodman does a really good job of making 10 Cloverfield Lane feel very unnerving and adding suspense to this film. The film itself just lacks direction and its very messy ending completely reflects this (it was like they had another 20 minutes of film to make, so they randomly threw an alien and its warship into the mix, just to make up the time). 10 Cloverfield Lane sounds like it has the potential to be a great thriller, but it just doesn’t deliver. For this reason, I would say if you’re looking to watch a thriller, look elsewhere. There’s just so many more better thrillers you could spend your time watching, other than 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Rating: Due to John Goodman great acting, a generous 2/5

Frozen Nails

This week has been a very chaotic. Life came and decided I didn’t have enough to do, so blessed me with the joy of even more stuff. I’ve not had time to work on art or review anything, so I thought I’d share something, that I’m sure a lot of 90’s kids (possibly 80’s kids, too) will find very nostalgic.

thumbnail_20180307_133140Pretend false nails. Who else remembers getting a pack of these bad boys, sticking them on your nails and thinking you were some kind of super cool princess? Prancing around and showing off your awesome new nails. Just for them all to fall off moments later, because they were only dress-up toys and not the real thing and not meant to actually stay on your nails, for any length of time.
These were so cool when I was a child, but they were never as fancy as these ones. So, poor little gullible me, couldn’t resist the temptation of the impulse buy and bought them, for my nieces to play nail salon with.
If your anything like me, you probably really want to see what they look like on. I’m not going to disappoint, so cue a pair of chubby little hands to put some Frozen nails on.

thumbnail_20180307_150056Before: Just some normal looking little hands.

thumbnail_20180307_153643After: So pretty, I wish these came in adult size.

thumbnail_20180307_154300I tried to get better close-ups, but my niece was too excited about having Elsa on her nails and kept moving her hands.

thumbnail_20180307_154330These nails are so much better, than the ones you got when I was little. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the nails’ stickiness. It’s still rubbish and all the nails fall off like 5 minutes later this photo.

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The Thing in the Apartment (Short Film)

thumbnail_ec2a1929-a644-48f3-bc04-53efa6494674It’s not too often you come across a horror film that is genuinely terrifying, let alone a short film. Being less than 10 minutes long, The Thing in the Apartment still manages to give you Goosebumps and leave you a little afraid of the dark. It has been a while since a horror movie has scared me this bad, so I’ve decided to give The Thing in the Apartment a review of its own.

The Thing in the Apartment, begins with Sam getting a phone call from her friend (Lindsey), asking if she can come pick her up, because something happened in her apartment. Sam, being just a good friend, goes picks the frightened Lindsay up. However, in true horror movie idiot style, Sam decides it’s a good idea to go check the apartment out and as you can probably guess, things take a bit of a horrible turn from here.

From the offset, this short film is very creepy and gives you a really uneasy feeling. As the film progresses, it gets a lot more intense and is filled with jump scares. Leaving you very on edge and praying that nothing messed up, jumps out and grabs either of the characters. Having 5 jump scares in less than 10 minutes, this film will most likely send your heart racing (not the best if you have any heart problems) and have you cuddling your blanket for dear life.

As for true scare factor goes, this film feeds on the fear of the unknown, the unseen and being attacked while alone and/or helpless. So, anyone that has experienced sleep paralysis, has had the feeling something sinister watches them or feels uneasy when alone or in the dark, will most likely find The Thing in the Apartment absolutely terrifying.

The down side to this film is that the acting is not the greatest and it has a lot of stupid moments that makes no logical sense. Like, entering the apartment when there’s a suspected creeper inside and walking about in complete darkness. This made things slightly predictable and takes away some of its fear factor.

Overall, considering The Thing in the Apartment is a short film, I would say it’s worthwhile checking out, if you’re a lover of horror. Although, the acting isn’t great it still manages to leave you feeling very creeped out and wanting to sleep with the lights on. If you fancy a quick scare and have 10 minutes to spare, I’d recommend giving The Thing in the Apartment a watch. As I’m so nice, I’ll even leave a YouTube link to this film, somewhere in this post.

Rating: 3.5/5