Suffered for Art and Learnt So Much

thumbnail_20180816_175727It’s not just a dramatic title, in this little art adventure (more like misadventure) I actually did suffer trying to better my art. But more about that in a bit, I’d first like to tell you all why after working so hard to master acrylics and Gouache paint, am I now messing with soft pastels. Well, kind of for sentimental reasons. Firstly, away back in the day my mother was really into art and her main medium was pastels. So, I thought it might be nice to try my hand at pastels and learn a little more about it. Secondly, my mother gifted a set of soft pastels for my birthday a few months ago and I wanted to use them before she started to think I didn’t like them.

As helpful as having a parent that also into art sounds, sadly I can’t ask my mother for art tips. Our styles are miles apart and so very different and we draw completely different things. My mother creates mostly things with flowers or landscape pieces (which I’m terrible at) and as you all know, I mostly draw characters (which my mother is rubbish at) and animals. So, as you see it would quickly become an exercise in futility. Therefore, I teach myself by experimenting (messing around) with art supplies and learning what works or by watching YouTube and to be honest soft pastels had a very steep learning curve.

So, getting back on track I give to you what I learnt from suffering for art:

Don’t breathe in the dust and soft pastels are probably not suitable for asthmatics-
This wasn’t the first thing learnt from this experience, but was the most important lesson and explains why I suffered. So, to emphasise the point, don’t breathe in the dust that’s created by soft pastels. I wasn’t aware of how dusty or dangerous this medium could be and accidentally breathed in the dust and near coughed a lung up (but luckily, I always keep an inhaler close by). So, art responsibly and don’t half kill yourself like me. It’s probably best to wear some type of dust mask while using soft pastels.

thumbnail_20180816_150530Try not to drop the case of pastels-
If dropped the pastels break into pieces. Looking on the bright side, I will repeat what I tell my nieces and nephew when they accidentally break their crayons. “Hey, at least there’s 2 of those colours now, which makes sharing so much easier.”

thumbnail_20180816_151344Soft pastels are really hard to control-
Due to their unusual shape it is incredibly difficult to draw even the basic shapes or thin lines. Not to mention it’s also rather difficult to predict what will happen when the pastel is blended or rubbed. Drawing a character with these would be way beyond my soft pastel skills, so instead I decided to create a bit of an abstract nature themed piece.

thumbnail_20180816_152103Soft pastels are incredibly messy-
Merely holding a pastel and applying it to paper will cover your fingertips in pastel dust. Also using your fingers to blend or rub in the pastel is a really bad idea. Your hand will quickly become unrecognisable (I would share a photo of what happened my hand but it was too gross. It looked like old mouldy cheese).

thumbnail_20180816_153450Drawing with pastels is a little like painting with acrylics, except it’s a lot harder-
You can lay down the basic plan and colours of your drawing like acrylics. However, unlike acrylics you can’t prevent colours mixing or looking muddy, by waiting until the paint is dry before adding another colour. With pastels the colours always have the possibility of blending and muddying. Making working with more than one colour really difficult.

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Keep trying until you create something you like-
Despite choking half to death on rainbow coloured dust in the beginning, I kept going and eventually made something nice. Not bad for a first attempt, though if I hadn’t feared choking on pastel dust again, I could have keep going even longer and made something better.

Pastels are actually very difficult medium but they’re also a hell of a lot of fun-
I have a new-found respect for pastel artist, soft pastels are so hard to work with. It must take so much time, skill and effort to create something amazing with soft pastels.
Pastels are a lot of fun to mess around with, so I would like to try to master them. However next time I’ll use better judgment and wear some type of dust mask.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little art adventure and as always,
Thanks for reading.       

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A Fish Named Finny (Part 2-Let’s Make Finny Look Fabulous)

20180721_201231At last, the second half of the requested simpler step by step post. I’ve had to give some serious thought, to how I was going to add colour to Finny. Between wanting to keep things simples and not overload peoples’ brains with information and fatigue (I fell asleep 3 times at my desk last week, it was embarrassing), it wasn’t easy. But I think I’ve found a solution that’s a good balance between keeping things simple and ending up with a beautiful fish. That solution being, colouring pencils.

Considering how easy it is to get your hands on a good set of colouring pencils and that they’re something most people will be familiar with and have used before, I figured they were the best way to do this post. Also compared to paint, they’re far less messy (just getting that out there, as an added bonus).

So, with that all explained let’s begin:

Step 1: Choose your colours and test your pencils

Sounds weird but it’ll save you a lot of bother later. The aim is to know what the colours look like on paper, before using them to your drawing. Personally, I like to cross the colours (as seen above) to see how they blend with each other.

Step 2: The hard part-The Scales
So not to overwhelm people, I’ve decided to demonstrate a more decorative, simple way of adding colour to the scales. Instead of a more realistic looking way, because that would most likely put a lot people off giving this little project a go themselves.

For the scales, we use a blend of 2-3 colours, which gives the scales a nice wee decorative look at the end.

thumbnail_20180724_160331First lay down one colour quite generously at the top of one scale.

thumbnail_20180724_160530Then lightly use another colour on the rest of the scale.

thumbnail_20180724_160826Go over the whole scale again with the first colour and second colour if necessary….

and hopefully you’ll end up with scales that looks something like this.

thumbnail_20180724_190318Tip: Going over scales with a white pencil can lighten areas and helps blend colours better.

Step 3: The Fins

thumbnail_20180804_150718(0)For this you pretty much use the same method as the scales, except you start at the base of the fin, you try to keep the colours light and use darker colours for the linework on the fin.
Tip: Using the white pencil is great for keeping the colour light. Also using more than one colour, for the linework will give a better effect.

Step 4: The Head

thumbnail_20180804_152955This is probably the easiest part. The aim is to give the bottom of the head a slight shadow by colouring it a little darker, than the rest of the head. This will make it look less 2D.

fin3Then concentrate on the little details on the head.

Step 5- Finishing Touches

complete 2Touch up the linework and sign your work.

If you’ve made it this far in this step by step, hopefully you now have a beautiful fish (if not, don’t worry. It’s probably down to me awful description skills and not your art skills).

Thanks for reading and hopefully this step by step post has inspired you to create a Finny of your very own.

A Fish Named Finny (Part 1)

Raise your hand if you think fish are kind of beautiful in their own shiny scaly way. If your hand is raised, you have awesome taste and have just found yourself a fellow fish enthusiast (Okay, you can put your hand down now). There’s just something about fish swimming around, glistening and shimmering as the sunlight hits their scales, that is rather beautiful. They’re like sparkly moving leaf creatures, that live in water and in a way, are hypnotic when watched (not to mention they taste really good, too). But enough about my weird fish fascination and back to this post.

A while ago, I got a request asking me to do a more basic to step by step art post, showing each stage of my sketch. I’m happy to oblige, so let’s do this and create the best darn step by step of a fish WordPress has ever seen (Okay, that might be a little too enthusiastic). To keep this post to a reasonable size, I’ll split it into two parts (the first one drawing the fish and the second adding colour).  So, let’s begin!

Step 1: Lightly draw your basic shapes

20180720_221347In this case, a weird banana shape, with triangle shapes for the fins and a long skinny one for the tail. A weird squidgy circle shape for the head and a curving line starting from the head, down the back and towards the tail.
Tip: Hold the pencil further from the lead and keep your hand and wrist relaxed. You’ll achieve better curved lines that way.

Step 2: Make the lines you want to keep darker and draw in some details.

20180721_181646Give your fishy some lips, a nice moustache, some gills and use wavy lines when drawing the fins.  

Step 3: Go mad with the details

20180721_183923You pretty much have free rein on this. You can add as much or as little detail as you want. However, a few tips I would give you are, draw in the fish’s eyelids and pupil and add a few lines on the fins and tail to get that webbed look.

Step 4: Make your fish look Chargrilled

20180721_190448Yeah, draw some criss-cross lines on the fish’s body. Make its skin look nice and crispy.
Tip: Curve the lines with the bend in the body.

Step 5: Do the line work, while feeling immensely stressed and try not to cry if to mess up. 

20180721_201231Use a darker pencil to go over the outline of the fish and some of the details on the head.
On one side of each diamond shape, created on the body in the last step, draw a little curved shape to get a scaled appearance.

Step 6: Name your fish
Everything needs a name, so why not. I named mine Finny.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this more detailed art post. Thanks for reading and of course, feel free to use this post to draw a fish yourself.

In part two I will do a step by step on adding colour to your fish. I think I might make Finny yella (yellow) or orange.

The Peony Rose Rabbit (Paint with Me)

thumbnail_20180404_173344I am a woman in a mission this week. That mission being: “inspire some of the beautiful people on WordPress to mess about with paint.” (that’s an awfully long title, so we’ll shorten it to “Mission Paint with Me”.)

So, what does this mission entail you ask? Well, it’s simple. I create a montage, where I climb a really tall mountain with a bunch of art supplies, tied to my back. When I get to the top, I jump and punch the air and everyone is so inspired by this act of art enthusiasm, that they immediately run off and start painting on the first paintable surface they find.

Okay, I’ll stop my messing and tell you what I’m really going to do. I’m going to make a tutorial using my rabbit drawing, to show everyone a nice and simple way to use acrylic paint.

But before we get started, I should warn you that acrylic paint can stain tables or other surfaces, so it’s best to put an old table mat or paper down before you start (I learnt the hard way and now my table mat has blue stripes). Right, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started:

thumbnail_20180328_174725Step 1: Draw yourself a rabbit and a flower.
It doesn’t have to be perfect or a masterpiece. But if you’re having trouble, find something round to draw around and try making a little cartoon round-head rabbit, instead.

Also, don’t worry about erasing guidelines, if you’re sketching. The paint will cover them and you won’t be able to see them.

thumbnail_20180328_184125Step 2: Line your drawing and give everything a pale under coat of paint.
At this point, I would recommend going over the outlines of your drawing with paint, because it’s very easy to lose the outline under layers of paint, which can be so frustrating.

As for the under coat. It’ll help you plan the colours of painting, help build colour and make it easier to control the paint in the next layer.

After this step its best to let the paint completely dry.

thumbnail_20180329_181248Step 3: Paint the background.
It might seem strange starting with the background, but this allows you to paint closer to edges of your drawing and makes painting the background a lot easier.

If like me, you get distracted and get green paint on the rabbit, don’t panic. It can easily be corrected by waiting for it to dry, then painting over the area with a little bit of white paint.

Tip: If you’re using more than one colour on the background, keep in mind how the colours mix together. For example, I used 2 shades of green, lemon yellow and Pink. So, I had to keep in mind that if the pink mixed with the greens it would turn a brown colour.

thumbnail_20180329_181340Step 4: Paint the Flower.
If you want to try to capture light and shadow, you can lighten the pink with white and darken it with red. On the leaves and stem try using the yellow with the greens, to capture light.

If you find that too difficult, don’t worry. Instead, try painting the leaves and flower petals in a way that shows their shape (meaning, paint them so you can see the leaves and the flower from the background).

Let everything dry completely before moving on to the next step.

thumbnail_20180404_172917Step 5: Paint the rabbit.
Again, you can try capturing light and shadow. But if you find it too difficult, try looking at a picture of a rabbit and painting the lighter and darker parts of it’s fur.

At this point, don’t worry about making the paint look like fur, that happens in the next step. This step is more about building colour and capturing light and dark.

Tip: If you accidentally got green on the rabbit back in step 3, pay a little extra attention to those areas. To make sure they blend in with the rest of the rabbit.

Let the paint dry.

thumbnail_20180404_173424Step 6: Attempt to paint the rabbit’s fur.
This is probably the hardest step of this painting. I find this step difficult too, so don’t feel bad if you can’t do it. It can be kind of tricky to get right.

YouTube and books recommend using little brush strokes, to paint clumps of hair rather than individual hairs and use references pictures of rabbits.

That mightn’t be much help to you. So, the additional tips I would give you are, look at fur first hand (I took a trip to the pet shop to look at rabbits’ fur. They were so cute), try capturing the direction the fur grows in and try capturing the light changes in the fur. Hopefully that will be of more help to you.

 

So, that was my painting tutorial of The Peony Rose Rabbit. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it and if you were following along, hopefully now you’ve got your very own lovely painting of a rabbit and flower.

If you have thing questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer them as best I can and as always, Thanks for reading.  

Liebster Awards and So Much More (Part 2)

Its been over a week since the last award post, so I think it about time I made some more head way through my nomination pile up and created another award post.
Combining a smaller award with the Liebster Award, seemed to work well last time. So, I’ll be doing the same again and respond to two nominations this time around as well.

Liebster Award

liebster-awardFirst things first, showing some gratitude to the lovely Lina for nominating me. Thank you so much for the nomination Lina. I absolutely love your manga collection and reading about your new additions to the collection.
If you would also like to see Lina manga collection or read about manga, anime and other related topics, I would recommend giving Lina blog a visit.

 RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
  • Ask them 11 questions!

Questions and Answers:

Right, time to get this ball rolling and answer some questions.

  1. If you could nominate one movie for best movie, what movie would you nominate and why?

“Catch Me If You Can” hands down. It’s just mind-bogglingly amazing. I’ve watch it so many times and never bore of it (I hate repetition, so that’s saying something).
The chase between Frank and the FBI agent is incredibly suspenseful. Frank comes very close to being caught so many times, but somehow always manages to escape. Usually, just before the FBI realises he’s the guy they’re looking for.
The fact the movie’s based on an actual guys life, just makes it all the more baffling. Doctor, lawyer, a co-pilot, it really makes you wonder, how on earth he got away with it, for so long.
(Did I forget to mention; the gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio is in it)

  1. Do you have an artist that makes your little body wobble around?

Hehe, there’s quite a few, but I feel like too much of a creep to provide a list. All I’ll say is, Bruno Mars and Hozier are very high up in that list.
Their voices give me Goosebumps, they’re just so beautiful and smooth (getting too creepy? Okay, I’ll stop and move onto the next question).thumbnail_60f31416-115f-4085-a8bb-6e51bba31fec

  1. Give me a suggestion of a manga one should read. And if you don’t read manga, say an anime that is adapted from a manga one should watch.

Manga and comic books aren’t that popular here. You only really get the popular ones, like Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, Black Butler and Naruto (and the odd BL one, hidden amongst the romance novels). I’m pretty sure most people would have heard of them before, so I’m going to suggest a less known anime, that’s adapted from a manga. Elfen Lied (Elves song), because it’s the only one I can think of at the minute.

  1. F**k, how am I gonna make it to 11?

With great strength and determination.

  1. F**k do I know?

Oops, I guess the last question was rhetorical.

  1. Have you ever been singing karaoke? What did you sing? If you haven’t, would you like to?

I was at karaoke when I was younger and braver/had less sense.
My friends were all singing country, so to not to spoil the mood I sung Dolly Parton – Nine to Five (always a crowd pleaser).

  1. I have always wondered what people think about acapella. How do you feel about it? As I understand it you need woolen hats and leather straps and a black dude singing really low tones. Is that true? What do you think about it? 

It’s weirdly mesmerising. It’s the kind of thing you don’t know what the fudge is going on, but you want to stick around to see what happens.

  1. What’s your favorite pizza?

thumbnail_ed9a15c1-a86c-43fc-b064-207c14af0c2cThin crust with Pepperoni and Jalapenos and hot sauce to dip the crusts in. The spicier the better.

  1. What is the strangest pizza you have ever heard of/eaten?

Strangest Pizza Eaten: Tuna, canned mandarin oranges and onions. It was a very weird flavour experience.
Strangest Pizza I’ve seen: It’s a toss-up between dessert pizza topped with chocolate sauce, marshmallows and chocolate fudge brownies and the Indian curry pizzas, you get in some of the take-aways here.

  1. Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Batman, because he doesn’t have superpowers and still manages to kick butts. Also, batman’s villains are so much more interesting and likeable, than other superheroes.

  1. What would said super hero sing at your night out at the karaoke bar and what would their choice of drink be?

thumbnail_eb206f48-8f29-4846-b46a-583a33aba115Na na na na batman, of course.
We’d both be Teetotal, drinking Lemonade all night. There’s no way I’m hanging out with batman and not taking the batmobile for a little joyride after. (Batman never drinks and drives.)

The Unique Blogger Award

unique-blogger-awardThank you very much Strange Girl Gaming, for the nomination. Strange Girl Gaming has a really cool game review blog. If you enjoy gaming and hearing about awesome new games, I would highly recommend checking their blog out.

Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions

Questions and Answers:

1.If you could swap lives with any fictional character who would it be and why?

The Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. Firstly, I get to live in Wonderland (which would be so awesome), I’d be magical, able to teleport and turn invisible and I’d always have a smile on my face. Also, the life of a cat is pretty sweet. You can go where you please and people feed you just because you’re cute and fluffy.
Oh yeah and the Cheshire cat is very wise.thumbnail_322ca966-711d-4da0-8e5b-d41bd230fd6c

2.What is your favourite animal?

Dogs. Can’t beat spending time with a big old cuddly dog. They’re just so adorable. It’s almost as good as spending time with a big old cuddly human.

3.What did you dream of being when you were a kid?

Haha, it’s kind of embarrassing, but when I was a child I loved playing house, and I dreamt of being a Mummy and cook the dinner (Glob, I’m so embarrassed. I was like a 50’s housewife). It’s rather funny to think about now, because I really wouldn’t make the best of mothers. If the kid told me there’s a monster in their closet, I’d probably be a little freaked out myself and have to find someone else to go check.
I was so naïve as a child. Thank goodness, I have some sense now.

Nominations:
Since I still have a few awards to respond to, I’m leaving nominations until the last post.

Hope you’ve enjoyed another award post. I’m off now to hide my little embarrassed face in a pillow and cringe at my childhood dream of being a 50’s housewife.
As always Thanks for reading

Ask Me Anything (The Answers)

thumbnail_34646afd-7f9c-4166-aa5e-0252c217718cAs promised in my last post, I have created a special little Q&A post, to say thanks to everyone that reads my blog and to celebrate a year of blogging.

This is the most excited, I’ve ever been about a post and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to over 5 questions. So, getting over double that, was just incredible and I would like to say Thank you, to everyone who provided questions. All your questions were awesome and I really appreciate, you all taking part in this post. I’ve linked them all, in this post and would highly recommend checking their blogs out (They are all just so amazing).

So, without further ado, I give you Ask Me Anything:

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1.What got you into drawing?
It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly got me into drawing, but strangely I think it was stress. I started doodling on my notebooks, as a way to relieve stress and it kind of got addictive. I moved on from doodle in notebooks, to drawing animals covered in decorative designs in a sketchbook and it all snowballed from there.

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To add a little nostalgia to this post, I’ve used some of the drawings I’ve created and photos I’ve taken, in the past year.

2.What is something you would one day like to do with your blog but haven’t gotten around to yet?
A giant art collaboration. This is some very wishful thinking, but I’d love to rally a load of bloggers together, and create one hell of a digital art post.

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3.Is there a post/piece you really like but that didn’t get many views?
Zombie 101. It didn’t get too many views, but creating that jokey little post, about how to survive a zombie apocalypse was a lot of fun.e94272cc-b7a3-426d-abd7-45a767129f2f

4.What is the weirdest/funniest/best search term to lead to your site?
The weirdest search term was “lucy.boo pic”. Haven’t got the slightest notion what this even means. All I know is someone was looking pictures of a Lucy.boo, which sounds like it might be something creepy and perverted.
The funniest term has to be “MAN BOOBS”. In capital letters and all. Someone must have really wanted to see some man boob, that day. Too bad my blog doesn’t have any man boobies. They must have been so disappointed.
The best search term (as in the most popular) is funny Irish insults. It comes up surprisingly often.

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5.Do you believe in something that most people would say isn’t real? (like Santa, or dragons)
Without sounding crazy, I believe in aliens, other dimensions and sea monsters.
The universe is just too big, for there not to be another planet supporting life (doubt they fly around in space, kidnapping humans or even have the technology to do so).
Also, there is some very messed up looking creatures in the sea, so there’s bound to be a few that we could class as sea monsters.suun

6.If you could change how your blood looked, how would you make it look?
Bleeding rainbows, would be a lot more pleasant, so I’d make my blood rainbow coloured. Also, it be awesome if it glowed in the dark, too. It would be so much easier to tell, if I teared my ear cartilage piercings or got a nose bleed, when its dark.

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7.Do you have any plans to use your drawing skills for any other media-like comics or animation?
As a bit of fun, I was thinking about creating a comic strip for this blog. But, I have no real big or brilliant plans, to enter into the comic book industry. I really like illustrating, though and would love to be able to do something with that someday.thumbnail_IMG-20171111-WA0002

8.What’s your favorite fruit?
Pineapple, when its slightly on the bitter side. It’s just so juicy and delicious.
But from experience, it’s not a good idea to try to eat a whole bitter pineapple, at once (even if you are a hungry, hungry student and too tired/broke to cook dinner). It makes your tongue and lips go numb, for hours after.

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9.What’s your favorite thing to draw?
When Digital drawing, it’s those little stumpy chubby big-head characters. They’re so cute and really fun to draw, especially when turning movie monsters into one of these characters.
On paper, it would be pencil drawings. There’s just something really peaceful about making a pencil drawing.use

10.Do you have any advice for other people who are too scared to share their drawings?
If you’re extremely scared, try taking baby steps. Start with sharing your drawings with trusted friends and build your confidence from there.
If you’re feeling brave enough to share your drawings with the world. My advice would be, to try to find somewhere with supportive people, to share your drawings. In general, they’ll only make helpful comment on your work and not rip into it.
Also, remember to not be too critical of your own work (which can be really hard, at times) and to have fun.

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11.Are you open for a Netflix Death Note 2?
Hell no! Sequels are usually worse than the first movie, so I fear to think about the monstrosity that would be Netflix Death Note 2.
In saying that, I did give the first Netflix Death Note, a fair review and reviewed it as something separate from the anime and manga. But as a fan of the anime, that movie was kind of painful to watch. There was just so much wrong with that movie and I doubt a sequel would be any different.thumbnail_20171020_134516

12.Are you willing to carve melons for halloween this year? 
Bahahaha…. that ghost pumpkin really did look like a melon.
Well, it is melon season soon and carving a melon would be fun, so I’d be willing. You might not even have to wait until Halloween. I might not be able to contain me melon carving excitement until then.

So, this is the end of our Q & A session. I hope you have enjoyed this post. It has been incredibly fun to make and as always Thanks for reading.

Gerry, The Paint by Numbers Wolf

thumbnail_20171230_132733I was given a Paint by numbers as a bit of a joke Christmas present (might seem mean, but was hilarious). As I’m not one for wasting paint or a perfectly good canvas board, I decided to give this bad boy a bit paint (also it’s a wolf. Wolves are awesome). Unfortunately, painting by numbers took me a lot longer then I thought and kind of stole all the time I allocated to painting. So, I’ve no new paintings to show you guys this month. Since this little project took so long, I thought it might be fun to do a little mini review for it.

First things first, what comes in the box.

thumbnail_20171230_134017A very large palette of 20 paints and the world’s smallest brush. Some really nice colours in that palette (my favourites are 53-Autumn green and 76-Bright Lavender).

thumbnail_20171230_133210And of course, the canvas board (tis confusion by numbers). A little tip, its best to take a good clear photo of the canvas before starting, because there’s numbers everywhere and things may get confusing.

Now that’s out of the way, time for the good, the bad and the I wish I knew that before I started, of this product. I’ll start with the bad, to get it out of the way early.

The Bad:

  • There are at least 3 sections with no number, so you have to guess what colour they’re meant to be and hope for the best.
  • The brush was so tiny, that it made progress deathly slow. So slow in fact, that I had to abandon using the brush for the sky and uses one of my other brushes. It was also kind of hard to keep hold of and I dropped it a whole bunch of times (not good, when it has paint on it).
  • The way the picture is numbered can be confusing, at times. There’s parts with lots of numbers and arrows pointing everywhere. Meaning it can be very easy to lose track of which colour goes where.

thumbnail_20180113_142130The Good:

  • It’s a Glob Dam Is there really any need, to say more? (Wolves are beyond awesome)
  • There’s also just something very satisfying about filling in all those little sections, with its corresponding paint. It just gives you that relaxed feeling, where the world feels right and at peace. Kind of similar to, the first coffee of the day or a really good hug.
  • They really give you a decent amount of paint. I still have a lot of paint left over and I was piling it on.
  • The picture, itself is very beautiful and is nice enough to keep after you’ve finished painting (It also reminds me of Hige from Wolf’s Rain, which is definitely an added bonus).
  • And most importantly, painting by numbers was a lot of fun and really doesn’t take much skill. Anyone could do a good job of it. Even a fellow coordination impaired person like myself.

 The, I wish I knew that before I started:

  • How incredibly messy this would be. At one point, I was basically wearing the paint. It was on my face, in my hair, all over both hands and on my clothes, too. Luckily, I wear my brothers’ clothes while painting, so we’ll not worry about that (a joke, of course. I’m not that mean. I asked them for an old t-shirt for painting).
  • How fast the paint dries. It dries ridiculously quick (within minutes), so blending the sky to make it look more natural, was a lot of works. You really had to work fast and keep that brush wet.
  • Also, how long painting by numbers would take. It took me weeks to complete, but at least you really get your worth out of this product.

thumbnail_20180125_133844Overall, I’d definitely recommend giving paint by numbers a try, especially if you like to paint. Although it has its short comings, it’s really enjoyable and is very satisfying. So, you can easily over look its bad points and really have fun with this little project.

I know some might think painting by numbers, takes away the creativity of painting, but sometimes just painting is enjoyment enough. Sometimes just having a brush in your hand and something to paint, is enough to make you happy and bring you some peace of mind.

The Unique Blogger Award

unique-blogger-awardI think I may have finally caught up with my blog nominations. I feel bad for taking so long, but it truly couldn’t be helped and I apologise.

I was very touched to be nominated for the unique blogger award. I always try hard to be original and come up with post ideas, that I’ve never seen done before. I thought it was really sweet and kind, that two fellow bloggers would nominate me for this award. So, for that I’d like to thank them individually and of course answer their brilliant questions.

The Rules:

1: Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nomination you.

2: Answer the Questions.

3: In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

4: Ask them three questions.

Rodrovich, thanks so much for thinking of me and giving me nomination. I really appreciate it. Your blog is awesome and I would highly recommend everyone go check it out.

Right, time to answer Rodrovich questions.

1- Which place would you most like to visit and why?

I’d love to visit North Canada, because I really want to see the northern lights. They look so magical in photos and it would be amazing to see in person.
Canada also seems really beautiful, so I’d love to explore it, for myself.

thumbnail_38536b92-2b96-405b-babb-1042774c68e62- How would you explain anime to one who has never seen any before?

With great pain (only joking, I’ll be serious).
I think the only way to explain anime, would be to sit the person down and show them some anime. Anime is too complex, to be explained in mere words.
But if I had to explain it in words, I’d probably start of by saying, anime is a very beautiful and unique style of animation, that can be a lot of fun. It can also be a very emotional experience. Having you laughing one minute and crying your little heart out, the next. (I wouldn’t mention Japan, to prevent bias).
I would then use one of my rubbish examples, to explain the feeling of watching good quality anime. That example being, “Watching a good anime is like, being given a box of super cute puppies. You’ll be super excited and just want to play with the puppies all day and never leave them.”

3- What are some of your favorite (or influential) albums?

Oh Glob, all my music is stored on electronic devices, so I don’t have a clue what you call my favourite albums. I just tap a picture and scroll down the playlist, until I see something I like.
I know, that’s so bad and doesn’t answer the question. So, instead I’ll give you a short list of my favourite artists and hopefully, it’ll give a feel of the music I’m into:
Sia, Hozier, Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Meat Loaf, Queen (those last three are really old, but have aged very well), My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Adele and a little bit of Johnny Cash.

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Irina thanks so much for the nomination. Your blog is so much fun and I love your drinking games. I would also highly recommend everyone go check Irina’s blog out.

Right, question time.

1-I had a lot of fun with the FMK question (you can tell from all the whining). I use to adore this feature over on D talks anime. Which is your favorite blog feature/tag? Alternatively, tell us about one you’d like to start!

My favourite was the Five Flaming Hotties Tag. It was so much fun and I had a whale of a time, reading all of those.
But, what I liked most about that tag, was how everyone really got into it and nearly everyone participated. It was amazing and everyone work so hard on those post. Which just goes to show, how much fun that tag really was.

thumbnail_4e3f056a-d974-4e5a-8c41-22257dd7b9882- What do you want for Christmas? I’m just asking for a friend.

My weight in chocolate would be nice.
I’m a little fatty at Christmas and pretty much, spend the whole Christmas period thinking about food. Receiving my weight in chocolate would be a dream come true. I don’t really have a preference for the type of chocolate. Just as long as it isn’t Thornton’s (hate that chocolates. It just doesn’t taste right).
Don’t worry, if I do somehow receive my weight in chocolate, I’d share my chocolatey wealth.

3- What unusual IP would you like to see get adapted into anime?

The last question has really got me in the Christmas mood and now I really want to A Christmas Carol, adapted into an anime movie (if this already exist, please let me know. That would be so awesome).
This may be the Christmas spirit talking, but A Ghibli Christmas Carol just sounds spectacular. It would be so interesting, to see an anime version of Scrooge. I’d imagine they’d portray him, as a Howl (from Howl’s moving castle) type character and really exaggerate his meanness. The three spirits, would probably also get one hell of a makeover and look like the regular spirits on acid.
An Anime Christmas Carol would be amazing and because it’s anime, it could be made so much more magical and creative. I’d just love to see what an anime studio, would with this Christmas classic. They’d definitely give the muppets a run for their money anyway.

Nominations:

This is the scary part for me, choosing bloggers to nominate and hoping I don’t annoy anyone. Anywho, the Unique Blogger I’d like to nominate are:

The Otaku Judge

Pop Culture Literary

The Pantless Anime Blogger (TPAB)

Raistlin0903

Foodzesty

The Spooky Red Head

Mr. Bobinsky

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My 3 Questions:

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  2. What is your all-time favourite movie?
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve put on a pizza? (I’m kind of hungry for pizza, at the minute)

They’re a bit random, but I hope they’re as fun as the questions I answered.

Please, don’t feel any pressure to do this award. I completely understand, if you prefer not to do these sorts of things.

If you’d like to answer any of these questions in the comments, go for it and fill your boots. I’d love to hear your answers.

Trying my Hand at Art Challenges

thumbnail_20171107_182800Have you ever watched something on YouTube and thought “that looks too fun, not to try?”

Well, that’s exactly how my latest disaster started. I watched YouTubers take on the finger-painting challenge and produce amazing paintings of fishys, mermaids and landscapes and naïvely thought, it would be fun to try the finger-painting challenge myself. I’m going to be honest with you guys here, I’m pretty such I’ve failed at this challenge.

Suspiciously, no one really shares their fails at these art challenges (makes you question, if they’ve had multiple attempts or how challenging the challenge is for them, in the first place). So, to break this perfectionist trend and show a genuine attempt at an art challenge, I will share with you my attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

thumbnail_20171107_151719There was some instant regret right about here. A pre-school child’s painting this fox, was not what I was going for. Fingers are so much harder to use than brushes.

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Yeah, adding more paint really didn’t help the situation. Apologies for the nightmare inducing eyes (My fox looks like he had a run in, with jeepers creepers).

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At this point I was finished murdering my fox with paint, so I decided to paint the background. I quickly learnt fingers can’t paint blocks of colour, so I smeared paint all over the place and hoped for the best.

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So, this is the finish piece. It might not be the best thing I’ve painted, but at least it’s an honest attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

(I should probably insult my own intelligence, before ending this post and mention that I wasn’t using lead paint or any other type of poisonous paint. I used non-toxic paint, so there’s very little chance of my hands dropping off and dying from paint related poisoning).

Anime Confessions

thumbnail_02ee777f-bee6-4634-8e90-120a9e6a325bI know I said I wouldn’t do this post, in case it started world war 3 in the comments. But someone pointed out, that WordPress is a much nicer place then the average forum and they’re right. Everyone here is a hell of a lot nicer and probably wouldn’t get nasty, if they disagreed with anything in this post (Unlike those forums, that are scary as hell and filled with trolls). I also really wanted to do another anime post, but couldn’t think of a better idea for a post.

For anyone that doesn’t know what an anime confession is, it’s where you share things you would normally hide about your enjoyment of anime. To make this post a proper confession, I’m including all things related to my love of anime. So, like cosplay, Japan, anime games and things like that.

Without rambling on any longer, I give to you my anime confessions:

True anime preference, is probably a good place to start. I actually like older anime better, usually 80s and 90s anime.  I also prefer anime aimed at guys, it’s a lot more fun and interesting.
To escape being called a tomboy, I’d normally say I preferred psychological, supernatural and Ghibli anime.

My whole teenage years and anime. I did a lot of cringey embarrassing anime related things when I was a teenager, so I’m putting the whole thing on this list. I could probably make another list with those things, but I’ll save you the pain of cringing and give you the top 3- Doing that cringey anime pose for photos, thoroughly researching everything to do with Japan and imitating certain anime characters.

thumbnail_e2984b48-af3d-41c1-8dd3-5251acdc921dWhen I had a pixie haircut, I purposely styled it to look like Ciel Phantomhive’s hair. It looked so awesome. I also cosplayed as Ciel Phantomhive, a lot at that time.

When my hair started growing back, I tried to styling it like spiky anime boy hair. Sadly, gravity would not allow my hair to stay spiky.

I use to be a secret anime fan. Basically, because here anime is mistakenly considered as weird porn. Thankfully now, I’m pretty open about loving anime and learnt to get around being called a creep, by saying I watch anime that’s like Studio Ghibli.

Grave of the fireflies broke me. I can’t watch it or talk about it without becoming a sobbing mess. The sub version is even worse, Setsuko little voice broke my heart. It’s the saddest anime I’ve ever seen, which is why I normally refuse to discuss or watch it with anyone.

I sing along to the opening, even if it’s in Japanese. I know very little Japanese, so Glob knows what I’m actually singing.

There are a couple of anime, I’m a bit obsessed with. Mainly Black Butler, Wolf’s Rain and Death Note. Like most obsessed anime fans, I watch endless amounts YouTube videos about these anime, look at and creating fan art and listening to their soundtracks (a lot).

thumbnail_84161abe-b0df-42e5-8f08-227f7b766219The real reason I disliked Tokyo ghoul (anime) so much, was that I felt it pushed the hate the world mentality, too much. That and watching all that coffee drink, made it depressing as hell. (Also, the manga is so much better).

I have used google translate, to translate my name into Japanese. Didn’t like the results, my name sounds like curry.

Durarara annoyed the hell out of me, when it showed Ireland 20 years ago and made the place look like it was stuck in the 1800s. That was so not cool, we aren’t that backwards for glob sake. Also, not a fan of the pacing in that anime. It’s death march slow.

I use to be really into Nintendo DS. I had a dirt load of games, including most of Professor Layton games (my favourite), Harvest moon, Pokémon games and Animal Crossing. I only stop playing Nintendo, because the 3DS gave my migraines.

thumbnail_69c2772b-407b-47dd-a963-a3e5f7924078Chibi are so darn cute. If I could get away with it, I would decorate my room with Chibi. I love those little chubby anime characters.

I feel so sorry for Grell (Black Butler). I know a lot of people see Grell as a really annoying character, but Sebastian treats her like dirt and talks to her like she’s a mangy flea-bitten dog. Part of me just wants Sebastian to show Grell some love. But then I remember Sebastian is horribly emotionally manipulative and reminds me of a charming sociopath or serial killer. So, I’d much rather see Grell introduce Sebastian to the nastier side of her chainsaw.

My Ban (7 deadly sins) obsession might have gone too far. I’m actually considering getting a huge Ban poster, to go beside my huge poster of the beautiful Daryl (The Walking Dead).

When I get really bored and hungry, I try making food I seen in anime, as well as food from Cooking Mama and Harvest Moon (without using grass, of course). Harvest moon food never turns out right.

My playlist includes 4 versions of Unravel (the original, music box, English and character group version). I don’t like Tokyo Ghoul, but glob I love that opening.

Well, we’ve made it to the end of this list. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this list and it hasn’t made you cringe, too much. Feel free to express your own anime confessions in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.