Looking Back on A Year of Art

Hope you all had a lovely time over the holidays. For the first post of the year I thought I’d do something special and look back on some of my favourite art work from 2018. This time of year, a lot of bloggers do a best post list, favourite review list or a statistic post, so I decided to put my own wee twist on that and make a post looking back on my art for 2018.

So, without further ado, I give to you my 2018 favourite art work:

An accurate depiction of playing Sims

thumbnail_82616da9-b71c-4fe7-aabd-e5b46c9d1dc3If you’ve ever played sims, you’ll probably get what this little digital drawing is about. I made it for part of a devilish gaming post and it still brings a little smile to my face. It represents what eventually happens when you play sims and get a little bored. You become a bit of a sims sadist and explore all the creative ways you can torment your sims.

Not quite right Charmander

thumbnail_20180530_2300372018 seemed to be a year of drawing Pokémon, my 2018 sketch books are full of little Pokémon sketches. Back on point, this little drawing was part of an art style challenge where you had to draw yourself in different art styles. A not quite right Charmander holding a flower, sums me up well which is why I really like this piece.

Baby Batman

thumbnail_eb206f48-8f29-4846-b46a-583a33aba115Batman is awesome, so why not turn him into a chibi and name him baby batman. This was drawn for an award post and was part of the answer for a question about what superhero I would take to karaoke and what we would sing together. (We’d sing the Batman theme song. You can’t take Batman to karaoke and not sing it, that would just be crazy).

Yuri and Victor

IMG_0044Not the best thing I’ve drawn in 2018, but I like the feeling captured in this piece. Yuri on ice is an amazing and heart-warming anime and one of the best anime I watched in 2018. Which is probably another big reason I like this drawing.

Doodle Flower

thumbnail_20180614_141806Who would have known, painting a doodle of a flower would produce such good results. I really wasn’t expecting much to come of painting doodles, but surprisingly it turned out pretty good (literally thought it would be a complete mess).

Little Rabbit

thumbnail_20180404_173424In 2018 my art abilities took a huge leap; this piece shows that leap and is when I realised, I was starting to get better at painting. My art skills still have a long way to go but it’s nice to see improvement. Also, bunnies are cute.

Chimera

94c85aad-a778-45c9-95c8-f411abb1694e2And now we hit the dark art. This part of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is heart-breaking and really brings a tear to the eye. FMA: brotherhood is one of my favourite anime and best watch of 2018, so I had to pick something from that series of reviews. Out of all the digital art I created for that series this is the best one, chibi Armstrong was a very close second though.

Flower Face

thumbnail_20180912_223437This was actually a practice piece that somehow turned out better than all my non-practice pieces of faces. In this piece, I was just trying out a new technique for shading and it turned out to be a hell of a lot better than the technique I was using before.

White bird

44e9925a-3968-44d2-8400-8afa01465f0cValley of White birds was a beautiful little short film, which is what inspired this digital art. Out of all the digital art I created in 2018, this the best piece by far. There was a lot of time spent experimenting with different brushes during its creation, but it was worth it and is one of my favourite pieces.

Pokémon

thumbnail_20181128_211525The best darn Pokémon drawing I ever did, which is why it got top spot on this list. It was coloured using soft pastels which is an incredibly unforgiving, so the fact I didn’t make a complete mess of it makes me like this piece even more.

Hope you enjoyed this post, it’s been very nostalgic looking back on all the things I drew in the past year. I kept the comic strips out of this list to prevent the post becoming too long. However, they were one of the greatest things I did in 2018 and is the main reason my art improved so much this past year. It really challenged me to draw things I never would have tried drawing and pushed my ability.
Getting back on track, I hope you all the best in 2019 and…

As always, Thanks for reading!

Bonus:

IMG_0144I had way too much fun editing this photo of Dobby in Autodesk Sketchbook.

A Very Alternative Christmas Playlist

If by now you’ve grown sick of hearing all those disturbingly cheerful festive songs, you’re in luck. I’ve put together a little list of alternative festive tunes that are definitely a hell of a lot less played out than your regular festive song.

Bongo Cat- Christmas songs

Your normal festive tunes but with a twist. The twist being they’re sung by a band of adorable animated kitty cats. Both cute and cool as well as a lot more entertaining than the originals.

BTS- Christmas Day

If your going to listen to festive music, you might as well throw a little K-pop into the mix. I’m not a huge K-pop fan but I do have a bit of a soft spot for BTS, GOT7 and Amber liu, hence why this song made it into this list.

GOT7- Miracle

Okay, I may have down played my love of K-pop a little with that last song, but this song is too lovely and cute not to have it on this list. (My fav in GoT 7 is Jin-young. He constantly looks like he wants to punch the other members really hard and its rather amusing).

12 Days of Honkmas

Why sing about the 12 days of Christmas when you can sing about the 12 days of honkmas. These little Pikachu birds (Cockatiels I think they’re called) are so cute and funny. This festive song is bound to bring a smile to your face.

You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch

Not going to lie this is one of my favourite Christmas songs. This time of year, you can find me making a grand entrance into a room singing this song. There’s even a very dramatic interpretive dance to accompany this song. I know, it’s kind of childish but screw it. Sometimes you just have to act a little silly to relieve the stress of this time of year. Not to mention, its one hell of an effective way to fight boredom.

Hopefully by now you’ve gained a few more festive songs to add to your holiday playlist. Hope you all have a wonderful time over the holidays and

As always, Thanks for Reading!

The Christmas Tag

christmas-tag-logoI was nominated for this lovely festive Tag, by the fantastic chef and blogger Foodzesty. Thanks so much for the nomination and I would highly recommend everyone go check your blog out. It’s has tons of delicious recipes and food. Very helpful if you’re planning on cooking a feast over the holidays.

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

Questions:

  1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
    2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
    3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
    4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
    5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
    6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
    7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
    8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
    9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
    10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

 Answers

1-What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
Most definitely the food. It’s all so delicious, especially Christmas dinner.   

2-What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
Building milk crate chairs, as a child.
With the extra Christmas dinner guests, there was never enough chairs. So, the children were expected to stand.
However, my siblings and I were rather resourceful and disliked standing, so we made our own chairs by stacking old milk crates upside-down. We thought we were great, coming up with this idea.

3-Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
Having a piece of fresh holly in the house for Christmas. This might be an old Irish tradition to do with fending off evil spirits, but I’m not sure. All I know is, nowhere sells holly so you have to go on a bit of a treasure hunt to find some.

4-What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
For everyone to have a happy and peaceful Christmas.

5-What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
The roast potatoes and of course, the turkey. 

6-What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
The bobbles on the tree. They’re just so round and shiny.

7-What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York

8-Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
Ireland  

9-What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
Spreading joy and showing consideration for your fellow humans. Especially, those down on their luck.

10-Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?
My family. Christmas would be so sad and lonely without them.

Nominations

This tag is so fun and festive, I don’t want to leave anyone out. Therefore, I nominate everyone that wants to take part in this tag.
Happy Holidays everyone and looking forward to reading some Christmas tags.

Top 10 Favourite Festive Movies

thumbnail_b7b5fa60-a601-4c64-b956-822ac5e2497cIt’s that time of year again for some of us. Where we become wrapping paper ninja, where going shopping becomes a deadly game of “Don’t get trampled” and where we make one hell of an attempt to get nice and fat.

Although we all might celebrate different holidays this time of year, one thing we can all come together and relate to, is a good Festive movie. There’s just nothing like escaping the cold, with a nice warm blanket and a hot drink and snuggling down to watch a holiday classic.

For this reason, I give to you my Top 10 Favourite Festive Movies:

10-Jack Frost (1998)
A boy’s father dies and comes back as a snowman. The father and son mend their broken bond, just before the snow starts to melt and you can see where this is going.
This movie isn’t great, but has made it onto the list due to nostalgia. Every Festive season, since I was a child, this movie has been shown on T.V. and it’s never fails be heartbreakingly bittersweet. Not the best Festive movie, but one I’m sure all 90’s children will remember watching, during the Festive season.

thumbnail_fa3a4abd-59e1-4f03-b5b4-5edd3c0840ac9-Rise of the Guardians
An evil villain named Pitch Black, aims to destroy all the holiday guardian’s, so that the world will be thrown into darkness and despair. To stop this villain, the guardians must work together and reignite children’s belief in the guardians.
This list is a bit on PG side, but that’s mainly because families all come together over the festive season. I come from quite a large family, where children (my nieces and nephews) outnumber the adults. So, festive viewing has to be child friendly.
If it wasn’t for that, I probably would have never given this movie a look in. This film is surprisingly dark and may upset more sensitive children, but glob I love the villain in the movie (as children’s film villains go, he’s terrifying). The fact the main character and Elsa from Frozen, has similar powers is a bit suspicious. But ignoring that, it makes for a good festive movie, for when chaos in child form comes to visit.

8- Arthur Christmas
This is a very typical Christmas movie involving the big guy, Snorlax (No, wait that’s not right). I mean, Santa Claus. It’s pretty straight forward, Santa Claus forgets a child and he’s too exhausted, to sort this problem out himself. So, saving this child’s Christmas, falls into the less competent hands of Santa Claus’s son, his retired father and an elf.
Another film I would have ignored, if it wasn’t for child friendly viewing. As Santa Claus movies go, this is one of the better ones and is very entertaining. It makes for a great silly, jokey movie, that both children and adults can enjoy.

7-Frozen
By now we’ve all probably seen Frozen, so it needs little introduction. A hilarious little snowman, catchy songs and a story about two sisters love for each other. What’s not to love? However, this movie comes with an added bonus, Silence. Sounds weird, but stick with me.
When your living room has become a mad hatter’s tea party of screaming children, arguing over something ridiculous (like who gets to open the lid of the sweets). Putting on this film, is like having a magic mute button. Within minutes of putting on Frozen, the shouting and messing stops and the house becomes so quiet, that all you can hear is the rustling of sweet papers, as everyone enjoys some chocolatey treats.

thumbnail_bfab7d9a-711d-4d2d-b5a2-680d677f38d16-Gremlins (1984)
A father, gives his son a strange creature, that comes with a set of strict rules, regarding its care. However, the son accidentally breaks these rules, causing the creature to multiply. Unfortunately, these newer creatures are evil and hell-bent on causing chaos. Leading to a bunch of the evil creatures, running amuck in the town, on Christmas Eve.
It may be an oldie, but it’s definitely one of the best festive films, of its time and is still an excellent movie. Being kind of creepy but funny, it makes a nice change from the typical festive films, shown this time of year. It’s also the reason, I feel uneasy around furbys, but screw it. It’s too good of a film, to hold that against it.

5- A Christmas Carol (2009)
There are so many different version of this classical Christmas story, about an old grumpy, money hungry man, being visited by 3 ghosts, that make him face his heartless and greedy ways. Causing him to become so horrified by his own behaviour and its consequences, that he changes his ways and transforms into Mr Super Nice.
Out of all versions, this one really surprised me. Considering it’s animated, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. However, I was wrong and the animation, gave it a really creepy vibe, which made the film very enjoyable.

4-The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king is fed up with life in Halloween town, so forms a plan to kidnap Santa Claus and take over the Christmas holiday.
I’m a huge fan of stop-motion and Tim Burton is one of my favourite directors, so it’s no surprise that The Nightmare Before Christmas, is on this list. The dark spooky undertone, great character design, dramatic singing and layers of hidden meanings throughout, are all things I love about this film. The Nightmare Before Christmas is just so magical and full of wonder. It’s not hard to see, why it’s also one of my favourite Tim Burton films.

3-Elf
A human raised by elves at the north pole, discovers he is not an elf and wants to return to the human world, to meet his real father. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know how things work in the human world (who ever actually does), which leads to him getting himself into some odd but hilarious situations.
This movie is kind of silly, but silly doesn’t mean bad. In fact, Elf is really enjoyable and is a great good mood movie, that will help relieve that holiday stress (It’s hard to be stressed, when watching someone so cheerful).

63aaf79a-039e-4ce1-9b87-28916246851f2-The Grinch (2000)
The Who’s of Whoville, repeatedly humiliate and treat the Grinch like dirt. So, he decides to get revenge, by stealing the Who’s Christmas.
The older I get, the more I can relate to the Grinch. There’s just times while watching this film, that you realise you’re as odd as the Grinch, have the same level of hatred for Christmas and have some of the same alone behaviours.
I find myself laughing more at the fact, I’m slowly becoming the Grinch, than at the comedy in this movie. However, it’s this relatability that makes this film so enjoyable and amusing. It’s like watching yourself, when you’re in a bit of a bad mood and having a bad day.

1-A Muppets Christmas Carol 
It’s the same classical story as the other A Christmas Carol on this list, except with the Muppets.
I watch this movie multiple times throughout the holiday season and love it for so many reasons. Some of the main reasons being nostalgia, I grew up watching the Muppets and Sesame street and now adore anything to do with puppets. Another reason is, how it uses great quotes from the book. I also love the book, so find this so fantastic.
However, the biggest reason is, the Muppets delivery of a classic Christmas tale. The delivery is just excellent in this film. They take a serious classical tale and add in some humour, without destroying overall tone of the story. It’s my favourite Muppets movie and an excellent festive movie.

Hope you enjoyed this list and feel free to tell me, your festive favourites in the comments. Looking forward to reading them.