Posts filed under ‘Concept Art’
It’s in my best interest to keep my four year old niece occupied with art projects. I swear. I don’t do it because I love crafting. She never leaves the table and the project and I’m never just sitting there by my self getting annoyed with mod podge. Nope, never.
What can I say? I LOVE crafting!
I found these adorable bunnies on Pinterest, but no actual instructions so I just sort of came up with my own based on the picture. I wrapped each toilet paper roll with tissue paper from my stash using mod podge and putting on a couple of layers to cover the roll completely. After the mod podge had dried, I used hot glue to put on googlie eyes, pipe cleaner for the whiskers, and a button for the nose. Looking at the picture on Pinterest I cut out the ears and feet. Sometimes I get lucky and my first attempt is perfect and even I was amazed how the ears turned out freehand. So I traced them on another piece of paper and it came out worse. What? Le Sigh. After we colored the ears with markers I used Elmers glue to attach the ears and feet to the cardboard.
If you notice one of the bunnies does not have a button nose. That was not an accident. My mother was visiting and she brought a littleBits kit with her for my niece. While crafting I got an idea to use the littleBits in our art project and add an engineering component.
littleBits is an “opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.” Because of the magnets and color coordination anyone (even a four year old) can learn how to put circuits together to create electricity that turns on lights, makes noise, or this thing that vibrates. (We tried to make a tickle machine, but it needs some modification to work better.) My mother works for the company as their Education Account Manager.
I needed my niece’s help to get started with the circuitry. No joke. My mother taught her how to put the pieces together and she later taught me that I needed a blue piece (she wasn’t even able to see the pieces being shorter than the counter and not on a stool at the moment) in order to get started. She was right. We clicked all the pieces together and got the circuit to light up the bulb. I created a hole out of the back of the second bunny and hid the circuitry in the bunny itself. And voila, a bunny with a nose that lights up!
I really enjoyed this project on several levels. I enjoyed that the littleBits added science and engineering to our construction. I think it’s important to introduce children to the way things work in a fun and creative manner. My niece loves learning how things work, which I assume is why she is always asking why. But for girls it helps to have a “story” or meaning behind the creation. This time it was adding to our art project of adorable bunnies a nose that lights up!
Skull bed sheets that cost more than I want to spend on sheets. Why are sheets so damn expensive!? Thanks to Chris N. for the tip!
Really detailed tribal tattoos. I really need to decide what tattoo I want to get next. Thanks to Tara N. for the tip!
The 10 People You Meet in Every Improv Class. Yaaah, I’ve definitely met all those people and did improv with them. And I’m totally not the last one, nope, not at all. <.<_>.> Thanks to Sara H. for the tip!
I’ve been apartment hunting, which is going dismally may I add, but I’d live in this abandoned tree house in a second. I’m marrying a handy man after all. Thanks to Tara N. for the tip!
Cool skeletal cosplay. I <3 Pinterest. And cosplayers.
Check out my newest favorite podcast on Nerdist, called Terrified, hosted by Dave Ross. I first heard him on Sex Nerd Sandra, but he has also been on Risk, another great storytelling podcast. Dave is really good at asking questions, he would make a great therapist.
I try to do an art project, craft, or some kind of fun activity with my niece every day that we play together. One day we made play dough using this recipe I found on Pinterest. It uses kool aid so it smells really good and you can get some fun colors if you can find them. (Damn you stores, why don’t you carry the blue Kool Aid any more?? Nobody wants tropical punch!!!) My niece loves cooking and baking so making something that she could later play with was a huge bonus. I even taught her how to knead the dough, she did an awesome job, standing at the counter muttering to herself the steps I had told her. Too cute!
My fiance is a bit obsessed with skulls, and I’ve always found them interesting myself. So they’ve slowly crept deeper and deeper into my life. My key chain is a skull, I have shirts with skulls on them, and even my piggy bank is a skull. The piggy bank is our tattoo money. So far I think I have less than a dollar in there, I really need to get on that.
Chris and I are not the only ones obsessed with skulls. Some people put them in cloche jars and display them as house decorations. Some people put them on high heels with a lot of other interesting and intricate artwork. Some people just use them in the art they create. Check out my Nerd Love board on Pinterest where I direct all my skull art to.
Some people use them as inspiration for tattoos. I love this one where the other art on the arm makes the overall piece look like a skull. Check out my Tattoos board to see some other cool tattoos and some I’m thinking of getting myself.
But my favorite recent skull find is this awesome maternity shirt. If you don’t look at any of my other links, you gotta check this one out!
I do love Pinterest. Some times when I’m having a bad day I go onto the site and look around at all the cool stuff and imagine that when I am finally in my own place I can start doing things the way I want them in my home. Some day. You can check out my boards here.
Pinterest gives me cool ideas of things to make or do. I’ve already done some of the projects, but there are always many more to try out. I think my next one will be these frames with tree branches in them.
Or I just find some really cool art to look at. Like these glass sculptures which look like underwater creatures and plants coming to life from photo frames. Water is my Chinese element, so I prefer kitchens and bathrooms and art that revolves around water. Or this 3d printing of a sugar skull. So intricate.
Some times I go onto Pinterest just to look at all the street art. Street art is just so amazing to me. I could look all day at illustrations such as this one on the side of a building, or this one of a huge elephant head/ octopus thingy. I love art that looks 3d. I like when it looks like it is popping off the page or the sidewalk. Like these notebook sketches or chalk sidewalk art.
One day on the way to see a movie I saw this chalk street art of Wolverine. Way cool.
I often see a lot of cool things in my Facebook feed, because I only like interesting people. S’true, especially because I’m easily amused and find many things interesting. Here are some of the gems I’ve run across or thrown up on my Facebook feed in the last little bit.
Cosplayers are cool and not all of them are misogynists as is evidences by this awesome little story on one of my favorite websites.
Should I get a miniature me and Chris for our wedding toppers? 600 dollars is like a quarter of my budgets, but it is worth it, right? I mean they look really fantastic and uber realistic! via Stephanie Bell who also had the Police Box car picture the other day. See, I have cool friends.
A Chicago hockey player holding his new born baby. Because, well, it’s heartwarming. Go to their official FB page and scroll down a bit. Did I tell you about the time I saw the Stanley Cup? When I worked in Chicago, it was right downtown, and when the Blackhawks won they had this parade that was a tad sparse that people lined up to seen at 7 a.m., and it didn’t start until 11 a.m. We stood by the windows and watched it pass. There was a lot less confetti this year, which was a shame. via Katherine Rhead.
A useful writing tip about action. Use the person as the camera and don’t talk about the camera. Via Read in a Single Sitting. She posts some awesome things, you should go like her FB page and you’ll get cool and interesting posts on your FB page too.
My fiance loves graveyards. One of the first things we ever did together was go to a graveyard and walk around taking pictures of some of the really cool statues. . . . Which I no longer have because I’ve a new phone. Dang. I’ll have to see if Chris still has it. But anyway. We found this statute of a really tall, robed and hooded, mystery man and Chris found the statutes lady and sent me a picture of her on FB. Which I totally heart for its dark romanticism.
I try to do a fun artistic activity with my niece that I’m living with. Based on some photos and a friend’s project with her daughter, we made a fairy house that still sits on her dresser. I also glued wings and a tiara to a little doll of hers, but that stuff eventually came off and the doll disappeared into the toy closet. But the fairy house remains. (Sorry the picture is blurry, I’d go take another, but the flowers have wilted by now.)
Peter Capaldi has been cast as the 12th Doctor, as you probably all have heard. I’ve seen him in other Moffet productions, Doctor Who as Caecilius and on Torchwood as John Frobisher, and on World War Z. None of his roles really stand out in my head, even after reviewing them on IMDB, this is probably because he becomes his role rather than just being himself in the role. Hopefully, this portends good things. But Matt Smith will always be MY Doctor. So, I would probably be as ambivalent about any new actor in the role.
My friend Stephanie B. posted this awesome picture she took on a trip to the at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. I <3 this so much. Thanks for sharing Stephanie!! Check out her tumblr here: http://www.retromondays.tumblr.com/.
Read a post on the Geek Force Network for one woman’s top 12 picks for the 12th Doctor. I’m voting on number 3. Chiwetel Ejiofor for the win!
I like to go onto Etsy and search for Doctor Who or TARDIS and just see the awesome things people are making and producing. Like this Delete decal staring a Cyberman for your geeky keyboard. I also found a charming Fez and Bow-Tie charm necklace that is just adorable and this TARDIS vintage pendant that is really cool. But the most adorable find on Etsy, that is also kind of the creepiest, is this Are You My Mummy bib. Awww. ::Shudder::
I like searching Etsy because there are always new finds and interesting projects being made. But sometimes I don’t immediately find the best stuff searching on Etsy. Instead I head over to Pinterest where I find this amazing TARDIS flask. Yes, it leads back to Etsy. But it had gotten lost among the other not so great stuff. [via]
I follow Nerdist Channel on Youtube and Chris Hardwick really does some cool stuff. Like bowling with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Or sending off some of his peeps to the U.K. to meet up with Arthur Darvill to tour some of his favorite London taxidermy shops. I am TOTALLY jealous. The popcorn skulls was my favorite.
Folks, you may have noticed that a couple of posts came out last Friday and funnily enough one on Saturday. Those were mistakes. Somehow, I got dates mixed up while I was putting together my posts and scheduling them for the future. What does that mean? Well, frankly, I’m behind at this point in how I like to schedule, and I really need a TARDIS? Anyone? Doctor? Someone?
Anyway, it also means that I haven’t had as much time to edit posts because I’ve been scrambling around trying to put them together instead. So I apologize for that. However, to make up for all of this, I have some cool things for you all to check out.
You can now explore Diagon Alley (at the theme park) via Google Maps. Which is kind of cool until you get to the end of the lane and hit a wall.
GoT characters as Simpson mash-ups. Because every awesome thing is awesomer if it is mashed-up with the Simpsons.
Amash-up between GoT and that Goyte song. There are spoilers. Even though I haven’t seen the show or read the books I can tell there are spoilers because . . . . I can, and I don’t mind, but you might. If you do watch the video, check out all the other nerdy references from Dr. Horrible to Doctor Who, I love catching (blatant) Easter Eggs like that.
This TARDIS tutu is rather simplistic, but I do love the idea. I’m not sure it is worth $150 as it looks like a cami (with TARDIS printing on it) has been sown onto tulle, but it is pretty. Aaaand further research shows that the $150 is only for the skirt. Hmmm. Well, perhaps tulle is expensive? Hmmm, well it does look labor intensive? I guess. Anyway, interesting idea. [via]
I know I have posted other mash-ups with Sully and Mike and the TARDIS door, but I just love this concept art. I just rewatched Monsters Inc. because Chris had never seen it and I wanted to rewatch it before I saw Monsters U, but then I never saw Monsters U. Which is still a bummer. Perhaps I’ll try to see it this weekend. [via]
I really enjoy beloved characters meeting each other, like this Doctor Who and Garfield cross over. The only time I want to see a Dalek and wouldn’t take a bat to it is if it were here to exterminate Mondays. You can buy it as a t-shirt or hoodie on Redbubble.
So there is this concrete bench down by the lake near where I live that gets painted every year. A committee comes up with a theme, divides the wall into sections and participants are given a section to paint as they will. It’s a cool concept and a great time with food vendors and music every year. Unfortunately this year I was on vacation while the festival took place, but my mom went and she got a picture of a very geeky section of the wall.
I’ve just read Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and I’m in love. While I was writing my review, I got an urge to look up some fan art on this unique fairy tale reimagining, and I found some excellent pieces of art on the interwebs. I recommend picking up Cinder and going to town on this series!!
Ink and watercolor rendition of Cinder in her shop, really great artwork here!
Scarlet Benoit, looking mysterious and sexy. Just how I imagine her.
Scarlet Benoit, looking dangerous. I really want her hoodie even though I never wear red because I don’t think it looks great with my complexion.
And because, history and cool pictures, a copper engraving of a Cyborg from the 1500s for your viewing pleasure.