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November 9th, 2013
05:33 pm

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Embroidery Machine
I've asked this on Twitter just now, but I figure I'll ask here too, since I know I have a lot of plushmakers on my list- what are your recommendations for embroidery machines that are suitable for work on minky and short fur? Thinking of finally taking the plunge and investing in one, the deciding factor for me was making plans to sell at the MLP Fair- no way I'm machine sewing some of those crazy cutie marks. ;P Haha.

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November 1st, 2013
04:57 pm

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Sundae is Born
So last December during one of the seemingly many dogsitting weeks, I designed this fella.

He's a dessert-themed doggie, with biscuit body, piroette tail, milano toes, banana snout, cherry nose, whipped cream hair, and a hot fudge back. I must have had the serious munchies or something when I created him. ;)
The idea was that he was a chihuahua, and I wanted to play around with facial asymmetry (forever envious of how the Laika character design team pulls this off). I had no idea as to his personality or anything, he was just a stand-alone design for a while.

Summer rolled around and I was thinking, "Man, I should really do something with all these random characters I keep designing... who is this guy??" I got a ruled notebook so I could practice coming up with a creative idea a day, and on the first page, I started coming up with the barest bones of a backstory for him. And then I kept writing every day for a couple weeks, and this random drawing whim I had in December turned into this really big thing that now I know is going to wind up as a comic in the future.

Here's some sketches from August, when he was starting to really come alive in my drawings and deviate from the original drawing (for the better!)




I have some secret hopes for this project that I'm not going to get into here, but I'm completely sure I want to go through with this and it's really cool coming up with new ideas every day. Some happy accidents, some threads of story that end up meeting in really cool ways, lots of story revisions. I do feel somewhat lost in this, as I am just one person trying to define a whole universe, and I don't know how long I need to spend in preplanning before I can get to the "good stuff". It's maddening to think I probably won't be able to actually start the comic itself for another year as I work out the story but I sure hope it's worth it and people enjoy reading it and I'm happy with it and it looks good.

A huge hurdle has been the art style... I just plain cannot do it all in real media, for issues of money and working space... my digital work is crap (and you don't have to be nice and tell me otherwise, I know it's really weak and accept the challenge). The style people have most responded to is my lineless vector style, but vector work on that scale is... tiring to say the least. ^_^; But I don't think my freehand lines are clean enough... dunno. Also it's hard to decide how simple is too simple. Working on a piece of concept art right now digitally, I'll finish it and then evaluate what about my working method needs to change. I hope you guys will be available for some concrit once that time comes.

aaa enough rambling, I'll slowly be uploading all this backlogged Sundae story stuff until you guys are caught up. I won't upload everything because of lolspoilers but enough to hopefully get you excited in the project. :D

...thanks for listening to me ramble!

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October 31st, 2013
09:55 pm

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Suitwork, Two foamed head

WIP of a commission for a citra fullsuit. A citra is one of those made-up furry species, looks like a fox with a ringtail I guess?


Then I started this heavily stylized red fox head as a premade suit to get rid of extra fur. He's gonna be a fullsuit and it's gonna be awesome. Really excited and happy to make something different, I feel all passionate :D Too bad I ran out of blue foam, and my Wal*Mart is completely out. nnnnoooooooooooo


This is the concept art I had drawn up for it- so happy with how close the sculpt is to the ref! I hope to have this suit up for sale in time for FC, or sooner.

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October 24th, 2013
12:51 pm

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Suitwork Update

Finished a bodysuit for a citra character yesterday. Man, unpadded suits without any difficult markings are sooooo easy xD I had forgotten what that was like. Upside-down pile direction on the chest so it's fluffier, otherwise the sparkle fur area would look sunken in against the DF. Weird dye lot for the main color, but I like that it's not as obnoxiously bright as usual.

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October 19th, 2013
07:53 pm

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Art Post (new ref sheet)

Finallllllly finished this new ref sheet for myself I started in March or something. What a pain in the ass digital flats is, took me a ridiculously long time D: But it was worth it in the end because I like it a lot and it *shouldn't* become outdated anytime soon, fingers crossed. That's part of the reason I haven't really gotten a lot of art done of her lately, in addition to just being less interested in getting commissions made. I'd just rather draw my ideas for my characters myself, I feel like the whole as-of-yet-unnamed Sundae project is refueling my creativity.

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October 16th, 2013
07:56 am

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Finished Lazer Fursuit

Full fursuit commission for Lazer!

This suit features hand-sewn spots, digitigrade legs, "use your own shoe" feet, hidden ear vents, and latex claws and pawpads. It's definitely one of the most involved projects we've ever created and it's really cool to see it all come together after all our hard work. :)

The model shown is not the owner.


BTW, I dunno if anyone who reads this is interested in suit commissions and isn't already watching me on FA, but we're having an "artistic freedom" sale in which I'm offering suits at base prices, with a fast turnaround: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/11825285/

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October 4th, 2013
11:24 pm

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SPOILER TALK pt 2
Spoiler theory fanart???thing???Collapse )

EDIT: Turns out it was a false rumor, ughhhhhhhh. ;____;

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10:50 pm

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And now something different

Sheldon's Sith training has begun. ;)

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11:07 am

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Hiram McDaniels for Mayor

My entry in the Welcome to Night Vale t-shirt design contest. I wasn't chosen as a finalist, but that's fine! The ones they chose are really awesome. :D
I am glad to see that this became really popular on Tumblr though, it's just kind of nice to get e-kudos on things I'm proud of.

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October 3rd, 2013
01:38 pm

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THIS IS HALLOWEEN (art post)




I’ve decided that every October, Denali will turn into a Halloween monster. :D The black parts fade into shadow easily, and you can often hear her laughing evilly in the dark. She is an insatiable glutton for Halloween candy (just none of that loser candy, thanks) and likes to pop out at people and scare them. She can also be found haunting stores that sell special pumpkin-themed foods, stealing stock from the back and slipping away unnoticed. If you see this creature, beware and hope to mercy you don’t have a pumpkin Frappuccino in your hand.

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