Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Harry Potter Wizards' Chess Set Makeover

It's done!



This may be one of my most labor-intensive projects yet, which is silly when you consider all I set out to do was re-paint a plastic chess set:



This set was produced over ten years ago, but you can still find used ones on ebay in the $30 range. I initially bought mine to turn into ornaments for our Harry Potter tree, but decided to instead spiff it up for year-round display in our steampunk room.

I debated matching the set in Sorcerer's Stone, but since they already sell a high-end version in a more realistic stone finish, I decided to go with a wholly unique gold-and-silver scheme.

So just a few blasts of spray paint, right? 

Er... as it turned out, not so much.

Here's what it took:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hairy Tonks And The Orange And Teal Bowtie

I talk about Tonks so little here that most people are surprised to learn we even have two cats - but in my defense, Lily is vastly superior, and Tonks is John's cat.  :D

That said, I just got Tonks a new collar that I think merits a photo or two:

ORANGE AND TEAL BOW TIE!

(It's from Purrfect Collars on Etsy, and the bow is the smaller size available.)

Tonks is a very cat-like cat; she's driven by catty instincts, like forever trying to cover up her food bowl or stick her nose right inside your mouth for a good sniff - which can make yawning with your eyes closed an alarming experience.

Tonks is also addicted to hair products, and will treat newly shampooed or gelled hair like her own personal catnip garden - albeit one that's attached to the tops of those pesky humans. When I do my back stretches on the floor, she'll actually roll in my long hair, before attempting to eat it. 

But if my hair is catnip, John's hair is Mega Kitty Crack. Tonks can't get enough of it, and will jump to the back of the couch, plant her paws on his shoulders, and dig right in.

Here's John proffering his newly washed-and-gelled locks:

"What heaven is this??"

And one second later:
"GIMMIE."

She'd crawl right up there if he gave her half the chance. Ha!

But hey, enough about Tonks. 

Let's get back to talking about Lily.  :D

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Actually, it's time to announce this month's Art winners!

So, the winner of the Batman & Batgirl set is Chiana   
The winner of Link & Wonder Woman set is Erin Schleif
And my wild-card winner, who gets to choose from anything off the Give-Away Board, is Raum

Congrats, winners, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!

P.S. Kaitlyn Nielson, Blogger kept eating my reply to your comment - though I tried many times! - so please e-mail me your choice from the board, too, k? Or message me on Twitter or FB, since your first one didn't go through.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July Art Roundup: Intergalactic Travel Posters, Wicked Elsa, Tiki Baymax, & More!

Time for my monthly roundup of great geek art!


Joseph Bayer of SpiderStopShop has a great "Splatter Grunge" style:


 These look best in big sizes, so lucky for us his 12X18 prints are all just $15!

My favs are Elsa and Vader:


Now I want to see these two framed up side-by-side somewhere. :D
 Go see the rest at Bayer's online shop!


An adorable Little Mermaid set by Josie of RoosterPop:

The 5X7 prints are $7 each in her online shop, where there's lots more to choose from!


I'm digging Crabby Squid's super bright "Tiki-style:"



 
These are all just $10 each in his Etsy shop.


Spotted these sweet intergalactic travel posters at a tiny local con a few months back:


All of the Science Hype poster are about $17 each, or you can get a better deal if you buy a set:


You can also buy them on Etsy, if you'd rather.


Want more? Their sister company, Lynx Art Collection, also has some sweet poster sets:

Your choice of sizes, with 11X17s starting at $17 each


I adore Piper Thibodeau's daily sketches on Twitter, and I am crushed - CRUSHED - that she doesn't sell prints. I mean, LOOK AT THIS: 


She turned Kuzco into an Alpaca! SO CUTE.

And look at these Ninja Turtles:


D'awww. little Mikey on his back!

See more of Piper's work (there are hundreds!) on Twitter and/or DeviantArt. And while you're at it, beg her to open an online store for me, k?


Sabrina Miramon (aka Sab M.) is another artist with a beautiful digital style:







 Sab has that Batgirl plus a few more lovelies in her online store. (You can also follow her on Facebook to see more.)


I saw these next two prints in person at a con, and the colors are phenomenal - really leapt off the table at me:

 "My Little Kaiju" by Jeff Schutte

Prints start at $15 in Jeff's RedBubble shop, where he also has this cool fantasy airship:

Jeff only has a handful of prints for sale, but you can see more of his work on his Facebook page.


It's impossible to pick just a few favorites from Ann Marcelino; they're all SO GOOD.

 Labyrinth, 10X5 print, $15
(The little blue worm is on Sarah's head! Hee!)


 Mulan, 10X7 print, $15


 Baby Link & Zelda, 10X7 print, $15

See what I mean? So much goodness!

And as a huge Wicked fan, I'm delighted by Ann's Frozen/Wicked mashups:

"Witch Sisters," 10X7 print, $15

Head over to Marcelino's Society6 store for more, or see it all in her DeviantArt gallery. (And you can also follow her on Facebook.)


Now it's time for a Quick Sweet Story:

A couple of years ago I was hanging out with a fan named Rachel, who showed me some or her teenage daughter's artwork. I was impressed, and said she should try selling some online or at cons.

Cut to last month, when I received an incredibly sweet letter from Rachel's daughter, Brianna "Bri Pi" Crozier. She said I'd helped give her that final push of encouragement, and in the past year or so she's sold at 8 different conventions! And she's only 17.


Bri also included some art as a thank you, including a few prints for the give-away board.
She didn't mention it in her note, but after a quick search I found she *does* sell online: here's the link to her store. (All prints start at $15)

I figured you guys would like her princess series best, but I'm also really digging this one titled, "Curiouser and Curiouser"




And she's 17. My gosh. Talk about making my heart happy.


And finally, my favorite entry from Sketch Dailies' recent topic, "Imaginary Friends":
Hobbes has his own little Calvin doll!  
The feelz.

That's by Claire Gary, creator of that realistic Winnie-the-Pooh and friends so many of you loved last year.

As luck would have it, Claire JUST opened an Etsy shop. It's still a little sparse on prints, but maybe she'll add this one if we ask sweetly? Or even if not, there's other greatness there, like this:

"Cheshire Cat," 11X17 print $15.76
"Meoad." Ha!

And my favorite:
"Charmeleon," 8.5X11 print, $7.88

Ack! I'M IN LOVE.


K, give-away time! As always, comment below for a chance to win your choice of art from my Pinterest Art Give-Away Board. Internationals welcome.

And for this month's BONUS art prize, I have 2 print sets by Mervyn McKoy:


Each print is approximately 4X5 inches, and they're all signed. Be sure to let me know in your comment which set(s) you like, and I'll enter you in the extra drawing for those, too.

I'll announce my 3 randomly selected winners in a few days. Happy commenting!

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UPDATE: The giveaway has ended!

The winner of the Batman & Batgirl set is Chiana   
The winner of Link & Wonder Woman set is Erin Schleif
And my wild-card winner, who gets to choose from anything off the Give-Away Board, is Raum

Congrats, winners, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!

P.S. Kaitlyn Nielson, Blogger kept eating my reply to your comment - though I tried many times! - so please e-mail me your choice from the board, too, k? Or message me on Twitter or FB, since your first one didn't go through.