Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmakkah. My attempts at a hannakah elf were unsuccessful. Seems fitting for the final holiday 'costume' of the year (and ever).

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday card demystified

Well here it is, our holiday card. Merry Christmakkah. I'm sure you have all received them in the mail by now, dear readers. A few people have asked me how I did it, so it seemed like a good blog post. I feel a bit like the wizard of oz behind the curtain here, but let's give it a whirl. First I should say that this is my first attempt at illustration and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Originally we were going to have our friend Carla do it because she has done a bunch of cool ones. The more Steve and I talked about it, we thought it would be fun to do it ourselves. I had seen some cool cards online so I kind of took the style from there.

Step 1 was to take a picture. We took a bunch with a tripod and a wireless shutter release in our basement.

I printed out the picture and then traced it with a pencil on a light table. Then I scanned it in and then 'drew' it again in Photoshop using the pencil drawing as a guide.

Here's a screen capture in Photoshop. I won't go into any specifics about what I did in photoshop since probably no one cares and it would take too long to explain.

Here's a rough draft. Seemed like it needed more and Harriet's leggings were distracting, Steve needs some eyebrows and my necklace looks like something Betty Rubble would wear.

So I found some side views of our breeds of chickens on google and 'drew' those also. I doubled up on the chickens eating and only made one and then reversed it and changed the color and the comb a bit. Persephone and the barred rock took me longer than doing the three of us.

Here are my two attempts at the barred rock. I liked the one on the right a lot better.

Well there you have it. It probably took me about 10-15 hours, despite knowing photoshop pretty well. Illustrating was a bit of a learning curve, but I could probably do it twice as fast next time.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Last weekend my work sponsored the Holidazzle parade, so my coworkers and I took to the streets in illuminated costumes. I always kind of boo-hoo the holidazzle parade because it is the same thing every year for the last 20 years, but you know what? It was pretty fun. I have been in it many times in years past, but never as a character on a float. Let me tell you, it was pretty great! I was Princess Jasmine on the Aladdin float. No heavy battery pack to lug around your waist as you walk, just stand on that float, wave and smile while people wave frantically at you and call out your character's name and you make their night. A real ego boost.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December Link of the Month

We're in the hunt for an antique armoire. We reached out to some friends regarding antiques to help us find a price point we were comfortable with. This website was helful for finding out how to use the Internet to research the value of your antiques and collectibles.