Musician, writer, artist, gardener, Jane-of-all-trades.

I keep astonishingly busy with a wide variety of things and this blog may seem random in consequence. Expect Mass Effect fanfic (including the ongoing saga of pilot-lovin' Rhi Shepard), thoughts on disability, politics, and a liberal helping of goats. Especially baby goats.

 

Dream Couture

A few days ago I referred to a dream in which I discovered forgotten rooms in my house. That was only a part of the nightmare, though — I also had twelve houseguests who seemed to be inviting their friends, had committed to cooking an entire feast for this horde, and I had somehow managed to oversleep the day-of. By about eight hours.

Now, my sweetheart doesn’t like crowds (this part is true!) and in the dream I’d apparently cajoled him into another big crowd thing just a few days before and it was too much too soon, and, well, what with one thing and another, he was really fucking pissed at me. And he decided to deal with this by storming off into the woods without a word, which I figured out when I saw the column of smoke above the trees. Because his other way of showing his anger was taking up smoking again, and apparently in my dream cigarettes look quite a lot like large signal fires.

I chased him into the woods — I was LIVID — and I caught him, sulkily smoking, in the woods, while I tried to salvage this ridiculous feast/event whatever, and he was wearing this hat.

I told him about my dream last night. He spent most of i saying “No, dear, that wasn’t me, that was your dream,” until I started describing The Hat, and then he said “Oh! That’s my Spite Hat!”

Today I drew it.

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Two (music) sessions, three very different sketches. Decent strides in pen work, even if the resemblances vary — and vary almost as much by viewer as subject (which is interesting all by itself!).

Two (music) sessions, three very different sketches. Decent strides in pen work, even if the resemblances vary — and vary almost as much by viewer as subject (which is interesting all by itself!).

shadesofmauve:

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha subsp CH-47. Male, freshwater phase.The tandem rotors of this subspecies allow easier travel to shallow stream beds for spawning. With this advantage CH47 would be expected to out-breed the straight species under natural conditions, but this seems to be cancelled out by increased avian predation — osprey can often be seen waiting by waterfalls during the spring run. In addition, lab experimentation and careful observation in situ suggest that most female Chinook actually prefer the bruised and battered males which had to swim up the falls, perhaps for their more macho appearance.Note that the adipose fin has been replaced by the hind rotor housing. With the adipose unavailable, dorsal fin clips are used to mark hatchery fish.

…it seemed like an appropriate time to bring this back around.
No, this also isn’t the salmon thing I was going to write about.
Tomorrow. I’ll write about dam removal projects tomorrow. :P

shadesofmauve:

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha subsp CH-47
Male, freshwater phase.

The tandem rotors of this subspecies allow easier travel to shallow stream beds for spawning. With this advantage CH47 would be expected to out-breed the straight species under natural conditions, but this seems to be cancelled out by increased avian predation — osprey can often be seen waiting by waterfalls during the spring run. In addition, lab experimentation and careful observation in situ suggest that most female Chinook actually prefer the bruised and battered males which had to swim up the falls, perhaps for their more macho appearance.

Note that the adipose fin has been replaced by the hind rotor housing. With the adipose unavailable, dorsal fin clips are used to mark hatchery fish.

…it seemed like an appropriate time to bring this back around.

No, this also isn’t the salmon thing I was going to write about.

Tomorrow. I’ll write about dam removal projects tomorrow. :P

The fact that I used a Red Dwarf quote to complain about composition issues in my mass effect art seals it: Red Dwarf needs to be represented on my ridiculous space mailbox.

Red Dwarf itself is huge and ridiculous (which is awesome, actually, ‘cause who cares about aerodynamics in space?) so I’m deciding between Starbug and the Blue Midget. 

I’m a dirty cheater who cheats

…at art, anyway.

I’m painting the mailbox with the following trick (for the Normandy; everythign else I’m just winging it):

  1. I freehanded the Normandy onto the mailbox from a  reference shot,
  2. Took a picture of the mailbox
  3. very carefully trace the outlines of the reference shot in neon pink (or toxic orange, or black if you’re working with something light) on a separate layer in photoshop.
  4. superimpose the outlines on the pic of the in-progress painting.
  5. print out reference-outlines over actual painting image and use it as new reference for everywhere you’ve gone horribly wrong.
  6. wash, rinse, repeat.
  7. profit die in poverty because you spent all your money on photoshop and acrylic paint.

I have three things to say in defense of this practice:

  1. It works.
  2. The stage where you trace the reference can actually teach you a LOT about what’s going on.
  3. I had an art professor once who said that anything that helps the job get done fast and well was fair game and professionals used every god damn trick they could, so help you, don’t whine about ‘cheating’ unless you’re some kind of dilletante, god god, do you know how hard it is to put bread on the table? 

…granted, that last point applies more to paid work, but still. :P

I’m afraid I need to lengthen her nose a bit, but she’s starting to take shape!

I’m afraid I need to lengthen her nose a bit, but she’s starting to take shape!

This is a pretty shoddy sketch of Mark and Jess, but I thought the funny was worth sharing. Sketched it last week when they were filling in for us at the market on basically no notice, calling themselves the “emergency replacement band.”

This is a pretty shoddy sketch of Mark and Jess, but I thought the funny was worth sharing. Sketched it last week when they were filling in for us at the market on basically no notice, calling themselves the “emergency replacement band.”

Some lines that are thinking about being a Normandy.

Some lines that are thinking about being a Normandy.

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha subsp CH-47. Male, freshwater phase.The tandem rotors of this subspecies allow easier travel to shallow stream beds for spawning. With this advantage CH47 would be expected to out-breed the straight species under natural conditions, but this seems to be cancelled out by increased avian predation — osprey can often be seen waiting by waterfalls during the spring run. In addition, lab experimentation and careful observation in situ suggest that most female Chinook actually prefer the bruised and battered males which had to swim up the falls, perhaps for their more macho appearance.Note that the adipose fin has been replaced by the hind rotor housing. With the adipose unavailable, dorsal fin clips are used to mark hatchery fish.

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha subsp CH-47
Male, freshwater phase.

The tandem rotors of this subspecies allow easier travel to shallow stream beds for spawning. With this advantage CH47 would be expected to out-breed the straight species under natural conditions, but this seems to be cancelled out by increased avian predation — osprey can often be seen waiting by waterfalls during the spring run. In addition, lab experimentation and careful observation in situ suggest that most female Chinook actually prefer the bruised and battered males which had to swim up the falls, perhaps for their more macho appearance.

Note that the adipose fin has been replaced by the hind rotor housing. With the adipose unavailable, dorsal fin clips are used to mark hatchery fish.

I’ve been playing too much Dwarf Fortress, so I drew a dorf. With a snobby sheep.

I’ve been playing too much Dwarf Fortress, so I drew a dorf. With a snobby sheep.