November 30, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 16: Ghost

First girl ghost I thought of was the ghost of the child Inez in the Chichago Graceland Cemetary. I know of it because of the Dresden files book, Ghost Story. Found a few reference images of the statue and decided to draw the scene where she is speaking to Harry in his grave.


November 28, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 15: Dragon/Reptile Girl

Dragon girl. Thought about dragonball z and decided to take the dragon for earth and make it into a girl. Fun to try another style again.

November 26, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 14: Dullahan

Had to look this one up. I thought I had heard that word before, basically it's the Headless Horseman story. So I guess I was still thinking about Hotel Transylvania somewhere in my head because headless volleyball is what I got out of this one.

November 23, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 13: Insect Girl

Based off the description of "Mantis Girl Tessa" from Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

November 21, 2012

November 19, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 11: True Monster

A true monster is something not easily dealt with. Not something cool to dress up at Halloween.

November 16, 2012

A Second Jumping Monkey

So, one of my oldest friends is having a second kid. For her first I made a monkey as that is her theme for the nursery. She likes to leave the sex as a surprise so generic colors and gifts are best. I like this monkey pattern from Pica-Pau because I feel like with a few adjustments, I can easily change it from a boy to a girl. So, if it turns out to be a girl I will just add a little skirt at the bottom of the shirt and add a flower or two.

The last monkey was one of the first more complicated patterns I have ever made and in the year or so since making that last one, clearly my skills have improved. At least I think so. I chose better yarn this time around for one thing. I was able to make the thumb popcorn stitch correctly after spending so much time working on those for the many Daleks I made.

I was a little short on safety eyes so this time I embroidered them on. I think I like it better. Plus I was able to follow the nose/mouth area pattern with improved understanding since it is conveyed via a diagram rather than text.

I am really happy with this one. Hopefully I will be able to add that skirt...

UPDATE: She had a girl and so I was able to add a skirt, and a little flower too.
It was pretty simple since the bottom edge of the shirt was made in the back loops only so I had an open front loop to use to add the skirt on to. It is two rows of sc, one row of dc, one row of alternating a shell (5dc in the same stitch) and one sc in next, and then I did one edge row of sc in the light green. 

Much more of a girl now.

November 14, 2012

Sugar Rush

Wreck-it Ralph was really good. Kinda wish it had been more video game references, characters and locations, and less CandyLand/Candy Kingdom, but still really good. The reason I don't mark it down for having so much candy stuff is because it is too gosh darn fun and lovable.

From the trailers I really thought I was going to hate Vanellope Von Schweetz as a character but I ended up liking her more and more. Also, I really want to own a copy of Sugar Rush now.

So since a lot of the people I have in my google reader were making their own racers, I thought I would give it a whirl.

Tried to think about my favorite candies... Not sure why I forgot about my favorite, Mallomars, but I was stuck thinking about what is in my house right now... Mounds. Dark Chocolate, coconut and coconut flakes. Thought about the textures and the way the chocolate kind of ripples on the top. Also thought about what I wear in the winter, since all the racers have a winter wardrobe.

I gave her coconut flake cake ball earmuffs, kept my blue hair, pale skin and my freckles. She is dressed in a coconut husk-esque scarf, a coconut cream tunic long sleeve sweater, a short pleated skirt seemed manditory for the girl racers so I gave her one peeking out under the sweater. I made it blue to tie into my hair, but also because almond joy has a blue wrapper, and maybe she can like almonds even though I don't. She has dark chocolate colored leggings inside her chocolate ripple patterned boots. I also gave her fingerless gloves because I like them, in orange, cause I like it too.

Got to figure a name... kind of leaning toward: Almonella Cocowhipple.

Update: Made a mallomar version since it was a good idea and Almonella's first outfis isnt screaming CANDY. Dark Chocolate Beanie, Racing goggles, a marshmallow whip coat, chocolate skirt, graham cracker leggings and chocolate boots.

Update 2: Created three more racers at the request of a certain person, Phil, on facebook.
First up is my hubby. He is based on root beer floats. Has a root beer float hat, a vest and bow tie, pants and shoes. I added the bow tie to make him feel more "Malt Shop".

Next is Phil since he asked for them. I thought Atomic Fire Ball! So he got a firey shirt with an atomic bomb shirt underneath, jeans and an atomic fire ball beanie. Thought his shoes should be converse sneakers or something. And can throw puffs of spicy cinnamon air... I guess.

And I thought to round out the couples with his girlfriend. Not sure what candy she likes, but she is sweet and fresh and I thought candy canes for some reason. So she has a candy cane hair clip and pendant. A lacy candy shrug, a red drop-waist dress with a licorice belt. Candy cane striped leggings and red sneakers.

November 12, 2012

Always the blue one

Laying in bed last night I was thinking about my blue hair. It needs to be redyed since the roots are showing...  Contemplated going back to brown. But then decided against it for the simple reason that I think blue is the right color for me. Don't care if brown is "natural", blue is me.

It's been my favorite color since I found out that I was a Pisces - Aquarius cusp sign in elementary school while looking through the Big Book of Birthdays. And probably before that. The time while I lived in Missouri, with my two good friends, Marie and Katy, I learned a lot about myself. I'm starting to realize how formative that time was. The three of us shared our favorite shows together and, of course, assigned each of us a character from each show.
Bubbles likes to color. Umi likes to read. Ami has an awesome mini computer and glasses. Ditto to all.

Powerpuff Girls was the first: I was Bubbles.
Followed by Sailor Moon: I was Ami Mizuno aka Sailor Mercury.
Finally, Magic Knight Rayearth: I was Umi Ryuuzaki.

They were all the blue character. Assigned to water. Common traits seem to be that they were smart, quiet and dependable, if a little shy at times. Guess I am happy with that.

November 8, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 10: Succubus

This one was a bit more fun. Posemanics is always a good place to go for poses to use for templates. Wanted to make her sexy but not too slutty or anything. A little fun lingerie too helps.

November 6, 2012

30DC-MG: Day 9: Demon

I always thought demons and angels were sexless... or at least very androgynous. So that doesnt really fit with forcing them to be girls for the challenge. Sure there are millions of demon looking scantily cald girls in a lot of video games, but I really wanted to try something grotesque. Had a hard time getting back into the swing of this so here are just a few rough doodles.

November 2, 2012


A friend commissioned a new crochet piece. Since the wave of babies seems to be ebbing, I took the chance to make something new. The idea was this: Spock-topus. So I figured, use the same general pattern for the Socktopus, but make it spock. Duh.

Sketch idea.
"They like you very much, but they are not the hell your whales."

Structurally this was not a hard thing to wrap my mind about. I used a circle pattern for the head, starting in the beige skin tone, stopped at 50 stitches and then continued down for about 16 rows. Then I switched to black (doing the first row of black in back loops only to get a clean line) for the neck of the shirt that he wears and then switched to the blue to finish off the head/body shape.

To do the hair I simply did the same circle pattern to 50 stitches, but with a hook one half size larger than the original hook to make this shape fit snugly over the bald head. After about 6 rows of hair I stopped and did 30 stitches back and forth, turning at the end of the rows to get the hairline to go down for the back of the head but not the front. Once I sewed the hair onto the head at the hairline I used more black thread to add the pointed sideburns that he is famous for. 

I used a simple leaf pattern, but in the skin tone to get his pointed ears. I then sewed these to the sides behind the sideburns of hair. I added some emboridered spock eyebrows and used a set of black safety eyes. I also added a small mouth. Thought about making him smile or have a chibi sort of look, but it is Spock and I wanted to give him some dignity. I also embroidered him his badge in yellow and silver yarn, because what officer would be without his badge?

Finished head/body

"What is Kiri-kin-tha's first law of metaphysics? Nothing Unreal Exists. Correct."

At this point he looked kind of like a giant Spock-bean or Lego head. Kind of like him that way actually, but she said -topus so the legs were next. The eight legs are 12 stitches in a round completed to a length I liked. Done! Fun, pretty fast, and easy.

"I have, and always shall be, your friend."

Total time: 8-10 hours