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Mishaps and Bubble Wrap


The Mysteries Of Harris Burdick

Posted by Nukaya , in Art, Life Mar 05 2010 · 45 views

I love Chris Van Allsburg's books and illustrations so much, hence the new side links. I'm starting to work on my final for my drawing class right now, and I realized that I wish I could try to incorporate some of his drawing style into my own work. It has such a dream-like feel to it, while also appearing so realistic, and I think it might help the overall look of this drawing.

And, I'm not really sure what has triggered this newfound desire to rediscover all the books I grew up reading as a kid, but it's been quite nice. Steven Kellogg, Tomie dePaola, Shel Silverstein, Janell Cannon, Peggy Rathman, David Wiesner, Stephen Gammell, Laura Ingalls Wilder....I could go on listing authors for ages (especially the amount of ones who have created Newberry award or Caldecott award-winning books). See what happens when you're the daughter of a elementary school teacher? It's kind of wonderful, I think.

Anyone have any favourite authors or books that they read as a kid?

Art: Life study painting. About seven hours total scattered over the course of two nonconsecutive classes. I'm really pleased with it, especially with how the portrait turned out.

(and 151 days until BrickFair!!!)


Bionicle Art

Posted by Nukaya , in Art, BZPower and LEGO Feb 20 2010 · 42 views

For the first time in ages. Eep. So click the picture and check it out, please?
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And some school art for my argumentative writing class. We had to design an ad or commercial that was either a spoof or satire of an existing product or commercial, or design a new product that uses absurd logic to sell itself. My roommates and I were watching the Olympics, and one of them pointed out how odd it was that Diet Coke was supporting a heart health program when drinking their product (especially in extreme amounts) can lead to many heart and health problems. There was a slight problem in my plan while drawing when I realized that since I don't really drink pop much I didn't have a pop can to use as reference, so I had a fun time digging through a recycling bin in my dorm to find one. Hoo boy....

Other than that, I hope my professor likes my ad. He still hasn't gotten back to me about it. *crosses fingers* Is it strange that I was the only person to draw the ad by hand, though?

BrickFair Bionicle mosaic! We need more ideas for it! If you have some, suggest them, lest Makuta run you over with his bumper car!

(and 164 days until BrickFair!!!)


Newspaper Dress

Posted by Nukaya , in Art Jan 23 2010 · 150 views
I totally forgot about this! Woah! This is the newspaper dress that I made for Halloween 2009 that I mentioned ages ago but then forgot to post photos of. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of it, but it gets the general wackiness across.

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And shoes:
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The inner lining of the dress is made of a old cut-up shirt and wire held together by safety pins because I don't have a sewing machine and struggle with sewing in a semi-straight line. If I had an ounce of sewing talent and a sewing machine, I'd probably have added a zipper on the side, but I ended up just doing a sort of corset cinching style stringing to hold it together.

The actual paper is held together by glue and packaging tape. The shoes are just my only pair of heels that I own that I ended up spending a day or so shredding newspaper and then taping each piece to the shoes (which you can kind of see around the heel part). This was particularly fun, as I ended up working on the shoes mostly during my shifts in my school's art gallery where I work, so there were a lot of confused/bemused looks from gallery visitors. I'm thinking of putting a coat of sealant on them and keeping them how they are, just because they're so quirky.

Oh, and folding all the individual parts for the bottom portion of the dress was FUN. I kept finding random inky fingerprints all over my room from the ink for about a week and I had oodles of fun scrubbing them off the walls.

I like this dress. It helped me win a bike. And having a bike that actually works makes me happy.

Mosaic! Tell your friends! Tell your cat! Keep that interest going!

(and 194 days until BrickFair!!!)


Self Portraits!

Posted by Nukaya , in Art, Life Jan 15 2010 · 53 views

No. I do not want to date you. I don't want to go on a date out to dinner with you. You are a very nice guy, but regardless of how nice or interesting you may be there's not even a glimpse of a chance that I'll ever date any guy on the track team here. That just doesn't work for me, because I've seen way too many people on this track team date each other and then it all falls apart and it just gets really awkward during practices, meets, etc. And, there's something offsetting when it comes to dating someone on the track team. It's never, ever appealed to me.


I swear, I'm just going to go out one of these days and buy a somewhat fancyish-looking ring and start wearing it on my left ring finger just to try to get guys to leave me alone.

ANYWAYS. We're doing self-portraits in painting, which will eventually lead into a project where we'll be doing these crazy narrative self-portraits, so that'll be fun and interesting to see how it'll turn out, especially with the amount of craziness I have going on with my schedule. This one still is a bit of a work in progress, as there's a few things I want to fix with the eyes, nose, and shading. And the lighting in my room when I took the photo of it doesn't really show the amount of colour I'm trying to pack into this. It makes me kind of happy that I've gotten that much colour in it so far....

(and 202 days until BrickFair!!)

Edit: Oh jeez, he just texted me "Sweet dreams Maddison!! :) Nighty night!!"

Someone please shoot me. Now. I really don't want to deal with this at all. Why did I ever think it wise to give him my number?

Because you're 19 and you have no idea what's in store for you and he seemed nice at the time.-FN


This House Is Freezing

Posted by Nukaya , in Art, Life Dec 14 2009 · 41 views

Well, except for the downstairs bathroom and it's semi warm here in the kitchen area, but even if this is making it so my parents have a really low heating bill this winter, I think it might actually be warmer outside in comparison to my room upstairs....though, it is really nice to be home at the moment.

Anyways, list time! Because my thoughts are quite jumbled right now.

-Why I've been so busy and semi-inactive in recent weeks. Painting and drawing classes can get so crazy....: This was just one of like eleven assignments we did this term in Beg. Painting, but this limited palette one is probably my favourite.
-Beg. Painting midterm
-Drawing I final
-Beg. Painting final
-I finally got the LEGO mosaic maker program to download!
-Except, I'm still trying to understand the instructions....
-But it's working, so yay!
-ALSO: If you have any suggestions for photos to use in the mosaic, PM them to me! CF and I are still searching for an image.
-Christmas music. Oh boy.
-Christmas party this Friday. OH BOY.
-Cousin's wedding this Saturday. Oh.....boy.
-Car keys! Where are the car keys? I need to go and do a track workout and go to the post office to send stuff.

(and 234 days until BrickFair!!)


I've Found The Source Of The Ticking!

Posted by Nukaya , in Life, Art Sep 27 2009 · 85 views
harry potter, college
It's a....

Fancy-schmancy angled version that looks kind of cool.

Unfortunately my friend doesn't know what it is yet, as she went home for the weekend right as the other friend who I sent the present with arrived at their college.

I am now all moved into my room. My roommates (or "Suitemates" as my college is apparently calling them now) seem nice enough (which is a major improvement, as the first roommates that I had last year were absolutely terrible). I know one girl from the RA program last term and she's pretty nice, I know the second one from just seeing her around last year, and I don't know the other one as she's new to EOU and came here because she is "sick of living in California". I'm not really sure what to say to that, as I've only been to California three times.

Oh, and the light in our bathroom apparently begins to gush water whenever the people upstairs use the shower, so we have to get it fixed. My mom told me that if it looked like the ceiling was about to collapse, I should run in and try to save the Wall-E lamp. I'm glad my mom knows what's important in life.

(and 312 days until BrickFair!)



Posted by Nukaya , in Art, Life Sep 25 2009 · 103 views
harry potter
What is that mysterious ticking noise?

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The wrapping paper I doodled up for the present I made for my friend. My cat Hobbes is currently guarding it with his cute little nine lives. Pics of the actual present to come later, and the wrapping paper will make sense.

*runs away to continue frantically packing for school, since she's leaving at noon to drive for four hours to EOU*

(and 314 days until BrickFair!)

(lol, it's BrickFair Pi(e): 3.14. Hee hee hee.)



Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO, Art Sep 02 2009 · 90 views
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SECOND!!! In a BZPower art contest!


Second place is like....one of the best things ever.

Thank you so much if you voted for "The Tree House" during the contest! I wouldn't have done as well as I did if people weren't kind enough to go and vote for it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Woo hoo!!!

You're never going to get the actual prize for getting second. Sorry. -FN


The Tree House

Posted by Nukaya , in Art, BZPower and LEGO Aug 27 2009 · 62 views
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(Click, please!)

Please direct comments/critiques/maybe a vote or two in the polls/constructive criticism/cookies (if you have any) to the topic. I'll be grateful for any feedback, especially as I haven't done coloured pencil work in quite some time.

Thank you!


Soap Box Derby Lego Mosaic

Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO, Art Aug 20 2009 · 182 views
mosaic, soap box derby
So this is a mosaic that I made in either 2003 or 2004 that I had sort of forgotten about until I was talking with ChocolateFrogs a while back and he wanted to know what it looked like, and when I was cleaning my room, I found it peeking out from under a chair, so I dragged it out and got a picture of it. Looking at it now, there's a lot of things I think I might end up changing, like the shape of the bottom 1/3 of the shield part, the way the axles and front of the car have a very odd bend to them, the shape of the x, and how the red part of the shield isn't equal on both sides.

My reference photo (see below) that I was using while working on this was a 3"x 3" sticker (not so fun), but what I ended up doing was sketching out the basic outline of it onto the building plates using some sidewalk chalk, which worked really well. The entire mosaic is about 30"x 25". I don't know how many pieces are in it, especially as they're not all 1x1 pieces. Took a lot of digging through many LEGO-filled Tupperware containers to get enough of the darker grey pieces, though, which is sad, seeming as there's only six of them in the entire mosaic.

Please also note the wonders of my dad's old LEGO Bricks which has caused the varying shades of yellow that some of the white pieces have acquired. It just screams vintage.

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I designed it based on the logo used by the All-American Soap Box Derby. More to come on soap box derby racing later, as it needs a blog entry on its own.

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So, yay! Comments, critiques, anything? I want to do more, but it might make my mom give me that exasperated look if I tell her that I need to move a bunch of LEGO boxes into my room. And I'm not really sure what I'd do next, design-wise, but I really love making LEGO mosaics. They're fun.

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