Monthly Archives: February 2017

Woo-Hoo! Website is Done!

I had set up most of my website over Christmas, but not the most important part: the text content.  Without words there is nothing for the web spiders to search.  For each and every art project in my portfolio I added a description and the medium.  All I want to add now is a description to each of my portfolio categories, maybe a contact me link on each of them too. Also pricing – I’ve always sucked big time at it when it comes to illustration, because guess what… that skill takes time!  Like one painting can take all day or many days.  A drawing can be a few minute doodle or an extensive rendering.  There’s just no consistency unless you do the same thing all the time… and I don’t.  Must refer to the Artist Handbook of Illustration!  It blows me away that I should get a few hundred for a 3″x4″ magazine illustration… but then how was that illustration rendered? How long did it take?  What’s the actual size? It ain’t easy being an artist.  That’s why I mostly do web design.

 

Hand-Drawn Infographics

“When Sociologist W. E. B. Dd Bois crafted his brilliant and colourful data visualizations for the World’s Fair in 1900, he didn’t have the help of a computer. Neither did Florence Nightingale when she visualized the causes of death in the Crimean Warin the 1850s. In the early days of data visualization, people made info-graphics by hand because they had to. Today, that’s not the case. Designers can use software, styli, and tablets to craft glossy data visualizations—and plenty of them do. But many still prefer simple tools—and use them to fantastic effect.”

Source: The Nerdy Charm of Artisanal, Hand-Drawn Infographics

I like this. Visual communications isn’t always about wowing the audience with shiny things. Some times it’s really just about conveying the ideas; making your point without all the hoopla. It’s disarming, comfortable, casual… hand-drawn graphics are friendly.

Craft a Day Challenge

Craft a Day Challenge – which I’m sure I’m going to fail miserably at but it’s a start. I’ve been doing a lot of craft research lately… it’s time to start doing.

Today I stray painted a set of 3 tin cans of assorted sizes dark blue. I’m going to glue them together, embellish them with paper, ribbons and bling-bling and call it a caddy. I know, right? So lame. But I’ve been collecting these cans for a while and pretty much the only “craft” I can find for them is decorate it and call it a can. Cans come in handy because you can put stuff in them like pencils and forks. When you group them they become a caddy for putting like things in them such as toiletries. Alternatively, I could pound nails through them and call them tea candle lanterns.

The blue paint made me think of the blue sweater that just got trashed in the wash. Maybe I’ll do some cans for myself, dress them up with recycled sweater parts. I say “for myself” because most of my crafting is going to go into my Bread n Honey Craft table this year and the sweater is the same colour of blue that just painted my feature wall, so I’m using it to accessorize.

Oh, oh! I just made this up (© Feb 2, Evelyn Shifflett)… throw in a handful of dried beans and rice. Cover the whole thing in paper maché, sealing in the beans and rice. Decorate it and call it a maraca… or better, a Can-rauca™ ’cause I can rock out with it. I know, lame. But hey, I’ve been wanting to make myself an ugly stick too, so what’s the difference? It’s a noise maker.

Decorated Gam Can Caddy
Decorated Glam Cans with denim and burlap.
Decorated Pen Cans
Decorated Pen Cans with textiles.
Woodsie Faubs
Keychains made from a length of stick.
Girly Goat and Creepy Bunny
Girly Goat and Creepy Bunny creature stuffies.

OK – one a day is a bit ambitious.  But I am making the effort and enjoying the playtime.

Rhinoceros Beetle Restoration

This is my latest project – restoring a specimen. This is an Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) from Indonesia.  I found it in a thrift shop for $3 and thought, “Ooo!  My luck day!”  I like rhinos, I like bugs.  Rhino bugs rock.

It was in a bad state with it’s head and limbs falling off and being eaten by littler bugs (which I discovered upon opening).  No biggy – I put it out on the balcony for a week in the middle of winter.  No more live bugs.  I glued him back together with some super glue and goop and then shined him up with some bronze and black nail polish.  I got rid of the gross sponge the beetle had been glued to and the box got new wall paper lining.  Mr. Altas will be happily hanging on my wall for some time to come.  Well, happier than my partner about it anyway.  Whatever.

Yay bugs!

Rhinoceros beetle, aka Atlas beetle