Tuesday, 29 January 2013

I know now why we blog!

 Picture reproduced without permission (but I'm sure Gretel won't mind!)

For so many years now I've been an ardent blogger, I've defended my decision to share my life with complete and total strangers to people who closely share my real world.  I've tried so many times to explain my reasons for putting my life in words and pictures out to the great expanse of the internet.  Sometimes I've had my trust shaken, but for the most part, I've received support and even affection from this great and wonderful community that makes up Blogland.

Even as I write this, I find the words are a struggle and my eyes are blurred with emotion.  One of my dearest internet friends has suffered a terrible loss that I'm unable to express.  Please join me in support of a dear and wonderful person, Gretel Parker, who needs our love and help at this terrible time.

Over 6 years ago I began my first blog.  Gretel was hugely supportive to me and gave me so much advice about my art and the dedication needed to succeed.  She wrote to me and helped me in so many ways, sometimes just by being her own wonderful self.  I've read similar stories from other bloggers who have been touched by Gretel's kindness.  Please, lets all join together and share the message in the above link.  Please, lets show Gretel how much she is truly loved at this difficult time in her life and show the world what a wonderful caring community Blogland is.  The bonds and friendships we make here are just as real and important as the ones we make with people close to us  in our everyday lives.

(I'm sorry this is on both of my blogs, but I feel it's so important that it's worth repeating!)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

I must get back to the Studio!

I was looking for the Manga sketches and came across a couple of pictures of Finn.  He can be quite a time waster for me, as he's so acrobatic and loves an audience :D
His Mama, Cotton wanted in on the act and can you see Gigi's little ear to the right of the picture?
Here are the sketches I did for 'Manga Me'!  This is literally how I work some days, covered in kittens, who are now almost full grown cats.  It's not easy :D
I thought I'd share the Manga process for building a picture.  These are my sketches, using their methods, so ok to reproduce them here.  The angle of the head and curve of the spine determines the finished pose.
Then it's a case of fleshing out the joints and refining the details.
Look good don't I, hahaha.  This could be me at about 12years old, lol.  Apart from the hair, only now does the Moomin say that I have Manga hair.  A few years ago it was long and easily managed.  Since having it cut, it does it's own thing :D

The Angel painting is progressing slowly, mostly due to the fact that it's so cold in the Studio and I've spent a great deal of time in front of the fire re-writing my Reiki training manuals!  Naughty me, I must find more hours in the day :D
I'm sorry I've not visited many of you lately, but will get around to it very soon.  Take care dear blogging friends.x