Zombies? Really?

I have never read a comic that wasn’t Ritchie Rich, or Mad magazine if that counts but recently I’ve become hooked on a comic about a group of people in a post-apocalyptic, zombie rampant world called ‘The Walking Dead’. Yeah! I know! Lol.
They are adapting it for TV (google The Walking Dead AMC) and that’s how I found it and now I’ve become addicted! I’ve read 60 comics in a week.
It’s really interesting, because it’s about the survivors and how people change, the focus isn’t on the zombies. But all the same, there’s plenty of gore and messed up things for those who are into that part too. I was impressed with it as a whole though, it’s a page turner.

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Pick up Volume 1 from your local library today! Or wait until October when it airs, but that’s cheating.

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Oh Fabbo!

I took my Golden Retriever for a walk before and a girl, about 13 passing us stopped to pat the dog with her friend and told me (clearly meaning this to be a compliment) that we looked alike. I had to say ‘sorry?’ to make sure I heard her right and she clarified that the dog and I looked alike and kept walking.
Darn. And here I was thinking I was spanielish all these years.

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Prime Minister Drama

Wow, we could have our first female Prime Minister today, the Labor party seem to be over our current PM and this was announced last night, with ballots happening this morning.

The thing that interests me in particular about this is that on the news, to amp up the drama, they are using Terminator 2 music, the bit where they lower Arnie into the molten metal tank to destroy the last chip. I kid you not, it’s fabulous. Lolol.

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Painting a Portrait

I just finished a new painting and have photographed as I went along, so anyone interested could see how she evolved. I really like looking at these from other artists, so here’s my contribution.

This characater, ‘Lucinda’ started as a sketch 12 days ago. My Dad gave me a collection of Victorian era portraits, and the faces and the clothes inspired this.
From the sketch I drew it onto a larger board (45 x 60 cm)in charcoal.

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I also shaded her hair which I do so that I can see what the hair is doing. If I just leave it, the painting part is a lot more difficult for me. Then I sparayed fixative on the charcoal (which was a bit fruitless but I learned something). Then I painted a wash of colour on the hair. This worked way better than fixative, but left it muddied because it wasn’t opaque yet.

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I took a couple of days to finish the hair. Every colour that’s in this painting is in the hair. It’s important, for colour harmony to establish a few basic colours and use just those for the whole painting, unless you deliberately want a diverse pallette.

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Her face was next, applying really light washes until I was happy.

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The lilies took the longest for me, I’m definitely not well practiced in the botanicals! Had a great time with the cheeky little birds though.

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This photo was taken under the light at night, but I kind of like the effect. This was the beginning of the background, a wash. I liked the drip effect but then decided it wasn’t what I was going for on this particular painting so I fixed that up with trial and error and sandpaper.

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I added in her clothing and little birdhouse necklace, and finished. Tweaked a few colours in photoshop.

Finished!

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Close up of her freckles:
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Now I have to figure out whether to add a glaze or frame behind glass, not sure. I’ll ponder it while I walk the dog who’s been ever so patient while I’ve been stuck into this painting! Poor Max.
(Edited to add: I think I’ll go for glass)
Thanks for looking! Prints available here. T-Shirt or sticker available here.
~ Sarah

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The Titanic Artifact Exhibit

I went to the Titanic artifact exhibit in Melbourne, Australia a week or so ago, and thought I’d write a bit about it.

It was really well done, and quite amazing to see these belongings that had been in the wreck for 90 odd years and still intact. Most of it is or was bound in leather, and that’s why it survived. A lot of the metal things looked like wood, the combination of pressure and current gave the steel a woodgrain finish I think. There were things like buttons, money, insurance claims, someones boot, powder containers, parts of the ship like portholes and deck chairs.
The most amazing things to me were a stewards jacket, in very good order belonging to a steward that didn’t survive, a row of gratin dishes, found still stacked neatly on their side in the sand on the ocean floor, the full door in which the first class passengers came aboard and a huge chunk of the hull. It really brought home the reality of it all, that this is the actual ship I’m looking at.

They had also recreated the grand staircase, first class corridor, steerage corridor and room, first class stateroom and some parts of the decor and they were really well done. The security was mega tight, they were walking around everywhere and there was no photography allowed but rules don’t apply to me so I took a couple on the quiet (but they are bit blurry because I was being quick). You could get a professional to take a photo on the grand staircase if you wanted to…yeah I gave in and got one. How often can you stand on the Titanic right? Even if it’s just a set.

Here’s the first class corridor. As soon as I took it and rounded the corner, there was a security guard. I was lucky. My sister and I both agreed that we were waiting for it to sway a bit.
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Here’s the grand staircase. It was just amazing.
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The hull of the ship. suspended.

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As you walked through the corridors, you heard different sounds. For example you could waltz down the first class corridor to the music to reach the grand staircase, but by the time you were in the steerage corridor you could hear the engines. It was amazing. It also went through a timeline and as you walked down a corridor with the ice warnings from different ships written on the wall, it got colder and as you saw ‘Iceberg, right ahead’ on a turn ahead of you, you went into a room with an actual iceberg (it was a frozen thing, designed to show you just how cold the water was, you could touch it) and it made the whole room a bit colder and the experience that more real.

I’d definitely recommend it if you’re interested in the slightest. It’s on at the Melbourne Museum until October but I think it’s in the middle of a worldwide tour. Oh, and I may have caved at the gift shop and bought a replica third class mug, first class was available too but I never claimed to be fancy :p

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Happy Drawing Day!

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It’s just a made up day by some artsy websites like deviantart etc and raises no money or awarenes for anything but HB pencils I guess but I really wanted to have something done for it anyway. I have been working on this one all week, it’s a pencil drawing, coloured and ‘collaged’ in photoshop. Takes so much longer than traditional colouring, but it’s great to learn, and good to keep up with the younguns wot know about digital. This is the second one I’ve coloured digitally and I still have a lot to learn but I’m pretty happy with this.
Because I was listening to The Lovely Bones on CD book as I worked on this, I ended up adding Susie Salmon and Holiday to it here they are, closer. It feels weird to not have a background in this like when I paint though. I’ll just have to live with that.

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Now I’m off to clean up, I haven’t even glanced at Saturday as a whole and it’s nearly over. Better feed the animals unless it’s too late…

ETA: Yay, I got a home page feature on Redbubble!
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There’s Nothing Like…..

Recently, tourism Australia has changed its tactics on how to promote us. Perhaps the movie ‘Australia’ didn’t work, nor did ‘Where the Bloody Hell are ya?’ and I know the penned in, sad little kangaroo on the sidewalk in the U.S created interest for all the wrong reasons.
So they decided to let us tell it how we see it, what a great idea because then we can’t whinge that they did it wrong.
Anyone could submit a photo and a paragraph of 25 words or less that started with ‘There’s nothing like….’ to accompany the photo. I think the really good ones are going to make it onto a TV advertisment. Anyway, I submitted a QLD one and a Melbourne one and was excited to receive mail last week from Tourism Australia, with the liftout from the city newspaper and my entry in it! Gotta love making the paper for the right reasons. Anyway, here’s a scan and they changed my wording a bit (adding the Tallebudgera Estuary to the end) but I’ll forgive them. I was tickled pink and would otherwise have had no idea.

There’s nothing like getting your feet in the paper….

And here’s the picture. Apologies to Michael, because it’s his boat and it’s not like I let him drive, quite the opposite, he wouldn’t let me if he respected his life.

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