Christmas Gifts!




Do I know its no longer Christmas? Yes, yes I do. Don't worry.

But as I do every year and as I have mentioned, I have just gotta show you my craftiness at Christmas time!

So this was an eventful December. Not only was I working through the holiday period for some of that extra dosh, I was crafting these beauties for my friends and family. (as well as continuing my personal projects, few!)

Not only was all of this going on, but my buddie ol' pal who is just in her last year of teaching in Kenya was coming home for Christmas. Now, her theme tune is driving home for Christmas, and it couldnt have been more appropriate!

So I will start with Aimees present first.


I bought the frame of the owl from Tiger. Tiger is amazing. If you don't know of this wonderful store yet, get to know it. Especially if your into crafting.  Not only is it reasonable prices but it contains all of the stuff you never knew you needed. And then more. And they regularly update the stock, which is a bonus. Think f it as a Woolworth's with more hipster in its DNA. 
(ahh, i miss Woolworths) 

I also made a few mugs again this year. They went down a treat last Christmas and I still have a few people that I hadn't given mugs to the previous year. 

Designed after the image of my friend in a similar
style to one of my own mugs painted year in the year. 
























I also painted this little figurine inspired by Sante Maria.




And I burned the lid of this pot, engraved with the surname of my friend and filled the inside with home made lavender bags. Really does smell delish' when take off the lid.


If your curious at how I made the bags, it was really quite simple. 

  1. All you have to do is cut off the flowers from any strong smelling lavender bush, pop them onto a tray an leave them to dry. NOTE: the earlier the bud the stronger the amount of oil in the flower. 
  2. Once dry, rub off the flowers into a container, then with your desired amount of lavender mix in granulated sea salt. This holds in the smell.
  3. Mix then place into desired container or bag. Vola! Simple eh? 


Well I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas this year. After all my prezzies were made I indulged in a sizeable amount of mould wine. I do love that stuff.  I leave you with a few random pictures and collages of my Christmas festivities. 

Enjoy until next year! 


Channa!
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Lego!





Yes, I attended a Lego convention!

(っ◔︣◡◔᷅)っBRICK2014 c(◕︣◡◕᷅c)

Over the December period I attended a few functions for work, but I think going to see the Lego was one of the most fun.  I met some really cool designers and fans of lego that had so much enthusiasm it was great to be apart of.

I was there on the first day and the convention with Game, the game shop helping to sell the new lego Batman game as well as other lego themed titles. I was cheeky and got there a wee bit earlier so I could walk around and see all of the cool stuff.

Here are a few of those swell things!




                                        And here I am meeting some awesome people.


Above, the actual real person that i met is Carl Greatrix,  and we discussed a few of his designs, his personal stall within the fan zone and not to mention the design processes behind the lego! We were also given an insight into how the two larger then life lego batman and robin (seen above) were made and then transferred into the convention.  It was very interesting! And for a flavour of what we discussed here is a short video that I found after the convention. 



If you would like to see more of Carl click here to see his Linkedin Profile. 

And lets not forget to show me hard at work...=p


And to finalise the day I received a wonderful autograph from one of the directors of the game! (Please forgive I really cant recall his name =/ I feel really bad!)  


And that was the Lego... sorry, BRick Convention!

Stay tuned to see more events and shenanigans. Ha!



Chana
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Events Over Decemer



Well Its been two months since I last posted anything anywhere on the web. For all retrospect on the Internets behalf I've all but vanished off of the face of the planet. But Ima human so sue me its been CHRISTMAS!  And not that I don't have somethings to post! So be prepared to see allot of me and my work. I can only presume that why your hear anyway. =p

Without further adieu! A few things to look forward to: some digital drawings that I've been keeping myself busy with, naturally it was that time of year so I will be showing some of my crafting (elf shop style) Christmas present that I made for all of my friends and family.  (and as soon as I give out the remainder of my presents I can post!) Events and trips that i've been luckily enough to attend and I think to finish up the month a few snippets from some of the latest animation i'm working on. (Yay animating again!)

So now that's all said in one large paragraph and totally unorganized, I will leave, for now, a preview of the next few posts.







































Until next time,
Chow4noW



Past W.I.P (Work in Progress)



As you can see, I few thumbnails of my little match stick girl in progress.

Drawn by hand and then coluored with Photoshop. I also tried some particles from After Effects, still not sure about those ones. BUT here we are.



Chana! 
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Working Hard on the Digital




As the title says, im working hard on developing my digital style and getting some kick ass images to put on my portfolio. So here are some of my favorite images that I've drawn in the past month that I'm most proud of.





If you like what you see have a look on my site to see more and upcoming images!


Until next time.
Chana! 
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A walk into the Autumn

                  Few! This feels weird, writing in my blog. I've been concentrating most of my efforts in my portfolio recently so my blog unfortunately has been suffering. But you don't want to hear me prattle on with my excuses do you?


No, so what do see in this post? AUTUMN! Because its that time of year and I happened to get some great shots and sketches made from Finsbury Park. Theirs a lovely old train track walk that we took to get there and it makes for some really lovely pictures. Also the park was pretty good for taking some snaps too. Here are a few pics that I took that I think highlight the day.




If you like my pics you can also now see more of my work at www.flickr.com/photos/128483985@N03/


 I fed some birds too, word of advice: If there are pigeons wear clothes that you don't mind flees on.  I wont go into detail but I'm sure you can imagine.



I also happened upon a scene; a fight between a gull and a heron for, what I think was a slice of bread. The pictures aren't ALL the best, some blurry and what not. But you get most of the action. So i intend to make this into a little animation... of some kind. I'm not sure how with the focus jumping at times.  But i'm trying a few things out a.t.m and will update with some of what I came out with. 

But I did do some more arty things, I drew a picture. Hold me back. 




Until next time folks. 
Chana 
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And dont forget to visit my web site and FB page to see what else I've been up to! 


Painting Traditionally



So long it has been since my last post! So I must update, naturally.

So What have I been up to? Well, I took a short brake from art in general, had a few friends visit, went to some parties and weddings and generally took a load off. It was quite awesome. But now I have itching fingers and am diving right back in!

However my tablet had other ideas and conked out on me the other day randomly, so I am back to traditional until my new one arrives.

So without ado, first to present to you is my traditional miniature painting....



Tadaa! Overall the whole piece took 3 hours which isn't so bad. And I really quite like the apple.

 This  is the first in a series of three that I am going to paint. All of them will be 'Kitchen' themed, so any foods and possibly crockery and such will be pictured.

 When finished they will be available in my Etsy shop. And if you haven't already visited, please feel free to click on by and have a see whats in store.  =P


www.etsy.DeNiSantana


If you are curious, here to the left are the paints that I used, and to the right is a reference photograph of what I was looking at.













And bellow are a few shots of the progress of the painting. ...










 And for comparison the final piece.


chana
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Another Birthday!

...And I Painted!

Just a quick post this week; if there is a family birthday we celebrate for a week. Cos' damn it why the hell not? So apologies for not posting last week, these types of celebrations are epicly important to us. ;p

But for now here are a  couple pictures of one of the paintings created by mua' for me ma'!
Acrylics painted on hardboard


      
Until next time... 
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Comic at the British Museum.

Entrance to the show.

So I saw an advert for 'Comics Unmasked' at The British Museum and I thought to myself, how can I resist going to see such an exhibition, especially when it is so close. So last week I booked my ticket and today I set off. 

Overall I think it was a pretty cool exhibit! Very nice one so thank you British Museum.  ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ


A few of the pieces caught my eye, and I made a few sketches in the small amount of time that I had.
( Not the exhibits time limit, my own. (︺︹︺) )

A few of these sketches are below.

Thoth Tarot. Represents completion and
achievement of goals.
 My first sketch, or more like scribbles that might not even be eligible to you, is a tarot card painting; around A3 size with border frame.  It was 'The Universe Tarot Card'. And only 4 of the whole deck have been seen since they were painted. I only wish my sketch did the piece justice.   They were painted in the early 20th Century by a gentleman named Aleister Crowley. ( was the only one whose brain jumped to Crowley in Supernatural? hmnnn? )  
Sneaky picture of The Universe Taro card
in the comic Batman: Arkham Asylum. 
                                   This Taro can also be seen in Batman's Arkham Asylum comic. Unfortunately, despite the amazing artwork by Dave McKean, I didn't buy this comic, though I thought about it, but i did manage to sneak a sneaky picture of the page it was on.



 Here are a few more sketches that I did throughout the tour:




Another piece that caught my eye especially was the publication of the Victorian 'Penny Dreadful'. I knew nothing about this except that there has been a recent release of a series by this title, so to see this was like an explosion in my mind. Very awesome indeed.

If you dont know anything about either, let me help you out with that. Heres a link to the Penny Dreadful site,   and a beautiful image of the cast is below.









Not only all of this, but I also found out later today that a local old pub, 'The Spaniards Inn' was also names after a highway robber that used to robb people that were comming out of London. Guess his name? Dick Turpin, Also the name of the main anti hero in Penny Dreadfull! So eventualy and hopefully sometime soon I will take a trip up there and get some sketches of the Inn and of 'Jack Straws Castle'.

AAANNND I got a huge haul! I couldn't resist. Granted, some bits were found but who can resist pens and comics? Not I.So bellow you will se the comic of Batman that I bought, going to have fun reading that one tonight. (˘‿˘ʃƪ) And I had to get a postcard, a little tradition with Musiums for me that I think everybody should invest in. A pick for my guitar, a leaf I found in one of the decorative display books.  And other bits and pieces about the exhibit. 


And I bought a couple of pens. ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ) I love stationary. (dont judge)
                                         The white one is basically a blender for non permanent ink and pencils and the other is a black liner with two sided nibs.                                                                                                                                             Verry FUN pens, so as soon as I got home I tested them out on another sketch I did of a Joker Mask, By David McKean. See below! 




Thanks for reading about my day, 

Chana
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