In a recent post, I mentioned my new project to create a fan art comic about a wolf from the video game The Long Dark. To practice drawing wolves, I have started drawing a wolf a day.
I have been able to do this most days and posting them to Patreon, Instagram and Twitter, but sometimes there is just not enough time. This leads me into another post I am working on, regarding habits. I have posted about this before, but it has all gotten unorganized again due to having a baby, which changed everything 🙂
Below is my update for the first week of wolf sketches. I am thinking I will add future weeks to show progress.
I was able to get a sketch in the majority of the days. I believe I am getting the hang of it, finding a consistent way of drawing these. You can see this in number 5 and 6, I think. However, I also feel that one wolf per day is not really enough practice. I may end up doing them on a bigger sketchbook, and doing multiple a day. Then I can pick the one I like most each day for my “A wolf a day” hashtag.
I started drawing my sketches on a bigger sketch book but only managed to do 4 new sketches this week.
This week was just really crazy at work, which left me less time after.
But here they are. Next week I’m back to full body sketches, I think.
This week I have been slacking on the sketching, because I got into some sewing and crocheting. I made a dress and some crocheted Mary Janes for my baby. I did get a few sketches done though. The next step is to get a water color intro page for the comic, but it is yet a little intimidating. Here the 3 new sketches:
This morning was such a nice morning. I heard different birds chirping, saw a little bunny in the melting snow, and had enough time for a relaxed breakfast and coffee. So I got some writing done. This is what I had planned all month, but each day there was something that sucked all the time away. Usually, I just got stuck social media browsing. The worst!
Recently I have been tackling a few crafty sewing projects that I had been laying around. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still more than a lifetime worth of craft project backlog, but I am starting to chip away at it.
I am doing some sewing projects for the baby. I have to do them via hand sewing though, because they have to be able to be done in the nursery, watching the little one play in a safe environment. The living room has become a hazard again, as she is now a master climber *sigh*. We cannot wait for the Pikler Triangle that my husband is building to be done. If you do not know what a Pikler Triangle is, check out this one on Amazon:
We have decided to make one ourselves, which is turning into quite a project and will not look nearly as good LOL.
Anyways, when I have to be in the babies room for crafts, I seem to be most successful, aka drawing the least attention, with hand sewing. I tried drawing, but she wants my pencil and paper within seconds. So hand sewing it is. I am currently working on a dress as well as a onesie re-purposed from a shirt. But I have recently finished some baby tights from a gray sweat shirt of my husband that he no longer wears. Baby tights are pretty easy. I also made my own pattern from another pair of tights. I am writing below how I did it and also have some pictures for you.
A pair of currently fitting baby tights
A very stretchy fabric (e.g. from old leggings, thin sweaters etc.)
Something to draw your pattern on and with 🙂
About 1 foot of elastic for the waist band (measure the width of the pattern tights)
Lay your tights flat on top of the pattern paper, or if clear then below. I used clear construction paper so I put the tights underneath
Trace along the seams, flip and repeat
Add seam allowance to each pattern piece. I did this on the fabric.
Lay out your fabric and trace around the pattern. If you haven’t added the seam allowance to your pattern, add it now on the fabric. Be mindful of the fabrics bias, but it should be pretty stretchy in both directions.
Sew side seams
Fold over upper edge and sew leaving a small opening to insert the elastic
Insert elastic in top seam and pull through. sew together both sides of the elastic, then close the hole in the waistband seam.
Here are the pictures to the process, with a little mistake that I had to correct along the way 😀
It has been a while and a blog away since I wrote a real post. Since then, I have switched my blog and website over to WordPress, and am now starting with a new plan for posts. I already have some great ideas including a new project.Writing this, I feel like a broken record. So what is different this time?
Routine! Yes, such a simple but effective thing: a set time slot every day for me to write.
However, to make this happen, a few other pieces had to fall in place first.
Believe it or not, after having my baby last February, it took me just over a year to find a good rhythm for my day. There has been some letting go of schedules and plans. That was the hardest part. Nobody likes to part with their expectations.
But suddenly it hit me: I need to find routines. They say children need routines to be balanced and happy, but as much as I love the idea of spontaneity, if I am really honest with myself, I also need routines to be balanced and more productive. OK, I probably knew this one a while. Have I not read and wrote about a book to form habits? Silly me!
And finally I have implemented a writing routine. Of course it all has to change again soon with kindergarten and other activities. But now I know I need to find a routine quickly to make things go smoothly.
I am very lucky to have a baby that likes to sleep in, which she has definitely learned from her father, who is a stay at home dad. And instead of trying to force an early breakfast onto the two, I have decided to use this time for some alone time, and to write posts for this blog. I am actually really excited and look forward to this time.
My New Project: Wolves
Last but certainly not least, I want to talk about my new project. It is a fan art side project I am doing to
Express my love for a great video game, and
To exercise my drawing and painting skills.
The project is a comic about a famous NPC in the game The Long Dark. The character has been nicknamed Fluffy, and is a wolf.
The game, The Long Dark, is a survival game against the harsh coldness of Canadian winter after apocalyptic events, and wolves are one of the main living enemies in the game (although the wildlife is certainly not THE main enemy of the game).
Fluffy is a wolf that seemed to be a glitch in an earlier sandbox release, and would re-spawn in an indoor location previously thought safe, making it a particularly big nuisance. It turned out, this was no glitch, but intention. The strong reactions in the user community were where she got her unique name. Despite the annoyance people expressed, it was still an endearing name: Fluffy. This seems to speak a lot for what a great fan base this game has.
Liz, one of my Twitter friends (@wabbitstewed), and also lover of the game, is collaborating with me for this fan art project. It was actually her idea. She wants to do the writing and story board, and I will do the artwork. Likely we both will end up contributing to each other’s side of the piece. The story is a fictional back story for Fluffy the wolf as imagined by Liz.
If you want to find out more about the Long Dark, and I can highly recommend this game, check out their site: http://www.thelongdark.com/
And for a little more info on Fluffy, here is her page in the wiki: https://thelongdark.gamepedia.com/Fluffy
As a preparation for this project, and while waiting for more story details, I have started to draw wolves in different poses. Today, I had the idea to start a little sketch series for myself called “A Wolf A Day”. This shall be my personal challenge to keep drawing every day and be ready for this project. I have already sketched a few wolves, but as you can see there is still much to practice.
I am starting today. Isn’t Valentine’s day a perfect day to start my series? I will post my sketches on my Patreon every day, and then release them on Instagram and other social media the day after.
I hope you will enjoy. And please, let me know your thoughts and questions.
I have finally done it and created my website. Now I have a hub to link all of my shops and social media accounts.
In the interest of time, I used a template from W3School, an online tutorial page for web development. It’s a lovely recourse and their templates are free to use.
At some point I will make it all my own design, but with a little babe time is sparse 😀
So, without further ado, check out my page: http://www.livelovemaria.com/
This truly is an un-thread. I am trying to make sense of this tangled mess of thoughts about blogging and other social media. So what happened?
The progression of thoughts – to whom it may concern:
I had a baby. Yep. If you have kids that may say everything right there. Now, it has been 9 months, so it’s old news. But it is getting more and more time intensive. Do I miss the days I could just feed and lay her back in the crib, ha!
She now is crawling, pulling herself up and teething which makes her sleep worse. Overall that means she needs more of our time and attention.
I tried doing something while she is playing in the living room. Nope! I got like 1 minute, then she will be across the room trying to eat dog toys or cords.
Her room is safer but of course she does not want to be in there if I am not, and I am limited in the resources I can use.
I am trying to interest her in being in the high chair for a while and play while I draw at the kitchen table.
Though, I really cannot complain. My husband, who is taking care of her during the day when I work, is also spending time with her at night and making dinner so I can get some art done.
Speaking of art: this leads to the news. I have done about half of Inktober and that really got me excited about doing art again.
As usual I have grand plans, which are likely too grand for the amount of time I really have for art in a day. I have to use the weekends in the morning.
But I am determined! I have even set up a Patreon page for my art.
All good and well, but this is really where my dilemma starts: what to write where and how often? Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Patreon besides this blog, I am at a loss. At the moment, my plan kinda looks like this:
Patreon: I will post my WIP art, sketches, behind the scenes thoughts, which I won’t put anywhere else. Any finished pieces a few days before elsewhere and offer special prices 🙂
Instagram: Any of my finished art pieces a few days later than Patreon. But I also use this for other pictures like my crafting, photos of nature walks, etc.
Twitter: Same as Instagram, but some random funny thoughts and retweets, of course.
Facebook Page: I really don’t know about this one. It feels awkward to post there. Maybe just finished pieces and shop links.
So this leaves me with figuring out this blog. I know I am kidding myself if I think I can post something multiple times a week, but maybe I can at least get 3 to 4 posts into a month. Topic-wise I am thinking of these:
1 Craft post about any sewing, crochet or other crafty things. This means Thread Thursday is gone for now, because I just don’t have enough time.
1 Nature photo post
1 Summary post of all the art I did that month. I may make this 2 posts depending on how it going.
I am known for lofty goals, so we will see. Please bear with me 😉 Oh yeah, and I am also working on a webpage. It’s gonna be pretty simple, and really just a hub to connect all the links.
So that’s my plan. I hope you come back next week for a new post, and below all of the Inktober drawings I made. Let me know which one you like best.