I wanted to make a little post about the gift I made Nicholas for his birthday! Howl’s Moving Castle was one of the first movies we watched together, and it being a huge favourite, I used it as inspiration.
I carved a stamp out of hard lino rubber to make the wrapping paper. I decided to just do the little soot sprites bodies and not their digits, that way I could hand draw all of their little arms and legs to make it unique.
As for the gift itself, I hand painted a jewelry box, the inside of which was filled with feathers and held a special piece of jewelry. I’m especially proud of the box, which was a challenging but extremely satisfying project for me. It’s finished with a water-proofing lacquer.
I was asked to create an abstract landscape of microchips and circuits for the cover of Nature, and to give it some animated magic for the online component. The article, about Moore’s Law (the principle at technology will decrease in size and increase in efficiency at a steady rate) was very interesting, too. I never thought about how so much information can be packed into microscopic spaces, or how we could ever reach a point when chips don’t get smaller or cheaper. I really enjoyed working on this piece! It’s fun to just focus on the interplay of shapes in space, and animating little sparks is extremely satisfying.
So hiya, yeah I’ve been inactive again for a while ^ ^; But reasons! Last weekend, I went to visit my lovely friend @reallyquantum, pictured with me in the last photo. It’d been a while since I visited anyone so it was a real treat, we had a really girly weekend shopping at malls, went to SPX, saw Ghostbusters again, her mom was amazing, and also the highlight: my first Renaissance Fest!
I threw together an outfit from stuff I had at home and rushed to make myself a matching elf crown and necklace thingy (I made reallyquantum’s back in college) which turned out a bit fancier than expected >.>; I got a lot of compliments which made me really happy, since I haven’t worn anything cool to a con-like event in a really long time ^ ^ The back, not pictured, is the fanciest part so I’ll try to post pictures of that later.