This is likely to be the last inktober video before the final flip through. I've enjoyed having this little project with the strict theme. I still can't believe I missed that one day. Perhaps it's part of the anxiety peak that happened, but I literally forgot about inktober's existence that day. Didn't put it off, didn't decide to skip it, I just completely spaced it. How annoying.
Also there's a cake at the end of the video. I was trying that shiny glaze that everyone is doing on buzzfeed, and the pouring was pretty much the only enjoyable part of the experience. There was definitely a woeful "Why Can't I Ever Make White Chocolate Ganache" breakdown in the kitchen the night prior to filming. Which led me to do a late run to the store for crappy buttercream frosting. Which led to not being able to smooth the cake out enough for the final pour to look any good at all.
Pretty much all cake experiences are like this, I don't know why I keep trying.
In other news, I finished the 8x8" version of "Opah, Disconnected" and it is now available for purchase on Etsy. I've even already scanned it to put on clothing and swag on Redbubble. These fish are so dang charming, and by affiliation, so will you! Apparently Redbubble is finally scheming to come out with a line of clocks and I'm weirdly excited about that.
I love love love the yellow colour that came out in the end. Forgot to mention that. I was mixing a cheapy craft paint with the Liquitex Basics brand of white paint. While the Basics line is a student quality, it's still miles ahead of craft paint, and I could not believe how opaque and velvety this was. Just a little bit stretched so far, that I had enough paint leftover to completely cover an entire spread elsewhere in the sketchbook. It was not wasted! I almost want to paint the entire sketchbook in this colour! I HAVE GONE COMPLETELY MAD WITH POWER.
I am not recording the mentioned 8x8 version of this opah painting I'm talking about, mostly because it's redundant having recorded the wee sketchbook version of it. I am taking photos of it in stages for the newsletter, because sometimes I wonder if that's the kind of thing that goes over better in the newsletter. I pretty much never get any feedback about the newsletter and I'm seriously considering retiring it entirely, since it always seems to be this last minute thing that perhaps no one even enjoys. I have no idea. It's gone to the void. Youtube is better. Youtube is responsive and alive. I think "oh I should save this brill idea for the newsletter" but change my mind because I want more people to see it.
So yeah. I don't know. They say that newsletters are the most important thing in the world, the most personal, the most useful. Maybe that's no longer true. How many people actually write each other using email anymore? I'd suggest letting me know in the comments, if I thought blogs were still a thing anymore.
Thinking of turning this one into a square painting! A school of fishes travel along, interconnected, in unison. Meanwhile, confused Opah rotates mid-swim, lost and not connected to much of anything.
I do blather on a bit in the video about what I'm painting here, so I'm not going to go into detail about it, other than I am pleasantly surprised that the gemstones came out despite the laid-back approach I took to it. Online. In front of a few strangers. If you haven't joined us for a livestream yet, there's a link and rudimentary schedule in the sidebar >
You do need to make a Twitch.tv account if you want to chat, though!
I've also been slowly adding artwork to Redbubble for those who like the artwork but want something more practical to do with it! Their products seem pretty popular. It's been a slow process trying to get such huge scans, one piece of art at a time. Let me know in the comments if you have a particular request! If I still have it, I will scan it :)
Everybody wants the first page to be special. To be safe, I usually do watercolour studies on the first page, but this time I was really looking forward to doing something more fun. There's a couple of awkward pages, so this may technically not be the FIRST page, but it's the first good page that isn't awkwardly stuck to something else. Binding is unpredictable that way. I've also come to realize that the paper in this sketchbook is cardstock, which is really weird for watercolour. You can kind of see how it sits on the surface for a bit before soaking in. Looks a bit pale and streaky. Meh.
Also, because I'm recording much longer video sessions, my camera battery keeps dying near the end of projects, which is a huge pain during a livestream, for example, where I can't really just stop and wait a couple of hours. I did not expect a second Canon battery to cost $60! It's a dang battery! There are off-brand versions but I'm a bit iffy about them, if only because batteries are not something to mess around with. Take Samsung's word for it. Has anyone bought, say, a vivitar battery? Did it ever catch fire? Just wondering.
I lost a lot of steam near the end, but the Song sketchbook is done. It's not tight and cohesive, but it was a very low-pressure space to do anything from note-taking to full watercolour studies. Thanks little guy! I remember the day I purchased you, so full of nostalgia for the days where all I had was drawing.
I miss the friendships.
Anyway, so I think I skipped two livestreams in a row because I keep getting called into work. I'm exhausted and depressed. I want to say that I will do a livestream next Wednesday but I'm controlled by the whim of disorganized management. I will aim for Wednesday.
Inktober is churning along! It's actually super easy when you have a concrete plan :3 SO MUCH BETTER than winging it everyday, eek, let's not do that again!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!
The Inktober box turned out to be pretty light, but at least everything in it is completely useful to me! Huzzah!
It seems that I am participating in Inktober this year, after all, the box sure set things up nicely (and at the very last minute btw). Normally, black and white illustrations in ink aren't my thing. I doubt that anyone who follows my work would dig it either. Considering the snoozefest that was March's daily video, I'm not going to alter my video schedule. Don't worry, you won't be bombarded with updates! This month will get a little inky.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?