Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mistborn Costume

This is Vin from the Mistborn Trilogy of novels by Brandon Sanderson. She has magic powers, wears a mistcloak and leaps through the air weilding glass daggers.

Her iconic costume include a "mistcloak" which is a hooded cloak that is created from many strips of fabric sewn together at the top across the shoulders. When it blows in the wind it is like tendrils of mist. The world Vin is from is plagued by mysterious, thick mist which come out at night.

Here's a quick snapshot of the outfit underneath the cloak. I based it on the outfit Vin is wearing on the cover of the second Mistborn novel, The Well of Ascension.

Check it out, I found another Mistborn at Comic-Con! I dig her giant koloss sword. I think I need to make my own.

I tried to steal a giant warhammer from a guy I found the same day at the con but he only let me borrow it for a quick (blurry) pic. Apparently this was made by some guys in Canada who make awesome LARP weapons.

BTW, I got a picture of myself with Brandon Sanderson! More on that next week.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Waking the Dragon

I've been practicing my tablet drawing!

To create this picture I sketched it in pencil on paper first. Then I scanned it into my netbook, hooked up my Wacom tablet, downloaded GIMP and started inking over my pencil sketch. Note: You have to change the pen sensitivity from "opacity" to "size" in the GIMP drawing pen settings.

See this picture on deviantart

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

MiniComi Appearance

On July 23rd SmallRiniLady will be at the MiniComi at University of BritishColumbia in Vancouver Canada.

"MiniComi is a 1 day artists market inspired by those in Japan(eg. Comiket), held on Saturday July 23rd, 2011 in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia. Artists will bring a wide variety of items for sale. This may include self published comics, doujinshi (fan comics), doujinSoft(we're hoping), prints, pins, jewellery, plushies and many other creative things that only artists and crafts people (crafty people?) can think of."

SmallRiniLady along with 2 other artists will have a artist table; group is called "Sample Wives"  ~giggle~
If your in the area, come check us out and say "hi"

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Costumes

With complete excitement for the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ava and I attended the midnight showing in our region in our costumes. 

Helena Bonham Carter made me love Bellatrix Lestrange.  I had previously went to the Harry Potter Exhibition and stood there studying this outfit.  Did you realize it's got lots of swirls in the fabric, I was amazed I found something so similar.  I also followed the pattern of her corset from photos online.

Ava pulled out Quidditch costume that she made from the earlier movies; with detailed observation you'll realize the Quidditch uniforms change later in the movie series.  She's got the padding and goggles and all.  Her gloves are actually SWAT repelling gloves, she can punch anything and not hurt at all.  Um... but we'll leave her to just catch the snitch.

We got really bored waiting in line so we went and had some photo fun.  While there we also saw someone dressed up as the blue Pixies, two petronuses, and an awful lot of Luna Lovegood with her Spectra-Specs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Getting Ready for the Deathy Hallows II

In celebration for the final Harry Potter movie, I have made more Movie Poster Mosaics, using tiles from the previous movies.  (cough ok just the first 5 movies).  Being a techy I wrote my own program that resizes pictures and does math calculations of 9 points in each tile to match that section of the picture to replace.  A little intense but makes awesome mosaics  You can click on the photos to go to the DeviantArt page to see the picture in full scale by clicking on the photos again.

Who are you rooting for?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cooking with Racks

Today I've decided to share with people some simple tips to cooking with racks.
Racks above the Rice - Saves Effort and Energy

Your rice cooker can do more than make perfect rice.  It can also be used as a steamer.  Put in some racks above the rice & water before you start cooking (sorry my photo is from after it's done cooking). and put a bowl of veggies or meat and hit the start button.

When your rice is done you'll also be blessed with a side dish of healthy food.  It saves energy because you’re not using another pot on a burner or in the stove.  It saves effort because you don’t have to watch it to worry about it being undercooked or over cooked.  And it's healthy; no need for cooking oil and it's still very moist.

So I'm betting that some people are thing, Oh gross, steamed meat?  Well If you've ever experience Dim Sum than you've more than like enjoyed the wonders of Chinese steam dishes.  With this, I shall give you my impromptu recipe for Chinese Steamed Pork Ribs.

  • 2 Rows of Pork spare Ribs about 1/2 inch thick (found in Asian grocery store, or you can ask your butcher to cut your spare ribs across the bones)
  • Teaspoon of Fermented Black Beans (found in Asian grocery stores)
  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
First thoroughly combine mix everything but the corn starch.  Next sprinkle the cornstarch over the ribs giving a light coating to every piece.  Try to arrange the meat to be evenly spaced apart.  Put your bowl onto the racks above uncooked rice in a rice pot, and hit go.  When your rice is ready, so will your meat
I promise this will be delicious. 

Chopsticks as Racks - Saves Money

Fried food on racks help it cool down without getting that soggy bottom syndrome.  I discovered using chopsticks is a great rack substitute.  I came across this because all my racks were being used for the steamed spare ribs from above.  It elevates the food, works as a rack, and because i have a stack of chopsticks in my drawer I can make it any size I want.

Hope these cooking tips can be of some use to you.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Little Mermaid Graphic

I've found some Deviant artwork that was quite intriguing because instead of shading their pieces they used textures to give their art depth.  As I continue to practice my vector skills I wanted to give this texturing a try. 

I started by creating my piece in vector graphics using Microsoft Expressions.  Then adding the textures in Adobe Photoshop. 

I think it turned out quite well.  I also love those transition pieces in which you can see the artist's step by step in making their creations.  So I tried to make one.  Although because my history only saved a small number of steps I had to cheat for the earlier steps.  :p  It still looks cool though.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Vocaliod Magnet Headbands

Vocaliod Magnet is a Sony software for making music. The Mascots for the the Vocaloid have become so popular in japan. The characters are distinct that they all wear headphones to listen to their music

I made their head gear accessories out of Foam and ribbons making them lightweight yet sturdy.

  • One has the wing headphones on a headband.
  • The other has the wing headphones on hair clips, and comes with its matching top hat (whoops forgot to take a picture of the top hat)

    I would cosplay it if it wasn't so overdone.