inspire me... Carla Wyzgala

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Today's inspire me is special because I actually already own prints from this artist! I saw Carla Wyzgala's work at a booth at C2E2 and fell in love. Like, head-over-heels instantly-pulled-out-my-money kinda love. I bought not one, not two, but three prints. And I love them all.
Her work is painted beautifully with watercolors, which contributes to the overall graceful feel of the pieces. The drawing style is soft and slightly whimsical. And she clashes Victorian costume with tribal accessories, skulls, and even warpaint. I bought the piece pictured below, along with two more from this page.

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ten things...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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I'm going to C2E2 this weekend, and I'm very excited, so I'm putting that on my list. :] Extra excited, actually, since I'm going to be seeing Kevin Smith, and hopefully Felicia Day as well this year. Woo!

Love this rendition of You're All the World to Me done by the people on Glee. Those harmonies are so amazing. They leave me with chills.

I already loved the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (cause basically if you start talkin about the apocalypse  I'm gonna be hooked) and then I saw the music video and knew I HAD to share it on my ten things. So unique! I also found a really cool fan-made music video featuring the creation of Master Chief.

I can't get enough of the Harry Potter world, so sometimes I read a little fan fiction to get my fix. This story is about the wizarding afterlife, and it is AMAZING. A whole new (and more mature) take on the Harry Potter characters. I doesn't read like fan-fiction, either.  I couldn't put it down. 

My sister pinned this photograph for me, and I'm in love with it. So many colors!

Not only are these blankets super cute, they also have a message weaved into them. Awesome.

This bedroom is so adorable. I want to cuddle up in that tepee and read.

This graphic designer colored on his child's lunch bag almost every day since 2008. Man, I hope I'm that cool of a parent when I have kids.

I really want a Poloroid camera. Like this one. I'm making it a goal this summer to get my hands on one and take some awesome pictures with it. Whenever I do, this site will be handy. They have film for old cameras, the kind you can't get anywhere else. Score!

This eclectic farmhouse is so vibrant and colorful! I will defiantly be drawing inspiration from it when it comes to decorating my place.
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errmaigerd cupcakes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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I like to bake. Mostly cupcakes. Mostly weird cupcakes. Like for one event I tried to make cranberry cupcakes... they came out more like cranberry biscuits. The only person that would eat them is my boyfriend. Another time I made champaign cupcakes with champaign icing and a firework on top (you can see them in this post). They were edible, at least, and quite pretty. But the frosting was a little... odd.
So I've decided I'm just going to roll with it. Maybe one day I'll open a shop, and I'll call it "Errmaigerd Cupcakes," and all of the cupcakes will be just not quite right, and look like a two year old made them, but they'll taste amazing. And my energy drink cupcakes with buffalo wing frosting will be a hit. (Man, even I think that sounds gross.)
So, in rolling with my odd cupcakes theme, here is my most recent creations: colorful cupcakes with cookie dough icing.

To make colorful cupcakes, you just mix up a box of white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker White Super Moist), divide the mix into three separate bowls, and add a different color of food coloring for each bowl. Pour the colors into the cupcake wrappers, one at a time, so you've got layers. Through the magic of cake batter, the colors won't mix. Then bake the cupcakes like you would normally!

Here's the recipe for the cookie dough frosting. I'm a cookie dough addict, so this was an excellent find for me... or maybe I should say egg-less-cellant. ... get it? HA!
And with that gem of a joke, I'm outta here!
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inspire me... Maricor and Maricar Manalo

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Today I'm going to direct your attention to the design of the studio Maricor/Maricar. Specifically their awesome embroidered works. I've always wondered who did Oh Joy!'s beautiful header image, and now I know!

I love the bright, bold colors in these designs. It's almost as if they were using paints or colored pencils  instead of thread.

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PS... They got 10 billion times more awesome when I saw this piece. Drooling.
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ten (librarian) things...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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This week is National Library Week (yay!) so I thought I'd stick with the theme and do a librarian ten things!

Whats a librarian without some cute book inspired clothes? Out of Print Clothing sells cute shirts with classic book covers on them. Black Milk has leggings with maps of Gondor and  Middle Earth, and one pair with Hamlet on them.  Novel Creations sells books that have been transformed into purses, or you could get a clutch from p.s. Besitos. You could get a beautiful necklace with your favorite book quote on it from Authored Adornments, or this cute Alice in Wonderland necklace from Bookish Charm.

This is an adorable lamp that would fit right in to any bookshelf. Awesome!

Because we all know that the best libraries are the ones with bookcases that open to reveal a secret reading nook, here is a tutorial for how to make a bookshelf door, or here are drawn out (and a little complicated) plans. Or you could just buy one.

There are some awesome vintage library posters. I really want this one to hang in my house.

There are SO MANY book nooks that I'm super jealous of: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

And finally, the library that I want to go see so badly, the Trinity College Library in Dublin. I mean look at it.  It's so magical.
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WIP Wenesday

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Here's a little teaser for the comic that I'm posting on Saturday.  Just a few images, because I don't want to give away too much.
I taped my pictures to my windows to trace... I think I'm going to make myself a light table when I get into my new place. Also, if you've been keeping up with the posters, you might recognize one of the images. :]

And in case you missed it, I'm doing a giveaway this week. You can win one of these posters as a print! Just visit this blog post if you're interested in signing up!
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inspire me... Tina St. Claire

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Today I want to show you the work of an LA based artist named Tina St. Clair. I follow this girl on tumblr, and every time something of her comes up I can feel my fingers itching to pick up a pencil. Her works have just the right combination of tribal, metal, psychedelic, and realism.

When I first found her she was doing a thing with crystals, which I thought was totally cool, then she started working with a more tribal look, with a focus on the details of hair and faces, which I thought was even better. Her lines are bold and decisive, while her detail work is delicate and realistic. And her color choices are pastels mixed with vibrant neons, which is right up my alley. I wish I had her talent, but I would settle for having a piece by her on my wall. Maybe something huge like this one?

Links for Tina St. Claire:

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It's here, it's here!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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I'm very excited to share a link with you. The day that I've been dreaming about for months is finally here. It's launch day for my new project!

The Dead is a new webcomic about family, love, freedom, and (of course) zombies. It takes place in a dystopian future where the undead are a problem. A big problem. Follow Gia and her sister as they battle through the rotting masses, participate in a growing rebellion, and attempt to figure out what the new "normal" is. Updated weekly.

"We survived the turning. We survived the war. What we didn't survive was him."


Now that that whole officially spiel is over, I'm going to be honest with you. I can't believe I'm doing this. I might crash and burn. Or forget... that's very likely. I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. In the end, I'm trying to use this as one big exercise. To get better at action poses, dynamic shots, writing stories, etc. That's why I've chosen a medium I'm comfortable with for the comics, why I'm doing a set of posters for a week to get the storyline all sorted, and why I've chosen a program I understand (tumblr) as my platform. All of these choices take a great deal of pressure off me, and I'm happy with them. Maybe one day all of that will change, due to an increase in readership or something, but for now I'm just leaving this as stress-free as possible. I want this to be a fun project! :]

And because I'm so excited about all of this, I've decided to do a giveaway!

For one week (April 13-19) I will be releasing parts of the back story and a correlating propaganda poster daily. I will be offering one reader of my blog a print of a poster of their choice. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. Good luck!

PS... Like my new sidebar button?

PPS... Reading a zombie comic could be considered education for the zombie apocalypse  Can't think of a better was to stay alive!

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ten things...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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The etsy shop LoriAnn Costume Designs sells all sorts of pretty things, including corsets that have hoods. Hoods! I really want to get a Night Circus inspired dress, with all sorts of black and white stripes, and bustle, and a corset, and a hood... sigh.

I've been wanting to get into the box subscription thing for a while, but hadn't found one that really floated my boat (aka seemed worth the price). Until I found Art Snacks. They send you new art supplies every month! I am seriously considering this.

I've been obsessively checking my tumblr to get updates on a story called Blind Sided by a simmer known as Berry. The picture above is from that story!

I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence, and all of the awkward things she does. I really hope she never changes.

I showed you some great spartans when I wrote my Halo 4 post, and I found some more cosplay that blew me away. This Sarah Kerrigan cosplay by Tasha is unbelievable  The detail on her face alone is enough to frighten small children... and maybe me.

They made Hearthstone candies on Nerdy Nummies!

Directions (and print outs) to make your own Doctor Who Guess Who game! I'm making this as soon as I find a Guess Who game at a thrift store.

I think it's my new life mission to stay the Surf Lodge in New York one day. These pictures taken by the photographers at Ann Street Studio make me want to be there so bad.

I love it when people make things out of recycled skateboards. They're just so colorful! I'm really wanting everything from this shop.

Cute bedding that looks like it's been painted? Yes please.

What have you been into this week?

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The other day I stopped at a local nature preserve on a whim and spent some time exploring. I took some pictures of the beautiful space, so I thought I'd share.

I need to go on more adventures.

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inspire me... Oriol Angrill Jordà

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Sometimes you see work that really speaks to you. Sometimes you see work that blows you out of the water. And sometimes, if you're lucky, you see work that turns everything you believe about a certain medium upside-down. The work of Oriol Angrill Jordà did that for me.  It was one of those moments where I'm scrolling through pinterest, and I see these images that impress me, but I totally think they're photographs. Then I get to the description and nearly spit my water all over my keyboard when I realize they're drawn with colored pencils.

Out of all his beautiful works, of which there are many, I love his "blendscapes" series the most. The pieces don't look like flawless but emotionless representations of a stock photograph. They look as if their subject's soul has been translated into colors and captured on paper. Muted colors, fine lines, and spectacular attention to detail all contribute to the pieces beautifully. What really gives these works life, however, are the ways negative space is played with. Detailed portraits fade away to abstracted landscapes and then finally to white in a wonderfully graceful manner.

I can use flowery language all I want, but what it really comes down to is that I'm super impressed by this artist, and I look forward to the day when I can hang a some of his work on my wall. (This is the piece I'm looking at while I daydream...)

Oriol Angrill Jordà links:
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ten things...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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The blog Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno has a feature called Young Love Mad Style that I can't get enough of. They take photos of young couples with great taste, then interview them. I can't get over how inspirational these couples are, for their awesome sense of style, but also for how in love they are. It's heartwarming.

Megan Lara creates geeky (but so beautiful) art nouveu inspired shirts. I want to own all of them.

This photoshoot of Jenna Louise Coleman and Matt Smith for Times magazine is fantastic. I absolutely adore the addition of Oswin to the Doctor Who world, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite people.

This paper bird pendant from etsy seller The Bird The Bee is a inspired by the Hayao Miyazaki film Spirited Away. I love subtle but stylish tributes to my nerdy obsessions.

I keep coming back to this fishbraid tutorial with the intent to try it out. Maybe today will be the day?

I love the outfit Laura from The Band Wife is rockin in this post. Chartreuse sweater and black shiny leggings? Swoon. And oh man that chair... wonderful.

Sevenly is a website that creates beautifully designed shirts in support of charities, and giving them part of the profits. To date they have given almost 2 million to various causes. They support a new charity each week, so even if this week's designs aren't your cup of tea, next week's could be just what you wanted.

I've been coveting this origami blanket from Mika Barr. If i owned it I would play with it all the time!

Bri's (from DESIGNLOVEFEST) living room is excellent. Wonderful pops of color and the perfect amount of plants. In one post there's a picture of her crafting while sitting on the floor at her coffee table, which made me instantly jealous. One day that'll be me!

This peek into Jenny Brandt's home one Design*Sponge is just right. I love all the quirkiness, color, and white walls. I'm gathering all of this inspiration up for when it's time for me to decorate (finally).
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inspire me... Faig Ahmed

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Faig Ahmed's installation "Embroidered Space" is so wonderfully inspiring that I had to share it here. According to his website, Ahmed gathers a lot of his inspiration from the Azerbaijani traditional rugs. "he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms."

The piece I'm showing images of uses carpet thread to create a beautiful work of art. The use of such a soft medium on a hard surface means that this installation falls into my "obsessed with juxtaposition" category,  but that's not the only reason I'm in love. The colors selected are beautiful, light and airy but still vivid enough to be eye catching on the white wall. The threads leading to and from the piece draw your attention, and the details keep it there.

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