blue is the colour

•July 8, 2018 • 6 Comments

Kath had doubts about it covering, but I think once a few rows are packed together it’s doing just fine.

davids border part two

•July 5, 2018 • 9 Comments

slightly confused looking goblin king. ( and if you look very carefully he has different coloured eyes)

trying to translate eighties hair into medeival embroidery was…interesting.

Another roll

•June 28, 2018 • 8 Comments

quite a busy one this time.


•June 27, 2018 • 6 Comments

outa hell, obviously.

If you’re scared of bats, don’t worry, he’ll be gone by the morning comes.

He is very small, only about two inches across, and he’s there because there was just too much negative space under the rock god’s armpit. I ummed and aahed for quite a while about what colour to make him, and in the end went for a very dark brown, thinking the black would then show for the outlines, but then it turned out that the very dark brown was more black than I thought it was, so I had to add some lowlights in grey.

Never mind, you learn these things, everythings an experiment.

Asterix progress

•June 26, 2018 • 5 Comments

I had planned to finish the split stiching on this before class at the weekend, but then I burnt my thumb cooking and the blister made me no good for silkwork. I caught up just enough to be able to demo underside couching along the edge, and then cracked on with the landscape in my spare moments

I’ve really struggled with this one, hence the long delays between progress reports, because although opus anglicanum is quite cartoony in it’s own way adapting this image was harder than I initially thought. I think what’s really making me feel better about it is the landscape – I considered all kinds of ground treatments, but this plain, bright cartoony green was definitely the right way to go.

I’m doing Dogmatix last because i didn’t want the grass to swallow him up. I realised I should have drawn Uderzo’s early Dogmatix as he appears in Asterix and the banquet, becuase that Dogmatix is much larger, the poor mutt seems to shrink with age (probably a trick on the part of Uderzo to make Obelix’ bulk all the more, erm, manly)

THis will have coloured passing behind, in blue white and red like the French flag. It seemed the right choice because I was struggling with the idea of a gold background. The coloured stuff is a bit stiffer though, and harder to cover with because the white shows through more easily, so I think it will have to be well burnished to spread it out once it’s done – I’m finishing the silk before I do any more though.

Minor diety of rock

•June 21, 2018 • 8 Comments

Obviously you will never have heard of the band he’s in.

Far more thought than was reasonable went into his tattoos and piercings – Gareth was starting to get quite annoyed with me. His arm tattoo ended up being based on a generic medeival border pattern. And yes, I know his guitar only has three strings, I had to take artistic license.

Gareth is insisting that his tail is a ginormous floppy willy. Some people just have dirty minds…

I think he’s one of my favourite things ever.

he’s adapted from a warrior

In other news Branston was nine on Tuesday and I forgot to post a picture of my own personal grizzlepuss

I would say he is now officially a grumpy old man, but he’s been that for nine years already. I got him prawns for his birthday, trouble got him a smack in the gob.

David’s border

•June 20, 2018 • 4 Comments

The original psalter border is just animal faces, but it got updated somewhat.

There is a third face to come on the next roll.

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