I visited my nephew, sister and brother-in-law in their home on Long Island last weekend to catch up before my move to New Zealand. It was a fun couple of days, and we were even able to squeeze in a trip to Chinatown and Soho.
Walking through Chinatown with a stroller was almost impossible, and by the time we found our designated shop, my sister and I were stressed out and exhausted. I only took a few pictures mainly because we were speed walking and there was just too many people pushing and shoving. If you want to see the full image, please click on the previews below to enlarge the pictures.
On the way back to Connecticut, I took a ferry to Bridgeport since I wanted to avoid driving back at all costs. Driving to and from New York is enough to give me a heart attack and sprout a few new white hairs, but the ferry was relaxing and a much shorter commute. I should have done this earlier!
Unfortunately, on my way back, I also got sick. Since I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, I picked up an assorted knitting set from Joann Fabrics and I instantly fell in love. Before I go into details of my latest project, let me just state that my history with knitting is one of frustration mixed with a dab of motivation. I've tried learning how to knit the American way (via youtube) and the European/Persian way through my sister-in-law. Since I learned both of them at the same time, I kept mixing up both of the styles and ended up with a hot mess that sort of resembled knitting. BUT I REFUSED TO QUIT. /deep breath. Turns out I'm pretty good with loom knitting though!
I only had a small ball of yarn laying around from my last (somewhat successful) knitting project 2 years ago, but I still wanted to make something useful while practicing with my new loom. As I was pushing through this project like a spinster hellbent on finding a man, I remembered that I needed a small scarf that I could wear during the fall while gardening. I love my infinity scarf to bits, but it just gets in the way whenever I bend forward to pick something up. And thus, I present to you.... my tiny neck/choker scarf thing! Pardon the terrible iPhone quality pictures. I'm still sick and can't be fussed with my dslr. :(
AND FINALLY, as I was looking through my iPhone, I found a perfect picture that I took whilst in Puerto Rico that accurately describes how I've been feeling these past few days. Enjoy.
The World Cup started a few days ago, and as a Brazilian, I was busy being both excited and cringing at the amount of attention my home country is currently receiving. It's safe to say that I'm mostly keeping out of this World Cup (which is quite bizarre given the previous World Cups), but I do try to make an effort on watching the cultural highlights that the Brazilian news features every night.
The one thing this World Cup has managed to do is reinstating my love for the colors of my home country. There's just something about how lovely the blues, greens and yellows all mix together to form a piece of art that is both soothing and pleasing to the eye. During a random bout of inspiration, I took out my colored pencils and quickly drew a 20 minute sketch using greens, blues and yellows to fill in the darks and the lights. It's far from perfect, especially when my goal wasn't to finish anything (and yes it's on lined paper), but I'm excited that my artists block is slowly chipping away.
For the past week, I've been dealing with increasingly painful migraines that are making it difficult for me to sit down/get up/walk for long periods. Fatigue and the inability to focus are taking a toll on my crafts, and is also preventing me from partaking in one of my favorite past times: reading. For a bibliophile, that's incredibly depressing, but at least I have my imagination to send me off into my own personal fantasy when I'm hiding under the covers. Hopefully this migraine will pass soon, because laying under the covers for long periods of time is terribly boring, not to mention uncomfortable.
I do have a bit of good news though, I'm moving to New Zealand in two and a half weeks so I'll have more time to indulge in my crafts and my artwork when everything is settled. Moving from Connecticut to the opposite side of the world is forcing me to downsize, so I'm only bringing the essentials such as my cross stitching supplies and my colored pencils. Everything else is staying at my folk's place until I have the money to ship everything over the Pacific Ocean. That... might take a while given the conditions of my visa.
Hopefully I'll have something fun and artsy to post next week, in the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Happy Father's Day!
After playing copious amounts of 3DS games this past week, I was inspired to get back into pixel art and add another skill to my Illustration portfolio. The picture above shows my original self-portrait that I made for this blog on MS Paint a few months ago, but the more I looked at it, the more I hated it. I started reworking the piece last night and ended up with the result on the right. Although there's still a lot more to do to the piece, you can see that the image has improved quite drastically.
I posted the image on Reddit, and within 20 minutes, I received my first pixel art commission! I was quite shocked that someone was interested in my tiny little self-portrait and wanted me to make a little logo for them. The tiny little frog (that still needs legs and a body) is the beginning of the commission.
The biggest issue I'm having as a newbie in the world of pixel art is figuring out the anti-aliasing and avoiding shadow clouding. The pixel art community on Reddit has already given me tons of valuable advice, and the only way I can improve is to (of course) practice.
Looks like I found a new hobby to work on over the summer. :]
As for the trip to Puerto Rico, let's just say it was a bit of a disaster in terms of family drama. The only saving grace was the trip to Arecibo Observatory (pictured above).