ACW Episode 239 – “WHAP!”

April 23rd, 2014

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Yep, this is exactly what happens in our car. And we just got back from a road trip, so you know the girls’ arms are a little bit bruised.


“We Have Always Been Here” – robot head!

April 16th, 2014

Here is this morning's work on the current drawing. This particular robot is going to be in pieces, scattered throughout the waves. I wanted this one to have a very modern, sleek look, as opposed to the thrown-together, more organic look of the other robots I've drawn. You'll see why as this goes on.

To make the head, I drew a sketch of it in Sketchclub, which I then imported into InkPad. I drew one half the head in InkPad and gave all the pieces the same gradient. I adjusted the angle on a few pieces to show some shading. Then I grouped all those pieces together, duplicated them, flipped them, and lined them up with the first half of the head. I also flipped some of the gradients to give the impression of light coming from a particular direction (upper right corner of the image).

I'll add more organic shadows and other elements to this robot head to get it to fit more into the style of the overall image, but I very much want to show two different kinds of robots in this drawing.

There's also a layer of gradient yellow overtop the whole image. This does two things. First, it ties together the color scheme of the whole image. No matter what colors I use, they all have that same yellow tint. Second, I think it gives the overall image a feeling of vintage warmth, that sort of “Olden, Golden Days” atmosphere.

So, let me know what you think! I'll keep working on this and posting the results here.


More Work On “We Have Always Been Here”

April 15th, 2014

So I've gotten a bit farther on this piece today. I'm starting to put in the foam of the waves, but the shore itself and other items in the water haven't been added yet. I switched over from Inkpad to SketchClub to start work on one of the robots in the scene…

I really wanted something that had the look of a fancy mech or transformer. A more detailed, but obviously still mechanical, face. It'll get clearer what I'll be doing with this as I go on.


Episode 238 – Love my dentist!

April 14th, 2014

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I went to high school with my dentist, so we have plenty to joke about when I come in for my appointments. His hygienist has the best deadpan humor ever. So all this means I actually enjoy going to the dentist!

Work in Progress – We Have Always Been Here

April 10th, 2014

Work In Progress

We Have Always Been Here by Helen E. H. Madden (in progress)

I started a new drawing today, this time in InkPad, my favorite vector app for the iPad. I've been wanting to do a landscape drawing, especially after seeing the images in the Gaze HD apps (I've been using the beach version for morning meditation (yes, I meditate. Anything to bring my blood pressure down)). So this morning I searched through some very old Time-Life books I have, a collection called “The American Wilderness.” I found my reference image in the volume on the Caribbean Isles. It's a nice, peaceful scene, though I'm modifying the colors a bit. This book was published in 1973, and I'm not crazy about the colors in the photography. The photos definitely have that 70s look.

There will be a couple of robots in this image. I like drawing robots, so I'm going to keep doing that.

And yes, just like the previous drawing, I did this one in bed this morning. I honestly see no reason to work any place else. It is the perfect place for me to focus on my work and actually get stuff done.

Hell, it worked for Mark Twain.


Finished Artwork – “Tree Lighter”

April 9th, 2014

I've been working on this drawing for a few weeks now. This week, I decided I was going to stay in bed an extra hour so I could just draw, and that's how this piece got finished. “Tree Lighter” was drawn in Sketchclub on my iPad, using the vector tool for most of the work. I suppose I'll have to start a new drawing tomorrow morning. I'll have to see if I want to keep spending that extra hour in bed just so I can draw robots. What do you think? Wise investment of my time, ultimate form of laziness, or both?

Tree Lighter

Tree Lighter by Helen E. H. Madden


ACW Episode 237 – What’s wrong with me?

April 7th, 2014
Cynical Woman!

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I have been suffering from unexplained joint pain since September. And I know from previous medical issue that I should not expect a diagnosis any time soon. These things take time… a LOT of time.

But I do expect that when I’m having an allergic reaction to the medication the doctor prescribed, that maybe someone notice that rather than blame my allergic reaction on my hair dye. Especially when the allergic reaction in question started in the groin area, and no, I don’t dye my pubic hair.

Fortunately, I figured out why I was all red and splotchy even if the doctor didn’t. And I feel much better now. Even the joint pain seems to be doing better. I have no idea why my joints feel better, just like I had no idea why they were hurting so badly to begin with. But hey, I’ll take what I can get.

Bitchcraft! Episode 40 – Man Oh Man!

April 4th, 2014

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I made a man! Well, I made 90-95% of a man. That’s good enough, right?

Bitchcraft! Episode 39 – Man Oh Man, part 4

March 21st, 2014

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Here he is! The man! Well, almost a man. He is missing… something.


Doctor Who artwork by Pixie

March 18th, 2014

Pixie likes to draw pictures of the Doctor in her school agenda. Here's the latest one.

In addition to the Tenth Doctor, you can see Donna, Rose, Martha, a Dalek, a Weeping Angel, a Slyveen, and a Cyberman. Also, Pixie, as the Doctor's favorite companion. And some very crucial Doctor Who quotes.