Yep. This is THE egg. The doomy one. Process went like this:
-Wax, dye (repeat several times) -On the last dye, I used "royal blue", which is why there are those spiffy little dark halos around everything. The denim color occurred after extensive rubbing and re-dipping. -Finished. Melted off wax. Was extremely happy and excited. -Varnished before emptying. I have yet to find the right kind. Every type I've tried so far has SOME problem associated with it. -Doom. I started to empty it and it EXPLODED. A lot. -Head explodes. Piece head back together using duct tape. -Dry egg PIECES. Piece together using white glue and friggin' NEWSPAPER. Sob uncontrollably. -Take pictures AFTER the fact, because I'm stupid and don't plan ahead for catastrophic failure. -Spend hours in photoshop removing cracks XP
Mkay. So. Yes there are still some cracks in the pics. I couldn't get them all. The only thing I did in PS was remove cracks with the clone tool (praise be to ~psymansays for showing it to me!). It really did look like this before the explosion, denim and all. I swear I didn't cheat! Perhaps I should have, though... I've seen the competition for this contest. I'm thinkin' it's not happening... Oh well. I suppose I could say I learned something from this egg, but I'm too emotionally distraught to care...
I may try to submit another one before the contest ends... Or I may have shell shock and freak out instead! "The horror!!! Yoke... everywhere... the horrorrrrrr..."
*** EDIT Nope. Didn't win. Not even 3rd... Oh well...
Thought I'd try my hand at the Lightning returns contest since I've always liked designing outfits. .__. I was inspired by 17th century European menswear/clothing worn by cavaliers. The colors are I chose are ones that you might find while wandering a rose garden at midnight~
Prismacolor colored pencils on tracing paper + photoshop.
Hey look, I made another pumpkin! It only took me three years!
This is the first time I've done a 3-D pumpkin carving, and also the first time I have carved any other vegetable. Those roses are made of beets! BEETS! (Alobar's people ate beets, you know?)
Many thanks to my husband for the reminder that I adore Dia de los Muertos skulls when I didn't have an idea, letting me trash our living room, and taking a killer shot for the carving contest.
Enjoy, and have a Happy Halloween/Blessed Samhain!
EDIT: The winners have been posted! Check them out and give them some props. Everyone worked hard and submitted really great pumpkins. [link]
Thanks to all the people who rooted for me, and to my hubby for being disappointed for me. I had a lot of fun.
And a huge shout out to , who placed runner-up with their adorable bat pumpkin (bats are awesome!), but gave me a huge shout out in their comments. Any competitor that awesome and gracious deserves lots of compliments, page views and llamas!