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I'm hoping to accomplish a few things this year.

- work on my 2D skills. Brush up and practice drawing more.
- keep a work journal of my art ideas all year.
- finish a set for doll photos that's fun to dress and easy to play with.
- buy a better camera for said photos.
- Rapunzel's tower doll house.
- finish up my armatures.

I don't think that's too much for the year? Anything I don't finish I'll just keep working on into the next year. :)

Anywhoo. Just want to keep myself accountable.


And it's Amaaaaaaaazing. But it's gonna be soooooo much work you almost quit before even considering it. 

Yeah. I get those all the time. 

Mostly, I choose to write them down in my art journal and save them for later, but I think this time I'm gonna make an art journal just for these ideas and call it my Compost Journal. 

Throw all the crap from my brain in a pile and use it to fertilize my garden. ^_^

or just wonder how I'm gonna get the energy and funding and shelve it again. :/ 

I need to win the lottery, man. /le sigh

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My Cave is Dark and Comfy

Wed Sep 7, 2011, 3:59 AM


thorne-8

Hello my lovelies.

I have *so many* dolls to add I'm a bit overwhelmed! D: I'll be chomping through my backlog for a while I think. *sigh*

So, in the meantime, here's a couple previews. ^___^

Also, I've realized that I have absolutely ZERO new goblins up here. D: D: D; I've made approximately 40 of them, so I can see how they never made it to DA. It's crazypants.

♥~Jane

Goblins w banana

lorne-5

sofia-4

sasha-5

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White_Rider02

Happy Hallowe'en! I'm having a sale on everything in my Etsy shop! Prices are marked at 50% off until Monday Nov 1st, so if you've ever wanted one of my creatures now would be an excellent time to snatch one up. ^___^

There are a few Imps, a whole lot of Birdthings, the White Rider and a handful of Hunters left who are looking for lovely homes. ^__^  They make lovely holiday gifts too! ♥



Hearts!
Jane

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Here be Custom Creatures from an Artist in Need.

As many of you know, I'll be moving 2,000 miles across the country in a week.  This is a fabulous opportunity for me and I'm grabbing it with both hands.  It's a *huge* leap y'all, and I've spent the past few months trying my best to make things happen as smoothly as possible. This is also the first time I've made a long distance move all by myself and it's more than a little scary and I'm doing my best to make things work.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a couple setbacks and my moving funds are not as much as they need to be, infact they are quite a bit less and I'm seriously freaking out right about now.  I need to raise moving costs and rather quickly at that.

So I'm dipping my foot into the waters of the Internets and asking for help in the tradition of many a starving artist; I'm selling my art and offering commissions.  

If you have ever thought about buying one of  my dolls, here's your chance to get one custom made just for you!  ^_^  And just as importantly, if you know anyone who you think would appreciate my dolls, I would love you forever if you pointed them this way?  

I just spent a while putting my Flickr photostream in order and there are quite a few examples of my work there. ^__^ (omg I've made so much!  D:  It didn't seem like so many before I sorted the pictures.  And I know there's quite a few I didn't manage to photograph as well. Eep!)

Spumoni20

I've set up Custom Art Doll listings in my Etsy shop and you can read more about the process by following the links there:

Custom Hunters - www.etsy.com/listing/52953939/…

Custom Crow/Birdthings - www.etsy.com/listing/52954620/…

Custom Imps/Crowlings/etc - www.etsy.com/listing/52955054/…

Custom Skellieones - www.etsy.com/listing/52955361/…

GroupG_08

The fabulous thing about them is that because these are finished armatures, the seriously time intensive part is finished and they're ready for sculpting and therefore already half completed.  I'll be completing them in the order that I receive the commissions and the first ones will begin shipping in September.

Let me know if you are planning on giving them as a gift for the Winter Holidays and I'll make sure it ships before December 1st

I haven't added any goblins yet as I'm a good ways towards finished with the current batch and that seems a bit silly.  I'll post these as soon as they are finished. ^_^  

Goblins_32

But!  That's not all! ^_^ I also have 18 completed dolls in my Etsy shop who would love to come live with you and would also make lovely gifts!  ^_^  .  

Tim04

So please visit Blackbird Marmalade Creations and help me out while treating yourself!  ^__^  

Please feel free to ask me anything you'd like in comments, etsy convo or email at jane at blackbirdmarmalade dot com!  

And spread the word, pretty please!  I'd love for my creatures to roam far and wide to live with folks who'll appreciate them. and the more people that see this the better my chances to sell what I need to to make this work and that would be win for everyone. *crosses fingers*

Thank You!! ♥!

Jane
Dear Artist,

We invite you to participate in the WisCon Art Show.

WisCon is the pre-eminent feminist science fiction convention in the
world. We believe that Art is an important aspect of SF, and that an
exciting Art Show is an important part of any convention. We strive to
make the WisCon Art Show a continuing success by integrating the art
show with the rest of the convention.

Art show focus:

Work by women artists
Work by regional artists
Work with feminist themes, whatever that may be

We don't plan to define feminist themes. That's up to you. We do,
though, plan to continue to have popular awards for the Most Feminist
and Most Outrageous items in the Art Show, as have for the past
several years. We are interested in original work by the artist, which
may include 1 copy of limited edition reproductions. For additional
print sales, you are welcome to participate in the WisCon Dealers
Room, or make an arrangement with one of the dealers. We also have a
small print shop for items with fixed sale prices; let us know if you
are interested in participating, since space will be limited.

Please complete an application at www.wiscon.info/artshow.php now!

Artists must have completed the application process and have received
an acceptance notice in order to enter art into the Art Show.

In order to include more new artists, we require all artists to submit
an application and photos of their work to the Art Show Staff by
February 6, 2010.

Completed applications must be submitted by February 6, 2010. On about
February 15 we will notify accepted artists and about May 1, we will
send forms, check-in and shipping information and other details.

If you attend, you will need to purchase a WisCon membership. Please
register at the website or mail in your registration form if you plan
on attending. Note that there is a $20 refund available if you
volunteer and work 6 or more hours on the convention (ideally, in the
Art Show) or participate in programming. Program information is
available at www.sf3.org/wiscon. If you are interested in
participating, you should go to the site and sign up.

While we are not charging for space, we do need to know in advance how
much you will need. Our standard hangings are 4' square pegboard.
Artists new to the convention may reserve 1 4x4' panel; for continuing
artists, the maximum is 2 panels. It may be possible to get more
space, but only at the discretion of the art show director based on
the space available. Last year, we filled up quickly, so more than 3
panels is unlikely. Table space is available as well, up to a full 6'
x 36" table. Please include your space needs when you apply for
entrance into the Art Show.

Convention members will have the opportunity to vote on the Art Show
awards again this year. WisCon 34's Art Show will continue to focus on
feminist art, art by women, and art by Midwestern artists. For art
show information please check the box on the registration form, email
artshow34@wiscon.info or visit the WisCon web site, www.wiscon.info

You can write the art show at the WisCon address. We can also be
reached at artshow34@wiscon.info. I would be happy to answer your
questions.

Sincerely,
Jane Washburn
WisCon Art Show
artshow34@wiscon.info
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  • Eating: cake!
  • Drinking: sparkling tea
Sorry about that! ^___^  

I've been working on a whole new batch of dolls, so here's my latest productive bunch!  

I've also got a bunch of new dolls up at my Etsy Shop! bleaknimue.etsy.com/

Also, the Interstitial Arts Foundation is having an Auction iafauction.com starting Nov 1, of all sorts of awesome art made especially for the auction and inspired by stories in the Interfictions 2 collection. ^_^  

The Child Empress of Mars by Theodora Goss is one of those stories and my piece is based on her. :D :D  I love that story so much!  if you get the chance, I so recommend reading it. ^___^

whoot!  and stuff. ^__^


Hearts!!

Jane
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  • Reading: the October Country - Ray Bradbury
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  • Playing: with fire
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  • Drinking: sparkling tea
Hey all!  I've got art in the Deviant Dolls show at Two Tree Gallery in Jacksonville, Il. ^__^

And! there are pics from the opening at my blog Blood Spattered Comfort Food! ^___^

Check it out! (and get a preview of the new dolls I'll be submitting photos of as soon as I can catch up on a little sleep. :P)
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  • Playing: with fire
  • Eating: cake!
  • Drinking: ginger ale
I've just added a bunch of Crowlings to my Etsy page: bleaknimue.etsy.com

yay crowlings!  

(I think Four and Seven might be my favorites. ^_^;; )

Wiscon Call For Artists!

Sun Dec 7, 2008, 8:40 PM
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It's that time of year again. :P

Dear Artist,

We invite you to participate in the WisCon Art Show.

As you know, WisCon is the pre-eminent feminist science fiction convention in the world. We believe that Art is an important aspect of SF, and that an exciting Art Show is an important part of any convention. We strive to make the WisCon Art Show a continuing success by integrating the art show with the rest of the convention.

Art show focus:

Work by women artists
Work by regional artists
Work with feminist themes, whatever that may be

We don't plan to define feminist themes. That's up to you. We do, though, plan to continue to have popular awards for the Most Feminist and Most Outrageous items in the Art Show, as have for the past several years. We are interested in original work by the artist, which may include 1 copy of limited edition reproductions. For additional print sales, you are welcome to participate in the WisCon Dealers Room, or make an arrangement with one of the dealers. We also have a small print shop for items with fixed sale prices; let us know if you are interested in participating, since space will be limited.

Please complete an application at www.wiscon.info/artshow.php now. Artists must have completed the application process and have received an acceptance notice in order to enter art into the Art Show.

We are doing things a little different this year. In order to include more new artists, we are requiring all artists to submit an application and photos of their work to the Art Show Staff by January 31 of this year.  We will start sorting through the applications then and notify the applicants of their status by February 15.

Completed applications must be submitted by January 31.  On about February 15 we will notify accepted artists and about May 1, we will send forms, check-in and shipping information, and other details.

If you attend, you will need to purchase a WisCon membership. Please register at the website or mail in your registration form if you plan on attending.  Note that there is a $20 refund available if you volunteer and work 6 or more hours on the convention (ideally, in the Art Show) or participate in programming. Program information is available at www.sf3.org/wiscon. If you are interested in participating, you should go to the site and sign up.

While we are not charging for space, we do need to know in advance how much you will need. Our standard hangings are 4' square pegboard. Artists new to the convention may reserve up to 2 4x4' panels; for continuing artists, the maximum is 3 panels. It may be possible to get more space, but only at the discretion of the art show director based on the space available. Last year, we filled up, so more than 3 panels is unlikely. Table space is available as well, up to a full 6' x 36" table. Please include your space needs when you apply for entrance into the Art Show.

Convention members will have the opportunity to vote on the Art Show awards again this year. WisCon 32's Art Show will continue to focus on feminist art, art by women, and art by Midwestern artists. For art show information please check the box on the registration form, email artshow32@wiscon.info or visit the WisCon web site.

You can write the art show at the WisCon address. We can also be reached at artshow32@wiscon.info. I would be happy to answer your questions.

Sincerely,
Jane Washburn
WisCon Art Show

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  • Playing: with fire
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this is Frigg.  she's my part of the goddess craft swap on the bpal forums.  The lovely lady I made her for has graciously granted me the use of her picture. yay!  I love pictures of critters in their new homes. ^___^

I made a tutorial of how I made her in my flickr account:


  Frigg - Goddess doll - Bpal swap  
  Originally uploaded by janeness </span>
I took pictures of pretty much every important step to create a doll from foil and wire to sculpey and leather.  ^_^  Due to circumstances, she was created on solstice this year during a very nice, sunny and fabulous day. ^__^

I love how she just matches her spot in her new home!  It was completely unintentional. :D  yay!

The tutorial starts here.


***

Hi!  I'm still alive and hibernating. D: *is all crazy and stuff*  :P
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  • Watching: the kitten wars
  • Playing: with fire
  • Eating: cake!
  • Drinking: ginger ale
I might have some more dolls to show you soon. ^_^

But right now I'm doing laundry. :P

and stuff.

heart!
Jane
  • Listening to: Iron &amp; Wine
  • Reading: working my way throught he EDA's
  • Watching: the kitten wars
  • Playing: with fire
  • Eating: cake!
  • Drinking: ginger ale
Dear Artist,

We invite you to participate in the WisCon Art Show.

As you know, WisCon is the pre-eminent feminist science fiction convention in the world. We believe that Art is an important aspect of SF, and that an exciting Art Show is an important part of any convention. We strive to make the WisCon Art Show a continuing success by integrating the art show with the rest of the convention.

Art show focus:
Work by women artists
Work by regional artists
Work with feminist themes, whatever that may be

We don't plan to define feminist themes. That's up to you. We do, though, plan to continue to have popular awards for the Most Feminist and Most Outrageous items in the Art Show, as have for the past several years. We are interested in original work by the artist, which may include 1 copy of limited edition reproductions. For additional print sales, you are welcome to participate in the WisCon Dealers Room, or make an arrangement with one of the dealers. We also have a small print shop for items with fixed sale prices; let us know if you are interested in participating, since space will be limited.

Please complete an application at www.wiscon.info/artshow.php now. Artists must have completed the application process and have received an acceptance notice in order to enter art into the Art Show.

We are doing things a little different this year. In order to include more new artists, we are requiring all artists to submit an application and photos of their work to the Art Show Staff by January 31 of this year.  We will start sorting through the applications then and notify the applicants of their status by February 15.

Completed applications must be submitted by January 31.  On about February 15 we will notify accepted artists and about May 1, we will send forms, check-in and shipping information, and other details.

If you attend, you will need to purchase a WisCon membership. Please register at the website or mail in your registration form if you plan on attending.  Note that there is a $20 refund available if you volunteer and work 6 or more hours on the convention (ideally, in the Art Show) or participate in programming. Program information is available at www.sf3.org/wiscon. If you are interested in participating, you should go to the site and sign up.

While we are not charging for space, we do need to know in advance how much you will need. Our standard hangings are 4' square pegboard. Artists new to the convention may reserve up to 2 4x4' panels; for continuing artists, the maximum is 3 panels. It may be possible to get more space, but only at the discretion of the art show director based on the space available. Last year, we filled up, so more than 3 panels is unlikely. Table space is available as well, up to a full 6' x 36" table. Please include your space needs when you apply for entrance into the Art Show.

Convention members will have the opportunity to vote on the Art Show awards again this year. WisCon 32's Art Show will continue to focus on feminist art, art by women, and art by Midwestern artists. For art show information please check the box on the registration form, email artshow32@wiscon.info or visit the WisCon web site.

You can write the art show at the WisCon address. We can also be reached at artshow32@wiscon.info. I would be happy to answer your questions.

Sincerely,
Jim Hudson & Jane Washburn
WisCon Art Show
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  • Reading: working my way throught he EDA's
  • Watching: the kitten wars
  • Playing: with fire
  • Eating: cake!
  • Drinking: ginger ale
So, I took a year off to work on some personal stuff and avoid burnout. ^_^  

I'm better now and getting back at it.  yay!

Also, I've got new stuff up at Etsy!  Check it out! bleaknimue.etsy.com/
  • Listening to: hannah fury
  • Reading: the Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke
  • Drinking: ginger ale
that's about it.

and working.  and stuff...
  • Listening to: hannah fury
  • Reading: the Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke
  • Drinking: vanilla pepsi
So, tomorrow is the last day of World Fantasy for this year.  I've done pretty good, actually!  (although not as well as I did last year.  ah well.)

I put 21 pieces in the show and have sold 2.  yey!  and there's still a few more hours tomorrow before I have to pack up and check out. ^_^

This year's WFC art show has some incredible work!  John Jude Palencar is the Artist Guest of Honor and in addition to his originals, he brought about 15 or 20 matted sketches and studies and they are way way awesome!  If I had an extra $600 I would so be buying the studies for Charles DeLint's "the Onion Girl" and "Forests of the Heart" :: sigh ::  (and his originals are Gorgeous! omg and stuff!)

also here are David Deen, Holly Bird, Charles Vess, Steve Gilbert, and a whole slew more of fabulous artists.  ^_^  ooh!  and the 3-D art is actually a felt presence!  there are some lost wax bronzes by Vincent Villafranca, Welded Dragons that have to be seen! by Tom Bishop, creepy poppets and soup and lovely wonderous things by Lisa Snellings-Clark and just lots of very well done art stuff. ^___^

and I am very tired now, being as this is the third day of the con.  I should have more pictures of stuff to post laters, I just have to crop and resize them. ^_^  

tomorrow I'll be heading home on that lovely jet plane until next year (which will be in Saratoga Springs, NY?? I believe?) yay!

'cause travelling is fun, but sometimes it's jst nice to head back home. ^_^

(p.s. - please to be excusing my atrocious spelling and stuff as I am v. tired and not using the check.  oops.)
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  • Reading: Big Finish Audio - the gathering
  • Drinking: vanilla pepsi
pssssst... wip here.

and stuff...
Bleah.  I think I'm finally crawling out of my hole.  yus.  I've got a bunch of stuff done, but I really haven't been working too hard on things due to taking on more hours at work.  

But!  I've got stuff that *needs* to be done by the end of the month.  Therefore, I should have more stuff to post here and to my website soooooon.  ;__;

and I am having Art Night again with dreamling yay!  and we are drinking chai and arterizing at teh Coffee Place.  yay!

ok.  I stop babbling now.

:P
  • Listening to: the closets of emily child - forever
  • Reading: Big Finish Audio - Neverland
okee.  I've had my vacation of sorts and am currently rearranging my worklist to get back at it. ^___^

hopefully, I'll be going to see Pirates 2 again this afternoon.  yay fishie guys!!

aaaaand it's finally raining!!  yay!!  with big thunderbooms and everything!  wh00t!

my tomatoes are ginormous and beautiful and really really appreciate the rain.  (and good god almighty!  the plants themselves are 5.5 feet tall! o___O; eek!)

PIRATES! (Davey Jones is my new imainary boyfriend.  yus.)
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  • Reading: Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash (audio)
so yay!!  I've just posted Sylph to Ebay if anyone is interested. ^__^

the linkie is here!

^___^
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  • Reading: Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash (audio)