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To celebrate my new love of knitting, I drew knitting icon Mabel Pines. 
If it looks less polished than usual, it's because I was using a mouse again. I think I'm sort of getting the hang of mouse drawings. 
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3Fangs's avatar
I love the pink color scheme--it's so soothing and pleasant!
(Also: it's always super special/cool when you end up sharing a trait/skill/love with a favorite character.) :D
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TheJenjineer|Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you find yourself relating to them so much! 
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I guess that's the importance of creating diverse, interesting characters.
It really is crucial to have characters that someone can see a bit of themselves in...
And...and sometimes a creator ends up putting some of themselves in their characters, and that means when the audience connects with the character, they also are connecting with the creator on some level! It becomes a circle of familiarity.
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I saw this and immediately thought, "Hey, that kinda looks like Mable." Then I clicked it and saw your description and realized that yes, it is Mabel! I think I might actually like your version of her better than the official one... Can I say that?... Is that allowed?

Anyway, if this is supposed to be an icon, does that mean you're going to start posting more of your knitwork? Is knitwork even a word? You know what I mean; like this.
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Thank you!
I meant icon like she's my knitting hero (she can make sweaters appear almost by magic and her designs are so adorable!) but I can post more knitting stuff if you wanna see what I'm up to. It's not that I'm not proud of my work (I'm making really good progress!), it's just that I can never take good photos of my knitting (knitting works both as the verb and the noun for future reference). 
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Ah, I see. I thought you meant you were going to use it as a folder icon in your gallery. I get it now though...

This is an art website, and knitting can be a form of art, so I see no reason why you shouldn't share your work. Unless you just don't want to, of course...
I understand the frustration of taking pictures, though. Taking pictures of my racecars is always an ordeal, and even then it's tough to get it right. And no matter what I do, it never seems to quite do the real deal justice.
Here are a couple of tricks I have discovered, though:
Sunlight is the best lighting you can get. If you've got a room with a window in it that a lot of light comes in at certain times of the day, that's the ideal place and time to do it.
Also, for small pieces, if your camera is blurring things, sometimes it helps to shoot through a magnifying glass if you've got one.
Those may or may not help you with your knitography, but there you go. I thought the one piece you posted looked fine, photographically speaking. I've no idea how much trouble you went to to get those pictures, though.
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Yeah, there's a category for it and everything over here! It's under the needlework category. 
This actually reminds me of this scene from Anna Karenina. To avoid long Russian names and backstories, I will be referring to the characters as "Some guy" and "his wife". Also added bonus of avoiding spoilers. So some guy was asking his wife what she was doing with those tiny scissors, and she explained how they were embroidery scissors and she needed them to make the delicate cuts needed for lace. He got super angry and had to rush outside to not yell at his wife. He was seething how there were so many Russian peasants who are desperately trying to patch up the holes in their clothes and here was his frivolous wife deliberately cutting holes into clothes. So he calms himself down, tells himself his wife doesn't know any better, and goes back inside. Meanwhile, Jenan reading this was FUMING. I mean, hello, that lady was creating ART. It's actually kind of pretty amazing that with the lack of education, resources, and all those societal restraints, they still found a way to express themselves and create beauty! And that guy had so much respect for his brother being a novelist, so you know he DOES have a respect for art, so it was so very AAAARRRGGGHHHH. Anyway, I'm glad historians are now acknowledging all those beautiful embroideries and tapestries of long ago as works of art, but I feel bad for the ladies who created them. 
Good book though. Leo Tolstoy is not just hype!
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