So I had this pack of canvases just laying around, as you do…

So. It’s cold as hell and I got bored. I had this 6 pack of 8″x10″ canvases and was wondering… “What’s my name look like in Gallifreyan?” This was the result.

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My name in Gallifreyan.

So then I said, “Well, that barely fits the canvas all by itself. Best add some lines. Make it look funky.” So I did that and moved onto another picture.

And with the new picture I said to myself, “Wonder what my husband’s name looks like in Gallifreyan?” and so I plugged his first name into the generator and copied it out onto another canvas. But then I looked at it and went “There’s all this white space off to the side. Best add some lines like I id to mine and make it look funky. And after I did that I still was not satisfied. It looked… off. So then I thought, “Hey, he likes Iron Man. Let’s give him some Iron Man.” Because at some point while drawing I subconsciously decided this was going to be a gift for my husband apparently. And after doing a bit of Googling on the old Google I found some arc reactor clip-art that was easy to draw out. And so this final product was born.

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Husband’s name n Gallifreyan.

But then I looked at mine and went…. “Now that’s just bland as hell.” And added in two things from stuff I enjoy. The Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter, and the Dragon Power Coin from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. And then just for shits and giggles, I added the number 42 (Not pictured in my picture above though because I added it after the picture was taken.

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Left to right/bottom: Dot Guy (H2G2G), TARDIS (Doctor Who), The Guide (H2G2G), A Scutter (Red Dwarf)

Well, then since I was on a roll, I decided to keep drawing. I mean, I had 4 more canvases left over and these things have been sitting in my house for about 5 months or so now. I did two more. The first is another fandom one that focuses primarily on the sci-fi things I enjoy. Doctor Who, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Red Dwarf.

The second one was inspired by a series of videos by Youtube personality Markiplier. The videos were a 4 part story called “Who Killed Markiplier?” and were shot in First Person perspective. It’s really cool and gives some origins of 2 of the characters that he plays in different spoofs, skits, and such.

These are all rough sketches on canvas at the moment, but will be finished off over the next week or two. I want to do all of them as mixed media using yarn, paint (both acrylic and watercolor), embroidery thread, and tissue paper. Its been a long time since I’ve done actual art stuff and with my birthday coming up next week I really want to get SOMETHING done as a sort-of gift to myself. The one with my name in Gallifreyan will be going on my awesome stuff wall behind my desk, while the others… who knows. Maybe I’ll find a way to ship off my Markiplier one to the man himself once it’s finished and dried. I hope to post pictures of the finished products before the last day of the month, but don’t hold me to that!

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Who Killed Markiplier? – I call them Warfball and Darkball

Old Doodles.

IMG_6596 Not sure if I have posted these here before. These are some really old doodles I did to decorate an art folder I made for my comic strips. I did these ages ago. They’re characters from my really deliberately badly drawn comic I started in highschool a decade ago.

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Art: Blanket

IMG_6593This blanket was… Well, I honestly lost count of how many rows. I lost count of how many stitches. I do know that there is over 350 stitches per row, and the entire blanket was done in basic garter stitch using acrylic yarn and on size 15 needles. All of the yarn used were scraps left over from my mom’s knitting projects. This blanket is the size of a fully size bed. It took approximately 3 months, and was at one time put on a coat hanger with the needles hanging off either end of the unbent coat hanger just to have enough space for it.

I made this for a friend in Florida for Christmas in 2010, and was actually the first knitting project on needles I ever started AND finished, which made me very proud.

As far as I know, she still has the blanket to this day.

Misc. Project: Sherlock Shirts

A few summers ago, I did a DIY fandom t-shirt project. I really wanted some Sherlock themed shirts, but had very little money. I saw in one of my DIY design books that I could use spraypaint and stencils. So, these are the results. The shirts were done using spraypaint. That’s it. Just spraypaint, cardboard/foam core stencils, and a cardboard insert to keep the paint from bleeding through. I did them during the summer so that I could put them in the car my mum and I had at the time for quick drying.

The first one is my John Watson shirt, and honestly it sucks. It didn’t turn out all that well, and there’s a LOT of bleeding from the paint. The second shirt, my Sherlock Holmes shirt, fared much better. There’s still bleeding at the edges, making it look fuzzy, but it still looks really good. Plus side, with much wear, the excess white at the edges and patches of it have washed off, but the fuzzy letters remain.

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Art: Fanfiction Works

I write. I write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and I will openly admit… FanFiction. I also am an artist, and as such I also will openly admit that I drew/painted art to go with said FanFiction. Below are works of mine from a Doctor Who/Torchwood fanfiction crossover I wrote from 2009-2012.

Artwork: Chlorophyll + Others

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Chlorophyll

This drawing was the first piece of art I created after my stay at Stewart-Marchman ACT (following a suicide attempt and a full bi-polar psychological breakdown in August of 2009). As a result of my medication at the time, my hands were shaky, I couldn’t sit still, and could barely draw a straight line. This drawing was the first completed work I had in this post-diagnosis world.

It was drawn on tracing paper (which is all I had at the time), and colored in using washable marker. Because I didn’t want to lose my hours of hard won drawing due to marker smears, I flipped it over and colored it. I was also curious to see what the marker ink would look like through the tracing paper. It gave a rather nice effect, in my opinion. I was able to keep ALL of my pencil details without smears and smudges, and also able to use the markers to shade, as well as blend the colors in the hair by simply putting one color on one side and the other on the pencil line art side.

This began a new style I experimented with over the next few years, and is one that I still use when I do my comics and special works. I have since started using it with vellum, as it allows for smoother blending and much richer detail work than tracing paper. Here’s a few others I used this technique in.

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“THE TARDIS” – Fanart for Doctor Who fnafiction.

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“Nessa Rose – Adult” Role play character image for a friend.

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“Nessa Rose – Child” Role play character image for a friend.

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“Special Agent Jessica O’Malley” – Torchwood fanfiction fanart.

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“Lillith – Queen of the Morloki” – Torchwood fanfiction fanart.

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“The Master and Mistress Gloriana” – Torchwood/Doctor Who crossover fanfiction fanart.

Art: Nut-house Sketches

In August of 2009, I suffered a major depressive episode. I am not ashamed to say that it led to me attempting to drive my mother’s car into oncoming traffic as I drove over a bridge in Deltona, FL. At the last moment, I changed my mind. But the experience scared me into getting help.

For years I battled severe depression, gender dysphoria, mini-manic episodes, an emotionally and psychologically abusive father, a bully in every sense of the word sister, and numerous other things. It all came to a head that evening when I drove across the bridge to pick up dinner from KFC for my family, and then decided “Fuck it all. I’m done.”

When I did get home, I sat down with my mom and I told her everything. Culminating in begging for help. Any help. She called a hotline, and I was taken to Stewart-Marchman ACT in Daytona Beach before sundown. I spent 6 days and nights in this facility. I got my official diagnosis of Bipolar Type 2. The gender dysphoria, however, would have to wait. And at the time, I was fine with that. In fact, I’ve come to terms with it, and now live my life as a gender fluid person. Some days I’m Zuli. Some days I’m Zeke. But I’m always Z. And that’s perfectly fine with both myself and my husband.

The following sketches were done over the course of my stay in Stewart-Marchman ACT. I had to smuggle pencil stubs into my room each day from the group room. They were always taken when the rooms were inspected each day. But I always found another pencil stub at the nurse’s station.

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