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We have a robin who makes her nest over our backyard porchlight every year. She's done the same this year, and she's been there for several weeks now, yelling at us each time we open the door to let Ascii in or out. It's funny, because you'll be somewhere in the house and hear the backdoor open followed by someone saying 'sorry Mrs Robin!'. The little robins have hatched now and Mrs Robin must have decided we're okay, because she's been feeding them right while we sit on the porch and watch. It's so cool to watch! I have a few pictures, but I can't get too close, so they aren't the best.


The first one is her feeding the birds, the second is her sitting on the roof with a worm in her mouth, and the third is the nest with a little bird peeking out. There are four in there. When she comes to feed them, they all raise themselves up and tweedle at her and she drops the food in one of their mouths, then waits a second and one of them will stick it's butt in the air and poop and she takes it and flies over to the fence and drops it on the ground to keep the nest tidy. It's really interesting to watch.

In other news, I've been feeling pretty crap lately, healthwise, and when that happens, I like to learn new things to distract myself, so I've been learning how to colour in lineart. I still can't draw to save my life, but I do quite like colouring. Here's my first attempt, done with Photoshop Elements and my tablet:


The lineart is by Hashm0sa here, and featured in a gallery on DA with free lineart to colour in. It's not perfect (my colouring) and I'm still working on how light works, but I'm happy with my progress. The sketch reminded me of Phryne Fisher of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries's fame (Mum and I have been watching it on Netflix), so I coloured her to look like that.

In a very 1920's fashion, Mum has ordered me to 'convalesce' from my health woes for the past two years, which have been varied and yucky. And it's very hard to just sort of look after yourself and sleep if you're tired and go and sit on the porch and read your book and pretend like you're on holiday when there's stuff that you could be doing that would be helpful to other people, but you can't really do because you're so rundown. But I'm working on it. By watching robins and colouring in pictures.


May. 7th, 2016 12:26 pm
awanderingbard: (MCU: Ana & Jarvis)
Been on a icon making kick lately, so if anyone would like some Agent Carter icons, I've got 116 of them from Season Two.


awanderingbard: (MCU: Jarvis)
Quick question on Agent Carter canon, though more of an opinion than anything else:

In Season One, Jarvis says he was 'aide' to a General in Budapest. I assumed that he meant 'aide-de-camp', which is a sort of secretarial position, but I recently saw Jarvis mentioned on TVtropes as a 'batman', and that actually makes a lot more sense (batman was a servant to an officer, in charge of running errands, driving him, taking care of his clothing, digging his foxhole in battle, etc.). Did the AC writers use 'aide' so not to confuse American audiences, who probably would have gone to Bruce Wayne at the use of batman? It just makes more sense to me for him to be a batman, and go into life as a butler (historically, batmans often followed their officers into domestic service), than to be an aide-de-camp, which was a very prestigious position, and then have all the skills to be a butler later on.

Any thoughts?

Also, while I'm here, I said I was going to make some Ana Jarvis icons and I did. If any wants them, please feel free to use. Credit to [ profile] songstressicons and/or [ profile] citadel_icons if you'd like, but it's not necessary. Also, I'm trying to get the hang of a new graphics program, so if anyone would like any other Agent Carter icons, I'm happy to make them if you give me a picture or subject.

awanderingbard: (Dresden: Harry magicking)
I made more character Coat of Arms. Because it turns out to be quite fun.

Steve Rogers )

Peggy Carter )

Edwin Jarvis )
awanderingbard: (MCU: Howard Stark)
I was writing a story and Jarvis and Tony were joking about the Stark family crest in it, and then the 12-year-old version of me who really liked heraldry appeared and said 'hey, you should totally make a Stark family crest'. So, I did.

bigger crest and ramblings )

Now that I know this coat of arms maker exists, I may do other ones, for fun. Because my geekiness knows no bounds.
awanderingbard: (MERLIn: All wet from saving the day)
I recently leant out my Merlin dvds to someone, and it reminded me of Merlin stuff, and I decided to do some Merlin daemon portraits. Probably the biggest project I've tried to do with this sort of thing, but I feel like I get better at it as I go along.

Brought to you in part by a binge listening of The Unbelievable Truth, a few Nerdist podcasts, and much Postmodern Jukebox.

Many images. Many animals. Many Knights. )

Now, to write fic!
awanderingbard: (MCU: Peggy)
I like to mess about with graphics, and one of the skills I've been teaching myself is photo-manipulation. One of my favourite ways to practice it is to do daemon portraits, and I've done the the Agent Carter characters and their daemons. I thought I might share.

Dejeni, Hannah, and Takeo were created by [ profile] joonscribble, who is kind enough to let me throw random pictures at her all the time.

Credits for the images are below the table. You can click and they get bigger. One day photobucket is going to fix their link back to albums bug, but today is not that day.

I tried to go for a comic book and/or 1940's ad look to the postwork.

Portraits )


Mar. 27th, 2015 10:54 am
awanderingbard: (MCU: Peggy)
Made some Agent Carter icons for my own purposes, but I thought they might be useful to others, so feel free to take if you want.

Credit isn't necessary, but if you want to credit, you can use [ profile] songstressicons and/or [ profile] citadel_icons. Feel free to edit (add text, resize, change colours, etc.).

Screencaps and promo images are from, lovely textures are from [ profile] midnight_road, and [ profile] satine_violet

If there's a character or combo of characters you'd like, please let me know. I'm always happy to make pretty things!


Oct. 1st, 2014 04:54 pm
awanderingbard: (Dresden: Harry magicking)
Once upon a time a little over two years ago, the lovely [ profile] dustlines wrote a meme response with a steampunk!Sherlock with clockwork eyes. And the image of it stuck in my head, and I wanted to make a Poser picture of it, but I ran into a few problems of the impossibility of morphing Benedict's face, and my migraines making it hard to stare at a screen to meticulously inch dials around. But I've recently gotten back into Poser and, for some reason, everything I needed to make the image in my head has been on sale of late, so I actually made the picture.

Nattering, Fic excerpt and Pictures )
awanderingbard: (DH: Coming Along)
All right, I've done my daemon portraits up now. It was good practice, and a lot of fun. You can see them below the cut. There are characters who haven't appeared in my stories yet, but for whom I have headcanon. Including Q. Just 'cause. The sizes and styles vary depending on what photos I could find of the characters and the animals they have. All character images are from Cumberbatchweb. The animal images are just google search results.

They were all sort of inspired by the portraits that inspired Phillip Pullman to create the concept of daemons. Here's one from the daemon page on wiki. I saw it when I was researching daemons back in the day.

Portraits. )

I'm done now. Probably.
awanderingbard: (SHERLOCK: Trio)
I've got me a new graphics programme (well, a newer version of my old one, which hated Windows 8 and expressed this in its refusal to do anything), and I've been messing about with different tutorials. So, I have a couple of weird things I've accomplished, which I'm quite pleased with.

The first is a manip of Sherlock and Tzophiya from my daemons' verse:

 photo SherlockTzo.png

I put a watercolour/sketch effect to it, because it helps hide the seams a little. The Grey Lourie pic is from here. Tzo should probably be a bit more grey, but she went a little funny in the processing.

The other thing I did was a Holmes family crest, which was inspired, as most things are, by a chat with [ profile] joonscribble. We were joking about the motto of the Holmes family crest being 'for science!', and that made me want to actually decide what it might be like, as I'm a bit of a heraldry geek. Here is my interpretation:

Nattering about the meaning behind my design. )

And that's all for my random art projects for today. I did so a manip of John and Subira, but I'm not happy with it, so I'm going to give it another go. For science.
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My annual holiday card - generically winter-themed (because I have a pretty new dress for Victoria :p).

Under the cut. )

In other news, I went to make tea last night and found that the water in the kettle was frozen. In the tea kettle, on the stove. That's how cold it is around here. The snow is so high, the Scotties disappear behind the drifts. Also the kitchen sink is blocked and the plumber is coming tomorrow. I also have a cold.

Happy Christmas!


Dec. 10th, 2008 02:16 pm
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So, I recently got my Poser programme up and running again, after a long separation where we sorted out our feelings and decided to try to make it work. I ended up making a picture of Molly Carpenter, from the Dresden Files.

Spoilerish for Proven Guilty onwards, I suppose.

Grasshopper )
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This last weekend was CNAnime in Toronto, which is an anime/sci fi con. I was going to go, but ended up not being well enough for long distance traveling yet. Amalie went, however. She cosplayed Kaylee, with a parasol she painted and it looked great (I haven't seen pictures yet to know how the rest of the costume worked out). She had tried to lure me there with promises of Jamie Bamber but he ended up canceling (I had feeling he would, I don't know why), so I didn't miss out on anything. I gave her some money to pick me up something, though, and she brought me the Doctor Who Encyclopedia of Time and Space, which is basically everything from series 1-3 in handy alphabetical order. It has characters, phone numbers, songs playing, places, planets, monsters, years, everything. It'll be great for fanfic. Also, should anyone need to know what the name of that character in that scene in that episode is, I may be able to help.

In other Who related matters...

Ever since I saw a scene in Journey's End, this idea for a wallpaper has been in my head. I started it and it'd taken me this long to really sit down to get it right. I thought I'd share it here, since there are Who fans around and I'm going to wait for a icon post to post it on my graphics journal. I'm being vague about it's contents for fear of spoilers, find out more under the cut.

Header and wallpaper, spoilers for Season 4 Journey's End. )
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Fandom related only in that I was trying to make an original character in a story I have in my head in Poser. I didn't have anything to do with her until the blackout when the idea for the image came to me as I watched my mother running around the house with the LED lantern. So I used the character to be my chick with a lantern and voila. The quality is a bit wonky due to saving it small enough to host places.

L'anyhoodle... )

In other news: guess who has SG-1 Season 10 on DVD? Me! Mum and I needed something to watch while she's frantically knitting and I'm frantically cross-stitching, so we rented them. Yays!
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Every year I make a Christmas card with my Poser program. This is 2007's image:

Happy Holidays )
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With her fiery butterflies from Proven Guilty (Dresden Files Book 7, I believe) that immediately demanded art-making. No spoilers. Just the Summer Lady of faerie, via my head.

The Summer Lady
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My friend Ama asked me to make a picture of the scene from 'Gravel Peril',the third Dresden Files book, when Harry sees Murphy using his Sight.

Spoilers of a non plot nature and art under here )


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