12 July 2014 @ 10:27 am
Ready for Halloween  
Winter can come - I'm not that good yet, so most of my knitting output is limited to scarves and hats. Among them, I've been working on a set of pumpkin hats.

This is the first model and then both together:

Next, I'll try my hand at a blueberry hat, and I've still got to block the asymetrical scarf that I've knitted. It's taken on the dimensions of a long blanket, albeit not a very broad one. 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
30 May 2014 @ 09:55 pm
Floaty Shawl II  
I made this:

Kvothe and Slytherin )
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
04 May 2014 @ 04:41 pm
Of knitting, blocking, and tasselled things.  
I finished my second major knitting project today, this shawl. This is the first time that I'd blocked anything I knitted, and I'm rather taken with the result. It went from something much smaller and slightly curly to this:

The finished product with tassels looks like this:

Everything I knit turns out about only about 2/3rds the size it's supposed to be, so I still have a long way to go. My stitches are also not as even as they could be, and my first squat puffy attempt at tassels also does nothing to compliment this very light lacy shawl. I'm doing a second one for myself right now. 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
31 March 2014 @ 06:30 pm
Books - March  

Graves, Ranke: I, Claudius.
Ever since I borrowed this book from [ profile] angie_21_237's family it's had a special place in my heart, and I reread it every couple of years. Though I am not overly fond of Claudius himself I enjoy reading about Livia, and our trip to Rome was motivated a lot by my interest in this extraordinary woman.


Snicket, Lemony: When did you see her last?
I still find this series much less accessible than the A Series of Unfortunate Event. I also don't have as much patience for obtuseness because I am not reading this series all in one go as I did ASoUE, so I find it much harder to remember plot points from the last novel, and also am not invested in the characters enough yet to reread. The Beaudelaire orphans certainly kept my interest more.


Fey, Tina: Bossypants
Funny and entertaining biography by the ever-talented Tina Fey.


Davis, Lindsey:The Ides of April (Flavia Albia 1)
Ok crime story with ok twist, strong female characters and enjoyable romp through Rome. The one thing that I would have liked even more is to leave the Aventine behind this time and spend more time at other places. Still, the diverse host of characters (deaf people! mentally disabled people! black people! gay people! butch female people!) are enthralling, entertaining, and think this is worth a recommendation.


Binnie, Imogen: Nevada.
There are hardly any book about trans women out there, and this is one of them. I find it hard to write about it because i wanted to like it so much and didn't like it as much as I expected. It left me feeling rather hopeless and sad for the main character, because her future has such a bleek outlook. I loved that it was, for once, not a coming out novel. Still, it has engaging and lifelike characters, even though they make me sad.
28 February 2014 @ 09:26 pm
Benjamin Blümchen  
Stress resulted in this this week:

Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: stressed
14 February 2014 @ 07:39 pm
Of course I ran out of wool on the last legs of Crocky's broomstick lace (or rather: plunger lace) scarf, so that project is on hold for now. I did purchase some ... Bändchengarn. Ribbon yarn? I don't know, but it looks like this and completed a scarf with that. I'm quite happy with how it turned out, but it isn't very warming, albeit decorative:

I love this stitch, it's fun to do and looks quite fancy, especially with the new yarn (the above scarf is about 1,60m long and made of exactly one ball of the yarn mentioned above).

I also caved and started working on a project involving this year's version of the granny squares that is currently all the rage on Ravelry, a pattern called "African Flowers", though I don't really understand where the name comes from.

Currently I'm trying to work on a Heidi Bear's Happypotamus, though I can't join-as-you-go as required by the project and though I don't really have any of the stuffing material that I'd need yet, either.

Quite apart from the fact that I'm not entirely clear what I'm going to do with a Hippopotamus toy once I'm done. Crocheting does clutter up the place with stuff. Ah, we'll see how this one turns out. I binned some of my early projects already because I didn't think that they were salvageable and I couldn't unravel all of them, especially if they were made of fuzzier yarn.
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
07 February 2014 @ 09:35 pm
Broomstick Lace  
A while ago I came across an "Athenian Scarf" that had a very strange and intricate-looking pattern which I forgot about because what I could just about do was a chain stitch and some pot holders in single crochets.

Now, a bit later, I found this again and also found out that it is called a "broomstick lace". It looks like this:

And as everything that I tackle in this woolly adventure that I'm on, it's really easy, otherwise I wouldn't be able to do it. YouTube has video tutorials of this here. I'm not using that kind of intimidating-looking "knitting needle" (what can you knit with that? It looks like something you'd take vampire hunting), I'm using the handle of the plunger that Crocky uses as a mute for her trombone. That's actually supposedly why it's called "broomstick lace", because you use the handles of broomsticks for it, and thus quite a witchy pursuit.

Current Music: Audio book: World War Z
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
05 February 2014 @ 08:10 pm
So, I tried to crochet this hood, which looks so elegant on the page and sort of quirky.

Even though I stuck to the pattern, my result looks more like something that I wore when I was about three years old and therefore more fuzzy and cutesy rather than elegant. Using two different yarn weights turned out to be a worse idea than anticipated. It means that the non-scaly parts of both the cowl and the hood become unintentionally... springy. Still, it's my first major project and I'm quite pleased.

That's me in the hood, by the way. The angle makes it look as though I'm wearing a crocheted bag over my head.

The hood from the back and fuzzy wrist warmers )
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Audiobook: World War Z
28 January 2014 @ 02:59 pm
Recent projects  
I'm now on ravelry and I finished two projects since then- the dragonscale bracers -  they can't really be worn in public, but they're really warm and pretty - and a hideous fluffy pink bear ear hat with earflaps which wouldn't even look cute on a child. A brave soul who'd put that thing on, but it was fun to crochet while it lasted and then not fun enough to salvage when I couldn't get the beanie base to get large enough to fit and thus had to resort to the hideous earflaps. Ah, well.


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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Music: The Read Headed League
14 January 2014 @ 04:50 pm
Fingerless scaly gauntlet  
So, my second attempt at something larger than an oven cloth (when I saw them in our kitchen I realised that those where my first crocheting project back in '03 when I made two Slytherin-coloured ones for Crocky).

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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
12 January 2014 @ 03:11 am
Neck warmer!  
I finished my crocheting project: I made it a neck warmer rather than a scarf, though. I'm thinking about making some fingerless gloves or gauntlets in the same pattern now that I'm done with this pattern. I actually bought the yarn to knit a scarf, but it looks as though knitting will have to wait a bit longer.

This is it. Front:

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Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
16 November 2013 @ 11:24 am
More modular origami  
With the last week more or less spent half-delirious on the couch I wasn't up to much. Reading was out of the question because I couldn't concentrate well enough, so I watched TV a whole lot and made another foray into modular origami. With my disastrous attempts at fröbeling and the more successful attempts at the bascetta star (video tutorial here) I branched out. I don't like the look of the modules needed for the bascetta star, they do wind up looking untidy and jagged. They're the blue and orange things on the photo.

My attempts with the sonobe module (video tutorial here) were successful, too, but the result looks far more like a ball than a star, so it's not really Christmas decoration. It's also not as see-through that I had hoped. On the picture, it's the grey item in the background.

I think at the moment my favourites are the fairly easy omega stars (video tutorial), they're the small orange and yellow ones on the picture, which unfortunately also wind up looking rather untidy and they always tear in the corners when I try to fold them over. The tutorial makes it look really easy to end up with far superior, tidier, pointier stars, but I didn't manage.

Edit: I found a less messy module than the one used in the Bascetta star that can be used to make a dodecahedral star (video tutorial here):

Brought to you by the two piles of student papers that I had to ignore all of last week and that is too forbidding to scale now. I really like this module, though, and I think this could probably be used to make other stellated polyhedra.

EDIT II: Send help. Here's another icosahedral star following a design and using the modules by Francesco Mancini (video tutorial here).

Oh, the work? Um. Yes, the work. The mountain is slowly getting smaller, but I can't believe how much work has piled up. I returned to school to a completely filled pigeon hole with work students handed in last Friday, and since I missed three tests with all of my small classes I spent the Friday afternoon correcting those. They're actually quite fast, but altogether I still took three hours.
Current Music: Wie weit ist es bis zum Horizont - Knorkator
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
14 November 2013 @ 11:04 am
I think the prettiest font that I have ever seen in my life is the font used in the "Red" Carroux-translated 1990ies Klett-Cotta edition of Lord of the Rings (ISBN 360895855X) and I found people discussing which font it is.

They think it's ITC Weidemann LT Book Regular, and this looks about right.

Back to trying to work.
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: nerdy
03 November 2013 @ 05:31 pm
"It is helpful to imagine the resulting icosahedron!"  
Even though I am not sure that imagining an icosahedron is ever helpful, I still had a lot of fun on a German site called Mathematische Basteleien which offers a neat tutorial for a Bascetta Star.

Inspired by our fröbeling yesterday and this is what is now gracing my desk:

Current Music: Laurie J. Marks: Fire Logic, Chapter 2
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
18 November 2012 @ 08:07 pm
Weather Mope  
It's Sunday evening already? I don't want to go out tomorrow. Thanks to autumn the weather has become really depressing around here. Our car is in the shop, too, so I'm taking the bus, which means leaving the house at 6:45am, and due to various meetings and parents evenings and that type of nonsense I am usually only home after 6pm, which means that in the mornings I go out and at night I come home and the sky looks like this: 

It's always cold, dark, and wet. Thanks, Bremen! 

Mild the mist upon the hill Poem

by Emily Bronte

Mild the mist upon the hill
Telling not of storms tomorrow;
No, the day has wept its fill,
Spent its store of silent sorrow.

O, I'm gone back to the days of youth,
I am a child once more,
And 'neath my father's sheltering roof
And near the old hall door

I watch this cloudy evening fall
After a day of rain;
Blue mists, sweet mists of summer pall
The horizon's mountain chain.

The damp stands on the long green grass
As thick as morning's tears,
And dreamy scents of fragrance pass
That breathe of other years.
Current Mood: busy
18 November 2012 @ 01:33 am
HL/Portal Mods  
After finishing the Black Mesa mod I've been playing a couple of Portal and Half-Life Mods last week. 

This is the most fun kind of fanfiction I have yet to experience. 

Minerva Metastasis )

Dear Esther )

Portal: Unity )

Portal: Prelude )


The Citizen )

Current Mood: bouncy
29 September 2012 @ 12:48 pm
A Psalm of Life - What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist  
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
"Life is but an empty dream!"
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,--act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing
Learn to labor and to wait.

~by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
Current Music: Crocky playing "Vois sur ton chemin" on the piano
04 June 2012 @ 12:56 am
Art: Tender. (Madam Rosmerta, Professor Sprout. PG)  
Title: Tender
Characters: Madam Rosmerta/Professor Sprout
Rating: PG
Credits: ~gvalkyrie's Suddenly Spring brush set.
Summary: A look through the curtains reveals Pomona Sprout enthralled by her favourite bartender, Madam Rosmerta.
A/N: Sorry about the spam, and I hope it's at all possible to tell who's who. 

Read more... )

Current Mood: awake
03 June 2012 @ 06:18 pm
Art: Summer (Lily Evans, Severus Snape. G)  
Title: Summer.
Characters: Lily Evans, Severus Snape
Rating: G
Credits: *Eirian-stock for He and She, ~nathies-stock's Pouring Rain Brush and *charfade's Grass Brush set.
Summary: Severus and Lily frolicking in a field. 
A/N: Weather we had over here on Friday. This is very saccharine, be warned!

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Current Mood: busy
29 May 2012 @ 11:42 am
Art: Sisters  
Title: Sisters.
Characters: Lily Evans, Petunia Evans
Rating: G
Credits: Sailor Kerrie Pushing by *SenshiStock, Smoke brush by ~Falln-Stock.
Summary: "That's where you're going. A special school for freaks. You and that Snape boy… weirdos, that's what you two are. It's good you're being separated from normal people. It's for our safety." - Not a happy memory, needless to say. 
A/N: I've been wanting to do something Pensieve-related for a while now, as I'm wondering what Severus did with the memories he had of Lily after her untimely demise. If a Pensieve serves to preserve memories as well as organise them it's likely to me that he'd be keeping some of his Lily-memories there. 

Step into the Pensieve... )
04 March 2012 @ 06:38 pm
Art: Minerva's Life (Minerva McGonagall and various others, G.)  
Title: Minerva's Life.
Rating: G
Credits given in posts for individual images 
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, her family, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, 
Artist's Notes: My version of Minerva McGonagall's biography from before birth to her seventies from 2010. I never got round to posting these, but here they are now. I'm not happy with all of them anymore and surprisingly happy with others in hindsight.
Anyway, here they are, each is a click-through link to the entry with a larger version. 

Current Mood: cheerful
23 February 2012 @ 11:54 pm
Drawable III  
Title: Boggart.
Characters: Tobias Snape, Boggart Tobias, Eileen Snape. 
Rating: G.
Credits:  Boggart by ~wookiestock, Eileen by ~WolfCatStock, background flower by ~MorfineDoll-stock, texture as ever by `cloaks

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16 February 2012 @ 12:18 am
Art: Weekends, The Curse (Severus and various others)  
Title: Weekends.
Characters: Tobias Snape, Severus Snape, Eileen's broom and cloak. 
Rating: G. 
Credits: Texture by `cloaks, grass by ~cougarLV, tree by ~Winerla, and the bike by ~fudgegraphicsfirst cyclist reference by ~paulussebastian, second cyclist reference by ~fantanicity
Summary: The Snapes on a clandestine family outing beyond the borders of the city. 

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Title: The Curse.
Characters: Severus Snape, Lord Voldemort 
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "At once, the spider's legs bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side. No sound came from it, but Harry was sure that if it could have given voice, it would have been screaming. Moody did not remove his wand, and the spider started to shudder and jerk more violently."
A/N: Hardly subtle. I'm not quite happy how it turned out, something's off about the textures. Specifically the use of ALL THE TEXTURES. And Voldy, especially his sparkly flare there. 

Read more... )

Current Mood: okay
12 February 2012 @ 12:12 am
Art: Favour. (Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, G)  
Title: Favour
Rating: G
Characters: Remus Lupin and Severus Snape.
Credits: Wolf: ~MoonsongStock here, Severus: *SenshiStock here, Trees: ~Winerla here
Summary: Lupin never remembers what he does or does not do in wolf shape. Severus does not mind that at all. 
A/N: Rather silly than serious and not entirely in character, but fun. 

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08 February 2012 @ 10:09 pm
Art: The Potion (Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape. G.)  
Title: The Potion.
Rating: G
Characters: Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape.
Credits: Many this time because I continue to suck at poses: Severus: *SenshiStock here, Minerva: ~Essence-stock here, texture: `cloaks here, and the light brush: *redheadstock here
Summary: Severus demonstrates his Potions expertise to Minerva. Though I like to think that it's him showing her Neville's (Orange, Longbottom?) handywork to explain why he docked points. 

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Current Mood: busy
09 October 2011 @ 04:36 pm
In my search for autumn-related arts & crafts projects I came across some very worthwhile-sounding things, like the leaf lantern, the idea to stick colourful dried leaves to your windows with self-adhesive book covers (not sure if I'd be looking forward to scraping the glue off the windows afterwards, though), a leaf mobile (or, as in this case, leaf gratitude mobile). 

I'm thinking about doing a leaf mobile now, and I kinda want to do it with dried leaves instead of paper or clay leaves. Let's see, maybe I can find some maples somewhere today. 

EDIT: also, if I was still in kindergarten, I'd totally want to do a leaf crown. This looks SO much easier and more convenient than the stupid daisy chains I tried to make over and over at that age. 
Current Mood: procrastinating
11 September 2011 @ 03:28 pm
Procrastinate more  
Yes, I ought to be preparing lessons for Monday - I still need to finish my one-page-guide on how to write an essay, come up with fourteen mini-research topics for next Friday and a way to explain gender to the unenlightened.

Also, is it just me, or is Pottermore just a slightly less interactive, official, child-proofed version of HEX?
And I must say I diasagree with the house system. Not that I mind being placed in Ravenclaw, but what about a violin, a forest, and a preference for saving valuable spellbooks over school administration documents and teacher's property says "Ravenclaw"? 

Hrumph. It's a nice time-sink so far, in a point-and-click kid of way. Anyone else on there, though? Let's be buddies (I'm SilverSky77).

And as for Minerva's backstory )
18 December 2010 @ 01:41 pm
I found these ridiculously easy paper stars on the internets (German here) and I'm using them for a mobile for my window.

One Din A4 page is good for about 13 stars, btw.

I'm thinking about putting something like this in the centre: 

Now I only need some fishing line to attach this to my window frame.

Do any of you have more ideas for quick and easy window decoration? I still need something for my kitchen window.
Current Mood: creative
26 September 2010 @ 07:19 pm
ART: Closer  
Title: Closer
Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape
Rating: G
Minerva doesn't know that Severus is still alive and he is uncertain whether or not to reveal this fact to her right then.
(Crocky came up with several more, most of which more interesting than my original version)  Credits: ~KeepWaiting's fur brushes for the grass, again.

Current Mood: calm
02 May 2010 @ 05:35 pm
"Won't someone think of the children", lake poet style.  
So, what did the lake poets think of Gothic novels?

To be brief, they didn't like them much. They thought no worthy man could write such a thing, too fanciful, and a danger to children. They disliked the sensationalism and the bawdiness especially.

Wordsworth did not really read many of them and generally didn't seem to have bothered - even though he could appreciate horror stories - Coleridge especially is aghast (which I did not necessarily expect, especially because he is later asked to translate Faust because of his own reputation as a writer of the demonic) - he has to write a few reviews as a "hireling" for the Critical Review and seems to fall so in hate with them that he takes up reading Radcliffe's novels for fun. 

«Coleridge, in a letter to Miss Robinson»
"I have a wife, I have sons, I have an infant Daughter--what excuse could I offer to my own conscience if by suffering my name to be connected with those of Mr. Lewis, or Mr. Moore, I was occasion of their reading The Monk . . . . Should I not be an infamous Pander to the Devil in the seduction of my own offspring?--My head turns giddy, my heart sickens at the very thought of seeing such books in the hands of a child of mine."
STC, 18.12.1801.

«Review of The Monk»
"A more grievous fault remains, a fault for which no literary excellence can atone, a fault which all other excellence does but aggravate, as adding subtlety to a poison by the elegance of its preparation. Mildness of censure would here be criminally misplaced, and silence would make us accomplices. Not without reluctance then, but in full conviction that we are performing a duty, we declare it to be our opinion, that the Monk is a romance, which if a parent saw in the hands of a son or daughter, he might reasonably turn pale. The temptations of Ambrosio are described with a libidinous minuteness, which, we sincerely hope, will receive its best and only adequate censure from the offended conscience of the author himself. The shameless harlotry of Matilda, and the trembling innocence of Antonia, are seized with equal avidity, as vehicles of the most voluptuous images; and though the tale is indeed a tale of horror, yet the most painful impression which the work left on our minds was that of great acquirements and splendid genius employed to furnish a *mormo* for children, a poison for youth, and a provocative for the debauchee. Tales of enchantments and witchcraft can never be *useful*: our author has contrived to make them *pernicious*, by blending, with an irreverent negligence, all that is most awfully true in religion with all that is most ridiculously absurd in superstition. He takes frequent occasion, indeed, to manifest his sovereign contempt for the latter, both in his own person, and (most incongruously) in that of his principal characters; and that his respect for the *former* is not excessive, we are forced to conclude from the treatment which its inspired writings receive from him."
Coleridge, The Critical Review 2.19 (2/1797).

It did my heart good to read, however, his opinion on the Mysteries of Udolpho:

«Review of the Mysteries of Udolpho»
If, in consequence of the criticisms impartiality has obliged us to make upon this novel, the author should feel disposed to ask us, Who will write a better? we boldly answer her, *Yourself*; when no longer disposed to sacrifice excellence to quantity, and lengthen out a story for the sake of filling an additional volume.
Coleridge, The Critical Review, 8/1794.

Also, in a letter which describes what he thinks are repetitive features in Scottish poetry,
«Letter to Wordsworth»
"I amused myself a day or two ago on reading a Romance in Mrs. Radcliff's style with making out a scheme, which was to serve for all romances a priori--only varying the proportions . . . A Baron or Baroness ignorant of their birth, and in some dependent situation--Castle--on a Rock--a Sepulchre--at some distance from the Rock--Deserted Rooms--Underground Passages--Pictures--A ghost, so believed--or--a written record--blood on it! A wonderful Cut throat &c. &c. &c."
Coleridge, October 1810.

The manliness comes in in a review of a story by Walpole, in which he writes,
«Review of the "Mysterious Mother"»
The Mysterious Mother is the most disgusting, detestable, vile composition that ever came from the hand of a man. No one with one spark of true manliness, of which Horace Walpole had none, could have written it
Published posthumously in Table Talk.

Go get them, Col!
17 April 2010 @ 03:35 am
Art: Colleagues.  
Black eyes? Present.
Hooked nose? Check.
Sallow skin? Well, slightly jaundiced, yes.
Greasy hair? Arguably.
Yellow, crooked teeth? Yep.
Why, it's Snape.

And Minerva. Black-haired, square-spectacled, emerald-robed, thin-lipped, big-eyebrowed favourite witch of mine.
09 April 2010 @ 11:20 am
New Hobby  
I've enrolled in one of the arts classes (which are really cheap, they're €25 for 18 sessions) that are offered by Crocky's university for students. I'm looking forward to it, and I'm quite surprised at how much fun drawing is - after my nearly-ten-year-break I didn't really expect it to be anything other than frustrating, slow, and boring, but now, after two months, I'm quite glad I have taken this up as a hobby again.

What I'm especially pleased with is that I am so uninvested in it that learning to improve ought to be painfree - if this were teaching or writing, my ego would get in the way, and I'm really insecure about things I'm invested in and I'd be crushed if I found that I'd made a mistake because it is so, SO important for me to Get Things Right. Since this is drawing and I've only been doing it for two months, I couldn't care less.

Also, Crocky says she'd come along, and I'd love to get to do things with her.

Job-wise, I've filled in my application as an official emergency supply teacher for this summer. I like the sound of that.
26 March 2010 @ 07:05 pm
The Prince's Tale/The Silver Cat: Gone.  
Title: Gone.
Artist: [ profile] mothwing .
Rating: G.
Notes: an illustration of Crockywock's wonderful fanfics The Prince's Tale and The Silver Cat.
Summary: After Voldemort's defeat, Severus is released from both his debt and also from his connection to Lily, which is driven home by the fact that his patronus changed with his feelings for Minerva. The loss of his old patronus as well as the meaning of the new one cause very mixed feelings.

Click for full view.

This is also the first time that I drew both humans and animals without any kind of reference, not even the trusted artist's dummy. I also practised doing rooms here, and I'm quite happy with how they turned out. Severus' face and expression, on the other hand, really still need some work. I'm rather happy with the cat, though, even though I consciously avoided doing fur, because my attempts at following Jab's pointers were pretty catastrophic and need some more work.
Current Mood: accomplished
21 March 2010 @ 03:45 pm
Heads of House brushing up relevant skills for the Yule Ball. Not entirely successful on the part of the Head of Slytherin, which is part of the reason why he ended leaving early with Karkaroff and skulking around among the rose bushes, leaving the hosting duty of the other guests to the other Heads of House.

Yes, this is silly, but I got tired of preparing for the teach-a-thon of doom.

Current Mood: sleepy
20 March 2010 @ 10:59 pm
Last Second  
I like hands. I couldn't draw hands. So I drew hands. So now I can draw hands.

This is another cheesy one, Severus about to die, Lily's ghostly hand reaching out, but him being saved by Minerva who actually makes sure whether people are dead and knows her first aid spells.

Current Mood: sleepy
14 March 2010 @ 02:43 am
Giant squid <3  
Trying to put off both work and housework? Staying up way too late?

Who, me?

Current Music: Notre Dame - Comme le soleil
Current Mood: ~artistic ~
Current Location: Hannover
08 March 2010 @ 02:05 am
I liked the first picture so much I added some more.

Like playing with digital hand puppets, wheee.

Current Mood: pleased
07 March 2010 @ 11:43 am
It's fairly embarrassing to admit, but usually when I try drawing people and mean business I take Rebecca's wooden figure, put it in the position I want it in, take a photo, put that in a background layer and paint my human over that. ~Professional~, I know. Yesterday I tried painting without my anatomy reference. Behold. I think I'll stick to silhouettes for a while, they're fun.

Current Mood: accomplished
01 March 2010 @ 03:00 pm
First steps  
Again. I used to pretty much ignore the little "ink" tool in TheGimp, but it turns out that it's possible to do very shaky calligraphy with Gimp and Crocky's tablet. I'm not sure if it's worth bothering, though - the tablet doesn't translate the pressure I use very faithfully and accurately, and thus my result is pretty blotchy, which is probably due to my lack of experience than the tablet, though.

The result looks pretty much like all my first steps with a new tool - blotchy, uneven, an inky mess. The only upside to this is that I don't get inky fingers from this, the downside is that I'm not sure if I can improve.

It's about as hard as my first steps with hand-cut goose quills (having hunters in the family has its perks), and those never took off and I gave up pretty quickly and returned to metal nibs.

Edit: look, my crack at Hartmann's Der Arme Heinrich, copied from my copy of the Heidelberg manuscpript (Ba), which looks like this:

See? Blotchy. This is so much easier on paper, though the ability to just press the "undo" button when I get things wrong has its appeal. Still, it feels like cheating.
Current Mood: frustrated
23 February 2010 @ 09:24 pm
Fur is evil  
And yes, I have seen wolves before. I just can't draw them properly, though I did try to stick to some of the canon descriptions of what werewolves are supposed to look like compared to real wolves. Well. I'm quite pleased with the general mood and the grass, though. How come the backgrounds always turn out better and are more fun than my foregrounds?

Anyway, this is Minerva telling off Remus for following Severus out of the Shrieking Shack. James may have saved his life in the Shrieking Shack, but he didn't take him back to the castle.

Ok, off to bed, I'll have to get up really early tomorrow, meh.
Current Mood: accomplished