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I’m currently visiting my family and hometown so I haven’t been drawing as much since I didn’t pack my scanner. I brought along my sketchbook but I’ve been mainly focused on writing.

I did, however, send out hand-drawn postcards out to some friends right before I left and doodled a bit for two nice peeps that I’ll share below:

For Sharde with her two 'sons.' The postcards were sketched out with a mechanical pencil, traced over with a Sharpie pen, filled in with colored pencils, then painted over with a matte glaze.

For Sharde with her two ‘sons.’ The postcards were sketched out with a mechanical pencil, traced over with a Sharpie pen, filled in with colored pencils, then painted over with a matte glaze.

For Liam.

For Liam.

For Christina M., a huuuugggggeeeee Pusheen the Cat lover/frequent user.

For Christina M., a huuuugggggeeeee Pusheen the Cat lover/frequent user.

For Rome (left) and Chunli. Doodled at their request during their farewell party. Christina M. kindly lent me her mechanical pencil and pen.

For Rome (left) and Chunli. Doodled at their request during their farewell party. Christina M. kindly lent me her mechanical pencil and pen.


The picture Mike took of the final product. Taken from an angle, so the image is not quite proportional.

The picture Mike took of the final product. Taken from an angle, so the image is not quite proportional.

Mike’s caption on Facebook: “I joke around with Melodie Miu about how with the casting of PATIENT ZERO, I basically shipped The Doctor and Margaery Tyrell. So she of course gives me the best Christmas gift: This amazing painting she did of Matt Smith’s The Doctor and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell!”

We celebrated our 4th year anniversary in mid-December and before I went to visit Mike, I spent around 5 days on his present. Referencing our inside joke, I made a fanart painting of Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Game of Thrones’ Margaery Tyrell.

I used these two images for my main reference:

This image is a lot greener than the official promo (http://bit.ly/1xmAybl). I liked it a lot more because the color of her dress stayed faithful to the book depiction of Tyrell color green.

This image is a lot greener than the official promo (http://bit.ly/1xmAybl). I liked it a lot more because the color of her dress stayed faithful to the book depiction of Tyrell color green.

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I sketched out the forms on 12″ by 18″ acrylic paper until I got the details like Margaery’s hair and The Doctor’s crossed feet in the way I wanted.

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Natalie Dormer and Matt Smith have the MOST interesting faces I’ve ever had to draw. Over the course of three days, I kept studying their pictures and painting over their faces until I finally got it right, particularly Dormer’s signature smirk.

Here are some versions of it before I settled on the faces I liked.

Version 1.

Version 1.

Version 2.

Version 2.

I unfortunately forgot to take a proportional picture of the painting in its final form in its wooden black frame. Currently, the painting looks most like Natalie Dormer and Matt Smith’s faces. So the first picture of this post is what I’ll show for now until I go visit Mike again.

Materials: acrylic paints, acrylic markers, Sharpie pens (for smaller details), acrylic paper, and colored pencils (for shadowing).

Red Velvet lip stain from LimeCrime.

Red Velvet lip stain from LimeCrime.

(Special thanks to Francesca and Abbey for taking many of the photos for this post)

On Friday, I hung out with a few friends at a Halloween-themed event. Two of them went as Kiki and her pet cat Jiji from the Miyazaki film KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, and another went as the Mills College student newspaper wearing a sandwich board with the newest The Campanil print issue on it.

I went as a hipster using clothes from my closet (a pair of studded jean shorts, black tights) and making my own hipster accessories out of paper, such as a fake camera, mustache-on-a-stick, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can. Photos in a bit.

I also made my own skull cutout muscle tee out of an old T-shirt. I used this really helpful DIY video as a reference on cutting off the sleeves:

I noticed that most photos of muscle tees/skull cutout shirts used monochromatic black, gray, or white shirts. I had a pale yellow T-shirt on hand and thought it would be pretty cool to do a pastel coloring instead. It really made my light blue bra stand out.

Spooooky.

Spooooky.

I drew the image with a Sharpie pen. Then I used a canvas board to stretch out the shirt so I could cut out the shape better.

I drew the image with a Sharpie pen. Then I used a canvas board to stretch out the shirt so I could cut out the shape better.

Here are some photos of my costume from that night:

Human and cat.

Human and cat.

I love this jacket. I wear it everywhere now. It just so happened to fit with the hipster theme.

I love this jacket. I wear it everywhere now. It just so happened to fit with the hipster theme.

Many thanks to Ari who provided the strings for me to tape onto the camera to use as straps.

Many thanks to Ari who provided the strings for me to tape onto the camera to use as straps.

Posing~

Posing~

Thanks to Francesca for lending me her brown color pencil to use a stick for the mustache.

Thanks to Francesca for lending me her brown color pencil to use a stick for the mustache.

Cheese!

Cheese!

A fun thing to do as a hipster is to tell people “I’m not a hipster” with a disgusted expression on your face.

Happy Halloween!

EDIT. Something That Only Interests Me: here’s a photo of the other accessories I wore with the costume. I got the pearl studded headband and dark green laced heels from my Asia trip during the summer; I happened to already have the two bracelets (a skull one to match the skull shirt!) from previous adventures in online shopping.

I later changed out of the shoes into a pair of comfier boots.

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Related posts:

1. #Crafty: I Made a Fake Vintage Camera Out of Paper
2. #Crafty: More Hipster Paper Accessories (Mustache, Pabst Blue Ribbon Can)
3. #Crafty: My Halloween Costume as a Hipster

Please don’t use my images without permission.

If you’ve read my previous post, you’d know that I’ve been making paper accessories for my Halloween costume as a hipster. I already created a fake vintage camera so here are images of the paper Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can I made:

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I cut out the shape of a can (rather comically large) using paper from my sketchbook. Since there is a lack of a color printer nearby, I decided to sketch out the design myself. First, with a pencil and eraser using this PBR image. Then colored in some parts like the red slash and gray ribbon border with color pencils so I could see if it looked right.

Including the mustache (which will be explained towards the end of the post).

Including the mustache (which will be explained towards the end of the post).

Then outlined and colored everything in with Sharpie ultra fine point pens, specifically red, blue, and black. I decided to ink the ribbon with black so it’d pop better. If I didn’t have horrendous cursive handwriting, I wouldn’t’ve written the paragraph at the bottom of the can in print. Then, since I liked the cartoony outline of the can from the Google Image, I added those in too.

The cutout.

The cutout.

To make it sturdier, I traced out the beer can on the CalArts paper I’ve also used for the fake camera (but you can use a manila folder), cut it out, then masking-taped it over carefully.

Psst: that’s my cheap way of laminating something.

Masking-tape gets a little tricky around those kinds of edges, I recommend folding down what you can then cutting off the uggo tape extras. Kind of like you would to get that grand, old school bowl-cut haircut.

Masking-tape gets a little tricky around those kinds of edges, I recommend folding down what you can then cutting off the uggo tape extras. Kind of like you would to get that grand, old school bowl-cut haircut.

You like?

You like?

I also made a fake mustache inspired by the mustache-on-a-sticks I’ve seen in countless wedding photo booth pictures.

I cut one half of a mustache out of whatever was left of the CalArts paper, then traced the cutout on the paper again to make its twin. I did this so I could have equal-sized parts. Using Scotch tape, I connected the two parts and colored the tape with a black fine-point Sharpie. I then decided to cover most of the space in more tape so the mustache can have this cool zig-zaggy, matte texture to it.

I don’t have a stick on hand so I’ll likely pluck one of those coffee stirrers from a cafe and tape/glue one on.

I’ll post pictures of my hipster outfit later this weekend, which I threw together with existing clothes from my closet. Take in mind, I did not have time to get a fake pair of glasses so I’ll be a non-glasses-wearing hipster this year — I know, very edgy.

Related posts:

1. #Crafty: I Made a Fake Vintage Camera Out of Paper
2. #Crafty: More Hipster Paper Accessories (Mustache, Pabst Blue Ribbon Can)
3. #Crafty: My Halloween Costume as a Hipster

Please don’t use my images without permission.

Or better known as “Melodie has too much time on her hands.”

As part of my Halloween costume (hipster), I decided to make a few accessories out of paper such as a fake vintage camera.

I used paper from the black-colored cover pages of a CalArts booklet. I don’t have anything against CalArts, I just needed a material that wasn’t cardboard and I happened to have their booklet. The ideal kind of paper should be sturdier than copy paper and construction paper; think: manila folder.

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Decided to cut out that awkward rectangle platform halfway through.

Decided to cut out that awkward rectangle platform halfway through.

Since there isn’t a DIY/how-to on fake camera-making (I know right!), I was really following after Google Images for “vintage camera.”

The pieces of an average vintage camera are made up of rectangles, cylinders, and trapezoids so it was fairly easy for me to figure out which pieces to cut. If you need some assistance, you can search through Google Images on “how to make a cylinder out of paper” for the lens and shutter-speed dial, and “how to make a box out of paper“.

Then I Scotch-taped all the pieces together and since Scotch tape looks too shiny against black paper, I colored all the tape with with a black Sharpie pen (acrylic paint would’ve warped the shape of paper and taken longer to dry) which gave it a matte texture. I recommend using Sharpies that are “fine point” or thicker; you’ll be taking forever with “ultra fine point.”

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Related posts:

1. #Crafty: I Made a Fake Vintage Camera Out of Paper
2. #Crafty: More Hipster Paper Accessories (Mustache, Pabst Blue Ribbon Can)
3. #Crafty: My Halloween Costume as a Hipster

Please don’t use my images without permission.

It’s that time again for gift exchanging! This year, Mike and I have both been so busy that we couldn’t really decide on what to get each other. So we made a deal to buy each other some clothes and be done with it.

But I lied to Mike, haha. For a while now, I had this idea in my head of customizing the exact throw pillow from one of our most favorite shows 30 ROCK. I thought it might look cool in his living room or the back seat of his car.

In Season 5 Episode 6 “Gentlemen’s Intermission,” Jack Donaghy had scolded his assistant Jonathan for not being ambitious enough to be his mentee and then pointed out his throw pillow with the embroidered quote: “Ambition is the willingness to kill the things you love and eat them to stay alive.”

Screenshot of the throw pillow from the 30 ROCK season 5 episode 6 “Gentlemen’s Intermission.”

Color me shocked when I found out they weren’t already selling them on the NBC online store!

So I used the printing website CafePress to make the pillow. While the design options on CafePress are few (you’re limited to only a 11″ by 11″ space on the 18″ by 18″ square), it was still a bargain compared to other printing websites that would have charged nearly $80 for a friggin’ custom pillow.

I played around with the design on Photoshop Elements 8, which Mike got me last year. Because the background color is limited to black or white, I had to change the original design color from dark brown to black.

The font is called Savoye LET and I made sure it matched exactly like the one on the 30 ROCK throw pillow.

As it shows up on CafePress as a preview.

And it arrived 7-10 days later. Voila.

Came stuffed in a box.

Came stuffed in a box.

OMG, so soft and poofy.

OMG, so soft and poofy.

The border is a little thicker than I’d like. But overall, it looks really amazing.

P.S. He liked it.

I made Mike’s birthday card in a course of three sporadic days. Didn’t think about taking photos of it for my blog until it was almost finished.

It’s just drawing little things on the printer paper then cutting up and glue-sticking them on a poster board. Making it very special and personal for The Boyfriend, with some inside jokes.

Color pencils, printer paper, highlighters, lead pencils, erasers, a pair of scissors, glue stick and Sharpie pens.

Mike snapped a photo of this doodle before I added it to the card. I’ve never watched the movie but I know of the scene.

The finished product. That blurry hot mess on the right is just my message to Mike that’s only meant for him.

I’m heading back to LA again tomorrow morning for more K-TOWN Reality Show filming this week so I’ll miss Father’s Day. I didn’t get to celebrate Mother’s Day either for the same reason so at the last minute, I made a combined card for my parents.

I love them and if my folks are reading this as they always are, I’m sorry I won’t be here this weekend.

Cut a sketch page into halves and painted both sides abstractly with yellow and light gray acrylic paint. It would be a two-in-one card for my parents.

With a fine Sharpie pen and color pencils, I drew out the letters of the greeting then carefully cut them out. I cut three of them in half, where it’ll be split in the middle.

Drew funny images of my mom and dad on their iPad and iPhone respectively. You often see them like this in the living room, tapping and clicking and sipping wine away if not watching a Chinese travel or procedural show.

Using acrylic matte medium as a glue, I pasted each image and word onto the card once everything dried. Then wrote in the rest of the greeting.

Top left: “I was initially going to draw the both of you hiking…”

Top right: “But I thought this was a better, more honest image.”

Bottom left: “Sorry for not being here this weekend to celebrate. I hope this card will bring you some smiles and chuckles.”

Bottom right: “Thank you for always being there for us. LOVE, YOUR KIDS: Derek & Melodie.”

Only Interesting to Me: Paint brushes, paint palette and a jar of acrylic matte medium.

My folks recently in Canada.

My cousin is graduating high school and heading off to college in the Fall! I’m so proud of her and decided to make her a graduation card, the night before the ceremony.

I’m so sleepy right now…

Painted a 11″ x 14″ poster board with bright yellow acrylic paint. Then started on the flowers.

Some main flowers coming to shape.

Added the smaller flowers.

As the paint was drying, I took some green Post-its and drew the congratulatory words with a Sharpie pen and color pencils.

When they were done, I outlined each flower with a thicker, black Sharpie pen.

Added some cute patterns on the inside of the letters.

Cut out each letter with a pair of scissors. I was not very neat.

Brought out my Acrylic Matte Medium and another brush. My favorite substitute for glue.

Painted the backs of each letter, pasted it on the poster board and then painted it over again until it stuck.

Carefully lined each letter so they would fit perfectly.

The card will have every family member’s signature and note for the newest graduate. I put down mine first.

Only Interesting to Me: my paint palette and dirty, dirty brushes.

EDIT:

Everyone in the family signed it. My littler cousin started writing on the back, some cute things, some mean things.