This week’s creative images first.
And the rest of the creative processes for this week:
Finally, I wanted to share these photographs of the Tokidoki XXRAY Freeny model we got:
See you next week!
Hello everyone! It’s been quite an interesting week, with my focus (apparently) on monsters and things that go bump in the night! One thing I feel I ought to point out is that quite often the images I post here are not quite the same as the ones that I have posted on Instagram. Instagram formats images into square, and will quite often require a crop to the image which is either better in post production, or not needed at all. I have tried in some cases to repeat it – but generally I’m posting the source image (i.e. the one that I took with my camera) rather than the one that I finally posted to Instagram / Facebook.
So, onto the images. This week, I’ll split the images into drawing, then toy photography, then other.
Have a great week everyone!
Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good week. In the UK we had a public holiday on Monday, so my creativity was less on the photography / drawing and more about getting out and enjoying life. But the drawing still happened 🙂
But as well as continuing the Photo A Day challenge, I did a little more too…
Have a great week everyone!
The Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 17 has now landed in the UK and are starting to appear in the image streams of UK toy photographers. I took the opportunity to get mine through my usual custom part dealer firestartoys.com – I admit that I did pay more for them than I would if I had got them blind bagged, but at the time of writing this they hadn’t made their way down to the West Country and I haven’t had the chance to get to the shops. Anyway, in my haul I made sure that I had this little cute figure of the Butterfly Girl.
Regular readers of my blog will have noticed that I’ve started to embrace Kawaii in my drawing style – so having this character as an inspiration was just a done deal.
The butterfly wings are a translucent pink and the printing on them is wonderful – they are a LEGO part of beauty 🙂 Normally, I really don’t like the “child” legs that LEGO have produced – they are too stiff and so don’t allow a mobility / flexibility / posability to the figure – but somehow these seem right, as if she’s wearing pink tights under those pink shoes that she’s got on (LEGO have at least added some printing to the front of the feet). These go really well with the standard shape of the torso – that printing makes it look like she has a little dress on.
Going back to my love of Kawaii – how cute is the caterpillar/butterfly on her dress? I’m going to have to draw that next! Finally the touches on her hair and face complete this figure in all its cuteness.
Although I’ve posed the girl in front on an image that she and Eraser worked on jointly (I’ll show that in the weekly roundup!) as Spring and Summer are here I reckon that she will have to go out and be photographed in the Great Outdoors rather than in an indoor set up location (like say, 1980’s Yuppy Guy, or Strongman). The lighting will work really well with those wings I reckon.
For me, the Series 17 is an interesting one – and probably one of LEGO’s best. But not because all the figures are cool (that said, there are a few that I have more than one of, such as Rocket Boy and Retro Space Ranger) but because on every figure there is SOMETHING that will be of use to a toy photographer. It may be the rabbit that comes with the vet, the mobile phone with the 1980’s guy or the leopard print pants of the Strongman (OK , maybe that one’s more for the grownups!) but there will be something.
But until then, it’s time to take Butterfly Girl out to the park.
So I didn’t get around to posting last week – I was away in Whitby, UK, for the April Whitby Goth Weekend. The evenings were late and the days were busy – and I’ll have a blog about that on theblackcrane.wordpress.com quite soon. Because it was such a fun weekend, the creativity levels this week were a little lower than usual (at least that’s what I thought), but I still managed the image a day challenge.
As well as those pictures, I did take a few more. The image for “rough” got finished, for example:
The guitar was a a build based on an image I had seen on Instagram; if you know your LEGO parts you’ll notice that the construction has something interesting about it!
Anyways, that’s all for this week – have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!
It was a day like every other for Damian. Making coffee for the masses, putting little patterns in the foam – and taking special effort for those that would appreciate it (or because they looked cute). And like every other day, when he got those first twenty minutes to have a break, he would reach into his back pocket, pull out his Tarot cards, shuffle them, take a deep breath and say…
“Tell me a story”.
The Cracked Tower.
“Can I borrow your jacket?” asked Tamsin. “Gregory’s going to walk me home because we can’t drive like this and it’s freezing out!”
“Sure” replied Mary, “I’ll get a lift from Stacey when she goes; she’s not drinking tonight.” Mary handed over the coat.
“I’ll get it back to you tomorrow” said Tamsin.
“No rush” said Mary, “I won’t need it until next weekend anyway.”
A couple of days later, Stacey phoned Mary.
“HOW COULD YOU???” she screamed at her.
“How could I what?” asked Mary.
“Of all the people – my best friend! I knew that Gregory was a lying toad, but you… I trusted you!”
“What are you talking about?”
“Oh, OK, let’s play that game then. Just tidied my house, and found YOUR COAT down the back of our bed on GREGORY’S SIDE! I can’t believe it… you…” the line went dead.
Mary felt a shiver of cold run through her. Gregory and Stacey’s place was on the way home from the club and they would have had to pass by it to get to Tamsin’s… Mary tried to phone back, but it went straight to voicemail. Immediately she called Tamsin.
“Where’s my coat?” asked Mary.
“Mine, somewhere” replied Tamsin.
“Only I need it sort of now…. there’s a receipt in the pocket that I need to be able to claim my expenses. I’ll come over and pick it up if that’s OK – I’ve looked everywhere and it’s the only other place I can think it is.”
“Sure, OK, I’ll see you in five.” Tamsin waited until it was clear that the line had been disconnected. “You better get out of here quick” she said to Gregory.
Damian looked at the card. The Cracked Tower. What could it mean? Perhaps the next card would offer something to the tale. He pulled the second card and turned it over.
The Ten of Swords.
Mary was there in four minutes. Actually she was there in three – plenty of time to see Gregory leave her place. She walked up and knocked on the door. Tamsin answered, looking a little flush.
“Wow! You were here quick! I … I haven’t had chance to look yet.”
“Don’t bother” said Mary. “I know where it is… you left it at Gregory’s place when he walked you home. I just wanted to look you straight in the eye to tell you that. Now, with all the calm I can possibly muster, I want to say two more things to you. One: I just hope you have the balls to tell Stacey because it’s clear Gregory doesn’t. Two: Leave me the hell alone – forever.”
With that, Mary walked back to her car. She got in, sat down and the adrenaline left her body – to be replaced with great heaves of tears. Two friendships. Done and ended, all in the space of 15 minutes.
When she gathered herself, she drove to the coffee shop. Perhaps Damian could make her a Latte.
Damian looked at his watch. He had enough time to pull a card and perhaps grab a quick cigarette. His expresso would have cooled enough to drink as a straight shot then. The third card was almost expected.
Mary walked into the coffee shop. Damian had returned and that made her feel a little better. He shot the expresso with an almost guilty smile before smiling and saying to Mary, “You look like you need something stronger than a coffee.”
Mary smiled. “Would be nice – but it’s a bit early in the day. Skinny Latte please.”
With practiced fingers, Damian made the drink. As he created the leaf pattern he said to Mary, “You know, baristas are like the day time bar tender. You can tell us anything and it stays here.” He smiled, a genuine warm smile and for a moment Mary forgot herself and smiled back. “I may have to take you up on that… when it gets a little quiet here.”
Mary picked up her drink, turned and her eyes immediately latched onto Stacey’s. Stacey’s eyes widened, then a blaze of fury shot across her. With her hands full of latte glass and saucer, Mary did the only thing she could – she dropped the whole thing.
“No Stacey – please – no – it wasn’t me! Please!!”
The clatter of saucer, cup, glass brought Damian out in an instance.
“What’s happening?” he asked. Before Stacey could say anything, or go, Mary exclaimed
“My friend was cheated on by someone – not me – but it looks like it is me, but it isn’t!!!”
Damian looked up – straight at Stacey. “Is this your friend?” he asked.
“Yes” said Mary.
“NO.” said Stacey.
Damian stood up. “Look, I’ve got enough to clear up here, but why don’t you sit there – and you sit there. Give me a couple of moments – Hey Bill, can you clean this up – I’m going to see if I can hang on to two customers over here.”
Damian sat down with Stacey and Mary. Mary didn’t need prompting to help her – she immediately opened up and whilst Damian needed to get Stacey to listen, soon enough she was listening. Damian went away and made up two more Skinny Lattes, complete with a heart in the foam, and brought it back to the table.
Stacey told Mary that she had suspected Gregory for a while, and had an idea that it was someone in their circle of friends. She admitted that she had thought it was Mary because she got on so well with Gregory – Mary said that he’d made her laugh a couple of times, but he really wasn’t her type. Damian sat and listened until he politely said “I think I need to go and help Bill.”
As Damian walked back to the coffee machine, the three cards he’d drawn from his Tarot deck were drawn back into his mind. The whole story in three cards.