Saturday, March 25, 2017

Drawing Sadness

In times when I feel the need for some distraction and relaxation, I usually pick up some kind of craft to do to keep my mind busy. I haven't drawn anything for myself in awhile so with some sadness, I chose to draw Sadness from the movie Inside Out. Her blueness is very calming :)

Here is the reference photo. It's a little more sad than I had wanted, but I loved that there was a lot of hair to work with.



Here are some pictures of the process.
I forgot to take a picture of my initial sketch.


The sweater was the more challenging part of the drawing.


I like her little knob-like feet.


I was probably done a couple weeks ago, but I wasn't completely satisfied with it. I can keep picking at it, but it's time to just move on!


Hello, Sadness.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Valentines 5&6

Heartbeat - Carrie Underwood
I Was Made for Loving You - Tori Kelly & Ed Sheeran
Look at Me - Carrie Underwood
All That - Carly Rae Jepsen
Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
Late to the Party - Kacey Musgraves
Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainer & John Legend
Say You Love Me - Jessie Ware
Just a Little Bit of Your Heart - Ariana Grande
Gravity - Sarah Bareilles
All I Ask - Adele
Your Type - Carly Rae Jepsen
Wanted You More - Lady Antebellum
I Found a Way - Aubrey Peeples
Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
Break On Me - Keith Urban
The Day You Stop Lookin' Back - Thomas Rhett
Dear No One - Tori Kelly
Breaking Your Own Heart - Kelly Clarkson
Wanted - Hunter Hayes
Until You - Dave Barnes
Dancin' Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum
Not Too Late - Norah Jones
Treacherous - Taylor Swift
It Is What It Is - Kacey Musgraves
Break What's Broken - Charlie Worsham
Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson
I Was Made for Loving You/ Please Don't Say You Love Me - Kina Grannis & Gardiner Sisters
Keep it to Yourself - Kacey Musgraves
Unlove You - Jennifer Nettles
Carry On - Norah Jones

Monday, October 31, 2016

Liz and Kev Wed

For Liz and Kevin's wedding card I wanted to be a little creative and make my own card. I was inspired by the art of Chinese paper cutting, but I knew I wouldn't have time to cut a design for an entire card, so I designed something that would have some part cut out while the rest of the card would have some sort of intricate drawing.

The Chinese character for double happiness is a symbol of marriage so I chose to make that the cut out portion of the card. I knew phoenixes were common symbols for marriage in the Chinese culture, so I googled images of phoenixes, and designed a scene with paper lanterns. I thought I was set with just a phoenix, but then I read more into the traditions and found that a phoenix was always paired with a dragon as feng shui symbols to represent harmony in marriage. 



I don't know why I always make small sketches in my sketchbook. I have the entire page!

After sketching, I drew it out on a sheet of paper as an actual sized card and used a pen to trace it firmly onto my red cardstock paper.


I watched a lot of Ally McBeal to keep me company.


I used my craft knives to carefully cut out the character for double happiness.


By following the drawing I traced onto the paper earlier, I used a gold paint marker to draw out my design.


It's not super intricate, but it looks pretty cool.


I didn't have gold paper to use as the backing of the cut out of "double happiness," but I noticed the money envelope I was going to use for their gift was gold. It needed to be placed inside the card anyway so I used some washi tape and taped it behind "double happiness." 


Because my card was huge, I had to make my own envelope. I ended up designing it wrong, and it didn't cover the card entirely. I didn't have time to remake it, so I left it. Oops.


I'm naming them Fawkes and Fang after Dumbledore's phoenix and Roku's dragon.


Happy wedding, Liz and Kevin <3


Monday, March 2, 2015

Doge

I've been meaning to draw Jackie something ever since she (along with Sunny and JJ) got me a massive set of colored pencils (200+!). I did start a picture of Penny awhile ago, but I didn't like where it was going so I stopped. Now for her 26th birthday, I decided to make another attempt to draw her furbabies for her :)

Searching through Jackie's instagram (@pennyandkeebz), I found two pictures I liked:



But the one of them sitting and looking up was too cute to pass up. Look at how attentive they are!

I started with a rough sketch to get an idea of the proportions. Looks promising....




Then I went in and outlined some of the details.



I started with Kiba first, mostly because I'm right-handed and didn't want to smudge Penny when she was all colored in. Also, Kiba has more color and details and looked more fun to draw first.



Kiba done :) Penny was a little more difficult, because her coat is a lot lighter and was less defined.




While I was working on it, I thought of also making a shiba doge meme birthday card, to go with the drawing, but then I just decided to combine the two ideas.


I was aiming to have this done by her birthday (2/3), but it turned out to be a little too ambitious for that since I started late in January. So I said, I'll just mail it for Valentine's day! But life happened.

I finished the drawing the weekend we celebrated Lunar new year, so I was able to give Jackie her gift in person.




Happy birthday, Jackie! Ruv you <3

Monday, February 16, 2015

Single Life is Sweet

On Valentine's day, as a treat for myself, I really wanted to make a chocolate lava cake. However, all the recipes I searched for made more than one serving. Could I really eat that many lava cakes? Actually, it's more like, "should I?" Because I definitely can. And you know what? I'm not really watching my weight, so I will. The recipe I ended up choosing was from Taste of Home, and it yielded 4 servings. I cut the recipe in half to make 2 servings which I guess meant 1 serving for Christine ;)

This was my first time making a lava cake, so I didn't know what to expect with the process.

I was so excited to use the skills I learned from playing Cooking Mama in separating the egg yolk from the egg white. Cooking Mama would be proud.


I LOVE my heart ramekins.


There's a little tumor looking bit in one cake, because I poked it while it was baking.


I turned it out onto a plate


And dusted with powdered sugar and the leftover chocolate from what I used in the cake.


And oh my goodness, it was good. I am so glad I made two.

Happy Valentine's day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Playlist #4

So Close - Jon Mclaughlin
One - Ed Sheeran
Thinking of You (and Me) - Love and Theft
Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton
Night Changes - One Direction
Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
Look at Me - Carrie Underwood
I Saw a Light - The Band Perry
Make Me Wanna - Thomas Rhett
I Want Crazy - Hunter Hayes
Wonderful Tonight - Khalil Fong
Mean to Me - Brett Eldredge
Wanted - Hunter Hayes
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
I Don't Dance - Lee Brice
Don't Rush - Kelly Clarkson ft. Vince Gill
Perfect Silence - Wade Bowen
Still Fallin' - Hunter Hayes

Sunday, January 11, 2015

October & November birthdays

Happy new year! It's been awhile! Here are some of cakes and things I've made in the past few months.

10/1/14: For Jaime's birthday I knew I wanted to make something penguin related. I liked some of penguin stickers he used on Line, so I picked one that I felt was appropriate for the occasion. Look how happy he is!


 I made chocolate cupcakes and hand decorated one with frosting. I originally wanted to make it an Iron Penguin, but I didn't have time to make the little arc light, so I left it out.


Happy birthday, Jaime!

10/27/14: For my mom's birthday I made shortbread cookies from a packaged mix, because she kept telling me to make them for the past year (whoops). (The doc bear cookie is not for my mom. I was just having some fun.)


I decided to incorporate the cookies with a cake. I made a yellow cake from a mix, and decorated it with homemade mascarpone cream frosting. I made the frosting a little pink since my mom likes pink, and piped little rosettes on top.


I piped a birthday message with melted chocolate onto a shortbread cookie, and placed it on top of the cake.


I also picked up some pretty flowers for her birthday.


Happy birthday, mom!

11/9/14: For Kevin's early surprise birthday party I went down the Joe Ledbetter route again. I had fun making last year's JLed inspired cupcakes, so I asked Audrey what I should make for Kevin this year. My favorite of her suggestions was Fire-Catzilla.


She also suggested to make either funfetti or snickerdoodle cupcakes. I chose to make funfetti since I had a bunch of random colorful sprinkles.


The green ones bled a little when I mixed the batter so it tinted the batter green, but it didn't matter too much since Fire-Catzilla is also green.


That bright green frosting took awhile to achieve.




Few hours later.....


To make his hair, I broke up some spaghetti and colored it with a food safe marker.


To make his ears and speech piece, I colored some fondant with gel food coloring and cut them to shape with a knife.


I also outlined the pieces using my black food safe marker. I added the teeth by using frosting.


I changed the Japanese message to a birthday message for Kevin.


Happy birthday, Kevin!

Since I have Instagram now, I tend to post more over on my account: @bittersweetchristine. I posted this guy on my account and managed to grab the attention of Mr. Joe Ledbetter himself!


He ended up reposting my picture on his own account too! What a cool guy :) I was just so happy he made a shoutout to Kevin since Kevin loves his work!