Why make it plain?

I finished this jacket a while ago but never got around to taking pictures. Might be because the weather was so terrible. ­čśë The pattern is called┬áLady Bella by Farbenmix. They have a wonderful website (also in English) with beautiful patterns and lots of pictures of sewn examples – though in this case they all…

Skulls

I’ve been doing so many portraits lately, I thought it might be good to look at what’s beneath the skin. These two skulls served the purpose nicely. Nice change, too. ­čśë First in pencil: For the other skull I used colored pencils for the first time in my life (I mean,┬áreally used them): First I…

Portrait: Colin

Here we go again. I finished this a few weeks ago but didn’t get around to posting yet. Yet another portrait. Lovely Colin this time. Isn’t he cute? I drew this portrait for Colin’s parents and I’m glad to say they actually recognized him! ­čśë Here are some pictures I took along the way:  …

The Lady-Sheep

It’s carnival season here in Germany and Hannah’s best friend, Paul the sheep, wanted a costume, too. So we made him one. Meet Paul, the ladybug-sheep! Hannah and her friend asked me for red fabric and a bit of black felt. They then disappeared into the kids’ room within half an hour had managed to…

An old Chinese guy

I’m really starting to like doing portraits. Here’s an old Chinese guy I found in a very old book on very old people. HB, 2B and 4B pencil (almost a whole one of the last two…)…

Girl Girl

Another in the series of portraits. This was supposed to be a quick sketch but ended up taking quite a bit longer.    …

Charcoal Portrait

Since I didn’t want to draw myself anymore, I’ve started practicing portrait drawing from photographs. This old Japanese guy really fascinated me. He must be a monk or something… Here’s how I got there: ┬á The hair and beard were the last thing I added – with an eraser! And it took about two hours!…

Self-Portraits

I’ve been working on me a bit – until I really got sick of seeing myself in the mirror and moved on to portraits of other people… Anyhow, here’s me in pencil:   And another try:   Then I tried pastels, but soon got so frustrated that I had to stop. I will at some…

Sewing machine mendhi and a beautiful top

A while ago the lady from my favorite sewing blog┬áposted a tutorial for┬á “mendhi” on the┬ásewing machine. Mendhi is the traditional form of hand painting used by Indian women – beautiful patterns drawn with henna. For sewing machine mendhi you use the patterns your machine has to offer to create┬ábeautiful designs.┬áI’ve finally managed to try…

Can’t live without it: wrist pincushion

Right, so I already had one. And I used it all the time. But it was bought at Aldi and – let’s face it – it was a piece of junk. It was uncomfortable and impossible to close with one hand. I looked for quite a while in stores and online, but didn’t see anything…