Defeating An Artblock

Welcome creatives, dreamers, and the like!

Over the last little while, I have been having a terrible art block. I could draw, but I was very unsatisfied with what I was producing. I decided it might be a good time to return to a project I had started working on before. I'd like to share that now with all of you! My custom "Larson Family Crest!"

I feel a lot happier with how this turned out than my other projects lately! I feel more inspired. I really am enjoying doing design work that doesn't fit my normal art style for casual illustration. it feels more refined and thoughtful, even though I still put just as much care into my other illustrations. I just feel happy with how this turned out. Now I need to get it printed! I was thinking it would make for a good woven blanket like my Redwall Tapestry, but I would need to come up with a background. What do you think? I'd love ideas! Thanks for stopping by! 

Keep dreamin'! ~ Nova Nocturne

Masqfurade Fursuit Making Day 1


Happy Fursuit Friday! It feels crazy to be able to say that as an.... almost participant! Let me share with you what I have been working on today! As you all know if you read my post on March 6th, I finally got a mask in the works. It was delivered today and I couldn't wait to get to work on it.

First step! The eyes!

Materials: sculpey clay in 4 or 5 colors, plastic ornaments, pearl powder.

Now, this is a mix of techniques, using layers of clay to build a cane. Next, I sliced the cane until I had enough pieces of the cane cross-section to form a circle of the appropriate diameter. Once the circle is made, work on fusing the sides between each chunk. Once done, texture with various clay tools. Bake according to the instructions for the clay. Brush the ridges of the iris with pearl powder to make it pop. Then mount the pupil in one half of the plastic ornament.

My next dilemma however is to decide whether or not I want to do the scleras light or dark. I'm not sure yet. But all of that can be settled later down the road. I'm just so enthused with how the iris looks so textured! Here's a little video of it before I baked the clay.

Next, I wanted to see how it would look with some eyelashes mocked up on the mask itself. Here's how it turned out!

So that is as far as I got today! Those eyes are pretty labor intensive. I've got a long way to go, but it has been an amazing start to my fursuit-making journey!

Keep dreamin'!

~ Nova Nocturne