Preliminary drawing for a cross stitch pattern. Vaguely based on this tapestry.
It’s not so much that I own a lot of red clothes, it’s more that I’m a total nerd & decided to colour coordinate my outerwear to a red/yellow colour scheme.
I occasionally find notes to myself scattered around my apartment, or hidden in files on my computer that I have no memory of writing. Half the time they are weird poetry.
You know what’s hilarious? Deciding to do an elaborate cross stitched portrait of you & your cat for a school project.
You know what’s less hilarious? Actually executing it. In a mad frenzy to meet this deadline, I had to pull an all-nighter on Sunday, go to bed for 2 hours, get up on Monday & work until 1 am & then it still wasn’t done but I was exhausted, so I went to bed for 6 hours & then worked all day tuesday on it. (& that’s not counting the 2 or 3 weeks prior I was working on it). Ha ha past-Kathleen. You win this round!
Real talk: it was an ordeal to complete. My arm feels like it’s going to fall off, but I am really pleased with the result.
Dimensions: 10” x 10” on 14 count Aida cloth. 21 colours of DMC threads.
Thing I did for a self-directed project. It is the reason this week’s comic is going up a lil later than the usual wednesday schedule. Sorry bout that!
Illustration based on the Regina Spektor song Firewood.
I was trying something a lil different with this.
lil life update:
Rain City Illustration had a show down at the Ayden Gallery on Monday & Tuesday this week. I had a print in the show (it’s this comic).
Oh man mourning brooches are like my favourite forgotten tradition. Google them, they are so creepy! I was thinking of resurrecting the tradition when I die, until I learned about THIS.
Real quick lil update: I’ve got some work in Rain City’s Blue Show, which will be at the Ayden Gallery (88 W Pender St, Vancouver) from March 31 to April 1st, with the opening the evening of April 1st.
There will be a couple accordion books of my short comic Glasses available & a framed print. Hope to see you there!
I draw my comics in regular old pencil & ink them with a brush and ink. I use a dip pen for the letters. Then, I scan the comics & bring them into photoshop to colour.
Up until about 3 months ago I inked everything with dip pens, but I switched to brushes because the line is a lot more versatile. I like trying out new materials, so none of my methods are set in stone.
Hope that helps!