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end of the year round-up–of a sort

okay, so this month–this year–has been super-rough on me (really, on all of us), so things have not moved apace the ways that i might have wanted.

that being said, this is not that kind of post:  this is a collection of the bits and bobs i’ve enjoyed this year, the events that have been super-cool, and the things that need to be celebrated.

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conlife and other metadata

so, i kinda have been in hibernation since kitsune kon because i’ve been prepping for wizard world chicago (re: rosemont) on the 18th.

and, the final depere art walk of the season which is this friday. (i’m at the abbey, btb.  y’all should come see me and my new swaggy print/banner display.)

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so–things

and, yeah, i realize that the first post i’ve done in forever being at almost 3(-ish)am my time is peculiar, but insomnia and depression do strange things to your brain.  *hands*

this post comes in five parts.

first part the first:  definitely depere starts this week, and I have been remiss in saying anything about it.

(my brain is/has been an unhappy, tumultuous place, and for some reason, art-related anything has been difficult for me to talk about?  idek.)

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lootcrate, gallery nite, pretty deadly, and wicdiv

so–i’ve been busy again, especially since i just picked up reviewing several comic series for The Rainbow Hub:  Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnickThe Wicked + The Divine by Kieron GillenSex Criminals by Matt Fraction (who wrote Hawkeye), and Saga by Brain K. Vaughn (who wrote Runaways).

my Sex Criminals and Saga recap reviews come out later this week, but DECONNICK AND GILLEN BOTH REBLOGGED MY REVIEWS ON TUMBLR.

is this real life?!?!

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ennui, flop-bunnies, and the pop culture show

so, because of a slip-of-the-tongue in a video a week or so ago, i now have flop-bunnies.

and, because i’m a glutton for punishment, i’m participating in the Pop Culture Show at the ARTgarage in January.

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wow, too long.

so, yeah, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long.  sorry.  THINGS.

photo 2 (1)

okay, for those of you that don’t speak squid, the last couple-three weeks were spent in a combination of cleaning out my studio at the ARTgarage (for reasons), writing like 4-5 articles a week plus doing the video review things, recording projecTransparency vids, co-hosting my first ever podcast, and fighting up the steep learning curve that is ALL THINGS ADOBE.

and patreon.  have i mentioned i have a patreon?

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stuff and things

So, I’ve kinda started a new project that currently has no name–well, I’m kinda referring to it as Project Transparency, but that seems kinda pretentious–and it’s a vlogging project so–yay?

I made the first entry today:

And–I ended up with me saying something ableist, and I’m sorry.  I’m working to eradicate that sort of oppressive language (that totally encourages my own internalized ableism towards myself) from my usage.  I messed up; I’m still working on it.

I was really trying to wait to start this project until I had a better video camera but who knows when that will be,  so instead, I decided to just jump in with all tentacles.

But, yeah, the idea is to make the art-making process transparent for non-artists.  Maybe even do some more of the stand-and-stir arting (with a fuckton more editing because, omg, those were awkward) or process vids.

Are there things that y’all would like to see done?

I mean, I’ve been doing some digital painting and procreate has this neat function where you can export the history of your piece as a video.  Here’s a playlist of them thus far.

They’re kinda neat to watch.

(NB:  Gnome and ‘Lain are discussing putting my time-lapse art vids to music.  That’s exciting.)

(By-the-by, I’m still trying to be brave enough to put commission prices up other than in that one post I did–what can I say, I’m kinda scared.  Is there interest?  Because, if there is, I’m likely to be, well, I still be scared like whoa, but at least, I’ll know I’m not annoying anyone with it.)

saint ravenstag
2014
digital painting
‘trie blasingame

So, I’m not going to put a whole lot of  the new sketch-a-days in this post because it’s already getting ridiculously long, but again, if you’d like to see the sketch-a-days in their entirety, either check out my #studiosquid or #sketchaday Tumblr tags (since I’ve kinda been doing Pacific Rim and Hannibal sketches for the last couple of weeks).

Also, it’s really easy to just duck into my sketch-a-day Flickr set.

But, I’ve actually managed to complete a conceptual, mixed media piece so–yay!

gilded hive
2014
found object, aluminum mesh, spray paint
‘trie blasingame

And, on a side note with More Information Forthcoming, I’m going to be participating in Definitely DePere again this year.

(It’s also my birthday today.)

Courage.

*crashes through the window*

So, I’ve been ears deep in writing (and playing the most massive game of catch-up from the Winter Holidays–seriously, who even thinks having three massive obligation-celebrations within a 6-week period is a good idea?), and that means I’ve been neglecting y’all.

My poor, poor darlings.

I really need to do these posts more often so they’re not so fucking long.

On the upside, I’ve pick-up writing a twice-a-month meta column on Welcome to Night Vale, which is a-MAZ-ing.

Seriously, I’m never going to get over getting paid to write about things that I read, watch, listen to.

Best gig is best.

And, in Art Land, I’ve started as sketch-a-day project to get me drawing everyday (because I’m honestly kind of suck out loud at drawing.  DON’T TELL.) and trying new things in a low-risk kinda way.

The results are happy-making for the most part.

My favorites so far are:

Tentacles and WtNV are definitely things that happening. *hands*

I–haven’t processed the photos from the Steampunk Show Opening (not that there are a lot because I didn’t really take any during the Opening since there were THINGS going on that I had to handle), but there are better ones that these.

The Festival of Lights in the Church of Αρcετηεθτηισ

(The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer)

Αρcετηεθτηισ, oh triadic wondrous horror,

illuminate the darkness of winter

as the light waxes and wanes

and the night envelopes us

.

Αρcετηεθτηισ, all hail!

The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer

each in their orb

awaiting cold (re)birth

—a fragment from The Words of the Devourer by Τηεοσιδ, Third Speaker of Αρcετηεθτηισ

The Dress Uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus

This is the dress uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus and Oathsworn Protector of the Realm, 7th Regiment under The Victoria Elisabeta the Second, 5th in success of Victoria the Great, may She live in Αρcετηεθτηισ’ eldritchian splendor forever and ever—Madness Be!—who decreed that the Empire, long may it shine, should forever and always be ruled and protected by the women of Her realm.

These’ll suffice for now, yeah?

The Steampunk Show goes down the 30th, so if you’re wanting to see it, best get to the ARTgarage Tuesday or Wednesday.

And–the new Quarter starts Saturday, so that’s also a THING I’m working on.

 

It–doesn’t really have a name yet.  Something about jellyfish and lightboxes and phoenixes.

So, really uncomplicated.

*hands*

As always, if you’d like to read the things I write, please mosey on over to The Rainbow Hub and look through my tag.

My Libertine Ladies piece on Cersei Lannister has almost 800 notes on tumblr.  *eeps*

Courage.

…so, I might just have to suck it up

And, move my blog days to Fridays for now?  With my current writing schedule, which has the majority of everything due on Monday with Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD due on on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, Tuesday’s been acting like a–day off?

Not even really that because I do the preliminary watching of Sleepy Hollow to write that week’s review, so make of that what you will.

…it doesn’t help that, with the embroidery series (THAT STILL DOESN’T HAVE A NAME FOR SOME REASON), I really need something that I can just sit and watch/listen too while I work.

I need to get used to just streaming something like whoa on Netflix or Hulu.  Y’all wouldn’t believe how much embroidery I got done mainlining the first eight episodes of the Supernatural anime (Who thought that was a good idea?  It’s all sorts of not-right. <3)

So, speaking of getting work done, this is what I’ve been working on this week:

This is currently what the larger of my two work surfaces looks like. The other work surface has glass over a huge portion of it so that I can do monoprinting. I also has a huge cutting mat underneath it so that I always have a measuring/positioning grid, and when I’m doing fabric things, I have a huge cutting mat to, ya know, cut fabric on.

But, the piece that I finished (for certain values of “piece”–for my money, it’s an interesting experiment, but who knows, yeah?) is embroidery over mixed media (paint, ink, and pastel) on handmade paper that started off looking like this:

And, now that I’m done with the embroidery, it looks like this:

I thought I was having a kinda Cardcaptor Sakura/CLAMP moment, but when gnome came home and saw it, gnome’s first thought was that this is what The Lights Over The Arby’s (Welcome to Night Vale) look like.

So, The Lights are Wheels.

Kk.  It’s possibly.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to accept and adapt that interpretation, but it’s certainly more interesting than my whole lotta nothing I had going on.  *hands*

So, yeah.  Slow art-ing week is slow, but I GOT SOME THINGS DONE.

I’m–gonna go do something.  *shifty-eyed*

Okay, I’m probably just gonna go play Candy Crush or make a cuppa tea or something.  idk.  It’s like 11:30 pm here, and I have to go into Green Bay tomorrow to see Runner, Runner so that I can write my review on it for The Rainbow Hub.

And pay my studio rent at the ARTgarage.

THE LIFE OF AN ARTING AND WRITING SQUID.

It’s tragic, yeah?

Courage.

so–embroidery.

Yeah, if y’all follow me, like, anywhere else, you may have noticed that i’ve been doing some work with embroidery.

Which is absolutely ridiculous because–have y’all met me?  I can’t sit still.  I don’t have the patience for hand-stitching.

THERE’S A REASON WHY I DIDN’T LEARN THIS AS A KID.

But–here I am.  Embroidering.

Slowly.

Agonizingly slow.

Who thought that this was remotely a good idea, because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me.

I DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS.

But, yeah.  Embroidery.

Here’s what I’ve been (slow, slow, double-super, triple-thick slow) working on.

cephladeer (sketch)
2013
embroidery on paper
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

IDEK, there was these really neat My Little Pony fanart pieces–Yes, My Little Pony.  Don’t judge.–that kinda started this image.

Along with being cracked and part of both The Welcome to Night Vale and Hannibal fandoms.

I’m not sure that’s a good mix?

Especially, when this piece also came out of the same sketching session.

The Voice of Night Vale (in-progress)
2013
embroidery, acrylic paint, ink on canvas
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

This piece was inspired by this really neat Welcome to Night Vale/Good Morning Desert Bluffs Cecil and Kevin piece.

I–may have gone a little more Kevin than Cecil.

*hands*

Sorry-not-sorry.

I mean, I’m making progress, yeah?

beginning sketch and barely-started piece for The Voice of Night Vale

But, the idea is to embroider on things that are not normally embroidered upon:  handmade paper, sketchbook paper, paintings, monoprints.

ALL THE THINGS.

…I may have ideas for embroidery on metal.  Like, as a non-decorative, additive, cold-connection thing like here:

taxonomy: Audrey III
2006
cold-forged copper (patinaed and/or gessoed and painted), fiber,
embroidery thread, found object
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

But, to be, like, the actual piece.

So.  That’s a thing to watch for?

As always, I’ve been doing the writing thing for The Rainbow Hub.

I’m currently reviewing Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD in addition to my film reviews and the BAMF Women Super-Heroes series.

So, yeah.

Courage.