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Go Bold

30 Jan

You can tell by my hair that I don’t like to be subtle in my appearance. This sometimes applies to the jewelry I wear as well. I like all kinds of jewelry, but occasionally, I want something that makes a statement. Fortunately, if you feel the same way, there are many artists out there that create such pieces. Prepare to be noticed!

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven  Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

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Character Realism Part 2

5 Sep

I really enjoy seeing popular characters re-imagined, particularly in a realistic fashion. My very first post here on Mom’s Basement was on this topic, and this week I decided to re-visit the subject to see if I could find more amazing realistic portrayals of the cartoony characters we all love.

Real TMNT – Raphael by KenBarthelmey

Okay, I have to admit that my husband and I love watching SpongeBob almost as much as our son, and I just can’t get over these awesome human portrayals of our favorite characters. I think all of them look right on target, and I love the subtle additions of traits from the original characters, such as the gap in SpongeBob’s teeth, and the shape of Patrick’s head.

SpongeBob Human Style by kamijo

On the topic of cartoons, look at these awesome portrayals:

Portrait of Zuko and Mai by missbennet

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Comicpalooza Cosplay

5 Jun

To continue with the theme of my previous week’s article, the highlight of Comicpalooza for me had to possibly predictably be the cosplayers. From the ones that made my jaw drop to the floor out of sheer awesomeness to the ones that brought tears to my eyes because they were just flat-out bad, they all amused me in some manner. Read on to see a few of my personal favorites and a few ideas to make your own cosplay even better!

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Manga Drawing Tutorials and Tips

2 May

Thank You For Those Days by Zaphk

I’ve always enjoyed drawing – landscapes, fantasy creatures, even realistic portraits. I also liked drawing cartoon style characters, but I always did them my own way and it was hit or miss. I decided to go back to the basics and learn the right way.

I recently purchased Shojo Wonder Manga Art School. It has character drawing basics, such as face proportions, hair, clothing and fantasy backgrounds, and it also includes how to paint your illustrations with art markers.

The drawing part has been the easiest step. Now that I have the techniques outlined in the book, it hasn’t taken me long to create some line art – this wastelander drawing, for instance.

Wastelander Line Art by Alia Bierwag

To get started on your own drawing, I suggest purchasing a good art book like the one mentioned above. (Psst! Craft stores like Jo-Anns and Michaels often sell these kinds of books, and if you have a coupon, you can get them at a discount. I bought Shojo Wonder Manga for half price with a coupon.)

Another awesome resource for tips and tutorials is DeviantART. Here are a few good ones for the basics: Constructing a Manga FaceFace Side View, Anime Eyes Collection, and Big Guide to Drawing the Body.

I outlined my wastelander drawing with a Prismacolor brush tip pen. The next step was color. This is the part that scared me the most. I’ve used colored pencils, acrylics, and oils, so I’m familiar with blending and color placement, but I struggled to find skin tone shaded markers that matched one another. Don’t be fooled by the color on the outside of the tube, the marker color may be much different. I tested each color next to the others on a scrap of paper right there in the art store. You can also find great deals on slightly used markers on eBay. Prismacolor and Copic are good brands.

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Sailor Chic

13 Mar

Fighting evil by moonlight,
Winning love by daylight,
Never running from a real fight,
She is the one named Sailor Moon

It’s safe to say that after a long hard day of elementary school that theme song was the only thing I wanted to hear. I had quite a few obsessions as a child: I wanted to be a lion, at times a Pokemon Master, a sorceress, and of course a Sailor Soldier (Sailor Mars to be more precise). I watched all I could on Toonami and even got my hands on a few of the manga volumes back in the day. Oh, and I wanted Tuxedo Mask to be real because to me he was undeniably dreamy.

More recently, I’ve been thinking of revisiting my childhood love of Sailor Moon (I blame Tumblr) by watching the original anime just to get a full taste of all the things I missed out on by only watching the English dubbed version. During my hunt for some good streaming episodes, I found that March 7th marked the 20th anniversary of the anime series’ release. Thus, I figured it would be nice to pay homage to this occasion by rocking some Sailor Soldier-inspired fashion.

Click for some great Sailor Chic fashion!

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Japanese Christmas Music – 10 Songs to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

15 Dec

You already got a small taste of Japanese Christmas music in last week’s post thanks to the peppy version of “Jingle Bells” by Nozomi Sasaki, but I thought that it would be nice to share some additional Christmas music from Japan this week to inspire the holiday spirit as we move ever closer to Christmas.

Ranging from Christmas songs sung in Japanese to popular Japanese musicians singing well-known Christmas songs in English (along with some well-known anime seyuii joining the bunch), the following collection of videos is perfect to put on while baking, wrapping, or doing anything else that needs a touch of holiday spirit!

Ayumi Hamasaki – White Christmas

Always a personal favorite of mine, Ayumi takes on Bing Crosby’s timeless song “White Christmas.”


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