Monday, August 31, 2015

i'm entering a thing!

Hey everybody!

   I just thought I'd let you know that I'm entering artwork into the fair again this year! But this time, I won't be demonstrating.

   To tell you the truth, I'm not a real fan of fairs. That greasy smell mixed with the woosh of rollercoasters and screams of their riders isn't that appealing to me. Also, youths holding hands and taking selfies aren't too fun to be around, either.

   But I do like looking at entries in both art and photography, and maybe a tad bit of sewing also.

   My sister Willow entered a dress she made, and a watercolor of the door of Sherlock Holmes, 221 B. Bakerstreet.

   I entered a watercolor of a blue Hobbit Hole door. Not Bilbo's house (the green door), but a mixture of two other Hobbit holes. I liked the scenery in one, but wanted the blue door of the other. So I added it :) My sister and I worked on our doors with our art teacher every Thursday for about six months to a year. Yep, it took forever. Which is why we got them framed and matted all fancy.

   Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a picture of the finished product before I submitted it. Oops :/ I wish I could show you guys, but I guess you'll just have to wait 'till the next "thing" post to see it :)

   I do, on the other hand, have a picture of the other entry, a pencil and colored pencil portrait.

(credit to Willow for holding it for two seconds {Willow's note: it was longer than two seconds! At least ten!} while I got the above picture)

   Usually, I don't post things I do for gifts. But this is an exception, since I borrowed it back to enter into the fair. I did it for a friend from church, Jenna, who was graduating from school. I had wanted to do something big and in depth for a while, and this seemed like a good opportunity.

   Normally, I'd never do something this big for a gift. I try to make things good, but this was a lot bigger than I thought it would be at the start. But since she was graduating, which is kind of a big deal, I thought "why not?"

   Jenna really likes vintage things, especially clothing. And since I wanted to draw her in a vintage dress, I pulled a picture off of Pinterest of a lady from Downton Abbey in this wonderful striped dress. Willow and I had done a photoshoot with Jenna awhile ago, so I got a picture of her from one of those photos and mentally transplanted her head onto the neck of the dress lady. Drawing the bottom half as the dress and the top half as her very own head and face, I got the perfect picture.

   This took about a week or two to complete (I think...), since her party was coming up soon. It was very rushed, and to tell the truth I nearly broke down in front of my teacher because I had to redraw the outline so many times, but I made it in the end!

   Since they don't contact you and let you know what place you've gotten (and we've forbade our friends from spoilers), we'll be heading out to the fair to see for ourselves. I'll make a post about that trip as soon as possible, so keep a whether eye on the horizon for that :)

   If you're interested in seeing my entries in the fair last year, as well as hear the stories about demonstrating, click here for the part one and here for part two.

Thanks for viewing, guys! Wish me luck :)



  1. Yay for fair!!
    I did fair for a few years, and I know exactly what you mean about not liking the 'fair' part much;)
    This is beautiful btw, you did a wonderful job with the shading and the hair, it's all very realistic!!!

    1. Thanks, Abby!
      Most people ask me why I don't like the fair. Good to have another not-liking-it person around ;)

    2. Love your blog, by the way. Such adorable artwork :)


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