Things and Things and More Things

28 March 2012

Lets get this in order.

Two chapters and 4 exercises left in the Java textbook, kinda happy to get to nearly get to the end of it. Though it is all Swing GUI stuff and I always find that kinda tricky. Sooo many objects, so many lines, so many odd little settings and things to remember.

I made a wallet. It has constellations on.
Constellation ZIppy Wallet
Modified the Riko doll. I’m still not happy with it. It’s missing something but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Diddy Riko Revisited

I’ve been watching too much anime. Then again, there’s nothing on so maybe that’s okay. With Game of Thrones coming back and some random thing on Channel 5 about fairytales, maybe that’ll change. I still need to finish Battlestar.

A wandering Timcanpy appeared. It was cute.

Timcanpy Plush

An amigurumi dragon stopped by to say hello too. He was resized, but he didn’t seem to mind. He now lves on my desk, amongst other things.

Cute Little Amigurumi Dragon

I got one of these, I thought they were cool:

Baby Angel Cat Qee - Blank

I need to design it. You can paint them with acrylics but seeing as I suck at painting I think paint marker-pens are the way to go.

A friend sent me one of these. It was also cool:

Tea Mug

The fish got new plants. The just-a-bundle-of-leaves fern was a little disappointing, but there’s some baby ones growing off it so maybe those will survive.

New Plants in Fishtank

Yeah… this is totally the wrong kind of camera for this.

I had a go with my new Studio pencils. Can’t say I’m used to them yet as the drawing I’m trying them out on is allllll black so half of the pencils are from a different range, but it’s nice to have so many shades of grey to work with.

Pencil Test - Allen Walker WIP

The polychromos are nice, they cover big areas well and the colours come out darker than the harder Derwents. But then, that’s not what I brought the Derwents for.

I’m on holiday at the moment. It’s nice to have time off work, finding places to go is somewhat difficult. I have plenty of things to do here but it kind of feels like killing time, and that’s no way to spend a holiday. I won’t sit indoors the whole time.

I need a new bag. I can’t find one I like. I considered making one, though I’m not sure where you get the thick kind of fabric that makes messenger bags work from. All I’ve found so far is cotton, and that stuff isn’t much good when it comes to handling book-weight.

Adventures in Pencil Land

22 January 2012

I’d say I’d been very bad yesterday but I really haven’t, I earned it…

Derwent Studio Pencils

I’ve been coveting a nice set of colouring pencils for a while. My Carb0thellos are great, but it’s impossible to get small fine details out of pastel pencils so I have to leap in with a box of Crayolas to save the day on the tiny bits. Last week I struggled to colour something purple with my one shade of deep dark violet, and decided to take a look to see what else was out there. I did a bit of research and was shocked at how much these pencil sets cost.

Enter Hobbycraft’s January sale; it’s not often you wander into a store and find exactly what you’re looking for at half price, or spend an hour trying to decide which set to go for before finding these tucked away at the back of the store. They were marked down at £10 cheaper than that Artist’s range, which I can only assume is because they’re less popular. Most artists look for something soft and highly blendable so while I found a sea of reviews praising Derwent’s Coloursoft range, those wouldn’t quite fit what I was looking for. In the end I narrowed it down to two ranges; Derwent Artists and Derwent Studio. The “lead” core of the two pencils is identical, but the Studio line is thinner with a hexagon shaped barrel, so they’re marketed as being for fine detail work and sound more like what I was after. Plan A was to pick up one pencil from the different ranges, give them a try and see which I liked best, but I was unlikely to find a set like this for £25 again so I just went for it. After a quick play it seems these’ll do the job just fine for me. :)