What I’m Working On

I’ve been watching a lot of art videos on Youtube. People are really talented, but two pictures caught my eye. One was the picture featured in this video:

The other was a sketch of a girl in a book corner reading a book. It went by so fast, I won’t bother link to it.

It inspired me to create a quite ambitious piece:

Which crosshatch

That’s Shielle, one of the characters from my book Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. She loves books and libraries, so I imagine she’s wandered into a library somewhere during a storm. After grabbing a candle, she wanders the aisle wondering which book she should read first. Quite a bookworm, that one.

It’s all done in pen and ink (and a little white paint when I messed up =3 ). I plan to color it with alcohol markers. I know I messed up the lighting–especially around her face, but I’m pleased with how it came out.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Fail Week

This week was rough. It seemed like everything I did failed.

A prime example of how my week went is my crochet project. You’ve seen the pictures I’ve posted of my current crochet projects, right? Well, I have to rip out two of them and start all over. Turns out I made a tiny mistake at the beginning which compounded until I couldn’t move on in the pattern. Six weeks’ worth of work down the drain.

It was a CAL (crochet along) so the pattern was only released a week at a time, but it was devastating to have to rip all that out. I’m almost caught up with one of them, and the other I’ll have to get to next week.

Yeah, so that was an example of my week. But ah, well. It’ll be alright. They can’t all be great weeks. May God be praised in the good and the bad.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

More Crochet

Progress on my crochet project–part of Dearest Debi’s crochet-a-long.

C3 original

Yeah . . . I’m enjoying this pattern so much, I made two more.

 

I’m also working on a children’s book for my mom’s church. Just finished a mock-up for it. I’ll look it over on Monday and possibly send it off so she and her pastor can review it.

Also, I have another short story appearing in an anthology soon.

Don’t really have much else to say . . .

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

What I’ve Been Up to

So this week I started/continued some new projects.

  1. Of course, I’m still working on my SF comic. It’s being uploaded on dA.
  2. I’m working on a book for my mother’s church. I’m also illustrating it. I’m not so confident in my art skills, but I’m moving forward.
  3. I’m working a new ministry/volunteer project. I don’t want to give details until at least next year, but if you have suggestions for any type of children’s, YA, and MG books, please let me know. All genres, please–including non-fiction.
  4. I’m working on two crochet projects. One is: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/persian-tiles . It’s nice.

The other is this one:Week 3 CAL

It’s part of Dearest Debi’s Crochet-a-long  here: http://dearestdebi.com/garden-romp-crochet-along-2017. She’s also uploading the pattern a week at a time on her youtube channel. It looks even more amazing in real life. And it’s gorgeous even though I messed up. By far, it’s the most intricate thing I’ve ever crocheted, and it’s so interesting to work on.

Anyway, so that’s what I’m up to.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

Ideas and Doubts

So I’ve started to prepare for the release of my book . . . just doing research and planning what to post about, where to go, people to speak to–things like that. To that end, I tried to think about things I could post on instagram that will connect with my teen girl readers.

For instance, some adorable diy galaxy jewelry I remember watching a tutorial on.

diy-jewelry-galaxy-necklace
From: http://youdiyinfo.com/diy-galaxy-necklace-ring-pendants/

That set me off on so many ideas I could tie in to my book’s theme! Cute diy bleach moon shirts. Pretty diy galaxy notebooks. Maybe I could make some to use as giveaways during my launch party! I was so excited thinking about it all!

Then the doubts kicked in.

“That’s not how book promotion is done.”

“No one’s going to want to see that.”

“You’re doing it wrong.”

*sigh!*

It’s daunting. But I won’t give up. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

So go away doubts! Sink or swim, I’m not listening to you anymore!

-*heart*M.R. Anglin

 

Entrelac Lapghan

TADAH!

Entrelac Crochet Lapghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the lapghan I crocheted this week. I love it; I wish I could keep it. But it was a housewarming gift, so . . .

Anyhow. I really love that Premier Sweet Roll yarn. My one complaint is that in one of the balls, I found two of the colors attached by a knot. Someone actually knotted the yarn together to make it longer. Not cool, Premier. Not cool. Keep on top of that quality control. This yarn is too good to be ruined by something like that.

But any case: Love the yarn; love the blanket; I want one!!!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Entrelac and other News

Last week was a tough one for me. I didn’t even realize how tough until I came to the weekend so tired and drained and . . . quite frankly not very nice. The effects bled into earlier this week. Monday I had THE worst headache in the world! But once I refocused my mind and slept well, it all fell away.

Well, that’s my excuse about why I didn’t update last week. It’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. Not that I forgot or anything . . .

Anyway!

I’m working on a new crochet project this week using this tutorial:

He makes it so easy to understand, I don’t even need a pattern. I was even able to vary the size of the squares it makes.

I’m using Premier’s Sweet Roll yarn in the Capuccino Pop color. It’s a self striping yarn that turns from blue to beige to brown. It’s gorgeous! And it happened to be on sale at my local Joann’s. I gotta tell you, I am in love with this yarn. The colors are beautiful (I also love the Caramel version), and it’s a dream to work with. This may become my go-to yarn in the future.

In any case, I hope to post a pic of the blanket I’m making–if I remember to snap one.

I’m still working on the graphic novel, BTW. You can see what I’ve posted so far on my deviantart page. Oh, and the anthology that included one of my stories was nominated for the Coyotl Awards. They announce the winners later this month. Can’t wait!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Art Supply Showcase

So I’ve been carrying my art supplies in a zip top bag that’s so worn with holes that my pens slip through sometimes. Since my friend lent me her sewing machine, I finally got off my butt and made a pencil case. Here it is:



It was pretty easy too. I used the pattern found here:

http://crazylittleprojects.com/2014/08/pencil-case-tutorial.html

Easy pattern to follow and it stitched up easily. I had fabric on hand so all I had to do was buy the zipper. So much win!

I also thought I’d give you a look at my art supplies. I don’t use anything fancy, but I’m excited about the dip pen I use for my graphic novel adaption. So here’s what’s in my new pencil pouch (and some things housed on my desk).

These are my mechanical pencils–a very, cheap version that I got from Target a few years ago. But I’ve long since used up that lead. Right now the lead I’m using is from the Dollar Tree by my house.

Next are erasers. I’ve got a white plastic eraser and a kneaded eraser. I really like the white eraser for erasing pencil lines after inking.

Then my set of pens. The slim black one is a “Le Pen.” It’s waterproof but not alcohol proof, but I can work around it. The fatter black one is a cheap pen from the Dollar Tree that works surprisingly well for inking my casual work. The pink and brown pens, I use for writing.They are Pentel Ink Joy pens that come in a pack of 10 or so. They write like a dream and are inexpensive. I have two more packs for when these run out.

(Pay no attention to the chewed up pen cap).

Here’s my dip pen. I love this thing. It gives me such clean, crisp black lines that scan beautifully. It makes my love my lineart. This one is a Speedball Calligraphy Pen that came in the pen and ink set. Very cheap and I love it.

Here’s the ink I use.  The small one came in the same set I got my dip pen in. It SUCKS! It dries too quickly and makes drawing a PAIN. But the big one is the Speedball India Ink Superblack ink. I love it. Not alcohol safe, though.

Now the reason I’m going on and on about the alcohol safe feature of my pens is because of the alcohol markers I use. I use the Spectrum Noir markers. The one above is in my pencil kit because I ordered a replacement for one of my markers and when it came it was the right casing but wrong color. I want to make sure I don’t confuse them with the others. The company said they’d send me a replacement, though. So that’s nice,

Rulers. One clear, one metal. The clear one is good for seeing through it so I can be sure where the line is going. The other is longer.

White craft paint and a cheap brush. Used to cover up mistakes made with my dip pen, and to add whites to the eyes when I draw the GN.

So that’s it. Those are my supplies I’m using to draw the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. Hope you had fun on my little tour.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

More Gloves

So I got around to crocheting up the fingerless gloves for my niece and nephew—even though Winter is a long-gone afterthought here in Florida (in January). It’s getting hot again, but they’re still wearing the gloves.

I used more of pretty yarns I got for Christmas. Love them.  My nephew’s was made with a blue variegated, and my niece with the same yellow, pink variegated one mine are made with. I used my own pattern that I adapted from other patterns and techniques.

Here they are:

 

They loved modeling them. And they stitched up so quickly. I can make a pair in an evening.

Soo . . . that was fun!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin.