I am just so proud of my 12th-century bliaut. :D
I organised the College of St Basil's yearly Newcomers' Feast last night (to welcome all the new students who've joined us) and it was a few days of nonstop frantic cooking and sewing to get the food and the dress ready in time. XD I did not sleep at all on Friday night, I was making mushroom pasties the whole night with two others and finally finished those and got to nap a little around 7.30am while someone else took over keeping an eye on the stew and starting the beef roast and then in a couple of hours I got up again to help with chicken pottage and cloven fruit and just. x_x
Hemming it by hand felt like it had a never-ending circumference, and it's wool so it was almost too warm (it'll be great for Pencampwr though, which is our major camping event in the middle of nowhere in winter and REALLY cold so even though I do have a thick cloak, I tend to wear layers of modern thermal wear under my medieval clothes XD). I got a lot of compliments on it at last night's feast - even though James stepped on my train while escorting me in front of the Baron and Baroness for Court and we both stumbled - and it swirls out beautifully while dancing. :D
It was SUCH a pain in the kitchen though, I had to knot the sleeves and tuck the train into my belt and pin it there and I still definitely have to wash it. Note to self: do not wear this to an event when you're the one running it.
Unfortunately the gold trim ceinture [the long belt], unlike the thick fake leather one I wear with most other garb, can't really handle my current pouch (which I can hide my phone and wallet and tissue and necessities in :D) and it would look odd anyway unless I make a new light 12th century style pouch, and my dagger is way too heavy for this belt, so in general this is probably going to be strictly indoor feast wear so I can hide a bag with all my stuff under the table. XD I usually wear tunics and pants for fighting and archery and general field stuff, but I might make a Viking dress next since they're pretty and sensible field wear. And my cloak already has a Viking clasp so it should all look good together. :D
I should probably finish the half-done sideless surcote and Byzantine-style robe in my wardrobe too. <_<
I've wanted to draw him in armour for aaages but was always too lazy, so I finally started this a couple of nights ago and it took me about a night and a half. XD Armour stolen from the Elven armour in the LotR movies ([link]) since I've always preferred the idea of more graceful, pretty armour to the Roman-style armour that they're more often shown in, and his sword is basically Gandalf's sword Glamdring, though I changed the hilt slightly.
He's holding a spear because of iconography; many paintings of the Archangel Gabriel show him holding a spear, a lily, or the symbol of the Theotokos (a round brass mirror with 'X', on it, the first letter of the Greek spelling of Theotokos) and of course with his famous horn. I realised when almost done that I'd completely forgotten about his sword and I was not going to erase the gauntlet that took me ages, so it's off to the side. XP
The weird-looking squiggle at the top is Gabriel's sigil, and that's also the tiny squiggle on his blade. Also, the camera strap got in the picture. <_<
^ A card I made for a friend. XD That cute bundled-up guy in the corner is the PB for my roleplay character, the Archangel Gabriel.
^ Gifts and cards I made/bought for my friends. ♥ Hope the mail is kind to them and that they all arrive safely, if not on time. >_> (I mailed them at the beginning of this week, but international mail...) For some reason I really enjoy wrapping gifts, too.
Also, in 2008 I wrote a crack fic that mixed two carols together called Angels We Have Heard Get High. The lovely sttq has actually recorded it for me! 8D Link here, if this embedding doesn't work.
You'll have to turn your volume up to hear as it's really quite soft, but it features a bunch of angels, completely random pairings, and Crowley and Aziraphale! 8D
Have a great Christmas, everyone. ♥
So after a fairly long dry spell (with the occasional burst of inspiration that allowed me to get Triangle finished and kept me poking periodically at a sort of prequel for _silverfox involving Gabriel and Bast at the Festival of Bubastis; it involved loads of research but is mostly done and I'm trying to figure out how to wrap it up), my creative juices are beginning to flow again. :D
I haven't really roleplayed that much since the drama early this year, aside from an occasional thread here and there (and rarely involving Gabriel), but now I really want to roleplay again (especially with Gabriel) and am trying to poke some enthusiasm into the few RP partners I have. XD Plus I'm also working on my long-abandoned fanfic100 project for Gabriel; I'd left a mostly-written rough Chapter 2 alone for so long but it's co-operating now, as are the other characters, and I hope to have it up by the end of this month at least.
Plus I've spent the last few months in the Harry Potter fandom, reading loads and loads of fabulous fanfic, and although I haven't written for that fandom in over a year (I think my last HP fic was posted as a New Year's gift in 2010) I'm hoping to try again. And the go_exchange is coming up; I couldn't participate last year due to A Levels but I will definitely join this year. I haven't written GO fic in a while too, so hopefully I can remedy that.
Also, I am really not an artist - I'm okay with crafts but I suck at drawing - but it doesn't stop me from having fun, so here are a couple of quick little doodles I did last night. This is steadfast's Archangel Michael, aka angelofawesome, during a training session. DeviantArt link here. The Roman-style armour was just me being lazy because I decided it was easier than, you know, trying to get the armour the angels wear in my head, which is a lot more elaborate, graceful and pretty, and very like the Elves' armour in the LotR movies. However, the skirt is so FOOFY and girly, I was so tempted to add a plaid pattern and knee socks and pigtails. XD
And this is her Michael and my Gabriel. I imagine the raspberry as following another crack at Gabriel being known in angelology as "the only female archangel". DeviantArt link here.
Michael's shoulders should be broader, I'm afraid. :/ I don't draw often; I can actually produce a decent still life of random household objects but that's boring, but I'm not very good at reproducing what's in my mind. Still, it's fun. :D
Off to poke some more at my FF100 chapter.
Aargh. My A Levels were finished at the end of last November and I have a break until university starts much later this year. I'd been looking forward to this period SO MUCH last year, and planning what I'd do kept me going.
Now the months stretch ahead of me and I have so many things to do but just can't bring myself to finish them. Would the word ennui be appropriate? There are times when I just walk around the house, unable to motivate myself to finish any of my current projects or start a new one. None of them seem to appeal to me; sometimes they do but I don't feel like doing them anyway. When I'm on the computer, instead of writing or doing anything productive, I spend hours faffing about on Facebook or reading (in some cases, rereading) fanfiction.
Maybe a list will help. Things that are in progress will be italicised, things I've completed will be struck off.
( Reading )
( Movies/TV )
( Music )
( Writing/role-play )
( Craft Projects )
( Miscellaneous )
*stares at list* This is going to end up like that post-O Level list of mine, isn't it? Lakshmi and I wrote up a nice long list and we only did a few things on it. Sigh.
( Closeups! )
steadfast , starspiritgate and I love torturing our RP characters,stillnotfallen (Aziraphale), angelofawesome (Michael), misterbkeele (Baraq) and cattygabriel (Gabriel). Recently, we did some crack RP via AIM chat.
Gabriel's walking in the basement, trying to find one of his cats, when he hears Michael's voice coming from the floor. A trapdoor tilts and throws him in with Michael, who is being attacked by beavers (Yes. I kid you not). The beavers gnaw through the floor and they fall down the rabbit hole and land on Baraq, who got there via a tunnel in the Manor grounds he was exploring. Aziraphale, also exploring, falls after them on Mchael's head.
They find themselves in Wonderland, and talk to the Cheshire Cat, before drinking a shrinking potion and going through a tiny door. They then find themselves in Narnia, during the Hundred-Year Winter. xD And they're confronted by a prophecy which says that the two Sons and two Daughters of God will save Narnia. Yes, two daughters. XD Gabriel and Aziraphale were none too happy about that, especially since every Narnian they meet insists on calling them, "my Lady".
So basically C.S. Lewis would be turning in his grave at the things we've done to Narnia. Aziraphale in particular has completely ruined the original storyline. When we finally finish it I will post it at Gabriel's LJ and link it here. :D
Aziraphale and Baraq cuddling by ~Sivaroobini on deviantART
The above drawing is of one scene in it; Jadis claims Baraq, since all demons are by nature traitors as they have betrayed God and Fallen. Aslan offers himself, as you know. Unfortunately our heroes are also fully aware of it as they have read the books. xD so Baraq is far from happy at the thought of Aslan sacrificing himself for him. Aziraphale tries to cheer him up by cuddling him. :D
So you've seen what I did yesterday. Today, I decided to have another go.
I'm not too happy with this one - the wings are much too narrow near the top and his arm looks DEFORMED due to editing that I didn't notice until it was too late and I couldn't fix it because it was beyond the Undo limit. :(
But I will try again tomorrow. :P And make a better one.
Also, a very happy birthday to my dear friend Jen aka steadfast !
So I haven't touched Photoshop since 2005 (We learnt the basics in school, and I promptly forgot them when the course was over), except for the occasional minor touching up of photos in it (red-eye reduction, erasing pimples etc xD). Then when I got my paid roleplay account for Gabriel I started making more icons. I wanted more of Gabriel with his wings out and I didn't want to keep asking eidolon_bird to do everything for me because I'd feel bad, so I thought I'd have a stab at it.
I went searching for wing pictures and then opened Photoshop and poked about. Editing the background for Gabriel's layer away was a right pain because the lighting made his hair and clothes blend in, so using the Magic Wand tool or the other one would make his arm or his hair and half his face disappear. Then I noticed the Magnetic Lasso tool (is that the right name?) and voila. Some time with that, the magic wand and the paintbrush fixed things.
His wings here are smaller than what I envision them to be - I used bird wings and not angel wings, after all. Couldn't find good ones. This was practice. But I can't deny I'm pretty pleased at how it turned out. :D
(The model I use as Gabriel is a Brazilian male model named Santiago Figueras.)
( A sketch of the Archangel Raphael, a sketch of a six-winged Seraphim, and a doodle of some random angelic warrior. )
More Michaelmas goodies for the folks at mad_prophecies! Although I doubt these can really be called goodies, seeing as how I suck at drawing. These were all just doodles, quick sketches in the margin of notes or on foolscap paper that was being used for essay outlines.
Aaand that's it. xD
So I found this gorgeous artwork of Gabriel the other day.
And since I'm always on the lookout for more icons for my dear role-play character, the Archangel Gabriel, I was very excited - this might possibly be the best painting of him I've ever seen, that actually somewhat fits my mental requirements. Okay, so in my head Gabriel's hair is black while here it's merely brown. It's still pretty damn close. xP I love the wings. Although I must say that those excessively loose, weirdly draped robes are not flattering at all.
I cropped this out to make an icon by adding some text, but it was still so lovely on its own:
So I then proceeded to make myself an icon by adding text - only I couldn't decide what to add. Originally I was going to put God's Left Hand but then I remembered what Gabriel's name means and thought it would be cooler. I was aiming to get the word God in a bigger font than the other words but Paint wouldn't let me do that and I was lazy. xP
Then I made this one, which I preferred and am using as one of my icons for cattygabriel:
I love it. ^_^
And then in the past half an hour, I decided to go mad and made four more, all from the same picture. 8D
( More Gabriel icons! )
Okay, okay, so those extra four were probably overkill. What can I say, I like the picture. xD
Also, could one of you help me out? I have this gorgeous picture of Santiago Figueras, the model I'm using as my Gabriel PB, half-tuned away, which would be perfect for me to edit in wings, so he's exposing them - something significant, considering my characterisation for him.
The problem is, I suck at photo manips.
<--- I want to edit his wings in so it looks like he's shirtless and is offering his wings to be groomed.
This is something like what what I imagine his wings to look like:
But obviously that won't do for the picture, so heck I'd be content with editing this in even though it's a bit too cutesy. :( I could make it look like it's only the top of his wing, since I picture them as huge.
If anyone reading this has some tips, I will love you forever! <3
So during my mid-years, Gabriel refused to let me study - he insisted that I had to draw him. Even though I suck at drawing. I still remember this time when I was thirteen and I drew a deer and my teacher thought it was a giraffe. I can do stalker-ish drawings of my classmates, from the back or sides, but I can't do full-on features, which is why this, and any possible future Gabriel drawings, will generally be in profile.
Here goes. Apologes for any damage caused to your sight.
( Clicky to see my drawings of the Archangel Gabriel! )
So. I know that this 'art' seriously needs work ;) but what the heck, I had fun doing it, although Gabriel's wings were a major source of frustration sometimes.
Yep, I made icons last Friday! My first ever. And all my first icons are Good Omens icons. Since I am still relatively new to making icons, all but two (both Good Omens, and painstakingly created in MS Paint) are simply existing pictures with text added. My goal is to learn how to manipulate images and make GIF icons though.
Tartan is Stylish: The first icon I ever made. This is a really old icon I made in, like, 2007 or 2008, and I've been using it occasionally since then. See that tartan pattern? Each line was drawn individually using Paint, each block was composed of individually drawn lines and then individually filled in. It took me forever.
Tempted Yet?: I found this picture of a snake with apples on an Image search, and couldn't resist. The green text I added says Tempted Yet?, I'm sorry if it's not very clear.
CrowleyCard: Remember my CrowleyCard advertisement? Dear Someone, this was so freaking hard! I didn't know it was so hard just to get two identical circles on Paint, and that's why they're not identical. And the black block lines in the middle, the one right in the middle actually isn't right in the middle, as you can see, and the one below it isn't exact either. Somehow it didn't look that bad when it was bigger.*shudder* This is still kind of a prototype. Once I get those prices straightened out, I will neaten the whole thing and make it into a proper MasterCard spoof icon.
A Werewolf Has No Choice: I found this cool picture of a wolf and the moon, and it seemed sad somehow, so I added this line.
Moony: Well, it's a werewolf again, and yeah I'm a Twilight fan, but first and foremost I'm a Harry Potter fan, so a werewolf always makes me think of Remus Lupin rather than Jacob Black, who technically (according to Edward in Breaking Dawn) isn't a true werewolf anyway, but rather a "shape-shifter". So here's a little Messr. Moony for all you other Remus fangirls out there.
Gryffindor: I'm a Gryffindor through and through. In addition to the fact that at various Harry Potter forums I have been Sorted into Gryffindor House, I do identify with the Gryffindor values and love red and gold (my favourite colour is red, and my birthstone is the ruby).
The Lord of the Rings:
Prince of Mirkwood: I am NOT an Orlando Bloom fangirl; however, my sister is, and due to all the birthday cards and posters I've made for her, I have a huge number of Legolas pictures in my LOTR folder. I thought I might as well put one of them to good use for all the girls out there who dream of being the next Princess of Mirkwood.
Gwanur-nin: That's Elvish for my brother. I see that as exactly the relationship between Aragorn and Legolas. They've got each other's backs, and they love each other like a brother. Aragorn Elessar [Elfstone] and Legolas Thranduillion [son of Thranduil].
I choose a mortal life: Arwen isn't actually mentioned that much in the book, but they expanded her part beautifully in the movie, although that means she stole Glorfindel's role. XD This particular line of hers always struck me as being so sad, and it stays with me every time I see the movie (which is REALLY often).
Feel free to use them, but do credit me in the LJ descriptions, please! (: