Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nine Premiere Party

Tonight I went to a premiere party for the upcoming film 9, which I worked on as an intern for the art department! I helped paint the texture for the protagonist's weapon, among my other duties, and I'm super stoked to see how gorgeous this film turned out. It's based on Shane Acker's Oscar-winning short (also named 9) which I recommend you see if you get a chance.

Good work, guys! Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on the film!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What I'm Reading

I'm a pretty omnivorous reader, and so in the middle of my job search/portfolio work I thought I'd share what books have been on my mind (and in my bag) lately.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke - A beautiful novel set in Duke Wellington's England where magic is both malevolent and malnourished, reawakening in a land that has long deserted the principles of English magic's proponent, the Raven King. A great, easy read that I've been savoring for a month or so, simply because I hate leaving a compelling Victorian world.

The Were-Wolf by Clemence Housman - A short novel/novella where the werewolf is actually a female. The piece is primarily religious allegory, but exciting and interesting for its own merit. Published in 1896, I read a version off of my Kindle.

Black God's Kiss by C.L. Moore - Sword and sandal fare with a blend of the supernatural, the supreme female protagonist Jirel faces off with all sorts of beasties in this collection of short stories.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett - This is a re-read for me, but I felt compelled to return to England (perhaps Mr. Strange took me by the hand to lead me there) where a Cinderella-type story simmers in the well-done atmosphere of a moody, bleak boarding school. This is also traveling via my Kindle.

All of them are heartily recommended - Black God's Kiss is especially delicious if you've been missing some pulp in your fare.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ipod Cover!

For a while I've been kind of dissatisfied with my ipod case - even though it was skintight, it tended to get dirty, and somehow scratched my mp3 player, which I didn't like. Plus I wanted something cuter, and kind of personal.

I made this cover for my ipod using a pattern I invented myself. I'm not even sure how to follow a real pattern, so this was kind of a challenge. :P I first sketched out my design, then measured it out onto tissue paper using my video ipod to help me make sure the final cover would be snug, but not too tight or too baggy. I then ironed the fabric, cut it out, marked the fabric using pins and an ink pen, and sewed away! I kind of wish I had a sewing machine, since working by hand took me a bit of time, but it was still really fun to sink my teeth into a project like this.

I only made a partial lining so that when I flip the case open the backside of the lid won't look ugly. Lastly, I sewed a charm my mom found a while ago onto the lid to act as a weight. I was debating about adding snaps or a handle, but so far I don't seem to need them.

The whole project took me about four or five hours to make, and I'm very happy with the results. I purchased the fabric from This n That From Japan, and absolutely love the Bremen Town Musician theme - it's super cute! ^_^

If anyone would like a copy of the pattern I made, let me know and I'll scan it in and post it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In Brief

My life as it stands: Entered a contest, didn't get into the final running. Sent in at least five job inquiries yesterday, no news back yet. Wrote an article on Gather reviewing the Kindle 2. Started a new blog about something I'm pretty good at - making money in Warcraft - and received one comment about the income tax rates in Los Angeles. The comment part actually cracked me up. Haven't broken into my ipod cover project yet, but I'd like to this week.

When life is a farce, it does it in full force. :P

Friday, August 07, 2009

Contests, Ipod Covers, and More...

The job search continues! So far I haven't had a lot of luck, but I'm still persevering. The art for today is from a contest I entered at It's very specific to the wishes of the contest holder (a Suicide Girl named Antigone), so it's not 100 percent Michelle here, but pretty fun nonetheless. I omitted putting mold on the "dead" mermaid, for example. Mold and visible bones occasionally poking through is much more my style.

I'm going to be working on sewing an ipod cover using some adorable fabric from This and That From Japan. The theme of the fabric is the Bremen Town Musicians - a fairy tale I really loved as a child. I'll posted my methods and result right here, and if I'm successful, I'm thinking of making my Kindle a new cover, too.

Hope everyone's been having a good summer - one of my fave times of year is coming, the fall. When stationary goes on sale, the air gets chill, and summer turns into a memory you get a time for reflection, and plenty of snuggling.