The Mechanic

I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made so far on my Thanksgiving break. I’ll be uploading more of what I’ve done as I add them to my deviantART gallery. Click here to go to my gallery or click on the photo to order prints. No downloads, please! My work is licensed under an “All Rights Reserved” Creative Commons License. All prints at deviantART are 25% off for Black Friday so please support your local artists and/or small businesses while you shop for Christmas gifts!

"The Mechanic" - mixed media (drawing in micron pens, colors and textures added in Gimp) by Melody Kittles.

“The Mechanic” – mixed media (drawing in micron pens, colors and textures added in Gimp) by Melody Kittles.

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More Metal Please

I’m sorry my posts stopped suddenly! A rainstorm passed through and caused the internet connection to go out completely for a few days. I don’t know if I’ll post anything tomorrow or the next day. It will depend on the strength of the signal, I suppose. But I did want to wish all my fellow Americans a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving! If anyone outside the USA also celebrates Thanksgiving, I wish you the same…a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday!

I chose to share this photo with you today because the colors seemed most appropriate for the occasion. (So far, I’ve taken and edited four photos and drawn four artworks in ink!) I made a pair of not-quite-matched earrings. I wore them as an added decoration for my steampunk first mate garb. You can see the complete pair in the smaller fractal bubbles but not in the middle. I was practicing some more with the fractal tool that comes in Gimp. I’m not displeased with the result. I had taken this picture before the costume was even completed but didn’t have an idea of how to edit it until our Thanksgiving break. I’m glad I can share it with you today!

"More Metal Please" - photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo or check into downloading a digital copy for personal use only, click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“More Metal Please” – photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo or check into downloading a digital copy for personal use only, click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

Steampunk First Mate Garb: Complete!

Here’s the photo of my completed Steampunk First Mate’s costume. I edited the photo in Gimp. It took me at least 1.5 hours to do that. Maybe that’s because I’m a beginner. I don’t know. Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist and couldn’t stand all the non-blurry spots that were supposed to be blurry and the blurry spots that were supposed to be crisp. I hope you enjoy the photo! Click on it to read all the specs on my deviantART page.

"Steampunk First Mate" - photo by me - Click the photo to go to my deviantART page and read more about the construction.

“Steampunk First Mate” – photo by me – Click the photo to go to my deviantART page and read more about the construction.

And here’s a photo of John and me together. I’m still wearing my cape in this one and you can’t really see my costume very well but John’s is quite visible. He created the shoulder ropes we added to the top of his jacket. And we added a couple of the new medals and a new patch.

"Steampunk Captain and First Mate" - photo taken by a kind vendor at the Steampunk and Maker's Fair (Danielle Ducrest, if I'm not mistaken!) with my cell. I edited it in Gimp. If you click, the photo, you'll be taken to the first mate photo. DA seems to be having technical difficulties tonight but there are people asking for this photo, too, and I hate to disappoint. I'll hopefully be able to upload the photo to DA tomorrow.

“Steampunk Captain and First Mate” – photo taken by a kind vendor at the Steampunk and Maker’s Fair (Danielle Ducrest, if I’m not mistaken! Please click here to check out her website. My favorites are the bobbin necklaces!) with my cell. I edited it in Gimp. If you click, the photo, you’ll be taken to the first mate photo. DA seems to be having technical difficulties tonight but there are people asking for this photo, too, and I hate to disappoint. I’ll hopefully be able to upload the photo to DA tomorrow.

 

Full Steampunk Ahead!

OK…so it’s a cheesy title, but it’s true. The Steampunk and Makers Fair, taking place in Lafayette, LA tomorrow, is a nifty event that many people in the city get involved in. There are actually a few educational activities to attend, two kinds of dancing to watch, live music, vendors and more! I don’t know how long we’ll get to stay but it would be interesting if we could stay for the costume contest. There’s also a car show going on tomorrow and we’d like to take a gander at the spread there, too. I’m not sure what would be more interesting. Staying for the costume contest? Or perusing classic cars in Steampunk garb? Either option is sure to be pretty interesting. Here’s a photo of the medals I created for this go round. I’ll explain this one because I’m fairly certain no one has clicked through to my deviantART account yet and these need a bit of explanation.

"Steampunk Military Medals Round 2" - photo by Melody Kittles - These are Upper left to Upper Right, Lower Left To Lower Right, and then left to right for the singles: Two Rank Patches, 2 medallion key medals, one phoenix medal, and one dirigible service medal. Clicking the photo will take you to my deviantART page.

“Steampunk Military Medals Round 2” – photo by Melody Kittles – These are Upper left to Upper Right, Lower Left To Lower Right, and then left to right for the singles: Two Rank Patches, 2 medallion key medals, one phoenix medal, and one dirigible service medal. Clicking the photo will take you to my deviantART page.

The two rank patches at the upper left were created using Ansteorran Star ribbon I purchased while we were still active in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The metal bits on each are two gear findings each, one nifty bead separator each, one red brad for the Captain, and one white brad for the First Mate. The medallion key medals are back with red/white striped grosgrain ribbon. I haven’t finished the story on these yet. The phoenix medal doesn’t have a story either. My dirigible service medal is different from the Captain’s because I haven’t been in the dirigible service quite as along. I hope you enjoy the photo. I’ll be sure to post photos of the updated costumes after tomorrow’s event.

Cee’s Weekly Oddball Challenge: Mystery Valves and a Fractaleaf

I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I tried to edit a photo yesterday and it just was not happening. Have you ever had one of those days where things just don’t click, no matter how hard you try? I guess yesterday was one of those kinds of days for me, creatively. Otherwise, I had a pretty awesome day.

I’ve had this photo for about a week or two and wanted to do something with it in Gimp. I snapped it with my cell while John was doing the “Taking Over” photo shoot. (Oh! John is also selling a few prints through deviantART now, so do check out what he has available there! They’d make really nice Christmas gifts!) I started last night and…ugh…we won’t go into the details. But here’s the end result. I finished it up this morning without too much trouble. And as a bonus, I found the fractal tool in Gimp and tried it out on the leaf photo I used to paint the leaf for the art challenge ‘autumn’ topic. It’s not anything fancy but it definitely fits the ‘oddball’ theme for Cee’s Oddball Challenge. These are my first two attempts at photomanipulation. I hope you enjoy them! For more info on either of them, just click the photos to check them out on my deviantART pages for each. You can download a copy for personal use only or purchase a print if either one strikes your fancy. 🙂

"Mystery Valves" - by Melody Kittles - Click here to go to my  deviantART page for this photo.

“Mystery Valves” – by Melody Kittles – Click here to go to my deviantART page for this photo.

"Fractaleaf" - photo by Melody Kittles - For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Fractaleaf” – photo by Melody Kittles – For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

Just A Quick Note

I may not be able to post regularly in the upcoming weeks. I have a lot on my plate that needs to get done. I’m still working on my steampunk coat, 4 sets of pajamas, a birthday party today, and more!

The new art gallery in our town is finally open. Yea! If you’re in the area, do stop by Niche Art Gallery and The Eunice Community Art House. The grand opening was held last night and we had a wonderful turn out. It was great to see people coming out in the chilly autumn weather to support local artists and artisans.

Before we went to the grand opening, John wanted to stop at a little fair and get some photos of the lights. You can see his blog post on that here. While he was photographing the lights, I was photographing him. I hope you like the photo! I used Pixlr Express to edit this photo and used the stylize tool to make it look like a painting. The photo came out very clear but the painting effect was truly nifty, in my opinion. This photo isn’t for sale or download but you can click on it to visit my deviantART page. You can check out my work there, and if you are so inclined, perhaps purchase an art print for yourself or a loved one. Christmas is coming soon and I know I’m not ready for it.

"Watching Him Work" - This photo is not for sale or download. Please click it to see my deviantART page where you can purchase prints of other artwork and photography I've done.

“Watching Him Work” – This photo is not for sale or download. Please click it to see my deviantART page where you can purchase prints of other artwork and photography I’ve done.

 

Progress! I’m Making Progress!

I can’t post much today but I finished a steampunk waist cincher for Starshine yesterday. I subbed interfacing for a heavier burlap, skipped the boning for comfort and used smaller eyelets than the pattern called for. I’m really pleased with how it came out. And I have to thank John for editing the photos into one for me. I’m now working on my steampunk airship first mate sleeveless coat. It should partner John’s fabulous coat I created in May very well. I hope so, anyway! I’ll post pictures when I can. I’ll be sewing into the late hours again tonight but I’m pleased with the progress so far.

Starshine announced that she wanted to be a Ranger for the Steampunk and Makers Fair. I taught her about the difference in time periods and how a bounty hunter might be a better option. She was really pleased with the idea so we are going with that.

Starshine announced that she wanted to be a Ranger for the Steampunk and Makers Fair. I taught her about the difference in time periods and how a bounty hunter might be a better option. She was really pleased with the idea so we are going with that.