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Merry Christmas in Advance Everyone!

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  Hallo everyone!  it's the night of the 23rd, and just in case I don't have time to write tomorrow, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays to everyone that pops by on my blog.   Things have been rough for a lot of people this year.  I am wishing that everyone that had a rough year, I hope it's better for you next year in 2021.  Myself, I am grateful that I was in an industry that could work from home and was Covid safe.  I am grateful that lockdown in Victoria ended before Christmas and I can see my family, friends and actually work out in a gym with my trainer.  I am grateful that I picked up quite a few jobs after my full-time contract ended and I am not grateful that I have finished all my work and can take a breather, perhaps get all these projects on my list done before looking for more work.  I am grateful that I was inspired to draw skulls this year and stayed productive and di not go mad being isolated from a lot of people.  I am grateful we had the i

Launching Fuzzy Pudgies

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  Hallo, hallo!  Rob and I launched our little side project Fuzzy Pudgies on Instagram  and Facebook  , do have a look at both since the content and format is mostly different.  Fuzzy Pudgies are hand made wooden brooches, all hand cut and painted by myself and Rob.  Check out the videos!  Rob cutting..... ...and me painting. It's been really enjoyable painting wearable art and seeing other people wear it too!  So much fun to do and cute little gifts to give! I traded pins and other products with my friend, Jess here.  Do check out her o hjessicajessica instagram! These were birthday presents we made for a few other friends! First was for my friend Shweta.  The cat just happened to match her outfit on the day! I don't normally even use that colour palette so I guess it was meant to be! Then my friend Sandra and it's based on her cat Mish.  I have a lot of cat owner friends.  A lot of artsits really do veer towards being cat owners since they are more dependent and are not a

Finished Huevember 2020!!! YAY!!!!

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  Hi!  I finished!  Yay!  The one and only art challenge that I manged to finish this year and draw in a row.  It was really good fun and my Proko skull got a huge work out in November. I also managed to do a few more skulls afterwards but I think am ready to draw more than just skulls.  Still with the skulls or bones but with other animals and maybe a different medium like water colours or gouache!  Will see how we go! Anyway, been really busy with work, am currently animating on a pilot and trying to finish illustrating a short story before Christmas, hence why this post was late.  I have been working on another project with Rob and that's been a bit of fun!

Huevember 2020, Skull Studies and life

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  Hi, hi!!!  Well, things have been busy as always, am still going with my skull studies, not long now before I make it till the end of the month.  This would be the first art challenge I would have completed in a long, long while!  All drawn using my Proko skull as the model.  It really makes a difference having a reference in front of you. Hanzo tends to keep me company while I work too and I've been spicing up the skulls with the Schleich animal figures I own . One of my friends, Adele K . even bought one of the skulls from this series! Oh my gosh, I am so glad to be able to see friends and family again!  I've been catching up with people and shopping, buying books and art materials and a lot of food.  I've eaten waaaay too much on my last weekend trip to the city.  Like a lot.  That said, I have managed to go to the gym (which is more of a studio and I was the only one there with my personal trainer Justin Foo . Really happy to have some sense of normalcy right now. 

Huevember 2020 Art Challenge: Day 01-07 of Skull Studies

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Hallo all!   How is everyone feeling?  Things have been tense with the USA elections and Covid.  There's some hope tomorrow, here in Victoria Australia...about easing more restrictions.  I am so looking forward to it. Anyhoo, what's been happening?  Well, I am currently doing the Huevember Art Challenge.  7 days in so far, I think that's the most I've done in an art challenge for aaaaages! So the theme I am using is this, since I have so many copic markers.  I think am missing just one marker here: And I am doing skull studies as my theme!  I got a skull from Proko...2 skulls actually and it's been awesome.  Here are posts 1-7 and some behind the scenes shots! It's been great being able to draw the skulls from life.  I would love to have a life size anatomically correct skull and even better, an entire skeleton.  That would just be amazing and super helpful when drawing.   I am still freelancing on a job while trying to do personal projects.  I have so many pers

Inktober 2020, a poor attempt

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 Hi all!  How is everyone doing?  We're still in lockdown here in Melbourne.  There was suppose to be some announcements today to ease out more restrictions, but alas, it has been delayed.   Now, normally October is a big drawing month where artists draw in ink for Inktober.  Now due to some controversies with using the words "inktober" which is now copyright, that happened late last year/ earlier this year, a lot of artists explored various other themes like "plantober", "faunatober", "drawtober",  "goretober", just to name a few.  I was going for "skulltober" myself since I still feel like drawing skulls but due to a heavy freelance workload earlier this month, I had to start the drawing project really late and there's no way I will catch up now.  However, here are a few that I did manage to draw and paint this month.  I still hope to have a few more drawn up before the end of the month and I think I will spend Novem

Sketchbook Project: Maneki Neko (lucky cat) Collection

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  Maneki Neko Collection from Marta Tesoro on Vimeo . Tada!  I finished my Maneki Neko sketchbook on Sept 11!  I am really please with the results and I managed to draw all my ceramic lucky cats!  I still have a few cloth ones, clothes and battery operated ones that haven't been drawn, but hey, I am hoping to create a book out of it so I can add those in as extras along with any new lucky cat I may buy! Here are some work in progress shots and pages! Myself and Hanzo drawing together These cats were gifted to me at different times but they're pretty much the same family! Hanzo trying to help. My favourite page from my book and I love that music box I bought from Hokkaido I really enjoyed drawing in the book and it was so good to do a themed project consistently.   I've had a lot of work stuff on my plate as soon as I finished drawing the Maneki Neko sketchbook.  My contract ended at Moshi officially on Sept 16 but ended up picking up a commercial project the next day wi

The Sketchbook Project, work in progress: My Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat ) Collection

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  My sister bought me this sketchbook to participate in The Sketchbook Project for August.  Sadly, because of Covid, the book came 2 months after and we missed the deadline for it to be able to travel around.  Still, we can send it back to them late so it can be archived in the library.  It should be available digitally too. I have decided to record my Maneki Neko, also known and Lucky Cat and Beckoning Cat collection.  Here are a few pictures of finished spreads and work in progress.  I am mostly using prisma colour pencils and staedtler fine liners and uniball gel pens to draw. I love Lucky Cats.  I think they're cute for starters and I like what they symbolise.  I like the different meaning that each colour, object, which paw is raise, symbolises.  They make great subjects to draw too. I have so much in my collection and I have 19 pages left to draw on this sketchbook.  Am drawing back to back as well, I think it's going to look super cute once it's done! My own cat, Ha

Tattoo of Art Work

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  Hi!  So last week I received an email from a guy in Mexico.  He was looking for a hummingbird image to tattoo on himself, his mom loves hummingbirds, and he came across my piece online and he's gotten it tattooed on his chest! I am pretty pleased that he did contact me, I would have been none the wiser otherwise.  I felt shocked, maybe a bit of "hey, copyright!"  but ultimately pretty darn flattered.  That's my art on someone's skin now. Permanently.  It also made me remember that I was working on a Mecha hummingbird series a couple of years ago and I really should do something about them. Like colour them digitally and sell online.   I really should approach tattoo parlours and see if I can sell my work to them.  That said, I don't have any tattoos myself, so I feel a bit like a fraud if I do that. What else has been happening..... I have so many projects I want to do and there just doesn't seem like enough time to do them all and I also want to do new