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Return of the Pink Spaceman (Jan 2011)

2 Jan

Return of the Pink SpacemanI recently upgraded my iPhone 3Gs to a 4S, which meant ordering a new gelaskin for my phone. I decided to keep the same design as I had for my last phone – the pink spaceman.  My new  phone is photographed here on my pink iPad cover.   (Pink!)


MOO Christmas Cards

31 Dec
MOO Christmas Cards by kathrynlinge
MOO Christmas Cards, a photo by kathrynlinge on Flickr.

They took a loooong while to arrive (over a month – and they were a week late!), but my MOO Christmas cards made it to us before Christmas Day, and have at least been posted to their recipients before New Years Eve. And they’re pretty too!!

Christmas Cards, 2011

21 Nov

Palm Hawaii Christmas CardI have a soft spot for MOO cards, and have bought a variety of products from them in the past.

Right now they have  free shipping when you spend over 20 GBP (it ends tomorrow!!) and it turned out that that was sufficient incentive to get me to order some new Christmas cards for this year.

Inspiration came from holiday snaps we took in Hawaii last Christmas (plus one photo from the Grand Canyon), but I decided to add a few extra details to ‘bump up’ the holiday spirit.  Can you tell  ?? 🙂

My order went in last night and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Fern Hawaii Christmas Card Sunset Hawaii Christmas Card Lizard Hawaii Christmas Card Grand Canyon Christmas Card

Dude, Where’s My Robot?

27 Apr

Dude, Where's My Robot I (Phone)

I’ve just finished attending Swancon 36 (aka Natcon 50, aka WA’s  Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention).  It was a fabulous convention – lots of friends were there and the Hyatt is rather fancy.  However, one of the biggest highlights for me was showing a couple of pieces in the Natcon 50 art show, ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the Future from the Pastʼ.  This was an invitation only event, with the brief to explore the way people have historically imagined our present, bringing the past and the future together in new and interesting ways.

I spent a lot of time pondering what this meant to me, but in the end I just couldn’t stop wondering ‘Why don’t we have robots yet?’  We were promised robots (heck,  we were promised jet packs and flying cars too!), but in reality very few robots exist of the type portrayed in SF literature and media. But we still have heaps of mechanical (electrical?) devices  and, while they might not do the vacuuming*, iPods, mobile phones, and computers are becoming almost indispensable in today’s society.  So I decided to  juxtapose the robots we though we might have,  with the robots we actually have.

Dude, Where's My Robot II (MP3 Player)

To make the prints, I resorted to my old robot love, Illustrator, but tried to go with a retro and slightly steam punky feel. I got them printed on canvas, as I thought that would suit the style and all together they worked out really well. I sold one of my prints! I got some lovely comments ( as well as a copy of long running print based ‘zine from one of the older Natcon attendees – so sweet!)

I also chaired two panels about the art Show, one on technique and one on theme and it was great to hear what the other artists had to say about their technique and how they’d approached the brief.  Everyone’s work was very different and there was some fantastic use of different techniques and themes,  including literature (Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep and replication),  war propaganda, as well as some true computer generated 3D art (produced using program code as the interface!)

Dude,  Where's My Robot


*Actually the Roomba will do your vacuuming for you.

Drawing Life: Friday Pug

26 Sep

A quick vector art Pug in Illustrator. Original challenge here:  (And, yes, Thursday is still to come!)

Drawing Life:  Friday Pug


6 Oct

A Stash of Culture

I’ve been thinking a bti about cassiphone‘s recent post on cultural stash – all the stuff in your head that you draw on to make something. In her case, she writes. In my case I, er, dabble 🙂 But I do think the general concept is the same. I have a certain sort of cultural stash because I am me – it’s heavy on science and maths and certain children’s television programs. It’s what I know and I do think it has a lot of potential. But I’ve realised that I *have* been adding to it, if not in the most structured manner. I have the ‘Encyclopedia of Fonts’ (must read it), books on colour, plus lots and lots of picturs that I get from galleries or cut out of magazines. ( And let’s not forget that one of the main reasons I bough Great Ideas II was for their covers!)

I’d like it if my collecting had more purpose, some sort of obvious direction, but it doesn’t. I’m hoping that it’s all going somewhere in my brain. I don’t really know if I understand that bit of my brain where my ‘art’ comes from. I’m just assuming it chugs along – mostly when i’m not looking – and I hope that it’ll pop out the occasional idea that will be useful in some way.

I’m not actually that thrilled with the top Cultural Stash image I did, but that’s what you get when you spend 15 minutes on something. Still it let me practice with the warp tool and transparency tool a bit – and the practice is needed. And it is possible to make strange and beautiful things from your cultural stash in short amounts of time…

A Stash of Culture

Can I repeat strange and beautiful cultural stash? Probably not – but I have a general idea how I did it and that idea can be stashed away… 🙂

The Fibonacci Shell

5 Oct

The Fibonacci Shell

(why does nobody believe me when I tell them maths is cool)