My nephew accepted a scholarship to the Stop-Motion school at Hampshire College in New Hampshire last summer, very exciting. So I decided, as a gift, to make him a tee-shirt for the occasion. I created a cartoon character that resembled him in four different poses. The image below has each of the original drawings and the final print for the tee-shirt and I thought I would go through my process with you.
I began by drawing a character, the first drawing, that was the cartoon version of my nephew. Next I laid tracing paper over the first drawing and drew his arms in various positions and changed his facial expression to match and I did this three times. I ended up with four Jackson’s and ran them through Photo Shop and colored each a different color and dropped a film background in and added the text for the school. The final print for the tee-shirt is the first picture in the image. Using the direct to garment print process I had the final graphic added to the tee-shirt.
In my opinion, the tee-shirt turned out pretty good and my nephew was both surprised and very happy with the gift.
While taking a walk one day, a nearby church was having a yard sale and was selling all kinds of old stuff to raise money for the school. There were two old metal elementary school desks sitting there with a price tag of $10 each so I offered the guy $10 for the two and he said yes. Now, having two little guys in the family who are each turning two, one in November and the other in December, I decided to buy the desks and transform them into customized birthday gifts. The one little guys birthday party was yesterday and he loves Nemo so… here are the before and after pictures of the customized Nemo character desk.
Needless to say the little guy loves his new Nemo desk!
Desk number two transformation will be along soon. Enjoy!
This is a photo of a close up of Elsa and Anna that I painted on a piece of 3 x 4 foot board for a photo cut-out board for a birthday party. But before I cut the holes for the faces I couldn’t help myself and painted Elsa and Anna as Day of the Dead characters.
Birthday party fun had by all with the Mickey Mouse photo cutout board. This board measured 3 feet by 4 feet and again I used acrylic paint and included Mickey, Chip and Pluto. And the photo cutout board continued… into the Christmas holiday with an even larger birthday party/Christmas display board of the Grinch. This board measured 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall and included the Grinch, Cindy Loo Who and Max.
Birthday party fun had by all with the Little Mermaid photo cutout board. The board is 30 x 48 inches and I first painted the background blue then hand painted the Little Mermaid and Flounder with acrylic paint. I then added glitter paint to the fin for added sparkle!
On June 22, 2013 I opened an Etsy shop to sell my photographs, stencil art, tee shirts and recently added digital Pop Art downloads. On August 31, 2013 Ditto Cats had its first sale! Very exciting!
A lovely couple from Australia purchased one digital Pop Art download. The process went very smoothly and the couple has agreed to become a part of my storefront. Their fab photo is now being used as one of the example templates for the Pop Art downloads. I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Here is the before and after photo that is now part of my Ditto Cats site.
I’m taking a cake decorating class with my niece and I have to admit that it is a great deal of fun! In the past I have been the type of person that can cook/bake but would only do it on a need to eat kind of basis. I never really took the time to venture into the kitchen and really try to bake let alone actually decorate something. Well, now that I have, it appears I may have a knack for it.
Here it is my first decorated cake. A round fish cake Ta-Da!
To all of the real chefs and bakers out there, please do be kind when critiquing it is my first, but I’m thinking many more are to follow! 🙂 I’ll keep you posted.