Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lily Pads, Illustrator, and a Quilt

I took this photo, and a few others, of the Lily pond in the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park a few years ago. There is a glass wall around the pond, which allows you to see the pond below the water level. I thought it interesting how there is a reflection on the surface of the pond above the plants. Here is my interpretation in illustrator. I added a crayfish based on one I found in Wikimedia.

I used the same photo in 2007 as inspiration for a Fast Friday Fabric Challenge.

Friday, February 18, 2011

My House in Illustrator

Back to Illustrator.

Here is my house. The lawn needs mowing, and there is a spider web near the kitchen window. I don't really mind the spiders, as long as there aren't too many, they stay outside, they don't spin webs across walkways. I gave it a virtual paint job, so it looks better here than it does in real life.

I left out many details. There are no vents on the roof, no drainpipes, I simplified the roofline quite a bit, and left out most of the rose plants. Overall, though, it is a fairly good representation of where I live.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Arrowhead Marsh III

I had to take a break from Illustrator so I could finish this quilt and enter in a local show.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Noisy Baby Toy

This is one of my favorite baby toys from when Camilla was little. A baby actually has to put a little effort into making the toy make noise, unlike the more sophisticated toys with batteries which will play some little ditty over and over again with just the push of a button.

One of Camilla’s favorite was a caterpillar (known as a “catter-pitter” and a “pitter-catter”) which taught the alphabet. It would say individual letters and sounds, but also sang the alphabet song (over and over and over . . .) Oh well, annoying as it was, I kind of liked the “pitter-catter” also.

For the current Illustrator assignment we needed to create an assembly drawing to show how to assemble, use, or repair a piece of equipment. My instructor says if he sees another iPod drawing he’ll scream, so I decided to have a little fun and draw this baby toy.

Hopefully this toy is intuitive enough to learn without instructions (as all baby toys should be), but to fit the requirements of the assignment, instructions were added.