Category Archives: Elaborate Costume

Fancy Hair, Fancy Gadgets, Fancy Overload

Jasmine, Tika, Ooni (click to enlarge)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

I kid. Of course it’s not possible to get fancy overload. These are the three most recent art cards with the big hair-fancy clothes themes. Which I apparently cannot get enough of. Maybe this is why I like Project Runway (despite the fact that most of the clothes produced on that show are dreadful – mainly because of stupidly short “challenge” timelines).

Also! Because I told someone recently I would be putting new things in my shop soon (after many months of neglect), I have finally done so! A whole bunch of newer art cards including Tika, in the center above.

Lots of progress pics! Thanks for stopping in! I have yet another big hair woman in the works. :)

And hello to Paint Party Friday! It’s been a while.

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More Fancy Hair and Fancy Doodads!

Yuki, Nina and Agent Coo
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

The latest fancy lasses, who have inspired this collective:

Twelve Fancy Dos,
Assorted art cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″ pen & ink

Row one: Calliope, Geraldine, Sayoko, Phyllis; Row Two: Virginia, Yuki, Betty Lou, Nina & Agent Coo; Row Three: Tamako, Elsa, Dorothy, Bubblegum Geisha. (Because I always name them!)

Thanks for dropping in! I have an idea for a book that uses lots of my art cards from the last few years. For one thing, I like them, and for another, it puts this project firmly into progressing territory as opposed to haven’t-started territory. I know which territory I prefer!

More on the book soon, maybe! Thanks for dropping in!

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Just Another “Where Did February Go” Post

Faces 17 & 18, Elsa and Bubblegum Geisha
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

These are seventeen and eighteen of the 29 Faces challenge. Over the weekend I managed six more, and that’s not too bad.

six in progress, pencil, pen, Copics

Being sick is not pleasant, and this nasty cold has dragged on too long. I’d say most of us here on the winter side hope Spring shows up soon! Thanks for stopping in. :)

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Steampunk Beehive and 29 Faces to Date


Calliope, 2.5″ x 3.5″
Copics, finer liners, gel pen

Notes from the Sick Room, Day 6:  The bugs think they are winning, but they are not. I will outlive you, tiny hellions! The worst is I feel better in the afternoons, but then the evening and morning are sucky again. Arrgh! Perhaps one benefit to getting sick is to have empathy for others when they get sick. Which I will. Because this is SUPER SUCKY. But I do like my beehive steampunk lass (progess pics below)!

29 Faces February 2015, the first 15
Mostly 2.5″ x 3.5″, pen and ink, Copics, colored pencil

And these are the first fifteen of 29 Faces. So, it is day 22 and I am at #16. Still doable, people! Thanks for dropping in! Apologies if I have not visited back, I am trying but the teeny bugs continue to sap my energy. Bah.

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Fancy Bontebok in progress, Copic markers

Fancy Bontebok in progress
5″ x 7″ pencil, Copic markers

I started this Fancy Bontebok last September and finally added some color. But I am now behind in the 29 Faces Challenge because I spent the weekend at Capricon, a sci-fi and fantasy fandom convention in Illinois. Mostly I hung out in the Art Show and volunteered to help as needed. I took in a few panels, including a very fun round robin art activity run by Karen Ann Hollingsworth, a recently discovered favorite artist.

The convention thing is really a different world. And honestly, not everyone is as friendly as you would expect, which just proves I suppose that people can be cliquey wherever you go. But mostly, very friendly!

Thanks for dropping in! No progress pics because I was not near my scanner this weekend. :)

Lots More Fiddly Bits in Pen and Ink, for 29 Faces

Sayoko, sketch and complete
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Finished the geisha I started in the last post. I thought about darkening the hair but didn’t want to mess with it further!

Earlier I finished this robot fellow Reynaldo. I think he is pretty cute.

Reynaldo, 2.5″ x 3.5″
Copics, Prismacolor pencils

This concludes another late night post, this time with two faces for February’s 29 Faces challenge! Thanks for dropping in! Progress pics below.

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Fancy Geisha Sketch, 29 Faces Challenge

Fancy Geisha sketch, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Several sketching steps for this one. I should probably re-trace this (but I won’t). SO MUCH erasing. If you click through the slideshow (particularly between the last two slides and her completely new face!) you will see a pretty dramatic transformation. I think.

Have you come from 29 Faces? If not, go see!

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Day Three of 29 Faces, in Pen and Ink

Loris and Nu
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Loris and Nu were created for an “otherworldly people and their pets” theme. This is sort of what happens when I try to do a full figure. Fortunately it’s an alien so nobody can tell me this is not what the arms really look like.

Bev, 2.5″ x 3.5″
Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

And this is one of my favorite cards from a recent art-athon weekend at That thing holding her hair is a snood. Snood. Snood. Snood.

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Geisha Art Card in Pen & Ink

Tamako, 2.5″x 3.5″
Copics, fine liners, gel pen

It is Day 2 of February and Day 2 of the 29 Faces challenge. I was supposed to paint today but did not! I don’t know why I have this awful block about painting, but I’ll get back to it one of these days. :)

Yesterday’s digging out, after the fifth largest snowfall in Chicago area history, is done.  It was thrilling, of course.

Thanks for dropping in! Here’s hoping for good weather for all! Progress pics below.

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February One, 29 Faces Challenge (and snow)

Three ATCs for February 1, 2015
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

I am submitting three different kinds of faces for the first day of 29 Faces, animal, human and humanoid, including: The March Hare, made for an Alice in Wonderland request,  Dorothy, the fifth of the flappers, for a Great Gatsby theme, and Fairy Phee, made for a Fairies & Folklore theme at

Earlier this morning I shoveled the walk. And then it snowed the next 10 hours or so (Chicago area), so I suspect I will be taking a snow day from work tomorrow! In fact, I have already emailed the boss people. Hooray! I hope to do some acrylics for this challenge, and a snow day would be perfect for that. :)

Thanks for stopping in! Progress pics below.

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