I saw a thing yesterday that said “Buying fabric and sewing fabric are TWO SEPARATE HOBBIES.”
I actually feel that I understand so much more about the world now.
I’m now up to 6 artist’s figurines (I need to write more reviews) and I was unable (or unwilling) to resist a set of 14 archival color pens, plus all the stuff I already own, but do I actually draw? No, hardly ever. (That said, I’ve done more this year than in many years.)
Anyway, point is I’m back to that “I want to draw some silly little story like Questionable Content only about, IDK, fat 40somethings instead of hipster robots” thing. Except I really don’t want to draw a story about fat 40somethings because ugh life. I want to do something cute and funny that I don’t have the skill set for but who cares I’ll do it anyway because it doesn’t matter. Or something. And I want just enough pressure to help me do maybe half an hour of art a day without having any real expectations.
Which of course is not much like my personality at all, because yes, I have met me. :p
So I had a great and terrible desire for these artist’s models and although I don’t really draw enough to justify them, it so happened that my great and terrible desire aligned with the Irish date for Mother’s Day, so Ted got ’em for me as a mother’s day gift.
They arrived yesterday (just in time for American Mother’s Day!) and I just spent an hour or more fiddling with them.
Conceptually they’re pretty damn terrific. The articulation is as good as it looks. They have nifty little boxes for all the extra hands and weapons and stuff so you don’t lose them, which is very handy. The boxes also double as a base for the yokes that hold them, so it’s a well thought out design for all of that.
I don’t know if the female figure I got is actually defective or just considerably more poorly made than the male figure. It is, without question, more poorly made: the knees, which are probably equally well articulated, are also covered with a single piece from the hip to the kneecap. Presumably this was done to make it Prettier. Well, it’s not prettier, but it does make the knees tend to twist inward, and the thing is I’m afraid that knock-kneed aspect is intended to be a deliberate feature. I knew when I ordered them the female figure had thigh gap, but I figured I could work with that. The knock-knee-endess, though, is just not cool.
All of her joints are looser, too, making it more difficult to fix her in a pose than the male figure. Again, I can’t tell if this is deliberate or if I’ve got a defective figure, but if it’s purposeful it’s a terrible design choice.
But to make up for those flaws, the small hole in her back where you’re supposed to be able to fix her onto the yoke…is mis-shapen. I can’t get the peg in far enough for the yoke’s most basic mode to work for her at all. As you can see, on the male figure it’s a good round hole, but on the female, it’s an oval. And the yoke pegs are not ovals. So that’s a real pain in the ass, and I don’t know if it’s that mine is actually defective or if the smaller waist/rib size has made a hash out of the support hole because they don’t care enough to have done it right. I’ll be contacting them to find out.
And then there’s the yokes themselves.
First off, the kit does not come with a screwdriver, which I found necessary to tighten up the yokes for both figures enough to hold them in place. Despite my best efforts, though, it was still not entirely successful, and elevating them at any kind of angle besides Straight Up is basically impossible; they simply fall. (Their product page demonstrates how it’s supposed to be able to work, but mine do not work that way.)
There are two kinds of yokes, as shown in the picture below. One is Y-shaped and holds the figure on 3 points; the female figure is being held by that one. The male figure is being held by the 2 point yoke, because his 3 point yoke just falls off the strut it’s meant to fix snugly onto. It required a pair of pliers to get the arms onto the 2-point yoke (there’s only one pair of arms, interchangeable between the 2 and 3 point stems).
The straight, unadulterated stem (to which both the yokes attach) works nicely on the male figure (except the strut’s balance is questionable), but, again, doesn’t fit into the female figure’s mis-shapen spine hole. This picture has her balanced precariously on the stem, but if I move her even a millimeter that’s all she wrote.
I would say that between the two sets I have almost one wholly functioning yoke, which is slightly less than half as many as I might expect.
So. It’s a mixed bag. I love the figures but am disappointed with many aspects of the quality, and will be contacting the vendors to see if they can provide me with, you know. Things that work better.
omg chance painting!!!!
I got a package in the mail today from Leah Moore, for whom I drew a silly little comic recently (which I’ll be posting soon, in fact!). It contained a watercolor sketchbook and a dip pen and ink and I thought AW YOU DARLING! and said AW YOU DARLING! to her on Twitter.
“Have you looked inside the sketchbook yet?” she asked.
“NO!” I said, “LET ME GO DO THAT RIGHT NOW!”
“I’ll wait,” sez she, and I ran downstairs to open the sketchbook and inside was THIS!
OMFG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG *INCOHERENT SQUEEING*!!!!
It was painted by a friend of hers, Al Davidson, and I swear I haven’t stopped squeeing since I opened the book and found it. OMG. It’s SO BEAUTIFUL and that was SO KIND of her! Of them! OMG! *falls over*!!!
Also, now I totally have to do more art. I’ve got dipping pens to try (a terrifying thought!) and the new pens Ted got me for Christmas, and just yes! I must art!
So the postman knocks on the door and I’m all “postman, huh, weird, I wonder what he’s delivering, I’m not expecting anything,” and he hands me this thing that says “art” on the customs slip and I’m all like “art? art? i don’t think i ordered any art? what–oh, from Eleri? Oh, she must have seen something that made her think of me, how sweet of her,” all this while I’m opening the package, and I open it so I’m looking at the back and it says “Joanne’s Story” and I’m thinking “huh interesting” and I’m thinking “this board probably opens up, it’s probably a protector for whatever art is in it,” so I was looking for an open end and kind of turning it around and then I realized NO WAIT THIS *IS* THE ART and then
oh my god
posted behind the cut because it’s very slightly NSFW in a petroglyphic way, which hasn’t stopped me from posting it all over twitter and facebook, mind you :)
I tell you, I look at Questionable Content all the time and think, “If I did a web comic five days a week every week for ten years I too would improve hugely with my artistic skills. That would be so great. I should do that!”
Then I go “ahahahah in my copious free time ahahahaha ideas ahahahah :p” and that’s pretty much the end of that.
Still. It would be cool.