Thursday, June 9, 2011

Of red bats and digital art

I've still been celebrating Sophistique Noir's Red and Black Week, even though I didn't get to post yesterday.

Anyway, I'm proud to announce the functional completion of my red x black jumperskirt!

I say functional because I plan to add some trim, such as lace around the waist (haha, no one will ever know that the top of the skirt meets unevenly in back), and I'm going to practice embroidery on a section of the bodice.

Yesterday I used Red and Black Week as inspiration to mostly finish coloring the foreground of this picture. (Click for larger.)

I don't know much about digital coloring yet, but I'm really happy with it so far! That's my character Castal, having a "I come back to you as Gandalf the White" moment.

He's kind of hard to sum up, but that makes it even more fun trying to figure out a short description for him. I call him my "Italian punk opera nerd" and in his own words he's a "Rennaissance zombie punk." I did some research and it turns out he's closer to horror punk than anything (I think). He's usually more smiley than fierce, but this is a pivotal plot point. Love you, Castal. <3

And last but not least, I'm wearing these earrings today.


  1. That looks very good!! I especially love the lace ribbons on the front! Did you use a pattern?
    I also really like your long hair. Since a year now, I've been growing out my own so this is very inspirational. :)

  2. I love it! It turned out very nice and it flatters you very well :)I also love the lace ribbons on the front and your long hair is just beautiful. It makes me very envious 'cause I'm been growing my hair out for a while and while I can be patient, I don't likw to have to wait for things. But anyway, you look ver lovely :)
    -Kelli <3

  3. Very, very nice! I admire people who can sew outfits from scratch (I can do alterations, but don't have the patience for entire pieces!) You really did a great job. The lace and embroidery will be the perfect finishing touches.

  4. Corin: Thank you! I altered a costume pattern that had almost the right bodice (I changed the darts to princess seams).
    I wish you well in your efforts to grow out your hair! :)

    GlumPlum: Thanks so much! :) Corset lacing is one of my favorite things ever.
    I can imagine it'd be hard to wait. Keep it up though! :D

    VictorianKitty: Thank you! I'm glad you think so. I actually have an easier time sewing from scratch than altering, oddly enough. So I guess doing alterations is its own set of skills. ;)

  5. Wow, that is a lovely piece. I am working my way up to making something that complex, but in the meantime I am glad there are so many other talented goth loli sewists out there to inspire me. I can't wait to see the embroidery!

  6. Thank you! By the time you do make JSKs, at least you'll have a bigger wardrobe in that case. :)
    I know how you feel. I'm not half as good as many of the seamstresses on sew_loli, but they inspire me. The embroidery's coming along okay, considering it's my first attempt lol.

  7. Beautiful dress and fantastic earrings. :)

  8. Your JSK is gorgeous! If you don't mind me asking, what pattern did you use? I sew too, and I have a kind of hard time finding dress patterns that look cute-Goth-dressy instead of staid-middle-aged-lady or Forever-21-trendoid. Costume patterns are where I've turned before, so I'd love to know what pattern you used for that fantastic dress.


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