Together We Can Rule the Galaxy…

Anne Gatchell, Crafts

I came up with this little idea a couple of hours ago while reading about simulated annealing algorithms. They are super neat, and I am excited to implement one.

Anyway, I had this cute little Vader doll that I got after George Takei posted a link to it on Facebook. I knew there was a photograph or cartoon just waiting for the doll to be used in, so it has been in the back of my mind for several days. Then I realized I obviously had to do something involving a bunch of pink marshmallow Peeps.

I ran out to buy the Peeps, but I had everything else I needed; I even had the spare hay from last year. I whipped up this little scene real quick. If I had any free time, I assure you that this would have become a stop motion video. Maybe next year!

I posted two versions of the strip below. I can’t decide which I like better. But, I am going to post them on Mr. Takei’s wall to see if he will share one! It was nice to take a break from studying for some good old fashioned fun. Back to algorithms, I go!

Did he just make a pun on galaxy?

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Hope you enjoyed them! Let me know in the comments which you liked better. I also like the single frame images by themselves, especially the “Join me…” one.

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iPhone Case

Anne Gatchell, Crafts, Drawing, Illustration

For many months now, people have been making vocal notes about how beat up my iPhone cover is. It’s true. It is a plastic incase cover. When I bought it, it had a nice, warm, muted gray finish which was soft to the touch and had just the right friction coefficient between itself and my palm. But, alas, two years of wear had scraped most of the lovely coating off of the plastic. Whenever I got a comment about how bad it looked, I maintained that it still did its job. Why would I buy a new $40 case if this one still works? I’ll buy a new case when I buy a new iPhone, thank you very much!

I eventually scraped off the remaining coating, and was left with an equally ugly cover that was also very slippery and tended to fly out of my hands as I gestured.

Today, as I was wrapping up a monochrome still life oil painting, I had the urge to gesso my lovely little phone cover. After rubbing in a layer of gesso with a paper towel, the cover had enough tooth to take a couple more layers. I then proceeded to go at it with my Prismacolors. I was certainly procrastinating… I have another still life to start today and an in-depth 2-point perspective scene to finish. But, once I started the cover, I could not stop, because I wanted to get the whole thing done so that I could spray it with fixative to keep it from smudging.

I finished the front edge with a gold paint I have on hand, since the colored pencils wouldn’t hold to the lip very well. I’m not sure if the gold was the best choice in color, but I can always change that. It looks like I rushed the paint job a bit, too. I will have to go over it again when I have some time. The bottom of the case is still cracked, but perhaps some epoxy can fix that. The Crystal Clear fixative worked really well. I hope it protects my colored pencil!

Here are some shots of the cover:


Art School, Crafts, Drawing, Illustration, iOS

Welcome to my blog! I plan to use this space to talk about all my artistic and creative adventures. This could include tales from my art studio, my journey through my MFA in Painting and my MS in Computer Science, my experimentation in animation, my work on iOS apps, my exploration of illustration, or any given household project I embark upon. I hope that my stories can help or entertain some people. This site also hosts my portfolio and current work. Please feel free to browse the Gallery.

I’ll leave you with some relaxed legs done in graphite. Time to get to work!