geeking out: a cat of impossible talent

One of the most exciting and rewarding things about being an active member of a creative community is all the amazing people to meet (and by whom to be inspired). Many of the artists we feature here, and befriend in real life, are multitalented individuals with interests in a variety of crafts and trades outside of the creative work they do for a living.

That is totally the case with today’s featured artist, Andrea Eames Mitchell, aka A Cat of Impossible Color. She’s a published author, brilliant cosplayer, a resourceful friend, and an overall rad human being. But the thing she does over which I’m currently swooning is this fantastic repainting and sculpting of dolls into one-of-a-kind works of poseable art.

The first pics here below are a before-and-after comparison of the Monster High doll she began with, and the fairy it became.

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When I asked Andrea about how she got started and what inspired her, she offered, “I’m a novelist by profession, but staring at black words on a white screen all day drives me crazy unless I’m also doing something involving color and texture and working with my hands. I started doing these doll repaints a
couple of months ago after seeing a couple on Pinterest.”

As someone who also dabbles in painting, and makes unbelievably detailed miniatures for doll houses, it’s no surprise that Andrea wasn’t intimidated by the new challenge. “It seemed easy
enough, so I plunged in and started work, and soon became addicted. My first finished doll was the white unicorn girl, and I have also made a variety of different faeries and pixies.”

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“People started commissioning me to make dolls — my favorite commission project so far has been Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max.”

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You guys, I have a special soft spot for Furiosa fan art, so this one make me extremely happy!

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What’s next in Andrea’s doll-altering adventure?

“Currently I’m obsessed with making a series of Game of Thrones dolls — I’ve made Petyr Baelish, Sansa Stark (the Goth version!) and Daenerys Targaryen so far, and I’m working on Jon Snow, another Daenerys and another Sansa (the not-Goth version!). I’m not sure what will be next, but I definitely see a lot more faeries in my future. It’s a fun way to express my love for a particular fandom or to create a new character.”

You can order your own doll from Andrea via Etsy, and see more of her work on deviantArt.

The artist cosplaying as a rainicorn.
The artist cosplaying as a rainicorn.

geeking out: seriously cool costume makeup tutorial videos

Still in need of a last-minute Halloween costume? Fear not! With a little makeup, some brushes and sponges, and some expert guidance in the form of YouTube vids, you can totally create an amazing costume of your own. (And no one will ever know you pulled it off at the last second unless you tell them!)

Here are a few of my favorite FX makeup tutorials. Enjoy!

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The Joker:
http://youtu.be/ZXYkfqv0FK4

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Harley Quinn:
http://youtu.be/ZHmW16N1Vnk

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Bride of Frankenstein:
(This one features one of my absolute fave models and artists, Micheline Pitt, being made up by monster-making legend Rick Baker.)
http://youtu.be/TsfqJsv5w50

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Zombie look by Linda Hallberg:
(She’s one of the coolest Instagram MUAs, in my opinion.)
http://youtu.be/2kfHdlTuyFU

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Really creepy, really awesome half skull effect:
http://youtu.be/mgTtXdnxwX0

I hope some of these inspire you to get creative this Halloween! Please tag me on Twitter or Instagram if you try one and take photos: @jenheartsart

Happy haunting!

-Jen

geeking out: extra life — gaming for good

With #gamergate going on I’ve been a little sad and distancing myself from anything game related. My friend putting a call out for support for his efforts for Extra Life gave me a little boost. Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It started in 2008 and has since raised over 7 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! I love that gamers have made such a huge positive difference for so many kids. If you’re a gamer, you can join in this Saturday October, 25th. You can play any type of game you want — video, board, card, role-playing, whatever you like! Not into gaming? Support my friend’s marathon, or find someone near you to support. It’s a great cause, and an easy way to do something good today.

geeking out: star wars cosplay

Star Wars Cosplay
Are you still looking for a cool Halloween costume? We are geeking out over these super cute and fun Star Wars Cosplay outfits from Her Universe! Not only are they so stylish, but they also come in sizes S-3X. It’s refreshing to find more sites expanding their size offerings. They have even more awesome Star Wars apparel here. I’m really digging this adorable dress. Dresses with Peter Pan collars always do me in. I seriously need the dress and Ewok tank.

I’m not sure if I’m going to dress up this year. I probably won’t even be giving out candy, which is sad, because I love to see all the cute kids in their costumes light up when you give them candy. This year I’ll be celebrating the day seeing one of my fave bands of all time, The Afghan Whigs. If you’ve not heard them before, do yourself a favor and check them out right away. Definitely listen to Greg Dulli’s (the lead singer) side project The Twilight Singers. So swoony and perfect for fall. If only it was an all Greg Dulli show. Sigh.

xo
-renée

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geeking out: comicpalooza 2014

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and among nerds in and near Houston, Texas, that means it’s Comicpalooza time! The event has taken place at the George R. Brown convention center for several years, and continues to gain traction each year with its impressive guest list and an artist alley full of Texas’s finest comic book creators and creatives.

This year’s Comicpalooza guests include Stan Lee, Mike Mignola, Jason Mewes, the cast of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, and many more. We can’t be at this convention this year, but will be experiencing it vicariously through the social media correspondence of some of our geekiest friends.

Here are our recommendations for who not to miss in artist alley:

Jim Ferguson has tons of amazing new prints, and will be taking orders this weekend for large prints (which sounds AWESOME, considering they’re usually only 5×11″) of his cinematic fan art, to be delivered the next day. Ferguson is planning to get his licensed Princess Bride prints signed, one of which is pictured here.
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Emily Rose Romano is set up at table 1540, and she’s got 4 brand new prints available this weekend, plus several more recent works of fan art since last year. Emily is also participating in the charity live art auction fundraiser on Saturday (details further down at the end of this post). Check out more of her art and shenanigans on Instagram: @texaswolf.
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Jessica Grundy will be at table 1001 with her incredibly beautiful art prints, celebrating the third anniversary of her very first convention appearance as an artist. I snagged a copy of this Batgirl print she did back in March at Staple!
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Dan Price and Bonn Adame have a new Masters Of The Obvious collection available, including a Visible Woman page! They’ll be speaking on panels throughout the weekend with Jeremy the Artist, the Stan Lee Foundation, and a group of fellow webcomic creators.
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Jeremy (the Artist) Martinez can be found around the convention passing out buttons to promote his new comic (Snake Bite- the tale of a demon/ghost hunter with a that for vengeance) and stickers promoting his new collaborative web series on YouTube, enititled Broken Led. In each Broken Led episode, Jeremy and FiveLine Graphics’s Paulo Hernandez banter and collaborate on drawings, entertaining the heck out of you in the process.
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GhostHause artist J Hause has just completed series 2 of his collection “Painted Heads (Give Me Money)”, and will likely spend the weekend diligently drawing as he sells his stunning fan art prints.
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Comics Consumption for a Cause (because I heart both giving and alliteration)- The Charity Live Art Auction, to be held Saturday night, will be on the 3rd floor balcony area of the convention center. There will be over 50 artists doing live art that can be bid on, and the proceeds will be going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

That’s it! Have a blast everyone! I can’t wait to see all of your awesome photos and hear about your comic book and art haul after Comicpalooza comes to a close. Who are you most excited to see there this year?

geeking out: science crush necklaces

Do you love science? Better yet, does your mom love science? I’ve got these rad new science crush pendant necklaces, and they make a perfect Mother’s Day gift, too. Each one comes with an image of your favorite scientist (there are several from which to choose) in a metal heart pendant with a protective glass dome, and hangs from a sturdy metal chain.

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So far, the most popular ones have been Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Nikola Tesla, but there are many great astrophysicists, mathematicians, chemists, and naturalists that you can proudly wear around your neck as a tribute to these amazing historical figures and the impact their work has had on our modern lives.

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Snag one in my Etsy shop before Tuesday, May 6th, for delivery in time for Mothers Day. Otherwise, they’re available all the time for you to treat yourself.



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