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Monster of the Day 2013


Hello old and forgotten blog. I’m reinstating you at my whim once again. The year is 2013 and my intent to create another October of monsters with my Monster of the Day project. I’ll be streaming at http://twitch.tv/shelldragon daily, as I can, my Monsters of the Day. Last year I decided it would be one monster a week and working on it daily. This year, I’ll take up one new monster each day but decrease the level of polish in the interest of time. I’m brainstorming and taking suggestions now, though! So, suggest away!

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October MotD 2012

It’s about time again for October and Monster of the Day. I’m going to change things up in an attempt to complete an entire month of monsters. Instead of a single new monster each day, I will choose one monster for a each week and work on it for half an hour to an hour every day until the end of the week. This process starts Monday, October 1st at approximately 9pm EST. I will also Ustream some of them if I can get it all set up and feel confident enough about showing everyone my process. I haven’t decided on a monster yet for week one but I’m thinking of starting with a base idea, growing and changing it each day. I’m completely open to suggestions but please be somewhat more creative than zombies.

Update: After some fussing around with Ustream and with help from some friends from Twitter, I’m going with Twitch.tv to stream this mess come October. Here’s my Twitch.tv url. Keep an eye out on Twitter if this sounds like something you want to spend your evenings watching, I’ll be posting when the stream is live.

Thanks! Here’s to a great October!

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Layers

I was digging through old art files and checking out how I would use layers in different pieces. I decided to show how I use layers. I don’t use them the same way for every project but here’s one way I used them in the past.
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Crochet Skull!


As you may have seen on my twitter, I couldn’t for the life of me find a good, free skull crochet pattern. It’s not that I have a problem with buying patterns, it’s just that I have no guarantee I’ll understand the pattern and be able to make use of it. Everyone has their own pattern writing style and I don’t always get what they’re trying to say. The free patterns I did find were hideous and not at all in a style I could enjoy and feel proud wearing. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention… or was that second cousin… Anyway, I got so frustrated by what I found that I decided to create my own pattern. I’ve been crocheting for about a month but I’ve done enough variety of things that I could take what I knew to shape what I wanted. Here is the resulting pattern. FOR FREE! Because unless you’re a world class crochet pattern inventor, I happen to think patterns like this should be free. Please share your success or failures with me and let me know if I can make the pattern better!
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Monster of the Day

Every year since 2008, I’ve made an attempt to create a monster a day during the month of October. I’ve never completed this ambitious project. The farthest I’ve gotten is halfway through the month. I get busy and I forget, particularly on the weekends. I also get stuck on some monsters, not feeling they are good enough to share. The excuses are endless.

“Monster of the Day” has spawned some of my favorite creations so it’s a project well worth the time. Sometimes I’ll come up with an idea for MotD and although it doesn’t get finished for October, I pick it up again later and things that start out like the first image and then become the second years later:


The requirements and definition for “monster” is obviously very broad.

This year I’d like to take another crack at my MotD project. I’m not going to lie to myself and say “This year will be different, I will definitely finish!” Instead, I’m going to start with creating a monster a day and take it as far as I can. It’s cool, no big deal. That being said, I could use some encouragement to keep going. If I fall behind, feel free to harass me on twitter. I also may take suggestions. See you October 1st!

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Weapon Smithing


  At some point, it was decided that a life sized weapon prop was needed for PAX East. We thought about making the Pain Killer syringe weapon but decided on the Violence Hammer, a piece of steel girder on a pole, wrapped in barbed wire and covered in sharp objects. I’m not a professional prop builder by any means but I do have a number of years of cosplay and costume making under my belt (I’ve even made faux armor!) so I was pretty confident I could make something halfway cool. After traveling to various craft supply, hardware and online Halloween supply stores, we gathered what we thought were the necessary ingredients. But of course, if Mr. Murphy had anything to say about it, things would inevitably blow up along the way. And I mean things slightly bigger than the need that cats feel to sit on paper that has freshly been placed on the floor despite your pleas for them to move because you need it to paint on.
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Project: Plushie


  A few months ago I embarked on a mission that would test the limits of my sanity. I called this mission, Project: Plushie. A plushie or a plush toy is a soft and huggable stuffed animal and normally The Dishwasher would not be associated with these adjectives. It was my quest to prove otherwise and so I went about researching how to make plushies and came across this awesome tutorial. I’ve sewn and made small things before but never completed something like this. At first I created a small prototype entirely by hand, without the aid of a sewing machine, following the tutorial almost to the letter with only a few of my own alterations. The other members of Ska Studios saw it and loved it. Pretty soon, I was tasked to create 11 larger Dishwasher plushies to use as promotional press items.
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