The Raven BJD Christmas Tree Adventure (2008 Photo story)

18 12 2012

Well since it’s getting closer to Christmas I thought I’d post something a little different.
I made this photo story back in 2008 to be posted on the BJD forum Den of Angels.  Since you’d have to be a member of the forum to actually read it before, I figured I’d post it here and share it now with everyone. It’s nothing really special, but perhaps some of you might enjoy reading it. I had fun making it anyway (from what I can remember). … although I can’t help but wince at the way my room looked then. ^^;

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Oh, and no he didn’t help me get my tree up this year…. in fact that tree hasn’t been put up in years now.

Anyway, thanks for reading and best wishes in the New Year!! *hugs*

dollfamily

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Saber Extra Dollfie Arrives!

26 09 2012

Hi Everyone,
Well after 11 months and 3 days my Volks Saber Extra finally arrived. Below are some photos I took of her and her arrival. I wouldn’t call this a review but I wanted to post some photos anyway.

Arrival:

Box1

open box

A quick group shot of all my current BJD:

Group shot

Saber

Saber2

Saber3

And finally some recent shots in my Aunts garden taken a few days ago:

Saber4

Saber5

Saber6

That’s it for this time!

Thanks for reading! 🙂





Finally a New Update!

14 08 2012

Hi all,
Wow, has it really been this long since my last update?! O.o

This summer is  simply flying by for me. So many things have happened and I’ve barely been home.

One of the big things this summer  happened to be the annual comic convention in my area. It was a long day, but I had loads of fun selling prints and other goodies. Here’s a quick photo of my table:

Convention

By the end of the day I didn’t have much of that left. ^^

I have also begun the sales of what I’m calling ‘Print Pillows’ (you can see a few of them in the above convention photo as well). I am currently out of material, but I plan on offering the chance to commission these pillows using my already existing art.  More info about them (and how to order) will be posted once I receive more supplies to make more. ^^

The below image is the last two I had left after the convention. Currently I still have the girl available for purchase ($20 USD) but the Byakuya one is gone.

Print Pillows

I also created my own artist facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/keelerleah I’m planning to update it as often as I can with news and art (some of which won’t even be posted on DA). So if you want to see some upcoming new unposted art and updates, feel free to drop by and give me a ‘like’. XD

Right now I’m also on a bit of a Byakuya kick. With the release of chapters 501 and 502 (SPOILER!) I was thrown into an emotional upheaval. I’m always amazed at how attached we can get to fictional made up characters. With his supposed death (as some people thought) I was upset for a long time. However, at this point I’ve come to the personal opinion that he will be okay in the end (chapter 503 only helped to strengthen that). So thankfully things have settled back down for me. Now though, my urge to collect Byakuya related merchandise has flared up again ( I always have so much fun hunting down rare and hard to find merchandise!).  I am currently waiting on the 1/6 Byakuya Statue by Tsume (http://myfigurecollection.net/item/81194 ) to arrive. A collection photo will be in the works after as well. ^^

Well enough of my babbling. Here is some new art (all previously posted on my DA account): I will also shortly update my ‘gallery’ here on this site with new art, some of which hasn’t been posted online before. That should be up in 1-2 days (if not sooner)

Some new Bleach art:

Byakuya Kuchiki:

Byakuya

Jushiro Ukitake:

Ukitake

Bleach Today: Ichigo Kurosaki:

Ichigo Today

Commissioned art:

The Final Stand:

The Final Stand

Caught in the Vines:

Caught in the Vines

Water Dance:

Water Dance

Reach for the Light: (I was amazed to find that I had been awarded a DD on Deviantart for this)

Reach for the Light

Xullrae Ace of Spades:

Ace

And finally a taste of some of my recent anime figure photography: (to see more of my figure photos see my figure site: http://myfigurecollection.net/profile/drowranger )

LukaSaberCeltyShiki Steins GateShining HeartsMadokaShining Hearts

Well that’s it for this update.
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!

-keelerleah ❤





New Bleach Art and Vampire Art Now

12 10 2011

Hi everyone,

Just a short update today. I recently finished a new Bleach pencil drawing (pictured below) and I’m posting some photos I took of my own copy of the new art book Vampire Art Now (which I was lucky enough to get in):

First the new Bleach picture: Bleach -Cloudy Skies. Featuring Byakuya, Rukia, Ichigo, and Renji. Note:  a lot of different references were used in creating this, some of which were from a picture (for Byakuya and Renji’s poses and clothes) from a photo I found of the band the Gazette to some cloud references I took myself with my camera. Below that is the pencil only version (and as you can see I did do a little painting over the pencil layer, especially concerning Ichigo’s face).

Bleach -Cloudy Skies-

Now I’m also including a work in progress photo I took. This was taken before I had the bottom of the background planned out (I was originally going to draw a fence behind then) but that changed since. You can just see part of the cloud reference photo (of our yard actually) I was looking at on my laptop screen.

And finally I took some photos of the book Vampire Art Now. All three images in the photos are my paintings that were accepted in the book. We found these books at a local bookstore in the city and since my grandma wanted a couple copies we got two of them.

Well that’s it for today. I should have some new figure photos posted soon but for now this is it.

Thanks for reading! *hugs*





Ah, Summer

1 08 2011

Ah, summer in Canada… all I can think of is: “I miss winter!”  While not as hot as its been in the States, we still had a number of terribly hot days and for someone who lives in a home with no air conditioning it has not been pleasant. Even my computer hasn’t been taking the heat well. Due to overheating I’ve had to give my laptop a break over the worst of the days. ^^; Thankfully though, things seem to be a bit cooler now and hopefully it stays that way.

Anyways, enough of the weather.  To me, the biggest changes this past few months has been the addition of a new fancy glass computer table and a second large glass case to display my figures (what a boring life I have eh? To get excited over a new case XD)  But I’ve had great fun trying out different arrangements and lighting options. And this is what I’ve come up with so far. Ain’t it pretty? ;P (click on the images for a larger version)

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Well as one can see I’ve acquired more figures in the few months as well. Some I haven’t had time to take pics of, but the ones I have are posted below. ^^

Rin
Fate
K-ON group

And finally I’ll leave again with a few new paintings I have done recently. All of which are commissions (I’ve had so may commissions lately! )

Honor on the Blade
Golden Awakening
The Dragon
Silver Tempest

Well that’s pretty much it for today. Hope you are all doing well and thanks to whoever is reading this! ^^





Alter’s Yuri Lowell -A Review

2 06 2011

Hello,
Today I will be reviewing Alters Yuri Lowell figure.

Well then, lets get started. Yuri Lowell is the first in the series of Tales of Vesperia figures being made by Alter, and is the 2nd figure in the ALTAiR series (which only features male characters). He goes with the newly released Flynn figure (also by alter) and was first released in Jan 2011 -which was when I got mine-

Packaging: Well then, lets start with the box first. When I first opened the shipping box and found this, I was really surprised and very happy. The large wraparound window covers 3 of the 4 sides, allowing for excellent viewing of the figure inside. Some nice designs are stamped right on the plastic as well, creating a lovely effect. The color scheme is also very well done and it helps to highlight the lovely coloring of the figure. Over all, I found this box to be one of the prettiest of all the figure boxes I have. I liked it so much in fact, that I didn’t even want to take him out.

Inside the box is the general plastic casings along with an instruction sheet. His arm needs to be removed for the sword to go in his hand and the instructions are included on that sheet.

Sculpting/ Painting/ Posing :Lets move on to the figure itself. First some photos:

And a close up of his face:

Alter really did a lovely job with this figure. His pose is rather simple but even so, it still showcases the fact that he is a swordsman. Even standing at ease, with his sword over his shoulder and his hand on his hip, one still has the sense that he’s ready and alert. The slight tilt of his head and long flowing hair only add to that fact. So the pose may seem simple, but even so it suits the over all look and feel of the figure very well.

His clothing and hair are especially well sculpted. All the wrinkles in the clothing, especially at the elbows- is exceptional and very realistic.

There could be, perhaps a bit more detailing on the back of his head but its not that big of a deal to me. A slight indent is also on the back of his head/hair allowing a place for the sword to rest securely.

Alter also did an amazing job painting this figure and, to me, it was the color scheme that attracted me to this figure in the first place. From the lovely purples of his hair and outfit to the shinny gold accents, it just all works very well and is very eyecatching. The shading is exceptional, as expected from alter, and the details are just superb.

I especially love how they painted his bracelet and sword. A rather simple design, but very elegantly done.

My eyes are also drawn to his boots, which are very detailed. From the lovely coloring to the detailed buttons(?) nothing is over looked. The boots are also done in a way that allows him to actually stand up fairly securely without the aid of the base. Which just goes to show how well balanced, designed, and sculpted this figure is.

Also included with this figure is a mini one of the same character. Its a lovely bonus and, as with the main figure, very detailed -its head even moves a bit! It has a simple clear base with two metal pegs and once on, the figure stays very securely on its base. I did have one unfortunate thing happen though, with this mini figure. Upon opening the box, I discovered that one of its little arms had detached itself from the rest of the figure -probably happened in shipping-. A bit of glue fixed it but it did bother me a touch. I haven’t heard of anything similar happening to other buyers… but I figured I’d mention it anyway.

Base: The base for this figure is another very unique feature. Made to look like cobble stones, its again well designed and it gets the job done well. Its hollow underneath though, but the plastic is strong and there are no worries about it breaking when you press the figure down onto it. -at least not for me-

Other: Nothing to much to say here. I’ll just post a few a picture of Yuri standing with some of my other figures -he looks great beside Alter’s Momohime by the way.

Enjoyment: Over all I was very pleased with this figure and I couldn’t be more happy with my purchase. Alter really is building a strong reputation for itself and this figure only helps increase its reputation for excellent well made figures. So if you have a chance to pic this figure up, I say go for it! You won’t be disappointed.

Well thank you for taking the time to look over my review. I dearly hope there aren’t to many spelling issues (since no matter what I do I still suck at it)and I hope my awful photography didn’t scare you away. So anyways thanks again for reading!

Thanks again,
-Keelerleah

Oh, and I will be appearing at this years Anime Blitz and Comic Spectacle on Saturday June 4th. I will be taking lots of pics and should have a new blog posed about it in the coming days.





Spring Updates

15 04 2011

Hello everyone,

Hope your spring has been going well. A lot of things have been going on here, but before I get to all of that I’m just going to begin by posting a few shots of some of my latest figures -since most that watch this blog are figure fans-.

First up is the new Max Factory Tony Hatsune Miku figure that arrived some weeks ago -hence the snow in these pics- I’m so happy with how she turned out and I’m still amazed that I was able to get in an order for her so close to the release date.

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Next up is a shot of my other new figure -that came together in the same package- Black Gold Saw figma. Out of all the BRS figma’s so far this one is by far my favourite. I hope to get some more shots of her in the future.

BGS figma

Well now the figure news is out of the way, I’ll switch to new art news. I’ve completed a few new works -all of which are commissions-  and are posted below. They will -and some have- been added to the gallery section here.

A Moment in Time
A Touch of Destruction
Inner World Bankai
.:. Fantasia .:.

I am also finally attending my first ever anime convention (see their site for more info: http://www.sllag.info/) in June and I’m busy getting read for that.  I’m planning on having a table and selling some prints of my work -and of all times I’m out of ink now ^^;  But hopefully by June things will have worked out.

And finally I will end with the most upsetting news here. With all the melting snow water has begun to make its way into our basement. While others are having it worse, and we are very thankful that it isn’t worse here, it still isn’t pleasant. It started off slowly but after last night, where we were sweeping out a large puddle of water every 15 minuets to the floors drain, we’ve finally the begun to continually pump the water instead, and have split the day and night into shifts.  Every 20 minutes the pump is turned on for 15 minutes. Its like that all day and night and for who knows how long.  I, since I do all my work at night, has the night ‘shift’ and with the help of an egg timer has to man the pumps.  All of us here are very stressed out and tired and we can only hope that things will get better soon. On top of that the water has gotten into our every day well -this is the water we use all the time in the house- and has turned it to a gross yellow color. All we can do now is hope that it isn’t infected with some random bacteria.  *sigh* So at the moment its not at all pleasant here. *is dead tired*

Well that’s pretty much it. I just heard the timer and I have to go plug the pump in again. I dearly hope things are better the next time I do an update here.

*waves* Until next time. 🙂