As usual, I dragged my feet to almost the last moment with writing this entry, but I am always glad now to write them. Because no matter how little I feel like I’ve done, I always surprise myself and remember things I’d forgotten about!
Yes, I could have been busier… but that’s not been the point. I want to be happy with my hobbies, not chained to them. I want quality over quantity. And no matter how behind I feel like I’ve gotten, no matter how much I kick myself that I should have done this or that… I want to look back and still be pleased.
And I am!
I have openly admitted that my sewing/costuming side is mostly on hold (I’ve not been happy with the historical costumes I’ve had to push myself to “just finish” in the past, and I found that I was not ready to start actual work on the dwarf costumes yet — although I have started acquiring references and tools where I can). I have limited space, and this gal will wear regular clothes to the point of “time to throw that away!” and buy supplies for hobbies before buying new clothes. 😉 Still, I can’t part with old costumes even if I’m not happy with them. I’m at that point in my costuming still, where every little garment helps, and I’d rather fix what I dislike or re-accessorize before selling/tossing something old.
Still, I did work on some sewing this past year, despite forgetting a few of them!
- I fixed up an old blue gown and made a quick/light corset for an elf costume.
- I created my own pattern and sewed my first Regency stovepipe bonnet (I have yet to wear it for photos… I’d like to get a few more costume pieces before updating the page with better pics).
- I added a drawstring lining to my 18th century Gainsborough/picture hat (and it still needs decoration, and loops added for a hatpin, since jabbing anything through the tough layers is not happening — will also need more photos of things like the lining).
- I started handsewing a new cap. Taking my time on this one, if only just to keep my hands in practice.
- I didn’t blog about it, but I also finished a new 18th c white tucker for bodice neckline filler.
This is the spot I kicked myself a bit when I did kick myself for not progressing very quickly. I blame some of it on poor eyesight, shaky hands, but also because I really need to buy a new portfolio and more frames so I can protect my finished art. Seeing the piles getting bigger (both finished and in-progress) is making me nervous, and it’s triggering my “nope! nope!” reaction.
I also used pencils more than inks. I think a lot of that was because of the shakiness causing my confidence to get a bit… shaky. Plus, I took longer and longer breaks, and that recovery time with being in practice and regaining confidence was a bit iffy. It was nice to have art that was a little different to throw into the mix, however!
- King Thror Arkenstone Gazing.
- Gloin’s Locket.
- Thorin Smiling (drawn on Easter) sketch.
- Thorin in Bree/Prancing Pony.
- Thorin and Roäc the Raven.
- Thorin Yelling study.
- AU old King Thorin study.
I also got a little bit closer to finishing a drawing of young(er) Thorin in the Battle of Azanulbizar (shown as the small in-progress photo above), but decided not to push it. I’ll finish it in 2015.
And one of the best memories of 2014 regarding my art? The actor for Gloin, Peter Hambleton, seeing my Gloin’s Locket drawing on Twitter, asking for a copy, and then tweeting a photo of himself holding it! Awesome!!
Sketches and In-Progress Pieces
I’ll only include sketches for those pieces that were not shown above…
- Azanulbizar Battle Thorin (soooo close!).
- Quick Dwalin Sketch for a friend.
- Dis Mourn sketch.
- Section of a Thorin sketch for a friend.
- Quick sketch of Thorin smoking a pipe.
I also had a lot of requests for info and questions about how I work on things, so I made a couple of notes on my FB Page explaining my process. I considered making some video as well (there was interest in that too), but have not had the chance to sit down and work on those. Perhaps something for 2015?
Goals for 2015
I’d like to think I’ll go flying out of the gate for 2015, and powering through any To Do List and having a triumphant laugh at the end of the year, but realistically I know there will be times I won’t want to bother with anything. I’m far too easily distracted. So, I still utter my motto of “Quality Over Quantity!” and look forward to seeing what I do finish. And even start…
For art, I would like to see that in-progress pile disappear (not to mention things get put away safely!). I would also like to try painting again, but it has been soooooo long. Of course, it will still be Thorin & Company fan art, as I have NO interest in anything else (unless it’s a portrait of me or hubby in historical costume, of course… that has been something I’d love to eventually do… but I doubt that will happen any time soon).
For sewing, I would like to at the VERY least keep small hand sewing projects handy. Things like the cap, but also in-progress things I keep putting off. I have an 18th century gown to finish (the fabric sits there taunting me), and I would like to get back to starting my Regency wardrobe.
Events, however, I’m going to keep very limited. I don’t like feeling like I’m chasing goals. I’m slow, and I want to focus on eras instead of jumping around and starting from scratch every single time. My husband doesn’t have a costume yet, and we both prefer small, more laid back events with friends. To be honest, I think I need sewing-with-friends time more than dress-up time. So we will see how things go. I am only currently really allowing myself to think of two events, both picnics. There is a lot of work to do for both.
And while I am also keeping the dwarf projects on a “maybe someday” time frame (what’s the rush at this point with the movies over), I’d like to start putting some of the concepts to practice soon, even if it’s in a vague way. This continues to be a fandom both my husband and I share, and I am not ready to be done with it. Honestly, we both hope to NEVER be done with it.
So that’s my year in review, and my hopes for next year. I have no regrets… just realizations of things I need to work on better.
My Best Wishes to everyone for an amazing and fun 2015!