Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ever heard of an "Earthship"?

You read right. What the heck is an earthship? Some sort of sci-fi term? It's the name of a sustainable home built out of recyclable materials such as old tires. All needs are met such as food, water, waste disposal, a moderate supply of electricity and a balmy 70 degree in-home climate year-round w/o or very little heating or cooling.  It's also living "off the grid", meaning that your home won't be having services provided such as electricity, gas and so on but why would you need these services if the home is built with these needs already addressed? Read this link to learn more:


The idea is very intriguing, especially to a nature nut like me. I've always loved living green and as healthy as possible. I hope to build one of these myself : )

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Valentine's Day E-card sketch of your favorite pet or animal at "Treasures by Kris" on Etsy.com

Valentine's Day is coming soon and it's time to search for that special gift for that special someone! Digital Valentine E-cards are up for sale for a limited time only! Made to order. Priced at $5.00 USD. Follow this link to see the new post and instructions:


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ask "Stretch"- January

Greetings Creatives and Creative Enthusiasts! Welcome to year 2014! A whole new chapter awaits to be written. Everyone staying healthy? This month's "Ask 'Stretch'" comes a bit early. Enjoy!

Question: Help, I can't do those foreshortening poses! Every time I try, it's an utter failure......Please help!

Answer: For those who may be wondering, "foreshortening" is a term describing an object coming toward or away from you in space. A hand reaching towards you is bigger closer to you and the rest of the arm seems to shrink. This is merely the rest of the arm receding in space. The first recommendation I have is if you are going to be a serious artist, then you would do well to take a course or two in basic 2D animation and lots of life drawing. Animation has 12 rules or principles that make it weave the illusion of life. One of those principles has to do with "arcs". The rule states that everything moves on an arc from the swing of your arm to the path of a bouncing ball. A good friend of mine showed me this video by "Sycra" on youtube that really breaks down how easy foreshortening is, at least conceptually. Execution is a whole other matter and takes practice. Have a look and practice, practice, practice:

Re-watch this video a few times to let it really sink in. Watch carefully the relationships of positioning between the limbs. Foreshortening can be a powerful ally once you master it!

And that does it for this edition of "Ask 'Stretch'". Got a question about art or the industry? Shoot me a message in the "Contact Me" box on the right side of the screen. Wishing everyone out there the best and see you all next time : )

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Massive sale at "Treasures by Kris"!

The holidays have passed and it's time to turn the page as well as have a sale on all treasures at my Etsy store! All holiday and harvest items have been marked down 50%. Hurry in today as there is literally only one of each treasure!

Follow this link to my shop:


Also, a new Facebook page has been made for my store for everyone to stay in the loop for when new product and sales go on. Please follow this link and "like" the Facebook page and I'll be sure to like yours back: