On the 30th of November I attended a glass fusing workshop hosted by Sheena Hallybone from PaperCutzGlass with my mum and a few friends. Glass fusing is a technique used to make a piece of art by arranging, gluing, and then fusing pieces of glass together at a high temperature in a kiln.
Sheena demonstrated how to use the tools and what they are called. There were three tools:
- A Glass Cutter makes a mark on the glass for the Running Pliers. The line can be straight, wavy or curved.
- Running Pliers snap the glass along the mark the Glass Cutter has made.
- Grozing Pliers, or ‘Nibblers’, are used to take small corners off and chip away at the glass.
We were given a small square of clear glass each to practice using the tools on, and after we finished practicing Sheena explained that we would have a large piece of clear glass each to arrange our coloured pieces on, which could be divided in different ways to make coasters, candle screens, long suncatchers or shorter tree decorations. She also showed us some of the art she made and what other people had made before in the workshop. I chose to make a coaster and 2 sun catchers.
I decided to make a Zelda-themed sun catcher first. I planned it out on paper first then chose what colour glass to use for it. It is decorated with three Ocarina of Time style fairies. I took too long to make this one because making circles is a complicated process of first cutting squares, marking and cutting off corners, then nibbling around the corners to round them off. This meant I didn’t have much time left to make my other two glass fusing pieces. I do think it looks really good and so I’m glad I spent time getting it right.
Sun catcher inspired by the fairies in Zelda.
For my other sun-catcher I used scrap pieces of glass organized by colour to make rainbow stripes. I was inspired to make this by some of Sheena’s rainbow style suncatchers that were hanging up around us. I used black frits (small granules of glass) to decorate the background.
Rainbow stripes sun catcher
My coaster is also Zelda-themed and shows a Triforce. I used triangles of paper to cover the area I wanted to leave transparent and sprinkled multicoloured frits and leftover small shards of glass over a layer of glue, then took the paper away. This didn’t take long to do and gives a really pretty effect.
Zelda-themed coaster. The clear spaces are in the shape of the Triforce.
We had to leave our pieces with Sheena so she could fire them in her kiln (there are photos of some of the unfired pieces at the bottom of this post). She added hooks to them so I can hang them up. Yesterday we were able to pick them up from her shop in Plymouth City Market. They were wrapped carefully in bubble wrap and I was really excited to open them up. I had tons of fun during the workshop and I’m really happy with how my fused glass pieces turned out. I would recommend the workshop to any creative people and hope to do it again sometime.
Character sketches of myself and my brother.
I have been coming up with ideas for comics recently. The first one is a fan comic about Monster Hunter and features me and my brother. The sketch above are characters based on us with neutral faces. I’m going to draw them from different angles with different expressions this week.
Monster Hunter fan comic ideas.
This is a page of my initial idea. I like to read manga (One Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Monster Hunter Flash Hunter, Gon, Fairy Tail..) and comics and comic strips like Peanuts, Garfield, Bone, and Calvin and Hobbes. I started writing my own comic strips a few years ago.
Journey fan comic sketch.
A lot of my comics are based on video games I like. This one is based on Journey which I played last week (free via Playstation Plus!).
Back in 2014 me and my brother created the first issue of our zine MACS (Magazine of Awesome Cool Stuff..)
The Misadventures of Link by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014
The zine included several of my comic strips at the time including ‘The Misadventures of Link’ which followed Link from the Zelda games.
More from The Misadventures of Link by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014
It also featured my comic strip The Odd Days which was inspired by the asdf movies on Youtube by Tom Ska . My versions really didn’t make a lot of sense.
The Odd Days by midnakit (KitBIT), 2014
Me and J have plans to FINALLY get round to our second issue very soon.. until then you can enjoy this page from issue 1 by Jenson!
MACS issue 1 page 11, 2014 – Jenson reviews Fruit and Doctor Who.
I’ve just finished my sketch of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I watched gameplay videos of it at E3 online and I HAD to draw a picture:
I used Kuretake Mangaka fineliners and Sakura Koi watercolours. Here is a picture of my watercolour kit:
From left: Seawhite A5 Sketchbook, Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box, Uni Kuru Toga pencils, Pentel Water Brush, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Zig Millennium 005, Zig Mangaka pens, Sakura Pigma brush pen, Tombow Spray Mister, Staedtler Mars plastic eraser, Koh-I-Noor Kneadable Eraser
I’ve had my Koi sketch box since early May and my Seawhite sketchbook for a fortnight and got them both from The Art Side. Some of the other things here I got for my birthday, and some of them have been in my art kit for a long time. I have three Kuru Toga pencils, all with different leads in them. My silver one is HB and my most used pencil. The green holds 4B lead and I have a blue one (not pictured) which holds non-photocopy blue lead. I like to use water brushes because they are easier to take out and about. I use the spray mister to make my paints damp before I use them. The white gelly roll pen is great for highlights and covering mistakes so I have it with me constantly. I have a wide variety of black fineliners and brush pens and at the moment I prefer using small fineliners so I can be really detailed in my work, and i’ve been testing different types of crosshatching with them. I’ve also been learning to use dip pens and ink.
I’ve only been working in watercolour for the past two months and I think it’s really fun to do. It’s slightly harder to work in than pencils and pens because you need to be careful about how much water you put on the paper. Here are some examples of my work so far:
Ellie and Joel from The Last Of Us
I just completed The Last Of Us (on easy..) and have been drawing Ellie and Joel a lot.
Girl and Fox
I invented the girl. I sketched the fox on a visit to Delamore House’s annual arts exhibition at the end of May. The original is a giant sculpture made from recycled materials (car bumpers!) by Ptolomy Elrington.
Ellie in Winter
Another picture of Ellie. I worked on this last week. She is a really fun character to draw.
Sketch of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.