Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

July 16, 2009

i promise not to...talk: video log launch

been thinking about it a while, in fact, a while ago
i did try it out in a half-cocked manner using "bubbletweet"
which then proceeded to fail on me
i took that as a sign, and decided to
put some making-of vids on mytube channel

i'm going to have no-talk (not too much) policy
talking, i do it here in writing
also keep it short policy
for all you busybees

i hope some of you will visit some of the time to
witness some of the funny moments in my process

July 8, 2009

wing dress update: accentuating the contour

oh good my updates are getting frequent-er!
or so i thought, til i realized it's
already been a week since the last post

someone must be pressing the
fast-forward button
behind my back...

(stop that!)

but i haven't given up on
beating the time somehow
...by doing what?

well what else could that be
but my wing dress project

below:
bringing up
(or is it "down"?)
the over-all tone by
few shades darker



now, on the first piece, i
experimented what i haven't 'til then that is
to give it a "high-contrast" fade-into-white look

below:
putting on the half-done first wing dress
see the contour obscured (intentionally)
by the "fade" look



i liked that very much but
realized doing it on this second piece
may not be in its best interest

see, what i especially like about this current design is
the general shape of feathers,
placed to suggest some sort of...velocity, a sense of it

so to accentuate, not to obscure, such feature
i decided to get it few shades darker all over
and minimize the white-out look

below:
toned down, pinned down
and almost good to go



thanks for your visit!

July 2, 2009

wing dress update: all‘s well 'cos they end well

hey let's start off the post with a
heartwarming topic of deads

(((big smile)))


bugs are strange creatures
fascinating and so different from "us" that
even the self-acclaimedly "open minded" ones like myself
often get scared when they are alive


i've been lucky enough to see the human deads few times but

(cheerful 'nough? good!)

they looked nothing but a lifeless shell with
what made them once shine "left" for good


but look at this bug carcass
his departure made him approachable to a wuss that is me
with his beauty intact in his remains...



now that i am sure i've chased away half of visitors

(((wink)))

let's proceed to the talk on my beloved project, the wing dress


below:
i've worked on "shading" to this extent
circled is the area where the design is still not complete

in other words, the struggle zone, i'd call it



being a sucker for embarrassment
i can't stop sharing the recent boo-boo i've made in the zone

below:
before moving onto "shading"
too small, too round, too timid-looking



fast forward to the current
i seem to have been hang up on the idea of
having round, short feathers in front that are like scales

below:
trying out the idea again
this time
drawing directly on bodice to better grasp the balance



then tacked them on wall to check on the look
and to clean up and draw detailed lines

in other words
i reversed the process from when i made the boo-boo


below:
is this...good?



cleaned, pinned back on the bodice...
and the answer to that is
....whopping yes!!



hey this post
ended on a cheerful note...

...noticed?

(((big smile again)))