Details Matter

Details sell the believability of a scene. The clutter, debris, stuff, and things that fill an area or adorn an outfit tell a viewer lots of information about a person, place, or thing without any words required. Our lives are filled with embellishments a…

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Shaping the World for Good Composition

Sometimes, I use a program called FlowScape to build my imaginary settings. Flowscape is a sandbox-style computer game in which the purpose of "playing" is to build virtual worlds. Users can add foliage, fauna, ground texture, elevation, and hav…

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Learning from Failures

Several months ago, I was asked, "Kestrel, how do you learn from your failures?" To me, a "failure" would be a project that failed so spectacularly there was no way for it to be saved, so I just threw it in the trash and moved on. I ha…

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Drawing What We See

Learning to draw what we see — not what we think we see — is a tough lesson for all artists to learn. Even with years of practice under my belt, I still catch myself falling into that trap, and my latest quilt design was no exception. Let's talk about Luc…

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Donation for AGDQ 2023

One of my quilts, Super Mario Galaxy, is headed to Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 (aka. AGDQ23), a charity event for the speedrunning video game community. My quilt will be one of the many prizes available to viewers to help raise money for the Prevent Can…

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