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May 6th, 2011
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Book 5 rewards, post 3 (and Shado too!)
This is one of the two 'big' rewards for the biggest finish line of my life. Unlike the others I've posted about, this one entailed the most labor on my part. Worked on the base image for this starting April 1 and finished it the morning of April 14, same day as I finished book 5. Called it 'Among the Roses,' because it's loosely based on a motif in Bivordian art which Geren notices in book 5, itself derived from the 'Defender and the Burnet Rose' theme that arose after 'The Great Wave.' It was interesting working on an image with an intentionally 'flat' sort of backdrop and a more still-life or portrait presentation than most of my illustrations.

Well, after the image was done, I sent it off to this nifty place called Personal Throws.com, where I thought I'd have to wait 2-3 weeks for it to be made into a woven blanket, and then the shipping afterward...but I received it 15 days after finishing book 5!

Of course, turning it into a woven image where a limited color palette is used and smaller details are blurred or lost meant the details and hues aren't as clear and far less intense than in the original. I'd have liked for the green feathers and backdrop to be more vivid, but can't have everything. But I'm very happy with the teal and blue hues of the wings, his clothing, and how his lovely avarii feetses came out. And it just makes me grin to come home and see a t'DoL-blanket on my futon! *squees*

Shado took an immediate liking to it too, which is both good and bad (and quite amusing considering who he's named for ;). It's very cute to see him curled up on it, but I'm not enjoying him snagging threads with his claws!

Just might have to buy me a few more t'DoL-blankets, is all! =D But speaking of Shado, my digging through drawers throwing out obsolete software and related stuff during my computer switch last weekend unearthed my cheap microphone. And that got me to do what I've been meaning to do for years: get a recording of some of the funny happy noises Shado makes during his 'going-to-bed' routine each night before I put the lights out. I'm afraid you might have to crank up your volume, and sorry about me nudging the microphone right in the middle. It was amusing having one of my coworkers guess; and she didn't realize it was cat noises until the end!

Shado noises (right click and choose 'save target as')

I'd love to hear what you guys think he sounds like!

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Date:May 7th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
I love the blanket. I want one so very much!!
Shado sounds so adorable. I did not realize he made so many funny sounds.
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Date:May 7th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
And you'll get to see it yourself pretty soon!

Yes, he makes all sort of noises, though I'm pretty pleased with the variety on that clip. Glad it worked for you!
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