Archive for March, 2013

Drink Me, Drown Your Sorrows

MSF1 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Did you know Daft Punk is coming out with a new album, Random Access Memories, May 21st? This information just recently reached my ears, and I found it quite delightful. So much so, in fact, that I cannot stop listening to the teaser ads that are floating around YouTube. Actually, it’s the looped songs I keep playing, in anticipation of this long-awaited new album. I’m liking it.

Oh, and also, I took some pictures of some fruit today.

MSF7 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved MSF2 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved MSF5 by Karissa Cole 2013 MSF4 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

They were all very obliging pieces of fruit. I haven’t seen such pleasant, bright colors in a while. I placed them in a rectangular glass vase full of a lemon-lime soda and took about a hundred photos.

MSF R8 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

MSF R11 TAG TEAM by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved MSF R13 by Karissa Cole  all rights reserved2013

I should have waited until daytime, so I could make use of some natural light. But, to be honest, I am extremely impatient. Despite this, though, some of them came out pretty neat.

MSF6 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved MSF3 by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Incidentally, I just realized, grapefruit and grapes look nothing alike.


Drowning by Karissa Cole 2013

I think I’m drowning.
Can someone lend a hand?
Can someone save me?
‘Cause I don’t think I can.

I’ve never felt more like I was drowning than I have over these past few weeks. But, this is, after all, an art and design blog, so instead of simply writing about it, I take any personal trauma and turn it into something at least resembling creativity. Of course, I have to admit, I am very tempted to write about all the stress in my head and heart. But suffice to say something I really wanted and was thrilled to finally have was harshly ripped away from me, very suddenly, and all too soon. Coping with this has been the hardest thing ever, and more than once I thought about giving up. The first 4 stages of grief and I are really getting acquainted.

Earlier today sitting around wishing I could go back in time and change things was driving me mad. So I went for a walk, trying to clear my head. It was a nice day today, and I just walked for miles. I ended up taking a few random photos along the way. Here are some of them:

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For every decent photo, though, there are about 4 rejects it seems. This was one of the many I took and found particularly unimpressive:

IMG_4661 by Karissa Cole 2013

Now, normally I’d probably have deleted it. But surfing around online (which I’ve been doing a LOT this week, just trying to keep my mind occupied) I ended up getting this idea; turn a photo of a street into an underwater scene.

After I got home from my walk and fussed around with the photos I considered worth keeping, I started messing around with the street scene. An hour or so later I ended up with that introductory image up there, the main attraction of this post.You know, there’s some sort of message in that, I think: taking a reject and turning it into a prize…


I toyed around with adding some kind of sea life, or maybe a diver. But I’m not an experienced photo-editer, so I decided against it here for fear I’d really mess it up. I didn’t want to leave it totally empty though, so I searched around online for quotes or song lyrics about water or drowning. I stumbled upon “Drowning (Face Down)” by Saving Abel. I’d never heard this song before, but it fit with me and with what I was feeling for this image. (Incidentally, I have not stopped listening to it for an hour now.) I feel sheepish about the fact that I basically just plopped the words in there, but I think they work okay.

Drowning before and after

I don’t do photo manipulations much, so this was a nice project to play with. I’d like to get brave and try adding some other elements into this kind of water fantasy scene in the future. I had been working on the long-awaited yeti pattern and story, but now, because I’d been messing with it during these awful weeks of stress and upset, the whole project is sadly crawling with unhappy memories. I’ve had to push it aside, at least for now. Actually, I’m thinking it’ll probably be therapeutic, frogging it and just starting over. In fact, why not? There’s a lot of things I have to start over now anyway.

I’m in Love

All rights reserved. May not be copied. © Karissa Cole 2013.

All rights reserved. May not be copied. © Karissa Cole 2013.

All rights reserved. May not be copied. © Karissa Cole 2013.

All rights reserved. May not be copied. © Karissa Cole 2013.

All rights reserved. May not be copied. © Karissa Cole 2013.

All rights reserved. May not be copied. © Karissa Cole 2013.

So I’ve been thinking about this kind of shoot for a little while (about 3 years or so), and, well, today seemed just right to go ahead and give it a try.

I have to say, I feel pretty good about this considering it’s a first attempt. I think I learned a a bit about blurring and composition. Eventually I hope to reproduce this macro photography setup and put to good use what I learned from this session. Of course, I believe I promised a yeti story/pattern, so that’s probably what I really should be working on first. (To any wondering where the aforementioned yeti is, he’s coming, I promise! Was even working on it earlier today.)

Next time I do this, think I’ll use a tripod and some really shimmery paper as a backdrop, because, as I have discovered, one can’t really go wrong with shimmery paper.

Now I suppose I should go clean up the mess I made. In retrospect, I might’ve poured out a bit too much glitter. . .

Baby Yeti

Baby Yeti - © Karissa Cole 2013 - All rights reserved

Baby Yeti – © Karissa Cole 2013 – All rights reserved

Sometime last week I think I was thinking about yetis. This is probably because of all the monster snowstorms that’ve been hitting my hometown lately. Well, today, I was all by my lonesome so thought I’d drag out my tablet and doodle something up. With abominable snowmen already on the brain this little sketch is what I came up with.


Illustration specs:
• Drawn in Adobe Photoshop – Sketched on paper, traced with Wacom.
• Font: “Earth’s Mightiest Bold Expanded”
• 03/02/2013

Please do not reproduce this design. If you share just be sure to link back here. T.Y. from the artist.


Okay, now, I don’t want to be a tease or anything, as nothing is a sure deal (especially when I’m involved), but I’m gonna go ahead and say it anyway: My short story and/or amigurumi pattern followers can consider this a sort of a preview for my next story-crochet project. Actually, as it so happens, I’m off to work on this project right now. So wish me luck! I’ve been pattern blocked lately. But hopefully baby yeti will fix that for me.

Oh, and just remember, even baby yetis can get cold sometimes. Always lend them your scarf if you can. They will be most grateful, and may even invite you over for tea.

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