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ART BOMB! [Mar. 17th, 2009|12:42 pm]
The Nanny
Does this look slightly familiar? Oh fine, how about this?

I finished my 24 watercolor portraits series!
I did the final one (above) last night, and recorded the process, while broadcasting it live on Ustream. It went long, because I kept getting distracted, so it lasts for a few videos of the evening's painting adventures, in which I answer a lotta questions from viewers in the chat, babble about my art supplies, and Linney makes a couple of appearances. Also, I ended it, exhausted and slightly tipsy on one drink, playing my uke and shooting the breeze with Nelly.

Thanks so much to those who watched and asked questions and stuff! It was great fun. I hope I'll get to do something similar again, soon!

You can Watch my Videos of the Process here, but I don't blame you if you don't wanna sit around for like four hours and watch my hands accidentally blocking the painting. So, endlessseeker very kindly took some screencaps of the broadcast, so you can check those out on this Flickr set!

Today I scanned all the paintings. I'll probably make a very small run of prints of these, and sell a few at conventions, and a few online. Please let me know what you think of my little project, and I'm very open to suggestions on my next series of portraits (though it might not happen for a while).

Here they all are, folks!

24 Portraits


Also on my Flickr account, I took a few minutes to note-up a photo of my staple art supplies.
Check it out, here!

But Linney was mad not to have been included, essential as she is to my art-making process, so here's photo of my COMPLETE collection of art supplies:

A picture without moi?


This is the song of the week, for me. GAWD I love Loudon Wainwright III.

[User Picture]From: shamzmam
2009-03-17 05:57 pm (UTC)
They're all really fantastic! There are several I'd love to buy. How big were you thinking about making the prints?

These seem like they'd work really well as larger wall-sized prints, and also as postcards.
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[User Picture]From: self_nemesis
2009-03-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! Especially loved the Mulder/Scully one.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2009-03-17 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, but she never became a jedi knight.
Don't EVEN with me.
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[User Picture]From: manoffeeling
2009-03-17 07:00 pm (UTC)
ACK-tually, he was talking about somebody else that never appeared in the movies, back before George Lucas decided he didn't want to make any more Star Wars movies and end the series with Jedi.
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[User Picture]From: uniformgrey
2009-03-17 06:04 pm (UTC)
It was really great getting to watch your process! And thank Linney for the excellent ustream-assisting too.
The portrait of The Nanny turned out great by the way - the colours really pop.

I'd love to catch you on ustream again!

Also it worked out well having your friend Nelly there to help read out questions so that you could work - it kept the atmosphere nice and light.

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[User Picture]From: tony_dot_bmp
2009-03-17 06:17 pm (UTC)
That is one of the best kinds of bombs.

Thanks for the informational things, labeled flickrs and videos and all. I am so glad you recorded and archived those(bummed I won't be able to watch them for a while).
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[User Picture]From: planetary_kiwi
2009-03-17 06:17 pm (UTC)
The way you rendered all 24 portraits in your distinctive style is incredible! Your Ustream was so entertaining to watch - I didn't end up doing my homework, but don't regret it in the slightest
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[User Picture]From: sandor_baci
2009-03-17 06:27 pm (UTC)


And remarkably disturbing. I'll re-visit these.
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[User Picture]From: chasinghouse
2009-03-17 06:31 pm (UTC)
That was such a great and helpful video. Thanks Lucy!!
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[User Picture]From: quirkybird
2009-03-17 06:33 pm (UTC)
wooo yay portraits! Oh man the Wilde one is beautimous. Heart.

Nertz, the part of the videocast that's missing is the part where I was taking the bus home. I will never learn your devilish wash process! You've escaped this time, Knisley!
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[User Picture]From: quirkybird
2009-03-17 06:36 pm (UTC)
Wait, it's there!

I will now cry on your lap.
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[User Picture]From: usagi_moon
2009-03-17 06:34 pm (UTC)
omg! The Nanny! i loved that show sooooo much!

They have it in Mexico too, oh how I wish the Spanish networks would bring it here.

But yeah, and btw. Your portraits are beautiful! I love your SHaun of the Dead one too! these are all brilliant. wow. And your supplies. wow.

I want you to knwo your hard work is admired here in California! :D

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[User Picture]From: topknot_forever
2009-03-17 06:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: skidmarksteve
2009-03-17 06:58 pm (UTC)
Please let us know when you plan to sell the prints.
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[User Picture]From: mudron
2009-03-17 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'd kill for a print of the Mario Twins and The Kids in the Hall, among others. These ALL look fucking gorgeous, though.
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[User Picture]From: say_it_with_pie
2009-03-17 07:29 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaahaha! I love The Nanny. I Tivo it. Thank you so much.
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[User Picture]From: vinylqueen12
2009-03-17 07:30 pm (UTC)
God, the prints are amazing!

I particularly love Batman and Robin, especially Robin's martini! They're all wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: innocentsmith
2009-03-17 07:44 pm (UTC)
*squees helplessly at the J&W and X-Files portraits*
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[User Picture]From: mxdp
2009-03-17 08:46 pm (UTC)
Wilde, Jeeves & Wooster, House, Hannibal,...

I think I love you. :)
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[User Picture]From: daleof
2009-03-17 09:15 pm (UTC)
These are so great! You put me to shame with the rate you cranked those out! If you're still taking suggestions might I suggest the Monty Python crew, or maybe Jimmy Corrigan or the Mighty Boosh. Gahhh! There are just so many I want to see you dooooooo!
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[User Picture]From: nabbit
2009-03-17 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Lucy
It's great to se the tools you use and read about the paper you use. So I can see lots of familiar pens: PITT brush pens and the loveley Pentel brush pen too. Plus I've got a white-out pen just like that, It's like you've raided my desk!
But one other thing I'm a bit obsessive about is paper sizes. How big do you draw?
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[User Picture]From: 9mmed
2009-03-17 09:39 pm (UTC)
LOVE the portraits, Lucy! They remind me of the Ryder Tarot card series, which I can stare at for hours even to this day.
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[User Picture]From: chrisschweizer
2009-03-17 09:56 pm (UTC)
I hope you put these together in a book. I'd love to get one.
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[User Picture]From: joedecie
2009-03-17 10:50 pm (UTC)
I was eyeing up some of those Dr. Ph Martin's paints today...
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[User Picture]From: aintmagicgrand
2009-03-17 10:58 pm (UTC)
Ustream was so much fun last night. I was 'lazyhazycrazy' there. I definitely look forward to your next recordings!

I would totally buy prints. I love them all, but I would probably buy the Nanny one just because I love that I saw its whole process. :)
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[User Picture]From: aintmagicgrand
2009-03-17 11:26 pm (UTC)
I have to add...

The green hand. :p
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[User Picture]From: yfrontninja
2009-03-17 11:40 pm (UTC)
Anaïs Nin is great.
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[User Picture]From: cheerfulrealist
2009-03-18 01:00 am (UTC)
It was so nice to watch you work yesterday! In a slightly voyeuristic manner, anyway. Linney is adorable, and Nelly's attempts to pronounce our weird usernames were entertaining.

I hope you try that out more often!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-18 01:01 am (UTC)
caught the end of the stream last night. great stuff. love your work!
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From: readysetstop
2009-03-18 05:12 am (UTC)
yay! that was awesome
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[User Picture]From: mildmannered
2009-03-18 05:51 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: prosperina7
2009-03-18 12:41 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, the Mario Bros is AMAZING. You put my artistic side to shame, lol.
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[User Picture]From: mushroom18
2009-03-18 01:01 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THE NANNY! I still watch the reruns and it remains funny as hell. Especially Niles (couldn't believe his actor is really American. Very convincing Brit accent!)
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From: cattayn
2009-03-18 06:29 pm (UTC)

AWESOME videos...

...but I can only see episodes 1, 2, and 5. What happened to 3 and 4? And what was that brownish stuff you were painting on at the end of episode 2?
Thanks, Miss. LURVE your work.
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[User Picture]From: mike_myhre
2009-03-18 06:29 pm (UTC)
Those are incredible! Good work!!
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From: evilmonk
2009-03-19 01:29 am (UTC)
you are on boing boing!
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[User Picture]From: meeble
2009-03-19 08:24 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness we were tramatised by the same summer camp! Northway I think? God, I hid in the tent pretty much all two weeks. The camp known for its dangerous encounters with wild animals. shudder. That brings back some HORRIBLE memories.
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2009-03-19 12:37 pm (UTC)
hahaha, Really?? Oh man, gotta love Northway-- A great place, just not for me. I couldn't deal with it being dark all the time! You know, it's dark in the tend, dark outside because it's usually raining, all the time- DARK. Very hard for drawing. Also, I always seemed to end up on the trip with the girls who wanted to do crazy weird stuff, like ride a canoe down a mountain, nearly always convincing me that everyone was going to die. It's a great camp-- My mother LOVED IT, as did my aunt and cousin, when they went, but, alas, I couldn't uphold the family trippin' spirit, and, like you, hid in my tent, mostly.
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[User Picture]From: meeble
2009-03-19 01:05 pm (UTC)
I remember that was the year that my parents decided it would be good for my character to go to somewhere other than arts camp. I wrote so many embarassing letters home.
I was lucky though, I got picked to go on really short hiking trip for my expedition and got to bypass the portaging and swimming moose (I think they did this because I skipped every one of my canoe and swimming lessons. what a rebel.)
My cousin also went and loved it. I guess she's a lot tougher.

OH! and it was on an island so there was NO ESCAPE!

Anyways, we both survived. Also I love the portraits.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-19 03:39 pm (UTC)
Not sure what to envy more, the talent or the
"im not thinking about wrecking havoc BWhWHahah"-staring cute cat.

Congrats on both though.
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[User Picture]From: dibsy
2009-03-19 06:31 pm (UTC)

Did you know?

Boing Boing has a post about you today, it is here.

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[User Picture]From: hearingv0ices
2009-03-20 04:24 am (UTC)
i really enjoyed your ustream
it was fun to see you in action
and it amazes me how you manage to get so much at done

i also wanted to say that the scan of you work
loses something some how
in the video, when you did the close up
i all the fine details and shading stood out
i guess what i am saying is you are a better artist then i first thought
keep up the good work
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[User Picture]From: ravenword
2009-03-21 02:04 pm (UTC)
Hi, I saw your comics linked on BoingBoing this week and I really like your art! I hope you don't mind that I added you as an LJ friend. Your cat is really cute, BTW. :-)
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[User Picture]From: greenlandgem
2009-03-21 11:28 pm (UTC)
Those portraits are awesome - I'm insanely jealous of your talent. How lucky you are to be doing something you so obviously love!
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[User Picture]From: kishidollwatchr
2009-03-22 10:55 am (UTC)
Your artwork is awesome!!!

I looooove The Nanny!

Although I noticed recently that they have an all-white cast much like Friends but I still love both shows.
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[User Picture]From: arek_menner
2009-03-22 07:17 pm (UTC)
Great portraits, I love them all!

I don't know if it will bother you, but Flansy from TMBG is a lefty.
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[User Picture]From: hambot
2009-03-22 08:38 pm (UTC)
great set of portraits! In particular I like:

Scully with a side of Mulder: Mulder has just the right amount of Non-expressiveness that David Duchovny demands

Kids in the Hall: you've got Bruce McCulloch down!
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[User Picture]From: madhatterpan
2009-03-24 06:48 pm (UTC)
I need to take a moment to be incredibly excited that I just saw "I saw You..." (that felt redundant) at my college's book store a few minutes ago. I opened it and went LUCY KNISLEY...but had no one to be randomly gleeful at/with.
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