SHEEP!

I had a few requests to make Matt Bellamy’s WarChild charity auction guitar into a necklace. And I posted it on Twitter and things kind of exploded. heh!

So here are the details: I am making these by request only. I’ve created a PayPal shopping button for ordering this pendant. I will make them as they are ordered – please allow up to two weeks for me to create the tiny guitar and mail it out.
Each pendant is $40US – with half going to WarChild in honour of Matt’s contribution, and the other half covering my own costs and shipping.

Please note that this has nothing to do with Manson, Muse or Matt Bellamy himself – he’s probably seen it by now thanks to the internets, but no one is endorsing this. I am merely making a good thing out of my crafting abilities. :)

These are not being sold in my Etsy shop because this is a charity item and I want to keep it away from my discount codes ;)

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Look Ma, New Website!

Welcome to the new version of frenziedsilence dot com. It had been several years since I put a new layout on this thing, and my eyes can no longer handle reading white text on black background. Hopefully this new design is easier on everyone. Not to mention its lack of site-wide graphics for improved load time.

I’ve also changed the page URLs, so they are simpler to remember.

Enjoy! :)

-Kathryn x

Posted 12 Nov 2014. Tagged | .
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James Alexander Graham: Not An Ugly Bastard.

The Twilight Sad played two gigs in Portland yesterday, and I had the pleasure of chatting with the guys for a bit after each. I had drawn a portrait of James, and gave it to him after the first show, a small acoustic session at a local record shop. James is absolutely gracious and kind. And contrary to what he said, he is definitely NOT “an ugly bastard”.

James Alexander Graham | The Twilight Sad frontman, drawn from a still of their Paisley Abbey performance. Finished 01 November 2014. I had the pleasure of giving this drawing to James at their in-store acoustic performance the day after I finished the work.

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Hindrance

This is a personal whinge.

Most of you, by now, know that I occasionally do artwork. And most of you know that I have many health problems. These two things do not fit together. I am having another bad day. So I am going to write about it, because letting the shit pile up is not a healthy thing.

My portraits, if you have seen them, rely heavily on precise light values and shading. Because of this, I need to be able to see very well, and I need a lot of light on my work surface. A very difficult situation when I deal with chronic headaches and random vision problems, which may or may not be connected to my Lupus. I sit down with some hope, and within a short amount of time I can no longer find the intricacies of a picture because my eyes are full of flash-spots and after-images.

I have been to doctors, of course I have. I’ve endured 50 minutes of MRI scanning, I’ve been examined by a neurologist and an ophthalmologist. There’s nothing wrong, I’m just “prone to headaches” and I still have 20/20 vision but I’m extremely light-sensitive and my eyes get tired unusually fast. Suck it up and bear it.

Well I don’t WANT to suck it up and bear it. I’m trying to do something I love here. Other people like to see what I do. I’ve just recently realised the self-confidence in my portrait work to draw other people and then show those people my work, and I’ve been very fortunate to get more love from those people over that work than I could have imagined. It’s a respect thing, and is becoming moreso since I’m having such a difficult time making it work now. And these people I’ve drawn have no idea. It’s my way of showing them how much their being on this Earth, and doing the things that they do, has influenced and brightened my life. And as I get older and better at drawing – my body tells me NO, fuck off, you can’t do this thing that you’ve finally embraced.

Just a little bit frustrating. I’m trying to finish a tiny portrait right now, as a gift for another musician… and it’s making me sad.

In fact, reading this post on my own website, which I designed, is now hurting my eyes, and when I looked away after reading the draft, I can see white lines over everything I look at, from the text on my screen burning into my retinas. See how fun this can be for trying to shape a person’s cheekbone in a portrait!

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Dragon

My latest portrait: JP Reid (The Dragon), musician, songwriter, and one of the sweetest people on the planet. You may know him from his collaborations with Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro. Please listen to his bands: Sucioperro and Medals. <3

Graphite on 11×14” Bristol board (drawing is approx. 6.5×11”). ~46 hours.
Finished 17 July 2014.

[click image for full size]

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Blessed.

I have had the wonderful privilege of making miniature guitars for two of my favourite musicians, Mike Vennart [Oceansize, British Theatre, Biffy Clyro] and JP Reid [Sucioperro, Medals, Marmaduke Duke].

Mike’s “old piece of shit” Stratocaster:

JP’s three main guitars:

Love.

Posted 29 Jun 2014. Tagged | .
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SiLhouette

Yes, I’ve been planning that pun for a while. :P

Simon Neil in silhouette, drawn from a screenshot I took of iTunes Festival 2012.
Prismacolor pencils on black paper.
About 12 hours total, finished 28 March 2014.

Simon Neil

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