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Dawn as an Elf!

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Dawn as an Elf!

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Elves Are Cool
A few weeks ago, my friend and illumination teacher Tristan and I were talking about my website. And I mentioned that I would like to put a picture of myself up on it (since many bloggers weblers do) but didn't have any photographs that I particularly liked. So he said, "Why not have me do a portrait of you?"

Which, of course, made me squee, since I adore his artwork.

But not much else was said about it; I've been busy finishing up my school year and so haven't been able to be as active in the SCA as I would want. But, a few weeks ago, a group of us did go in garb (costume) to a special showing at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore to provide living scenery for their new illumination exhibit. Apparently, I ended up in some of the photos. Tonight, I came home to an email from Tristan with a picture attachment.

My first thought: Yay, I've corrupted converted him into doing Elves in artwork!

Then I realized that the Elf looked an awful lot like ... me.

Apparently, he took one of the photos from the Walters and did a drawing of me as an Elf. I did make a loud noise like "Eeeeeeeeeeee!" when I realized this. (Bobby can vouch for that.) It's very exciting! I've had artwork done for me but never of me, and especially by a professional artist.

The drawing is here on Tristan's weble. (There is adult content on his weble but not on this particular post, so those concerned with such things are safe to click through the warning that will pop up.) He even included the DF-in-Tengwar monogram that I use on, well, everything.


And, yes, he takes commissions, so you, too, can be an Elf! ;)

For comparison purposes ...


I think he did a good job! :D

  • Both versions (real you and Elf-you) are lovely! Kudos to Tristan.

    Elf-you has a rounder face than real you, and, oddly, seems to have Bobby's nose. Perhaps Elf-you looks like a child that you and Bobby might have, a little bit of each of you blended together.
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    • I thank you on his behalf! :D

      I love my coat and get a lot of compliments on it. My husband picked it out for me as a Christmas gift some years ago. When he showed it to his parents et al, they laughed at him for picking something so enormous and ... hirsute. ;) So he got nervous about his choice and asked me if I minded "approving" it before Christmas so that he could get me something different if I didn't like it.

      Of course, I loved it. :) And I have a little laugh to myself at the naysayers whenever someone else likes it too!
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    • The graphics on my Tengwar monogram are awful (it was the first thing I ever tried to do in Photoshop/Illustrator) but it has sentimental value now ... I was really surprised that he noticed it, not being a Tolkien person!

      I was really happy in that picture! :D We were in New York at the holidays; it was cold as anything but I'd just gotten off the bus, so I wasn't complaining. Yet. ;)
  • That's lovely!

  • Awwww those cheeks! Perhaps it is me, but your face feels more round than I remembered from one of your recent pictures (taken in your backyard before you went to a ren faire) :) I love the somewhat sceptical look you have there, hehe.

    I can't afford commissions in a long shot and he's such a fab artist! Are you going to put that drawing up on your webble?
  • You actually get to study with THE Master Tristan Alexander?

    Lucky, lucky, lucky girl! And his elf-treatment of you looks wonderous, as would be expected, with such a talented artist and gorgeous model to work from! :)

    (and your other commenters are right too - super cute couple, and *great coat*!)
  • Tristan's illustration is certainly squeeworthy, and that elf* is recognizable as you, and I say that without the benefit of the photo of you and the Green Knight. I left a comment on Tristan's...weble. (I'll get used to the word eventually ;^))

    ETA: *Even if I am of the non-pointy elvish ears school of thought. :^D

    Edited at 2009-03-01 03:30 pm (UTC)
    • Oh, the ears ... I can't go heretical on this. Just because I love the pointy ears too much. I wouldn't mind an Elf of my own to play with his/her ears ... ;)

      And, yes, we're trying to introduce weble into the Internet lexicon! It sounds so much nicer than blog!
  • Great art and lovely RL photo. The coat is great too.
    • Thank you! :D Bobby's scoring all kinds of points on this post. (He picked out the infamous Coat. ;)
  • What a gorgeous picture of Elf-Dawn! :D I do love the RL one of you, you're almost glowing in it, and you and Bobby look so sweet~ ♥ Lovely coat, too!
    • Awww, thank you! :D It was very cold. And pretty early. I don't remember much beyond that. I'm wondering if the glow is a combination of windburn and exhaustion! :D

      Bobby bought the coat for me. People swore I'd hate it. Every time I get a compliment on it (a lot), we just grin at each other!
  • Gorgeous!
  • What a great drawing - the likeness is really good!
  • Wow - what a gorgeous drawing!
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