2019 Art

2019 was an amazing year. I was the art director for the Dublin Worldcon but also created so much art. I was a Hugo finalist. I created awards, and layout and logos and just so much art-y goodness!

This page is devoted to some of the art projects I worked on this year.

Published art:

Journey Planet 47 cover

“A movement through space”
Art for Anthology- A Larger Reality: http://alargerreality.mx/2019/
Header for Lulzine- https://lulzine.net
Cover for Progress Report #5 for Dublin 2019. Final image had the logo with the green portal.

Awards:

I created two awards- The Lodestar Award and the Committee award. With the Lodestar I also created the pins for the nominees.

Lodestar Award without the winner listed. Wood, resin and stain.
Fancy pins for the nominees.
Committee Award- Resin, pigments, wood, and ink. Dublin provided the harp.

Hugo Base 2018

Closeup of Hugo Base

After MidAmeriCon II I didn’t think I would be working on a Hugo base anytime soon.  But right after the convention a month later I was Fan Guest of Honor at Fencon in Texas.  And like one does I was taking a break in the bar talking to Vincent Villafranca and some other friends.  Elizabeth  McCarty mentioned she wanted a sculpture to put on my Hugo base and that started Vincent and I down the path of collaborating on the base.

As Vincent and I were both from California, we thought it would be fitting to work on a base for Worldcon 76 in San Jose.  So we threw around some ideas of concepts and settled using the Lick Observatory as inspiration for the base.

Early in designing

Vincent came to Austin and we spent an afternoon creating figures for the base.  We thought creating robots looking into telescopes around the observatory would be interesting and so we sat down and started sculpting.  Once we had a few figures created we talked about layout and a general idea of where the figures will fit on the base.

The telescopes were beads that I had that I used as hats for my other robots.

Day of sculpting

Once we were done Vincent left me some clay to create more figures and once I was done I mailed him my robots to create molds and figure out the final layout on the base.

After the molding was done, Vincent sent me some shots of the base and we agreed on the layout of all the figures on the base itself.

He then had the hard part of making the molds and creating the bronzes.

And I may be biased but I think they are pretty amazing.

Image created for Hugo base video

The Art

My name is Sara Felix and I work generally in resin, clay and paper on a number of different surfaces with a number of different mediums. I use a lot of acrylic paint as well as alcohol ink and metal patinas.

Fabrics for the girls

octopuslovestoryAfter seeing this kickstarter I got an email from Spoonflower and there in the email was the winner of one of their recent challenges, a steampunk octopus fabric that I knew I needed to have.  The fabric that won got me thinking about dresses I could make for the girls instead of waiting for the kickstarter to finish.  So here I post a few links to some fun fabrics that are not too girly and are not pink!

Octopuses in Love:  The fabric I saw that started me wanting to make dresses.

Under the sea: Octopuses, fishes, seahorses and submarines… how can you go wrong?

Magical Universe:  Had to add this one in for my love of science fiction and fantasy art. The colors are girly but you have to be close up to see what is printed on the fabric.

Ed Emberley fabrics:  Okay I grew up on Ed Emberley art books and while my daughters might not like to draw as much as I do I loved his doodle-y style.

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus: Another one of Erin’s favorites she is really into the app and hasn’t discovered the books yet.

Image taken from email… see all the winners here!

Erin’s Peacock Halloween Costume- Tutu

Erin_peacock1Originally I wasn’t sure if Erin was going to put on her costume.  She is just getting over her dislike of hats so I was excited to try one out for Halloween.  In the afternoon I put on the outfit to snap a few pictures thinking if she didn’t wear it trick or treating it wouldn’t be a big deal.  In the end she wore the tutu, the hat was off and on all night long.

The costume was designed to allow Erin to move around like she normally does, the tutu was only in the back and there was velcro and a ribbon tie holding it on in the front.  The hat was on a headband so it would be easily removed in case she didn’t like it.  There was an incident once with putting a piece of elastic on a hat to go under her chin so that is out of the question.

Supplies for tutu:
3 yards of green tulle (45 inches wide)
1 yard of blue tulle (45 inches wide)
1 inch elastic
1 inch black ribbon (I think I used about 2 yards but it is based on the height of your child)
1/2 yard white satin
Dye-na-flow fabric dye
Irridescent purple paper

The tutu was made like many of the ones you see online, I measured a piece of elastic around Erin’s waist with a small overlap for the velcro.  I then marked when the velcro ended with a sharpie and measured in another two inches, where the ribbon would start.  I folded the elastic in half to mark where the middle of the elastic was – so that I could put this in the middle of the back.

I cut both the green and the blue tulle in half so it was 22.5 inches.  The easiest way to do this is to cut on the fold line of the fabric.  Then I cut strips about 2 or 3 inches wide.  The measurements weren’t exact and you can’t tell on the tutu anyways.  Then started to wrap the tulle on the elastic.  Again there are many different tutorials out there for tutus, this is nothing special.

I cut the satin into pieces foPeacock_tutur the peacock feathers.  Each feather was three pieces of satin, a teardrop and two circles.   There were 7 feathers for the tutu.  Then I dyed the pieces with the Dye-na-flow, the teardrop was a mix of green and blue, the next circle was yellow and pink for an orangey red color, and the smallest circle was blue.  Because I wanted a mice punch of color in the middle I used an iridescent purple paper for the center of the feather which is a circle with a notch cut out of it.  Once the dye was dried I ran the pieces over a flame to seal the edges and give them a more wrinkled look.  To give a little more added interest and hold the pieces together I sewed all the pieces together around the purple center and then around the large green teardrop.

 The feathers were then sewn onto the tutu, the first three were sewn onto the elastic, the outer two on the second layer were sewn onto the tutu a little lower so they would peek out the sides of the first row.  Then the lower second row were sewn onto some ribbon that was the length of the teardrop feather piece and sewn onto the elastic.

The final step was to add the ribbon to the tutu and velcro and voila, tutu!

Presentation for ArmadilloCon- Bookcovers

Since people were asking…. and I missed my panel.  Here is the presentation I prepared for the Book Covers from 2014 panel.  My slides have a mix of 2013 and 2014 covers.  I cut out a few of the pieces I was going to originally present so it was a bit shorter.  I love the fact that looking at Kimm’s presentation we have none of the same covers on our presentations, it just goes to show that people have very differing opinions on covers.

I also tried to include the original art without the text if I could.  I think it is interesting to see the full art and the final cover.

ArmadilloCon Book Covers

Welcome

Welcome to the redesigned website.  I have made this more of a portfolio site with my jewelry and robots the stars of the show.  I will slowly get up new pieces as time permits, but in the meantime you can click on the pieces here to see more detail.

When traveling to shows I typically have more jewelry than robots because it is just plain easier to travel with jewelry and ship.  But I will be working to get some more stock of robots to sell on Etsy in the next few months for those who like to buy those as well.  I have started making more shadow boxes of the robots which are a bit easier to wrap and ship to shows.

Note to self, add etsy to the site….

Enjoy!