In the world of YouTube art, there is one channel that reigns supreme over us all with cheeky wit, clever challenges and (most importantly) by being obnoxious, but consistent. That channel is Draw With Jazza. And earlier this year his channel hit 3 million subscribers making his the biggest art channel on YouTube. It was during his 3 million subscribers celebration video that something insane happened. He shouted out my channel. It’s right near the end of this video:
In a few days, several thousand people showed up and said, “Yeah, I like this content, I’ll subscribe.” And suddenly the thing I’d been doggedly working on clicked into place. I can now happily say, “I’m a YouTuber!”
If you’d like to see my reaction to Jazza’s shout-out, well… you’re in luck, ’cause here it is:
One of my goals moving forward is to update you on what’s happening and how the business side of what I’m trying to accomplish is going. As well as make the art blog portion of what I’m doing more active. I’m not exactly sure how I want to approach that at the moment, but I’ll keep you updated. Until then… make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel! 😉
Hello and welcome to the step by step directions for how to make a Pop Up Anatomical Heart Card!
This project is a gift for you in celebration of my brand new YouTube channel reaching 200 subscribers! I created the illustrations that became the printable part of the project and designed the card around the idea. I’m so excited to be creating these videos and projects for you guys and thank you every single on of you who has been showing me your support. It seriously means the world to me.
This post is meant to be the written directions that will help supplement the video tutorial I created. I highly recommend watching that before delving into direction following here. You can find it right on my Channel: YouTube.com/JeanetteAndromeda
2 sheets of red card-stock paper
1 sheet of white card-stock paper
2 and a half sheets of black card-stock paper
White Gelly Roll Pen
Where to Find the Materials:
If you’d like to take advantage of some one stop shopping, I’ve set up a kit with links to everything you’ll need for this project: https://kit.com/JeanetteAndromeda/anatomical-pop-up-heart-card. If you do purchase something though that link, thank you! Amazon will share some of what you spend on your purchase with me without any additional cost to you. And that little share helps me keep making tutorials like this one!
3) Print the “Cover Art Heart” that says “Happy Valentine’s day” out on red card-stock
4) Print the “Anatomical Heart page on red card-stock
5) Print the “Skeleton Hands” on white card-stock
6) Use your metal ruler, cutting mat, and X-Acto knife to cut out the inside of the red frame.
7) Cut out the Anatomical Heart
8) Cut out the Skeleton Hands by following the bold lines around the illustration.
9) Cut out the Cover Art Hearts.
10) Take 1 sheet of black card-stock and fold it in half
11) Measure 2.25” down the fold of the card from the top edge. Make a mark with your pencil.
12) Measure 4.5” down the spine of your folded card-stock and make another mark.
13) Draw lines straight out out from those two marks so the lines are 1.5” long.
14) Cut two slits into the fold, following your penciled lines.
15) Fold the rectangle inwards and then press the card flat.
16) Cut the thumbs off of the Skeleton Hands and set them aside.
17) Put glue on the back of the Skeleton Hand frame. Do NOT glue the back of the hands.
18) Stick the Skeleton Hand frame to the card. Make sure to press it flat.
19) Glue the Skeleton Thumbs onto the black card-stock, right under the Hands.
20) Glue the Red Frame down on top of the White Skeleton Hand Frame.
21) Fold the Skeleton Hands down over the red frame. Then back up into position.
22) Using a small rectangle of black card-stock. 0.5″ wide by 5″ long is a good size. Fold an accordion fold into the strip. After every 3 folds, cut along the fold. This will create a small paper spring. Make 4 paper springs.
23) Glue 2 paper springs under each skeleton hand. One under the wrist, and one under the fingers.
24) Grab your anatomical heart and fold in half lengthwise.
25) Glue the heart onto the rectangle sticking out of the black card-stock
26) Close your card and press the folds down.
27) Grab your 2nd sheet of black card-stock. Fold it in half and press the seam.
28) Choose whichever Cover Art Heart you would like to use, and glue it to the front of the card.
29) Use the white Gelly Roll pen to write a message. I simply wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
30) Add glue to the back of your inside card (the one with the pop up heart and skeleton hands).
31) Then stick your card front together with the inside card and press it down.
I recently bought bunch of white inks and a couple black paper sketchbooks and I’m … obsessed.
I can’t remember the last time I tried inverting my normal sketching process, but I can tell you, last time I didn’t have a Gelly Roll pen on my side. I have recorded a review of the white inks I was playing with for a YouTube video that will be coming out in October (2017). So I’ll make sure to post it here once it goes live.
Here’s all of week two’s artwork in one place for your viewing pleasure. (And here’s a link to week 1, in case you missed it: Beginning #SketchDaily).
Days 9 and 10 had the #SketchDaily prompts of “National Pizza Day” and “Spires”, respectively. The little pastel goth girl eating pizza was a lot of fun to draw. But the Spires one was a challenge. I am not as comfortable drawing architecture in a short amount of time. Hence why the weird Alien lady showed up.
What was really cool is my friend Kylie Goetz wrote a poem using “Spires” as inspiration. Here’s that poem in case you’re curious: Inkpired.
After that the prompts were “Pumpkin Spice” (For the 1st day of Fall), “Theater”, “Rooftops”, “Public Transportation”, and “Shoes.”
Pumpkin Spice is actually a portrait of my little sister. She recently moved to the other side of the country and where she’s living now they don’t have the influx of pumpkin-spiced-everything that New England does. Literally the day before this prompt I had mailed out a care package to her filled to bursting with pumpkin spiced everything. So, of course, when that prompt came up, I had to draw her.
“Shoes” turned out a lot more interesting than I had originally thought. I enjoyed playing with the forced perspective to see if I could make the character look like she was floating. And- I’m pretty happy with how that turned out. I was even happier when I found out Kylie wrote another poem using it as inspiration: Inkspired 2: Incantation
I love when we can inspire each other to keep creating. 🙂 What have you been making? Leave me a comment with links to your creations. I’d love to check them out.
I’ve embarked on a new artistic challenge and that is to do one sketch every single day for 365 days in a row. I don’t care if it’s on a napkin with my eyeliner, SOMETHING must be drawn every day.
The goal of this project is to force myself to be more playful with my artwork and to try and refine a base “style” for myself. For the longest time, since most of my work was for theater and film, my goal was to get great at imitating styles. Which, when you’re trying to recreate life and art, that skill is a must. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty good at mimicking styles and I think it’s time to refine my own. So here’s what I’ve created during my 1st week of the #sketchdaily challenge.
My go-to subject for this when I 1st dove in was portraits. They are 100% in my comfort zone. Here’s where I started:
After two days of randomly scrolling through Pinterest for faces to draw I decided to see if there was an official #sketchdaily out there somewhere. And, wouldn’t you know it? There was. On Reddit of course. After realizing that, I joined in on the daily art prompts, and here’s what’s come out of that so far:
If you would like to see these as they come out follow me on Instagram: @jeanetteandromeda.
(This post originally went live on HorrorMade.com But I thought it was a conversation I wanted to have here as well.)
Once upon a time I had a YouTube channel called Haunting TV. I made all sorts of videos. Ghost tours, book reviews, movies reviews and Let’s plays to try and fill the world around our pride and joy webseries- Haunting Light.
During that time Immortal Alexander and I stumbled across and idea of doing illustrated short story readings and excerpts as a different approach to creating book trailers. I reached out to one of my internet author-friends and asked them for a short story to perform. That author was the talented A.F. Stewart. The story was “Alice in the Basement” from her collection of horror short stories in Killers and Demons II.
Here’s the resulting video:
Behind the Scenes
So this idea was sparked in 2014. Yep waaay back in November of 2014 A.F. Stewart and I started the first attempts at this. I ended up doing 19 illustrations for the project which, admittedly, took forever. These survived a motherboard crash on my old laptop and a switch from using Photoshop exclusively to Corel Painter. To say the learning curve slowed me down a bit would be an understatement.
To create the character I first turned to Pinterest and scrolled endlessly until I had a good vibe on what I wanted the art to feel like. Here’s a few of the images I drew inspiration from:
I’ll try to scrounge back though my Pinterest boards to link back to the images sources when I get a moment.
I was very drawn to this Gothic grunge style of art doll and felt it really captured the innocently creepy quality of Alice in the story. The big eyes, the Victorian style clothing it all felt spot on for her.
On a practical level, I knew drawing her entire world would end up taking too long. Though at one point I was actually going to draw the “small dark room” as the “Chokey” from the movie Matilda.
So I thought about the story as if viewed through the eyes of Alice. As a proper psychopath and probably narcissist based on how she hated sharing her toys and her parents’ attention, I figured it would be fitting to have Alice exist as if in a void. Where the only things that gained definition were the object she specifically interacted with.
Here’s an example of how I was initially going to approach her world compared to where I ended up. There were two reasons I moved away from the first style.
It was too concrete and
Alice got lost in the color palette. I wanted better definition between her and the background.
The background textures were a few layers of watercolor textures and a black vignette effect around the outer edges. It felt hopeless and just a bit… moldy. Just right for our rotten little villain.
This is also the reason her parents became so abstracted. I remember when I was a kid and I got into trouble. (Which was fairly frequently, lol) I remember my parents not as whole people but as emotion manifest. As movement, as hands pointing and mouths shouting. I figured it fit Alice’s world view as well.
The Animation Style
If knowledge on how to animate were a box of cereal my specific knowledge on how to do it would be the handful of crumbled flakes left at the bottom of the box. IE. I’m a total amateur when it comes to any kind of animation. So, keeping my own limitations in mind I took a page from 60’s and 70’s era animation and used the heck out of pan and zoom to give the piece some movement and life- without learning yet another program to try and create this project.
Want to support our work?
You can buy a copy of A.F. Stewart’s book: Killer’s and Demons II. If bought through that link you sending both Anita and I a little money, so thank you!