Blue Halter Dress with Yellow and Pink Flower Pattern

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Someone got a new tooooy ♪
I ordered some white gel pens, because I wanted to see if I could do, well, something like this. After playing with them all day, I can happily recommend the Sakura Souffle for use on top of Prismacolors. I will do a tutorial about it at some point, and a comparison of the types of pen I bought as well. But for now, I’m just happy I could do what I wanted to do with white ink! Or rather, I’m on the way to making some cool things, I think.

So this is just me playing around with my toy, I hope you like it. And since I am in such a cheery, experimental mood I couldn’t help fussing around in Photoshop and making a bonus version, too, which is a little less refreshing and springy, a little more chic.

Contest Conclusion!

As of May 18, I owned 403 Prismacolor pencils.

That means that Ophelia’s guess of 400 from the very first day was the closest one. Congratulations Ophelia — pick out a black and white dress (any of them, not just the most recent) and tell me how you want me to color it!

Thanks to everyone else for guessing! I’m sorry I made it go on so long, though…

Brian made this chart of what the votes looked like. Thanks dear!

Colored Masquerade Dress in Cool Colors

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So this gown, the neglected black-and-white cousin of my beloved cursed sister series, may have turned out a little crazy, but all the same I like it rather better now. Amelia won my last contest by guessing that I learned my gold technique from observing one of the Spice Girls’ dresses (yes, really — there were extenuating circumstances). She got to pick how I colored it, and wrote: “I feel it ought to be mermaid themed really, on the other hand I’d love to see a peacock themed dress but this one’s too flowery…
How about you fish out the aquamarine and do a toned down peacock colours dress with deep green accents like african-violet leaves?”

I think I kind of failed on the “toned down” part of the requirement… Well, but it was fun for me anyways, and hopefully you like it somewhat, Amelia! I’m sorry you had to wait so long, though…

Time for a new contest. Guess the answer to this question, and pick your favorite of ANY of my black and white outfits and tell me how you want it colored, and I’ll do my best to follow your orders. (I think that’s more interesting than forcing the winner to stick to the last one I drew, don’t you?) New rules:
1) It’s a new year, so even if you’ve already won one, feel free to guess again. (This includes you, Amelia, because technically you won last year… ^^;;)
2) One guess per person per post. (So if no one gets it today, try again tomorrow!)
3) If no one gets the exact number by noon EST, May 25th, I’ll pick the closest guess.

Question: How many Prismacolor pencils do I own as of today, May 18th?
This includes the ones that I use, all the stubby little pencils that are too short for my current sharpener but I just can’t toss, all the ones I have in reserve and my set of Verithin pencils I hardly ever use.

Keep in mind my local scrapbooking store went out of business recently, and I hit first the 50% off sale, then the 75% off sale, to stock up on Prismacolors. So that “reserve” number is a little high. That’s the only clue you get, though!

Help me search for art theft!

So I wrote earlier about how some instances of people stealing my art had made me feel unmotivated and unhappy, which contributed to my long absence. Most of those incidents are settled now, but there’s one site that so far hasn’t replied to my message about (I hate to drive traffic to them, but oh well) this Flash dress-up game which has uncredited, modified versions of four of my dresses. (Technically, one of them is ripped straight from Freyja’s colored version of a black-and-white dress I drew.) To my surprise, the very next one I clicked on also had uncredited and modified versions of seven of my dresses. (By “modified” I mean “given several sharp thwacks with the ugly stick.” Yes, if there’s one thing Holly’s pink and white gown needed, it was certainly big brown flowers.) It was even titled Original Princess Gowns, as if the creator had hoped to make it as grating as humanly possible.

I’ve looked through that site and the sites that both Flash games are from to see if any more of my art has been ripped off. So far I haven’t found anything but those two, but there are certainly an awful lot of those games. So, if you see anything like that, on that site or others, I would appreciate if you would use this form to tell me about it. (You could e-mail me, but it should be easier to keep track of things this way.)

Anyways, it’s kind of a shame, I like dress-up games like that and I’d like to be able to make them someday…

Update: The first one, Sweet Proposal, was removed from I sent the e-mail about that yesterday, and the one about the “Original Princesses” one today, so we’ll see if they get around to that one too…