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Hedgehogs! [Apr. 2nd, 2005|07:36 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I was looking through old photos with Matt (we found them in my dad's basement up in KC during our trip) and came across some early pictures of us together. I should post some of them ;)

I found some ones of our first pet together - "Reznor" my little hedgehog. He passed away many years ago. We had a cement headstone for his grave that looked just like him, and we took it along with us when we moved to Florida - he guards our front door now, right inside our house =)

He was a good little guy - a very strange pet, and often kind of grumpy, but I know he loved me. I miss him a lot, and I probably talk about him still everyday.

I've always had a soft spot for hedgehogs since then, and thought I'd try painting some - man - they are quite complicated to paint with all of those quills!

Today for a change I thought I'd paint outdoors! Sorry I couldn't figure out how to get the webcam that far away (need more USB extensions maybe?), hehe. So I've been painting all day on a new painting with a bunch of hedgehogs in it! It was a lot of fun painting outside - I sat on our patio furniture under the gazebo and listened to music on my MP3 player, it was very relaxing. I'm going to try to do that now and then, to mix things up a little. It took a little longer since I didn't have my trusty hairdryer to speed up the drying, hehe - I'd say I'm about 1/2 way done. I moved inside now (getting way too dark out there to work) - it's up on my painting table if you'd like to take a peek HERE! Hopefully I'll have it all finished tomorrow, it's simply ADORABLE!!! I've got some other stuff to catch up on - I might be working on it a little later tonight though.... I'm also working on a commission for a candy store (how fun is that?).

So far the computer is working wonderfully - I still have to re-download a lot of stuff and move some back-up files onto the new drive. Fun.

Okay, off I go..........
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[User Picture]From: lindseylovesyou
2005-04-03 01:16 am (UTC)
aw yes! i'd love seeing photos of you:)

a pet hedgehog sounds so awesome :D

mmm it sounds like it'd be so relaxing to paint outside.. too bad it's always raining here though & i can't paint :P heh
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From: jaspur
2005-04-03 01:22 am (UTC)
I used to raise hedgehogs...they're a lot of fun:) especially the babies, they look like little grassburrs:)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-04 01:44 pm (UTC)
Awww! I've seen some photos of baby hedgehogs - they are so cute and funny looking!
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2005-04-03 01:32 am (UTC)
Painting outside sounds like a lot of fun and very healthy, all that fresh air. i often paint outside @ the cabin and mostly paint on a screened in porch ( there are a ton of bugs during some months in the Adirondacks and the screen is a neccessity then ).

Hedgehogs en plein air ! Fun.
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[User Picture]From: blonde_blythe
2005-04-03 02:01 am (UTC)
I love old photos!!!! I have lots & lots of "instant relatives," acquired from antique stores & flea markets--lol!

Can't wait to see the hedgehog painting & old pics of you & Matt!!!
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2005-04-03 02:37 am (UTC)
yeah! post 'em! I would love to see old Jasmine and Matt pics! ^____^
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2005-04-03 03:02 am (UTC)
aw, hedgehog!! i want one. wow i would have thought that the paint would dry pretty fast with the heat down there, i know when its really hot here in the summer my paint dries almost to fast. painting outside is so nice :)
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2005-04-03 03:05 am (UTC)
oh yeah, post pics please :)
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2005-04-03 03:33 am (UTC)
You are painting a HEDGEHOG??????????? They are my favorite animals!!!! So cute!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2005-04-03 03:36 am (UTC)
that is a lovely idea...painting outside. We had a beautiful day here as well.
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From: ashecorven
2005-04-03 03:43 am (UTC)
Ooooh old photos...you HAVE to post them!

Outdoors?...what, as in actually LEAVE the house? O_O
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From: mercurial_realm
2005-04-03 10:07 am (UTC)
I remember where I used to live, a whole family of hedgehogs (babies and all) would sneak in through the back door from our garden, and steal our old dogs food. I used sit still for hours waiting for them to come, so I could watch them. They are quite extraordinarily strange critters, but I think it would be cool to have one as a pet-even though you couldn't pet it:)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-04 01:47 pm (UTC)
That's so neat how they just live wild in Europe!

Mine was an African pygmy hedgehog. At first he would jump up and down and try to poke us with his quills all the time, but after we'd had him for awhile he became more friendly, and I could hold him. He'd crawl up on my shoulders and hide under my hair, sometimes he'd get stuck there, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: foxmagic
2005-04-03 12:52 pm (UTC)
*cheers about the computer still working okay* :)

Re-moving-in to a new drive can be fun! It's like rearranging the furniture. :)

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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2005-04-03 01:11 pm (UTC)
Post the piccas!!! I love looking at photos!!! I can't wait to see your little hedgehog painting. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: rubyg
2005-04-03 02:53 pm (UTC)
It would be so sweet to see the photos of you and Matt!
Hedgehogs are lovely little things, although I've not had one as a pet :( When I go away on holiday I usually go to one of those holiday camp places and I always go on a little hedgehog-rescue-mission lol! Me and my brother found one stuck in a drain behind one of the holiday bungalows a few years ago and since then I have to check parts of the camp to make sure there aren't any there hehe!
Painting outside sounds great! I tried doing that once but my babies (aka my tortoises) came over and decided to try to eat my sketch book and bite the bottles of paint hehe.
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2005-04-03 04:07 pm (UTC)
Aww, I remember your sweet little hedgepig. (Well mostly from hearsay, but I do think I met him once or twice!)
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From: flamingfaery
2005-04-03 04:51 pm (UTC)

Yep we have animals too.

Ok, I have to get a prints of scorpio and sag. better save up I am scorpsagian born on the cusp. so I am both more sag. Jasmine, I was raise with animals we had hamsters ,guinea pigs, rabbits, turtles fish and my two beloved scotties we have gone to doggie heaven. Now I have a yepping taco bell dog black and white my niece the 4 year old has a gerbil dinky and a guinea pig Elvis he has a white stripe on his head like spike in the movie gremlins to cute other than that he is all brown and big. Looks like a punk rocker. I cannot wait to see the hedgehog picture I love hedgehogs. Have a great day....Sharon
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[User Picture]From: 13wicked_witch
2005-04-03 07:32 pm (UTC)

morphing pics

Hi!
i would lke to know how do you do the little morphing pics? is it very complicated?

your paintings are amazing, i love them! i'm so eager to see your new one when it'll be finished!


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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-05 03:13 am (UTC)

Re: morphing pics

Oh! Well, the hard part is spending a few days doing the actual acrylic painting, hehe!

After the painting is scanned in, then it's pretty easy. I go into Photoshop and make it 100 x 100 pixels. Then I get the photo - sometimes I already have the photo if I used it as a pose reference for that specific painting. Otherwise I'll sit in front of my webcam until I can get the same expression and face angle as in the painting if I do it the other way around.

Then I line up the two 100x100 pictures, and go into JASC Animation (it came free when I bought Paint Shop Pro) and set them as the first and last frames of the animation. I use the "morph" option to make the "inbetweens", and save as an animated .gif file, optimizing it to keep it under the max size of 40kb that LiveJournal allows.

It's honestly not as complicated as it sounds! The hard part is first making a good painting, lol.
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From: lovepurplexo
2005-04-03 08:09 pm (UTC)
Aw! I love hedgehogs! I used to have one! :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-04 01:25 am (UTC)
Hi Tasha!

I do have a license for T-shirts, but no - they're not out for sale yet! Is it on the Hot Topic website? It probably isn't one of mine, but it could be a rip-off.........
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From: flamingfaery
2005-04-04 01:37 am (UTC)

Hot topic

My niece sami saw your sticker of peppermint pretty here in Phoenix and they are selling quite well.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-04 02:11 am (UTC)
At the Milennia Mall?

It's most likely not one of mine, I don't license any shirts currently sold there, and I just spoke to a licensing agent a few minutes ago who assured me that it wouldn't be one of mine since it's not contracted and Hot Topic takes licensing very seriously.

I'll have to take a look up there sometime to see if I can figure out which one you mean, hehe!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-04 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh! Oops! Duh - it wouldn't be the Milennia Mall - they don't have a Hot Topic, hehe. I mean the Florida Mall?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-04-04 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh! I didn't even know they had a Hot Topic there at Festival Bay - I haven't been there for awhile. I will definitely check it out!
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