Archive for November, 2010

And this year’s cake is…

November 21st, 2010

Well, life has been kind of busy lately. I have a couple days off for Thanksgiving, which I’m looking forward to. I’m trying to finish a lot of my work before it though, so I don’t have to worry about it. Thus, work has been busy.

I’ve also been busy working on a birthday cake for my fiance. Every year, I make him a video game cake (view last year’s). I used to surprise him, but since we live together, he’d be able to see what I’m working on. I let him choose this year, and he wanted the Terran bunker from Starcraft 2. It was a lot of work, but I got it done!

Terran Bunker cake

And here is a view from the top:
Terran Bunker cake

Yes, that is cake =) It is almost all edible. The base of the building, the 4 ramps, and the dome are all cake. The rest is decorated with fondant. I say “almost” because I did place a cake board underneath the dome, so I could remove it easily when cutting the cake.

I split the work into 3 days. I used Thur and Fri to bake cakes, make frosting, carve and crumb coat cakes. Part of Fri and most of Sat was fondant work. If you’re interested in the “in progress” photos, you can view them here.

I know my work is no where near a professional, but I’m just happy that my fondant work is getting better and that I tried a harder cake =) Sadly, cake doesn’t last forever. 4 hours after I finished it, I was already cutting it up to serve to friends. Oh cake decorating, such an ephemeral art!

Portfolio – done

November 8th, 2010

Something that has been on my to-do list is to get Catherine-Chu.com up. I bought that domain a while ago and just… never did anything with it. At first, I wasn’t even sure what it should be. I just wanted a domain with my name in it!

But, I don’t have a site that shows off my works without linking to my other sites. I don’t mind if offline friends view my social network accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. I created those mainly to keep in touch with them.

However, even though I don’t post anything bad or too personal on my sites, I still feel uncomfortable if offline friends view them. I’m not even sure why.

So, I made Catherine-Chu.com a site that has a small sample of my works that I’d feel ok showing. Most of my artwork will still be here, my photos on Flickr, and my costumes on my cosplay account, so that site hasn’t replaced anything. Since I don’t freelance anymore, I thought I’d have fun with the design and put a gamer’s touch on it =)

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