Thursday, April 27, 2006

Opportunity is knocking!

If you happen to be a fan of Jared von Hindman's (headinjurytheater.com) artwork you may be interested in this auction: Custom Cartoon or Painting Subject of Your Choice 11x15

It ends in five days, so if you want the opportunity to bend his amazing and amusing artistic skills and vision to your evil ends you might want to hurry!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

IF "Robot"

Now this is a word I can get behind. I had so many wonderful robotty ideas swirlin' around in my head that I had trouble choosing one. I may even start a "Robot of the Week" feature at some point when I have the time. However I didn't do the best robot idea that I had simply because I didn't have enough time. It was going to be "Nazi pirate zombie robot from the center of the earth!", and at some point it may come into existence after all. Just not THIS point. Instead I have a rather generic humanoid robot and a very tiny amount of the build steps. Teeny-tiny.

All pics are clickable to make bigger (and I'm pretty sure I got it right this time) and comments are welcome, even negative ones (but not spam ones – those I set on fire).



Here he is in all his glory.



First sketch (second really if you count the aborted "NPZRftCotE" sketch I mentioned earlier)



Color is added with vector shapes, each one with a default value of drop shadow and a 2 pt. centered stroke. Boogity-boogity.



And this is a close-up of the chest monitor because the scan lines are lost at the lower resolution and I really liked how they turned out.

I hope next week's topic is a good one. Until then (unless I feel chatty) have a great week/weekend!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

An art-ish exercise



I don't know if I'll do much with this. It is a bit of a challenge though. One brush size, one color, no eraser* and no way of telling how much "ink" you have left except by a percentage.

Fun.

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* Oh, sure, you can undo, but that's still no substitute for an eraser.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

IF: "Spotted"

I almost didn't do this one either. At least for "speed" I had some ideas knocking around in my head. I just didn't do any of them. "Spotted" left me stumped until time was almost up. I agree with TXArtcGal; enough with the freaking "Sp..." words already. Anyhow, in the end I thought of something, did it and here it is:



Click the pic for the full sized version.

I don't have a breakdown on how it was made this time either. I can say that it was made in Photoshop and that, with the exception of the curtains and the pattern on the knife handle, everything is made with vector shape layers, the "drop shadow" effect, masks and layer groups. Yay!

Any comments left here will be raised as if they were my own, taught a useful skill and then sent out into the world to make a difference. By gum.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Nothing much. What's up with you?

This weeks IF word was "speed". I didn't do it. At one point I started something, but hated how it was turning out so I stopped. And that's pretty much it. So now I've missed one word since starting this whole thing. Eh. It happens. Perhaps I'll feel more like drawing next week.

Since you dropped by I figure the least I can do is give you some kinda story in place of "art".

On my way up the hill to work I passed a guy who had just crossed the street from the mental health facility ("We toss the small ones!") conveniently located down the road. Apparently he wasn't quite done yet. He proceeded to walk up the hill backwards while thrusting his crotch out at the traffic coming up the hill and wiggling his fingers down at crotch level. It was as though he was saying, "Look at me! I'm nuts! MY NUTS! I'm nuts! MY NUTS!" After I passed him I saw in my rear-view mirror that he continued along the same way at least until I lost sight of him.

That was a pretty short story. There was something else I was going to write about a week or so ago. I suppose now is better than never.

If you are a smoker, I apologize in advance for what I'm about to write. You are probably a great person underneath that nicotine patina.

I'm not a smoker. I grew up in a house where both parents smoked and everyone they knew seemed to smoked. I even have memories of playing in a huge crystal ashtray that my parents owned; the cigarette butts were people and I would run them over with my Hot Wheels. So I'm no stranger to smoke.

At work it has been decided that all smokers are to smoke in the side patio area which happens to be by the door that we – the art department and others – use to get to our cars.

The other day I walked out the door on my way home and stepped into a cloud of some of the foulest stagnant ciggy smoke that I have ever come across. I wasn't expecting it because usually that stuff dissipates somewhat quickly, so I wound up with my lungs full of putridity. As I was recovering I thought to myself, "Wow. That's probably exactly how it would feel to be walking along, trip and fall face first into Death's asshole."

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, April 07, 2006

New Stuff Friday

I fiddled with my CafePress store a bit more and set up a new section devoted just to journals. I also added a couple of new ones:





I like the idea of making journals because the person who buys it can create whatever he or she wants on its pages. So, if you like to write or draw, don't mind spending $9.99 and enjoy my artwork, you really can't go wrong.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Illustration Friday "& More!"

I just finished making a car ad where all of the equipment ended with "& More!" so that's stuck in my head. Plus I'm once again sick in the lungs. I guess that's what I get for inhaling so much battery acid when I was younger. Stupid lung damage. Anyhow, here is my Illustration Friday entry for the week:



No record of the steps I took this time. Sorry. However, if you REALLY like it you can buy it on a card along with five others that look just like it here: "Spring Zombie" greeting cards

Now for the "& More!"

At least a month back, probably longer, Heather suggested a couple of things for me to draw. One of them sparked an idea immediately but it took me until last night to get around to making it. In that time the idea changed. A lot. She said when she gave it to me that it has something to do with Neil Gaiman's book "American Gods" and that I would understand it once I read the book. It's on my list. It's a long list. Her suggestion was "My favorite color is dead" and here is my visual interpretation of it:



As usual, images grow bigger when clicked and comments are welcome.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Two (or three) things over lunch

First, I think that it's time we changed the saying "Curiosity killed the cat." to "Curiosity killed the condor." because, if you look around, there are dozens upon dozens of cats, but very few condors. Since you would normally use that saying on someone who is sticking their nose into your business it's also a more effective threat this way. They can't reply "... but satisfaction brought it back," because no, it didn't. Satisfaction stole it's wallet and left it for dead. Plus, in certain situations, it may confuse Mr. Curious long enough for you to take appropriate action.

Bob: "Hey Mikey! What'choo doing with that awkwardly shaped, dripping garbage bag and shovel?"

Mikey: " 'Curiosity killed the condor Bob.' "

Bob: " Uhh.. huh? Don'choo mean 'cat?' "

Shovel: *BONK!*

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And second, the issue of "Dark Recesses Press" that my "artwork" appears in is now available as a free download here: Issue #3 I REALLY like the cover of this one. Once I saw my drawing again I wasn't so pleased with it, but that's hardly a unique feeling with regard to almost anything I do. Satisfaction in my artwork is very hard to come by.

Also, speaking of drawings, my Illustration Friday drawing is finished as well, but I'm going to hold off posting it until tomorrow or so. If you really can't wait you can go ahead and view the money-grubbing product tie in here: "Spring" greeting cards Be sure to view the inside. Have a great week everyone.
"Boring a hole in the patient’s head creates a door through which the demons can escape, and - viola! - out goes the crazy."