Friday, August 29, 2008

Woot, flying home tomorrow

I'm flying back to idaho for a week starting tomorrow. I'm pretty thrilled about it. I've spent most of my time tonight looking up old 2005 penny arcade web comics instead of packing. It's only a week, and I find I take less and less with me each and every time I return to the mother land. Of course I'm taking my new phonebook sized sketchbook, and enough pens and markers to easily bust the 4 liquid ounce limit. I'm concerned I might have to abandon the pantone trias to the airport lost and found. Found a new Japanese restaurant that sailed to the top of my favorite Japanese restaurants list. It's called Medicine. It was good. A designer brought in a metric ton of tootsie pops. That's right, we had our spoon full of sugar. So, go there. get the Medicine roll. And marvel at the beat stained rice, as you ply your way through the water cress forest of that end cap roll. I was introduced, by the way, to a new mechanic of the chop stick. Apparently, if you try and eat one of these "end cap rolls" that have a second rolls worth of carrots, crab, and what have you sticking out of it: you can use the two sticks together as a sort of battering ram. I can't recommend doing this with a fork, as the risk of injury is too great. And doing it with a spoon risks disfigurement of a far worse kind. (ask me about "Mad dog Madson" one of these days.) Point being, I’ve only got a rough sketch for you tonight, and am going to be out in the sticks for the next week. Have a good weekend all.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Oops, I mean... Great! part two

Slow going, I'm neck deep in catalog ooze. But that doesn't mean that I'm not filling my spare hour or two with productive stuff. So go there now, and look at my under construction page. I'm quite proud.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Breaking in nibs

Woah, I'm tired. Been working long hours doing art for a catalog. Strange though, how that makes me want to draw. Broke in some nibs the other day. This is the result. Was done on hot press watercolor paper. If you have the means, I highly recommend it. If nothing else, it's a challenge to exist without the undo button.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rawr, Giant robot

Some of the best giant robots out there are the Battletech ‘mechs. There are quicker robots, sleeker ones to be sure. Few, with bigger guns. They were some of the first giant robots to really take my imagination (or sketchbook, as the case may be) by storm. I was an addict from an early age too. Not the computer games, I’m talking the pen and paper stuff. One of the first things I regularly drew was Battlemechs. Well, them and a lot of Transformers. But the Transformers never had a board game. Robotech did, but I didn’t discover that until much later. Here I am, many years later returning to my early roots here. It's a giant robot homecoming of sorts.
Anyway, enjoy the lasers.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The "other" marker tool

So, don't get me wrong. I love digital drawing and all the little tools and tricks. But by far, my favorite "marker tool" is made by Prismacolor. Specifically in this case, Scarlet Lake.
The idea here is a giant robot pilot. Helmet ring, cooling vest, and goggles that tie directly into the fire control sensors.

Guess this means that I’ll have to draw the robot she pilots.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pro Sketchbook

So, I'm fiddling around my hard drive, and i find this sketchbook program. It's the sketchbook program, apparently, the Pro Sketchbook, with capitol letters. It was a demo, of the non sequential variety. Meaning that you have 15 "24 hour" periods to use the program. I've got 5 days left. 5 days of Wacom Bliss. It was an Alias product, when I got the demo the first time. Now it's Autodesk.
I don't know what improvements Autodesk Sketchbook Pro have over Alias Sketchbook Pro. I know that one of the aforementioned is getting my money. I suppose that's not the important part, in this purist search for Digital Art Nirvana (yeah, Capitol letters.... © even.)
So, the important part. I threw this dapper gentleman together while listening to music after coming down from a particularly challenging day at work. Channeling because I had a head cold. Nothing like drawing kids when you’re the one with the runny nose.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Oops, I mean... Great!

Fate handed me a spectacular opportunity the other day,
my website went down. Don't worry, it's only temporary. When it comes back, it will be better, stronger, and faster than before. Well, maybe not faster. Nor will it cost six billion dollars, I'm hoping. Truthfully, I've been very unsatisfied with my website. It is a student website, after all. I did it for a class. Now that I've been working for three years, it's time for a website that reflects more of who I am now as an artist, and not who I was three years ago.

An art post is coming soon, I just have to code some Flash first.