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Time for a change

Well another holiday from hell has passed and I lived to tell the tale once more. Things are always hectic around the holidays but this year I had the added bonus of job interviewing. As I write this I have only three more working days at my current position. Next Monday I start my new job. So you see why my posts have been rather erratic. At least that is my excuse this time.

My wife and I decided to stay home this year instead of travelling to the North East. Stayed nice and warm and I even went swimming the past several days. Too bad the actual Christmas holiday was not as serene sounding. I once again got to enjoy the company of my wife's Uncle Bill. I know that if you heard me gripe about this man in the past you may start to think that I don't care for the man. I don't. And I am not alone in this thinking. He always seems to cast a black cloud over the Christmas season by his mere presence. It is plainly obvious that he only ventures to Florida once a year for money.…

Version 2

I was wasting some time at work on a Saturday and I did this version in ArtRage. I like this one better. What do you think???

Maybe I'm not such a good neighbor.

Ever have a "friend of a friend" call on you for help?? I have been getting that alot lately. Funny thing is that my friend (who is the friend of a friend's friend) no longer lives here. One such is person I don't even know that well. I really don't think we would be friends if not for the common friend. You getting all this?? She is one of those people who is supposedly really smart (and lets you know that.) but keeps doing dumb things without thinking. I know I do dumb things all the time but I never claim to be smart. Anyway, the night before Thanksgiving she managed to lock herself out of the house late at night in nothing but a nightie. This was not, apparently, the first time that she has done this. Well, maybe the nightie part was new. Well, my door was actually open and the lights on for some reason as the wife and I prepared to go to sleep when there came a faint knock. Sure enough, we were her last resort. My wife, of course, invited her in and then we …

The Christmas rush

Sorry I have not posted in quite some time but things have been crazy!!! I will hopefully elaborate in the near future. I have, however, gotten carried away with my Christmas drawing. My wife and I have been including one of those "newsletters" in our Holiday cards for the past several years and last year I added a Santa drawing at the last minute. Not my own, just clip art that I re-touched. So this year I had the brilliant idea to do my own drawing. Why not? Some people even call me "artist". So my pencil art very rapidly became a full blown digital painting. Now my wife wants them printed and rushed as cards. So now my art has actually costed me money!

So here they are. My pencil sketch....

..and the final painting. Happy Holidays!!!!!

New Who

Just a quick post today. Here is something I did while still playing with what I learned from the Seegmiller book. It's not all "polished" and there is still a rough edge to it but I kinda liked it that way.

How reading improved my art.

I am an idiot. I know most of you had that conclusion already but let me wallow for a moment in my own ignorance. I bought a book a few years ago looking to improve what I knew about Photoshop painting. The author's work was impressive and I glanced thru it noting how the pictures of what he was discussing looked like what I already knew. A few days ago I pulled the book back off my bookshelf and looked for something or another that I thought was in said tome. Then something unexpected happened to me. I actually started to READ the book. The more I read the more I wanted to get up and go to my computer and follow along with what I was reading. AND THEN I DID!! Who would have thought???? Then it was like the clouds in my brain parted and I finally saw the light. I actually learned something! It turns out, I really had no idea what he was trying to show me in the marvellous book and that I could actually not only do things better but faster!! Now I want to read even more and finish …

Art Rage!!!!!!!

No, this is nothing like "roid rage" for the nerd contingent of the art world. This is the most fun program that I have stumbled across. Now I know that several of you out there have heard me go on about this before but for the uninitiated ArtRage is a painting program for those of us that were befuddled with Painter. Or couldn't afford Painter. It was designed by some of the fellas that made the original Painter if I am not mistaken and they have broken it down to the bare bones. A simple painting program and nothing more. It has a clean, well laid out interface and the learning curve is about an hour! Now this is not a replacement for Painter nor is it a photo-editing device like Photoshop, but it does work with Photoshop and does a couple things that I wish Photoshop did (live rotating screen for one!). Check it out for yourself. They have a free version with most of the applications and the full version is a whopping $25.00. Yup, only 25 bucks!!! Really? How could yo…

Nova update

Well, I warned you that I was going to keep working with him. Here is the color comp and the finished Illustrator version. I have even started the sculpt of this figure. Not bad so far but not ready to show it yet. That and I have not taken any pictures of it.

Perils of Freelance

Now don't get me wrong. I do enjoy freelancing and the break from the monotony that I get working all day long at my regular job but with it comes its own set of hurdles. Here are several pieces I did for a bank magazine. The first one here was used as a cover and it actually went without a hitch. I used my neighbor at the time, James, to pose for it. Made him get dressed up and climb a ladder in his living room. He is always cool about helping me out and he didn't mind that I made him caucassion. He was just glad that "his ass would be on the cover of a magazine."

This was another cover and a real piece of shit. I didn't have much time at all and they pretty much told me exactly how to draw it. They cut a really big check tho.

This one was actually fun to do. That's me on the far left of the piece and I also posed for the gentleman in the middle. My wife was originally the character looking curiously with the basket but I was told by the art director that the …

Nova, The Human Rocket

Ok, since I already posted what I would do for Flash Gordon if I were designing an animated version, here is another. Nova! The Human Rocket! If you are old enough to remember the mid-70's, you might remember an un-remarkable comic produced by Marvel of the same name. I loved it! It only lasted 25 issues and Marvel has tried to re-introduce him several times since but they all met with cancellation as well. There is a current one out now that I don't see lasting too long. I think they changed the character way to much. When he started out, he was like Peter Parker without his brains. Making him even more of a loser who suddenly gets super-powers from a dying alien while having a soda in an ice-cream shop!! Sound corny?? Yeah, but I recently read an interview with his creator (Marv Wolfman, who also co-created the New Teen Titans for DC comics and had THAT adapted to a cartoon series.) and he stated that Nova was created for kids. For the same type of reader that loved Spider-M…

Flash Gordon

I love Flash Gordon. Alex Raymond was a real genius and the work still holds up today. I even love those old Flash Gordon movie serials from the 1930's starring Buster Crabbe. I still laugh at the sheer camp of the Sam Jones 1980 romp. What I really dislike, however, is the new series on the Sci-Fi Channel. I tried to watch it. I really have and it never got any better. If any of you saw the one where Flash's friend got bit by a Mongo bug and had to be depressed at his brother's wedding in order to live can attest. Does that even remotely SOUND like a Flash Gordon plot??? If that is what they mean by re-imagined for today, I will gladly take yesterday.

So, here it is. My first piece of artwork on my blog. Since I am on this topic I found this to be relevant. I will fess up to the fact that I started this work way back in 1998. Now, that does not mean that I have been working non-stop since then. Hardly. I wish I had more time to finish it actually since it is in the final …

Atlanta, Crowded House and a rib

So being the major geek that I am, I convinced the wife to let me travel to Atlanta to see the re-united Crowded House in concert. They were not heading as far south as Florida so I had to choose another local on the tour. I figured Los Angeles or Atlanta. Both would give me the opportunity to see some Ringling friends and the Crowdies for the first time since 1991. Did I mention that Crowded House is the greatest band ever?? Remind me later and I will post that. The trip was made even better since another old friend, Ryan, said he would tag along. I waited all summer for the event and the day finally arrived. I was giddy. The only downside was that I was still recovering from a really bad cold and had some lingering coughing and congestion. Not to worry. I loaded up on over the counter medications.

The journey there was fine and uneventful. It was a night flight and Alberto met us at the airport and brought us to the hotel. We got some sleep and then in the morning we headed out for s…

...and here I am.

Sometimes you learn things the hard way. I guess that is so you never make that mistake again. What is that they say? Fool me once...... . Well, my computer had some issues after I came home from a trip to Atlanta and had to be overhauled (quick shout-out to Doug!) and in the process I had forgotten to back up my files for the current version of my website. The website is still up but in order to update it, I must first re-create all the content. Faced with that and the news that a good friend of mine has also started a blog made me re-think this whole blogging deal. I know I read them on an almost daily basis. Or at least check out the artwork posted on them. Yeah, most of what I read are blogs by other artists. I always wish I was as good as ( insert name here. ).

So what will I write?? How often will I post?? Will anyone really care??? I don't have any answers right now. I think that I will post periodically and show some work that I may not have already on my website or work…