A quick demo of carving and printing
Because Wednesday is for suckers!
More care trouble this week, threw me off a bit. But I’ve got a couple sketches and the beginning of a new print to show you..
First you’ve got a kind of studious looking guy wearing a backpack. This is based on a character design I did for an aborted comic idea a friend of mine had a few years back. (I should talk to him about that again).
Then you’ve got this other guy. Don’t know his name, but those sideburns!
Lastly I’m getting started on the squirrel print. I figured out a background and have started carving the block. Head on over to the Instagrams for more regular updates on the progress of the print.
Alright, I think that’ll do it for now.
I don’t have much of an update this fine Wednesday morning.
In the meantime enjoy this video about weathering model buildings from the nice folks over at Tested.com.
Apparently I have difficulty knowing when Wednesday actually happens.
I’m either a day late or a day early.
Oh, well. Please bear with me while I work out the proper calibrations.
I’ve got so many things I want to work on right now but I don’t end up working on any them.
It’s a thing.
At any rate I picked up an audio book on organization and it’s already helping a bit - point self-help.
As a result I’ve actually picked up a couple of threads I’d lost track of. One of those threads is the 20 Page Comic challenge I accepted from a friend a while back. The rest of the challenge group has been pretty idle lately but I’m going to forge ahead myself. It’s been a realllly long time since I drew any comics and it’s something I’d like to take a crack at again.
I’m also buckling down and getting back to the printing. Part of the problem is finding subjects. So I thought to myself, “Self, how about a cute squirrel?”.
“That sounds like a fine idea, Self” I replited. And then I drew a cute squirrel. Being myself it can’t just be a squirrel, of course. It will probably end up being some sort of Ratatoskr sort of thing.
Other than that I’ve got a nearly working proto-type of a card/dice game I’m calling Adventure Capitalists. More on that later. The cone broke off the Jawa Blaster I’m making for Q so I’ve got to reglue that. And I think it’s time to start painting NERF guns again.
Well, that’ll do it for now.
Summer is a distracting time but I have managed to make some things.
Not the least of which is the video games. Especially since I finally got my computer situation upgraded and can finally play Oxygen Not Included and Fallout 4. Not to mention the car needing a load of repairs and smogging and blah blah. June was a pretty distracting month.
Another project after upgrading was getting all my software set-up again. The other day I finally got around to getting everything in place to do more databending. I celebrated by bending a bunch of data. Most of them I’m not going to show you, partly because I’m not super happy with them and partly because they use copyrighted material. So it goes.
Anyway! The first one is an old picture I found of my young friend Q and his dad way back when Q was a baby.
I started using a lot of Photoshop into my databent pictures a while ago but I kicked it up a notch with this one. Much more complex layering and manipulation than I’ve done before.
I was so happy with it I tried using some of the same techniques I’d worked out on a self portrait. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out.
Other than the computer ugrades and care repairs and such things I’ve been managing to get out of the house walk around and stuff.
On one of those excursions I went to Picchetti Winery and came across this super chill peacock hanging out in the shade next to the trail. Tons of people walking by but he couldn’t be bothered.
Also - I’ve been running a Star Wars Edge of Empire game for Q and his family. They recently rescued an Ithorian Jedi from a Star Destroyer.
His name is Larquin and I drew a picture of him.
If you want to see more sketches and random pictures from my walks you should head on over to my Instagram Runcible_Things or over on Facebook.
It’s been a while. I went to Maker Faire, saw a documentary about Woodstock featuring my dad and am slowly building a Jawa ion blaster for my young friend Q. It’s been painted, and is actually nearly done, since these pics were taken but I’m bad about documenting progress. I’ll throw something up on Instagram probably.
Other than that I’ve spent a bunch of time designing a board game! No details yet but I’ve nearly put together a working prototype and have at least one friend willing to playtest it with me.
That’s it for now.
I don’t have much to show this week unfortunately., My young friend Q has decided that he wants to be a Jawa for Halloween this year and I’ve started making an ion blaster for him. Unfortunately I haven’t taken any pictures of it. Some will probably show up on the Instagrams at some point.
In the meantime have a look at some re-envisioned Star Wars designs from the designer who worked on The Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi.
Had a busy weekend of pretending to be both a fairy/angel hybrid and a robot. I didn’t get a whole lot done again. I did, however, make some progress on the space pirate. He’s nearly done I think.
I’m putting printing on the list for the next week. I’ve got work to do!
It looks like I’ve got a crew together for Maker Faire! Woohoo! It’s always more fun when you go with other people.
Alright, that’s it for t his week.
April was a slow month.
But I did work on a couple of things.
First I started repainting this space pirate figure from Treasure Planet. It doesn’t look like much now, but I’m only just finishing up the base coat. There are many washes and dry-brushings to come
Also I started printing the BeeKnot for the subscriber prints. So that’s not nothing.
Maker Faire is coming up this month! I’m getting a group of friends together this year. Should be a good, inspirational time!
That’s all for now.
Actually on a Wednesday this time.
I was sick last week and didn’t get much done but here’s a couple things I did. A character sketch for a new Through the Breach game I’m going to be playing in.
His name is Elmyr Dunch and he’s obsessesed with the preservation of ancient artifacts. Also he has a rat friend and a backpack of useful things.
I also bought and painted some steam arachnids for the next time I play Malifaux.
That’s it for now.
I know, it’s actually Thursday. Work with me.
I didn’t do quite as much as I would have liked but I did start on a new car.
The original look was really fake and cartoony. The engine was just white plastic.and it had stickers with some badass cobras on them. So I sprayed the whole thing black and started over.
I started out with a black and yellow color scheme inspired by the cop cars from Mad Max. I decided that since it was a cartoony muscle car I’d go with something garish. And so it became a purple and yellow kind of Tokyo Drift sort of thing. The paint job was pretty bad. I didn’t need it to be good though because I knew I would be covering most of it up again anyway.
Then came the weathering! Yay weathering!
This one is going to end up in a scene but I this time I want to put it on a road instead of just abandoned and overgrown.
I think that’s it.
This week I finished up the robot gorilla I started a couple months back. Originally I had envisioned a desert setting but it morphed into more of a scrub/steppe sort of environment.
Exposure to the elements has stripped away whatever markings or decorations that may have once adorned it’s surface. Erasing all evidence to the identity of the builders of this strange machine or what use it was put to.
It seems likely that I will continue to fool around with the site so that should be fun.
That’s it for now.
I’ve been messing around with the site tonight. I think there’s going to be do that a fair bit in the near future. Things might come and go for a bit while I figure it out. Right now I’ve messed around with the gallery layout a bit and removed some stuff.
Anyway, I just added a bunch of stuff to Sketchbook so maybe have a look a that.
I’ve been working on a thing or two this week.
Like a cute robot armed with a flamethrower and a big knife.
I did some databending on a picture I took while out on a walk early one morning.
And finally - I’ve been working on some prints! I’ve been wanting to do bee themed print but nothing I came up with was satisfying. Then I came across this celtic knot bee design.
I’m really liking it - it’s possible i’ll carve it again now that I have a better idea what I’m doing but overall I’m happy with it..
That’s all for now.
I’ve just been really focused on my new job at the print shop.
That’s right, I quit working with books after spending most of my life doing it. Now I’m working at a print shop that is somehow even closer to home than the bookstore was.
Print-shop life is pretty hectic and has been taking up a great deal of my brain. In addition to art making that I need to get back to exercising. I had been pretty good about getting exercise outside before the smoke from the fires in California stopped me. Then it was rainy and cold, then just cold. But the time has come to get back on that horse.
I’ll finally be sending out the Patreon rewards prints for autumn/winter and spring/summer as well as the year end print.
.Keep an eye on this space for more developments and art and stuff
Is that it? I think that’s it for now.
See you in a bit.
I saw this article about a month ago about a guy who was bashing military models with hot wheels and creating cool post-apocalypse vehicles a la the Mad Max franchise. I thought to myself "Hey! I should get back to doing that sort of thing!"
I had some Cars toys that had come from the thrift store kicking around and some leftover bits from various old sets of miniatures. I grabbed some glue and paint and got to work.
After a submarine voiced by Sean Connery goes rogue and starts a nuclear exchange the world of becomes a desolate wasteland where only the angriest survive. This is the world of Cars : Angry Street .
I had actually been working on a game called Angry Street using some modded hot wheels cars and this project got me in the mood to work on it again. Unfortunately I seem to have lost all my notes about how the game worked so I'm back to square one.
I got a new job! I've left the bookstore behind and started working at a print shop near my house. I'm still in CustServ but at least it isn't retail. It's been completely eating my brain for the past couple weeks, which is why I haven't been posting anything.
I have not, however, been completely idle. I accepted a challenge to write a twenty page comic story.and I've also been doing some sketches for the super hero game I've been running.
Also I've also been doing some sketches for the super hero game I've been running.
I think that's it for now.
A friend of mine asked me to print a design on his new longbow.Read More