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New graphics tablet

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Actually, my first graphics tablet.  I’m really not used to digital painting or anything like that.  I like pencils and pens.  But I’m trying out new things.  So here’s me playing around with a sketched out idea I had while writing Tattoo.

Cat doodle

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Random Color

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Penelope Sea

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The first book I ever took a whack at, Penelope Sea and Ocean End, needs some massive editing.  I think I am just getting into the mood for that too. This is Penelope.


Seamless patterns

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A little while ago I was playing around with seamless patterns–the manual way.  I had a few sketches hanging around in my folders and I finally got around to coloring this one today.

In case you didn’t know, the manual way of seamless patterns is to get yourself a square sheet of paper and draw on it.  Fill it up to the edges as much as you can.  Now cut your square into four squares and tape them back together so the top right square is on the bottom left, top left – bottom right, bottom right- top left and so on.  Then draw again.   Now scan.

The only problem I always run into is that I use cheap paper which inevitably warps and expands with the moisture of my hands while I’m drawing.  Thus I have no really perfect seamless patterns.  Shucks.

There are more here.

Year of the Dragon

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Happy Year of the Dragon!  I got all year to say it, so its ok that I’m late.  🙂

Doomed Moviethon Girl

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Hey!  Didja know the Doomed Moviethon girl is mine too?  Or, er, mine and Richard’s.  Only that I don’t draw her near as much as he would like me too.  Yes, that is her with my cat, Sparkles.

If you didn’t know about Doomed Moviethon you should head over there and check it out.  It is replete with fabulous reviews of sometimes horrible horror movies.  Sometimes good ones too.  All fabulous reviews, though.

Planning out the challenges

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Dunno if you’ve noticed, but I like to commit to crazy creative challenges.  I keep finding out about ones that have just passed without my knowlege (like hourly comics day).  So in an attempt to miss as few as possible, I’m planning.

Inktober – an ink drawing a day throughout October:  no pencils, no erasers.

24 hour comics day – registration open in June.  This was a crazy day to get through the first time I did it, but I ended up drawing a story I probably would never have come up with otherwise.

NaNoWriMo – November writing challenge.  I’ve signed up every year since I first heard about it in 2008.  I have only won twice.  There is something magical about having a quest, a goal, a crusade to throw yourself into the moment you get home from work.

Jason Turner Project or Page 100 – where you make a comic of the 100th page of a favorite book.  I was so excited about this I rushed to my book room to grab one of my childhood favorites and realized that I’ll probably have to re-read the thing in order to get it right.

Allison Lehman’s 30 Day drawing challenge – I was looking around for more challenges and I found this.  I like the list and the idea of compiling a challenge of one’s own.  So the months outside of October and November are prime for this.

Random Sketch

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This is an art site you know.  I give you:  Jackelope.

The Family Album project

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If you went to check out the projects page after I mentioned it last you may have seen the Family Album.  This was an insanely large and involved project that I am still extremely proud of, even though when I look back at projects I see all the room for improvement.


The Family Album comprised six generations of two main families and their relations in the small town they occupied.  They are all pencil sketches, laminated and then mounted like photographs.  I even included a family tree in the back.  All the characters are named from people I found in my own family tree–yes, I’ve done the genealogy project too.  I have to admit, the album project isn’t completely  complete.  I intended to write letters to and from at least a couple of the people included therein, but I have not done this yet.  Maybe next NaNoWriMo.

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