Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas folks.

No art made today, unless you count clean laundry as art.

So, here's a screencap of my Blaster from City of Heroes. He was designed as part of the guild/clan/whatever `The Booty Pirates`, who's motto was `it's not about the chest, it's about the booty!`.
Entendres included, I suppose. Still, it was fun being part of a pirate-themed superhero group.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

My roommate, bless her heart ( I picked that phrase up while in Texas),
texted me asking me what I was doing tomorrow.
My first thought was `It's Christmas, hello!! B'd'uhhhh`.. then I remember I don't do anything on Christmas.

See, my family is either 6 hours north, or something like 17hours west.
I drive...but I don't have my own vehicle. It's actually cheaper to fill a gas-tank than it is to take a bus, not that I can afford either. So, I just don't see my family often.. or at all it seems like most days.

But wait!, you say, We live in a world with internets, facebooks, texts & IM's, you can keep in touch!
Well, sure.. but that's still no substitute for actually seeing the flesh&blood on the other side of a screen, and no, webcams just don't do it justice. Besides, it's well-documented that yes, as a society, we're more connected than ever.. but we're also more alone & lonelier than ever.

Anyhow, so while you folks enjoy time with family, feasting away and making merry, I hope to be getting my laundry done, and trying to find non-christmas shows/movies on the tv that comes with said wonderful laundry access.
For those of you who, like me, cannot be with your family or the ones you care about, my empathies, and I'll try to remember to raise a glass of `cheer` to you, tomorrow.

So.. given that the amount of snow on the ground here isn't enough to fill a child's serving of a slurpy/slushie/snowcone.. here's a lil something from my head to yours.

      Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a good night.     

Thursday, December 23, 2010


So..yeah. Wasn't sure what I was going to just up and sketch tonight..

I don't really like holidays. All the farcity of the forced-glee and fake happiness..not even close to masking the rushing, grumbling, crowded, irritated and nigh-almost-brutish shoppers.. people being people, doing things that, if left to their own devices, would do when they wanted to, because they wanted to (or so I tell myself), instead of being forced into this thing called 'christmas'.

And it's not even 'christmas' anymore.. it's all `happy holidays`.
Utter bullshit.
However.. if you want to be all `happy holidays` and not `merry christmas`.. fine. Go in to work, and work a regular day's wage on December 25th. Return the 'holiday pay' and if you happen to work that day, return the time-and-a-half or however much they're paying you, and take only what would be a regular-day's wage.
Otherwise, kindly STFU and have a Merry Christmas.

I don't like the commercialization of this time of year. It seems the only time we aren't bombarded with `seasonal` advertising is during the summer..and even then, Victoria Day Weekend (aka, May2-4) the 4th of July, Canada Day, or some other day crops up that's suddenly a big deal.
But it's really bad from Labour Day down through to St.Patrick's Day.

It starts with Labour Day barbecue stuff. Then (in Canada) October-Thanksgiving, then Halloween, then (in the US) November-Thanksgiving, then a small lull for about 3 days while Remembrance Day is observed by some (and those who refuse to acknowledge it, please get to the front of the line of advancing troops in enemy territory.) and then it's Christmas time followed shortly thereafter by New Year's, on to Valentine's Day and then the dull-roar of St.Patrick's Day.
You've got 7 months of spending, enduring, imbibing, partaking and supposedly, enjoying. That only gives you 5 months (if you do nothing else) to work, pay off debts and try to save up for the recurring 7 months of 'joy'

I'm not against having a good time or enjoying yourself.. or even special days that commemorate things.. but don't force me to celebrate something. Don't make me feel like I'm some defectual delinquent because I'm not all smiles and sunshine in what are generally the coldest and bleakest months of the year. (Nov-Feb, let's say)

So I got thinking about Scrooge.
Now, let's say Scrooge was actually a younger man.. a real go-getter, one of those fast up&coming kind of guys, who steps on everyone but the poeple he glad-hands so he can keep climbing that ladder to a position of authority and paycheque.
Then the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Future pay him a visit.
I'm fairly sure that Scrooge wouldn't have actually recanted his well-worn habits and ways of being, thinking, living just because of some ghostly visions & visitations. But the Ghostbusters aren't around for another couple of hundred years... so what're ya gonna do?

Ya do it yourself. And yes, this is the beginning of a foray into steampunk ghostbusting, a la Ebenezer Scrooge.. or, as I'm calling it: Scrooge's Revenge. The steampunk aspects would come into play for the ghost-fighting gear, among other things.

Seriously though.. it's surprisingly difficult to get them muttonchops right. But they're very fun to draw.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More random sketches

Nothing really direct, motivated or purposeful.

Man.. it feels like forever since I've been in Photoshop.. I've been using Corel Painter Essentials for almost everything on here.. it's nice to be back in Photoshop, for sketching purposes.

I've heard good things about Manga Studio for a natural-feel for sketching, even on non-Intuous tablets.. and no, I don't have one. I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun. The price is right for an introductory tablet, and if various aspects of this existence come together for the better(for once), I'll be buying an Intuous because hey, I'll be drawing for a living. But it ain't like that day is tomorrow.. so I'll stick with my faithful Bamboo Fun+ and try to be happy with what I have.

That's the real secret, you know.. being content with what you have.
And it is so damned hard in our society.

John Wigger ( of the Zombie Roomie webcomic) had tweeted about wanting to try getting a watercolour feel out of photoshop. I think I've gotten a feasible attempt, more or less. Sure, there's room for refinement, but for not actually attempting to get watercolour-feel? I think it worked out okay.

And don't ask me why Batman got in there. Dude's freakin everywhere, okay?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Labour of

love? Oh hell no. Labour of because sometimes I just gotta do something different.

Though I don't think I'll be doing *this* again anytime soon without being paid for it.
Sometimes I'm just too damned nice for my own good.

It's not done yet, as you can see from the close-up shots, I have some minor touching to do, which means a steadier hand, which means I should stop drinking - coke. I've not ingested enough caffeine to cause a problem yet, but I might as well cut a potential problem off before it becomes one.
Not that I drink(anything) to excess..but I do loves me some Coke and Dr.Pepper.

Anyhow.. I've decided that, quite frankly, to hell with the issues and problems and distractions and detractions, I'm still going to attempt to do this every day and every outside influence can go fuck itself in the face.
Yup, not real kid-friendly there, but neither am I, really.

I just hope that when I'm done this series of slim-back art pieces, they arrive at their destination without much marring or transitory-damages.
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