Saturday, June 11, 2011

No art tonight

Hey folks,

No art tonight.
I'm still configuring The GIMP to work with my wacom, which is almost done: I've got the bamboo, and all the tutorials on how to get it to work with the pressure sensitivity all revolve around macs & linux & Graphires & Cintiqs and frankly, fuck them. I use a PC, and a Bamboo. and a few short clicks, I've got it almost perfect. By perfect, I mean, replicating using my stylus & tablet so it's as close to pen&paper as I can get..

And you know what? GIMP is taking up less than 10% of the space Photoshop did, let alone the whole Master Creative Suite I spent too much time & money on (fuck YOU! "industry standard"...this is free, and better by far for actual art). I just have to get used to a different layout now.

Also.. instead of spending the afternoon doing that, I went & helped my roommate's dad put together a shed.
I don't *like* to walk in, and takeover a project..but I almost did that. Matter of fact, I should have done that.
Instead of putting in patio stones (with enough space for water channels), and the flooring of this annoying plastic-snap-together-use-a-dozen-screws thing.. I should have convinced him to wait until he can properly level the area. But no, I let people do what they're doing, because.. well, who am I to tell them differently?

Anyhow, we've got the walls up, the floor is still uneven but it's there, and instead of actual shelving, I'll be using the shelving-brackets to brace the walls and keep it as square as possible.
The problem is the floor. Even if it was even, it wouldn't `snap together` like it's supposed to. The tabs are simply too short, and the groove to snap into is far too shallow.
Hopefully once we get the roof on it, and start loading stuff into it, it'll be a lot harder to knock over.
Because we've got the walls up and together, it's already harder to knock over so the issue is the space between floor & wall, as this is a shed, and outside year-round, and critters love things like this.

The quick&dirty way is to screw the ceiling down to the walls & weigh the roof down for extra downward-pressure on the tabs. And then slap wood blocks on the inside-walls, and spray-foam the outside, coating the bottom 3-inches and foundation, sealing it. That's the last-resort option. Hoping we can do better tomorrow.

So..that's what I've been doing. Oh, and enjoying peach-gummi-worms in cold beer. Adds a nice peachy-aftertaste. Makes me think there should be fruit-flavoured beers out there. If anyone does this, let me know.
If they don't, I want in on the ground floor of this!

Anyhow.. like I said, no art, so.. screencap from City of Heros/Villains instead, enjoy!
A heroine I made with ice/plant powers...decked out to be a bit of a hippy-cum-heroine who doesn't want to just save the planet, but the people as well.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

More Quickwork

Time flies, man.. holy moly.

It seems like my pal's daughter was barely the length of my forearm just last week and now she's about 2feet tall and growing like a weed.

And as time flies, so too will the pen. I'm almost 1/4 done one of my sketchbooks..and that's just a couple sketches a day, if that!

So, here's some digital watercolours & pen for you, a la Superboy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Shouldn't You Know?

You'd think that, as a creator of something.. the creator would know all about it.
Maybe not all at once, but as questions come along, they'd just know.. because they created the thing in question.

Well, if you've been following me at all, I posted... No I didn't post it, I tweeted it.

Well, now it's about to be posted.
I doodled it.. I created it.. and I don't know what it is.
Guy? Girl? Alien Plant Life Masquerading as a human?
Maybe it's an inter-dimensional gerbil in an exo-suit?
Either way...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


So, okay.. I'm not doing a theme on duality afterall.

Yesterday was such a wash of a day.. even though something good came out of it.. and I hate how it came about.

I don't have many friends. The ones I have are married, and are having kids and all that kinda married-type stuff.
I always hate getting a job on a referral from a friend, because I don't want something to happen, and my friend look bad because of me.

And yet, here I am, starting a new job on monday, because a friend's wife referred me to her boss.
Here's hoping things work out for once.. for a couple months things'll be fine.. but I've got to find someone to carpool with, because this place is far enough off the bus routes that summer heat and winter snow are going to make getting there such a pain in the arse... and I don't want to think about that right now..

But I do. Because I'm a worst-case-scenario guy. Give me any.. ANY situation, and I'll be able to think of how it can be worse.
I'm not a pessimist. I'm a hopeful-realist. I hope for good things, and try to prepare for the worst.

And here's a lil.. I dunno what the hell this is. It's not what I started out drawing, that's for sure.
Instead, it's a conglomeration of digital ink, pastel, charcoal, acrylic and airbrushing.
Maybe I'll put it up on my deviant art account as a print...

And for those curious.. I don't know who or what I've pissed off, but even my install-cd's are missing my adobe programs. So now I'm pissed..and bewildered. I know digital data is only good for X-amount of years, but c'mon!! The cd's aren't even 5-years old..and ALL of them are missing their programs!! All the other files are there.
So I thought I'd download a trial version and "upgrade" with my registry codes.
Errors installing.
Something out there doesn't want me using photoshop, flash, illustrator or dreamweaver.. and it can slurp my hairy ass crack I am so damned mad. ....not that it makes any sense to be mad at something that can bugger a laptop & cd's to the point it's like the programs never existed, and eucher fresh installs after wiping registry-keys.
At least Corel Painter Essentials hasn't crapped out on me yet.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


If you listen to some of the so-called experts (how do we know they're experts..really?? There's no real tests of their abilities like the Olympics or NHL Playoffs or Superbowl or anything, so I'm calling "bullshit!" on all emotional/mental/psychological `experts` out there) then you're aware that as people, we've developed many `masks`, one for home, one for work, one for various friends and family and so forth.

Personally, I think we can boil it down to, oh, say three.
When you need to be nice & polite & put your best image out there,
When you're around friends and people you're comfortable with,
and then when it's all stripped away, and you're your real self (which often seems to come out in time of pressure & frustration and when we think nobody's looking)

So, for this week, I'm going to try & focus on duality, two sides of a coin, as it were, taking a page out of Harvey Dent's (a.k.a Two-Face) book. Kind of like that light&dark thing I did a while ago, but with personality & emotion instead of ...well.. light & dark/shadow.

The below is what we'd often see in a movie where the protagonist lead/leads a life as a spy, and his cover.

Still no luck with getting my photoshop or illustrator or any of my adobe programs reinstalled. This pissed me off for a good while, and now I've pretty much given up on it until my brain comes up with some kind of solution by just ignoring it for a while.
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