Friday, August 14

Wait a minute...........I'm not left handed....

Oh look, another typical Friday night in Orange County. While I do cherish some downtime at home it's f*ing Friday night. I'm 24, single and I'm at home. Someone....anyone? Oh right you all have SO's or other friends to hang out with. That's fine, that's cool. I'll just go eat my left over pasta and watch Asian Dramas and contemplate on the mysteries of why so many of the actors are prettier than me. Damn you Wu Chun and your perfect complexion!

Me with man on the brain.

Oh and my Black Adder dvds are being shipped. Whoop!

Wednesday, August 12

The Cheerio and the String.

Step 1 - Find an unsuspecting victim. has some awesome subjects.
Step 2 - Draw your "Cheerio". Basically an oval. This also the eyeline.
Step 3 - Draw the "String". This is where you place the foundation of the face. Exaggerate as much or little as you want. Give them a huge forehead and a teeny chin, or the opposite: a nonexistant forehead and an enormous jaw.
Step 4 - Add the details.

Usually I see myself as pretty even keeled, but for the last couple of months seems I've been going through a rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows. I'll complain about "surface" problems, but there's a lot I internalize and don't really talk about. Part of it is that stoic "Quit being stupid, and just get over it" syndrome I have. There's things that bother me but they feel so trivial. It's been taking a toll lately, and there's an excess of restless energy. So I've been fueling it into drawing. Not sure if it's doing anything in the way of therapy, or if it's just keeping me from focusing on "feelings". Unfortunately it's also keeping me up way too late; I didn't fall asleep until 5 this morning. But that's why they make Red Bull.

So yeah, me fighting off insecurities/worries/sources of stress. They suck, but they're kind of adorable. Looks like Shy is out for the count, mwahaha! I was planning on drawing more, but just stuck to the ones that are most prevalent right now. Random portrait-ish pose. I was thinking more about the insecurities thing and drew Doubt as a monster king who shackles people to himself. I'm sure there's something all inspirational and deep, but I'll let you decide its meaning because I'm too tired.

People should read more. Find a friend and hang out and read. It'll be good for you. I really like this one, even though laying like that would probably be rather uncomfortable. Oh well, it's cute. Would love to color it, but no promises.

Caricatures from last night's visit to Gypsy Den with Gavin and Ashley. SO MUCH FUN. How ever did I miss the "cheerio and string" method of drawing caricatures? Makes it a lot easier. I still think I need to exaggerate more, but it's much better than my previous attempts.

Random sketches, some of these are from last Sunday, the others are from last night.

Playing around with designs for my friend Melissa's photography logo. EGADS! I haven't done graphic design in years! It shows.....but I will keep truckin' away on it.

Monday, August 10

Three somewhat minor, yet still important characters who'll appear in the beginning of Soulstone.
Nasira and Raven approaching Alcaeus, and then teasing him about his wedding ring. "Oh it's just gorgeous, darlin'."(Yes I'm aware of the height issues in the second image...and the fact that Alcaeus' face is not consistant). If there's two people Alcaeus doesn't want talking to his wife it's probably these two. They know everything, and would be more than happy to share. Because that's what best friends do.
Just playing with poses, getting to know her. After 10 years I have finally found the character. I just can't imagine her with hair now, bald so fits her personality! Plus it'd be a personal habit, since Ancient Egyptians shaved off all of their body hair. (Quick breakdown: story is about immortals, takes place in the future in really it'll work, and Nasira was born in Ancient Egypt).
Some random guy in Gypsy Den, and a moment in Nasira's past. No that's not Alcaeus, I need to come up with a new look for this guy. But that's the guy's dad, and apparently he and Nasira don't see eye to eye. And you's not because he's taller.....mfff bwahaha. Sorry, it's late, and bad puns are amusing.
Nasira's birth 'rents. Her mum is expecting, and what is she up to? Tsk, tsk, lady.

Goofing around with panels. All I can say is: practice, practice, practice. I really want to do a fight scene between Nasira and Fear Liath More (dude with the chain and no eyes). Nasira's cerebral arch enemy is a man named Savan, but her physical match is Fear. Many epic battles have ensued, and will ensue without a clear victor. Oh, in case you're wondering read left column first, top to bottom, then the right column.

Sunday, August 9

Poor Tomato is having an identity crisis. Who should he believe? The vegetables or the fruit? Just some quick colors. I'm thinking of submitting that one to Threadless.
And random Happy 'Stache! I was thinking of the Sherlock Holmes panel where Robert Downey Jr. talked about Jude Law's 'Tache.

I had such a good day today I had to draw a couple of Happy Buddhas! I haven't done one in a while. It'd be fun to do a new one every day. I've done no research on Buddha's or Buddhist hand hand gestures, I just like drawing chubby, happy monks...holding rice and chopsticks. It's fun! May you have good karma this week!