(I really ought to draw this as a comic journal but it’d be, like, 23985634857 inches tall.)
So the day started out well, driving to work I’m listening to “On Writing” on CD, written and read by Stephen King. I’ve just gotten to disk 4, which is the beginning of the actual “advice on writing” part. Up until now it’s been snippets of his life’s history, key moments which shaped him as a writer.
But now he’s talking about all these technical things, how writers like John Grisham write phonetically, how they write as if their characters were speaking, how there will and ought to be imperfections. His next line is “John’s second novel, “The Firm,” sold something like nine gajillion copies.” He said that, “gajillion.” I lost it.
Later I’m telling Carli, a coworker, about this experience. I start to tell her that I’m listening to a book on CD written and read by Stephen— “Hawking?” she interrupts. We laugh. “That’d be pretty funny, a book read by Stephen Hawking,” she says.
I think about it for a beat, and then it hits me. I chuckled, then I start full-on laughing. Then I can’t stop laughing. I’m gasping for breath, tears coming out of my eyes. I try to let at least a few giggles get through so people know I’m not crying, dying, or having a fit. I retreat into my truck because I look like a fool I’m laughing so hard. After about 30 seconds, I can’t hide in there any longer, I have to come out to load my truck but I’m still laughing. “I’m going to hell!” I gasp, convulsing, “I’m laughing at a paralyzed man; I’m going to hell.”
After the laughter subsided some two minutes later, I felt pretty good for a damned soul.
Later, Cali and I talking again, and without preamble she says “you know, Kim,” our boss, “looks like Dobby the House Elf to me.” She wasn’t nearby, so we laughed as much as we wanted. The only danger now is not laughing at her when I see her next. Because Kim, all 5 feet and 90 pounds of her could probably kill me with her bare hands. Or run me over with her motorcycle.
At least if I’m going to hell, I’ll be sent there by Kim, which is a pretty awesome way to go.
Three Christmas/Holiday cards I’m donating. Sketches here. I’m kind of “eh” on the polar bear, but I’m really happy with the penguins and the reindeer. And why is it that everything looked like junk until I put the pencil lines on? Art mysteries!
Keep an eye on my store, I should have these cards and more up for sale by Thanksgiving!
Retro Nerd Burds! From top to bottom they are: Parakeet, Kookaburra, Emperor Penguin and Bearded Tit. This was the brain child of about three people together, and probably the most fun I've had with putting clothes on animals in a long time!
Don't know how many times I can tell y'alls: PLAY PORTAL 2, PLAY IT! This adorable little guy is called a Frankenturret, two turrets combined like a hermit crab in a weighted storage cube. If you have no idea what I just wrote, again, go play this game! Drawin in the mac version of ms Paint, Paintbrush, which is actually really fun to play around with, and because of the ability to adjust brush opacity, it's quite simple to mix colors.
GUESS WHAT I DO INSTEAD OF SLEEPING HINT: DRAW THIS RIDICULOUSNESS 8U
I’m actually really happy with this, I hammered the lines out in like, three hours of totally fatigued work, and then finished it when I woke up. These are all characters from this dumb amazing RP I'm in. Just. Just. Be gentle with me ok, I love this stupid thing to death.
HAY LOOK PENGUINS And some polar bear cubs and a reindeer. Also Ceres and her fat parakeet. These are all preparation sketches for Christmas/Holiday cards, so if there's anything you'd like to see on a card, let me know!
Penguins are ridiculous, they're still fluffy and chubby despite being also sleek, muscular and streamlined? And they're triangles. Chicks, which start their life exclusively walking, are triangles with the weight on the bottom △, and adults, which swim almost exclusively, are triangles with all the weight on the top ▽. IT'S HILARIOUS.
Also to answer your question Jacob: "Is it a play on the word "cervid," or did it just happen that way?" It kinda happened that way? I'm aware of "cervid" and the term "cervine" and that may have had a subconscious effect on the choice, but I just really like the name Ceres. Hooray happy accidents!
I was at a petting zoo a little while ago, and they had GOATS with the cutest little petite hooves. So I thought it’d be cute to design a little centauress with those petite goat hooves. I prefer the shape of a deer’s body, though, so now she’s a goat-deer-taur?
Pfff, mythical creature, I do what I want.
Also she has a fluffy budgie buddy. Kinda like a kakapo. I don’t know if he’s flightless or not though, but definitely just as fluffly.
Huur derp, still working her character out, maybe I’ll do some color and markings experiments later.
Internet, meet Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged (Display Copy, Not For Sale); an early birthday present.
Printed in 1960, it is in nearly perfect condition. It weighs 14 lbs (6.35 kilo), and is 5 7/8th inches from cover to cover (approx 15 cm). It smells faintly of grape from a distance of about 6 inches, but not up close. The main Vocabulary is 3194 pages, and the introduction and other preceding pages number 136. It was bought second-hand for 17.50$, marked down from 39.50$. Nowadays they run for more than 100$.
I cannot believe this book. I laugh almost every time I look at it because of how RIDICULOUS it is! It’s like a big, awkwardly square baby.
And it has taught me that I’ve been saying “Eberhardt” wrong this whole time:
This is part of a super-sneaky retirement gift for my Illustration professor. Shhh-- don't tell him!
A bunch of us have contributed a page with our art on it, and the amazing Natalie Luehr has offered to bind together a book from these pages.
These paintings are a bit of an in-joke with my professor, they incorporate a few of the things that he thought were funny, characteristic, or infuriating about how I painted landscapes and in general:
I love big skies.
I like muted and limited palates. (Spoilers, I just hate color)
I love putting a row of trees along the horizon.
And I always paint small. Super small. These are 1.5" x 2". That's inches, not feet.
Well, the word's out, I love drawing stupid sappy pictures like this one! So have some cuddling.
Thank you all who helped me fix the problems in this painting, and who voted for it in the contest it was in!
An image that popped into my head more or less fully formed, the only problem was actually doing it.
I started this painting in gouache, but grew frustrated and scanned it into the computer to finish it digitally. I am happy with how it turned out, especially the stone.
Thank you all who voted for it in the contest it was in!