Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why I put this off...

I had no idea this thing was going to be so complicated. Even with a new set of skills and available tools, this was tough to build. It's getting too late to color, re-order layers, apply stroke styles, and put onto a template.


I had a vision of how I thought this would turn out. The final product is a bit different than expected. Not bad I guess. It's pretty early in the day still, I should do some more.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Airships are pretty cool. It's also pretty nice to eschew the usual vertical orientation every now and again. Clouds continue to be a blast to make.

This whole thing was a lot harder to do than I figured it would be. I'm not sure if I really captured the roundness of the shape. The contour lines would probably be bent a bit more than that, but they work.

Used a new tool: basically the paint bucket. At this small size, it's difficult to tell but the shapes produced by this tool aren't very pretty. I got the equivalent of a rough magic wand selection in Photoshop, only in vector form. Oh well.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

So stop feeling sorry for yourself and just make something...

Kind of a fun experiment in creating a Tiki mask. I don't know much about the culture or ideas that spawned these awesome objects, and that sort of drives me nuts. Without getting too lost in research, I took a couple examples and made an attempt of my own. I want to do more like that.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 bandage

You know...because bandaid is just the genericized trademark for adhesive bandage. Just like how velcro is the genericized trademark for wacky, burr-like, fabric fastener. Let us not forget how Milk Bites are the Kraft Foods' genericized trademark for delicious, weird, granola bars with some kind of milk product...

Let me get something out of the way: my reasons for starting this project are kind of all over the place. Beyond all of the logical reasons I told myself (learning Inkscape, getting into vector illustration, overcoming procrastination), there was always one clear answer: escape.

The genesis of this project was a terrible argument I had with my wife that nearly tore us apart. Fast forward to today where she has all but completely moved out/on, and I understand how important this whole thing is. I have a rapidly shrinking sense of self-worth and my motivation waxes and wanes randomly. I'm watching my family dissolve, and there are very things left to grab and keep from falling.

I'm appreciative of those remaining footholds, though: the people who have helped out, directly and indirectly, while I hang on for dear life. I also want to thank this project, if possible, for giving me something else to think about when things go even more wrong. I'm sorry for not updating everyday like I'm supposed to, but understand that I'm still learning how this all works.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

There has to be a better word...

Trying my hand at some graffiti-style bubble-lettering. I like the results, but I want a better word before I move on to vectoring.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Got a 3DS? Own Pushmo yet? You should check it out. It's only seven dollars on the e-shop right now, and if it weren't for a portable version of Street Fighter IV, Pushmo would be my most played game on the system at the moment. It's difficult to explain what I like about the game so much: it's a 3D puzzle game with simple controls and mechanics that remains enjoyable even at the higher difficulty levels. It's the sort of game I can play for a bit, come to a logical end, and go back to something else (drawing, vectoring, or trying to get the timing down on Fei Long's Rekka combos).

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Part of "going pro" is playing while injured. A pro can't make excuses for being unable to work. A pro realizes that not all time is created equal. There is time in the day for distractions, but there is also time to practice and apply your craft. I've made a conscious effort to better myself with this project, and I can already see the improvement. But that's no reason to stop.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I've Got Sketches, Ideas, and Some Know-how

So behind. This weird feeling keeps creeping in. I know I should work. I know resistance is keeping me from my goals. I know that I'll never get better at this stuff without working through it. But I keep getting lost in my head. I have let people down. I have let myself down. Squandering precious time in idle thought. Unable to fully commit to my emotions. Sitting on ideas until they expire...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Koi Revision

Added a stroke to the lips. Removed some colored construction strokes that were accidentally left behind. Do you see them in the original? No? They're there. Trust me.