Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Discordian Tattoo

Here is my tattoo design done for a good friend. I've been stuck in a world without Photoshop, Maya, and Zbrush lately (tools of choice), but a box of colored pencils is doing alright to get me by.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Home again

Wow.. I've been busy lately. I'm back in Missouri working ever so diligently at my new vocation in the Air Force. Before joining I never really understood the value of discipline or the true meaning of it I think. My whole life is changing and I'm looking to start over. Sarah health is still up and down but our marriage has been transformed and renewed. It is strange how seemly horrible events in your life can have such brilliantly positive transformative outcomes. Basically we are starting over and making a new life. The only downside to working at the base is being away from my workstation and animation. My sketchbooks are always at hand but it just isn't the same.

I'm going to be pursing a masters here soon thanks to Uncle Sam. After four secondary education institutes (if I count tech school and I do) I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to go back again (i.e. loan debt) - now I can get my MFA because of my service. I've also been bitten by the teaching bug. After being a leader in tech school and a mentor in my video conference animation group, it just seems like the right thing to do.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Napping for Humanity

Today was another fun day with volunteering. I took part in a couple of Habitat for Humanity projects. Basically we turned giant piles of earth into nice level yards and filled trenches. I'm glad that Humanity will have some more Habitat to live in and nice yards to boot. It really took it out of me so I came home and took a nap. I was fighting it though. I went from writing, to lack of concentration, to watching some Morel Orel, to listening to Morel, to passing out. Body needed rest.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Goal progress

Charity & Volunteering

Yesterday I went out and helping to feed the homeless. People ate, got to laugh, talk, and smile in a safe environment, and everything went great. I also got to play with a cute baby. If playing with cute babies was part of all volunteer work I would definitely go out more. I do feel better about life, living, and everything so am going to look for more opportunities. I'm sure this will be a naive statement about the homeless and greater socioeconomic factors play in, but they seemed just like everyday people who had obstacles in their lives that just got the better of them. I talked to a man who was ex-Navy, was undergoing asbestos exposure treatment, and was a divorced after he got in a car accident. That is a rough ticket. Others had chemical dependencies and mental issues. Regardless, everyone wanted to have a meal and sit and talk.


I'm going to drink this giant bottle of water today. The sticker said it was my recommended daily allowance of water.If you can't trust a giant water bottle sticker I don't know who to really trust in this world. I mean.. look at this bottle. It is silly big.


I drew some really ugly drawings yesterday. Several pages of ugly drawings. My biggest drawing hurdle right now is character drawing. I never worry about drawing from life, but keeping vitality and life in designed characters isn't a skill that I've acquired yet in 2d. So right now I'm doing studies from the legendary Fred Moore and Hanna Barbara designs via John K Stuff's blog. When I start making some better drawings, I will be sure and post them.


No progress. Waiting until I move before I start this new endeavor.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Things I want in my life

Animate more! Draw more! Make Art. I want to create more art pieces. Things to put on the wall or the fridge. I want to decorate my life. Kids coloring produce more work in a day than I do in a month. Why is that? I want to pour myself into it and just enjoy. I need to let myself make bad art. I give myself permission to learn and make mistakes.

Drink more water. I have gotten off of soda and candy. This is big for me, but tea is my current drug of choice. So more water for me. And milk. And less tea (to make room for the milk and water).

Volunteer more. I have mixed feelings on this. I feel like helping society is a responsibility and I should be a part of that. I don't get a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings from it though. Mostly it is hard work without tangible rewards. So here's to social responsibility – maybe I'll buy a bear to have something warm and fuzzy. I'm working at a soup kitchen today – I'll post more about that.

I want to learn guitar. How clich̩ is that? Still РI've always wanted to rock out. So why not.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Gallery is Up

My portfolio is up on the portfolio gallery page. (Coincidence?)

Spring Cleaning

Well - it is time to dust off the ol' blog and get back to posting. A lot has happened lately.

Right now I'm finishing up tech-school in Pensacola, Florida - I'm learning to fix airplanes. Joining the Air National Guard was a great decision and has really saved the family after Sarah developed her condition. I never thought I would be here a year ago, but things are going well.

Art is constantly on my mind (you would think that aeronautical maintenance would be but mostly art occupies the mind while I'm here). What would I do without a sketchbook? On that - I've never been much of a sketchbook person (some of my friends are never without theirs and it shows). I always just worked out whatever project, design, or art piece that came to mind. Granted I always had them around -- anyways, some people are sketchbook people and some people are not -- I wasn't but I think I am becoming a convert.

Now I just need to get a gallery up on here and keep drawing.

The bad part of being away from home is that I miss my studio space. I miss my desk and books and supplies. I need to get back to animating just as soon as I'm home.. it is a _need_.