December 22, 2018

8 new Illustrations!

Hey! I hope everyone else is enjoying the holidays! Personally, I am not really paying much attention!

December 2018 Illustration updates

I’ve added 8 new pieces to the Illustration page. There’s Hellboy, Skeletor, Sakura, Thanos, Luigi and more! Even Spawntimus Prime and Girl-Rodimus! What?! Yeah, those are things that I drew.

That’s everything I’ve got in the bank at the moment. I’ll have to make some more in the upcoming new year. Any ideas?


November 18, 2018

Inktober Aftermath 2018

In case you missed it elsewhere, here is my complete output from Inktober this year. I scanned all 31 entries and combined them together into one image. During the course of the month, there were a few times were I would notice a that the pictures had a lot of shadow on them, the contrast and clarity wasn’t very good, or there were a couple things that could have used a touch-up right after taking the picture, so this combined image is a much better look at all 31 cards I drew. Clicking on it will take you to my DeviantArt page where you can enlarge it and take a closer look.

I’ve also got a video on my Instagram showing all the cards together in a binder. It’s cool seeing them all in one place!

Inktober was challenging but fun. I’m glad I got something done for every day, and maybe I learned something in the process. But I’ve been enjoying going back to other artwork in full color on my Cintiq since the month ended. I’ll have more to share soon.


October 14, 2018

Inktober 2018

Once again I am participating in Inktober, where artists are encouraged to do a drawing every day using ink. Last year, I just kinda did whatever I felt like and just did them all in my sketchbook. This time, I am following the official daily prompts list as suggested by Inktober creator Jake Parker to get ideas for what to draw every day. But I’m also keeping to a theme of my own, with every entry being some kind of weird girl character. Hey, what can I say? I just like drawing weird girls.

Also, all of my drawings are being done on artist trading cards, which are 2.5″x3.5″. I was thinking that choice would make things easier and less time consuming, but maybe not! It has its own challenges drawing that small, but the results are pretty cool when a bunch of them are together. Here’s a look at the first 6 days worth of drawings in a binder.

You can follow my Inktober adventure on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram!

I wouldn’t say that all of my drawings thus far are really good. Some of them are ok, and some of them could have used some corrections. But Inktober isn’t really about that. It’s about trying your best to make something consistently and practicing new things. So far, I have not missed a day, and I plan on seeing it through to the bitter, ink-covered end.


September 28, 2018

New art finally added!

I had not added any artwork to the Illustration page in over a year. I suppose that I thought that I did this already, because I drew these months ago. Well, anyway, here they are.

We’ve got a few fan arts and some original pieces that I think are pretty cool. A few of these newly added images I made using a style I’ve been experimenting with. And there’s even a new traditional painting, which I had not done in a long time.

This is not the end of it, though! I have more artwork besides these in the bank. I’d have them up now too, but that would be too much for one update. It won’t be long before I add them here as well. At least, I don’t anticipate that the next time I do this again will be another year from now.


August 6, 2018

New Hardware

Earlier this summer I sold a few Transformers items that I didn’t want in my collection anymore. I had figured I would just use the money to buy the toys that I did want, but instead I decided to try to try to improve my situation.

I had been doing art using a Cintiq 12WX for about 9 years, and getting it was life changing at the time. It saved my aching wrist from pressing too hard and helped to make me a better, more productive artist to be sure. But it was time to move on. I found myself hunching over too much while using it, which made me less likely to draw. I had always used a screen protector with it, which had become so scratched that it was getting harder to see a clear image. I had to decide whether to get a replacement screen protector for the aging tablet or go after what I really wanted and get a newer, larger model.

Also, I had a laptop for about as long and while it was also great in its time, it was getting slow. It was still useful to me with its 18.4 inch screen and BluRay player, but I knew I would need something else before long, and hopefully I could get one that I could draw with anywhere.

I wound up making a lot more money from the sales then I thought I would, so I figured I could solve at least one of my problems get either getting a new tablet or a new laptop. Instead, I did some digging and got a used both.

My new (or at least new to me) Cintiq is the second 21UX model. It has a 21 inch screen, and it’s not a widescreen. The screen is big and bright, and there are plenty of handy ExpressKeys that I’m still getting used to. Best of all, I’ve got it attached to an Ergotron arm, so I can move it around to different positions without having to hunch over anymore and even draw while standing up if I want.

My new laptop is a Fujitsu Lifebook. This model was released a number of years ago, but it’s been refurbished and upgraded with more RAM, a faster processor, and an SSD drive. The screen can flip around and become a tablet, so I can draw using the included stylus. I wouldn’t want to use it all day for everything, but on the go it’s perfectly fine. I used it for my panel presentation at TFcon without a hitch and it’s even proved useful for streaming while working on traditional art from my drawing desk.

I couldn’t go for the absolute top of the line, but I got stuff that is good for me now and better in many ways than what I had before. Hopefully this will help take me to the next step. Whatever that is.

Also, I have a regular job this summer so I did wind up buying the toys I wanted anyway.