Saturday, August 19, 2017

Electrical Surge Kickstarter

My brother Phillip has developed a card game that he now hopes to produce. I've played it a lot, and it's really fun, fast, and easy to learn, while being really unique, different in structure from any other game I've played.

You can see what it's like in this video:

To support this project, go here! And if you chip in $20, you get the game when it's ready!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Aitkin Age column: Old buildings are the best

My latest column at the Aitkin Independent Age is about renovations and architecture:

Many are concerned about the upcoming courthouse construction because of the cost. I’m also concerned because of the beauty.
There are many reasons people renovate: repair of deteriorated features, need for more space or new functionalities, conformity to codes and regulations, and updating according to current design sensibilities. I arranged these reasons in descending order of how much, in my opinion, they are worthy of changes to architecture. The last I find of little worth at all.
For the preservation of history, man’s material craftsmanship should not be destroyed. This could be taken to a ridiculous extent, saving every scrap of ephemera, but in the case of buildings, we should not assume because something is a few decades old it’s of no value and should be conformed to present day fashion.
Read the rest here.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Sunset process

First I went through some of my many photo albums (these are physical books of photos I took with film) and found a suitable sunset for reference.

I did a quick study to figure out which colors I wanted to use. I used Winsor and Newton pan watercolors and watercolor markers, Faber-Castell brushpens, and Copic, Prismacolour and Mexpy markers on Canson Universal Sketch paper, which isn't really meant for wet media but I love how it looks on it nonetheless.


I did the sky first, to set the palette for whole thing.

Partially colored, with just some of the markers I used. They like to fall off the drafting table.

Now coloring is finished; I just have to touch-up ink the lineart. You can see the lack of outline definition especially on Apen's (the dark-haired fellow) face.

And a digital photo of the finished painting. For posting I use a scan, not a photo, because the resolution is better, but each version captures some of the colors that the other doesn't.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Sunset

I felt the need to draw some folks with an old truck, so I made an entry for the Summer fanart contest of the webcomic The Silver Eye by Laura Hollingsworth. Its setting is medieval-ish, but it has an American sensibility that I very much enjoy and so expressed here. I'll be talking more about it shortly!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Aitkin Age column - a little book

My latest column for the Aitkin Independent Age is about the works of a fellow columnist:

My job description is “typesetter,” but in this digital age, it mostly consists of using the copy and paste functions, then conforming the text to the paper’s format and style and correcting grammar. When we get a submission only in hard copy, I have to type it by hand. With things like legal property descriptions, this can be tedious (though I do enjoy the precise, formal language), but sometimes it’s enjoyable.

Columnist Mildred Reinhardt always sends her submissions on hard copy and it’s obvious why – the pages are clearly written on a typewriter. This is uplifting. It’s good to know that some people are still using typewriters today. I also enjoy the content, usually about what things were like during her childhood. Daily life of years past, with details like food and candy, dresses and furniture, is fascinating.
Read the rest here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pieta sketch detail

Detail from the sketch phase of some commission work. I really like how Our Lord's face came out.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

You are my Sunshine

Fanart for a recent episode of the Dice, Camera, Action! webseries; it's just watching some folks play Dungeons and Dragons but it can get terribly exciting and emotional.

One of a few times I've worked with a limited palette to save time; it also makes for interesting mood I think.