Peanut Spidey

Here’s another shot at inking and coloring a peanut Spidey in Freehand. First the sketch. Then the inked and colored version. The linework feels more lively than my previous example, but I don’t know if Spidey feels very peanut-y anymore, though. Just finished reading: This is the first Tintin story I’ve ever read; and it really blew my hair back. Though this collection is black and white, I’ve seen color samples of Herge’s strip and they’re just beautiful. In fact, don’t this; and this; seem to have a lot in common? (You can check out my previous post on this…

Speedruns or Speed Runs?

Well, there it is. I finished up MGS3 this weekend. It took 81/2 pages of notes, 24 days, with 25 hours of recorded game time. (Actual game time was probably somewhere around 50, I would guess, since I would have to restart if I was spotted, or died during a boss battle.) I only shot 56 of the 64 Kerotan frogs; but I did collect all of the food items, got all of the boss camos, and received the stealth camo. I counted 60 areas of gameplay. Of course, all of this is amateur stuff compared to speedruns like these:…

Peanut Preview

Here’s a look at a sketch done in preparation for my piece for an upcoming art show. Be warned: “Thar’ be crazies on that link!” The theme I’m participating in is Peanut People; right now the name of my piece is Peanut Gallery. I’m going to draw gobs of characters from fact and fiction. Here’s a color version of Peanut Spidey. As always, you can click on the image for a closer look. The inks are too heavy; too lifeless; no thicks and thins; no line variety in general. (Inks were done in Macromedia Freehand, by the way. I used…

Jellyfish Work Scribble

Most frustrating at work is the lack of actual design time. It’s a lot of busy work, and it gets particularly bad during the fall. So, any chance I get to draw at work, I try to scoop it up. Here’s a few jellyfish I scribbled in photoshop. I try to draw fast to stay loose; so I end up with a lot of unnecessary “pencil” marks.   Jellyfish have such great shapes; so flowingly elegant and alien all at the same time. For comparison, Here’s the photo I found online for reference. You can tell I wasn’t terribly successful…

I’m Reading…

…Larry Gonick’s “The Cartoon History of the Universe, Volumes 1-7” that I picked up cheap during a sale at my local comic book store. It’s terrific. I’m pretty sure I heard about Gonick from one of Scott McCloud‘s books, and you can visit Gonick’s website, but I’m curious about Gonick’s own history. I haven’t really dug up anything on the internet, though… screentone out

The River

I spent the day at the river with my dad. (That’s him on the left holding the stick.) Went fishing with live bait. Just look at the size of this monster! Can you spot the frog in this photo? Click on the image for a closer look. Krikey! A lizard lost its tail. (That’s it just to the left of the shadow.) It was still wiggling when I took this photo, but the lizard was nowhere to be found. screentone out

MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS 4, and Me

Why I haven’t been updating; told in a single image: I picked it up the day after my birthday, but, to be fair, I haven’t been playing it very much. What I have been playing are MGS 2 and 3, and I’m glad I did, because I didn’t remember half of the story. (You can download the Metal Gear Database onto your PS3 to catch you up, story-wise, and I did, and it’s well done, but it’s been a lot of fun going back into these games.) I breezed through MGS 2 in about 15 hours, but I’ve been taking…