Inktober 6 – Beast

Inktober 6 - The Beast

Freehand copy of Disney’s Beast from still shot of the movie. Overall I was really happy with how this one went. The only major mistake I made was erasing too hard and wrinkling the bottom right hand corner of the page. I also messed up the chest fur, which I ended up catching way too late. 

Inktober 6 - The Beast Close Up

Inktober 4 – Wolverine Fail

Inktober 4 - Wolverine Fail

Freehand drawing of Wolverine from reference. I first used a 005 micron pen to trace my pencil marks, which looked fine, but when I used my brush pen to jazz it up, things went bad, oh so bad….

Inktober 4 - Wolverine Fail 2

I used terrible shading to cover up my line issues. Still noticed? I thought so. oh well. I at least cranked another drawing out today.

Inktober 3 – More Calvin and Hobbes

Inktober 3 - More Calvin and Hobbes

Free hand Calvin and Hobbes drawing from book reference. Inked with Pentel Pocket Brush. I really jacked up Calvin’s left eye. 

Today I learn that I am simply going too fast, even for easy lines. I am going to strive to slow down going forward. I am also going to mix it up and start using a variety of pens, including Microns, instead of just depending on the brush pen.

 

Inktober 1 – Dr Seuss

Inktober 1 - Dr Seuss Full

Dr. Seuss characters, drawn freehand from reference. I used a Pentel Pocket Brush for the ink. I need more practice for sure, but not a terrible starting point. 

Inktober 1 - Dr Seuss

I accidentally smeared the ink on the fish. I should have been more careful. Oh well.

5 Ways Barnes & Noble Can Stay Alive

Books

Becoming a more disciplined and consistent reader over the last two years, I have been going to Barnes & Noble a lot. In the last month I have been there every week. I will probably stop by B&N this weekend as well, looking for a book on how to setup a corporation. I don’t go there because I love the store or the experience, instead, I go there out of necessity. Where I live, there are no other physical book stores that carry the majority of books I would like to buy and read. If a local competitor offered the same books with a better experience, I would (more…)

How Bad Do You Want It?

Is there something in your life that you have put off or wanted bad yet you’ve never been able to commit to it or achieve it? For me, it has been the goal of becoming an accomplished artist.

Over the last 12 years, I have had an on again off again relationship with creating art. If I am being honest with myself, I really just didn’t want it bad enough or for long enough. When everything lined up perfectly, I would dabble and sometimes even take it pretty serious. But when conditions weren’t perfect, when dedication or will power was required, I’d either quit or (more…)

The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin_Franklin

So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.

One of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness, has written many articles highlighting Ben Franklin, covering everything from his daily rituals to his financial habit. I have enjoyed every bit of information I have obtained about Franklin, and just recently got around to reading his auto-biography, The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin, which is currently free on Kindle. (more…)

16302: My Life Supply

My LifeSupply

I have a current supply of 16302 days left to live, maybe. This is an estimate based on my current age (31)  and average life expediency. Why would I care to find out or share this number? In 2007 Kevin Kelly,  founding executive editor of Wired magazine, wrote a blog post describing his decision and method for tracking the number of estimated days he might have left to live. (more…)