Category: Art


Should I get some sort of an award for managing to put off writing any sort of post for over a month? I’m guessing no.

I should harass Mr. Meister into writing. I know he’s been busy as he acquired some new responsibilities at work.

It’s the time of year where everything feels new and fresh. The weather begins to warm up and the sun comes out. Everyone is beginning to get excited for summer. At least when you don’t live in Ohio where the weather has decided to be completely off the wall for 2 weeks. I can’t complain too much about it being in the 40s or 50s when it was a pretty chilly winter, but I wish it wouldn’t go from 40 up to 65 then drop back  down and start raining. Still, most people can’t help but get excited for the sun and the warmth. Especially when it’s been cold and we’ve had lots of snow.

It’s especially interesting to my Wife and I this spring because this is the first spring in our first house. We’ve been pretty overwhelmed with all that it takes to get comfortable and maintain a house already. Now we’re adding in the outside of a house that neither one of us has much experience with. It’s just so confusing.

It’s also a time of year when we both tend to have plenty of things going on at work or otherwise that occupy a lot of our valuable processing skills.

I tend to be the kind of person that looks at a situation and says “Don’t worry, it will all be better when…” I can’t say how long I’ve been doing this, but I know I said it my senior year of high school, and all through college, and while we were living in an apartment. The trouble is, I never expect the new set of concerns that arise when the situation changes.  I thought I was busy in college.

This particular tendency also tends to leave me in a place where it’s hard to see the positive in the situation that I’m in, because I’m focusing on the negatives of now, and how those will change with the positives of later. It’s not so much that I’m negative all the time, just that I’m only positive later. It’s kind of a strange place to put oneself in when you’re always looking for the thing that will help what’s bothering you.

I would say it’s a bad case of “The grass is always greener…” but it’s a little different than that. I’m not so interested in what someone else has or some sort of major switch with what/where I’m currently at. I’m usually looking for an augmentation of the current circumstances. Maybe it’s a distinction that doesn’t need to be made.

In any case, I think it’s time to get a grill, put some beer in the fridge and find some time to enjoy the two of those things together.

-Christopher

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I have left each and every one of you very high and very dry.

As I’m sure is the case with just about everyone, life has gotten in the way and kept me from writing to you and sharing… Well whatever it is I share here. Work has been hectic and Not-Work has been crazy.

Every time I thought about sitting down to write something here, I would think to myself “Maybe later.” Of course, “Later” never came.Now that I decided to write you all something, I’ve nothing to write about.

I made the spontaneous decision to sit down and spin a yarn and there’s nothing to spin.  By definition, making the “spontaneous decision” to write about something means I couldn’t possibly have planned what to write about in advance. Let’s take a minute and think about something together, shall we?

(thinking)

Coloring.

I love watching little kids color. Everyone has a different technique. Some kids are very concerned with coloring inside the lines, and some just go nuts. Some kids make sure the colors are realistic, and some just want to see a blue duck.
It’s not that these tendencies reveal some deeper meaning about the children. It’s just cool to watch how young people don’t have preconceived notions about how it’s “supposed” to look. It’s really that they haven’t had adults telling them how things ought to be yet. It’s kind of fun to watch them just express themselves in the way they want.
There’s not really a point to this like “We shouldn’t ruin children’s creativity.” It is more about “Remember how much fun coloring was.” Seriously, the next time you’re having a little bit of a rough day, or you’ve been wiped out for a few days, just sit down and color a picture.
You can print them off the internet if you don’t have a coloring book. It doesn’t matter if you want to color with markers, or crayons, or colored pencils. Just color any picture you want, however you want. If you want to make the duck blue, make it blue.
I think you’ll be surprised how nice it is to do something you know how to do, without feeling like you have to do it the way someone else want you to do it.

-Chris

Traffic Jam Be Damned

Petey Parker is late for work, again.  J. J. Jamison is going to be livid!

Where I Show You Some Drawings

I made some drawings over the weekend.

I have these fancy Micron pens, with archival ink, that come in varying nib widths. These pens are fantastic for clean line work because the ink dries relatively quickly and then stays put. They also use a liquid in with a nib system instead of a ballpoint so there’s a smooth application of ink. They aren’t overly expensive, but they are a little pricier than your standard non-art pen.

I used these fancy pens to draw in a fancy Moleskine sketchbook. As far as I’m concerned, unless you have a specific paper or texture you prefer for sketching, or you really are against a paper with some coloring, (it has a manila-colored surface) they’re pretty much the most awesome little book to doodle in. I have the Large Sketchbook in case you care, but they also have lined books, plain books and ones that are bigger and smaller than the book I have.

Well, I said all of that just to kill time until we got here. There’s 2 pages, and neither one is particularly polished, but you’ll have that.

As per usual, feel free to chime in.

Here there be Monsters...

A Windmill, I guess

There we are.

-Chris

Don’t Color Outside the Lines!

Time for some teamwork action.

I asked Meister a little while back for a simple line drawing of me. I needed something to use every time a website popped up that little human silhouette with a question mark for an avatar picture. Of course, my plan of coloring this drawing right away went horribly awry and I have been using the black and white line drawing as my avatar everywhere.

I have finally colored this digital me, and to top it off, I even managed to get the shading done in a reasonable facsimile of “quickly”. So I am posting the process images. Line Art, then Colors and finally shading for you all to enjoy.

There we have it. Me, digitized.

I can assure you, Meister took some artistic liberties. I certainly wish I looked as awesome as my digital counterpart does, unfortunately, we don’t get to choose how we’re rendered.

It would be pretty cool if we could all choose our own preferred rendering options. I assume fellows like Meister and Myself would end up with some sort of hand-drawn, cel-shaded form.  Others might choose to go with the watercolor or stained glass options. Don’t forget to add a gaussian blur!

Alright, I’m done with the Photoshop “Filters” references, I promise.

-Chris

Little from Column A, Little from Column B

Hi there!

Me again. Remember how I told you there would be stuff from either Meister or Myself up here from time to time?

Well today I do you one better.  Meister needed some business cards for that fancy Premier I told you about last time. He was busy, so I put a little somethin’ somethin’ together for him. I blanked out his phone number because he wasn’t really sure he was ready to post that particular piece of info on the web for the world to see yet. So ignore the blue box at the bottom for design purposes.

Well I’ll shut up about it and just let you see it now.

Eh? Fancy.

Let us know what you think, or just email Meister and pay him exorbitant sums to animate or illustrate something for you. I bet he wouldn’t mind.

-Chris

P.S. I wouldn’t mind being paid exorbitant sums either, but my skill set is a little less defined. Still, can’t hurt to ask right?