Sunday, May 13, 2012

Quick Update

So it's been a while. A few things. I want to start playing Magicka because it looks like an awesome game. 2 I'm gonna try and actually submit more drawings. I haven't done that in a while. Stay posted, I haven't abandoned the blog, I'm just pretty busy. Tomorrow I intend to post a drawing.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paracord Bracelet

Hey guys, sorry it's been a while. I've been enjoying the freedoms of summer. I'm gonna try to do 2 posts/week up until May 31. I won't have access to a computer until August then, so I won't have any activity for a while.

UPDATE: The knot I was using to go through the loop was too small so I got a larger washer and fastened that bracelet. It works much better and can be seen at the bottom of the post.

Today I was bored and decided to make a paracord bracelet. I've had some for a long time and figured I'd put it to good use. After failing to make one by my own design, I went on youtube and found a helpful tutorial. It's very simple and took maybe 15 minutes tops, and that was with changing the song I was listening to a few times. The instructor goes nice and slowly and you really only need to know 2 knots which is nice.

I only had green paracord so it's a totally green bracelet but some time I wanna get 2 colors so I can have a cooler looking design. Here are a few pics of my results

top_view A view from the top

bottom_view A view from the bottom

New and improved bracelet with a washer for a fastener

This was a fun project that makes something kind of useful. Hope you guys enjoy making one too.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Foxy Shazam

I took my environmental science exam today, I just have psychology tomorrow and then I can go home. This song describes my mood right now pretty well.

The group is called Foxy Shazam. They are from Ohio and are pretty insane. They have such an energy in their music. I want to see them live some time, I've heard their concerts are amazing. According to Wikipedia, their genre is made up of Glam Rock, Alternative Rock,Pop-Rock, and Post-hardcore. They formed in 2004 and have produced 4 albums. I'd definitely recommend them, I like a lot of their stuff. Their self-titled album Foxy Shazam is probably one of my favorite albums, but I also really like their new album The Church of Rock and Roll.

They certainly have an interesting band image as you can see below. I think that's part of what makes them so cool. Their spontaneity and fun loving outlook make them stand out.

foxy_shazam Group shot of Foxy Shazam being themselves

I would say they are kind of like a punk version of Queen. Something about the lead singer Eric Sean Nally reminds me of Freddy Mercury. Especially in the song Unstoppable. All the mic tricks and just general dancing. His voice is somewhat similar as well.

I would eventually like to do a sketch of Eric, I will try and have it up sometime next week after I've finished my Mobster Skips sketch. That's about it for this, back to studying for my last exam.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Almost Done!!

In celebration of almost being done with finals, I present to you this song that I've been jamming to recently. This guy is really talented and this song gets me hype when I have a big task in front of me. According to his soundcloud he is "LazerBlap BassFunk GangstaCrunk". His soundcloud page is here Enjoy

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Civil Wars

First off, sorry it's been a few days since the last post. I have 2 more exams and then I'm free and I've had to talk with some of the profs because of some absences caused by narcolepsy, I might do a post or two dedicated to narcolepsy, but now to the subject of this post...So this isn't drawing but I would like to share one of my new favorite artists, The Civil Wars. I've actually known about them for a bit, I heard their really popular song Barton Hollow a while ago on my local radio station. I didn't make an effort to go and listen to any of their other songs though until recently. The duo is made up of Jean Paul White and Joy Williams. Many people say Jean Paul looks like Johnny Depp and Joy Williams definitely lives up to her name, she has a very bubbly personality

the_civil_wars Joy Williams and Jean Paul White

They have released one studio album Barton Hollow and have released a few EP's as well as some live albums. One really cool thing about The Civil Wars is that they sound just as good, if not better, when they sing live. I've posted the live version of their song I've Got This Friend as well as the studio version. I've listened to this song so many times it's kind of ridiculous.

The live version

The Studio Version

They are an interesting genre, described as "Americana, folk, alternative, [and] country" according to Wikipedia. I would say they are less country and more folk alt personally. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, I think they are extremely talented

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mobster Skips

I'm currently working on another sketch of a Regular Show Character. I'm gonna do a mafia/mobster-esque version of Skips the gorilla, I feel like he has the right physique and voice to have been some sort of gangster at some point. I might post it Tuesday or Wednesday, it is finals week this week so I'll be studying a lot but for my study breaks I'll work on the drawing. I hope it turns out well! I don't know how frequently I'll be posting from now until this upcoming Friday but I'll try and get a few posts up. Thanks for your interest in my drawings!

Spike Siegel

Cowboy Bebop is another great anime I've watched. Spike Siegel is one of the main heroes of the show and Is pretty awesome. He's a master at fighting both with guns and hand to hand. Here is my rendition of him. I found the original picture here.

Original vs. my version

Here is the original sketch I started with

Original Sketch

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jack White

I decided to make a sketch of Jack White since I was watching the live streaming concert "Unstaged" where he was performing. It took me about 2 hours to do this one, I had to restart a few times to get the nose right. I found the original photo here.

jack_white Original Photo vs. sketch

Here is a larger version of the sketch

jack_white_sketch Larger version of sketch

Ninja Ninja

Afro Samurai is an awesome anime that I really enjoyed watching. While Afro is an awesome character, I always really liked Ninja Ninja as well. I don't know if it's because Samuel L. Jackson was the voice actor or if it was his cool looks but whatever it was, Ninja Ninja is a boss. I found the picture on the left here

ninja_photo Ninja Ninja from Afro Samurai

Here is the original sketch by itself

ninja_sketch Original Sketch

Here is another version I just did where I darkened up the pic abit. I think it gives the picture a nice accent and just makes it look crisper.

ninja_ninja_2 Original art vs. darker version

Here is a larger version of the second rendition

ninja_ninja_sketch_2 Larger image of darker version

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stephen Colbert Sketch

I enjoy Colbert's show. Even though I don't always agree with his political views, I like him as a person and I think he's pretty funny. I figured I'd try and do a sketch of him and I think it turned out pretty well. I spent about 3 hours on the sketch and then about half an hour on the doctored up version.

I like to try different effects with each sketch, some times I'm trying to tweak it because part of the drawing didn't come out exactly like I wanted it to. This time, the scanner really messed up the shading parts and made it look way too harsh.

colbert Colbert photo vs. Colbert sketch

Here is the sketch before I messed around with it.

colbert_sketch The original sketch

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aesop Rock Sketch

Aesop Rock is one of my favorite artists. His album Labor Days is one of my favorite albums of all time. I figured I'd try and make a sketch of him in honor of being such a great artist. This drawing took me about half an hour to do. Enjoy!

aesop_rock_sketch A sketch of Aes Rock

My version of Cee Lo

Here's a picture of Cee Lo That I just did put next to the original. I think I took it and gave it my own spin. It took about 45 minute to make this one.

cee_lo_green Original Cee Lo vs. my take.

First I sketched it out on paper, this is the original sketch before all the editing was done.

cee_lo_sketch Pencil sketch of Cee Lo

Muscle Man Theory

EDIT: I realize this really doesn't hold much water as a theory, it was more just a spur of the moment thing that I thought would be interesting. Looking at just the character Muscle Man, I think this would be an interesting story. Looking at the whole show though, I doubt it's likely.

I decided to do another Regular show drawing. This one is a sort of idea I had about Muscle Man portrayed in the era of the cave man. What if Muscle Man acts the way he is because his mother died when he was young. He is in denial which is why he is always making "MY MOM!!!!!!!!" jokes to make light of a dark situation. What if High Five Ghost is a figment of his imagination that he created because he needs the constant attention and approval that he didn't get from his mother as child. High Five Ghost is his right hand man that always laughs at his jokes complements him. This is just an idea but I thought it was interesting, and a little dark. Here's my attempt to portray it.

muscle_man_cave Muscle Man creating High Five Ghost to cope with his mother's death

Here are the pictures before I scanned them and edited them on my laptop

Pre-edited sketch of Muscle Man creating High Five Ghost

Pre-edited sketch of Muscle Man's Mom's skeleton

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Problem With Just Deserts

I had to write an essay for one of my classes in response to James Rachels' writing Punishment and Desert. My response earned me my first 4.0 on an essay so far this semester. It's not very long, hopefully it is interesting. Here it is.

Rachels asserts that “People deserve to be treated in the same way that they (have) voluntarily treated others. Those who have treated others well deserve to be treated well in return, while those who have treated others badly deserve to be treated badly in return.” The statement seems logical and acceptable, but there are a few problems with that philosophy.

Some people have made decisions that they later regret. They may have done it voluntarily in the heat of the moment. According to Rachel, since this man willingly took someone’s life, he should have his life taken away from him. A problem with that is that killing another person doesn’t bring the first person back. In fact, killing the murderer could actually cause more harm than good, some people that were previously murderers have turned their lives around and become important figures in their communities, helping their community and being a useful role model. A lady known as Momma used to be a heroin addict and killed someone. When she eventually got out of jail, she was treated kindly by an outreach mission and was able to greatly improve her life. She broke her addiction and became a counselor that helped other people struggling with drug addiction to recover. If she had been given her “just deserts” she wouldn’t have been able to make the positive impact on the community she ended up in.

Some people just need some positive attention in order to change how they are acting. Some people were raised with a different set of ethics, stealing to support their family for example. If someone has always been used to stealing to be able to feed their family, they will do it often. Some times all that is needed to help repair their broken moral views is a kind patient hand. Robbing the person back isn’t going to be helpful in changing the thief’s mind. Even though the thief deserves to be stolen from according to Rachel, if anything, that would encourage him to steal more stuff to make up for the goods taken from him. Instead, extending grace towards the thief is a better idea. In Le Miserables, there is a scene where the main character is staying at a priest’s house. In the middle of the night, the lead role decides to loot the house and leave. Whilst filling his bag with stolen goods, the thief sees the priest looking at him. He knocks the priest out and flees. He is eventually caught, but when confronted by the police and brought before the priest, the clergyman doesn’t scream at the thief and demand that he receives punishment, instead he forgives the thief and treats him with kindness. Through out the rest of the story, the main character continues to be effected by that act of kindness. People tend to be self centered. They are mostly interested in self-survival. There is usually a motive behind most acts considered to be “nice” or “helpful.” People also like to lie and manipulate facts, even if it is a small addition or omission, it is still being untruthful. If everyone truly got what they deserved, the human race would be in trouble. Even if someone seems pleasant on the outside, they probably struggle with anguish in their mind. Judging, aggressiveness and jealousy are emotions felt by almost everyone. Some people lust after other’s possessions, others silently criticize or insult other individuals around them. They may look cheery on the outside but almost everyone has a darker unspoken side.

Isaiah 64:6 says “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” As a Christian, I believe that people are generally selfish, lying beings that naturally think about themselves more than others. None of us are perfect or even close to being good. No matter how much we lie to ourselves, if we inspect our lives, tons of issues will appear. Since we all are generally evil, we all deserved to be treated evilly. Since treating everyone else evilly wouldn’t be productive, I think grace is an important alternative to just deserts. Everyone makes mistakes and acts badly, we should be willing to forgive each other. Holding a grudge will not help resolve any problems. This isn’t to say that good people shouldn’t be treated good, but I fear that there are no purely good people. We all have our vices and without grace we would be screwed.

Benson Noir

So I just recently watched the movie Chinatown, an awesome neo-noir film. I have been avoiding writing a paper I have due tomorrow and I felt like being creative. I took a show I love, The Regular Show, and combined it with the cool style of noir to create this picture. I sketched it out on paper first and then edited it on my laptop using Paint.NET.

Benson Noir preparing to leap around the corner to face unknown perils