Thursday, October 29, 2009

Steampunk or Gearpunk?

My doodles journey into the realm of Steampunk this week. I've been exploring this avenue mostly because of the Halloween season and all the various costumes that accompany it. In my travels I have come across some fun projects/art pieces created by steampunk artists. While the steampunk fashion scene is amusing and very useful for gathering some inspiration, I find it is often very pricey. There are some sites that are pretty reasonably priced for those hard to make pieces like shoes.

On another note, I will be changing my update schedule to once a week on Friday.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Doubly Scrapped

I've recently taken an interest in doodling on scraps of paper. Sometimes I get tired of the traditional format and just have to scribble on something unbound. You can move it around better that way, and there's no love lost if you ruin it because it's scrap paper.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Deadly Ties

This is a yeti. He has a tie. Isn't he charming?

Here is a link on how to pick a quality tie. Thankfully, I'm a girl, so I don't have to worry about wearing one of these fashionable garrotes. While I do enjoy some wacky interpretations on tie design, there's something to be said for a sophisticated choice in ties, namely, the kind that don't make you wish you were blind.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Semblance of Order

So today, I bring you a sketch that will be developed into a full-fledged piece eventually. It still has problems to work out, but at the very least I'm enjoying the movement in the piece.

The content isn't as interesting as I usually aim for, like swords and vicious animals, but it's got good flow. I might add something. Maybe bats. Hey! They can be vicious. Well, with the help of the government.

Friday, October 9, 2009


So I found out yesterday that NASA was planning on shooting a couple projectiles at the nether regions of the moon. Their thirst for water has no end apparently as NASA seems determined to prove there is water on both Mars and the moon. Who could blame them though? It's exciting to think about a lunar base, or thinking even farther ahead, a lunar colony.

Some people got up early to watch the event which was scheduled to occur at about 7:30 am (EST), but I had a hunch it wouldn't be worth getting up "early" to see. I think the 10-year-old's comment in the article from the Associated Press says it all: "I wanted to see the debris flying out. It was still interesting to watch, but it was less interesting without the flying debris."

As for all the data they recorded, that will take longer to analyze, but I'm looking forward to some juicy details (no pun intended). Wired has a great article about the after-impact routine . If you can call it routine.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do something comical. There may be more on this later since this is as close to science fiction as we have been in a couple years.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Typical in Nature

So here is a scan of my little, pocket notepad. This is more orderly than I usually manage, but I think I was rather fond of the idea and wanted it to be as coherent as I could make it on the fly. I hope to revisit these thumbnails in the future.

For those who are wondering, the large, deer-like animal that the lady/figure is riding was based off of an extinct megafauna known as megaloceros giganteus. Known as the Irish Elk or Giant Deer, it was about the size of a moose and had a far more impressive set of antlers. Although, I feel they fall into a more impressive category than antlers. They're more like giant, bony Tostitos Scoops with spikes.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Secret Minds of Trees.

A sizable population of artists and writers like to carry around a notepad and pen so that when inspiration strikes, they wont be disadvantaged by trying to remember what that important epiphany was later. I am one of those people; my purse always has some paper and a writing utensil stuffed in its crevasses. When I leave the purse behind, usually for a walk outdoors, the notepad and pen jump to my back pocket, awaiting the appearance of the Inspiration Oracle.

For me, nature has always been a great place to find said inspiration, especially trees. There was a period in time where all I could see when I looked at a tree was some farcical combination of knots that made a face. They just seemed to be everywhere.