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It's taken long enough, but now I understand why folks have trouble keeping up with their New Year's resolutions. This usually has to do with the "all or nothing" approach where folks feel that the very first time that they fail to meet their goals, they believe that the whole effort was a failure and proceed as if the resolution never existed in the first place.

This year, I'm trying a different approach. Failing to meet a goal is not the end of the world. Instead, it's to be treated as "these things happen" and just keep going. Instead of vowing to to a sketch every day, I'm going to see how many I can do between now and the end of the year. And to make things more interesting, here are the rules I am using for each sketch:

For the subject, I will go to Wikipedia, choose "random article" and what ever comes up will be the subject. For the style, I will roll a die. Depending on the result, the style will be:

            1 - Superhero
            2 - Cheesecake/Pinup
            3 - Monster/Robot/Mechanical
            4 - Furry/Funny Animal
            5 - Fantasy or Gothic
            6 - Creator's choice

This is a personal challenge, but you are welcome to play along. Just make sure to post a link to this message so that everyone knows the rules. And here we go!

UPDATE: I've created a folder for all entries to keep things neat and tidy. I think there's eleven so far. Check 'em out!



  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: eBooks
  • Watching: Sherlock
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Once again, I've been in a bit of a slump. Admittedly, I've never been in one quite like this before. I even abandoned my weekly webcomic. It looks like I'm finding the means to take some baby steps out of it. Keep your fingers crossed.

Also, I discovered that my old laptop that has been faithfully helping me all these years just doesn't have the minimum requirements for Adobe any more. Well color me surprised! Fortunately, my company offers a program for buying hardware from Dell, so while it's a bit more than I hoped to spend, it does have a lot more computing power, ram and storage than I thought I could afford.

BTW, my rule of thumb for buying computers is never buy the minimum for your needs. Always try to get more than you think you'll need. That way you'll get a lot more mileage from your purchase.
  • Mood: Stumped
  • Reading: Cold City
  • Watching: Once Upon a Time
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
So it looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet and upgrade. It seems that the pen tablet has become so sensitive that it includes being nearly a centimeter above the tablet as being in contact with it and so each movement leaves lots of wispy lines all over my work. Sigh.
  • Mood: Pain
  • Reading: Song of the Quark Beast
  • Watching: Whatever is in my queue
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
My Wacom Intuos 3 has been doing the job for me with few complaints, but it looks like the pen is messing up and with the release of Intuos 5, my tablet is no longer being supported.

My biggest complaint with the Intuos 3 has been compatibility - in spite of frequently updating drivers, it still gets into fights with my OS and there are times when I find the level of sensitivity to vary from hour to hour - sometimes it's just right, but a lot of times it's not enough. And at least once a week, the thing fails completely, forcing me to re-install the driver - usually 2-3 times before the tablet will respond.

So I'm wondering if I should bother with looking for a replacement pen and hoping it fixes the problem or just break down and get an Intuos 5?

Any opinions?

(And no, I am not buying a Cintiq - don't even suggest that.)
  • Mood: Pain
  • Reading: Fall of Knight
  • Watching: Whatever is in my queue
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
...not changing my DA username. You may resume your normal activities.
  • Mood: Pain
  • Reading: Sidhe-Devil
  • Watching: Whatever is in my queue
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
I was amused to see the wikipedia entry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_… for the Working Daze comic which I drew from 2003 to 2008. It was fun to read the comments on the art styles and seeing how at least some people understood what I was trying to attempt during the evolution of Rita. I'm not sure I'd have anything to add even if I could.

Has it really been four years?
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: Screaming
  • Reading: Catching Fire
  • Watching: Clone Wars
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Here's the details. I'll draw anything for $10 per character, black and white only. Additional characters are $10 a piece and color is an additional $5 for each character piece. Additional details are negotiable.

Drop me a note about what you want done and include a link of any reference (if available). I'll get started as soon as I receive payment (I'll send you the Paypal info) Let me know where you want me to send the digital file (no hardcopy, that's a different rate). Also, please note that all of my commissions are for your personal enjoyment. If you need art for marketing, etc. feel free to discuss it with me.

I'll draw it how I want to draw it - in this case the artist is always right.

One more thing: Bring a friend and if both of you buy a commission YOU BOTH get 50% off. I can't keep this up for long. Hope to hear from you soon.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Adele
  • Reading: Fatal Error
  • Watching: Clone Wars
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Yep, those of you who have been waiting for another commission drive, watch this space. :D
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: Matchbox Twenty
  • Reading: A Dance With Dragons
  • Watching: Justice League Unlimited (again)
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
It seemed like a good idea at the time, but maybe it's this time of the year or something. To many things demanding my attention and not enough time to finish the projects I had to do.

I still like drawing for fun and I really need to find a way to keep interested in a project after the novelty wears off. Yep, you heard me, I get bored easily. Not the best thing to put on one's resume.

I'll keep trying. It's all any of us can do.
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: Matchbox Twenty
  • Reading: A Dance With Dragons
  • Watching: Justice League Unlimited (again)
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Hew folks,

Recently I've been lamenting times when I've wanted to draw something but couldn't think of what to draw. So since this is a new year, I'm determined to set some time aside to draw a little sketch every day. Here's the first one: fav.me/d4l6tlu And here's the second: fav.me/d4l9nxt

I'm mainly doing this just to keep my creative muscles in shape, so to speak. And to develop some better habits to replace the lazier ones I've developed.

I can use all the help I can get!

Oh, and I'm still available for commissions, anything from doodles to Flash animations. You tell me what you think it's worth (even if you think it's worth more than you can afford to pay - be sure to tell me that as well) and I'll let you know if we can work something out. Because I love to draw and I especially love to draw something I've never thought of drawing before.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: Kindle
  • Watching: Daily Show
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Hey gang, I appreciate everyone taking the time to let me know what they're thinking and helping me understand the whole journal communication thing.

I do have 3 projects (besides my regular work) that I'd like to get finished, but (as usual) I was (and still am) having trouble getting started on them.

So I thought I'd ask for inspiration from my watchers and if the idea struck my fancy, I'd let you folks haggle with me on the price - all the way down to free (that's as much as I can afford). gamecreature.deviantart.com/jo…

It was an impulsive idea, with the existing projects on the deck and everything. And since no one suggested anything, it didn't really turn out as expected.

At any rate, I'll keep plugging away, trying to find a way to get past the block and draw like I want to again.

There was something else I wanted to mention, but I seem to have forgotten. Oh well, hope everyone has a good holiday. :D
  • Mood: Bewildered
  • Reading: Mike Resnick
  • Watching: Covert Affairs
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING, PLEASE READ THIS.

So I basically threw open the gates and hinted that I might be doing "some" commissions for FREE and the response was considerably less than I expected.

Okay, that was probably for the best as was being a bit impulsive and also looking for reasons to procrastinate. But heck, not a single response, not a single note?

Perhaps it was the title of the message or the first line? Or was it just the timing. I'm trying to figure out what it takes to get people's attention around here.

Any feedback would be welcome.
  • Mood: Bewildered
  • Reading: Mike Resnick
  • Watching: Hulu
  • Playing: Testing new code
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Once again, I have the urge to draw, but not sure what to draw. So I'm taking suggestions from you. And instead of using usual commission rates, I'm letting you name your price. Here's the way it's going to work:

You send me a note about what you'd like to see drawn in my quirky style. You tell me how much you're willing to pay. Then I might draw it for the price you ask OR I may think it's so wonderful and phenomenal that I'll discount the price! Or, (on rare occasions) I may decide that such a piece has such value to the world that I cannot accept your price and offer an alternative that might fit your budget.

All of my work is digital. I no longer do video games, but I might be coaxed to do simple Flash-based movies/stories/etc.

I do black and white and color work. If you really want a one of a kind piece, I do pencil drawings by hand.

So what do you want? Here's your chance to look at my gallery and say "hey, why won't you do more of _____?" And I might say - "You're right, I should. Thanks for the idea - I'm going to do it for free!"

How about it, folks?
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Reading: User Manuals
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Excuse me while I get political for a moment, but I got an email recently from a well-meaning acquaintance warning of some conspiracy to outlaw Christmas.

Take it from me, the so-called "War on Christmas" is nothing more than media hype, a means to get viewers to tune in to certain news broadcasts that gleefully proclaim that their favorite holiday is in danger. It's baloney meant to bolster a station's ratings, nothing more.

One need to look no farther than our own history to see what a real "War on Christmas" looks like. In the 17th century, Puritans associated such celebrations with paganism and idolatry. They even passed harsh laws and penalties on anyone caught celebrating what they considered a pagan Roman holiday.

The puritans essentially were upset because there were people in the colony that were not observing their holy days in exactly the way that they felt they should be. And punished those who didn't tow the line. Nearly 400 years later, it's the same thing, except now those who are getting peeved are upset because we are not using the correct form of greeting or neglect to mention that a decorated tree (a German tradition, BTW) should have the word "Christmas" preceding it.

The point is, we should celebrate that we are alive and healthy and (hopefully) happy, not begrudging someone their own personal freedoms in deciding how to spend their time.

I hope all of you, my friends, take this in the spirit it is given. I love you all and want you to enjoy the wonderful gifts that come with being alive.

End of rant.
  • Mood: Overwhelmed
  • Reading: User Manuals
  • Watching: Graham Norton
  • Playing: Professor Layton 4
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Hey, just wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful suggestions to my "technical question." gamecreature.deviantart.com/jo… You have given me enough to work with to finish the piece. I should get it finished soon, but I'm not going to post it until the time is right.

Speaking of questions, I know I asked some questions regarding the "Huff and Puff" piece I did recently. fav.me/d4gdil9 While there were lots of clever and welcome comments, no one actually addressed the question I posed when posting it - is it too much? Not enough? Do you guys want to see more pieces like that? Am I getting too risque? Is there such a thing as getting too risque? Feel free to send me a note if you do not wish to publicly comment.

Just trying to make sure I don't alienate too many of my loyal fans. :D
  • Mood: Dumbfounded
  • Listening to: The voices in my head
  • Reading: Snuff by Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Psych
  • Playing: Professor Layton 4
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
What is the sound made by an automatic car lock? You know, when the owner points the key fob at the car and it emits two tones to let the driver know it's secure? I don't think it's "beep beep" or even "meep meep." Perhaps something like "beep boop" or "peep woop." At any rate, I need to put that sound effect into words. Any help?
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: The voices in my head
  • Reading: Snuff by Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Castle
  • Playing: Professor Layton 4
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
How ya doin?

:D
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: The voices in my head
  • Reading: Snuff by Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Burn Notice
  • Playing: Professor Layton 4
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
So my life has been a series of ups and downs lately. I want to draw more, but a lot of times I just can't get anything to make it from brain to paper (so to speak).

Yesterday, I actually buckled down and drew something for the sake of drawing something. I thought I was doing pretty good at the time but when I finished and stepped back to take a look at it, who should show up but THE JUDGE fav.me/d41uh78

Before I could blink, the judge had stepped in and tore the piece to pieces. Clearly the judge had regained power. Gotta work on that.
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: The voices in my head
  • Reading: Snuff by Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Graham Norton
  • Playing: Lots o stuff
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
Well, some people have the following with enough liquid assets to do the commission special and some do not. Clearly I am in the latter category. It didn't help that there was so much REAL work taking up my time the last 6 weeks.

I think it was a good idea as it really brought in some interesting challenges and the cash helped with things that needed fixing.

But things still need fixing. I must ponder this some more. What can I do that'll make everybody open up their ol' wallets for Gamecreature originals? Balloons? Pony rides? Lap dances?

It's hard to be a free lance cartoonist, ain't it?
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: The voices in my head
  • Reading: A. Lee Martinez
  • Watching: Graham Norton
  • Playing: Lots o stuff
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda
So I seem to have managed to get out of my slump, but fate isn't done with me yet. The recent deluge managed to seep under the basement door and our old car has finally given up the ghost. I guess life gives and takes away.

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Ten for Ten Special - only three slots left!

I'll draw anything for $10 per character, black and white only. Additional characters are $10 a piece and color is an additional $10 for the entire piece.

Drop me a note about what you want done and include a link of any reference (if available). I'll get started as soon as I receive payment (I'll send you the Paypal info) Let me know where you want me to send the digital file (no hardcopy, that's a different rate). Also, please note that all of my commissions are for your personal enjoyment. If you need art for marketing, etc. feel free to discuss it with me.

I'll draw it how I want to draw it - in this case the artist is always right.

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2.:iconozwick: DONE
3.:iconozwick: DONE
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  • Listening to: static
  • Watching: The Daily Show
  • Playing: Founding Fathers
  • Eating: Gluten-free
  • Drinking: Cream Soda