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Photo meme [21 Sep 2008|08:04am]
[ mood | caffeinated ]

Stolen from both Zan and Stephen:

The rules:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

Me at 7:30 AM on a Sunday, when *no one* should be awake. Getting ready for a pre-football jog:

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When I need cheering up after a crappy day at work... [21 Jul 2008|07:53pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Here is what I watch.

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Vault of CHICKENS! [19 Jul 2008|02:11pm]
Here's an image of a recent piece I did as a thank-you to my wife's Aunt and Uncle for putting us up in their home during a recent visit to upstate N.Y.

They both have much in common with us, being childfree and liking their own toys and space.

Uncle has the greatest electric model train environment I've ever seen - it's a combination of Train modeler's OCD, tremendous creativity, and fantastic craftsmanship. They also have a great little spread where they raise chickens.

Hence, The Vault of Chickens!Collapse )

This was a ton of fun to do, and I really like how the very inorganic EC-style trade dress came out, even though I did it by hand (typically mega-organic).

They both 'got it' and loved the piece! Yay!

More to come later, so I don't overflow 3 or 4 friends pages...
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Long-delayed art posts [19 Jul 2008|11:04am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

So, one year later...

I've been neglecting posting art on my LJ for a couple reasons:

1. I don't really post on my LJ in general out of absent-mindedness

2. I spent a good portion of the last year unable to draw without pain.

As for item #2, my ongoing troubles with my rotator cuff/shoulder escalated somewhere around late October/early November 2007. I was becoming unable to lift my right (drawing) arm higher than about 90 degrees, and that was by using my neck muscles, not my actual shoulder.

I was also occasionally having what I called 'shocks' in that shoulder - if I made any quick or out-of-range movements with the arm (flinching from something hot, for instance, or taking off a shirt), I experienced dehabilitating stabbing pains in the front of it. The closest thing I can equate them to is as if a red-hot knitting-width needle had been thrust straight to the bone. Pretty flipping horrible.

So, I wasn't equipped to do any drawing, which sucked. I was in the midst of doing a series of illustrations for my friend Van's Sentinels sci-fi trilogy, but I had to stop after finishing the illos for book one. I also had to stop doing commission work, which was a bummer.

I went through a short series of attempts to get myself fixed up - first was an orthopedist, who was kind of a jerk and just shoved me over to an expensive new-age physical therapist's office. That did no good at all but cost me a bunch of cash. Matter of fact, after that's when I started having the 'shocks'.

Next I tried an acupuncturist at the recommendation of my sister in law - this guy was actually really cool, and I went to him for almost three months. However, try as he might, nothing really changed too much. From what I discovered later, I don't think that type of medicine would have helped much anyway. I will say that acupuncture is *really* relaxing, and he was not very expensive. It just wasn't fixing what ailed me. I told him that I really needed to find something else that would fix this thing, as I was getting extremely depressed about essentially having 1.25 arms instead of two. To his credit, he recommended a chiropractor friend of his.

So I visited the chiropractor, and good ghod, I've never had such a good experience and rapid recovery in my life! She turned out to be very familiar with what was going on - she felt around and jiggled some things for a few minutes and said "Well, your bicep tendon's slipped out of the groove it's supposed to be in, and all the other muscles are moving the wrong way in order to compensate."

She gave me instructions for a series of exercises to do several times a day. Nothing major, really simple quick things. Within a matter of days, I was able to lift my shoulder higher, and stopped experiencing the extreme fatigue just from typing on the keyboard at work. After a few more visits (spaced out over a couple of months - very reasonable!) and new sets of exercises, I've got probably 90% of my range of motion in the arm, where in January it was more like 15%. Plus, the 'shocks' are no longer, and I have ways to make/teach my tendons & muscles to behave. I just had my last visit ("You're free to go!") last week.


Anyhow, with these developments, I've been drawing again like a madman - essentially back to my 1 piece per week pace, for the most part. I finished the final ten illustrations for Van's books (available from Swarm Press!), plus a small series of illustrations featuring my 'Dal Goda' baseball comic character, and a three page lettered comic book commission. Whew!

So I'll be posting some of that stuff up here for all two of you that have me on your friends lists.

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Spring Star Trek Marathon 2008 [25 May 2008|01:06pm]
This one was all-TOS, a first in this series.

Began: 8pm PST Friday 5/23
Sleep break: 4am PST Saturday 5/24
Resumption: 11am PST Saturday 5/24
Finished: 2am PST Sunday 5/25

In no particular order:

- The Enemy Within
- The Naked Time
- Charlie X
- Balance of Terror
- Court Martial
- Shore Leave
- Arena
- Space Seed
- City on the Edge of Forever
- Operation - Annihilate!
- Amok Time (my favorite)
- The Doomsday Machine
- Mirror, Mirror
- The Deadly Years
- I, Mudd
- Bread and Circuses
- By Any Other Name
- The Omega Glory
- Is there no Truth in Beauty
- The Tholian Web
- Day of the Dove
- Whom Gods Destroy


Again, way too light on the 3rd season. Thanks, Cam.
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10, 5, 2, today - stolen from Sonsah [22 Aug 2007|12:47pm]
------------------10 years ago----------------------------

1.) How old were you?: 25

2.) Where did you go to school?: I was a college grad for 3 years already.

3) Where did you work?: KVO Advertising & Public Relations

4) Where did you live?: Campbell, CA

5.) Where did you hang out? Boswell's, Cactus club.

6.) Did you wear glasses? No

7.) Who was your best friend?: Cam and/or Patrick

8.) How many tattoos did you have?: 3

9.) How many piercings did you have? 3

10) What car did you drive?: '86 Jetta

11.) Had you been to a real party? Yes

12.) Had You had your heart broken?: Probably

-----------5 years ago-----------

1.) How old were you?:30

2.) Where did you go to school? Out of college for 8 years

3.) Where did you work?: Netline Corp

4.) Where did you live? San Jose, Rose Garden

5.) Where did you hang out?: Cactus club, Boswell's, assorted downtown pubs

6.) Did you wear glasses? No

7.) Who was your best friend?: Cam

9.) How many tattoos did you have?: 7

10.) How many piercings did you have?: 6

11.) What car did you drive? 98 VW golf

12.) Had your heart broken? Yes

13.) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorce: Assorted periods of singlehood punctuated by small bits of taken.

----------------2 years ago-------------------

1.) How old were you?: 33

2.) Where did you go to school?: 11 year college grad

3.) Where did you work?: Netline corp

4.)Where did you live? San Jose Cambrian

5.) Where did you hang out?: At home, mostly. The gym. Fifth Quarter for football.

6.) Did you wear glasses?: No

7.) Who was your best friend? Cam, Mike

8.) How many tattoos did you have?: 10

9.) How many piercings did you have? 6

10.) What car did you drive?: 98 VW Golf

11.) Had your heart broken? not that year

12.) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorce?: Taken

--------------------Today--------------------

1.) How old are you?: 35

2.) Where do you go to school?: 13 year college grad

3.) Where do you work?: Netline corp

4) Where do you live? San Jose

5.) Do you wear glasses?: No

6.) Where do you hang out?: DNA Lounge, at home, the gym.

7.) Do you talk to your old friends?: A small handful

8.) How many piercings do you have: 6

9.) How many tattoos?: 10

10.) What kind of car do you have? 98 VW golf, Bessie's still runnin!

11.) Has your heart been broken?: Nope

12.)Are you Single/Taken/Married/Divorce? Married
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Ex-presidents need money too.. [21 Aug 2007|08:40pm]
From Gregg Easterbrook's ESPN.com TMQ column, filled with interesting tidbits outside the framework of sports - similar to Steven Grant's CBR column.

read about the subsidies you pay to these rich farkersCollapse )
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756 [07 Aug 2007|08:59pm]
Say what you want about Barry Bonds, and whatever controversy comes with him, but that was the best baseball moment I've ever seen happen. I started crying a bit, too - especially after his voice and his stony facade broke while thanking his deceased father.

I'm not surprised it happened tonight, there's already been 4 other HR so far, in only the 5th inning.

It's good to be a Giants fan today, and it was worth the wait and the horrible 2007 record.

< / sentiment>
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The Season, page 27.5 [15 Jul 2007|08:57pm]
And here's the final page addendum for issue 1... next task is to re-do the lettering using some more formal comic lettering fonts, then I need to come up with a cover...

Sam, if you have cover ideas, let me know soonish.

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The Season, page 13.5 (mostly for Sam) [08 Jul 2007|12:27am]
This is page 13.5 of The Season - finished in less than two days, probably a record for me!

Next will be page 27.5, to finish off "Issue 1".

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a fun little interim piece [06 Jul 2007|08:02pm]
Well, not so little (14x17), and it took me 3 weeks to draw/ink, plus a couple days to color.

I got all excited about the Legion of Super Heroes after seeing the classic characters from the late 70's/early 80's appearing in the recent JLA/JSA crossover. I had just finished a 9 page story for Approbation Comics and decided to do one of my mega multi-character pinups.

click here for the color versionCollapse )

I'm pretty sure I got everyone up to 1984, with the exception of Elastic Lad and Insect Queen (Jimmy Olsen and Lana Lang). I also included Polar Boy, even though he appeared as a member after the '84 cut-off. Also, the costumes are not from a single time snapshot... I used my favorites for everyone. I always did like Saturn Girl's swimsuit outfit. ;)

Next, I'll return to the Baseball comic and finish off the extra 2 pages Sam gave me to fill out the transitions.
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Emo kid? wtf? [14 Jun 2007|03:19pm]

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You are more emotional than logical, more concerned about self than concerned about others, more atheist than religious, more dependent than loner, more lazy than workaholic, more traditional than rebel, more artistic mind than engineering mind, more cynical than idealist, more leader than follower, and more extroverted than introverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are horny (64%), artistic (62%).

Stereotypes
Emo Kid89%
Punk Rock87%
Prep69%
 
Life Experience
Sex48%
Substances49%
Travel29%

Politics
Your political views would best be described as Socialist, whom you agree with around 78% of the time.
  Socioeconomic
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Middle Class. You make more than 95% of those who have taken this test, and 43% more than the U.S. average.

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man battles self... inked! [03 Jun 2007|03:33am]
For fun,

here is the comic version!Collapse )

Although at this point, it's not really man-battles-self, but it's still me in a fictional fistfight, kinda interesting.

I'm kind a dirty fighter...
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There's nothing so sad as... [27 May 2007|05:07pm]
...a man battling himself.

Click here for details!Collapse )

A fun photo sequence used as reference for a fight scene, starring me, and me.
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Wisdom from Scott Adams [10 May 2007|12:08am]
"There's kind of a toll you have to pay with a cat; if you don't pet her for 10 minutes she'll bother you for six hours."
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1974 rookie card [06 May 2007|12:49pm]
Dal Goda, #7, Outfield - 1974 Oxford Pilots
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Page 27, end of book one. [14 Mar 2007|11:26am]
So I finished page 27 last night and posted it in the requisite places.

Sam, go over the whole thing on Comicspace and see if there are any edits that need to be made to any of the dialogue, now that the art for chap 1 & 2 is complete... The ending on page 27 seems like it stops on a dime - maybe we need an additional page after that to end issue #1 to give a lead-in to the next chapter/issue? Maybe a page of Tom in his office going over his speech with Larry, or the owner, or something? It feels like we need more of a transition, maybe.

Also, do you think there should be a dividing page between chapters 1 (Rick in his room talking to the kid) and 2 (the opening shot of the first practice on the field)? Either an additional transition page, or some sort of chapter divider?

Anyhow, here's page 27.Collapse )

I've been asked to draw a 9 page story for a guy I met on Comicspace, for the anthology he publishes ("The Evil Inside", I think the title is). I'll be working on that for the next couple of months, but I can also do refinements on the lettering (I'm thinking of changing out the font to a more standard comic-like one instead of my 'hand-lettering' font) if you wanna edit the script any, now that the art's complete.
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Page 26 [11 Mar 2007|02:27am]
Finished tonight. Just one more page to go, and Chapter 2 is complete, pending any edits or additional material being added to fill out ...BOOK ONE.

Yes, we will be printing the first ~27 pages of The Season in floppy saddlestitched format.

Next, Sam owes me chapter 3, yo. Don't let me idle too long, or I'll start drawing bondage commissions again!!

page 26 - Fallbrook gets toughCollapse )
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Karaoke madness [06 Mar 2007|09:58pm]
Ok, some of you have heard me doing drunken karaoke in various bars, now here's some sober karaoke over the internets:

Get ready to laugh!

I thinks maybe I should hammer down a few shots of rum before trying this again. But this rocks. Once I get my 'sea legs' and get over singing in the house, I'm gonna do more.
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Page 25 [25 Feb 2007|08:36pm]
just page 25Collapse )
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