Here’s another bunch of bullshittary I threw together after work these last couple nights on the IPad Pro while trying to gain more comfort in the awesome Paintstorm Studio:
This was overworked to hell and back then overworked some more to the point where I’m not even sure how I feel about it. While I am a HUGE fan of detail, I know that I do tend to go overboard, thus I feel I need to apologize for any headaches that trying to decipher this mess might cause.
I do also feel the need to work with color some more, as I realize my last few posts were pretty dark, so stay tuned for that…
Make a New Year’s Resolution to make and post one drawing a week
Post this resolution on your blog
Completely blow it by not drawing a damn thing for a couple months immediately after
So I work a lot of hours at a pretty draining job with a long ride to and from work that basically leaves me a slouching lazy couch-stain at the end of the day. Couch stains don’t draw much, but when they do they realize that their most prized Wacom Cintiq Companion’s charger port is shit, and every tiny movement causes the charging to abruptly come to a halt. On top of this, couch stains also discover just how battery-hungry the Cintiq Companion truly is. This is not the most optimal situation for someone like me who likes to spend several hours drawing (when I have several hours to spare) with the Companion wiggling in my lap and the tv playing reruns of true crime shows I have seen a thousand times in the background. To be continued after the following:
Yeah, my Wacom Companion took a digital shit on me (and apparently many others according to the forums) I went in search of a new fix. As I have warmed up towards Apple products first with my IPhone, and later with my IPad Air – I came to the conclusion that I used them more for browsing the interweb for inter-species erotica and Ebaying mummified ex-pets than I do my laptops – it seemed obvious that all the overtime I have been working should go towards an upgrade for my IPad Air as Apple has yet to let me down.
The IPad Pro (the big version) along with the Apple Pencil and the Logitech keyboard/case was an awesome investment. I won’t review any of those things here, as YouTube already is flooded with people singing their praise, but how is it for drawing? I’ve messed around with Procreate, Paper, Sketchbook, Artrage, ArtStudio, as well as others I can’t immediately recall, but none of them were able to touch Corel Painter (the holy grail of digital drawing/painting programs) on my old nearly deceased Companion. Some worked better than others with the ability to tilt the pencil and pressure sensitivity – both for me are absolute necessities – but none were great, so I continued my search.
Enter Painstorm Studio. Holy FUCK! This is a true full-featured app not at all dumbed down for tablets. As a person who is sexually aroused by Corel Painter, this gives me a pretty good chub too. The brushes are all customizable, support Apple Pencil’s tilt and pressure sensitivity, layers, and can export in Photoshop-compatible .psd files as well as Jpegs. I LOVE this program and hope that more people hear about and support this developer (the cost was 12.99 at the time of this writing and easily worth twice that) so they continue to develop it. This is my new favorite IPad Pro app and one I would consider essential for any artists out there with an IPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
So this picture was my very first non-doodle created exclusively on the IPad Pro in Paintstorm Studio. The experience of working on this new hardware and software will take a while to acclimate myself to, but I love what I am seeing enough to stick with it until it does. Maybe in 85 more decades when I have free time I will post another!
As I neglected to exploit my very favorite holiday of the year this year – Halloween – I decided to make up for it by doing a horror themed christmas picture. This was worked on during the scarce free time I had during the past three days as I began a new job with random and brutal hours.
I hope to be back with a New Years piece, but only time will tell. Happy Holidays to everyone and thanks for looking!
Here is the second picture in my “Second Childhood” series in which I “finish” artwork I started as a stupid child. This piece is titled “Todd” and began almost 36 years ago in 1980 when I was 4. (For you mathematicians out there, yeah, I’m THAT old…) You’ll note that I neglected to draw pants on this guy, and even gave him one of those things.
So here I am, over a month, drunk off my stupid ass, and absolutely nothing to show until now. I’m sure my drunk mind has some sort of totally rad social commentary to preach with this one, but hell if I feel like trying to decipher exactly what that might be right now. Without further ado, I present my latest drunken digital scribble:
That thing the swollen-eyed creature is holding is a jelly-dick. After that I am kind of uncertain just where in the fuck I was going with this. Something about capitalism or whatever in the fuck is the hot topic I’m sure. Be impressed though..I’m certain there’s a totally brilliant idea behind this one…
Well, it’s been over a month and I hope you’ve all had enough time to learn your lessons: you can’t trust me to keep any kind of deadline when it comes to drawing. The following is a sketch I started while sitting in front of the tv with a good friend watching movie after movie. I have been trying to be more active lately and accomplish more than just watching movies and playing games, so to avoid the inevitable guilt following such a bout of sloth, I decided to break out my Cintiq Companion and scribble up a quick Cthulhu. Normally these mindless sketches are unfinished and deleted before powering down the computer, but as I didn’t totally hate how it was turning out, and seeing as I desperately needed something to put on this blog, I decided to finish it, sign it, and glue it to the interweb so I can appear slightly less lazy than I have been lately.
I have a pretty large amount of work doing some illustrations for my aforementioned friend (the one that isn’t imaginary) that I have agreed to, thus I have expectations and guidelines that actually mean something and are not self-imposed. I’m hoping that means more productivity on my end which will result in more frequent posts. I hope to be back very soon. Time will tell…
Here is something I had been working on in the scarce free time I’ve had over the past few days. It started as a series of quick doodles on my Wacom Cintiq while lounging sloth-like on my couch; the typical dumb eyeball, some kind of strange blue fleshy pod, and some stupid-ass squiggles. For whatever reason I decided to just keep going with it and turn it into a single complete piece. As it was completely random and my attention was divided between it and the television, and I had absolutely no idea where it was going to go, it is far more spontaneous than my last few pieces – I believe that spontaneity might be its saving grace
In all honesty it felt very good working on something with absolutely no idea where it would take me. This was something I used to do all the time, and began shying away from over the years for some reason I can’t even think of. I plan to do this sort of thing more often and can only hope that people dig the results.
Thanks for looking and I hope to be back very soon!
Here I am again and less than a week since the last post! I actually had a good time making “Pissy Wizard” – I’m assuming because I treated it as more of a random sketch where I didn’t need to worry about accuracy or using references or any of that other stuff that might be construed as preparation. There’s something to say for complete spontaneity. I had some free time today on my day off and decided to go for it again. This time I plucked the very first idea that came to my head and ran with it. My first idea was actually the title of this picture “Attention Little Ones! This Guy is Probably Hiding in Your Room!!!” There’s something inherently amusing to me about scaring the shit out of little kids. With that in mind I came up with this:
Not sure when I’ll be back on here, but I’ll try like hell to make it soon. I’ve got a lot of shit in my head screaming like spastic crackheads to come out. Thanks for viewing!
As promised, (because every so often I do keep my promises…) here is something new and original:
So unlike most of my current crap that has shown up on here, I went back to my old ways and used absolutely no reference for this. My goal was to create a slight caricature version of an evil wizard while maintaining the ultra-sexy vivid blue hat with dumb-ass stars all over it. Dumb-ass stars on pointed wizard hats are fucking funny.
This guy started as a prop in the ultra-childish game I like to play with people who won’t report me for harassment. In the game I think of two totally horrible things that no one should ever want to do, and tell them they have to pick one. Of course, they always try to use some stupid logic to ruin the game so they won’t have to make a choice. For example, I ask “If you had to do one of these two things, which would you pick? Would you beat 50 wide-eyed puppies over the head with a tiny hammer until each was dead, or would you press a button that would kill one 80 year old random person in the world with no one ever being the wiser?” The people I play with are dicks, so they say something dickish like “I would kill myself so the choice doesn’t have to be made.” or “I would call the cops because I am a shitty person with no willingness to play Todd’s awesome game.” This is where I bring the wizard in. He holds their loved ones in a magical and invisible cloud and will slowly butcher every goddamned one of them if any bullshittery is attempted. When inevitably asked by my crappy friends why a great powerful wizard like that would waste his time forcing people to make terrible choices for no apparent gain, I decided it is simply because wizards are bored, and more importantly, wizards are real assholes.
Of course this led to more elaborations in my head of the wizard’s origins. One day, time permitting, I hope to write a few of these down. For now, however, I am happy to have finally captured his likeness so my shitty butthole friends know exactly who their indecisiveness is offending when ol’ Todd wants to play a fucking game.