Hello, Internetland! I missed you ohsoverymuch!
Hopefully you were busy and having lots of fun while I was away, gettin’ all dolled up and paintin’ the town shades of red not often seen in more run-of-the-mill town-painting hijinks. As per myself, I have been up to things. Secret things. Missteeriusssssss things. Also boring things and normal things. But I’ve been drawing!
And not only have I been drawing, but April brought a couple of REALLY cool things:
- my kids’ birthdays, who are now 6 and 8 (obligatory parental age awareness shockwave), with attached first-time trip to Underwater World at the Mall of America (I refuse to use its newer, boring-er moniker). This younger guy who worked there developed a man-crush on me as we went through the underwater observation tube after he caught me excitedly telling my kids nerd-facts about all the various sea-creatures we were watching, and proceeded to follow me all through the exhibit telling me I should get a job there and making sure I witnessed the (admittedly incredible) 9-foot, elderly alligator gar. He came right out at one point and confessed “I’m gonna follow you on into the rainforest exhibit… because I really like talking to you!” He was actually really nice. But a little uncomfortable. Whoever you are, you ROCK, my fishy friend.
- As if to offset the shock of how old I’m getting, I super-surprise landed a job drawing pictures for a *REAL* *LIVE* VIDEO GAME!!! Holy freaking crap!!!!!!! And it’s all thanks to this very WordPress blog! Thank you WordPress! Some guys from Defiant Development in Australia were Googling images to fit their new dungeon-crawler for iOS called “Heroes Call”, and stumbled on my old sketch of Gormenghast. They asked if they could use it for a loading screen image, and then asked if I’d be willing to draw any more! Of course, I told them that their petty, handheld game held no interest for a pro-league craftsman like myself– actually, I pretty much just rolled around on the floor and begged them to let me do anything they asked. It’s a good think we weren’t Skyping… Here are the images we ended up with:
It was extra awesome because they wanted all of them to be really raw and sketchy, like the Gormenghast image, so I got to hone my brush skills a little! Man, brush pens are FUN. If you like drawing, you should get the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. *NOW.* It’s the handy-dandiest thing EVER. Anywho, I just finished those up and will see how they look ingame soon. I think I’ll be able to post a video of it in action in a little bit! Until then, you can see more drawings from my creation process with those over at my *b-r-a-n-d* *n-e-w*……..
- DeviantArt gallery! Yep, I finally got the motivationalness to throw a whole bunch of crap into one gallery space, and DeviantArt is a good place to do it. I have been SO inspired by SO many awesome artists there that I took a long time to feel brave enough to post anything along the likes of some of those picture-masters. But I did it, and it rocks. Head on over and take a look!
- I got Skyrim a few months ago, and got REALLY really really excited about it for a while. I mean, I still am, but holy buckets was I ever liking playing that game. It’s really great. I liked it so much, in fact, that I started a whole new blog just to write a journal based on my character’s adventures. It didn’t last very long but writing from that goofy POV and taking screenshots for it was really fun, and I might pick it back up again at some point just for the joy of creative writing. If you really want to see just how nerdy I can get, take a gander at the mishaps and mayhem of the incredible WELKYN WINWILLOW!
I really do want to keep this blog updated better, so here’s hoping. I actually have a couple more recent drawings to post, so I’ll do that soon. Until then, choose a nice shade of red for me!