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BLEEEAAAAARRRGH!!!!! (That’s zombie for “I’m back!”)

Posted in Animals, Blogging, Defiant Development, Drawings, Gormenghast, Heroes Call, Skyrim, Video Games, Welkyn Winwillow with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by gladlad

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!

I’m thankful! For SQUIDWORMS!

Posted in Animals, faecal mucus cocktail, Lovecraft, The Crazy World with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2010 by gladlad

Happy Thanksgiving, friends in Internetland!  Man, I tell ya– this is gonna be a great one, if things are already starting out this way!  If you want to please Jesse Gillespie, there are few things that win bigger than the discovery of a brand new lifeform right here on earth that qualifies as “alien-like”.  Meet the “squidworm”, recently uncovered by biologists involved in the global (and awesome) Census of Marine Life project.  When I first saw this photo, I was immediately reminded of the Old Ones from H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’.  One of the best parts of this discovery was the addition in one article of a description of its main food source, marine snow, which is “a mix of sinking microscopic plants and animals, faecal material and cast-off mucus.”  Mmmm!  I’ll have what that guy’s having!

As a side note, the worm seems to bear some similarities to one of my other favorite not-quite-earth-animals, the “elbow squid” (magnapinna).  Not enough people know about this guy, and he’s in need of some serious cuddling:

Thank you, O Mighty Creator, for Your ultimate bizarreness.  And pie.

The Alien-a-Day Project

Posted in Animals, Drawings, Video Games on December 13, 2009 by gladlad

In 2001, I was working as a photo-developer/camera salesman at Ritz Camera in Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall.  You should’ve seen that place after the 9/11 attack.  Ghost town.  No one was buying stuff for a while after that, and at the time, we had no idea how long that lull would last.  No one bought cameras for months afterward, and hardly anyone was developing pictures.  I spent days and days just sitting behind the counter trying to occupy myself with various activities that would usually be frowned upon in a work environment.  I spent hours meticulously covering my many pulp paperback sci-fi and spy novels with packaging tape, to increase durability.

Enlightening Classical Literature

I built an 11-foot tall alien out of duct tape and cardboard as a window prop for our Halloween party.

It was obviously a great time to do some drawings.  At that time I’d been frustrated at my inability to draw decent-looking stuff in ink, without having to pencil it in first.  It’s something I still struggle with, and I like the monthly jams for giving me an excuse to practice.  Anywho, I decided to start the “alien-a-day project”, in which I, predictably, tried to draw one new alien every day for as long as my interest would hold out.  Unfortunately (for me, but not the economy in general) work picked up before I got very far, but I liked the designs that came out of it.  I’d like to unveil those old guys here, since I’m not really producing anything new (well, at least showable) at the moment.  There is also a selection of other aliens and monsters I’ve drawn in the last decade, such as the ones from the amazing video game my friend Aaron and I were feverishly creating back in 1999, some Lovecraftian goodies, and so much more.  Click the image below to check ’em out!

Hello, Internet!

Posted in Animals, Miscellaneous, Music on November 21, 2008 by gladlad

I just wanted to do a shoutout to Jesus and his wonderfulness today.  Life is good.  I have an amazing wife, two amazing kids, amazing friends, a job that allows me to draw stuff and goof around a lot, and a driving purpose behind every breath that pours gold and precious jewels all around the illusionary mundanity I tend to see sometimes.  I am so thankful for the friends I’m meeting in Minneapolis who I draw pictures with.  If any of you are reading this, Conspirators, know that you bring a lot of joy to my first Thursdays.  Hopefully more often than that, someday.  Dana, I love you.  Thanks for being my wife.  Thanks for being MY wife, and all that that entails.  I am also thankful for animals.  That incudes my children.  Both categories are fuzzy, soft and bouncy.  Except for sea goblins.  I don’t know what to do with them.  I am also thankful for the soundstrack for the movie TEKKON KINKREET.  It’s by a great band called Plaid.  And Mahjong.  Okay, g’night.

The inagural post

Posted in Animals, Blogging on January 4, 2008 by gladlad

I’d just like to begin this blog by saying that oarfish are beautiful, and are one of the many underappreciated denizens of the deep.  Take a moment to thank God for the oarfish. 

Stay tuned for long-winded rants about the ignorance of the world in general to the wonder of sea slugs.