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Subterranean Homesick Alien

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Graffiti with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2012 by gladlad

Man, I love me some motivational spam.  How can you have a bad day when some robot out there has THIS to say about your blog: “You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects, folks can take a signal.” ?!?  Awesome.

Alien graffiti today.  It says “Xenophile” because I like aliens.  The inks were done with a brush during a very Powerpoint-intensive training seminar.  Powerpoint-based training has become a very fertile imagination-field, since there is no possible way my mind cannot wander all over the place for hours during them.  As long as you can stay awake.

Now go and hit the nail upon the highest.  You deserve it.

Furry Monsters

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Pixar with tags , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by gladlad

I watched “The Pixar Story” on Netflix last night, and it was really, REALLY inspiring.  And frustrating.  Just because I’ll probably never work at Pixar, which is officially the WORLD’S COOLEST OFFICE BUILDING.  After it was done, I wanted to make furry monsters.


1. choose a chunky brush

2. set the angle jitter all the way up

3. Maybe jitter the scattering and size a little, too

4. Under “Color Options”, crank the foreground/background jitter all the way up, too

5.  Choose interesting colors for the foreground and background

6. Draw furry monsters.


Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Gormenghast with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by gladlad

Just a couple of pieces done recently, mostly for more brush practice.  Brushes are awesome.  I can’t believe I made it 30 years without learning that.  The first image is Mr. Flay and Gormenghast Mountain from ‘Titus Groan’ by Mervyn Peake.  The second is, as you may well guess, a bunch of aliens.  Also, I have added a few Jam Panels from this month’s Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam in Minneapolis, which was very fun.  You should come!

The Alchemy of Alchemy

Posted in Alchemy, Drawings, Fun with Rorschach-blots with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by gladlad

After months of trudging through the literal and metaphorical polar snowdrifts of tundra-ized Minnesota, surviving on naught but boxelder bug corpses and the occasional “natural lemon sno-cone”, I have returned to blogdom: icicled beard steaming as I thaw upon your welcome mat, encrusted hat in hand and really ready for cocoa.  In short, it’s been really snowy and I haven’t posted anything for too long.

But I stir from my electronic lethargy to sing a song of praise for a computer program that has given me some joy.  I need to share with Internetland my love for the open-source digital drawing program Alchemy!  I’m going to try to describe it, but it really needs to be toyed with to be appreciated.  Instead of being straight-up drawing, painting or photo-editing software, Alchemy (created by really cleverly artistic people) is more of an output randomizer, taking your original drawing movements (from, say, mouse or wacom tablet) and assigning a BUNCH of different randomization options to make unexpected things happen, like amplifying even the tiniest pen jiggles to make a crazy, unpredictable shape or making your pen tip drag around repeated, gravity-affected ribbons.  You can mirror it down the middle for symmetry and choose different fill styles.  You can even make your stroke size and shape vary with ambient sound from your PC’s microphone!

But my favorite feature is the ability draw with “pull shapes”, or stamps randomly pulled from a user-controlled library of clip-art, like mechanical shapes or skeletal structures (you can import your own libraries to use instead of the default ones, too).  What that amounts to is freeform designs that are meant to suggest form and structure that you yourself would have never come up with.  It’s an idea generator!  Here’s an example:

Yay!  A big weird bug (reminiscent of Motherbrain from Super Metroid…)!!!  Awesome, huh?  My brain would have never thunk up such a configuration of anatomical weirdness.  Here’s a quick example of the effect which amplifies your pen strokes wackily:

I basically just wiggled the pen a little in the center and it blossomed out into crazy sine waves, leaving me with the lovely blue dragon-y guy, sans that wierd little antenna on top.  Finally, here are a bunch of mirrored pull-shape examples for you to play Psychoanalyst with.  (If this helps you get through some tough emotional issues, let me know.)  Make sure you check out the Alchemy homepage (and the forums, too) to see galleries of other peoples’ stuff, ’cause people are doing some CRAZY AWESOME junk with it.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory…

Posted in Dune, Miscellaneous, The Crazy World with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by gladlad

…of the freakin’ surface of MARS!!!  Please, for the love of the Solar System, click this picture: (get ready, it’s big)

Can you find the Fremen?

Of course, I can’t stop thinking about Dune when I look at this.  Especially when you compare it to one of the novel’s more recent cover styles:

Weird, huh?  Now, you can go here for a great explanation and clearer close-up image of those weird stripey features, but before you do, let it be known that when I first saw this, I thought they were actually tree-like growths towering above the crests of the dunes and pretty much needed to change my pants in the face of a really alien landscape.  Sadly, it’s not quite as a incredible as that, but it’s still beautiful and awe-inspiring.  I believe I’ll have to illustrate what my brain was perceiving, because it was really sweet.

Speaking of which, sorry for the lack of new art.  I’m trying to finish up a couple of the aforementioned board games in time to be Christmas presents.

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.