Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Impatience Leads to Adoration

This is basically Alton Brown's recipe for pickled pork. I will be using it in a recipe this weekend. As I was writing this down, so I could get what I needed at the store, the following exchange occurred:

Are you almost done?
Me: Wait a sec.
(scribble, scribble, drawing pig)
L: That is adorable! You should
put that on your blog!

So, I did. Erm....ta da!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This Pretty Much Sums it Up

This is pretty much what I am doing right now. Some thoughts:
1) I am sorry, but I am indeed not wearing pants. It is hot in here, what do you want from me? Would you rather I suffer in ways most uncomfortable? On the drawing end, I like how that left foot came out.

2) "Questionable Content" is quite an awesome web comic. I haven't read it regularly since some time in 2007, but I am trying to catch up! You should all read it. Mister Jacques is very talented, and I am jealous of his skills; truly he is a Wacom Ninja. Pintsize is fun to draw.

3) Michael Jackson is awesome, this needs no further detail.

My fiancee has a new blog that should be read. It is about both video games, and the fact that she has played them. It is also hilarious. It can be found here.

I am going to be measured for a tuxedo for Clint's wedding this weekend, after which we will eat at Famous Dave's. I am a bit worried, as I am a fatty, but, fatty or no, I clean up well in a suit. Plus, barbecue is delicious squared.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A painting?

That's correct. At least one of you will know what this is inspired by, if you think on it. This was my first real experiment with Painter, it's not not great, but not terrible either. Thoughts? Comments? Threats against my person for never updating the Con posts? (I suppose I might do those sometime, I need Dan to send me pic-a-tures)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Long Awaited (Right?) Con Post, Day 1

Hey all. Sorry this is so late in getting here, I wanted to get photos from everybody before I did this, but I haven't gotten any back as of yet. So, I am posting what I gots, in daily pieces, in hopes that I get more photos before I get to the good parts of the Con. Here's Friday:

May 15, 2009

The day started well enough; I slept in a bit, as I had the day off (depleting my last personal day for the year 2009, but it was worth it). I puttered about the house until Laura came home (she had a partial day that day as well), and we went to try and get ink cartridges refilled at Walgreens. Upon learning that they did not refill the cartridges I have, we headed over and opened a wedding account, so’s we can pay for the wedding. Flush with success there, we went to Meijer, where I bought replacement cartridges. Thirty plus dollars poorer, I returned home, put on Star Trek II, and attempted to print out the iron-on decals for our Con shirts. This was not to be. After two hours, I came to the conclusion that there must be some non-ink related problem with the printer, and was forced to give up. Money well spent.

At some point during my trials, my Star Trek TOS Sciences t-shirt (that’s the blue one) came from UPS. So far, I counted one victory for the day.

Live long and...prosper? I guess so.

Dan, Puma, and Ashley came and picked me up around 3pm, and, after throwing my bags into the trunk, and one more hug and a kiss from my fiancĂ©e, we were off. Things went smoothly enough. I had my first cigarette in months at the first rest stop, the Starbucks in Birch Run, although Puma and I inadvertently went to Quiznos at first, not realizing it abutted said Starbucks. Coffee’d, smoke’d, soda’d, and in Puma’s case, breakfast sammich’d, we were off again.


We made it to Ashley’s dad’s house in Sterling Heights relatively safely (what with Detroit area traffic and all), helped her get her stuff in the house, and continued toward Livonia and the Hyatt Place hotel. Somewhere shortly after leaving Ashley’s dad’s, we hit a traffic jam. There was an accident of some sort, but we eventually got around it and it was off to the hotel. Once there, we thought we were home free. Alas, there was a bit of trouble, in that, even though the room was paid for, they needed to charge us forty dollars in case we made charges to the room (say, room service or a late night viewing of Doctor Strangepud: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Your Mom…In the Butt). We had no intention of doing any of these things, but they insisted, and cash was not an option. None of us had enough money on a card, and it nearly came to them refunding our monies and we’d have to find another hotel. We couldn't do that, as we were 100 miles out of town and this was the freakin’ Con weekend: there was going to be nothing available. Lisa (Puma’s girlfriend) bailed us out and let us use her card.

Arrival at Hotel: Approx. 7pm. In Room: 8pm. This is where we waited.

Once in the room, we unwound and watched the giant TV provided to us. There wasn’t much on, we settled for Happy Gilmore on TBS.

The refuge of the damned. Also, a hotel room.

A view of the room. Note the TV, The Puma, and way in the back, The Dan.

The beds. They're just beds; not every caption is going to be interesting.

Later, we were hungry, and we went to the only restaurant in sight of the hotel, Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It was really quite good, like a better tasting Olive Garden, with similar prices. They also give you a paper tablecloth and crayons to draw on. This was awesome, and I really wish I had taken a photo of it. Regardless, it looked something like this:

Yes, we're nerds.

We didn’t do much the rest of the night, save a run to a very unfamiliar Meijer and more cigarette breaks. Eventually we went to bed. I had massive trouble sleeping, and was up until sometime in the 3 o’clock hour of the morning. At one point Puma got up to use the facilities, and asked if I was awake. I replied that I wasn’t sleepy. Yes, I used the phrase “sleepy,” what of it? He then asked me if my tummy hurt, too. Even two weeks later, he still finds this hilarious. Bastard.

Next time: Saturday, May 16!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wayne Allwine, 1947-2009

The voice acting industry has lost one of the greats today; Wayne Allwine passed away at the age of 62, from complications related to diabetes. You might not know the name, but you surely know the voice: he has been the voice of Mickey Mouse since 1977. Surviving him is his wife, Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse. That's right, the voices of Mickey and Minnie were married in real life. Strange but true.

Friday, May 15, 2009

'Nuff Said

Pictures and news to follow once I get home.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Beware the Claws of...

I have been reading a lot of Todd Klein's blog as of late, especially his Logo Studies, and it rekindled my love of type and logos. I soon set to making one for my buddy Jeremy, aka The Puma, as he's the only friend I have who really has a superhero-esque nickname. I drew this rough sketch to start with:
I then imported it into Illustrator and set to work finalizing the look of the thing. It came together relatively easily, but took a bit of time. The final thing I did, just a few minutes ago, was at the "the" in my own lowercase cursive. I like it.

*NOTE: This is not meant to infringe on Marvel Comics' character of The Puma, aka Thomas Fireheart. He is copyright Marvel Comics 2009*

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The End of an Era...Of Sorts.

Scrubs ended its eighth season tonight, and, while it may return in some form, that's the end of it for me. I am still a little confused as to how they can continue without J.D. It was kinda his show. But I digress. Even though I was a latecomer to the show as far as fandom goes, it quickly permeated my consciousness like no show since The Simpsons. Farewell, Sacred Heart.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

An Heroic Action

I was practicing my dynamic poses tonight, this one didn't turn out too badly. This would be depicting a fight between the Puma and his arch-nemesis, whose name isn't clear in this panel. Apparently, said nemesis didn't quite have what it took to take down our hero. That's right, I draw pictures of my friends engaged in quasi-epic battles. What of it?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Scrounging Find

I was digging thorough moving boxes, and stumbled across this old drawing, I believe it was for Dan's Livejournal newspaper Der Village Idiot. I was the cartoonist, as I recall. I have colored it and fixed the most egregious errors in the drawing (Dan looked like he had some sort of tumors growing out of his head...If anyone wants, I will put up the original so you can see.) Poor Jimmy. Little does he realize that I am just going to drink him momentarily.

Head All Up Ins

I have a scanner now, so posts should be coming much more frequently. Here's a picture of me as a Futurama style head in a jar:

I look pissed because this is really part of a larger drawing in which I am inside Bender's chest cavity, and he's stealing my wallet. That drawing will appear at a later date, when I can draw Mr. Rodriguez to my own high standards of satisfaction.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My Apologies to Mr. Geisel

What's all this then? An update? That's right, it was no fluke. Here we have a drawing I did for a friend, the original of which hangs on his wall. The story goes that we were supposed to hang out the coming Saturday, but he canceled on me, saying "I'm going with my friend to a Dr. Suess Party." 'What's that,' I replied, thinking it was maybe some sort of birthday party for his friends' nephew or something. "I have no idea, but there will be drinking and dancing." 'I can see it now, you're going to lose your anal virginity to a man in a tall, striped hat.' This struck me as an amusing thought, and so, with a little inspiration from this Action Comics cover, for posing purposes, I gave him the completed drawing two days later. And now it's up for all to see. (Note, the drawing here has been color corrected and my hand lettering replaced with fonts to enhance humor and readability.)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Porpoises and Spirits

Well here we go, the first post of what will hopefully be many...I drew this first as a rough sketch for a friend, as he was having a bad day. The story behind it is that once, he and I were very drunk, and I said "Matt, I drink with a purpose, and sometimes with a porpoise..." We both laughed hysterically. It doesn't really strike me as funny nowadays, but it was amusing enough as a cartoon.