Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dang...again...

Missed another day. Here's a Sunday morning quicky to atone, maybe something more grand later.

It's strange, but I'm drawn to offbeat Religious iconography. The questions raised by the types of places or things that are chosen to be adorned keep me looking.

Here's a recent photo...

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday...

I'll pass, thanks. Nothing about it looks appealing in any way. I'm certainly not opposed to saving money, but I'm not willing to pay the price to save. I'm much happier sitting at my desk clicking away on the mouse, or as I call it, "Santa's little helper". I'm not a fan of crowds to begin with, maniacal legions of shopaholics even less so. So y'all have fun doing what you do, I'll watch the highlight reel on the nightly news.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wow...

As a teenager in the 80s, I was a Ted Nugent fan. At some point however, he was allowed to speak publicly. Wow. The Nuge is a fucking idiot. Chest thumping proud American? How 'bout draft dodging publicity glomming douchebag? His recent comments on the Ferguson ordeal would've been better left unspoken.

Wang Dang What a Poontang.

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(Sorry to come off a nice post about my family and friends, to a semi-rant on this fecular mass of demented DNA)

Giving Thanks...

So here's my cheesebag, yet sincere, Holiday related post...

Thanks to my Wife, Kids, Friends, & Family for letting me be me, for putting up with me, and mostly for being them. Not sure I could be me without you.

Thanks!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VROOM! Now in color...

Spent some time working on this today. Pretty happy with it. Feels like it needs something else, but not sure what that is yet. I'll ponder on it.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Asparagus...

Dang...asparagus is GOOD! Especially if grilled in a little garlic butter...oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I was at a friend's house yesterday literally eating it off the grill (I wasn't bobbing for asparagus, over an open flame...I used my dirty hands, like a normal cretin). So good!

But then...

Seriously, 20 minutes after the first shoot went down my gullet, the Asparagus Aftermath began. Sure, I'd had a couple of nice Pale Ales, which undoubtedly fueled what was about to befall me...but damn, you'd think ANYONE would remember the plague about to strike. But no...I did not. It was time to relieve myself of the liquid weight of the the hops and barley goodness, I waited my turn for the facilities, everything to this point...nothing but good times, good friends, good foods.

My pissoir predecessor steps out, I step in. I take my position at the throne, ready to honor it with the bounty of my harvest. As the golden stream of past libations escape the carefree confines of it's host, suddenly EVIL is afoot. Rather, EVIL is a-nose. I was quickly, and unceremoniously bitch slapped, and horse collared by the all too evil Asparagus Piss Stench from Hell. A smell so bad, you can taste it...and trust me...that's not good. How is this geometrically and/or gastronomically possible? I'm not expert at the inner workings of your normal human, or even me, but it seems next to impossible that one or two shoots of asparagus made it from my mouth hole to my pee hole in such a short amount of time. Even more impossible, that along the route, it was apparently basted in fire, brimstone, and all the remaining effluent of hell itself, and then streamed forth in such a malevolent and malodorous concoction as to stupefy, and completely confound it's own host.

"The devil done jumped out my Jimmy!" I exclaimed.

My knees tried buckling, but I wasn't having it. No greenery is gonna put me down. I persevered, shook, tucked, and zipped. Knowing all too well the other guests had ingested the same evil, I would not be the only embarrassed soul. No, this Succubus would embrace us all tonight.

Thankfully...she was gone by morning.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rain...

It's raining here in Central Texas. Rain is a good thing. I can't go outside and play, but otherwise it's good. That is all.

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Middle Age...

So, fuck it, tonight I'm cheating. This is my Saturday post, cause I'm not readily sleepy after midnight on Friday.

Holy Shit!

I must be "Middle-Aged"!!!

Well, that might be the punch line of a really bad joke, but according to World Life Expectancy.com I was middle-aged at a little over 38 years of age. (For you jillions of readers who don't know me, I'm a 49 year old, Caucasian male living in the Glorious State of Texas). So Gawddammit....I'm 11 years past my prime Corvette buying days. Motherfucker! Where's the fucking manual!?! A rule book!?! Something in the Queensberry rules? How's a fucker supposed to know?

So the bad news is that I'm over half-passed dead. Yeah, and that sucks..if you let it. But, fuck, numbers is numbers. Live 'em, or ignore them and roll with it. I dig rolling.

The good news? I absolutely don't feel the need to buy an overpriced four wheeled excuse for my less than Spring Chicken (Game Cock?) manhood.  I also don't need to supplement any perceived lack of lead in my pencil with firearms, nor do I need the middle aged white guy badge of honor of a concealed carry license. I don't hate minorities, immigrants, or gays. (That list was in no particular order in my lack of hatred or political reasoning...it's just the way it got typed out, so get the fuck over it). For the most part, people are WAY too wrapped up in themselves, their lives, their dreams, their delusions, their politics, their religious proclivities, etc. I'm not immune to that, but fuck...lighten the fuck up, and live.

Look around. Smile at someone. Wave. Basic fucking human involvement. I'm not asking for blood giving (though that's not a bad thing either)...just be part of the world around you. Maybe it'll give you something, or maybe you can give it something. Maybe not, but hell....it's gotta be better than another episode of "Dancing With The Stars".

Fuck, it's late...I'm rambling...maybe I'm passed the middle? I can now be the guy that sits on my front porch and waves at traffic! I wonder if I can get my wife to buy matching sweat suit ensembles? The lonely howl of the wolf is hard to ignore....

I'm going to bed now. I do own a Tempurpedic mattress...but at least, for now, it's not one of those Hospital adjustable types...

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(P.S. I said "fuck" more times in this post than probably in the history of my "blog" (I vote now to have that word removed from human involvement...the only possibly more offensive word is "tweet"...Fuck, I'm glad I got that off my chest)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bad Santa...

So, still figuring out Manga Studios...ever improving, stoked on that. The thing I'm digging the most, I think, is that it's fairly self contained. I do my initial rough sketches on one layer, then "ink" on the next layer. No scanning etc. (though you can do it that way if you want).

Here's today's output...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Talented friends...

I find it not only pleasant, but almost mandatory to surround myself with talented friends. The people I am closest to in the world are talented in some way. They are interesting, vital, and are constant reminders to me of what can be if you let it.

Thanks y'all.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oh yeah!

So I've been playing with some new, to me, software. Manga Studio 5. I personally don't care for Manga style artwork, so while I've known of the software for a while...I avoided it for that reason. But guess what? Sometimes, if you dump your prejudices...you just might learn something. After years of using Adobe's Illustrator & Photoshop I couldn't see how anything could top either of them. Well, I was wrong. Joining my Wacom tablet and Manga Studio 5 is the closest thing to "real" drawing I've come on a computer. It just feels right. I've just started using it, but having a slightly better than working knowledge of the aforementioned Adobe products definitely brings the learning curve down. Ok, enough gushing fan boy talk from me. Here's the first doodle I've squeezed out with the new combo...DEFINITELY more to come...

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Oh, and here's a little progress on the piece I'm now calling "Vroom!"

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You got a 2fer today!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

D'oh!!

In the immortal words of the poet laureate, Homer Simpson..."D'oh!!!" I didn't have an entry yesterday, and it was going so well too. I did notice that the earth didn't stop rotating and there were minimal catastrophes due to my lack of diligence.

I'll hang my head in shame briefly, y'all work on that "Forgiveness" thing, and we should all do alright.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Something new...the next step...

I was able to get a little more work done on the drawing/photo mash-up thing. It's new working title is "Fast Freddy". Some perspective/scaling tweaks...knocked out the background...here we go...
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Friday, November 14, 2014

One thing I've noticed...

The more people talk....the less they have to say.

I probably ripped that off from Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, or some other smart, historical, readily quotable type dignitary. But since I can't place it...I claim it. F*ck History.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Something new...the beginning...

This is a drawing I did, mashed with a piece of vintage photo clip art. No title yet. Not sure where it's going, mostly digital I think, kind of a rock poster vibe. I'll just let whatever happens happen I reckon.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm not a fan...

of the cold, or the hot.

I tend to follow the philosophy of baby bear, and I prefer it "Just Right".

But I reckon Mick and Keef were right.."You can't always get what you want".

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holy Sh*t! I'm Done...

I think this is finally done! For the record this piece was started in August of 2012. You can go back to my entry on July 31st, to see the last entry.

Anyway...

Here it is...

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All good things must come to an end...

Winter is fast approaching our neck of the woods. Delicate plants must be brought inside. As such, the dramatic Star Wars Lego battle that's been raging on a table in The Shack, must come to an end.

The only credit I can take for this, are the bits I paid for, the DNA I donated to it's creators, and the pix I took of it...

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Good stuff!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Life...

What a crazy bitch.

One friend has just lost two of those most dear to him, another is about to celebrate his child's first birthday.

We are constantly presented with challenges, some mundane...others devastating, but then granted the greatest gifts ever.

Crazy bitch indeed.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shameless Consumerism versus Planned Obsolescence...

I got a little cash for my birthday...which I quickly spent on a new Wacom digital tablet. I have an older Wacom digital tablet, of course it is no longer supported by Wacom and isn't compatible with the latest Mac OS.

So...Yay! And Boo!

Planned obsolescence sucks, but on the other hand new stuff is cool. I reckon I'm a sheople.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

49 years ago today...

I was dropped onto this planet. I don't remember much about it.

Fast forward (as fast as 49 years will fast forward) and life is good. I used to get depressed on my birthdays, I lamented on what I hadn't done or achieved yet. Haven't done that in a long time, much to the thanks of my wonderful bride. I'm overwhelmed with how much good I have going for me, and I'm thankful for that.

To my friends and family, thank you for a wonderful ride, let's keep going.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A couple of recent photos...

Here's a couple of shots I took at the Texas BusFest...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Boy's night...

Me and the MMS grom pack are all alone tonight...

What to do?

Watch the second part of the animated Dark Knight Returns DVD of course. That's not girl type T.V. watching.

But, the Mrs. did leave us with a pan of Chicken Enchiladas that we're definitely looking forward too. Mama's always taking care of us boys!

Headed for the couch.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jesus is packing...

I'd noticed this last week, but didn't stop. Apparently the Prince of Peace is somewhat militant in his view of weapons...Praise through superior firepower?

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Lightning strikes twice...

 So I get a text this morning before I'm officially out of bed. See, the groms had just left for school...so I figured someone was texting to remind me of some parental thing I needed to do. Kinda weird when your kids are more responsible than you...but I figure we raised em, so we must've done something right.

But upon checking I discover I couldn't be further from reality. A buddy texted me to see if I'd perform a wedding for he and his fiancé. (Backstory: In the early daze of the interwebs I became officially ordained as a Minister of the Universal Life Church of Modesto, California...and no sh*t, I can perform legal marriages in the State of Texas. If you knew me at all you'd be suffering a cerebral hemorrhage right about now). A year or so ago I'd done my first and only wedding for our mutual friend...and he decided he wanted the same thing. Wow! That's about a left field kinda first thing text of the morning if there ever was one.

I respond, and he lets me know what they want, and it certainly fits within my parameters of both non-religious and crowd avoidance. So I said I'd be honored to do the deal. So come mid December I will have married 2 couples. Kinda crazy, but kinda cool in a really weird way too.

Who knew?

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cats...

In all honesty, I married into being a cat person. Before I was married, I'd been around maybe 2 cats. When my wife and I started dating she had a cat, Amber, who became my stepcat after we were married. There was never any doubt where Amber's affection lay...I was tolerated, but only begrudgingly so. Roscoe, so named because I told my wife the only way we could keep him was if we named him "Roscoe", came into our lives a couple years after marriage. He was a good guy. Both are now gone, and both missed.

Sandy came after Amber passed. She's 13 now. Bucky came after we lost Roscoe. He's 6 now. Crazy how attached I've become to them both. Truthfully though, Sandy only tolerates me...she's a mama's girl too. I reckon I'm writing this because me and Bucky just shared some quality time on the couch while watching the Cowboy's game.

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Reckon I'll head back to the couch now and see if my buddy wants to join me.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

It only happens if you make it...

So I pledged to put up a post a day...it nearly didn't happen today. Why? Because I over thought it, or I wasn't inspired, or some other bullshit excuse. So here's my post about nearly not posting. So there's a post, or here's a post...not sure about the proper tense whilst posting...but here, or there it is.

Set your clocks back an hour...or chaos will surely insue.

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