OMG, it’s the Republican Party’s fault!

Democrats Spar Among Themselves Over PhRMA Bill –NYTimes, Yesterday

No, no, it’s not in-fighting. Haven’t you been watching any major news network?

Glenn Beck and 15,000 insane people are the reason your socialized healthcare isn’t going through. All the Democrats agree on it 100%–it’s bitter partisan issues and immature Republicans that are holding this thing up.

Oh, Glenn Beck, how have you managed to garner the support of <.5% of the population? <.5%? Oh my, he’s unstoppable now! Continue reading “OMG, it’s the Republican Party’s fault!”

Program crash blues; Buffalo’s redemption

Tonight, Photoshop crashed on me and I lost the progress I’d made on my 4th page. It was a lot of under drawing and framing that I was really happy with.  🙁

That’s okay. The attitude I should take is that if I did the work once, I can do it again without a problem. Also, I was working on about 4 other documents at the time that–thanks to my usual vigilance–were already saved and lost no new changes. So it could have been a lot worse. Continue reading “Program crash blues; Buffalo’s redemption”

My fourth and fifth fingers are cramping

Yeah, my drawing hand is starting to feel the burn, so I must be doing something right. We’re closing week one of my rigorous drawing study. I completed three comic pages (for better or worse) and did a couple of unposted studies. It’s Saturday and I’ve been doing nothing but illustration and watching College Football.

Now, if I maintain two hours of practice a day, I’d have to get better. Now we head into week two.

What was I thinking

So much work on that tiny little frame.
So much work on that tiny little frame.

Dude, it’s way too late at night for me to be up. I forced myself to finish the second page of my comic attempts and have been starting on the third one in the last hour. It’s really time for me to go to sleep. So #002 focused a lot on backgrounds, which is why it took me the better part of the evening (morning now).

I like the poster in the second frame, I think, more than I like the whole rest of the picture. The note in the first frame is kind of endearing too…and look–another hand that’s almost passable.

Link in the picture leads to my deviantArt account and a full-size version.

If I don’t go to sleep now, I won’t be going to sleep tonight. Arghleblarb.

You’re too old to start drawing.

Probably, but I don’t care. I like all things art, and it doesn’t bother me that I’m trying my hand at stupid little cartoons in the back half of my 20s. I started a new deviantArt account to display my progress.

I always had an interest in drawing, but I’m so awful with my free-time as far as holding my attention in one place that I’ve never actually done anything. Well, behold.

Behind you...
Behind you...

It’s really not the product that’s important here, it’s the four hours of drawing, inking, and correcting that I did to make it look half-decent.

Yes, I corrected AFTER I inked. One of the reasons that this took four hours was that I had really no knowledge of the workflow. I needed to work on a couple layers of underdrawing until it was the way I wanted it to be, but I got all excited and started playing with digital crayons.

Now that I have a 17-layer template file to make everything I need, things should go more efficiently.

So yes, it’s quite a disadvantage to start this nonsense in your 20s when you should be worrying about career moves and home ownership and all that adult stuff. The thing is, I believe I can get better at this–noticably better–if I’m patient enough with myself to stick to it.  I’m to the point now where I can be happy enough with what I’m drawing to keep going; though I’ve got a long way to go in every aspect of the discipline (proportion, shade, presense, the list never ends), I can see how that progress could be made with practice.

On that note, I’ve done some underdrawing for the second page. Another couple of evenings and it should be ready. Whee.

EditorialJoe – Sports Edition

Well, I started a sports Twitter last night to avoid over-tweeting my “EditorialJoe” followers with my constant updates/comments about the sports games I’m watching. As you’ve never heard anything of the sort before, yes, I am a sports fan. Like so many other things in this world, I don’t obsess over it and it’s usually out of sight, out of mind. I don’t tend to watch baseball unless it’s the post-season. Hockey gets a little more viewing, though again most of my actual TV time is matchups I REALLY want to see, and post-season. (It’s been a long while since I paid attention to hockey. Think Patrick Roy on the Avalanche. Yep–that long.)

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But I can watch football every week. Last night I started my new EdtrlJoe_Sports twitter account off with the Packers vs. Bears game, which was a real treat. GB’s defense was on FIRE, picking off no less than four passes from Jay Cutler (one int. return getting them all the way upfield to the 5). The Bears defense played well, managing a safety on Rodgers in the first half, but Cutler and the offense just couldn’t keep their rhythm against the wide-eyed Packers. Rodgers and his offense did manage to make some moves in the second half, but it was a back-and-forth game right up until the end, finishing 21-15 in favor of the Packers.

Tonight, Brady is back from his injury playing at home against the Bills. I’ll be watching this one closely, being more tuned to the AFC’s dynamics. Later it’s Raiders and the Chargers, a game I’ll probably catch the highlights of the next morning.

Give the sports twitter a follow if you’re interested in constant and persistent NFL game highlights on Sundays and Mondays. Outside that I’ll be tweeting whatever I find interesting in the other leagues throughout the week.

Mazgamma’s Place in my Heart

Our new mascot is Mazgamma, a one of the robots from Phantasy Star II sent to dispatch you after you assist the climate control center (Climatrol) in blowing itself to smitheroons. I’ve placed him in the
right column. The in-game graphic was found at the Phantasy Star Cave. I’m plugging them not only for that, but also for having guides, maps, and data on everything Phantasy Star. They still update, too!

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the 1989 Sega game that will no doubt convince you that you should be playing (or re-playing) this 20-year-old RPG as I currently am.

Um…spoilers, kinda. Do you really care? It’s been 20 years. You’ve had plenty of time to play it. Well, whatever. This isn’t really going to be funny unless you know something about the game, and even then it’s not going to be that funny. In fact, you can just ignore this post entirely. I just wanted to explain the little robot dude in the corner is all.

 Commander: Way to flood Mota, Rolf. We told you to “see what’s going on at” Climatrol, not “blow up all of” Climatrol. Well, at least the beachfronts are all cleared out of those slugmess things. And the whirlys–ever been stung by one? Let me give you a little piece of advice: pissing on the sting does NOT help. It just makes you smell like piss.

 Rolf: But, Commander, the woman I love ju–

 Commander: Oh yeah, your freak girlfriend. How’s she doing? Still a bio-monster?