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Seattle Skyline

Hey! I gotta thank y’all for that pageview spike the other day. I don’t know how or why those happen, but when more people visit the site, ads start appearing (probably WordPress’ doing), which makes me happy.

In other news, it’s now been over a year since I moved from Washington to Utah, so it’s finally appropriate to share this watercolor piece (the backlog is really empty now, I swear). I’m not a particularly amazing painter, but there’s a lot to this one—the Seahawks colors, Mount Rainier looming in the distance, and the city’s shadow dripping down the paper. Ain’t it something?

More importantly, I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone back in Bellevue. I still miss you all so much, and I don’t know who I’d be today if I didn’t get to grow up with you.

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THE STEAMPUNKS: Characters

img_0610.pngIt’s been too long! Geez, every time I think I’m getting back into the Dustlander groove, I get extremely busy.

This set of characters, from my Steampunks idea, represents the last of my backlog of work (at least I think so!). I drew this close to a year ago, but it definitely holds up. I’m particularly proud of the larger automaton, cleverly named Ado, because I tried to just smother him with detail. The girl, meanwhile, might need a redesign or two, or I might drop her altogether.  I’m not even sure of her name… but I hope you appreciate the close-up of her I added.

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Blue Jay

School has begun, boys and girls. I never realized I liked being a child so much until my English teacher started talking about scholarships…

To get both of our minds off of that, here’s a bird. I’m not sure what kind, though, as I painted this from a tutorial during art class (let’s just call him a blue jay for the moment–correct me if I’m wrong!). For my first serious attempt at watercolor, I don’t think it’s all that bad; I hope to find my own set somewhere so I can get some more practice. That, or take another art class, but my schedule this year is already pretty full.

This bird loves and cares about you; remember that.

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Abraham Lincoln

Good evening, readers. If you really want to know this picture’s origins, everyone had to draw it in that class I had last year (yeah, it’s not a photo). I actually drew this one before trying that Chris Pratt one, and I think this one came out a little better, even if you can see the grid lines in the background. They give it some flavor. Oh, and this might be my best drawing, like, ever, so there’s that!

I’d planned to post this sometime near ol’ Abe’s birthday… but the picture gets to be topical instead. I guess all I want to say is: in light of whatever the heck is happening in our country, let us not forget what this man stood for. That’s it.

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SURVIVAL MODE: Characters

Mornin’. There’s one week of summer left here in Utah, and it’s bumming me out.

On a slightly more positive note, you visitors to the site might have seen the new banner to your right (or on the very bottom on mobile). That’s right–my original pitch from a year ago is taking form! The series, a(n unofficial) realistic adaptation of Minecraft, will be called Survival Mode, and the first book will be called The Spawning Years.

I don’t want to spoil too much, but I have to get you interested, now don’t I? Very well. Clockwise from the top-left, this character roster features a villager, a zombie, a bearded Steve, Steve, Alex, and an armored Alex. I’m quite proud of these designs and this new style I’ve worked out, but I’ll have to warn you that not all of these characters even appear in the first book. Our protagonist (who remains nameless for the first book), is, after all, stranded in the wilderness after spontaneously “spawning”. However, each of these fine folk will be introduced in time; I just hope I can do the Minecraft mythos some justice, with all the thought I’ve put into this.

To know if I did any good, well, I’ll need your help! Chapter I is available here or on Tapastic–er, sorry, Tapas. Enjoy!

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Fear of Failure

I feel like saying something depressing, but the artwork kind of does that by itself, so I won’t.

This is another piece from my drawing class; in this assignment, we were supposed to draw our greatest fear on scratchboard. For those who don’t know, scratchboard is paper covered in blank ink (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it is) that must be scraped off to reveal the white stuff underneath. That means any mistakes you make are permanent, so yeah, this was one of the most interesting projects.

I’m afraid of heights–but being a perfectionist, I’m terrified of loneliness, rejection, and failure (ain’t we all?). So in this case, I think a little metaphor goes a long way. Don’t you?

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Miss Fortune

What’s up, everyone. I hope you’re all primed and ready for another character sketch, because you’re getting one. New comics are coming, albeit very slowly. Hold me accountable for those, please.

Anyway, this little leprechaun girl isn’t from a series (as if my multitude of series are official or anything). Instead, she’s actually a  Mutants & Masterminds (basically superhero D&D) character that I created–I played her in a game with my relatives just this last week. She’s kind of silly for a superhero, but I like her rustic, perky design. I think I wrote a backstory for her, but I lost it somewhere.

That’s about it, so go! Have a good day!

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Chris Pratt

Hey everybody, I hope you are having better days than I am. I’m guessing you don’t come down here to read about my problems, though, so allow me to change the subject.

Here’s another assignment from my drawing class; we were told to draw the portrait of anybody we pleased, and I couldn’t think of anyone better than this famous actor (hopefully you can tell who he is without even needing to read the title). He’s pictured here based on a notable scene from Parks and Recreation, but you might know him from Guardians of the Galaxy, and/or Jurassic World. Anyway, I think he’s a great actor and a genuinely good guy, and he’s from the Seattle area, so that’s cool! This is the first “realistic” portrait I’ve posted, so any feedback would be welcome!

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FANART: The Eggbuster

Hey everyone! I had planned to alternate between digital and traditional pieces throughout the summer, but I just had to post this, as it’s already on Twitter–and it’s my first piece of fanart in a while!

Of course, this fanart is more obscure than the stuff I’ve done before. It’s of Austin from the YouTube channel The Eggbuster (formerly ThatOneShowFUN). He’s not the most popular YouTuber out there, but he’s really funny and I feel like he puts a lot of effort and heart into his work, so he’s one of my favorites. His most well-known show is called Eggbusters, which is ironically about confirming or busting glitches in video games, not Easter eggs–but if you’re more into Let’s Plays or streaming, he’s got those and more. I highly recommend checking him out if you need a peaceful, fun way to pass the time.

Funnily enough, I found out that he’d colored his hair back to brown shortly after finishing the picture… but I think I’ll just leave it. It looks pretty good, right?

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THE STEAMPUNKS: Foxhound

Back atcha with another Apple Notes drawing, probably the last of its kind. Adobe Sketch has layers and I was able to import the OneNote colors, so soon you’ll be seeing the same thick-outlined, colorful Dustlander style you’re so used to. Will I ever finish coloring the last comic and start on another one? Only time will tell, I guess.

The Steampunks is interesting because I have all these (hopefully) unique ideas for characters, but only a loose plot arc to work with (Ironwood‘s story is coming along quite smoothly, though). Foxhound is my most recent character for this series; I see him as being Captain Wither’s second-in-command, a war veteran with a no-nonsense attitude toward the rest of the Privateers. His majestic sideburns and keen sense for danger give him his nickname–which, like all other Steampunks characters’, is animal-based. Regardless of his personality, I do hope you like his design!