Saturday, January 26, 2008

So while googling squid for a photo reference for a sketch, I came upon this website devoted to improving giant squid/human relations.

It's pretty informative, with tests designed to gauge your SQ (Squid Quotient), aquatic animal personality test, 10 reasons to fear a giant squid, etc.

I took the aquatic animal personality test and ended up as a whale (surprise surprise).

Check it out.


Guten Tag.4

Well hello.

Indeed I have a new strip to post. It was inspired as I walked back to my car from class Thursday night in the bitter cold of approximately a billion degrees below freezing, waiting for any one of my extremities to fall off. I'm pretty sure the cold vacuum of space is somewhere around the temperature of any given winter night in Michigan.


Have a great weekend and subsequent week.


Saturday, January 19, 2008


Here's the new Guten Tag strip.

I used a new approach this time. Instead of doing the strip completely in Photoshop like before, this time I penciled the strip on paper, scanned that in to Photoshop, then put a layer on top of the pencil rough and 'inked' it. Although I had one less panel filled with art this time, I think it still saved me about an hour or two.

Before, I would go back and forth, using old faithful Ctrl+z, in order to get the lines looking smooth and natural as well as proportionate, but doing a pencil rough first and then doing the lines on top is much easier. It's like having your outline set down before writing a paper. The whole process just goes faster and smoother.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Water we going to do? Almost flood the basement, that's wat.

Today was pretty funny.
Actually, it sucked a little bit, but then that became funny.

I've had my drums and a PA system in the basement for a few weeks, waiting to be set up again, so I decided to do that today. After I finished, I remembered that when my band used to practice down there, we had strung up some rope light to the wall to make it look cool. More like we duct taped it there. So this time, I had the bright idea of screwing in some hooks to hold the light, instead of duct tape. I got maybe 3-4 in, found the stud through the wall for the last one, and was drilling the last hook when water just shot out all over the place.

I drilled through the dang water pipe. Water sprayed all over the wall opposite the pipe, which is about 15-20 feet. Which sucked majorly, since like I said, I had all my drums and PA system and artwork from last semester just sitting there soaking up gallons of water. I think my guitar amp was actually facing the pipe. I finally got the valve shut off, but I hope all my stuff dries out.
I actually almost drilled into the electrical wiring, which was maybe an inch from the water pipe.

Oh well. Crisis over.
This only strengthens my belief that art is where I should be heading, and definitely not any sort of carpentry or home repair.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Here's the weekly strips I've done so far for Wayne State University's newspaper.