Monday, April 13, 2009

A rant, with doodle attached.

There are a number of thing for which I don't understand the appeal: Coca-Cola, Napoleon Dynamite, text messaging. The list goes on and on, but today I'd like to talk a bit about the graduation ceremony.
I'm facing graduation this month and I've gotten quite a few letters/emails/phone calls from BYU telling me that I need to order my cap and gown. Why would I want to do that?
From what I remember of graduations past, the graduation ceremony involves:
1. Wearing what Hugh Nibley so lovingly refers to as "the robes of the false priesthood"
2. Waiting in lines. At least three of them
3. Listening to some guy with better grades than mine recite Robert Frost's The Road not Taken
4. Standing around afterward while a family member forces me to have pictures taken of me wearing an ill-fitting hat that keeps its distinctive square shape via a piece of cardboard placed in it.
5. Navigating my way through a crowd of girls who are hugging each other and crying because they'll never see each other again.
As if that weren't enough incentive to do something else on that specific Saturday morning, they're expecting me to spend $150 to rent unflattering cult garb for a day.
Well, academia, I appreciate the offer, but I'm going to have to pass on that one.

phase one of my evil plan

What you are looking at right now is what's commonly known as a "commission," meaning someone paid me money to make this; cash money.
For any of you who are interested in knowing what phase two is, it involves employment. Somewhere along the line, phase five or six involves groupies and/or owning my own island.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Redneck Zombie and His Dog.

This one took quite a bit longer than I expected it to, and I think I might need to get it critiqued and then rework it.
Also, I have a header for the blog. Let me know what you think of it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I did figure drawing today

It's been at least a year since I last did any figure drawing and I decided that it's high time I got around to doing it again. While I like how it turned out, I decided that I've still got a while before I'm on par with the likes of Adam Ford or Jeff Hein.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Animal Skulls

As a celebration of my last day at work tomorrow, I thought I'd post some sketches I did from my image library at work.
I've drawn maybe 50 or so of these skulls, and after drawing 20 or so, I realized that I wasn't just drawing, I was learning design from the greatest designer of all. The lost and found lines, the way nature punches holes in things, the elegant sweeping forms the zygomatic arches.
Yeah, anatomy's pretty awesome.
Also, bonus points for anyone who can correctly identify the animals in the last picture.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Attractive females are ... GO!!!

I was looking through my sketchbook the other day and I did a quick tally - I found out that I had drawn 203 pictures of men, and 62 pictures of women. This came as quite a shock to my heterosexuality.
I decided that essentially, my aesthetic is that I have an interest in the bizarre and the unusual, and in order for a girl to look attractive, she has to actually look NORMAL, which to me is fairly boring. With that much being said, I decided that there has to be a way to draw attractive females and still have fun at the same time, so lately that's what I've been working on.
Here's my most successful attempt at making a non-boring attractive female. Modeled after Megan Magleby, whose blog can be seen at

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Proboscis Monkey has a Sweet Ride

The Proboscis Monkey: truly a primate that has nothing for which to compensate.

Somehow I decided it would be a good idea to take a photograph and create a character that would fit inside a photographic environment. And give it a furry texture. Yeah, this one was a huge headache trying to solve all those problems at the same time. I'm definitely not going to try to do that same thing anytime soon. Maybe in a year or two after I can paint like Feng Zhu.