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posted by [personal profile] bzedan at 12:15am on 02/12/2011 under ,

HA.  I love people who tell me what they want in October and then forget about it. I had to get a store bought thing to go with the hand-made aspect of this one, and also wrapping paper, so this technically has been done a bit, but is 100% finished now.

And I’ve figured out how to show that I’m hitting goals.

Gelsey's gift, wrapped

My present spreadsheet is filled out and ready to be obliterated. MAN, I love making stuff and then not having it hanging around my house after.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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BAM, ‘nother one done.

This is the title page for Primp, which is set in a semi-Victorian world. So I wanted the illustrations to reflect Victorian paper cut work. Only I am a lazy thing and am not going to actually cut that paper.  But! The image is created in a way that it could be a whole piece of paper, without loose bits.

I drew half of the dressing table and used the lightbox to mirror it, filled in most of the blacks by hand then my big pen started to die so I filled in the larger spaces after I scanned the image and cleaned it up in Photoshop.

Primp title page 1

I like how this turned out. I enjoy pretending that I am different people illustrating different stories for a magazine.

The interior illustration for this story I want to do maybe as split half pages, which I haven’t seen much.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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HA. Oh man, I cannot believe I finished an illustration already.  I do plan on scanning some of the stuff I’m using as reference/illustration, but you’ll just have to enjoy some process pictures and finished image until then.  All images link to Flickr where there are more shots and info.

Splash page for end of Morningstar.

First Chase helped me get a reference shot. I kind of hate using myself for reference shots because my frame is weirdly proportioned and I always have to draw on more weight. But my easy-to-see-skeleton was nice for this reference in this case.  I did a rough sketch over the digital image in Photoshop, with a little bit of shading and printed it out.  Then I used a lightbox to do the basic pencils and I dug in with some black acrylic paint.

Morningstar splash page wip1

Kept painting. Started cleaning up with white. Various pen happened too. Sharpie, felt tip, micron.

Morningstar splash page wip2

With the figure done, it’s time for the background.  Since I don’t trust myself I did it on a separate sheet, placed over the figure, on the lightbox.
Morningstar splash page wip4b

Looks okay so they both get scanned, cleaned up and composited. It didn’t take long.

I like it. Yay me. I especially like my tasteful way of hiding the bits between the legs. I am classy, is what.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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posted by [personal profile] bzedan at 11:50pm on 04/10/2011 under , , ,

So, I haven’t really drawn since February. But I used to draw all the time and I should get back into that. But I need a reason to draw that’s more illustrate-y than comics-y. So I figure why not try to make some illustrations to go with all that shit I wrote in January.

I am a huge fan of old sf mags and pulpy mass market paperbacks from the 1970s and 80s. So I’ll be flipping through my old Asimov SF mags and using the black and white illustrations as inspiration (and ignoring the sad moment of the 90s where there was a lot of bad greyscale airbrush work).

Because I know a lot of people who draw for a living, I’m pretty self-conscious about how I do it. But whatever, I’m learning and I don’t quite give a shit. Anyway, finally started sketching out some things this evening. Trying to figure out what I should do for Morning Star.

And you can pretend that she’s wearing underwear if it makes you feel better.

So it will be like a blast from the past, me dumping process sketches of dubious quality on a regular basis. Rock.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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Well, July’s focus wasn’t entirely a failure. I mean, it mostly was because here I am at the end of August, having just finished the basic goal (to tidy my craft area upstairs so I can actually use it). But I still finished it!

I made slow progress in the earlier part of the month
Slow progress: 1

Slow Progress: 2

But hoorah, now it is done.

Took long enough

I need to vacuum, and there are areas that need to be further broken down and tidied, but the primary issue—having no floor space and just junk everywhere, is done.

And it’s not as though I haven’t been doing other things these past two months. I’ve been going to class at C.O.P.S. and writing ridiculous hyperlinked notes, regularly updating Audacity Gambit and generally enjoying the most pleasant summer in my memory.

I know what next month’s focus will be too. One of the points of this exercise was to hold off working in certain themes until the itch to do so was so strong I’d really be able to focus—instead of flitting around dis or half-interestedly. So I know what I’ll be doing by the end of the year and I know what I’m doing for September. It should be fun.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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Eek! Kind of far into the month do declare July’s focus, but it’s a (kind of) light one and something that needs to happen. So here goes.

One of the beautiful parts of our apartment is the finished attic space that we’re using as studio area. Problem is, my half has been getting things dumped in it (by me) and has become kind of a super mess.

This is embarassing

So July is all about increasing the usability of that space. I’d like to do a sewing focus month soon, but I can’t until I have space to work in. Side projects will include perfect binding any sketchbook, idea or whatever pages, so I can recycle the rest. I love doing this, it removes so much clutter. I’d thought I’d done them all already, but there were hidden caches of papers and sketchbooks. Oh me.

It’s going to be hard, because I keep wanting to work in the garden, but that’s why it’s this month’s focus!

As it is, focuses for this month and the next will be interesting, as I’m taking classes at C.O.P.S. and there’s readings (theory!) and homework. I’ll probs be posting bits of that here, as I know some of you may dig what we’re learning and doing.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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posted by [personal profile] bzedan at 10:58pm on 02/06/2011 under , ,

An easy start for this focus month, apparently I’d processed these all the way to web sizing them and then never uploaded. All images link to their Flickr page, where you can view them larger.

The image on the left is 2007, image on the right is 2010. Looking at three years of development (and lack thereof) in two planned communities in Forest Grove.

I’ve always been fascinated by this area, I wish I’d tagged my photos better so I could link to the lot of them.

Some Development: 1

Some Development: 2

Some Development: 3

Some Development: 4

Some Development: 5

Some Development: 6

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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posted by [personal profile] bzedan at 11:09pm on 03/03/2011 under , , ,

I’m making myself pick just one thing to focus on a month. For Feburary it’s comics.

Alright. Long break since the last update but, despite a vacation to Seattle, getting TWO knock-down, nap-forever colds (woo) and moving (to Portland!), I finished my primary goal this month, pencilling all thirty pages of a second Richard III minicomic, finishing just under the wire. Proof shot via Chase’s phone, hence amazing quality.

I mean, now I have to ink it, but I’ll dedicate a month to that. Which is what is so nice about this whole project. No guilt.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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posted by [personal profile] bzedan at 02:36pm on 25/04/2010 under , , ,

It’s been my birthday weekend, I’ve got the luck to have been born on St. George’s day, which I’ve noted before.  This year it has been great and kind of whirlwind and a well-timed tax return and long-planned time off have eased the fun.

We got weekend passes to Bridgetown Comedy Festival, which has been amazing overall.  We lucked out with getting totally acme sets from both Marc Maron and Brody Stevens and a solid Never Not Funny podcast taping, among a score of other performances.

A very quick stop in at the Stumptown Comics Fest for a homonym experience and to pick up the first chapbook of The Nintendo History System and something silly for a friend.  There were so many people and it was weird to finally affirm that it was not my scene any more.  If they change venues I may go again and browse the old fashioned way, but it’s not worth my effort to court nerves attempting to find a gem in the chaff when I can get reccs from friends and buy online.

So.  27, solidly in my late twenties.  Nine years in FG, seven with Chase, over two and a half years at my job, near three years since I ended that comic, about a year and a half with the same haircut, painting my nails every week for the past year, writing more regularly for the past six months.

I’m doing okay.

Mirrored from Journal of a Something or Other.

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posted by [personal profile] bzedan at 08:22am on 14/07/2009 under , , , , , ,

Something made, something watched, something did and nails.

Oh snap

I just sort of liked this shot

Nails did 07/11/09

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