Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Maybe I need a new hobby

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

I can’t help it.  I’m very impressionable.  It’s not my fault.

I’m the kind of person that drools over infomercials about the most awesome invention to be sold for six easy payments of $19.95 plus shipping and handling.  I am in my mid thirties and still get a little giddy when I see an awesome new toy commercial while watching Spongebob with Kira.  I want.  It’s a sickness and I don’t think it’s curable.

So… I have no idea what set me off this time but I want to sculpt.  Yeah yeah I know, I have enough things that I could be doing and using up my time.  Writing, drawing, playing on my XBox 360, playing on my PC, finishing that Linux box that is pissing me off, learning how to use the storage server that I just had to have.  Tons of stuff.  But no… I want to sculpt.

I have never done it before.  I have no idea how to do it.  However, I feel that I am really good at it.  I intend to find out if I am right.  Or not.

I mentioned to Michelle a few weeks ago – out of the blue – that I thought I wanted to learn how to sculpt.  She asked me what I wanted to sculpt and offered up wood, clay and a few other things.  I wasn’t fully listening.  My mind was filled with classics in Italian marble.  When she finished listing off the mundane I responded, “I was thinking marble.”

“Of course you were.” she said as if she should have known.

Now I realize that it is neither reasonable or financially feasible for me to get a giant block of marble and a few hand-tools and chip out the next Venus de Milo.  I could probably work the broken off arms but that would probably be it.  That idea has BAD IDEA written all over it.  *Le sigh*

Last week I found something more fascinating.  The world of designer toys.

O M G – toys?  Designer toys?  Sculpted and produced in small boutique quantities.  Very cool.  THEY COST HOW MUCH???

Yeah.  I can do that.  No problem.

After a bit of lunch-time research, it seems my medium of choice should be polymer clays.  It seems that if I make what I want with those then maybe I can get them made in a small factory in China and sell them.  Sounds like a plan, right?  Right.

So… does anyone know anything about these clays?  I did a bit of research online and it seems like for what I want I probably want something less soft like Super Sculpey or Fimo Classic but I’m not sure what would be best or even where to get them without getting price-gouged.

Suggestions?

T-shirt supplier?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Has anyone worked with a local St. Louis area t-shirt supplier and printer that they can recommend?  Alternatively, an online t-shirt printer is also an option.  I’m looking for a company that uses quality materials and can be flexible with graphic placement but still competitively priced so the shirts can be resold at a reasonable profit.  Reliability and honesty would be nice features too.

If anyone could make some suggestions, please leave a comment on this post or send me an e-mail at:
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If someone suggests a good printer that I end up using, I guarantee that I will send that person a free t-shirt.  How’s that for incentive?

Colors & Shapes

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Colors and Shapes

Here’s something I made while just having some fun with Adobe Illustrator.  Nothing fancy, I was just playing around and thought I’d share the results.

There’s still alot of things that I prefer Photoshop for but Illustrator is really growing on me.  If only I could merge my favorite features of both applications….

Meh.

Holiday tomorrow – yay

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

For some reason, most of our Asia Pacific offices are closed tomorrow, May 1st. Some offices are closed Friday as well. Well at least our mainland China offices are. This means that I’ll get to sleep in tomorrow! Yay! Although the dogs will notice that I’m not getting up and wake me up because that’s what they do. Or if they don’t do it, the cats will. They like a really inaccurate secondary alarm clock. Unless they’re feeling snuggly. Then they fail in the secondary alarm clock role.

I need to finish up tomorrow’s comic. I’m really behind right now which kind of sucks. OK that’s not true. I’m not really behind as I know I’ll complete tomorrow’s comic in time to be posted. However, I don’t have any others that I’m working on at the moment so my buffer is empty. Well, all except an unrelated comic I drew. I’m holding that one in reserve in case of emergency. But I should make some progress tomorrow and over the weekend.

tiny explosionToday I have edited a few existing comic scripts and wrote a few new ones. I keep all the scripts in a .txt file which is really odd, but it works. I also drew an explosion and a glass of liquid (seperate drawings) in Illustrator while on lunch. The explosion is over there. –>

Otherwise, the weather is still quite mild for Hong Kong. It’s crazy. Winter was so short last year that we were soaked in sweat by this time last year. Now, it’s nice. Not sure what the difference is, but I am certainly not complaining.

People really seemed to like the tech tips that I posted yesterday. If you’re interested, I could easily come up with a tech tip a week at least. Not sure if I can make each one interesting or humorous but I can certainly try. If you, the readers, would be interested in that becoming a regular feature just let me know in the comments.

Octopus drawing

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I’m still trying to learn Adobe Illustrator and I was goofing around in it earlier.  Here’s what happened:

Octopus

Nothing too fancy, just playing around and I came up with this idea for a goofy little octopus.  I suppose it could double as a jellyfish as well but I hate jellyfish so: NO.  It’s an octopus.  I’m rather happy with it.

For those of you that are interested, don’t forget to check out A Little Scary for the newest comic posted today.