Thursday, July 31, 2008


55820 words (approximate)


At 54.5 thousand words, now entering the final chapter. Battles have been fought. Speeches have been made. All that's left now is to tie up loose ends, but not too tightly.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

One and a half

One and a half chapters left to go. The climax is happening. Sentences are short. Many contain words like "blood," "scream" or "explosion." It's pulpy and delicious, full of angst and melodrama and over-the-topness. I'm probably going to have to cut it all and rewrite it.

I looked last night, and there were over fifty two thousand words in the draft. That means I can expect this to roll in at around fifty seven or fifty eight thousand, hopefully in a week or so.

I've made predictions like that before. They never work out.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

How to Make a Poster

A brief look at the process of making a poster (or poster-like image) for Mad Men (via Design Observer).

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Still Here

Only a little art tonight. More writing, which was a nice change of pace. 46500 words, now and the climax seems to be coalescing nicely.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


May need to go back to that later.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Smaller, But Still Significant, Update

I have to say, for now, I'm pretty happy with how that wolf face came out.

Another Somewhat Significant Update

Roughing in, well, everything.

Somewhat Less Tiny Update

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008


Quite a bad time, this evening. Thing-breakingly frustrating. This, which no doubt I will hate later, is at least better than what was coming before it.

Deep Thoughts

All a corporation has to do to stand out, to be amazingly, startlingly, outlandishly progressive, is to say that it won't be evil. Just don't be evil. You don't have to, you know, go out of your way to be good. You can even be an irritant, or an impediment. You could be dangerously incompetent. But at least you're not evil.

Come to think of it, it's getting like that for politicians, too, isn't it? Just say you won't be evil. Instant boost in the polls.

Well, it might work if we thought we could believe any of them.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Played with contrast and brightness a bit, among other things.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Again with the Revisionism

Photoshop magic in an attempt to bring the colors together a bit. Seemed to work OK.

Also, more roughing in, and of course endless tweaking of that which is already "done."

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Questionable Choices

Colors are all over the place, and I think I'm going to have some interesting trouble rationalizing the shadow placement, or lack thereof.

I may have to suck the color out of bits of it and re-colorize, to see if that will work. Or repaint. Ugh. This is why one does color studies, if one is sensible. (And the shadows are why one uses properly lighted reference. I need to buy some action figures...)

For some reason, I'm enjoying this anyway.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Coming Along

So anyway, the picture slowly progresses. I'll probably have to do something in Photoshop to get those colors to be friends.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Going About It All The Wrong Way

Sometimes I manage to work all over from loose to detailed. I honestly think that's a good way to do things. However, this picture has not been cooperating. So, for now, I'm just working out from the middle. Whatever it takes, I guess.

Here's a closer look at the middle.

As always, looking at my own pictures is a happy-sad experience. (Edit for clarification: Happy I'm making any progress at all. Happy I've got something that maybe doesn't suck horribly. Sad that it isn't better, that it's never quite what I wanted.)

Today on the intarweb I read two comments about becoming a better artist (in the context of comic books, but they're general comments). One was "never be satisfied with your own work." Well, great, I've got that one down, pretty much. Never satisfied, no. Finished, on occasion, but never satisfied.

The other comment was that everyone has a thousand pages of crap they have to get through before they start producing something good. Hmm. About 998 pages to go, I think. :-/

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Two Steps Back

Yeah, that picture again. I went back to the sketch and tightened up a few things, redrew a few others. Then I started trying to paint it again. Then I went back to the sketch again, and started painting again. Maybe this time...

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Two of the many pictures drawn over the past few days in a burst of intense frustration. The second one actually looks a little like the model, so hooray for that.