Thursday, December 31, 2009

Things I Learned in 2009... They Ain't All Good Things...

This is also posted on my FA page, if you follow me there :)

2009 was a... well, it was a year, it was one where I did a lot of stuff that... well, some of it was good and some of it was bad.

Y'know, I've learned a lot of things this year, among them the following...

-It is NEVER a good thing to speed up the making-a-bad-situation-good process. It only makes things worse.

-It hurts to lose a friend. Sure, some might say "Eh, it's just the internet", but I've known some of these people for a number of years.

-When you say you'll do something, do it DAMN IT. Don't sit on your ass procrastinating. Sure, if you have your reasons as to why you're not doing something, then... I dunno.

-People don't like it when you repeat the content of your journals. Changing the words around don't help, either... and neither does name-dropping. People tend to frown upon those things.

-It's cool to see your friends get better at what they do. Dedication, hard work, and not taking BS from the usual sources of internet jackassery is the key.

-Just because the cool kids are doing something doesn't mean you have to... but if it means you finally get to update something really old, then by all means do it.

-There will be at least one or more than one person that will not care for your character or characters. There's nothing you can do about it, and forcing them upon said people don't help.

-Watching people stream is fun. Being a jackass in stream chat isn't fun.

-Tennessee is awesome. I want to go there again.

-Studying a drawing style is a cool thing to do. Out-and-out copying it might be going too far... I guess it's alright if you form your own style around it, though.

-Time is marching on... and time is still marching on. You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older.

-For years I've been drawing expressionless fanart of a character that, ironically, has a lot of expression. Same goes for the fashion faction she's affiliated with.

And most importantly...

-Saying you're gonna change and ACTUALLY doing it are two entirely different things.

That said, I've been a jerk to some of you during this past year. I lost friends in certain artists, and I made already-bad situations between some of them worse. Trying to fix things led to trouble and my name being a permanent fixture on their blocklists.

I did, however, start to try to draw better (and actually MEAN it this time). I still have a long, long, LONG way to go. Hands still are an issue for me.

I resolve, in 2010, to be a better person and an better artist. That will not be lip service this time. If I want things to go GOOD for me here on FA (or anywhere online, for that matter), I'm going to have to work hard, stay on the up-and-up, and most importantly, NOT go back to the MD of old. And hey, who knows? Maybe some bad situations between me and some people might be forgotten.

So, here's to a happy (and HOPEFULLY most improved) 2010!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Old-School Cartoon Goodness!

Still no art... for now...

In the meantime, I found this...

If you can't see it, I embedded it below.



Enjoy!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Machine Girl... WTF?!?

Still no art. Damn it, this is frustrating... I have ideas of my own, and I still have stuff to owe. I was planning to take a hiatus, but I got sick recently, then I got sick AGAIN, so that will have to wait as well...

In the meantime, enjoy this delightful thing I found on one of the leading online video sites of today...


Metal Detector Music Video

Found this on the Youtube...



I really like this song. My nickname here on the interwebs come from that song (though I forget why I put the 5 there...).

I like the band that made this song, too. They do quality work.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Revenge Of Meta Knight!

I came across this the other day, and I liked it so much, I'm putting it here...


Recent Stuff (or, MD's Finally Improving? Really? MD?)

I put up some recent sketches up somewhere, but now I'm putting them here...
I finally took some damn initiative and started to improve my drawings. I did these two sheets first, sheets of men. Drawing guys is hard... especially if for years you've been drawing females... but damn it, I don't know why it took so long for me to do this... There are a couple more like this...
This one just above me, some of them were supposed to be of perspective.

Later, I did some more sketching, and... I might be on to something...
I can't say if things are coming together or now, but these are looking far better than what I have been doing. In fact, I took a liking to the one in bottom right...
I had some fun coloring this. I might do stuff this way from now on, with the sketchiness and the Photoshop and the all that stuff...
I didn't alter the linework in any way, however I did adjust the brightness and contrast so that it looked less... sketchy. I then colored and shaded as usual, but this time, I ran the shading through a Gaussian blur in order to try and smooth it out a bit.

That's much of what I've been doing lately. There might be more.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Old Stuff - Angel Quinn

This is another one of these that goes into the "remake it but BETTER someday" category:

I drew this anonymous ginger here as an angel years ago. I think she came from somewhere...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another take on Hula Girl, as well as an earlier Hula Girl piece

This is a citified version of a certain character of an artist I like. He does some pretty good work, and has done it that good for a pretty long time. This particular character, named Hula Girl, I don't think he draws often (at least it SEEMS that way).

I have said for a pretty long time that I was not to draw her unless I made some improvement in my drawings. Not just drawing hands decently for a change or some decent sideview, but NOTICEABLE improvement. Well, uh, I did draw her, but not because I've gotten better. Hell, I have a long ways to go as it is, but it was out of boredom:

Well, it's... alright for a first attempt at her. Stuff looks... there.

Well, after that, a friend of mine, he went and inked it, and I colored that and added some more stuff in...

As far as coloring goes... well, the shading was done with burn and dodge. Yep. Burn and dodge. It's... well, I really want to do some decent cel-shading someday, but as it stands, I can't right now.

But, l like how this was inked. I even used part of a photograph as the background.

I don't know when I'll draw her again, but I hope it's soon, and I hope to do a damn fine job, too.

Miss Bee

I posted these on my FA page the other day, and well, I want to explain.

Well, this is how I want to draw Bee from now on. Bee is one of my characters, and she's... well, there were certain things about her that I went too far with back when I was on DA. Since getting rid of her entirely was NOT an option for me, the least I could do was tone her down a bit... QUITE a bit.

Well, I upped her age by about five years and made her a teacher. That oughta tone her down! Besides, as fun as it was to do all that crap with her back when I was on DA, it came at the expense of trying to get my drawings better, something that I really wanted to do all along. Eh, I'm still trying and all that...

So, where to begin with this idea? She's a teacher at the high school in her town, and... um, hijinks ensue. I wish I planned this out further, and I'm going to do that, too.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Suuuuu...

...the whole "starting a second blog" thing didn't work out as well as I had hoped, and now it's gone. I folded all the posts I made there into this one.

New crud soon... maybe.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Photos 8B

Second part of my walking around the Riverside/White River area.

Intersection of White River Parkway/30th Street and 30th Street/29th Street. This area had the most change in my years of living in this area. I took some photos around here to illustrate and explain. First off, looking down this street, it used to be you could go down that way to the next street down, only to turn right to that street. Technically you can still go down there, but most of it was repurposed into parking spots, and the rest was incorporated into park land for Riverside Park. In fact, it kinda looks a little obvious that they did that. I took a shot of that.

A somewhat better view of the street. It's strictly one-way now, and goes to 30th Street. Looking down, that's 30th Street, and it used to be you could go down the other way, but in a limited fashion. Behind me, I came from White River Parkway. It's an odd intersection, really. Turning right from where I am, would send you to 29th Street...

Okay, if you're still confused, let's say you're standing at this intersection where this shot was taken...

Going towards you BUT turning left goes from one-way 30th Street into two-lane 30th Street, going up used to go to the next street (E Riverside Dr), but is now parking space/park land, turning right at where you're standing goes into one-lane 29th Street, and going towards you but keeping straight (going behind you) keeps you on the same street, but it's now White River Parkway (one of at least three streets in and around this area to share that name - one is an East Drive, one is a North Drive). If you're still confused, I drew something out to probably help...

A little more background: Where those houses are in the distance, that used to be the site of the old Riverside Amusement Park. The park closed down in 1970, the rides/anything else left standing were tore down in 1978, and the land was fenced off, unused, and abandoned until 2000, when construction on the River's Edge subdivision started. Because of that, one of the streets next to E Riverside Dr (White River Pkwy E Dr, see below) was rerouted to connect with E Riverside Dr from 30th Street. The original entry way to White River Pkwy E Dr was blocked off a few feet from entry and turned into a parking lot for the nearby Naval Armory as well as a bike trail. Below are shots from that area.

And how the hell do I know all this stuff? Well, you don't live in an area for 14 years without seeing stuff and noticing stuff.

A shot of the Naval Armory at the intersection. For such an old building (I think it dates back to the 1930s), it still looks damn good.

Okay, where those houses are, that used to be abandoned land (see above), and where those parking lots are used to be the original route of White River Parkway East Drive. Due to construction, part of that street was rerouted. I took a shot that provides a better view of the original route (now parking lot space for the Naval Armory as well as a bike trail)...

Better view of what is now a bike trail/Naval Armory parking space from the other side. Took a bit of walking to get there, too. I think the bike trail is the only part of the original route that remains. That wall on the far right, is where various plants and the White River is.

Okay... See the sign on the far left? Continue to the right of that sign on the pavement below, you're on the bike trail/original route of this street. Continue foward past of that sign (i.e. go off on the road from where I was standing when I took this shot), and you're on the new route, that connects to E Riverside Dr. Continue to the far left, past the sign (going towards me and turning left), and you're on the remainder of the original route. The street, despite all the moving and building, still goes up to 38th Street.

Intersection of 30th and E Riverside/White River Pkwy E Dr. See that crease going across the grass down there? That used to be where you could turn right on E Riverside. Also, up until 2000, that street ended at 30th due to much of what I explained (or tried to explain) up there.

Back to that one shot, the one with the sign. I turned around, and this is the rest of that route. It's untouched, save for the houses on the right... and even that ends after another block or two put in by construction. The last three shots are me walking down this street from this point to 38th Street.


Well, those are all the pictures I took. I don't know when I'll go out and take more, but I hope they look as good as these (well, some of them don't look that great; there were issues with colors and brightness that I later fixed or tried to fix).

Photos 8A

This is a pretty big-ass post, I am saying that right now... so much so, I'm splitting it into two parts. But, it's for a good reason: I wanted to take photos of this area for a long time.

The first two shots aside, I lived in that area of town for 14 years: from 1986 until 2000. There has been quite a bit of change, including street-rerouting construction (more on that later). That said, let's get to this!

First off, these two shots were taken downtown, at Ohio and Capitol:
This is the Indiana State Capitol. It's a very nice building, and this was the only shot I took. I would've taken at least two more, but then my bus came.

I turned around, pointed the camera up, and took this shot. I really like this one.

Now, the remaining shots are from the Riverside Park/White River area. It's a damn nice area, with parks, golf courses, and... it just looks so fucking beautiful. And hey, if I do some more digital coloring, these double as good ol'-fashioned background fuel!

This is the intersection of 16th and E Riverside Drive. For some reason, it used to be either "North Riverside East Drive" or "East Riverside Drive". I always used "East Riverside Drive" whenever I sent letters or other mail. But, this is a street that runs north and south, so they renamed it slightly, based on where it was next to the White River. Now it's E Riverside Drive. So, as an example, an address there would now be "2001 North E Riverside Drive" instead of "2001 East Riverside Drive". That sounds weird, but that's the way it seems it is.

This is the old house I grew up in. It kinda looks a bit worse since I was last there years ago (and, uh, two weeks ago, as I was looking for spots to take photos from). That birdbath and some of the bushes are still there. What is no longer there are the awnings (we took those down when we lived there, but still) and a big-ass tree that SHOULD be in the center of this shot. I still cannot believe they cut that tree down, man!

Front view of said house. That tree on the left, is, by the best of my recollection, still there.

You can't see the street, but this was taken at the intersection of 21st and E Riverside. What is on the far left side is a golf course, and it used to be that sometimes, I would find golf balls in the street or they would sometimes fly into windows.

I'm trying to find information on the structure in the center. That has been there for many years, and is named after the person responsible for the construction of Riverside Park, Thomas Taggart. Heck, he's responsible for the entire parks system here in Indianapolis. Indy Parks headquarters is not far from this spot.

Now, the area around this structure didn't always look like this. 20 years ago, that median wasn't even there, and there was a second road where playground equipment is now (on the far right side). That was filled in and built over due to expansion of the recreation center and the erection of said playground equipment.

Close up of Taggart Arch (I think that's what it was called; I'll have to check again...) I wish I could get closer, or even inside... but they put in a fence around it because of vandals. Damn vandals and their damn vandal-ing! Dammit!

My attempt at a ground-view shot. I kneeled down and held the camera down to the ground. I wanted to get the shot juuuuuust right... but it just doesn't seem that way. It'd look a bit cooler if that damn fence wasn't there.

These two shots were taken within feet of each other. The odd thing about the second one is that, if this was taken at a MUCH earlier time, I would be standing in the middle of a street. I said earlier that in order to expand the nearby recreation center and put in other improvements, changes had to be made, medians had to be put in, and streets had to be altered or eliminated altogether. I seem to like these two, but again, I wish I could've taken shots of the arch from inside.

Would you believe this mighty lake started out as a mere rain puddle? It's not even 20 years old. I'm pretty sure it started out this way. I mean, I used to pass this area on the way to school for many years.

Anyway, years ago, there was severe weather in the area over several nights, and it left behind a big puddle (about 1/4th the size of the lake). Over time, it just stood and stood until it was made into a lake. (I think the drainage pipe that was put in near it - somewhat visible on the left - had quite a bit to do with its lake-ification.) For a while, there was fencing around it, but now there isn't.

That's the end of the first part. The second part covers the rest of my walking around this area - including farther up the street that now connects to E Riverside - even though, just a few short years ago, it didn't.

Photos 7

It took a while, but here's another batch of photos. Here are some of my nephew sleeping:

Okay, that last one is not of him sleeping, but he just looks so adorable!

Um, here are some of streets near my home:

Intersection of 41st and Bolton. Going left on 41st here will lead to a dead end. A school playground blocks that part of street off.

Intersection of 41st and Campbell. If that minivan is the focal point, than something something something else. I did the best I could to not make it look overexposed, but it still looks like the sky is glowing white. The same problem persists in other shots I took as well.

45th and Campbell, looking down Campbell. I kinda don't like this shot, the "going down" doesn't look as straight as the others, thus no focal point (in some of the earlier street shots, there was some perspective/focal point stuff, as if you were looking down the street... I think there's little of that here).

I got some more, at least two more posts worth, as well as some stuff I found out about the area I took them in, as I lived in that area of town for many years.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

B-U-S-T-E-D, U R BUSTED!

I really like this for some reason...


Friday, August 14, 2009

Bee Tarot Temperance


Aug. 2006

Bee as the Tarot card Temperance. I did this as part of a contest someone was holding on DA. I didn't win, though.

FC (well, half of it) In Space


August 2006

Stacy shouldn't have taken her helmet off. And Quinn is in there somewhere. Would you believe I used to draw her all the time? Now I draw her slightly less... slightly plus twenty. At any rate, I can only assume that Sandi didn't want to come along, saying something about how "the moon is dirty" and "those space monsters are sooo unfashionable", or something...

Looking back, I could've done a lot more with this piece beside use a couple of stock poses[tm]. Background, such as it is, looks kinda cool.

Four Of Two


Aug. 2006

This is a comic based on a song by They Might Be Giants called "Four Of Two", and the song tells the story of a stupid boy, a mean girl and a broken clock.

The boy seen here things he might have a chance with the girl seen here... but is she really that mean? Probably not, but I think she'd probably brag to her fashionista friends about "playing with that nerdy kid down the street". Eh, I dunno.

Who the heck is that Lobinske guy, anyway?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Photos 6

Here are some photos I took from various points in June and early July. I'm sorry if they don't look that great, but... you look and see.
This is looking down a street a few blocks from where I live. There used to be a LOT more trees lining the street, but people kept dumping there, so most of the trees were cut down and the area was cleaned up, and was made into a small park.


Looking down 38th Street (again), this time from the other side of the street. This was a hard shot to get, and I almost got hit by a car. I did, however, wanted take it with a car closer to the spot I took it from.


Near the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and one of the signs to it is on the far right side. There used to be a LOT of buildings around this area, even a restaurant on the corner of 38th and Fall Creek. It was torn down about 20 years ago to make way for more parking space. The same can be said for at least three office buildings and a motel. A temporary barn was also here, about a block or so from where this shot was taken. With the right cropping, I could use this as a pretty good background.


In front of Arlington High School, on Arlington Ave. Taken from standing on a median.


A shot of the school's auditorium. I think this is a new addition... or was that the gymnasium? I forget.


Looking down Arlington Ave, towards 56th street. Stood on same median.

I have one more batch of photos, then I'll go out and take some more, hopefully from different areas of town and with different angles and such.