Halloween Preparedness

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  Started work on some Halloween stuff. My measurements were a bit off but it worked as a proof of concept. My wife decided she wanted to go as Coraline for Halloween. I think it was just an excuse to get that nice yellow raincoat she has been talking about for the last two months.     She went back and forth on wether or not she was going as Hermione or Coraline so she originally bought a cheap Griffindor costume that came with some glasses. I cut out some buttons and got crazy with the hot glue. I’m just wondering, does everyone have a hot glue gun handy or is that just me?     The buttons turned out pretty sweet. I was really happy with how they turned out. The only problem was…     They were way too big. But they were very sturdy, even with just a little hot glue. So I have to resize them and take another run at it tomorrow. All is not...

Quick Update

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Dang! The mailing list has gotten pretty big. I might have to cut it off soon. I just made the final draft of the Grim Reaper buildable but now I have to produce them. I guess the good thing about having a large list is I have to keep these things in mind. I want to start selling these and I don’t want to be one of those terrible Etsy horror stories about how they became successful and everything fell apart. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any expectations that these will take off but that isn’t really why I’m doing them. I was hoping to have these in the mail and to everybody by Halloween but unfortunately it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. Regardless, I have finished the Grim and they should be going out soon. I will post some pics soon.   And something I ran across…  

Inktober 2020…Day 10: Hope

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  Nashville Hot Chicken drives me crazy. I want to go to Nashville for the sole purpose to feast on their chicken. At this point, the only thing I am sure of is that it includes chicken, pickles and some kind of spicy sauce. I have read that it is an oily sauce that is somewhat like but definitely not buffalo wing sauce. I have tried it at 5 or 6 different restaurants and every time it is different and never like what I have read. I’ve tried it at high end restaurants and chains, only to be given what is essentially a buffalo chicken sandwich…until now. There is a new place that opened called The Hot House Tavern. My nephew agreed to watch the kids so my wife and I had a date night. Any date night is generally a good night but this one turned out really great. The place was trendy, awash with 20-somethings clad in skinny jeans and floppy beanies, luckily, we dined on...

Inktober 2020…Day 9: Throw

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  The word “throw” kind of set me back a little. Tomorrow’s word kept me up all night but we will get back to that tomorrow. I thought about drawing a newspaper because one of my favorite video games was Paperboy. Especially at the arcade. The game had those cool BMX handlebars. I spent so much money on that game. I was obsessed with anything that was BMX or skateboard related. I would still love to one day own a 720º cabinet. Earlier this summer I got an old BMX bike that I started fixing up and working on. It was fun going for bike rides with my girls. Both of them can ride two-wheelers now, without training wheels. That was the big accomplishment of the summer. My youngest is still getting a hang of it. She was just slamming into things about every other day for a while. She did it with such confidence it almost seemed like she was doing it on purpose. She...

Inktober 2020…Day 8: Teeth

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  Because I like to make other parents question whether or not it is a good idea to let their kids spend the night at our house, I just had to do this drawing. I don’t know where I thought of the idea of a jar of teeth but here we are.     Honestly, I didn’t even know how I was going to pull it off. It was just some idea that was floating around in my head so I thought I’d give it a shot. I hate drawing glass with pen and ink and a pile of teeth isn’t something you see everyday so I wasn’t real sure how this was going to turn out. From the reaction I got on Facebook, I’d say it translated just fine. Oh, maybe I’ll make up little “Thank you” cards from the Tooth Fairy.

My Next Spoopy Buildable

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I told you Inktober was really sparking my creativity. I started my next buildable…     For a first draft, it turned out real well. I have to do some work yet, but if all goes well I will send these out before Halloween. Then again, we will have to see where this month takes us. I’m having a bit of trouble with the hood I originally made it as a separate, removable piece, which I like but I haven’t quite figured out the size or shape yet.

Inktober 2020…Day 7: Fancy

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  I’m not sure if this tracks or not.     It is supposed to be lace, because, what is fancier than lace? Like I said, I’m not sure if this one works or not but all-in-all I’m happy with how it turned out. It is a little abstract. I was trying to work with the negative space a little too.

Inktober 2020…Day 6: Rodent

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I try hard not to be to negative about my drawings but that leg and foot really drive me crazy. I am trying to move on and not let it bother me but that foot is SO bad. The real problem is with mice feet. The drawing isn’t that far off but I just hate how it looks!