Gastly Progress

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Not much going on. It is a short week. I have made a bit of progress on this guy… Other than that I don’t have much to say. Still working on selling stuff, which is a slow and sometimes disappointing process but we are still moving forward. Until later… here is a little something from the website… pranko.com

Digital Downtimes and Cute Kitties

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So screens have become an issue with my girls. It is kind of a mixed bag so it’s been hard to navigate. While on their devices they are good about interacting with each other and their friends instead of just isolating themselves. They play games while Facetiming and chatting. It can be dizzying to watch. It is good to see them having fun problem-solving and playing with one another and others. The problems start when it is time to take the devices away. When taking away or even saying it is time to take a break they immediately, and often viciously, act out verbally and sometimes physically. They react the same way a food aggressive dog reacts when you get too close to their food dish. So we had to devised a credit system. To earn an hour on their devices they have to spend 2 hours offline, doing something else. There have been times I had to turn off the router and we often...

Puzzles and a Long History

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The first Christmas my wife and I spent together she gave me the first season of The Simpsons and this Homer Rubik’s Cube… Cute, right? He was so much fun to play around with. I would jumble him up and then solve him. Over and over, until one day when I wasn’t able to solve him. I worked at it and worked at it but I couldn’t solve the puzzle. Literally weeks went by and then months. I would pick Homer up any time I had a moment to spare, and that was before we had kids so I had alot of spare moments. After what was close to a year I finally solved it and had my perfect little Homer bust. I actually did a little dance. When my wife asked what the little celebration was about I smiled and showed her the puzzle. She took the puzzle and congratulated me while inspecting it. She then started to absent-mindedly twist the Rubik’s Cube while starting a...

Working on Sales and Stickers

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  I started making that next step. Started a Facebook Store page. Starting small with just new stuff but I think I’m going to keep pushing forward. I secretly believe that this is really an exercise in futility but who knows. If nothing else it gives me something to work on. Speaking of… I finished up my inks. I think there will be some fine tuning after the color but I am pretty happy with how this is going. I tried something a little different and I’m happy with the results so far. A few podcasts I used to listen to went on hiatus for a few years but now they are all coming back. Normally I would be really excited to binge some podcasts and get some work done but both of my girls have suddenly become interested in art. I am not complaining. My youngest has the curse. She is turning out to be really good. Like, surprisingly good. Both my wife and I have said,...

Gastly Sketches

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I really dislike the character design of the gastly but I like the idea behind it, if that makes sense. There is something about the way the eyes are just hanging off the edge that drives me crazy. It’s like they suddenly become 2 dimensional even though the rest of the eyes imply they are 3 dimensional, both sunken into the body while clearly pushing outward. I started doing some preliminary sketching which has slowly become the start to the next sticker/bookmark…     I have a couple concerns for this drawing though. First, it is stylistically different from the other drawings I have done. I think I will be able to color it in a way that ties it to the other pieces. The other concern is I don’t know how it will be received. I am still a bit gun-shy after my last sticker. My friend was rather nonplussed by the magikarp. I was fairly happy with the magikarp,...