Summer is here…

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Summer is here. It has been a little while since I checked in but it is because I’ve been busy, not lazy. The kids are out of school for the summer and our weekends are quickly filling with plans. I look at the calendar and most of the weekends already have something written on them.So I have been having a strange problem. I have been having a problem with dates. I did not run the Warrior Dash this year because I looked at the calendar and thought, “That’s weird. Why would they do the Warrior Dash on Mother’s Day Sunday?” Of course they didn’t, I just read the calendar wrong. Then I was super bummed a couple of weeks ago because we were halfway through Sunday and nobody had wished me Happy Father’s Day. Nobody wished me Happy Father’s Day because it wasn’t Father’s Day. Father’s Day was the following Sunday. Which is...

Starting with some swirls…

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Man have I been busy! You can tell I mean it because I very rarely use exclamation points. Work is crazy. You will notice from here on out the links will no longer appear at the bottom of posts. One of the companies I was linking has closed. It is rather disappointing because I built the company’s web presence from nothing to being the first unpaid google result for Milwaukee printers.Alas, we move on. Work isn’t the only thing that has been crazy. I took my nephew to a Pokémon tournament this last weekend. He is the nephew that inspired me to start Pokémon GO. We talk about Pokémon and he mentioned a long time ago the desire to go to a tournament. This year a tournament was held in Madison, WI so I agreed to take him.I have been to a few Cons so it was pretty much what I was expecting. He had a blast. The competition was far stronger than he anticipated so he didn’t...

Marill Update – Ink

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This little guy seems to be coming along nicely. I cleaned up all the pencil sketches after I took the picture so it is a little cleaner. I’m going to start coloring it tonight. I’m pretty happy the weather is finally starting to get nicer. I was able to get out for a nice 4 1/2 mile run last night. I ran the Pokémon Go app so I was able to hatch a few eggs. I hatched a Charmander and a Squirtle from a couple of 2K eggs and I hatched a couple of 10K eggs too. One held a Scyther (CP 1366) which was pretty cool but the other had a Pineco (CP 580). A Pineco out of a 10K? It only had 5 candy too. I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much after the Charmander and Squirtle but still.Milwaukee’s Best PrintshopOnline Printing

Layered Drawing

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This is the drawing I started over a year ago and set aside. The detail picture above didn’t turn out that well but I think you can see what I did. I have always been obsessed with creating dimension through layers. Maybe it goes back to the old side scrolling parallax of Nintendo games or just something I saw in passing, it is a technique I seem to revisit regularly.A few years ago I picked up a collected trade paperback of Usagi Yojimbo stories. Stan Sakai is amazing. I have to admit, I learned of Usagi Yojimbo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I was little I move around alot. Sometimes making friends was hard. Sometimes we wouldn’t live in one place long enough to make friends. So I would skateboard and draw. My older cousin was a huge influence on me. He turned me on to rap music, skateboarding, drawing and comic books. Oh and ninjas.Right before one of my...

Lunch Bag – Moana’s Pua

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My oldest has a field trip today to see the Symphony. My girls are currently obsessed with Moana and I needed something quick so Pua was the answer. We had a minor crisis with our dog. Poor guy had a cyst on his leg rupture. There was lots of blood and crying. The crying was all done by my youngest who through her tears kept asking, “Is Zero get dead?”Zero didn’t seem to mind much. He didn’t cry or whimper so I’m hoping it wasn’t too painful. We were able to get him all cleaned up and stop the bleeding but the poor guy is getting old. I have to take him to the vet today and have everything checked out, but he should be just fine. It was a tense few hours trying to assess the damage and try to figure out how we should handle it. Nevertheless he is a tough old bugger. I did have to get up early to clean and dress his wound so I wasn’t able to...

Dragonair Drawing

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I have been coveting high-quality colored pencils for some time now. When I was in high school my teacher loaned me a set of colored pencils that were amazing and amazingly expensive. I used them over a break, probably Spring Break, but I can’t remember which now. Since using them I have always wanted a set. Every now and again I will be at the art supply store and I will eye those pencils but the basic set is about $150 and I cannot just drop that kind of dough on some pencils. I have a mortgage. Lo and behold, there is a store that sells them individually. Sure they are more expensive in the long run but this way I can slowly build a collection and if they are not as good as I remember I didn’t waste too much money. I started with blues. That is the other problem, I want ALL the spectrum. I want white, light blue, sky blue, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue,...