Thursday, November 19, 2015

Week 1: Day 3 & 4

Took Wednesday (day 3) off.

Inspired by this T.E.D. talk Cat had me watch, I stepped into day 4 and pushed myself to keep going even though I almost walked to my car for a nap instead.

Here is the talk.


Here is today's routine, nice and simple:

Mile run at a good pace (8.5 minutes), Well, good for me.

2 minute rest.

15 minute V02 Max Snatch with the 16kg.

I could have pushed with the 24kg, but my left shoulder is still nagging me so I chose to play it safe.  My run felt odd, I couldn't quite get my cadence down, but I suppose that's to be expected as I'm far from an experienced runner. The Tough Mudder made me want to get proficient at it though, so I'll continue to include it in my routine.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yes, hello.

Been awhile since I posted.  I've been floundering a bit, I feel that I've lost the passion to draw or paint over the last two years, granted I was finishing the degree and dealing with other things, but man I just feel so uncreative I just sketch to remember that I can. However, I figure I'll put up something I'm always passionate about (outside of beer).

First workouts since running the Tough Mudder Tri-State last week.

Day 1(Monday):

Easy 9 minute mile jog

5 minutes of TGU with 24kg

15 min Man-Maker:

20 1 arm swings w/24kg (10 per side)

1 min active jog

Repeated cycle 9 times

Day 2 (Tuesday)

Brisk 7.5 minute mile

5 minutes of TGU with 32kg

15 min Man-Maker:

20 two hand swing with 32kg

1 min active jog

10 two hand swing with 32kg

1 min active jog

10 snatches with 24kg (5 per side)

1 min active jog

Repeated cycle 3.5 times

Still on the fence for tomorrow. May rest a bit, but the weather is too nice to not be outside.  I'll likely do a slow mile and jump to some mobility work.  Judo is on the menu assuming I can get everything together before class.

I'm going to keep on this conditioning kick for the next six weeks to acclimate to the judo barrage before I add my lifts in again.  Then we'll jump from there.

Friday, January 25, 2013


I've been sitting around all day listening to Bohren & der Club of Gore, thinking about Lovecraft, and working on my brushwork.  In the end this Servitor of the Outer Gods is what I got.  

Looking at it, I really wish I had made the instrument more alien and less mundane. Oh well. I edited out a few tentacles in PS that were just getting in the way of the silhouette. 

On to the next piece. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thanks Mike.

 So I've been practicing and practicing, watching tutorials, and doing provocative squats.  Nothing that you'd want to see, just free handed (no straight edges or french curves)  curved lines, straight lines, spheres, cubes, etc.  All of the building block stuff that you have to do to improve your hand eye coordination.  Stuff that I generally ignore and now I feel like I have to pack it in.

Thanks to an acquaintance I've made with Mike Dubisch, via the short period of time I spent conversing with Cody Goodfellow and John Skipp back at the Killer Con I'd gone to a few years ago, I now have some new areas to practice.  See Mike has been posting some super cool stream of conscience style sketchbook comics on his Facebook page, and I saw them and said to myself, "HEY I LIKE DOING THAT TOO!!!"

So I did.

I'll do more too. It also lets me practice everything I need to be practicing i.e.  composition, lighting, rendering, perspective, etc. etc.  Are they great?  I dunno.  They are practice though, so "great" isn't really the point.  Are they fun?  HELL YES!!!

So here is an example.  I'll post more over the next few days.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A couple sketches from last night.  Starting with the grumpy old man..

Carrying on with my lovely wife.  I've been working on my watercolor again too for the first time in a long while.  I'm always forgetful of how liberating it can be, and how painful.  

She's cute though eh? She has this what-the-fuck-are-you-looking-at smirk on her face in the original photo I used, that I failed to nail down.  Oh well. 


Changed the zombie a bit.  Cut off his nose.  Worked into his jaw a bit more.  I could keep on working it, but it's going to be used for reference, so there really is no reason to go further (I went farther than I intended anyway).

Monday, November 12, 2012

So Simona was sick and wanted a zombie to play with (actually she said princess) and I had to oblige (by not making a princess).  I figured it'd be a good time to get some maquettes done for reference.  I got out the super sculpey and got to work.  

Whenever I do one of these, I always find myself feeling so much respect for the work my sculptor friends do.  Granted I only have an x-acto knife and one sculpting stick to work with, but the transitions that I see, and the balance that they keep around the whole piece always amazes. Even on small scales like this.  

Anyway, I slapped a quick stain job on it for her.  Now I just have to get a body for this thing.  Maybe one of her Barbie things.

Speaking of great sculptors, check out my aquaintance Justin Mabry's Night Owl Productions.  Sick masks and cool shite.