Sunday, April 29, 2007

Now is all we'll ever have

2 things that did me a world of good:

1). Friday afternoon/night spent running around the south side with Matt Jones, Keri, Dylan, Denman, Kyle, Justun, The Skull, Travis, Greg, Derek, Megalodon, and various other people, bumming around the tattoo shop and then retiring to the dirty white house behind the shop to watch 28 days later. We ate cheap at Mccoy's and Rita's. It was great. Took like 10 years off of my shoulders.

2). And old coworker, Dan, called me tonight around 11pm to see if I wanted to spray paint a mural on the side of his brother's bus. Tonight. I don't really work with aerosol, so I called Kev and said I needed the services of his illustrious bro, Luke. So several phone calls back and forth between me and both parties saw me going to Panther Hollow to pick up Luke and his paint, and us meeting behind the Shop n' Stop in Homestead. We pulled into the parking lot around 12:30am and we saw Dan and his brother waving us in with a big flashlight. We checked out the bus, Luke negotiated with Dan's brother whilst Dan and I sat in th shady back lot and caught up, since we hadn't talked in like 6 months or so. Dan's a great guy. So they paid Luke $200 in advance and I was given a $60 "deal-making fee". I took Luke back to Pantherville and got home around 2am. Bethany was nice and made a cake tonight, so I ate a piece of orange creamsicle cake and played a 2 hour round of Civilization 3. My Russians lost, but my subjects are all winners in my book. And really, isn't that the point? To be a winner in my book?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Your perseverance may outlast my intention to go home

Sorry I haven't posted much in the very recent past, things have been crazy here. We've been working, wringing our collective hands, and wondering what the future will hold. On sunday we drove to and from Richmond, VA for a show that, while fun, didn't pan out as we had hoped. It was great to have such a bizarre adventure with the lovely wife, though, so I'm really happy we went. We got to meet some nice people as well! The hilarity is that I drove 11.5 hours out of the 13 hours total, and that I didn't kill us. I rule. Cleo was on hand for the last 90 minutes when my brain simply stopped functioning and I couldn't seem to maintain a speed over 45 mph. I don't remember much of it.

So finances are as tight and terrifying as ever, it's been a pretty rotten year financially for us. I'm at a bit of a crossroads and a quandary and I really don't quite know what to do. I have some great opportunities that are in the end also a bit of a gamble... or I could just quit it all and find some low-paying job in Pittsburgh. I haven't worked in anything unrelated to art in about 3 years, and I've been working for myself for the past 2. So basically this means I'm unqualified for any decent job that doesn't somehow involve art. To compound this, I'm also completely horrible at what might be described as "corporate art" or "advertising art". My creativity simply doesn't flow uphill that way... when I try to rock something like that out, it always looks terrible because it's a style I kind of detest. I never learned art as a technical skill... I always used the programs as a tool to transcribe what was in my head... so I can't just jump styles at will.

On the other hand, I'm also not completely sure what direction I'm going in... there's web animation, there's broadcast animation, there's weird film/animation hybrid stuff, there's "motion graphics", there's 3d animation, there's 3d effects, there's character modeling and maybe even game art making (a dream of 3rd grade me!), then there's the 2d illustration, band merch (which has been helping pay the bills this year especially), prints, selling things on etsy, etc, etc, etc. I have the capability to really go places with each of these, and I really don't know which way to go, which way will actually pay our bills. There are people who make a living doing any one of these. I just wish some great opportunity would arise, I'd completely nail it down, and that would be my chosen industry. If Lame Games hadn't gone south last year, I'd right now be still doing 2d animation all over the place, as a consistently paying career. Oh happenstance. Capricious as a satyr, quoth the Bard.

In other news it's finally late spring here and it's warming up. We plugged in the AC the other day and our bottom floor is a cave-like cool 24/7. Unfortunately our attic office is an oven (as attics are wont to be), so I'm devising a way to use cheap box fans to funnel the cool air up here. I am convinced that this is possible.

Cleo has some new things up in her store, and she has a bunch of shows coming up in the next few months, so go to the sidebar on this page and click the link for "lovely wife". Squids ahoy!

So onward we march. I have no idea what's going to happen this week or next. No idea at all.

Friday, April 20, 2007

6:30 am, Friday Morning

It's a beautiful day.

I couldn't sleep, so I came up to the office to rock some After Effects tutorials.

I found out we're going to have just enough to make this whole Richmond trip work out.

In celebration, I'm watching Clash of the Titans on my computer. GO HARRY HAMLIN GO!!!

This is how a good friday starts.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Holy ghost!


So I bit the bullet and have started doodling in Photoshop... I promised I wouldn't but I'm suddenly interested in plain old boring rasters.

This is the first thing I did, messing with the brushes. I promise I will improve.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Oh Calamity!!!!

I can't say it any better that boinboing.net:
Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, is dead. Oh, shit.

I always dug Vonnegut, and one of the things that my friend Kev and I share is the fact that we both tend to approach satire in a way that is very influenced by him. Vonnegut was great. His books still are.

Voltaire, Swift, Twain, then Vonnegut... what do YOU have to offer, 21st century?

Monday, April 09, 2007

MOCK TRIAL WITH J. REINHOLD!!!!

A lot of artwork, some clients I can't talk about yet, several hours of Oblivion (playing through it again 1 year later, and it's still amazing... now with MODS!!!), lots of time spent with wife and friends.... this was my week.




Sunday, April 01, 2007

Gallileo! Gallileo!

So tonight was awesome. Justunwanted and Danielle... unwanted got all hitched on us. Here's some pics of it and our pretty friends.
So this is the actual act of marriage... note how clever and sneaky Chippy looks behind them.
Derek and Megalodon.

Kerrbear and Amber, neighbors extraordinaire!

Denman and Kaitlin(sp?), our buddies for Tom's Diner. Denman and his brother comprise 2 of my favorite things about life.

Justun and Danielle, watching the Beagle Club with The Skull.

Endless Mike & His Beagle Club. They were great. They ARE great. They did a surprise cover of Bohemian Rhapsody, which prompted me to take a camera video:



Comrade Slash Policy and Sherri, who is terrified of the idea of aliens.
Oh, and here's our cat, in what is most likely my favorite picture of him.

Yes, tonight made me very very happy. I don't remember the last time I've been so pleased for two friends, and the last time I felt so at home with a group of people. It was simply great. I love my friends, and I love my neighborhood. And Bethany is pretty cool, too.