Focus Month: Presents

Now, we don’t really celebrate Christmas.  There’s a lot of reasons for that that don’t matter—and the way we tend to do it is more often than not on the Orthodox calendar—but we do give folks presents this time of year because I am utterly terrible at remembering birthdays. I’ve also moved to being someone who gets you something only if I can think of a thing, because we’re all grownups here and we all have a lot of junky shit we don’t need, so I’m not going to add…

Interestingly, both searches were for nail inspiration

I percentage of how I use the internet is based in finding that something is missing and adding it to the cloud, or whatever that’s being called now.  Things like the paper making photo set and the mini comic stand template were perfect for Flickr because they were information-based and easy to notate and download. I’ve been using Tumblr a lot lately, and you know what it’s good for? Screencaps. Recently I just gave up and capped the scenes RE: Sally Bowles’ nails that for some stupid reason still aren’t…

Illustration focus, inspiration

I just uploaded a bunch of small scans of illustrated double-page spreads from 1980s’ Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. There’s a bunch in my Flickr set of scanned radness—which is actually pretty heavy in the sf illustration that I love so much—but here’s three I like quite a bit. July 1982. “The Jarabon” by Lee Killough, art by George Barr. July 1982. “A Thief in Ni-Moya” by Robert Silverberg, art by Janet Aulisio. July 1982. “Green Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson, art by J.K. Potter.

Focus Month: Optics, fin

Bah, well, I got two solid pieces done this month, which ain’t bad.  I finished another and decided that the fourth is something that failed, but has an idea I can come back to. Thing to note: you can take two plastic plano-convex lenses from any sort of lensy toy and put the flat sides together you get a magnifying lens that is pretty rad.  Be careful though. Plastic lenses scratch and scuff easily. Another note: egg carton bits are perfect eye pieces. The failed one I do want to…

Focus month: Optics, half and two thirds

Only ten days left in the month and I’ve only two of my hoped-for four eyepiece things done.  That is fine! Now that TBA (a ten-day art fest that we went to almost every day) is over I can hopefully whip them out. The first one I wanted to go as far away as I could from steampunk-ness.  It’s a costume piece, not a useful one, but I like it.  I had endless fun creating the density of surface embellishment. There’s movement to the red lens, at least, which I…