Friday, June 26, 2015

Hopefully they'll make a better album come midnight

Here are some glorious doodles!

Can you figure out what everything means?? Can you figure out what anything means??

Well never mind.


Pipit, who is named after the character in Skyward Sword, was given to me by my sister. (Not Mary; I have two!) Funny story, that. There was a garage sale across the street from us, and she got up earlier than I did, went over, bought this bear, and then set him on my pillow in front of my face. There he was when I woke up! How surprised I was!
Interestingly, the exact same thing happened with a dead roach once, but she didn't put that there. ...I assume.
In either case, she'll be arriving here tomorrow for visits! Think how terrifying THAT will be, AHH!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier

These titles for the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity also well describe Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake. I in no way mean this as irreverent; characters who exemplify goodness will inherently reflect God.

Dick created the identity of Robin, not just him as Robin, but Robin as an independent character who can be passed down to others while retaining the wholeness of his being.

Jason died an excruciating death in the attempt to save an undeserving person whom he loved, despite their sins, both against others and against him.

Tim wholly became the identity of Robin in order to heal the scar of Jason's death, continuing the role of the ideal of Robin, in such a manner that honors both his predecessors connectingly.

Happy Fathers' Day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mutually unrequited

Very busy today. Only this picture.

Characters from my never-to-be-published book. They're not very nice.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wedding present

This is a picture I was commissioned for, copying from a photograph but making it fairy tale-y, to be a wedding present for the couple in said photograph. It has now been given to them, so I can show it here! I laid down the flat colors with watercolor, then shaded with colored pencil. I think that worked pretty well.

But haha I tricked you! You thought I was talking about the wedding present for my brother that I talked of in my last post! But no. That's still in the planning stages, and must remain a deathly guarded secret!

In absence of that, here's a hilarious encyclopedia picture from the entry on verb tenses.

The disembodied head laughs at your pain!

Monday, June 15, 2015

More wedding planning

I mentioned before that there's a lot of planning going on for my brother's upcoming wedding. Here's a sample of some of the plans we've been a-making!

Ahaha. Yes. But the biggest question on my mind (having decided on what clown to bring) is what to get this brother o' mine for a wedding present! I've been thinking long and hard about it...

I thought I might carve him a potato so it looks just like him...

My Dad thought I could make his bride a dress entirely out of strips of old blankets...

And Mary thought...



I don't know what I shall do! ...Well actually, I do have one idea that doesn't seem half bad, but I'm not sure I can pull it off. We'll see!

Anyways, another new feature! Hilarious single out-of-context panels from old DC comics we have!
Here is a panel of Lois Lane whitewashing a panther.

Copyright DC

His expression just kills me! XD

And finally,

Comic Pecan was purchased at the same St. Augustine birthday party that I won Babette at. He is possibly my largest bear, with Barker maybe tying for that place, but it's difficult to say, what with their very different poses. Comic Pecan used to scare Mary by slowly emerging from the darkness of the bottom bunk in the middle of the night.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Have you SEEN this show?? EVERYBODY DIES

Watched the Deathnote anime again recently. Here's a picture of Near and Mello.

Here's a picture of a peony, MOTHER.

That other bud might be blooming too if Mary hadn't a-hacked it off with the weed whapper.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Red hood

Someday I want to have on this blog a section where I talk about works of fiction that have a Pro-Life message. Abortion is the primary and greatest sin of our age, or any age, because when you look at the numbers of victims it is obviously the largest genocide in the whole of recorded history. Since 1973, there have been approximately 58,000,000 abortions in America alone. I want you to think about that number for a moment. Don't just read it as a big number; try to actually imagine that amount of people. This is more people than you have ever met. This is more people than you have ever heard of. More people than live in your state. More than every single person who died in the civil war. More than every single person who died in World War Two, including both soldiers and Holocaust victims. Now remember that that is only the number of victims in America.
Not only is the death toll staggering, but these people are the most innocent and vulnerable people that exist. They are not soldiers or criminals, they are children, and they are being killed in some of the most excruciating ways imaginable. This is happening right now. It is happening constantly. Any time throughout the day when you're not thinking about it, it's happening.
Yes, I am trying to make you feel guilty.
Yes, we should all feel guilty. All the time. Not a single one of us has the right NOT to feel guilty with something of such monumental evil happening all around us. The world is worse now than it has ever been before. And what are we doing to fix it?
Very little.
We can pray, we can protest, we can run for government positions, we can try to change the law, but in the meantime millions of innocent children are still being murdered. If you saw a man about to kill a child, what would you do? The ONLY MORAL choice is to physically intervene, stopping the man in the process of his actions. Anything else is compliance in the murder itself. Do we do this? Do any of us go into abortion mills and physically stop the doctors from ripping these children apart, as is the moral imperative in this situation?
No. We don't.
It is only in trusting in the infinite mercy of God that I can faintly hope ever to be forgiven for so grave a sin.

With this Pro-Life fiction section of my blog, I hope to do what little I can to make up for any time when I have not been doing my utmost to save these lives. Fiction is a great weapon, showing forth Truth, Goodness, and Beauty far more powerfully than any statistic or news story, and often far more than the author even intends. Fiction shows you what it all MEANS. Storytelling rules, dramatic devices, happy endings... all exist in reflection of reality. God's Reality. Fiction is not "just a story" or a "time-waster," fiction is the means by which humanity can show forth what is the True nature of Goodness, in a way that's Beauty makes it visible as what It Is. Fiction is one of the only means available to us to try to make up for humanity's most grievous failing.

The logo I have above designed for this endeavor portrays Jason Todd, whose story is the most overt and heartbreaking fiction concerning abortion that I have ever seen. He is very dear to me, and his death is a pain I cannot bear. I do not want to share my analysis of his story, and many similar stories, with the world, as they are deeply personal and emotional to me, but this is the small effort I can make to try to right the wrongs of today's world, and therefore, something I have to do, and will do in the time before us.

Christe Eleison.    

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Anniversary time

Seven years ago this day I draw this here comic.

It was the first page of a long, ongoing, no sense making, comic. No, obviously, I was not very good at drawing back then, but I think I learned more in the drawing of 97 pages of The Council of Black Haired Men than I have in most of the subsequent years. Today being said anniversary of when I started drawing it, I decided to RE-draw the first page, in my current style.

Of course, nothing compares to the original, but still. ;)

If any of you are bored and have strong suspenders of disbelief, you can read the whole comic where it is posted here!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Any time my wheel of fortune would like to turn that'd be ok with me

Still more pirates.

A great deal of figuring out and practice had to be done on a method for coloring whip scars and tattoos in combination with skin shading. I'm pretty pleased with the final result.

Here's a new clown I knitted.

I was hoping to get a rounder shape, but you can never quite predict how vertical stripes will behave. I name this guy Nameless Oaf.

I bring him up because a lot of preparation is at hand for the trip back to Texas we will be making in August to attend our brother's wedding. One thing I'm looking forward to is a week of eating nothing but doughnuts, chinese take-out, and fast-food pizza, none of which you can get within any reasonable driving distance around here. One thing I am NOT looking forward to is having to tell people I knew back home what a miserable failure this first year has been. I have no job, because the economy is in ruins in this state and the only thriving businesses are medical, which I do not have the constitution for. I have a lot harder time LOOKING for a job, additionally, because I cannot drive, because the Good Lord was pleased to send me a seizure in February, which means the bureaucratic nightmare that runs this state revokes your driving privileges for who knows how long and the neurologist just keeps on sending bill after bill after bill.

But the thing that matters most here is this question:

Which clown should I bring?

I have only six clowns, including Nameless Oaf. They are as follows.

                                              Dreyfus                                           Clownie
                                                Tam Tam                                       Trot Dimby


See, also in attendance at the wedding, will be a certain person whom Anna Does Not Like One Bit, and hopes to deter any attempt they may make to talk at her. Why I don't know, but this person is afraid of clowns! (Of all things!) So what I am considering here is which clown would most creep them out, thereby keeping them from annoying Anna, thereby keeping Anna out of jail for aggravated face-punching. Not knowing how being afraid of clowns works, and therefore not knowing the criteria for how to judge how frightening a given clown is, I appeal to you, the readers at home; which clown will most likely save my bacon? 

And, as promised, here's a new blog feature! We have in this house my great-grandmother's 1956 encyclopedia set, which has a lot of great now-obsolete information, as well as a lot of very entertaining pictures! Here's one from the entry on timezones, illustrating the idea as a jolly merry-go-round.

Does wikipedia have anything half so fun as this? I don't think so!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

No time for bigger post. Must read about little elves.

I know I promised new features soon, but I'm swamped right now, and still several pictures short of the bigger post I had planned to unveil them. In the meantime, here's a picture I did of Lieutenant Lockwood from Heather Dixon's Illusionarium.

He's quite dashing, is this one.