Hey kids, got a bunch of crayons laying around, sitting spitefully unused because you’re busy playing with pens and watercolors and shit? Melt those fuckers down in a silicone container of some kind (some silicone cooking trays come in adorable shapes, like hearts and stars) to make some of the coolest gradient crayons ever.
Every recipe I’ve ever seen has told me to melt them in the oven for like, ten minutes, but I’m impatient and like danger, so I melted them in my microwave instead. One minute intervals, usually four times to really get everything melted.
If you live in a house with other people, please make sure that they are willing to smell the waxy scent of childhood before you start. Because they take a while to cool, man, and that crayola scent will drift all over your kitchen.
Here’s a little WIP for another MSJ commission. Nothing says science like ray guns and high voltage!
So Redpyre and I have been looking through old art to embarrass ourselves with, and I found a couple of old chibis I made for an old Exalted game. How cute!
Here’s another commissioned illustration for MSJ. This was a story about a mysterious egg from another dimension that can bend space and time! Spiffy.
I doodled a window. And it’s a nice window. I don’t actually even know if this is worth posting, I guess I just like supplying evidence that I’m still alive like drawing repetitive block shapes.
NOW WITH SLIGHTLY LESS “BATMAN BEING BATMAN” RESULTS
So I noticed there was a glut of new hits on the old one, and I remembered I’d been wanting to make a bigger new one. This time, I’m also starting a tag #randraw for people who want to post and share their results.
Another preview of an MSJ piece. Today I only got through perspective and filling an ellipsis with a spooky warm glow, but progress is progress!
Get Excited And Make Things by Matt Jones
The original “Keep Calm and Carry On” image was designed in 1939 to soothe and encourage the British public in the face of a possible Nazi invasion. This version by Matt Jones offers a more artful form of motivation, and we hope it inspires you.
And then some days you just get angry and scribble a bunch of hands.
Another commissioned illustration for MSJ. These are supposed to be chimpanzees, but they ended up looking a lot more like gorillas. Except for that one guy on the right—that guy gets an A.
There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the income of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.
I think the same thing is true of our idea incomes. You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with. My mom used to say to me, “Garbage in, garbage out.” It used to drive me nuts. But now I know what she meant.
Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.
I’ve been practicing faces this week. Today was mostly frustrating, but between getting angry at face proportions and profile views, I managed this pretty cute doodle of my MC.
Angry Skullface - Zhas by ~Redpyre
On today’s episode of “Red Draws My Characters Better Than Me”, Red draws Zhas better than me.
2012 was a really difficult year for me. I feel like I’ve gone through a lot of big changes, with a lot still to come. I’ve been struggling a lot with anxiety, bad wiring, and general exhaustion—which is the kind of stuff that’ll make even doodling seem like a chore. So I’m really proud of myself for actually having enough art this year to scrape together a twelve-month review. I’ve always wanted to do one of these. :3
The big highlights are that I started trying to put actual illustrative scenes together, learned about cohesive color schemes, and slowly started working through an IMPROVE YOUR DRAWING challenge. I think my overall quality and willingness to experiment have gotten better. I learned a lot about using references and approaching anatomy from a functional viewpoint. MSJ has been graciously giving me chances for commission work, which has been challenging and fun, and I’ve finally started drafting pages and designing characters for my big upcoming comic project.
I just want to thank everyone who’s watching the journal, who likes things occasionally, or who takes the time to comment on stuff. Seeing little notifications and knowing I have an audience, even a small one, is hugely encouraging for me. ♥ I’m going to try my best to get things sorted and fill 2013 with way more art and even cooler projects than last year.