sketches & WIP

February 23, 2011

Sloppy scans of some more recent sketches:

Zap alias:

Some twin spirit-things, I think I might do a myth at some point:


random swan, probably princess tutu-induced:


Moose, bear, and moosebear???:

pudu and sheep:


preliminary sketches for a project on the back burner:

…psh, feet, whatever. 😛 also a dancing lolcat and another car got in there somehow.


Then yesterday, I actually managed to draw something on a train!

So now I’m coloring it !

so uh there goes my week, not like I have any classes or homework or anything 😛



oh yeah, I have a blog :P

February 6, 2011

ffff, I completely forgot this thing existed. Le sigh. I really want to pretty it up, make my own theme and whathaveyou, but schoolwork is still a higher priority at this point. So is resume/portfolio building. Add that to the fact that I haven’t really been doing a ton of art lately (leaving me with basically no content), and the blog becomes highly forgettable. It’s always possible that I’ll pick it up again in the spring, when I’m over the winter lethargy, but we’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s some sketches I’ve done between mid-November and January, mostly referenced from photos on the internet:

I’ve been trying to get more comfortable with inking. Also, some environment practice (also referenced from a photo of unknown origin):


…yep. Who knows, maybe I’ll come back to this blogging thing. We’ll see.





speedpaint project!

July 31, 2010

With the end of my internship, I’m going to have a lot more free time until the end of summer. I’ll be using 45 minutes each day of that new-found time to speedpaint. 😀 Mostly I’ll be picking movie screenshots from here, but if anyone has a photo (must be sfw) that they’d like me to paint sloppily, feel free to post it in a reply!

First speedpaint is from the Blues Brothers:

Hopefully this exercise will improve my color sense…

Ever since my first exposure to Photoshop, I’ve dreamed of owning a digital sketchbook, a portable device that would allow me to draw directly on its screen with a pen. There are two devices on the market today that closely fit my fantasy: the Wacom Cintiq 12wx and Apple’s iPad. With the money I’ve made this summer, I’m hoping to buy one or the other, but I haven’t been able to make up my mind so far.

The Cintiq :


  • Natural-feeling stylus with pressure sensitivity, good precision, and response to pen angle. Basically what Wacom’s been good at for years.
  • Programmable “express keys”: shortcuts for any menu items you use a lot (cut, paste, transform)
  • Screen size: the 12wx has 12.1″ of screen to the iPad’s 9.7″.


  • It’s cumbersome. It comes with 3 cables and a box, which all need to be plugged in to various things for it to function. It needs an external power source. I wouldn’t be able to just take it around with me for some quick life drawing.
  • Screen jitter: It has trouble keeping track of the stylus near the edges of the screen. This isn’t a difficult problem to avoid, if one just draws towards the center of the screen, but it could be annoying.

The iPad:


  • Portability. No cables required, it can last up to 10 hours on a charge. You can carry it easily in a bag, it’s lightweight, and it doesn’t need to be hooked to a second device.
  • Intuitive touch controls: though I’d mainly be using a stylus for drawing, some of the touch controls are really nice. Two-finger resizing, for example.


  • As a touch-screen device, it’s designed to detect fingers, not pens. The styluses on the market currently all have big, smushy tips that don’t allow for a lot of precision- very little pressure sensitivity, and no angle recognition at all.  Unfortunately, there may be no way to make a smaller-tipped stylus  function on the iPad- it’s designed to reject screen activity below a certain surface area as anomalous “blips.” Without a much higher resolution of touch-sensors, it just won’t be able to detect a fine tip.

Inconclusive factors:

  • Price:  The cheapest used cintiqs cost about $700. The beefiest (64G) iPads cost $700 without 3G capability, $830 with 3G. New cintiqs are $1,000. The 21ux is $2,000, out of my price range. I don’t think I’d care enough to spring for 3G connectivity on an iPad- 3G coverage isn’t that great in most of the places I tend to be, and all iPad models are WiFi-capable.
  • iPad possible poor line quality: I actually got to play with an iPad just recently at Best Buy, and I looked at some of the little free sketch apps. There weren’t any styluses available, unfortunately, so I used fingers. What I saw was not impressive- fast strokes were noticeably poor quality, visibly chunky strings of line segments. However, none the stylus-based demos I’ve seen on YouTube involving paid apps (especially SketchBook Pro) seem to have this problem, even when viewed in HD. Are the chunky lines only a problem for crappy apps? Or are the YouTube demos deceptive? Without physically using a stylus with a better-quality app, I have no way of knowing.
  • iPad’s other capabilities: it also functions basically as an e-reader  and a netbook. While that carries a very high cool factor, I’m not sure I really *need* an e-reader or a netbook. I don’t read recreationally as much as I’d like to, but  I don’t think owning an e-reader would remedy that particularly. When I read, I read paper books. When I want to do internet things, I bring my laptop. My phone has as much internet and fun little game capacity as I’m likely to want out of an iPad.

So that’s all I have to say about that. I’m curious to hear from anyone who owns/has interacted with either or both devices, or anyone else who has an opinion.

Laying it out

July 16, 2010

Starting new, classier-looking blog which I am going to limit to art- and technology-related topics. Hoping it will inspire me to *produce* a little more art, and maybe some technology as well. 😉 I intend to make this blog less generic-looking eventually, but at the moment there are a number of other projects I’m working on:

  • Website for Hell’s Belles (Smith College fencing team)
    • CSS/HTML: 70% complete
    • PHP/MySQL: 0% complete
    • Content: 0% complete
  • Website for Medley Soup (Chelsea’s awesome comic )
    • CSS/HTML: 40% complete
    • PHP/MySQL: 0% complete
    • Content: 0% complete
  • Website for Reginald Unterseher (Composer/my dad)
    • CSS/HTML: 80% complete
    • PHP/MySQL: 0% complete
    • Content: 0% complete
  • Wind Totems (Comic)
    • Plot: some?
    • World: some?
    • Characters: a few
    • Art: ????
    • Actual pages: 0

The main things impeding these projects are:

  1. 40-hour/week internship
  2. Spending all my free time in north Idaho, which is wonderful and relaxing but unfortunately lacks internet
  3. Completely wasting all the time I *do* get with internet access on useless activities. (Example: making this blog.)

So, if you’re one of the people whose site is in progress, I’m really sorry. I still love you! But there’s a good chance your site will not be completed by the beginning of the semester.