Darkness: July 2018

So, July is nearly done.  And I’ll be honest–July 2018 is the worst month of my life that I can remember.   Everything went wrong, nothing went right, and the only direction was southward.  Downward.  Into the abyss, though not far enough to matter in the real world.

However, August 2018 is waiting in the wings.  And given the things I’ve seen, I’m thinking that July 2018 is going to seem like a picnic when the new month enshrouds me.

Sorry to be so depressing, but sometimes the world hurling toward us orbits a dark star.

See you next month, unless my fortunes reverse and I make that dark star my new home.

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And there went June

Well, June had some things going on, none of them really interesting, though I did get some decent CGI work done.  And that was really it.  Found out my rent is going to greatly increase; not to worry, as soon as I can figure out how to put a PayPal button on the page, my legions of fans will no doubt spring to my aid.

Ha ha, just kidding.  Except not about the rent, damn it.

Anyway, here’s a still from my latest video.  Enjoy, and see you next month!

The End of May

So, now we’re at the end of another month.  Have I accomplished anything worth posting about?

Hard to say.  I mean, obviously there’s nothing in this post, but I’ve been quite busy animating, so next month might have something worth reading.  Maybe.

See you then.

April almost gone? What?

Wow, we’re almost at the end of April.  And what have I been up to?

Well, nothing much.  Trying to survive.

Anyway, I completed a video project.  Here’s the link:

Hope you enjoy that; sorry if the preview image is a spoiler, but I’m new to this YouTube stuff.  Let me know if you don’t enjoy it and I’ll try harder.

And here’s something that might possible come to something, should fate be kind.  It’s just a preliminary image at this point…I don’t even have any actors for this!

(The red box is my “bounding box”, where things enter and exit the stage.  So I can herd my actors accordingly.)

So that’s the state of things.  As always, thanks for visiting, have fun, tip your waitress and I’ll see you all shortly…ish.

Works in Progress

I’ve spent most of March quite ill, with a persistent cold that would not go away.  Now, it seems to have largely departed, leaving aside some splitting headaches from what I assume is a sinus infection.

Anyway, I’ve not been idle, except for the past few days when the cold has laid me low.  Here are some stills from some upcoming animation projects.  (“Upcoming” being a very relative term.)

The first two are connected, the last is one I started because working on the first two was becoming difficult.

Anyway, thanks as always for stopping by, and I’ll see you in April.

Whoops! February Post

Wow, I almost let February go by without a post!  What a tragedy that would have been, and that’s no lie.

(Forgive the tone, I’ve been watching a lot of the old 80’s Ed Grimley cartoon*, and after a while it seeps into  your blood.  It’s like watching Betty Boop cartoons–watch more than five or six, and you start moving that way–you can’t just get up from a chair, you’ve got to syncopate yourself out of it.  It’s the same with Ed, but with talking more than moving, which probably affects posting rather more than Betty, I must say.)

Anyway, I’ve been busy with stuff–finally posted “Part Two” of my animation project and have been working on “Part Three” (somewhat) diligently since then, with some extremely decent results, just hoping to finish before…you know.

No painting, at least so far.  Tinnitus still is an issue, but then, it would be, wouldn’t it?

And I suppose that will suffice as a totally decent entry for the month–oh, and if that’s not an excuse we won’t be hearing again.  Because we totally will.

Thanks for visiting, as always.  See you in the future, which is already in progress!

*It was the 80’s.  Everything was being made into a cartoon.

And January

So, it’s a new year, and, well, I guess it has been for a couple of weeks now.  And what is there to show for it?

Well, this, from several years ago —

–bad photograph and all, has been transformed into this–

–and I think it’s been immeasurably improved, and now goes onto the wall as “finished.”  The straight, horizontal lines, suggesting walls, really made this one come together.  And the background “figure” gives it a good sense of a series of beings proceeding forward, if beings they are.  (Confession:  I used PhotoShop to take out the worst of the camera flash reflections, but this is still really close to what it actually looks like.)

Still it’s nothing that anyone, anywhere, is going to want to hang on a wall, but I like it, and I think it accompanies this one–

–very well indeed, like the front and back covers of a fairly good pulp novel.  Or even better, a series of pulp novels.

Now that would be something.  Any pulp novelists out there want to work out a deal?  Or have pulp novelists slithered away into the woodwork once the 1930’s became the 1940’s?  A question for the pulpologists out there.

As always, thanks for stopping by.