Monthly Archives: April 2010

Blanket Tent


Several months ago my wife and I built ourselves a tent fort made of blankets. It filled our living room and completely enveloped our entertainment center! To hold the blankets where we wanted them we used wooden poles and heavy books. Finally we put up our sign that we still had from our wedding, announcing to the world that this was Heather and Landon’s tent! Afterwards we sat inside, ate snacks and watched movies. Life is good.



I came across a Korean drawing by Kim Hongdo entitled Dancing Boy. The drawing is of a group of musicians and a dancing boy in the foreground. I drew one of the musicians playing the pipe. The original drawing was done in 1775 it amazes me how much of the artwork from Asia’s past looks so modern and how easily it could pass for something done nowadays. Looking at an art book where it shows past artwork from around the world chronologically it really impresses upon you how advanced Asian culture was (and probably is).



This drawing was done after repeated failed attempts to draw a chair that actually looks like a chair. The results of which I dare not show to anyone. I think problems in drawing perspective will always haunt me. The above drawing, a simple doodle of a corner of our apartment, took me forever to draw. I kept going at it with my eraser, after every line I would draw just didn’t look right! I know it takes practice to get it right, but it’s infuriating in the meantime to have this picture either in your mind or in front of your eyes and to not be able to get it down on paper.


After finally giving up drawing the corner of our roof I decided I’d try to practice more on mastering perspective. Using a ruler I tried a very simple single point perspective drawing of a city street. When drawing the right side I got bored of drawing the cubed buildings and decided to rain down destruction on my little city. Before deciding the cause of said destruction I lost interest in the drawing.

Bah! Maybe tomorrow will be better!



Last week I had a little free time so I sat down and played Braid a puzzle/platform game. The puzzles can be extremely challenging, but I was able to finish the game in one night. I was proud of myself for beating the game without using any hints or a walk-through. The game itself is lots of fun, the ending was a little disappointing, even with the interesting twist to the last level (you’ll have to play to find out). Still I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes “thinking” games. I loved the puzzles, you would be convinced that it was impossible to beat and then all of a sudden you’d have this wonderful Ah Hah! moment and everything would just unfold in your mind’s eye.

I used Inkscape and Gimp to draw Tim, the main character in Braid. I wanted to try a different style than I normally go for. It turned out well, I think.

A Book!


I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to draw one of my favorite subjects: Books! It’s fun to sketch, it’s relatively simple, but still complex enough to keep it interesting for me. I forsee myself drawing more books in the future.

Gimp Vs. Photoshop and Monkeys!

Monkey Lamp

I just recently downloaded Gimp for my computer. After having been so impressed with Inkscape it got me thinking about open-source and that got me wondering about Gimp. Thanks to my wife’s work as a photographer I have access to her Photoshop CS3 software an incredibly expensive chunk of software and considered to be the professional standard in image editing. I wasn’t sure how well Gimp would compare. After all Gimp is free to use, if it’s so good why are they giving it away for free? Right?

Boy was I in for a surprise! After having used Gimp for just a few hours I found it easier to use than Photoshop, despite the fact that I’ve been using Photoshop for years. Gimp does everything I need it to do and it does it in a way that seems very natural for me. I almost squealed with delight (not a pretty sound… or mental image) when I found out that Gimp can display a rule of thirds guide when you go to crop your image! Something that I had desperately wished for many times while using Photoshop.

I’m still glad to have CS3 around if I need it, but otherwise Gimp definitely has me hooked. It might not be for everybody, but Gimp has easily converted me.

I redid my Monkey Lamp drawing, doing the linework in Inkscape and the coloring in Gimp. I was thrilled with how everything went. Of course everything I did you could do in Photoshop, but Gimp just made everything much smoother.

Monkey Lamp

After finishing with my drawing I converted it to grayscale and now I’m torn, I can’t decide which one I like more, so I’m posting them both!

*wanders away to read more of the Gimp manual*