Frivolity in Times of Pandemic

Learning Python and Godot in a kinda morning routine interspersed with life drawing to keep the wrist cracking. The heads need a “getting stomped animation”.

The corpse heads are courtesy of Asesprite, most fun I had drawing on the screen in ever. I mean I think Gimp can do all the same, but this is fun somehow, I guess cause its pixely.

Aspiring to the heights of greatness.

Still, what with the drawings as such.
The Merits of Pencil on Paper
  • With all apologies to Van Eyck.

The above nears completion, marking A2 pencil drawing #2 this year, unless I fuck it up royally now in the final lap.

WordPress likes to be a fucking narc on the big images, like I care about SEO shit, so you gotta fix functions.php in the theme:

add_filter( 'big_image_size_threshold', '__return_false' );

 

  • WIP_2020 to be WIP_2021 I assume…

For now I fuck this up on the regular, it was once overburdened with potential and clean pencil work which could be adjusted with ease. Now it drifts toward absolute disaster, and I have to pretend it’s all some intentional improv act.


  • Misc. Sketchbook bits.
They go big, we go home.

Ink Huffer

The Simple Life
#!/bin/bash
find /home/nathan/videos/tv/The\ Simpsons/ -type f \( -name *.avi -o -name *.mkv -o -name *.mp4 \) |sort -R > ~/.randovid.m3u
vlc ~/.randovid.m3u

A messy, yet functional prayer. GNU GNU Bash

“Work in Progress 2020” continues progress after its month or so break. Minor details, but figure it’s worth a scanning.


 

Small Work in Progress, progresses as well. (All hail the myth of progress.) Some kinda crap on the scanner, think its some eraser dirt, but this work is not worth a another scan this week.


Miscellany stretches beyond progress.

Bad Prototype Fantasies

Hot AF in the taco bell

Started learning python, know some bash, feels vaguely familiar, but the syntax is simpler-ish (?) and makes me wanna throw out my german keyboard cause I can’t deal with all the parentheses, trying to follow a really simple course and I just keep looking down and seeing them on 8 & 9, then another brain cell dies.

Also commas, commas everywhere, so i had to set the numpad dot to comma (nerd alert, linux command below):

setxkbmap us -option kpdl:comma

As well, I have now into learning Godot, and am super excited just to make a dumb bit of pixel sketching kinda jump, next step = gamepad, just one button input working will be amazing.


Still pencil is meeting paper,

more pencil workings, back to basics and such like.
details. derivative I know, but enjoyable, so ehhh gunna keep on.

cat tax:

guardian of the internet keeping me from typing more shit into the void

Weekly ish – Loosely Updated in Yellow

The Ascension of Homer Simpson

All else fails, yellow works. A replacement midtone, semi opaque. Covers up the mistakes (kinda), people like color, and actually gives a nice Simpsons-esque quality to the drawing with a slight bit of the jaundice.

– Yep…

Gutsy captions unavailable.

New big “Scroll” work continues its march towards victory over old and boring works I have little hope of ever finishing

Enough of that, it doesn’t look so great online, I think I just like blank paper. So, other stuff.

Small detail… best part of whole damn drawing

As for the rest of this post, let’s go with the sketches and some studio shots, all handled loosely as looser hands is the aim as of late, to try and wrest back some pre ink based hatching tendons, I once upon a time could shade with a pencil in that way that is like soft and not by scratching lines into paper. “Naturalistic”, like quasars n’ shit.

Also, comic page, about waking up in “spaghettie”, in Seattle I think… I never worked in a real 7-11, just “Lil’ Champ”, Amoco, Shell?, and some other lame pretenders to the throne.

Is this even worth posting?

And finally, I hope, let me wrap this up with what the Twitter bot coughed up from the depths, it has the word virus in it, so it seems relevant now:

Oldie – sometime in 2009 – part of ‘Unabomber’ series

Untitled 2019 Updated

The whole thing finally pieced digitally together, half a year after completing it.

Untitled 2019

Finished the drawing above about 6 months ago, ripped up a scanner in order to get it scanned in somewhat, that still left some distortions in place, and needs a remake. The tough part was the top part of this, seemed like everything wanted to reject patching it together, figured out finally that there was a segment of it that for some reason was 150dpi, not 300, or 300 and not 600 depending on the folder, but somehow the original source was 50%. Should have noticed it sooner, and anyways, done now.

Second issue today fixed/found, WordPress loves to compress images, in order to make it stop you have to edit the themes functions.php file (in “Theme Editor” click on Theme Functions (function.php) on the right-hand side) and then add this at the end:

add_filter( 'big_image_size_threshold', '__return_false' );
add_filter('jpeg_quality', function($arg){return 100;});

 

Hand Scanner Test Run

‘Loetad’ hand scanner toy – story of a test run…

Ink is dark. Not that dark, not by a mile.

To dark. Re-calibrate, and results:

Bit less contrasty

I think overall, not terrible. I will play more with the calibration, if anyone online who might be reading this and actually knows better, please please email me, I know very (very) few will read this, and then yet fewer would also have such a scanner, the venn diagram is not looking good here, but hey why not ask any ways..