Kurzarbeit is Best Arbeit

Working 9.6 hours a week is about as good as it gets. Remainder of hours spent awake are divided randomly across a few things worthy of exposing to the internet.

1. Spend much too much time learning to make a pixel platformer which now morphs into an actionRPG (it is the next tutorial in the list) and then hopefully if I can manage it, one day… a RiverCityRansom-esque brawler, in a 90’s TacoBell.

minuscule steps, much cuter than last week

He can walk and duck and jump and I can do so with my knockoff Xbox controller, all this on Debian (stable no less) Linux is quite something.  “moonpiewhatatimetobealive.jpg”

I also made the little beer can, or what aims to be a beer can, its a tribute to “Natty Lite”, as this game will be set in a vague and very humid memory of Florida, and so, yes Natty it is. That said, I have not made it to the part where you can interact with any object, so its just stuck there for now…

Doing this by copying along to HeartBeast’s tutorials, very easy to follow along with if you have any inclination toward making something with Godot.


2. Return of the Glitching Wreckage.

i used to know what all this meant

I made this “glitch bot”, I wanna say… last year-ish probably, and it was good-ish for about an hour, than it got real stale like. I didn’t know how to really pull in some randomness. I think I could do a better job now, and that thinking is half the effort, it will require a day or so of work, but it could be something interesting and an excuse to sharpen skills which really aren’t even worthy of the knife metaphor in use there, more like continue effort to have knife like skills, right now butter is safe against these programming efforts.

Again it will improve, and bits of it will make it out to Twitter @defty_k


3. Are you still drawing those pictures?

– Yes. Yes, I am afraid I still am drawing “those pictures”.

Ah yes, the finest waste of time imaginable, if you think your identity is a bit lame now, and could use that air of prepackaged creative free spirit, grab your watercolors, pens and assorted mediums and become an ARTIST.

How lame? This lame.

Trying to get back to this big one, the original “WIP_2020” I was so definitely going to make this year and have done on time and really for real just make a yearly pattern out of making such a piece.

And the new pencil work is progressing, not enough to be re-scanned, but enough for a solid lazy photo from my phone.

Sketching is better than reading the news in the morning.

Ok now for the rest.

And this mess behind the studio building ain’t helping. So much noise.

Emblem of Civilization (V)

I can’t say I did much this week, I am not sure where it went or when weeks begin and end, the axis is skewed as of late, mostly weighted in a direction that favors me, yet it seems to slide into places unplanned.

I’ll just post a couple bits therefore.

 

As well I guess most effort went back into what once held the glorious title of “Untitled 2020”. Which once again is another piece which starts up with my usual ‘Man walks into a bar’ setup and I hope to wind up at a new punchline, the man in question is emaciated and has a deal about civilization and plans for wheat, and probably books on the best use and case situations for cages. “Great Man of History” or something to that effect.

More evidence that scanners are magical.

 

I can read so sometimes I do.

 

Inherent Issues – Go Old School or Go Home

Past week has been pretty much just one drawing, some bits of changes on other works but mostly i just did this:

The longer you look, the dumber it gets.

I used to draw just in pencil, I’m sure that’s kinda the norm, HB lead pencil in a classroom = drawing to escape boredom. But then I got into ink and it became a kinda default of work, a stupid expectation that everything will wind up dominated by this medium and balanced against it. But just working in pencil is so easy, I forget what a pain in the ass pen and ink is cause I have internalized its terrible pace.

Besides this, not much.

nah dunna think so

Supposedly I am taking part in an open studio day, but really? I don’t foresee letting people come in to my tiny drawing box and breathe their covidian breathings all down on the place. Usually someone comes in and just asks if it’s George Washington, snickers and that wraps up the human interaction portion of the day in which I play my role as subject in a human zoo.

Real happy like ok

Finally for all the shit posting, cat tax.

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

Many small lines accumulating

Desk was like 70 EUR, now I can no longer think of ever leaving this room cause moving it is out of the question.

Some scanning has been done, of the proper variety, no lousy hand scanner testing here, no sir.

Hopefully I can manage a weekly update, I think it will be mildly interesting in the end to see a year of drawing being built up, very mild.

Here is a few more bits of miscellany.

Fixing up the top half of “Untitled 2019”

I could never get this to scan in right, some images weren’t the same size, and I ran thru every conceivable option I thought, but I seem to have forced Photoshop into finally getting this, albeit with a bit of a fish eye lens somehow. Still gotta fix that… The pic above is cropped to avoid that annoyance, but later next week I will fix this all up and combo it into the Untitled 2019 page.