Wednesday, February 29, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LIX].

'The Brighton Line' is the nickname for 59 in Bingo. After the London, Brighton and South Coast railway. My dad's nickname for it is "five and nine".

My wifey and I have had an amazing day cleaning a room! There's a lovely couple that we're helping out at the moment, cleaning up their house. Today we did their living room and it was really nice to be able to make a difference and spend a day with my wifey at the same time. Between them, they had a good few guns and I think I've found some new favourites. Or more favourites, at least.

For today:

This is an ode to my tablet because I haven't used it today. It's proper title is "Ode to tablet (with watermark and it was the closest thing to the camera when I picked it up)", but most people don't bother with parentheses.

Another monkey. I'm having a really great time drawing him. I'm not too hot with continuity, so to be able to have made and drawn a character several times is really encouraging to me! Once I draw out an orthographic I'll be one step closer to modeling it in 3D! (An orthographic is a front, back and side drawing for the sake/ease of modeling a character in 3D).

So here are the guns that I saw today. When I go back, I'll take my camera and grab some pictures of the actual firearms.

Sorry about the huge white blocks above and below - it's late and I don't want to take them off. This is a 4/10 shotgun. Single shot, breech loading. A wonderful looking gun. They guy has taken many a turkey with this.

These are the cartridges it takes. Tiny things. It teaches you to be a good shot - there's not a lot of time between missing something and it running away. Not enough to reload this bad boy, anyway.

Of course there's a pistol that takes the same cartridges! It's called The Judge. It'd be pretty nice to have, but it's only really for self-defense. Shotgun shot doesn't can travel but doesn't really do much after a distance. Apart from make you itch.

I'll show you tomorrow, but this is a nice reversal of a rifle/pistol combo that I really like.

Actually, I'll show you the other two guns tomorrow, too. I saw one a few weeks ago but didn't take down the name. I forgot all about it until I happened across it when I was looking for the second pistol I'll show you tomorrow. Very old, but really nice guns.

Bed time.
Thank you so much for reading.


Monday, February 27, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LVIII].

58 mph is the minimum wind speed needed to issue a severe thunderstorm warning.

I've been feeling poop all day. So not much got done.

For today:

This has been my day. Occasionally getting up to pee or stretch my legs. I haven't got the hang of having a sick-day and feeling ok about it. I feel guilty for not doing anything around the house.

This is Brögunn. Drawn originally (I think) by McWolf - see his stuff here:
Really nice. I've been admiring his Brögunn stuff for a while - nice character. I'll probably try another few renditions before I'm happy with what I put out. I like this one for the moment, though. A sick-day doodle. There's also no coloured images of this guy, so it's going to be fun to try and find a colour scheme that works.

I might push out another couple of doodles this evening. Not feeling too hot at the moment.

Whammy. Buh. Some colour. I need to get a better picture so my paper is white and not just off. If it's just off it warps the colour beneath it. Another day.


[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LVII].

B'hrian Bloodaxe (the first Low King of the dwarves) killed 57 trolls in the legendary Battle of Koom Valley on Discworld.

Even thinking of reading some Terry Pratchett takes me way back to lying in a caravan in rainy Cumbria. I love that!

For today:

My new canvas! I'm so stoked to start this - I'm drawing out a big mural for my friend. The one who took me shooting yesterday, actually. I'm really looking forward to it! Pastels and markers and charcoal and everything.

A little skeledoodle. Sort of. It's either a skeleton mouth or a sewn up mouth. Eh. I know I haven't drawn much this weekend, but I'll get back into it. And I've drawn a whole lot more than if I wasn't doing this project. I know it's only a small thing, but yea, I wouldn't have done anything at all if it wasn't for this project. Not that I don't like drawing - obviously not! It's just that when one hits a wall or a block or a slow patch, one tends to slow down or stop for a day.

Well we met some really nice folks this evening. They train rescue/cadaver dogs. It's quite remarkable. Their old one - Levi - once detected a body 117 feet below the surface of a lake. One hundred and seventeen feet underwater. He was just chilling out on the rescue boat, twitched his head when he smelled that he was over the body and then his owner marked the spot on his GPS. Body found! Unbelievable.

I'm not feeling too hot and I ate so much this afternoon that it feels like I could give up food for lent and be fine. I'm going to sleep it off tonight and run it off tomorrow.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LVI].

It doesn't feel like the last update was yesterday. It's been a long, long few days...

There is a town here in Arkansas called Fifty-Six.

Well, well. Today has been amazing. My good friend, Dr Schilling, took me out to a range - his gun club, actually. We fired a whole lot of rounds for a long time. Five and a half hours, to be a little more accurate. I can't describe how good it was. I came home smelling of oil and gunpowder. A manly smell indeed.

For today:

It was hard to choose one photo as the one for today, but I think this one made it. I call this my 105-yard quarter. Because I hit it from 105 yards away. Apologies to my Oklahomies. It was the only quarter I had; nothing personal.

And a drawing, yaay. Not much effort went into this. I'm still fairly elated at both finishing Dogsword the other day and at also getting a mention and a favourite from his creator on Twitter! But yea, today was lacking somewhat in drawing.

On with some more photos!

Here are a few of the guns I was fortunate enough to use today. The pictures are from google, but they're pretty much the same as the ones my friend owns.

The Beretta 92 Inox. 9mm. This particular sidearm is issued to Military officers, I believe. Lovely to fire. Not a whole lot of recoil, but it lets you know it's not a .22 calibre pistol.

This is the Beretta 96 Vertec. .40 calibre. This is the sidearm issued to FBI personnel. It's got a bigger kick than the 9mm but it's still nice to fire. His model was the 1911 and the design is fantastic. It's safe to assume that it is a great design, seeing as though it's 101 years old.

And the FN PBR XP. Or something like that. A .308 rifle that's also issued to FBI personnel. My friend's rifle has a pretty nice scope and a bipod. This is what I hit the quarter with. Nearly took my arm off. Pretty big kick! I managed a 2.5 inch spread at 300 yards - I'm told that's pretty good, so I'll take it! I have no idea.

We also fired a very nice Beretta shotgun a whole lot. You can buy a big box of clay pigeons and a thrower for pretty cheap, so we had a good laugh shooting those for a while.

Then there was a little .22 rifle that we fired and a .22 pistol that we started the day with.

Talking of the .22 rifle:

I shot this shell from 36 feet. It sounds more impressive than 12 yards, but it's the same distance. This is a 9mm shell - about the same diameter as the hole I made in the quarter.

This is the photo that I was trying to decide between for the photo of the day. From 12 yards again - and with the .22 rifle again - I hit the primer on this 9mm shell. Had it been a live round, I would have fired two shots with one trigger squeeze!

I've had a really great day. It's been amazing to do something that's so everyday here. No-one thinks anything of taking a few guns down to the river bank or the range and shooting all day - for me it's something that is ridiculously exciting. I'm definitely making the most of it. My friend and I had a great time with a bit of friendly competition through the day. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

I'm going to sleep well tonight. It's been a great day and there are also no kiddos running round and crying and whining throughout the night. A quiet night is a nice night.


Friday, February 24, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LV].

Quick update.

For today:

Me next to my huge hand. It's in my room next to the drawing desk. I haven't drawn with graphite for long time.

Not as good as the drawing yesterday, but something at least. Here's a guy in the wind.

Well. I'm off to play hide and seek for another hour or so and then watch Spongebob for another two hours. After I've put certain little people in time out.

It's a nice practice for having kids, but it'll be a bit nicer with our own input for the first 3/5 years.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Update: Day [LIV].

So here's the finished piece that I've been working on for the past two days:

YAAAY! It's a finished Dogsword the Demolisher! I'm so happy with this. I'm having a great time using blocks of colour in photoshop over my biro line work. It's such a fun thing. I like leaving in the pens and deck floor (in this photo) and things like that. It just adds something to it, I think. I feel good. I might start on another piece.

Hope you like it.


[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LIV].

Apparently, Mountain Dew has 54 milligrams of caffeine. I don't look at numbers on the back of food - I just eat the food. Books are for reading, food is for eating. There are 54 coloured squares on a Rubik's cube.

A quick, blurry-photo update today; my wifey and I are off out to babysit for the next few days. Don't fear - I will be home during those days, so I can continue to update this blog for you.

For today:

My untidy workspace. The whole room took a long time to get sorted, so I saved this for today. Unfortunately we're off out for a few days, so there we go. I'll have to finish it on Monday...

I'm going to qualify this as a drawing again. I was touching up the tentacle and the hammer this morning. I'll be taking a smaller sketchbook with me to doodle in. The one I've drawn this in is the biggest in-use sketchbook I have, so it's somewhat cumbersome; especially when one is traveling.

That's today. Thanks for reading! I'm off to get some breakfast before we get to work. ... And by work I mean watch Spongebob for hours.


[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LIII].

53 is the atomic number of iodine. Pronounced "Eye-Oh-Deen". I think it's my favourite element, but I can't be sure.

I had a big ol' tidy up today. A load of dishes, a couple of loads of laundry, vacuuming the living room and completely tidying our bedroom. It looks like a completely different room and it's amazing and I love it again.

For today:

The pool this morning was like glass. It was beautiful. I keep referring to it as the pond because the next things to use it are going to be the bullfrogs. I can't wait. I really want some frog legs.

Dogsword the Demolisher. A quick doodle-type for the evening. A shoutout to Jouste - a man whom I have referred to before; I love his style and his character creations and back stories.

Check out his gallery here:

Lovely stuff.

I need to do this at an earlier time. In the evening I struggle to find background noise that doesn't outright distract me. I feel like mentioning it is giving it too much attention, but what is Jersey Shore doing on TV, what is it meant to be about and how do we stop it?

I realise people are all about gossip and controversy and reality TV and car crash television and whatever else they call it, but come on. Right now, I'm watching a girl take far too long to realise that there's a blender and a cookie tray on her bed. Now I think she's just passed out on the couch. Don't people get enough of this at university? I know I did and that was while I was doing my best to stay away from it. Goodness knows how much more people need if this is what they're into. I don't know any more. I think the stupid is contagious. I'm glad I don't have to review it. The thesaurus can only give me so many synonyms for idiot.

Buh. I'm going to bed. If there's a frying pan on there I'm going to get angry.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LII].

Taking into account upper case (majuscule) and lower case (minuscule) characters, there are 52 letters in the English alphabet.

Lots of driving today. Errands and all that. Chick-Fil-A for lunch, though. Very nice. If you're visiting the States, make sure you get to Chick-Fil-A. Their nuggets are incredible. As is their Chick-Fil-A sauce and Polynesian sauce. And sweet tea.

For today:

It's pancake day! Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, so it's date changes from year to year. It's when we use the last of our flour, eggs, milk and butter in preparation for the forty days before Easter. Although not that many people fast completely for those days, most give up one or two things. Chocolate, pop, Facebook, etc. Here, we had a lovely mix of cultures. Pancake day, yes. But with big ol' American pancakes and not the thinner, crepe type. Still with lemon and sugar, yes. But also with scrambled eggs and bacon. Great!

Another Monkey doodle. Just practicing different poses and whatnot. I've been trying to focus on the dolls at the moment, but it's nice to draw out some quick poses from time to time.

Watched the first two hours (precisely) of Kingdom of Heaven before; to finish Thursday evening (church tomorrow). At the moment, it's the first episode of the second season of Downton Abbey. Huzzah.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LI].

The P-51 Mustang was a WWII fighter aircraft. They apparently took down the second highest count of enemy aircraft in WWII.

Today was the big day - my wifey and I have just got back from doing a little swing dance at the High School pageant this evening. It was really great and we had a fantastic time. It was the first pageant I've been to, so it was fun for me to experience this part of the culture here. It was a great evening and I had a great time dancing with my wifey. The two of us, her mum and her sister all went to IHOP afterwards - a lovely end to the night. I found a new favourite drink there that I cannot remember the name of. A mix of fruit juices and soda. Or something.

For today:

A little picture of the dance. It was so much fun. My wifey and I just had a really great time dancing together. We didn't really care that there were other people in the room with us. It was incredible fun.

I like that my wide-angle lens is also a macro lens. With the lens extensions I have, I could get some really close wide-angle shots. This is another drawing of the monkey I did a few days ago. Different pose and all that. I might throw some colour on him when I have the chance. Tomorrow is going to be a day of Chiropractors, lunch and either chilling with friends in the evening or watching a film at home. Who knows?

I sent off for a Capt'n Crunch T-shirt a week or so ago. I still haven't heard anything. Hopefully it'll come through soon. I want to wear it back home and reenforce the idea that all Americans only ever eat Capt'n Crunch for breakfast.

Time for bed, methinks. I was watching Mudcats last night and it's amazing. I really want to go noodling. That aside; I dreamt last night that my arms were catfish. It was an odd dream.

Maybe I'll draw it...


Monday, February 20, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [L].

Day 50! In another 50 days I'll be able to use another single character. Roll on, day 100.

50 kph is the speed limit on roads in Australia that have unspecified limits. Around 30 miles an hour.

Yesterday's date was great! My wifey and I are so blessed. We've been saving up to go out to eat at Shoguns for a couple of months. Literally. I've just got my permission to work and I'm still waiting for a reply to applications and my wifey is called in sporadically to work, so income is up and down. Mostly down. Saving for this date has been something that we've been doing and looking forward to since we went to Shoguns last September/October.

I had made a reservation. This made me feel two things. Posh because I've never made a reservation before and safe because it was the weekend after Valentine's Day and I was now happy with the fact that no matter how many people turned up, we'd have a seat.

So we got there late... Only by five minutes, but it was packed out. We had a word with the guy on the reception and although our names were down, they hadn't put down that I wanted a place around the Hibachi, so that was a slight worry. We got called to our places within 5 minutes, though, so that was nice. And at the Hibachi.

We got sat next to a family that had just come from the Razorback's basketball game. They were a lovely family - out to celebrate one of their daughter's birthdays (which was the day before), with another daughter having a birthday the day after. There were seven of them altogether, the mum and dad, their two daughters and three friends of the daughter with a birthday the day before.

The meal started and the guy came to the grill to start cooking for us. It was really nice. In a room of maybe 160 people, he recognised me from when my wifey and I went months before! Made me feel all warm-like. The guy next to me offered us a bite of his appetiser which was pretty good.

The meal progressed in the usual manner one does when eating with complete strangers - we talked on and off about the smaller matters of the evening, about how this restaurant has sister restaurants in the town they're from, etc. The usual talk, but just really pleasant.

Several times throughout our eating, the house lights went down - along with the tranquility of the place - and gave rise to strobing lights and a tune from the charts. Ugh. I think that sentence aged me. It was for individuals who were there celebrating a birthday. They were given a complimentary plate of mostly cream and everyone within earshot of the following shout-out request half-heartedly cheered happy birthday.

Well, the time came for this man's daughter to have her moment which I was actually quite excited about. They were on the same table and they were all really nice folks, so it was pretty exciting to wait for it. The man signaled the waiter and told him to bring over two extra plates for my wifey and me. Really nice! His wife cut the pretty sizable two-tier cake and dished it out. I got about a quarter of the top tier. Far too much to finish!

We chatted a little more and the waiter came over and presented this guy with the bill. I leaned forward to get ours and the waiter told me that he'd be back with it in a few minutes. Then he came round behind me and told me quietly that the guy we'd been sat next to had paid for us!

To say we couldn't believe it would be somewhat dishonest. We know our God is a God of huge blessing. It was so, so kind of this guy and his wife to pay for our meal and to share their cake. God blesses us in many ways and through people is one of those ways. This guy was a Godsend and after wishing us a pleasant night and receiving many thanks, he popped into the limo waiting for them outside and they went on their way.

It was an amazing night. God is so good! I know to a lot of people it's only a little thing, but to us it was huge. We'd been looking forward to it a lot and it was a sacrifice that we'd made in order to go. We wanted to invest the time into each other and spend time together in a date setting. It was amazing!

Anyway. That was last night.
For today:

My wifey and I had a practice for our swing dance this afternoon. The High School pageant is tomorrow night and the queens of the past years are going to be there performing. My wifey and I are swing dancing (thanks to youtube, for the most part). I'm really nervous, but after the practice this afternoon I'm a lot more confident. There's a whole lot more room up on this stage than there is in the living room at home!

A new creature for my game. It only has two feet, but they're razor sharp and he kicks real good. He's heavily armoured and is only vulnerable when he's in the air, but it's when he's in the air that you're in danger. Usually a scavenger, but known to actively hunt slower prey, they get very protective over two things - their food and their eggs.

I've had a great day. I'm going to draw a little bit more tonight and chill out with my wifey some more :)


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Still day 49, a bit of sad news.

I wanted to post this separately because it's not a happy post. 16 year old Angela Allen was a girl from Van Buren who started talking to - and eventually meeting up with - a complete stranger online. This stranger was a very dangerous man and sadly, the girl was killed and dumped off this road just outside our town.

It's surreal - the other night I dropped my sister-in-law off at her friend's house not even 5 miles from this spot. I thought "Oh, cool. Police cars and things. I wonder what's going on." It was pretty sobering to turn on the news when I got back home.

Being in such a small town (under 2,000 people) is much different than what I'm used to, after having graduated from a university that had a population of around 30,000; and that's just the university - not the whole city that it's in. Here, the man who's been arrested for this horrific crime isn't someone who someone else somewhere in the city must somehow know; he's an acquaintance of a friend! Everything and everyone is just so close that it's a much more shocking. Not that this wouldn't be devastating in any other community, but it's almost as if the more people there are in a community, the more shock absorption there seems to be.

I'm lost for words. I don't know what to say - I don't even know if I've written this in a coherent or respectable manner. I just worry because it's so close to home geographically but also, now, emotionally. Since getting married, I have acquired - if you will - a little sister that I can now be protective of and it's great, but after coming from a home of just me and brothers, it's just odd to have that sense of protectiveness, you know? I don't feel that way about my brothers, but they're lads. They're less likely to get taken advantage of by the opposite sex. It's just weird. I don't know what else to say.

I guess this: be careful! I know that there are still going to be people who talk to strangers online and there will still be people who think it's a great idea to meet up with them. Even more so in secret, right? Don't be stupid. Just think about what you're doing. This girl made a silly mistake and has paid for it with her life. Don't do the same thing! Don't think that it can't happen to you. Don't think that this is a shame but you're different. That's what she thought. She didn't plan on this happening. She didn't want this to happen.

At the moment - until we have a little girl of our own - the only girl I can talk to like this is my sister-in-law with my wifey. I just hope that you who may read this will pass it on. Just think about what you're doing. It's not worth it. Don't be stupid. Don't even think that you can know all you need to know about someone by talking to them for long enough online. It's frustrating that there will still be people - despite this happening - that think they're the exception to the rule and they'll do it, too.

I don't know what to say. Just don't be silly. I'm rambling. This tragedy could have been avoided and I just hope that with it comes a lesson to you who may think you're the exception and you who may think it's not going to happen to you because it very well could.

I'm sure you get my point. I'm going to leave it there.

Sorry to ramble, thanks for putting up with it.


[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLIX].

The San Francisco 49ers are so called because of the nickname given to the participants of the 1849 California Gold Rush. I wrote that yesterday but then remembered yesterday was day 48.

For today:

My hair for tonight. I thought I'd try something new... It's DATE NIGHT and we're going to...

SHOGUNS! I can't wait.

Quickest post ever.

I'm going on a date with my wifey :D


Saturday, February 18, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLVIII].

The States excluding Alaska and Hawaii are collectively known as the 48 contiguous States.

For today:

We went round town for a little while this morning running errands and drove past the university's entrance, outside which this spectacular sculpture stands. Really nice. We were out for most of the morning and then I grabbed a little bit of lunch with a few friends. My wifey was a bit poorly-sick, so we had a nice afternoon chilling out and feeling better :)

Yea, we chilled out for the afternoon. I think this is the earliest bed time I've had for years. It's only 8:45. Early morning then, I guess! We're shattered.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLVII].

In the film Super 8, the film that Charles is trying to create takes place - in part - in Warehouse 47.

It's been a pretty good day. I've been drawing and that's about it. I had breakfast first, but the day has been about the pen and the photoshop. Pretty happy with it. All I need to focus on now is taking less time in photoshop. It's been hours. But I still like it.

For today:

This is what is waiting for me now. Plenty of application forms for almost every business in Lavaca. I've handed a couple in already, so I have these left. Fun.

Here's the finished monkey from yesterday. I had a well good time drawing this up. No weapons; just a broom... (the huge sword is out of the picture at the top). Leaving the pen in the picture is a little tribute to the guy I'm going to post below. But first:

The hours-long colouring project from this morning and a couple of hours of this afternoon. Pretty happy with it. I normally cross-hatch to shade or whatever, but I decided to try and be disciplined this time and only make the lines, leaving the shading to photoshop. I don't know if it's paid off, but hey, it's always good to try new things.

Here it is! This is by 't-wei' over at deviantART. I love the way he just takes photos of his line work and colours it in photoshop without editing out the surrounding pens, fingers and sketchbook edges. It doesn't detract from the movement and energy of his drawings, rather, it adds character to his pieces in a lovely way.

Here's the link to his gallery:

I have a filter on there and I noticed two of the images on his first page - at present - are blocked, so apologies for boobs if that's what the images contain. It's either that/those or gore. So another sorry for that if that's what's there.

Speaking of; it seems as though I'm constantly being followed by scantily-clad womenbots on Twitter. Is this common for all guys out there? There's nothing I post about that I can imagine they'd be picking up with a filter, so it baffles me. Three today, I think. Report, report, report :)

Hope your day is going great. It's nice to have been somewhat productive!
Thanks for reading.


[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLVI].

There are 46 books in the Old Testament. I'm currently reading the first book of Samuel and it's amazing. Did you know Goliath's armour weighed 125 pounds?! And the head of his spear alone was 15 pounds. He wore scaled armour - I'd imagine it to look like the old Captain America style - sort of feathery. But bronze, not feathers.

For today:

I finished off a doll that I've made for my Grandma-in-law. It's her birthday today, but I haven't been able to get to see her, so I'm hanging onto it for the next time I do. I'm pretty happy with the hat. The hats are really simple to make. It sort of makes me want to make hats for all of my dolls from now on, but then I'd run out of socks... (The hats are made out of socks).

The start of my Monkey. I'm not sure whether to give him a huge sword or a broom. He doesn't talk and his face is more of a mask than a face. I'll tell you more about him once I've drawn it.

Short and sweet today. Thank you again for reading.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLV].

A footy match is two halves of 45 minutes. Also, I fired a .45 handgun and it nearly took my hands off. Nearly.

Straight to it.
For today:

My wifey and I were at the mall doing some Valentine's Day chilling out together. As one gentleman passed us, he shouted "SUPERMAAAAAN!" I smiled and said "Yeea."

(The photo I wanted to post here didn't save to the card on the camera. Because the card for the camera was left in the house this morning... It was just a picture of outside. After the snow day yesterday, today's sun and T-shirt weather was something of a stark contrast.)

I tried to draw the dog with my eyes closed. I think I did a great job. I really caught the sparkle in his eyes.

In other news, the university I graduated from last June (2011) - the University of Central Lancashire - is using one of my drawings in the title banner of their Games Design gallery page! I'm well happy. I didn't even know until I decided to browse their blog to see what's going on there at the moment. Yea, my images has been flipped and altered somewhat... and it was just a quick doodle of a character to get an idea for it, but I'm still really happy that my work has been chosen out of the class of maybe 50 other people!

Tomorrow is apply for more jobs day. I'll be filling in forms and getting them to several places around the town.

I also want to start learning how to crochet. But that's an aside.

Also also, now that this has arrived at it's destination, I can reveal it to the masses. This was for my good friend Phil. A four-armed rabbit man. I also sent him a little wire man and a handful of tootsie rolls. I'm glad they got there.

Time for bed.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLIV].

It's my 100th post! Happy Blogday.

+44 is the international dial code for the UK. I like it because I use it a lot. Also, Barrack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

Today has been fairly slow. I made a doll and I posted some things on another blog -

For today:

SNOW DAY! That's right. If I went to or worked at the school, I would have had today off. And I wouldn't have had to have acted ill, either! Fantastic. It rained a few hours after this photo was taken, but hey. It was here long enough for school to cancel. And to start an hour later tomorrow. Good stuff.

A doodle for my Box o' Reference. It's not as big as the one I have back home, but it's always good to have something like this. Just a box - any size you want - filled with the torn or cut out images from magazines and things that you think you could find useful in the future. I had loads of magazines that I hadn't read for a couple of years and I knew that the only reason I had them was because there was some really good reference images. Either photographs, concept art, game art, etc. I figured I wasn't going to read year-old articles about games that were coming out that have now been out for a while, so I started to go through these piles of magazines and save the smaller, lighter images I wanted as opposed to the whole, bigger and more weighty magazines.

It's time for bed. There's a whole lot of hope that it's going to snow tomorrow. And that's tiring.


Monday, February 13, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLIII].

+43 is the international dial code for Austria. I've done an international dialing code fact before, but it was either this one or a presidential one. And I didn't want to do a president-related fact two days in a row...

It's been a pretty full-on day. At least I think it has been. My wifey assures me it's been a normal Sunday.

For today:

The photo I took with my camera disrupted or something, so unfortunately I can't present you with another picture of one of the dogs sleeping on the couch. Instead, here's my somewhat aged wristband from the conference that really needs to come off my arm.

I call this piece 'No Dice'. It's a representation of the time I've had to draw this weekend.

I really hope I can make it through the year! It's going to be hard and I'm just a bit worried about getting stressed out by this project. It's quite a demand, but I'm going to do my best. As long as I can find a more decent hour to make my posts, I think I'll be able to manage.

I know, I know, I said that I was going to share more about the guys I mentioned yesterday, but I really need some sleep. My wifey and I are going to be hanging out with the Master's Commission students tomorrow, so we're having to be up early in order to leave with her mum in the morning.

Thank you for reading and hanging on in there. I truly appreciate your time.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XLII].

Apparently on Facebook chat, you can type in ':42:' and it will appear as a white number in a red box. This is only the case with the number 42.

My wifey and I have just got back from Genesis Conference and it was amazing! It was an incredible couple of days and we are so blessed because of it. We've met a load of incredible people and had the honour and privilege of hearing some phenomenal speakers.

The speakers included:
Elijah Tindall.
Jared Hall.
Pastor John Gray.
Craig Gross.
David Tyree.
Josh Mayo.

I will put more detail in tomorrow's post as to who these people are - we just need to get to bed because we're exhausted!

For today:

This was OneBand leading worship this evening. Every single member of the team did a fantastic job in helping us all to worship. It's not about the band and it's easy to tell that they know that. They worship and play their hearts out and it's both refreshing to see and encouraging to be part of.

It's a drawing. I've been taking notes all day.

I'm off to bed. I'll have more time tomorrow to tell you what went on last night and today, but I just can't at the moment :)