Saturday, March 31, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [XC].

Day 90! Great stuff.

For today:

My father-in-law's new bike. Really nice. He got it second hand and it's in really good shape. The guy before not only took really good care of it but added a good amount of after-market accessories and things. Saddle bags, wonderful seat, comfortable grips on the handlebars. That sort of stuff. Nice and big, too!

I drew out a price guide for my dolls again. Happier with this one. Check it out and get ordering!

Just got back from a great night out with my wifey, her brother and sister and her brother's girlfriend. My wifey watched October Baby at the cinema and we watched Wrath of the Titans. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Then we went out to eat at the greasiest spoon ever - Benson's Grill. Lovely stuff. I'm off to brush my teeth and burn the toothbrush.


Friday, March 30, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXIX].

I went to a great bike shop today to pick up my father-in-law's new motorbike. We met with my brother-in-law on the way so he could drive it home. Long story short, we didn't get it today - we're going to get it tomorrow.

It's an amazing bike.

Also today - this isn't my photo, so it's not going to count towards the day - I found one of these:

It is an Eastern Worm snake and I only wish I had found it before the cat did. Maybe next time. It is fossorial; which means it is adept at burrowing and spends a lot of the time on its own either underground or in dark, damp conditions.

But for my photos:

I figured this was the store version of Nando's back home. Nando's is a mostly-chicken restaurant back home that I miss a whole lot. This store sold mostly chicken, so I thought it good to get a photo of it.

A rough idea of how I'm going to draw out the pricing list for my facebook page. Not as good as I've drawn before, but I'll try again another time. From left to right; normal, big ears, big hands, tail and cordyceps. Cordyceps is a more of a joke - look it up. It's a fungus that takes over the insides of an insect before rooting it down and smashing through it's husk before sporing again. Buh. Ants that exhibit symptoms of the fugal infection are physically removed from the colony and left on their own to expire. It's freaky.

That's it for today. I'm super stoked to have found that snake - more so because it's nonvenomous and I want to catch one...

I love snakes.

Ugh. I don't know what snake it is any more. It's either a rough earth snake, smooth earth snake or an eastern worm snake. Either way it's cute and I want one.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXVIII].

The International Astronomical Union says that there are 88 constellations in the sky. I'm not going to argue with them.

Space Shuttle Mission 88 (STS-88) began the construction of the International Space Station back in 1998.

88 days is the approximate timeline for Mercury to complete it's orbit.

A space-themed fact nugget deposit today.

There are so many more, though. I'll share a few of the highlights, if I may:
88 mm is the length of a standard playing card.
There are 88 keys on a piano (36 black, 52 white).
The QBU-88 (or Type-88) is a Chinese sniper rifle.
Eighty-eight is the name of a town in Kentucky.
88 mph is the speed that the DeLorean has to get to in order to travel through time.

And also, my little brother Nathan was born in 1988. Speaking of... Check him out. Proud of the guy :)

I was honoured to be able to talk at church tonight. It was really fun, even though I've been stressing out over the past couple of days! I love God and I love being able to share from the Bible. It's great fun and I just love it!

It's been a pretty good day:

This little guy is setting up shop in the corner of the porch. No. He won't be doing that for much longer.

The progress shot of a mural I'm working on. I'm getting excited about it. I can't wait to get covered in paint and pastel when I get stuck in a bit more! It's nice and big, too. I haven't worked on anything this big for a while.

Well. Time for my wifey to pinterest while I watch the American Office (the one that's not as good as the original Office).


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXVII].

The Swiss Army Knife in the Guinness Book of Records has 87 tools. I don't think anyone needs that many in their entire garage, let alone their pocket.

Also, there were 87 years between the signing of the U.S Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg; hence Lincoln's speech starting thusly; "Fourscore and seven years ago..."

And then there's Vault 87 in Fallout 3 which is pretty important but I haven't got there yet so don't spoil it for me.

For today:

Just finished watching a documentary about Elmo! Or the creator of him, Kevin Clark. Really nice guy. I freaking love puppetry when I do it but I rarely get the chance and the fact that I haven't been making them since I was 8 sort of puts me into the mindset that it's too late to do anything with it :( I love bringing them to life though. Man. I once played a drummer and I was lying behind a drum set in church with the puppet up at the set. My arms were so sore but it was so much fun! Also, it's dark but there's the bottom of my robe! I love it. Very warm, though.

The drawing in the middle is the one for today. I've nearly finished this double page, so I'm just skimming round looking for spaces to fill. I quite like this one, so I think I'll keep on drawing it out.

Tomorrow I'm going to be drawing out a pricing chart for my dolls. Whether I do it in photoshop or good old pen I've yet to decide, but do it I must. If people are going to order things it's going to be beneficial for them to know how much it's going to cost...


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXVI].

I was born in 1986.

To 86 something means to either 'be out of' or to ban from somewhere. Which is used in pop culture more than I thought. Project 86 - a band that I like - uses this meaning as the basis of their name and (I assume) Agent 86 in the film Get Smart was probably a play on that. Also, the civilian evacuation procedure in Forbidden Planet is detailed in paragraph 86a. Also also, a US passport applicant used the form DS-86 to cancel their passport application. I will have to use this number in a game or something. This is too cool.

86 is also the capital (majuscule) letter V in ASCII character encoding. So now starts the detective work to find all references to this letter in all films everywhere.

For today:

My little sketchbook friend. It's taking a long, long time to fill it, but I'm enjoying a leisurely work pace in it. I have a few more sketchbooks around, so I fill them too.

And an ant doodle. I've been typing and mowing the lawn and things today. Went for a walk with my wifey this evening which was lovely.

I have a sore throat and it's rubbish. I makes me want to stay in bed which is silly because I can still use my legs, so there's no need to stay in bed. I'm tired.

My wifey and I have started watching The Office and I love it. I've seen a load of episodes before, but we've started from the pilot episode tonight. Got to the end of the third episode. That one was the funniest so far. My my.

Bed time.


Monday, March 26, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXV].

A85 is the Dutch Defense in the Encyclopedia of Chess. Apparently. 85 is also the ISBN group identifier for books published in Brazil. And then there's the EF 85mm, which is a camera lens by Canon.

Well today, my wifey and I had been invited by our friends to their dog training group. The group trains up search and rescue dogs and cadaver dogs. Loads of really nice people and their dogs were super friendly. It was my task to run and hide in the woods and wait until the dogs found me. An hour later - and three searches - I remained unfound; thus I title myself Hide and Seek Champion 2012. I felt great to have been able to hide from search and rescue dogs, but also a little sad when their owners kept apologising and a little scared because now I don't want to get lost for real. It was such a fun afternoon, though. I took a few videos on my wifey's camera, so I'll put them up some time. I'm thinking of merging my video blog into this one, starting with putting my old videos up every now and then. It was a fun blog to do, but I think it's about time to bring them together and better share life in one blog*.

Also, I haven't got the RAM I need to make my computer smart enough to run the software that I have. Which is GREAT. Once that's up and running, I'll be able to process and edit the videos I took nearly two years ago... Posting the videos from my other blog onto here will also mean I have a bit of time to get the unedited videos edited and postable.

For today:

A screenshot/'photo' from one of the videos I shot while I was running from the dogs. It was pretty exciting.

This is where I hid. Sort of. I just ran as much as I could through the woods for a few minutes and then once I found a suitable group of trees, I just sat there and waited. And waited. And waited. It was pretty cool. At two points, I heard twigs snapping and leaves rustling, but the dogs stayed out of sight. The first one scared a huge turkey out of the bushes! I didn't know it was a turkey at the time - I thought it was a big ol' hawk. Flippin' huge!

My wifey and I are just watching the videos I made while I was hiding. I'm a terrible videographer. Especially when I'm pointing in the direction I think my face is when I can't actually see my face.

Saying that, running the camera at church this morning was amazing! Really good fun and pretty exciting.

Life is good.


*I have several blogs - a couple are dormant, a couple are active. One of them serves as a different outlet. I'm enjoying that one, even if I am a couple of weeks behind with the challenge I'm doing at the moment..!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXIV].

There is a town in Pennsylvania called Eighty Four.

It's been a great day. We helped clean the house, got a few groceries, took the dogs to a dog park, went to the circus and then to our friends' house to clean a bit.

I'd have some amazing photos from the dog park but after taking 15 or so photos, I saw that I'd left my memory card at home. So we'll just have to go back there.

For today:

A tiger! We missed the act at the beginning with them, but we got to see them being led away. This one was put on display during the break, so I got a few cheeky snaps of it.

It was either the tiger photo or this one. This guy - Angel - was a juggler (and a fantastic one at that) in the first half of the afternoon. He came on with his dad and his sister for the final act - the Russian Swing (I think). He was launched - quite impressively - several times and the final launch saw him jump through this hoop.

Sort of a 'casualty from the pool' drawing again, but more of a 'casualty from the side of the pool because I squashed it' this time. This is the sort of ant I have grown up reading about and looking at in books that talk about soldier ants and nasty bites, so I squashed it. Because it's the only one in the world, right?


I'm running a camera at church tomorrow. I'm really excited, but also very nervous and needing sleep.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXIII].

In Judaism, when someone turns 83, they can have a second Bar Mitzvah. This is because the first Bar Mitzvah is celebrate at 13, when they become men. Since the Torah says that 70 years is the 'normal' lifespan, their age essentially resets, so at 83 - 13 years after the end of their normal lifespan - they can have another Bar Mitzvah. Something like that, anyway.

I saw Hunger Games with my wifey and her sister and her sister's friend - I'll talk a bit about it later, so if you don't want spoilers, don't read the book.

For today:

The top of my amazing new dressing gown ('robe' for you, American). It's 4XL and it's hooded. It's the best dressing gown I've ever seen. I see two things - me and my wifey fitting in it at the same time watching a films and me sitting in it playing Call of Duty when I have a morning off. Lovely.

I call this 'Meeeeeuuurrrrrrhhh'. It's been a full day of making dollar bill butterflies and running round making appointments and going to see Hunger Games. Drawing took a back seat today, but here's a thing.

Hunger Games was pretty great! I was fully expecting it to end sooner than it did, but then I've not read the book. It was really great apart from one thing that I've noticed about quite a few films of late.

I'm talking shakey-cam. Steadicam rigs make filming smooth and fluid. Recording footage without one does not. When the focus of the film becomes trying to keep up with who is who and what they're doing - as opposed to how an event is unfolding and how well choreographed it is (or could be) - then there's something wrong. When it was first being used, the shakey, in-there-with-the-action, looks-like-it-was-a-handheld-camcorder shots were interesting because - as something new - it made you think that yea, being there and doing that would give you that feeling of uncomfortable, maybe unpredictable movement. Now, though, I find it a bit of a cop out - the technique one would go to to mask a lack of choreography or even boredom - Heaven forbid we see a steady shot of someone running through the woods.

The one thing that makes it worse is that among the shaking and blurred shots of the trees or whatever else is round there, half of the shots are of the camera coming into and going out of focus. It felt as if half of the film was shot by High Schoolers on work experience. "Zoom in, Craig." ... "Too far. Zoom out a little bit." ... "No, that's just a bit too far. You know what? Let's call it a day. Time's tight and you're going back to school tomorrow. If I don't get round to shooting this scene again, I still have this."

But that being said, it was a pretty great film and worth the time. If the chance to see it again comes along I may well take it. It makes me want to watch Battle Royale. It's a cleaner, lower-rated version which was nice. And I appreciated the fact that there were no guns - just good old fashioned spears and bows and arrows and knives and things.

I'm not sure how much of that would be considered a spoiler, so I'll go ahead and make an alert at the top...

Done. Ha.


Friday, March 23, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXII].

A more productive day than the last few days, but alas - whenever I make a list of things to do (like this morning); even though it makes me more productive than normal, I feel less productive if I don't get everything on that list done. But hey.

For today:

The tadpoles are growing by the day and it's pretty cool to see. There's a toad that's staking out one of the corners of the pool but apart from that, these little guys are the only things in the pool.

A finished shieldsmith. Still nameless, though. He's pictured here with a few items that he uses fairly regularly. A bit of colour some time will be nice to get done.

I've also been making a load of origami butterflies out of dollar bills. I've had 77 ordered, so my fingernails are getting green because of scoring the bills so much. Ugh.

A day out in the town tomorrow. I'm so excited - I'm exchanging some pants for a kick-ace robe. I'll post a picture of that tomorrow. It's amazing and I hope they have some left...


Thursday, March 22, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXXI].

I eventually got a recording of the frogs, so I hope it's clear enough for ye:

Memo 1 1:05

Oh. Copy paste doesn't work like that.

Let's try that again:

And I won't see until I post this whether that works. So I hope it does.

For today:

My father-in-law shaved the puppy this morning. Not the leave-the-head-and-legs-so-it-looks-like-he-has-pants shaved, but fully shaved. The puppy looks pretty hilarious.

Another character. A shieldsmith. Not yet finished; he only has three arms and basic line work. But I like it so far. I'm going to try and do something new (for me) tomorrow, so stay tuned, I guess! I'm semi-excited about it; I'm a little sleepy right now.

Let's see if this sound thing worked.
(Edit: Nope. I'll try something else).
(Edit again: Hopefully that's done it).


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXX]. Post two. Bigger title.

So instead of editing my last post, I thought I'd just make a new post.

My wifey's voice recorder on her phone is full of sermons from the conference last week, so I'm going to charge my phone up and see if I can use the app. tomorrow. I just want to record the sound of the rain and the frogs in the evening. It's a beautiful sound.

So here we go - the drawings from today:

It's the new character from the other day with a new trap and an unfortunate Grimion. Continuity flaws aside, I'm pretty happy with it because it was a quick doodle that just developed a bit.

A bit of detail from below the character there. He can be equipped with a few big, long poles for setting traps. He can use them as makeshift lances should he need to clear a bit of space around him, but they are primarily used like the doodle on the right. Driven into the ground, the poles are long enough that the creatures caught don't pull them out and they are flexible enough that they don't break when they are pulled on.

I think I'll have a look at making some sort of attachment for it that will make it more effective as a lance/halberd.

My wifey and I were just watching a bit of 'Off Limits' - a show about places in America that people don't know about and/or aren't allowed to get to. It's such a great show! Makes me want to get back into looking at Urbex!

It's bed time. I really want to be productive tomorrow because so far this week, productivity has taken a back seat. I don't like that feeling at all.


[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXX].

Today has been really rainy, so we haven't done much at all. My wifey and I have been hoping to go and help out some friends again this week, but as I'd be helping out outside, the rain isn't making it too easy.

My Granny-in-law lost her brother a few days ago and the funeral was today. My wifey, her sister and I didn't make it to the service because it was a while away, but we all gathered at my Granny-in-law's house afterwards. That's how it goes over here when there's a funeral. Everyone cooks up food and gathers together for fellowship. We eat and talk and spend time together and it's really great. Proper country cooking - fried chicken, green beans and bacon, mashed potatoes, cornbread, chocolate cake, chocolate trifle and sweet tea. Good food with good family is the best way to surround yourself with people.

I'll edit this post in a bit with the drawing from today. For now, here's the photo:

I call this 'Pardon the hair.' First toad! I found him under the cover that we have on the pool at the moment. There's a video of it, too. Croaking and chirruping. Pretty sweet.

As I said, I'll edit this again in a bit and post up a picture from the day.

Just now, we're watching Superman and I'm about to tidy my room with my wifey.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXIX].

79 is the atomic number of gold. Gold is pretty nice. One of my dreams is to go to Colorado with my wifey and pan for gold. I really want to do that.

It's been a nice day. The first day of Spring Break - a storm rolled by this morning but didn't really get close. It's been pretty humid all day so cleaning the house was a bit harder than usual. Still; it's nice to do something with the day!

I've also had a nice bit of time to draw. I'm working on a mural for a good friend, so that's been great to work on. At the same time, I try to keep a bit of my drawing time to one side.

For today:

I wanted to get a photo of the light coming from the city but the autofocus on the camera wasn't able to get a sharp shot and, therefore, wouldn't take a picture. So I set it to manual focus, hoping that the autofocus had at least done something. But not really. So it's blurry, but I quite like it. It's the light from over in Fort Smith.

A new idea for a character type in my game. I've drawn a lot more since taking this photo, so I'm going to throw them into photoshop and colour them in. They only consist of a couple of colours, so hopefully it won't take too long...

For this week's inspirational posting, here's a guy who goes by the name ShwingityShwonShwei. As one does. His work is either a bit odd or exceptional, so it's hit and miss. I love the fact that his work is small enough to see and recognise the pixels in the images.
Here's one of his pieces:

I love his colours, I love his ideas, I love his designs. I think this guy's work is great!

Check him out at

I'm going to throw up these drawings in photoshop and see what I can do.


Monday, March 19, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXVIII].

Happy Mother's Day to all you English mums. My mum is the best in the world, so sorry that yours is second.

For today, I have one of my 19 photo/drawing combos, so here you go:

I'm really happy with this character. I originally started to draw it as another enemy in a game I'm drawing up, but as he progressed, I wanted him to be a good guy. So here he is - the fourth option that the player has as a character to control for the game.

It's been a pretty good weekend. Not the best, because my wifey was away visiting her brother in Missouri. But it was good. I feel like a big ol' waste of time because I went into bachelor mode and played Call of Duty at a friend's house for hours! But church was great this morning, I worked out this afternoon and my wifey came home this evening, so it's looking up!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXXI - LXXVII].

Hello again. I've missed you so.

I think it was a good thing that I missed the last few days - better miss a few days now than to worry too much about missing a day or two when we fly home later this year.

It's been an amazing week! God really spoke to my wifey and I and just broke our hearts. The worship at the conference was incredible - led in the evenings by the Desperation Band. The speakers included Judah Smith, Perry Noble, Andy Stanley, Mark Batterson, Robert Madu and Reggie Dabbs. Top notch, big time high quality speakers and communicators right there. I signed up for the podcasts of most of them upon our return. Amazing week; amazing people; amazing God. The guys we went with were so great - every single one of them passionate about the God we serve. It was a pivotal few days and I loved it!

Saying that, it was an intense few days and it pretty much merged into one big day - especially Sunday to Monday. 13 hours overnight on a bus will mess your days up. Add to that the fact that we crossed the time zone, so we lost another hour (lost one on Sunday, lost another one on Sunday night. Bleh). So here are the photos in some semblance of order:

Lunch on the way. My wifey did a great job fooding us up for the trip. Snacks and lunchables and chocolate. Lovely.

Artsy shot of the guitar on stage.

Brilliant. I think we were in Mississippi at this point. There was also a Corinth on the way home.

One of the busier junctions on the way home. There's a lot of road over here. Not always that many cars, though.

Beautiful sunset on the way home. We didn't get back too late, so it was nice being able to look around and see Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. ... they're pretty samey.

I thought this was interesting. I'm no pilot, but I know that these planes are way too close together. Far closer than they should be.

They're here! There is a nice load of frogspawn in the pool now. All I have to do is wait for them to hatch!

Here's the first and only frog in the pool at the moment. He looks pretty big. I'll catch him and take a better photo sometime this week.

And a very nice bird that came and perched on the branch above my head while I was trying to get a photo of the frog. I figured I'd try and get it.

I have drawn every day, but I haven't got the photos. I've got a drawing that I'm going to bring into photoshop now and colour. I'm very happy with it.

Talk again soon. Thanks for coming back!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXX].

The French don't have a word for the number 70. They just say Sixty-Ten. The other countries that speak French, however (Belgium, Switzerland, Aosta Valley and Jersey), do.

I've also just learnt a lot about Jersey.

We went and helped out our friends today. My wifey cleaned their kitchen a bit and I helped put up some sort of overflow guard to keep in the smaller fish that they've just restocked their pond with. I also shot a turtle because they're one of three predators that are going to be eating the fish that these people have just paid hundreds of dollars for. Picked him off from 60 yards or so.

For today:

Just thought I'd snap a shot of their dog's pawprint on the way out. It's pretty big. I'm not sure which dog this was from - probably their Great Dane/Doberman mix. Yea. It's a dog you don't want to mess with.

Here's a drawing of the fence/fish strainer that we made. It was easier to make than it was to draw, so there's something.

For the next five days, I may not be able to post anything here. It's a huge shame because I was wanting to be able to post something once a day, but really, we'll be fine. I'm going to be drawing and dating my drawings, so that I can show you what I've been doing. If I can find an internet connection, I'll do my best to post something - even if it is without description or explanation. I'll do my best, but I'm not going to worry if I can't do it. What I'll have to worry about is getting back into the habit after the 5 days is over... I'm sure I'll be fine.

Hopefully I'll post tomorrow, but if I don't see you until Friday, have a great week! Thank you so much for reading; I hope you'll continue to find my posts at least slightly entertaining.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXIX].

The Roman Numeral representation of the number 69 is LXIX. Safe.

All I've done today is clean the house. That's all. Oh. And watch this:

Actually, before I started to clean this morning, I spent far too long watching various MW3 videos. Whether it was most ridiculous shot of the week, top 5 killcams of the week, etc. It was pretty fun, although one of the top 5 killcams videos was all no-scope/quick scope. Which I personally think is stupid and kick-offable. For those who don't play or do and don't know what this is, it's when people arm themselves with sniper rifles and go to aim down the sights but stop aiming just before they actually look down them and fire at the same time. When you slow it down to see the kills, you can see that for some reason, they don't really have to hit anything near their target. I saw someone hit a big dumpster at one end, while killing the opposing player at the other. If he'd taken the time to aim properly and made the same shot, he wouldn't have done anything. It was better in Black Ops, but the Modern Warfare series (two and three, anyway) haven't seemed to get their heads around ironing it out. Which is a shame. I never like leaving games.

Anyway. That was a highly unproductive hour.

For today:

The clean house! It's all I did, so I wanted to show you. Lots of polishing, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, spraying and vacuuming. I'm so tired. It took all day.

Yea, this is my day in picture form. Almost. My legs aren't that skinny.

Well, that's all for today. We're packing for Atlanta tomorrow, so that's going to be fun. I'm going to see if there's a blog app for my wifey's phone so I can keep y'all updated over the week. If not, I'll be drawing and dating the work so you can see there's one for every day and I'll be taking loads of pictures anyway, so I'll have more than one to pick for which day we're out there. I can't wait. We're so blessed to be able to go.

For now, though. Bed time.


Friday, March 9, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXVIII].

Apparently, 68ºF is the ideal temperature for developing Black and White film.

Well, there's been a whole lot of rain today. It's been so nice seeing the creeks and rivers flowing fast and the ponds and lakes filling up fast. Although I hope my friends' pond is ok - they just stocked it and we're worried that it's going to have overflowed to the nearby creek, losing them their tiny fish :s But then with the overflow comes bigger fish from the other side of the bank. We might have to get us some gar is they've got in. Horrible fish.

The downside of the flooding is that we had to drive through some huge puddles. One of which broke the shield for the engine on the bottom of the car... So we took it to C&H to get it fixed... and they kindly changed our tires and tried to send us on our way. Once we told them that we had gone there to get the bottom of the car fixed, they did their best (or something) and we went home. I haven't checked it yet but something tells me that it's not much better as my fix-up job. I got some duct tape and twisted it into some sort of rope and tied the broken pieces up securely so we could drive the car to C&H. I've learnt me some redneck skills, have I.

For today:

I'm not sure how clear it is from this picture, but they sky was an odd yellow colour before. I think I've seen something like this before and it was just before a pretty big thunderstorm. We had thunder rolling by after this one, but nothing close. Not as close as this morning - the thunder was shaking the house! Pretty cool.

I call this "Dun Fixed. C&H." That is all.

Today saw my wifey and I go to the Immigration Office for my Green Card interview. It went really well and really quickly! I was a bit disappointed at how quick it went because I've been really nervous about it for the past few days! Oh well. I won't complain. The last thing they need to do has something to do with a visa that was issued to me for my exchange year in Missouri. Something about not being allowed to live in the States for two years afterwards or something like that. I don't know. I'm sure they'll sort it out, whatever it is. All we have to do is wait. Some more. ...


Thursday, March 8, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXVII].

A few things that I found interesting about the number 67: There are 67 counties in Florida, 67 counties in Alabama and 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Also, *67 is (apparently) a common prefix code for blocking caller-ID information on the subsequent call. In the States, anyway. I forget what it is for back home.

Took the puppy and the cat to the vet this morning. Cat's got a bad scratch that needs (expensive) antibiotics and the puppy is just fine. We also had to go back and forth between home and Fort Smith for most of the day running errands. It was ok. Not the nicest day, but I think we're meant to be getting some rain this weekend. We won't be here - my wifey and I are going to a Youth Leaders' Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. I cannot wait!

For today:

The two pear trees next door. The blossom on them is lovely. There's a whole row of them on the way to Granny and Papa's. I didn't know what trees they were until a week ago when they started to blossom. It's going to look like it's snowing when it starts to fall off!

A little thumbnail sketch of the character I drew out the other day. Not a lot, but it's nice to try and draw things as loosely as possible.

So. We have the Green Card interview tomorrow morning. I'm pretty nervous, but I'm nervous about any interview. Even when I was returning to work and the interview was a formality, I lost a bit of sleep! Eh. It's going to be great.

Also; I can hear a BIG ol' bullfrog outside. He's wanting some attention. Hopefully this'll mark the start of some frogs in the pool!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXVI].

There are 66 verses in chapter 3 of the book of Lamentations, 66 chapters in the book of Isaiah and 66 books in the Bible altogether.

Last sick day today. It's been a nice day of relaxing and tidying up the house somewhat. I finished the line work for a character and got some photos together for our Green Card interview on Thursday. We'll go to Walmart later and print them all out.

For today:

I was looking for bullfrogs. I found a cricket. I was more than disappointed.

The character that I've been working on. He's a creature trainer in one of the projects I'm working on at the moment. I like it! I'll colour it at some point - it's looking like a busy week, so I'll do my best to get something done on it.

We're watching Nell at the moment. It's really good so far. Check it out.

Here's something else to check out. It's another reference/inspiration link:

This is by 'Ludolullabi'. You can check out his gellery on DeviantART here:

I particularly like his roughs - the images with one black and white idea on the left and a coloured idea on the right. Pretty nice.

Off to check email and things again. Getting ready for our later-in-the-evening trip to Walmart; get these photos printed. Looking forward to it :)

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

[Project:ThreeSixFive] Day [LXV].

65 is (generally) the retirement age for people in the UK.

It's been another day of nursing my wifey. I don't mind it, but she's sick. That's the downside. On the plus side, we've been chilling together on the couch for most of the day. And I drew up a character page!

For today:

The sun was blazing orange tonight and it was beautiful. Nowhere near as nice as captured here, but hopefully you get an idea.

Another character doodle. Don't know what to call him, but that's not important at the moment. It's fun just having a big page to fill with one idea. I realise that usually, characters go through several iterations before a final design is chosen but that (like the name) can wait. It's nice to get my ideas down and go with it for now. Once a backstory develops for the character, I can add more as it fits - different equipment, different clothes, different shape, etc. - but for now, the character fits the role I have in mind. Maybe once I get into modeling the things I draw in 3D, I'll have a better idea of what's feasible in terms of in-game character design. But for now I'll just stay in my blissfully unaware bubble.

I'll throw it into photoshop tomorrow and see what I can do. I haven't annotated the thing yet - I can't recall which class in school drilled that into me, but it stuck and I find myself writing all over every page I draw on. Well; maybe not all of them. But more than I remember.

For now: bed time. It's because I post all of these at night. Once I start posting them during the day I'll be able to tell you plans for that day as opposed to what happened. But I suppose either is ok. We had to cancel our Immigration Office appointment today because my wifey wasn't feeling too good, but we rescheduled it for tomorrow morning, so that's just as good. Preparation for Thursday - Green Card day.