Saturday, September 27, 2008

After such a long time...some artwork

So this blog has turned into sort of a diary/life updates for friends and family type thing, so I figure it's time to post some artwork.
The toucan/giraffe princess and the sea horse illustration are freelance assignments I did a couple months ago, and the little blue fellow was a gift for Phil for his birthday; it's one of the characters from his RPG Tierrus. I am hoping to do some more pieces for this project on my own because it's really inspiring stuff.

Monday, June 30, 2008

My precious pets

I haven't posted in a while, so I wanted to update you all friends and family with images of my precious desk mates: Fatty and Ebi-Sue. Fatty is a nothobranchius guentheri killifish, and Ebi-Sue is an amano shrimp with a ton of personality.

Fatty likes:
-fresh water top-off's
-chasing CO2 bubbles from the counter
-begging for worms

Ebi-Sue likes:
-to eat pretty much anything, from bad algae, to Fatty's poop
-baby brine shrimp (which could be construed as cannibalism, I suppose)
-to hide under the driftwood
-to molt as often as possible

My aquarium is a small desktop open top aquarium. I have planted the crap out of it, so it's pretty low maintenance. I used to think keeping an aquarium was hard work and always ended up with dead fish, but my AD Ken taught me better. Actually, the easiest way to keep an aquarium is a live one, with real dirt, real rocks, and real plants. Establishing it takes a bit of time, and a little bit of effort and research, but once things are going, it is the most rewarding experience to watch this little ecosystem maintain itself. I have a small heater, a filter which I have to clean up and change media on once a month, a clamp-on lamp with an upgraded daylight bulb, and a CO2 chamber where a yeast and sugar "brew" ensures a month and a half's steady supply of CO2 bubbles which feed the plants. I fertilize the water with Flourish once a week, and the plants are thriving. I can often see thousands of little oxygen bubbles rising from them. I practically haven't had to buy any plants, since water plants seem to spread much more readily than earth ones. I started with a small anubias, which I got from Ken, which he just chopped off his larger anubias, and some clover from Ken also. I bought the longish bamboo-like plant in the background, which I basically spread over the course of five months by cutting bits and replanting. It now covers the whole back of the aquarium and it's lush and green. Ebi-Sue loves hiding in there. Finally, Ken gave me some moss, and a bulb which sprouted a beautiful water lily.
It has brought me great joy to grow this water garden. There is something extremely zen about watching something spread and grow and live harmoniously.
At some point, I must have gotten a batch of snail eggs hiding ninja-like in one of the plants, because now I have hundreds of them. They are beneficial, however, since they graze the plants and eat the algae. Sometimes I can see dozens of them on the driftwood and I think of cattle on a field...I feel like a proud snail farmer.
Do Ken and I get any artwork done? yes, in between fish cleaning and feeding we do. :)

Here are the pictures:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Artwork for Issue 12 live online

I am home sick, and I got an email from one of the people at digital artists management congratulating me on my artwork for City of Heroes. When I went to the website, I find the piece I finished just Friday is online already, for the world to see!
Very exciting, I am hoping I will be able to post it larger sometime soon.
For now, here is the

Monday, February 18, 2008

Three Little Pigs...

Something a little different for me. This is for Three Little Pigs Studios, my friend Stuart's up and coming awesome project. Keep an eye out for it, because it's gonna be out of this world, and I am lucky to be involved in it.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

First post of 2008

Ivan and I had a fabulous new year's over at Johnny and Glen's, though Ivan got a bit...err...martini-happy. The highlight of the night was Johnny's sadistic move when he forced us to watch 2 girls 1 cup. If you don't know what I am talking about then erase the curious thought or you will be damaged forever.
Yesterday it rained cats, dogs, and a few dinosaurs I think, and the power went out while I was trying to finish Medusa. I had to haul all my crap over to the cafe five blocks away, and then I got nothing done anyway, because there were three six year olds in the cafe who were REALLY curious about what I was doing.
Today I pushed and finished it, though, but I am not sure how I am going to make the Thunderdome. I start NCSoft tomorrow and my commute for the time being is two hours each way, which basically leaves me with no time to do anything much less paint. We'll see. For now, here is the Medusa, as finished as I decided to get...which is not completely what I wanted but oh well...I gotta call my battles.