April 28, 2009

Domino House

Filed under: Sketch — Screenhog @ 5:44 pm

To be fair, he really should have noticed those sitting there when he bought the house in the first place…

April 24, 2009

Disney Character Ambigrams

Filed under: Wordplay — Tags: — Screenhog @ 11:06 am

Pooh and Tigger

Aladdin and Jasmine

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell

That last one was the hardest… “Peter” became “erbell” pretty easily, but “Pan” and “Tink” do not flip particularly well.

April 22, 2009

Princess Bride

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 7:53 am

Another old sketch, this one from 2007, I’m guessing. I was watching the Princess Bride, and decided to try sketching Vizzini and Fezzik while they’re in their boat. (An attempt at Inigo Montoya was also in this sketch, but it doesn’t look anything like him, trust me.)

April 19, 2009

Art Challenge – Goldyfish

Filed under: Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 8:55 am

It’s another color palette art challenge at work. With the five colors provided (four of them being in the orange-brown spectrum), I tried to create a work of art.

As opposed to spending a lot of time crafting mine, I decided to do it really quick and rough this time:

April 17, 2009

Video Game Review – Boom Blox

Filed under: Reviews,Video Game Reviews,Video Games — Screenhog @ 6:48 am

Imagine, if you will, video footage from a building demolition. A huge skyscraper has been loaded with carefully placed explosives, so that the building will properly implode when a red button is pressed. Now, imagine that the explosives in the huge skyscraper were actually not placed very carefully at all, and when the building explodes, many buildings around it will also be toppled to the ground.

Now, imagine that you and your friends are the ones that get to press the big red button, without any fear of being charged with a criminal offense for destroying public property. That’s Boom Blox. If you have ever delighted in watching a wobbly building made of dominoes get destroyed and wished that it didn’t take so long setting up the dominoes in the first place, this game is for you. Boom Blox comes only on the Nintendo Wii, which is good, because I don’t know what other console could support a game like it.

At first, when I had heard of the concept for Boom Blox, I thought it would be fun for a few minutes, but without much potential for long-term play. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of different options for gameplay that the creators of Boom Blox – one of whom is none other than Steven Spielberg – came up with. There are modes where you hit things for points, others where you hit things to make them explode, and others where you delicately pull pieces out of towers, attempting to leave the rest of the tower standing. There’s a wide variety of weapons, from bouncy balls to six-shooters to, I kid you not, a fire hose that shoots bowling balls. As for variety in targets, there are Chemical Blox, which only explode when two come in contact with each other; Vanishing Blox, which immediately disappear when hit, and Gem Blox, which are frequent objects of desire for different modes of play.
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April 14, 2009

Sonic Meets Gollum

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: , , — Screenhog @ 6:40 am

I made this drawing sometime in 2005, I think. It was one of those times when I came up with a crazy idea for a drawing just before falling asleep, and I just HAD to draw it. Of course, I wasn’t so motivated to draw it that I actually found reference material for either Sonic or Gollum, thus I just lazily attempted to draw them both from memory.

April 10, 2009

Easter

Filed under: Christianity,Opinion — Tags: — Screenhog @ 6:00 pm

Easter is the most important Christian holiday of the year, but it certainly hides its importance a little too well. If you were to look at any department store at Christmas, and then again at Easter, you’d conclude that Christmas is the big one. In fact, I’d even argue that if you were to look at most churches at those two times, Christmas is the bigger one.

Christmas is certainly easier to wrap your head around… “a baby is born that will save the world”. That’s nice. Isn’t that nice? Almost superheroic, really. Let’s add to that stuff like “people gave him expensive gifts to celebrate his birth”. Oh, that’s even better! That gives me a way to celebrate! I’ll give gifts! I’ll get gifts! Christmas is the best time of the year!

Easter. That’s a lot tougher to celebrate. The baby that was born grows into a man named Jesus, is convicted of crimes, killed, but then rises from the dead within a few days informing people that he’s actually the Son of God. The details of his death are gruesome, and the details of his resurrection are, to most people, unbelievable.

How exactly are we supposed to turn something like Easter into foil-covered chocolates or wrapping paper? I’ve seen Biblical wrapping paper at Christmastime, with nativity scenes and angels and shepherds, but never Easter. An empty tomb, a crucified man, God having a victory over demonic forces… all of it is very difficult to commercialize, and so we celebrate it with bunnies and chicks and eggs and a host of odd symbols based on ancient Babylonian customs that don’t make sense to us. But, in doing so, we are forced to ignore this:

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

If Jesus was just a nice guy who said a few nice things and died in a horrible way, then everything changes. All Christians become lunatics, and all people of this earth lose the one true source of hope, freedom, and a relationship with God.

But, if it did happen, and Jesus did die to cover everything that you did wrong before rising from the dead and conquering death… well, then you have a choice, don’t you? Do you accept the gift? Do you want to be saved?

Many of the people I know don’t want to answer yes or no to that question… they’d rather just avoid the question entirely, and get on with their lives. I imagine that this is probably why we still have the Easter Bunny… it’s a lot easier to believe that we get a few days off work to celebrate a rabbit than having to answer that question that the annoying Christians keep asking: Do you want to know Jesus?

I won’t ask you that question. All I can say is that it’s been well worth it for me. :)

Happy Easter!

April 9, 2009

Puzzle – Bird’s Nest

Filed under: Puzzles,Wordplay — Screenhog @ 6:24 am

Move from circle to circle, trying to find the bird names listed on the right. The circles must touch each other, and you’ll never use the same circle twice in one word. The first one has been done for you.

Ironically, there are no penguins in this puzzle.

April 7, 2009

Plaid Camel

Filed under: Sketch — Screenhog @ 7:50 pm

I have a friend at work who prefers to wear one of two things; plaid or camouflage pattern. Today, he walked in, saying that the weather was finally warm enough for him to wear his favourite shorts, which somehow managed to be both plaid and camouflage. As he was joking about how he must tell the world about the awesomeness of his “plaid camo” shorts, the first thing that popped into my head was, well…

…a plaid camel.

April 2, 2009

Puzzle – Internet Mix-Up

Filed under: Puzzles,Wordplay — Screenhog @ 6:23 pm

Below are the logos of 10 different popular sites on the Internet. However, the logos have some letters missing and the other letters rearranged into English words. If you can figure out at least 8 of them, it’s safe to say you know your way around the Internet.

(If you’re stuck, just click on the image you don’t know the answer to.)

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