May 29, 2009

The “Up” Puzzle

Filed under: Puzzles,Wordplay — Tags: — Screenhog @ 6:49 am

To celebrate the fact that Pixar’s Up is coming into theaters today, here’s a puzzle where all of the answers have the word “up” in them. Enjoy!

_ U P _ _ _ _ _ Kryptonite-fearing man of steel
_ _ _ _ _ _ U P _ Start talking in the middle of a conversation
_ _ U P Restaruant side dish choice
_ _ _ _ _ U P _ _ _ _ Five identical siblings
_ U P _ _ Love-maker of mythology
_ _ _ _ – U P Gym class exercise
_ _ _ _ _ U P Put your foot into this when you’re riding a horse
_ U P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Brand of plastic containers
U P _ _ _ _ _ _ Type of punch in boxing
_ U P _ _ _ Kermit or Miss Piggy
_ _ _ U P Bunch of people
_ U P _ _ _ Evening meal
_ _ _ _ U P You can ride and spin in one of these in Disneyland
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ U P _ _ _ _ Big Bird’s brown buddy
_ _ _ U P _ Sudden, without warning

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May 27, 2009

Cabin by the Lake

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 8:30 pm

Sketch 12/50. Made with a graphite stick – if you like pencil drawing, I seriously suggest trying a graphite stick. Most art supply or major craft stores should have them, and they’re great for making nice soft lines and quick shading.

May 24, 2009


Filed under: Sketch — Tags: , — Screenhog @ 7:11 am

I don’t draw creatures from my own imagination very often any more, and I’m not sure why. The great thing about drawing made-up creatures is that, when you make a mistake, you can simply say that it was intended to be drawn that way.

Watch those thumbs!

Take Mr. Sasquatch up here. Can you see the rookie drawing mistake that I made (but didn’t realize I made it until after I was finished inking)?

May 22, 2009

Preparing to Recreate my Favorite Fable

Filed under: Comics,Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 4:21 pm

Have you heard of Aesop’s fables? If you haven’t, you’ve probably at least heard of one of them… some of his more famous include “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Ant and the Grasshopper”. I like his style of creating moral lessons by making examples of the nature around him.

My favorite Aesop’s fable is “The Sun and the Wind”, and I’ve long wanted to make a comic based on it, so this week, I finally got down to it to try and design the characters:

These were my first drawings. The sun turned out well – I especially like the second drawing – but the cloud really didn’t appeal to me. He looks too muddy or sloshy or gloupy or something like that.
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May 19, 2009

Chick Magnet

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 7:21 pm

Sketch #6 out of 50.

May 16, 2009

Il Soapbox #7 – The Adventures of Sketchy the Spider

Filed under: Comics,Il Soapbox — Tags: — Screenhog @ 2:48 pm

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May 13, 2009

Sketches #4 and #5

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 5:53 am

I decided to try drawing some random people from my own imagination.

I think I need more life drawing practice, and more specifically, I’d like to find a more refined style of drawing people. Everyone has a particular style that they default to when the draw people, one of the most popular at the moment being a TV anime style. I don’t plan on going that route – not that I wouldn’t mind learning how to draw it well – but I need to find a better style for myself.

May 10, 2009

Stretch Words – Movies

Filed under: Puzzles,Wordplay — Tags: — Screenhog @ 3:15 pm

In this puzzle, the words only go across, not down. Some of the letters in each word will stretch across to other words, as shown with the words SHREK and SCREAM. When you’re finished, every word will be used.

Click on the puzzle if you’d like a longer version for printing out. Click here for the solution.

May 7, 2009

JiA #17 – Totem Pole

Filed under: Comics,Jellyfish In Armour,Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 12:03 pm

I made this one differently than the other Jellyfish In Armour comics. Having had the last two pictures as experience with inking directly onto paper, I drew and inked this on paper, scanned it in, used the Trace Bitmap function in Flash, and then colored it in Flash.

I mention this mainly because it means that this comic still counts for the 50 sketches challenge, but also because, if I can get this technique to work right, it could be how I do all Jellyfish in Armour from now on. I’m going to have to do a little fine-tuning, though, as Trace Bitmap still created a few extra jaggies from my scanned line art. (Click the comic to see the scanned image from my sketchbook.)

May 6, 2009


Filed under: Digital Painting,Sketch — Tags: , — Screenhog @ 6:24 am

I have two pet budgies. Their names are Peanut and Jay (or, in other words, PB & J). This sketch, which is #2 out of 50, pretty accurately describes their relationship:

As it so happens, the art challenge this week at work was to use a color palette full of blues and purples to create something, and since Peanut and Jay are two different shades of blue, I figured I’d kill two birds with… hmm, that might not be the best way to put that.

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