Infinite Elephants

Note: The following was originally posted on the old LordBlognStuff page on Monday, December 6, 2010.  You may read the original article here.

Here’s the latest thing I’d like to share.  From the fantastic mind of Vi Hart, doodling infinite elephants.

   

Those of you who know me are aware this is a pretty fantastic representation of the way I think at any given moment.

Fall

Note: The following was originally posted on the old LordBlognStuff page on Sunday, November 14, 2010.  You may read the original article here.

Autumn Song

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
   Laid on it for a covering,
   And how sleep seems a goodly thing

In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain
Falters because it is in vain,
   In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
   Knowest thou not? and how the chief
Of joys seems—not to suffer pain?

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
   Bound up at length for harvesting,
   And how death seems a comely thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

–Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1883

Beginning, End

Note: The following was originally posted on the old LordBlognStuff page on Friday, October 15, 2010.  You may read the original article here.

I urge everybody to read the short story “Beginning, End” by Jessica Soffer, a new up-and-coming author.  I’ve had it open in a tab for three days because I don’t want to lose it.  I hope that you will not want to lose it either.

The Prime of Life

Note: The following was originally posted on the old LordBlognStuff page on Thursday, October 14, 2010.  You may read the original article here.

“Our indifference to money was a luxury we could afford only because we had enough of it to avoid real poverty and the need for hard or unpleasant work. Our open-mindedness was bound up with a cultural background and the sort of social activities accessible only to people of our social class. It was our conditioning as young petit bourgeois intellectuals that led us to believe ourselves free of all conditioning whatsoever.”

Simon de Beauvoir, The Prime of Life

Note: The following was originally posted on the old LordBlognStuff page on Monday, September 20, 2010.  You may read the original article here.

I’ve actually got several new drawings coming down the pike, but this is the only one that was properly inked for scanning. This one is also more cartoony, as the rest are more realistic object studies and such.

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I’m dissatisfied with his left arm and the way it looks so limp.  Also, I think the angle of his hand is awkward.  Fingernails don’t look so good, I need to find a way to either improve them or simply not draw them.  His right arm actually took longer than the rest of the entire picture.  I attempted maybe ten times to have his fingers hooked into his belt before I finally gave up.  I’ll need a reference picture before I can draw that, I guess.

Some of you might wonder how much digital editing goes into these pictures after I scan them.  Some but not a lot is the answer.  Mostly I simply resize them from the GIANT size they scan at, and then use an eraser to remove any artifacts of scanning that aren’t part of the actual drawing.

I’ve been reading a lot about the technological singularity and I got Ray Kurzweil’s first book from the library, so stay tuned – I might have an interesting editorial piece about that in the future (probably not)


Observer-dependent physics undermines the gods’ decision three thousand years ago to ban cats from straddling the borders of the netherworld. We won’t have it!
Sokar

Girl

Note: The following was originally posted on the old LordBlognStuff page on Monday, September 6, 2010.  You may read the original article here.

Today I drew this girl.  Is she smiling or frowning?  I can’t decide.  The feet were by far the most difficult part, probably taking as long as the entire rest of the picture and I still am completely unsatisfied with them.  On the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with the not-quite-profile on the body.  ¾ views are maybe the hardest things I have drawing.  Maybe.

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On the original picture her hair is shaded in with pencil but the scanner didn’t pick that up and I didn’t want to use pen because pen does not shade so imagine her hair is dark okay?  Okay.  I had to reline the entire thing the first time because even in pen the scanner didn’t think it was dark enough so resizing it caused augh blurry.

Tomorrow is the release of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and I full expect my life to suffer a hit in social activity and work as a result because I can not resist the sweet siren call of Mickey Mouse.



When I was five, I was in a car with my dad and he mentioned that there was this Batman TV show in America about a man who dressed up in a costume and fought crime. The only bat I ever knew was a cricket bat, so what I thought he looked like was rather odd, based on that. – Neil Gaimen