Tag Archives: art

The Hardest Part

26 May

So, recently, I started an account on a website called Quora, where you can ask and answer questions.  Here is one of those questions.

What is the hardest part when you start drawing?

When you draw or design and face trouble what do you think you need at that moment to help you overcome the situation?

The hardest part of drawing as a beginner is dealing with frustration.  Your drawings won’t come out as well as you would like, and it will be difficult to overcome that frustration and persist in your drawing.  Persistence and dedication, more than anything else will make you a better artist, and allow you to develop your own point of view.

As a beginning artist, you are very likely to think “I can picture this perfectly in my head vividly and perfectly, but I just can’t get it onto the paper”  While this thought feels true, it most likely isn’t.  Before you devote yourself to drawing, you haven’t really learned to look closely at the visual surfaces of things.  Your imagination is also a lot less visual than you think.  As you continue to pursue visual art, your imagination will become more visual.  By the way, the problem where your skill level doesn’t allow you to recreate what’s in your head?  That problem will most likely never go away.  But you can, over time and with effort, close the gap a little.



jiggling dude – Animated gif!

14 Aug

Here is a new animated gif that I did.  Fun times playing around with this.


I hope you enjoy it.

Science Fiction Art Inspiration November 2012 -pt. 2

26 Nov

Here is some more inspirational science fiction art.

Image 1-3: Comics pages from Moebius – Jean Giraud.


Image 4-7 – art by comic book artist Francois Schuiten.

Science Fiction Art Inspiration November 2012

23 Nov

All of the preceding art is by the Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten.  I love his art, but have yet to read any of his work.  Some of his best known works in English are Nogegon, and Carapaces.  The French word for comics is bande desinee, and Francois Schuiten, along with Moebius (Jean Giraud), Philippe Druillet, Caza, Enki Bilal, and Jean-Claude Mezieres, defined the look of science fiction for the European (Franco-Belgian) comics market.

Some Fonts I’ve Had My Eye On – November 2012

18 Nov

This post serves no other purpose but to help me remember some wonderful typefaces that I do not own, but do I think are really great.

First up is Polygraph from Pintassilgo Prints (foundry) available for sale at myfonts.com.  I think this font is absolutely beautiful, and it reminds me of the hand lettering and sound effects of comic book artist Paul Grist.

Here are some other fonts.
This next one is Quimby Mayoral from Chank Diesel (chank.com).

and here are some more.  These are both available on myfonts.com

illo friday – refreshing

25 Jul
illo friday - refreshing by m23jeske
illo friday – refreshing, a photo by m23jeske on Flickr.

This is my drawing for the illustration for refreshing. I’ve been pretty busy, so I didn’t complete the coloring until after the quote-unquote deadline.

Five Free Fonts (for the day after) Friday

16 Jun

Five Free Fonts for Friday is my effort to provide information on well designed fonts that are offered as a legitimate free downloads by their designers/type foundries.  Welcome to the first installment!

1) Bender from Jovanny Lemonad type foundry, designed by Ivan Gladkikh and Oleg Zhuravlev.

Bender is a great typeface in 4 weights with matching italics for each.  It’s great for something that needs a mechanical, industrial, masculine, science fiction, or futuristic feel.  It also has a full set of Cyrillic characters, so you can use it if you need to type something in Russian.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

2) Kirimiomi Swash by the Wordshape type foundry, designed by Ian Lynam

Kirimomi swash is a great true-italic typeface with swash capitals.  It’s useful for things that need an elegant, graceful, vintage, 1880s or old-timey feel.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

3) Black Jack by Typadelic type foundry, designed by Ronna Penner

Black Jack font, hand lettering casual script font free

Black Jack is a great casual script.  It is a good font if you need a breezy, care-free, light and decorative feel, or if you just want to pretend you have beautiful hand lettering skills.  Its the kind of font that is useful for food packaging.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

4) XXII Dont Mess With Vikings Hardcore -from Doubletwo Studios type foundry

XXII Dont Mess With Vikings Hardcore is a handy bold, angular all-caps font.   It projects a strong, bold, industrial, military air of superiority, and its similar in tone to the font machine, but feels a little less clunky and trite.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

5) Codename Coder 4F from 4th february type foundry, designed by Sergiy Tkachenko

Codename coder 4F type specimen free font
Codename coder 4F type specimen free font

Codename Coder 4F is a monospace typeface, which means all the character are the same width, and  they will all line up vertically when you type on different lines.  This is useful for programmers typing out a program in a text editor, but it has design possibilities as well.  CLICK HERE to get to the page where you can download the font.

DISCLAIMER:  I try to make sure all of these fonts are provided free from their designers/IP owners, and are available for commercial use.  Please check for yourself to make sure that is true before using.  If that is not true, please let me know.