Bottom of the Deck – 06/01/26

botdcardHey everypeoples, still alive down here. Going to keep it short and sweet tonight, since this past week has been a bit slow.

The reason for this slowness was primarily the heatwave we’ve been having; I felt like I was melting right up until Saturday morning. This did not bode well for my productivity, and as such I didn’t upload anything. I’m not happy about it, but I’m now getting back on track to the best of my ability.

The daily sketches will return soon; I have been sketching again now that the weather is cooling down, but I’m trying out a few things outside my comfort zone, and they aren’t things I want to display online just yet. Maybe someday they will grace the interwebs with their presence, but only if and when I feel I’ve progressed enough.

On the geeky side, I had a recent windfall of Magic: The Gathering cards and have been practicing with some impressive constructed decks, to great success. I might even consider entering a Modern tournament at the end of the month, though my previous tournament experiences were not very inspiring. But hey, if I can win at least one pack of cards, it’s something.

Also, as if Critical Role wasn’t enough (holy crap, who saw the latest episode, that was insane!) I’m now watching another D&D stream called High Rollers, starring the talented folks over at the Yogscast. It’s a little smaller and less intense compared the Critical Role, but it is still early days and it’s off to a good start. Makes for a great way to round out the weekend #RollOnSunday.

Well, that’s all from me this week, more arty stuff coming up soon.

Ciao for now.

Daily Sketch – 16/01/15

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“I don’t play villains. I play very interesting people.” – Alan Rickman

The death of Severus Snape struck a chord with all Harry Potter fans, marking the passing of a complex and multi-faceted character. For his part in bringing that character to life, as well as many other beloved figures on stage and film, Alan Rickman will be remembered forever. RIP.

Daily sketch – 16/01/14

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Was randomly flipping through the Monster Manual this morning, came across the section on genies, which come in elemental flavours. The most badass one, in my opinion is the efreeti, the fire genie. Do not ask one of these guys for a wish; even if they grant it, you’re likely to end up in servitude if they don’t kill you afterwards.

Daily Sketch – 16/01/13

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I recently started getting back into fantasy novels, most predominately Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga, and given my recent obsession with Dungeons and Dragons, a few new characters were inevitably going to pop into my head.

This one’s a half-orc girl raised by humans, as a servant/squire in the castle of a minor lord in the middle of who-knows-where. She’s a bit of a scrapper and direct thinker, as half-orcs tend to be, but I’m still fleshing her out. Haven’t even settled on a name yet, you try finding a set of harsh syllables that World of Warcraft didn’t already mash together to form an orc name (her adoptive “family” didn’t give her a human one to avoid becoming too attached. Social stigma and all that sucks…)

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/01/12

botdcardEvening everypeoples, it’s nearly 8pm and it is still 28 degrees Celsius, having cooled down from the lovely 35 degrees from earlier. I am stunned that my fingers have not melted into the keyboard yet…

The job hunt continues, with emails flying out constantly. Haven’t received any replies yet, though I’m chalking that up to the studios still recovering from the holiday break and just beginning their work year. That’s the optimist side of my brain talking, and it needs to talk like that because it needs a workout to drown out the pessimist side, which as we all know thrives in humidity and my room is basically a tropical jungle minus the life-giving plants.

My personal work is falling a little behind, I get really sluggish in the heat, but I haven’t given up on anything. It might not have looked that way this past weekend, but I still did upload my daily sketches and finally got  yesterday’s Elements of Eve page done (right here, check it out). Hopefully a nice storm will roll in soon and wash away the mugginess.

In other news, I just finished Parks and Rec, loved the new episode of Critical Role, and I am now going to get some writing done before converting to a liquid state and being soaked up by my mattress.

It is. Really. Freaking. HOT.

Ciao for now.

Daily Sketch(es) – 16/01/12

So, there were a few little creative complications over the past few days, and as such I didn’t upload anything. But, here are the daily sketches since Saturday; better late than never.

sbk024Say what you like about Kylo Ren, I think he’s still one of the better characters to come out of the Star Wars franchise in a while, if for no other reason than the fact that he shows a bit of passion for what he does.

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The latest season of RWBY is getting really dark, and I am loving it. Pyrrha Nikos’ character arc started out a slow, but the recent decisions she’s had to face have really fleshed her out.

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I’ll admit, I didn’t know much regarding David Bowie apart from his collaborations with Queen, but there’s barely a nerd alive who won’t recognise the Goblin King. RIP.

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I’m so happy that Critical Role is back for Season 2, loving the new set and the story is set to pick up again. Highlight of the new episode was Scanlan’s duel with Kaley, the new flute player in his old travelling troupe. We’ll see where that leads, nudge nudge, wink wink.

Bloggery stuff later,

Ciao for now.

Daily Sketch – 16/01/07

skb022In my search to become a knowledgeable tabletop gamer over the holidays, I sought out some of the craziest, funniest, and most epic stories from the RPG scene I could find. Way near the top of the list, and at the very top in terms of humour, was the tale of Old Man Henderson.

I cannot find the words to describe the sheer hilarity and off-the-wall chaos that is Henderson’s story. I recommend you read it for yourself; even those who have no clue how a tabletop game is run will find themselves agape at the story of how one determined gamer created a character that threw a carefully structured mystery story into an all out war against the Elder Gods.

Bottom of the Deck – 16/01/05

botdcardHey everypeoples, Tuesday is here and time for some more random puffery from me to you. Assuming I have any puff left in me and the heat hasn’t robbed it all away…

So I’m nearly a week into my New Year’s resolutions, and so far I’m doing well. I’m exercising every morning; not much, but enough to get my heart rate up and to feel a bit of pain in my pathetic muscles by the afternoon. I’m also sticking to my plan of one comic page drawn, inked and coloured per day; whether it’s Elements of Eve, or my new project for Patreon (keep an eye out for that next month), I’m getting stuff done. I’ve started storyboarding my animated sequence, I’m reviewing and expanding my writing, and am slowly getting a productive routine going. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to maintain it.

The job search continues too, I’m sending out emails every morning; with the influx of art I’m going to be posting here, I’ll hopefully be spotted before too long. It’s still early in the year though, I know some animation offices aren’t even open for another week, but might as well get in early if I can. On the off chance a job does come along, my new schedule would require some re-shuffling, though this year is the one I will have to be more productive than ever. Sleep is for the weak!… and then I’ll sleep for a week.

Not much else to talk about, expect a lot more activity on this site, I’m uploading my daily warm-up sketches and will soon be posting sneak peeks of my other projects. Time to shift up a gear, this year is going to be busy.

Ciao for now.