Value proposition

I have never really had good metrics on the usefulness of this website. It serves as a backup plan for the most part – a place where I can point people when yet another social network eventually fails or just stagnates.

But it’s been a creature with two heads for an awfully long time – part portfolio website for various visual effects purposes and part comics shilling porthole.

There are any number of solutions available – just add another blog with tools that are free which would effectively cut the two headed beast in half.

Either way, it still feels like starting over again … again. So far I like the manner in which the WordPress version enables the two headed thing to at least be somewhat cleaner and organized. I have to face the fact that I do an awful lot of stuff lately – and personally I like people with tons of different interests and the ability to manage all of them.

With WordPress in the guts of all of this, it makes it easy for people to dive in wherever they want – kind of like the menu at a good deli, hehe. It’s a giant menu, but everyone can drill down to where they want to without being overwhelmed because you always know where they keep the meat.

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Coffee-tober

Inktober was started by an artist and it’s really become quite a new animal. I started using coffee for various reasons, but the biggest surprise is that I have never liked drawing cars and preferred depicting them in cgi or more precise mediums.

The coffee mixture is very simple – a teaspoon of both water and whatever blend is in the pantry and then adding more coffee to darken things up. It behaves very much like regular watercolor pigment with the added bonus of there being a lovely aroma as you ink. Paint. Draw.

I can’t guarantee other blends will have the same coloration – I am actually using instant coffee crystals from Stater Bros. It’s decaf if that matters to anyone, but the bigger issue is that it is far cheaper than ANY pigment I have ever used. I think I can get many times the volume of usable ink out of it than I could ever afford for the same volume of actual ink.

Of course I doubt it can ever go completely black unless I started using a darker blend, a mixture of coffee and real black ink, or combine it with other household pigments to add up to black.

All I know is I really enjoy the final color it leaves and of course the aroma while drawing.

#Morris #Marina, a fine coffee blend ink for #inktober #coffee

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Inktober

 

I didn’t really intend to do Inktober but I ended up getting rather hooked on it. At Long Beach this year I ran out of ink in my best brushpen and didn’t have a backup. I did however pick one up a week later and started inktober-ing. Then I rummaged through old art supplies and found an old sumi painting kit I bought at the Japanese Garden in Encino years ago. If you are familiar with sumi painting, grinding the ink is something that isn’t particularly Con-friendly – but I am going to try and use some brushpens refilled using the sumi ink as well as find some sumi style brushpens.

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Throwing out the trash

 

I think it’s safe to say my old website belonged in 2008. Sadly, it stayed there for too long.

While it’s terribly easy to say I have tons of new stuff to post and brag and barf on about – the truth is I just wanted to nuke the site from orbit as one of my favorite movie quotes goes.

In just a few days I want to see how far I can get into making this website finally start doing some work for me and maybe even for some of you.

In the time this space has been idle I have let other internet tools become the front facing part of “me” – facebook, twitter, DeviantArt et al – all of them seemed to make the website feel inadequate to the task of representing the work. Better galleries, tons of users to connect to – didn’t someone already say blogging is dead?

Well, I don’t think it has to be. While some of the content that ends up here might be reverberated to other places, I feel like I have spent enough time on other people’s platforms, and should really start pampering my own.

 

Thanks for stopping by, and please link, add, signup and hang around. I promise there will be more.

 

 

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