Saturday, December 6, 2008

Busy but still not raking in the cash!

I've been super busy lately, and I've neglected my Etsy shop for a month or two. I've been doing illustrations for an upcoming role playing game. It's not a paying gig, but it's a good way to get some of my drawings out there. I was told yesterday that I'll be the featured artist for issue 2 of Knockspell ( a roleplaying related magazine).
Recently my wife was interviewed by The Onion, about our shop spaceoddities.etsy.com/! That's pretty exciting!
We're doing the Holiday Craftacular today (well I'm at home with the kids, but Andrea's doing it), it's always a fun show.

I'm also trying to write a children's fantasy book, and it's coming along slowly but I like what I've got so far. Here's a picture of one of the characters, Nobeard the Goblin pirate captain.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

More fantasy characters

I recently drew two more pictures for inclusion in the role-playing game Swords and Wizardry.
First a couple of old school pig-snout orcs. This is how they appear in the original Dungeons and Dragons mythology.
And what game is complete without a Halfling (hobbit) theif.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Cleric Illustration






















I submitted an illustration to Mythmere Games for http://swordsandwizardry.com/, and was told that it was accepted. I'm pretty stoked!
The illustration is supposed to harken back to the artwork from Dungeons and Dragons from the 70's and 80's. I'm working on some more drawings and having a lot of fun with it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cartoon strips of yesteryear!


Lately I've taken to reading old cartoon strips from the 1930's and 1940's. From Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, to Dick Tracy and Tin Tin.
I really like the theme of the the "average joe" hero. The rough and tumble, bare-knuckled, plain speaking hero. I've had the character of "Joe Palooka" bouncing around in my head for sometime now (I've got way too many ideas and no time to do anything with them), so I finally decided to draw him. Right know he's just a drawing, but I hope to come up with stories and images enough for a strip.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Horror Movies - The Good, The Cheesey, and the Gory!

It's October again, time for scary movies! Actually it doesn't need to be October for me to get in the mood for horror movies.

I remember when I was in middle school my brothers and I used to stay up on Saturday nights to watch Uncle Don's Terror Theater, it was on the Fox station in Rockford, IL. He was my favorite horror hosts, he looked liked an average guy in a bow-tie and a stuffed shark side kick. His humor kept me in stitches while watching cheesy horror movies.
I also watched a show called the Phantom of 13, he was funny too but I liked Uncle Don more. Me and a friend of mine pitched an idea to the UPN station here about doing a horror show of our own, they were interested but didn't go with it. I wish there were more of these shows on TV, mostly it's done online though.
And lastly, who could forget Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Most kids I knew weren't allowed to watch it, but it was a good show. I recently bought a few DVDs of hers and they're really funny.
Does anyone else have any horror show memories?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Small Faces

I love The Small Faces! I filled up my 6 CD disk changer up with their CDs. This mod quartet didn't get much play in the U.S. but were pretty big in Europe.
Their songs were very catchy, and they rocked hard. I love the organ in their music, it reminds me of Booker T and the MGs! If I ever played in a band again I think I would do a Small Faces tribute band.
Steve Marriot (singer and guitar player) went on to start Humble Pie and Ronnie Lang (Bass Player, and back up vox) went on to start Slim Chance. Unfortunately they are no longer with us. Steve Marriott died in a House Fire and Ronnie Lang succumbed to complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
Their music still lives on, and these videos really capture their energy on stage!





Thursday, September 11, 2008

Making Etc. A Fun Place Again!

Are you tired of the political, religious and controversial threads in the Etsy forums? You know, the ones that aren't really meant to find out what you think, they're created to alienate, attack, and get attention from people. I know I am!
I've posted in a couple myself, for some reason I feel drawn in. But I've decided I'm not going to answer them anymore.
The Etsy Etc. forums used to be fun, but now it's becoming a microcosm of negativity. And people who usually make the forums fun are either not on them anymore or not as often. I thought it would be fun to do a give away based on making Etc. fun! I haven't worked out the details yet, but would really like other peoples input!
Maybe we could see how many controversial threads we can kill just by not posting them, or we could drown them out with fun things. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Real Rock 'n Roll

I might be getting older, but I've gotta say the state of rock 'n roll is looking pretty grim. Cookie cutter emo, pop tarts, and wuss rock galore is what gets radio play. With the exclusion of the underground scene and classic rock 'n roll, I'd rather not listen to music.
I love rockabilly! Now if only I were a teenager back in the late 50's.
Here's a rockin' cat that was too cool without the pretensions of trying to act cool. Mr. Bluesuede shoes himself, Carl Perkins!



If it weren't for a near fatal car accident, and a lengthy stay in the hospital he might've been what Elvis became. Although he wasn't the pretty boy Elvis was (no disrespect to the King), and his songs were maybe too country fried for the tastes of city kids. He's still aces to me!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lost Cartoons of Yesteryear #2

Heathcliff! Based on the comic strip by George Gallagher. I used to love the comic strip, and when the cartoon came out, I was instantly hooked. Heathcliff was like a naughtier Garfield, with more energy. I used to try to get home from school in time to watch it, I believe it aired on WGN. The animation was great, I believe it was done by Japanese animators. And I think it was the same people who worked on Inspector Gadget.




Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lost Cartoons of Yesteryear #1

I figured since I like cartoons so much I'd start to blog about them.

For the first one I picked Flash Gordon. I loved this one as a kid! The animation was great, although Filmation did use a lot of rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is where the animators trace over a live-action film, to give the animation a more realistic look. It's been used for year, and being an aficionado I've grown to recognize it right away.
Still, the series followed the original Alex Raymond comic strip series rather than veering off into a different interpretation.
The series came out in 1979 during the Star Wars craze, and why not, Star Wars was originally inspired by Flash Gordon!

My brother and I both had action figures base on the cartoon. Ryan my brother had Flash and I chose Lion Man, he was always my favorite.
The series is currently on DVD and is well worth it, it definitely stands the test of time. I've currently got my son Lars hooked on it!








I sold my baby!

I sold my Geo Metro last Friday. Man that was a hard thing to do, I've owned it since I was 19. I bought it in 1993 and have been the original owner since. So getting rid of my first car wasn't easy. It's been a great car, it got 45 miles to the gallon on the highway. Being only a two seater means I can't take the kids in it though, so it's not really practical anymore.
I've had a lot of great memories of driving around in this car and will miss it.
Here's to you old blue!







Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trilobites!

I recently added some new items to my etsy shop. Trilobites magnets! I really like the way that they turned out, and I planning on using them for a comic strip that I'm going to feature weekly on my blog. I hope to have the first one up tomorrow. Let me know what you think.



























































In case you're new to the world of Trilobitery here's the dictionary definition.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This
tri·lo·bite [trahy-luh-bahyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
any marine arthropod of the extinct class Trilobita, from the Paleozoic Era, having a flattened, oval body varying in length from 1 in. (2.5 cm) or less to 2 ft. (61 cm).
[Origin: 1825–35; < NL Trilobites, equiv. to Gk trílob(os) three-lobed (see tri-, lobe) + -ītés -ite1]

And for more information go to www.trilobites.info

Monday, July 28, 2008

Not Working

I left my job of 5 years and am now looking for something part-time. I plan to work full-time on my Etsy shop and listing things for my wife's Etsy shop. We'll see how it goes, tonight and tomorrow are going to be productive days!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Time for my yearly blog!

Okay, not really but it's been a while.
Well I'm not moving to Texas right now. I'm still planning on it, but it's not this year. My brother is bringing our car back up from San Antonio. I really want to move, but it just wasn't the right time. My sucktacular job has decided to let me go. I worked at Half Price Books for 5 years, and our district manager has been trying to get rid of me. I was hoping to get a transfer down to Texas with my job, and the manager was having me believe that they were working on getting me transferred. Little did I know they had no intention of letting me transfer, and they didn't want me to find out until I left for Texas. Real nice company I work for. I really don't like using my blog to bitch but I had to get that off my chest. At least this frees me up to be more creative.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I was just listening to the Plimsouls today, those guys were so underrated. They did an appearance in Valley Girl, but I guess it wasn't quite enough to push them into the spotlight. Just great stuff, very reminiscent of The Beatles and The Small Faces! The 80's produced some great Power Pop groups like Dwight Twilley, 20/20, The Pez Band, The Rubinoos, The Jam etc. Just great stuff!

As far as art goes, I've had a pretty non-productive week but I'll get something posted soon I hope.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Beans & Frank


I'm doing a comic about a kid who finds the Frankenstein Monster, and how he befriends him. I'm calling it Beans and Frank, here's a concept drawing:



It's still in it's conception stage, but I hope to be done with it in a month or two!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day everyone! Today my 3 1/2 year old son said to me "Happy Mother's Day, Daddy!"

Other than that I haven't done much today, except for drawing a sweet sketch of Frankenstein for an upcoming mini-comic that I'm going to be selling on Etsy.

Remember All mom's are great!!!!

The only bad mutha' is still Shaft!

Friday, May 9, 2008

You can pick your blogs and you can pick your nose...

Yakkity Schmakkity Blah Blah Blah.....

With that being said I'm really going to try not to not neglect my blog. The one post was getting so lonely, especially not having been read. But for my enjoyment I present to me another brilliant piece of blogging by me!

Do you have any really funny stories from work?

Well I have a doozy!

I work at a used bookstore, we buy and sell books. Well there was this stoner guy that came in with some books to sell, I was going through his stuff and it was pretty much stuff we've seen before. Except there was a book on marijuana. You know stuff on how to grow it, and how the government are a bunch of meanies because it's illegal, how it's non-addictive and it builds strong bodies in 12 different ways, yadda yadda. Well when I made my offer to him, he accepted it and then his bloodshot eyes spotted the marijuana book and they got wide. He yelled "Dude, when did this come in? Can I buy it?!!!"
I replied "Sure, but you know you just sold it to us." I ended up changing his offer and he happily got his cash and left the store with his book that he almost bought twice.

On the art front, I haven't really been doing much lately. I've been pretty lazy (and no I don't smoke weed), but I've got tons of ideas and will hopefully post some stuff soon. If you happen to stumble onto this pathetic blog and want to see some new stuff feel free to covo me on atomkid.etsy.com. Maybe I'll get off my lazy butt and do some new stuff!

Your Pal,

AtomKid

P.S.: Incidentally I remembered about my blog because I did a google search on myself and found it, I just wanted to see what I was up to. It turns out, not much!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!

I finally posted my first item on Etsy last night. After a short hiatus of non-creativity, I think I'm finally back drawing again. I had this idea where I would Gocco print images that I have drawn, inspired by literature, onto pages of books.