Year of the Churro!

If you were wondering what happens when I let one of John Scalzi’s tweets ferment in my head for far too long, this happens. Plus, you know, I’m just doing my part to fulfill the MOAR CHURROS thing. Thanks, John, for all the silliness. I, for one, am eager to hear of your next churro adventure.

Also, the sugar coated steed does not have a name yet. I think I will leave that task up to you, dear internet. I suspect you shall not disappoint.

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(P.S. WOOOO! ANOTHER SNOW DAY IN PORTLAND! Stay home Portlanders, you don’t know how to do snow.)

UPDATE: Thanks so much to John for honoring me with this charming post about my image. You’re making me blush all sorts of colors over here. Also, welcome to all the Whatever readers who have found themselves on my humble little site. Also, also, a challenge has been issued to out best me at Scalzi themed fan art. I’m sure there’s someone out there up for this. I encourage any and all attempts (and successes). This is an exercise in silliness and creating awesome things, after all. :)

 

 

Operation Month of Monsters Complete

I’m happy to report that this year’s Month of Monsters challenge was a resounding success. Not only did I finish the self-imposed challenge, but a few other folks participated as well. I’m hoping next year will be bigger and better. :)

My favorites of everyone who participated are these – but really, they are all fantastic:

  

That’s Monstrous

Why, Hello There

Don’t Ask

On Being Prepared

The Whatsit

Skalgreth, Devourer of Life

Grollint of the Basin

The Nothing Under The Bed

My submission favorites are the following. All my monsters can be seen here.

      

I’m planning on coloring all of these at some point. When I do, I’ll put them up in my Etsy store. If there is anything anyone wants, now is the time to make requests for specific pieces. I’ll also color them by request.

Sparks McGee American Black Ale

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I just realized I had been remiss in posting about this label and homebrew I made. Thankfully, I was reminded that more Sparks McGee is always a good thing. Also, my inspiration for the label came from here (thanks Wil!).

I created this recipe over the winter as a pure mad science experiment in brewing. I was curious to see what an oaked IPA – a dark IPA, or what is now known as the American-Style Black Ale – would be like. The short answer, AMAZESAUCE.

I was aiming for something that had that nice citrus hop profile but with the fantastic vanilla overtones you get from oaking. I think I hit the mark pretty well. However, next time I think I’m going to use oak cubes instead of chips to maximize the vanilla without as much woodiness. We put this brew directly into keg (our first kegged brew, actually) and I was surprised by how well it aged. Normally the hoppy brews don’t age so well.

For those interested, the current recipe is over at BrewToad.

This has quickly become one of our favorite recipies and we have plans to brew it again in the very near future.

Doodle Swap #14 – Fairy Tales

It’s that time again for another Doodle Swap project. This time the theme was Storybook/Fairy Tales. Here’s the handful of drawings I’ll be shipping off soon to my fellow doodle swappers.

What’s Doodle Swap? It’s a quarterly project where folks trade ATC sized pieces of original art. Anyone is free to join. That’s it. Simple, no?

frogprincebigracetrollingmergnomebaddragonridinghood

 

23 in ’13: To Glory

Here’s my third 23 in ’13 Challenge piece inspired by John Anealio’s instrumental song “7 Rounds” (available for free download on his site).

It took me longer to finish this piece than the previous two for various boring reasons which I will spare you. I was debating making the background all vector art, but once I started playing with the plain inked version, the imperfections grew on me.

I spent a lot of time playing around with the colors for this piece. I’m still not sure I’m 100% happy with the results, but I do see improvements in my coloring techniques… so huzzah, I guess.

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Video of the inking process:

Weekend Art Cards

So, I have this thing when I go to conventions or concerts or really anywhere that involves me sitting in lines for an excessive amount of time; I draw little sketches. I then give those sketches away to folks who seem to like them (at least, that is my sincere hope).

Here are the few I did this weekend while visiting Emerald City Comicon. Thanks so much to anyone who was kind enough to take one home.

 

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