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:
Why, Hello There
On Being Prepared
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.
Here’s a little something I did for the Game of Thrones Podcast, Beyond the Wall.
Also, there are shirts.
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.
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?
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.
Video of the inking process:
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.
Here’s my second 23 in ’13 Challenge piece inspired by John Anealio’s instrumental song “Scavenger” (available for free download on his site).
And the video of the inking:
Here’s the selection of art cards I released into the wilds on a boat. Thanks so much to everyone who complemented my work and took one of these fellows home with them. You guys are the best. :)