30 Characters Challenge: Days 23-30

As of last night, I completed my first time participating in the 30 Character Challenge. When I started, I wanted the use the project as a push to work on my humanoid drawing skills. Well, it was a good thought, but as you can see from this last set, I drifted back to the land of monsters. At any rate, I still think I accomplished what I set out to do even with this lapse in focus. I feel like my skills have improved over the month, and I am more confident in sketching out human forms without references. Also, completely unexpected, I learned how to use the pen tool and as a result, I have taken my first steps into the land of vector illustration. So, all in all, I think it was a good challenge and one that I would be happy to repeat next year and recommend to others looking to push themselves creatively. You can see my full set of characters at the 30 Characters Challenge website.

And thus, with a dapper octopus, the challenge is complete!

Improper Use of Slugs: Mustache

I got nothing.



In addition to the improper slug usage of my own device, if anyone has any suggestions for improper slug usage, leave a comment or email me with your suggestions. Granted there is no guarantee that I will pick your suggestion (i.e. it may already be on my master list or it doesn't register high enough on my awesome meter - personal taste and all). However, that being said, if I do pick your idea to include in this project, you will receive a free print of the image. NOTE: If you leave your suggestion in the comments, please make sure to include a valid email address so I may contact you if your idea is selected.


Previous Improper Slug Usage

Slug Candles

Slug Diapers

Slug Thumbtacks

Slug Shoes

Slug Dog Food

Cultivating Facial Hair for the Benifit of Bosoms

The dreary month of November is nearly finished, and I am ashamed to admit that I have been remiss in promoting a certain month long fund-raising effort until now. That which I speak is the infamous Beards 4 Boobs. For those of you not familiar with this annual effort that takes place during the eleventh month, let me direct you to their official website. A group of fellows of the manly man persuasion, or at least the virility hedge growing persuasion, gather during this month in an effort to grow facial hair worth of the term "beard". (Ladies are more than welcome to participate too, but alas, there were no takers this year.) They do this in order to help raise awareness and donations for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (via the Ann Voegerl Memorial Breast Cancer Research Fund). I encourage anyone who enjoys boobs and the pursuit of saving them (and their caretakers) from an terrible fate, to head on over to the Beards 4 Boobs site and sponsor a beard before the end of the month.

b4b2010_bwBut wait! There's more! You see this poster (designed by moi)? Well, currently the folks at Beards 4 Boobs have a contest going on to name the beards on that very poster. (Rumor has it there will be a name those boobs contest too, so stay tuned.) There's even FABULOUS prizes so be sure to participate.

So, please, for the love of all the lovely bosoms out there, sponsor a beard or two, won't you?

Facial Hair Fundraising

Some think of November as the dreary autumn month before the onslaught of winter (for those in the northern hemisphere, that is). Where thoughts of Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, and hot spiced drinks draw near. Some think of November as that month of self induced writing torture, known as NaNoWriMo. However, few know that there is yet another facet of November, for this is the month that many men decide to cultivate a crop of facial hair. In fact, my old electrical engineering professor would begin growing a truly monumental beard about this time of the year only to ruthlessly chop it off in the spring. It would start just under his nose and sprout into a mighty mane rivaling those of the mightiest of African lions. But I digress, the reason why I am drawing your attention to this annual phenomenon is because several groups are putting this follicle farming to good use.


First, the folks participating in HoNoToGroABeMo (or How Not to Grow a Beard Month, for the acronym challenged) are, as the name suggests, attempting to grow beards throughout the entire month of November. Each day they will update the status of their beards. Also, and most importantly, they are collecting donations for the Ann Voegerl Memorial Breast Cancer Research Fund (lovingly referred to as Beards4Boobs). Anyone may sponsor one of the beard farmers in their quest to grow the mightiest of beards. It is a wonderful cause and I highly suggest everyone to sponsor a beard or two. 100% of the donations go directly to the fund. Personally, I know most of the folks participating, and really, they could use all the sponsorship they can get - I mean, just look at their feeble attempts thus far. And those chins, they really need to be covered up. Think of the children. Also, I have it on good authority that the more sponsorships they receive, the more full and lush their manly manes will grow in. Donations are like fertilizer for the beards. It has been scientifically proven by leading scientific labs. Really. It has. More information can be found at the HoNoToGroABeMo website.


Secondly, this is the time of Movember. A (albeit, larger) group dedicated to growing mustaches for the month of November. You may also sponsor any of the mos with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Personally, I don't know anyone that is participating, but it is still a good cause, nonetheless. You can find out more about Mobember at their website.

Gentlemen, start your facial follicle growths!