Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Struthiomimus (=ostrich-like dino) hiding from T-Rex

puzzled trex too small
Originally uploaded by josephus1

Poor T-Rex, can't find them.I need to add to the ground, the shadows, maybe, but the idea is that the ostrichosaurs hide their heads in the sand, and that actually works to keep the T-Rex from seeing them. Poor guy can't scratch his head without an arm extender.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

newer robots2

newer robots2
Originally uploaded by josephus1
I had a long day at karate today, so I drew several little robots. these are the last of them.

newer robots

newer robots
Originally uploaded by josephus1
some smaller robots.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Psittacosaurus, the zebra-striped, parrot-beaked dinosaur.

These zebra-toned dinosaurs might have an alternative coloring, with bright yellows, and purples, perhaps a light grey or cyan color. I understand they might like crackers, too. I really think that I can make a Jurassic, or Triassic Savannah that looks pretty cool with the variety of dinosaurs with similarities to large African animals.
next up: the ostrich

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robots are Always angry; Horatio final

I have spent the last few days making uninspired entries for the woot nightmare contest, and finishing up Horatio's self portrait. I quite like it now that it is much more in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. There is an eight color version and a six color version I'm going to show. I think the extra colors improve the design, but I understand the limitations of screen printed design, so I'll have to live with it. Now I have to decide what to do with it...

While I was waiting at karate practice for my son to sharpen his skillz for the black belt test in March, I drew another robot. It occurred to me that whenever I see robot designs, they usually are involved in destruction, and this has to be because of  The Fifth Law of Robotics, as expressed by the famous Daneel, "Robots are Always Angry."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Horatio at Argenteul

I was making an avatar today for my Google Wave account, which is a fascinating new tool from the Wizards at Google. Anyway, I'd decided to make a van Gogh as a joke, and kind of sketched it out. when it was done, I realized that with sunglasses he looked just like Horatio Caine.

So, then I had to draw Horatio Van Gogh. and here he is. I love the similarities between them. The only real difference is the nose, so I sort of merged their nostrils and ignored the rest of the nose, though by the time I finish the design I will have to deal with the nose somehow. I have only roughly put in his jacket and shirt, as well as much of the beard needing more direct revision instead of big clumps of solid color.

I'm thinking of just doing a portrait, like the one Adder did in collaboration with ...(the Infinity Loop?) someone I respect highly for their skill and talents! That is one of the shirts I have bought on purpose, as opposed to randomly!
Alternatively, I could make it into one of those police IDs that they sometimes wear around their necks. I kind of like that idea better, it could even hang around the collar of the shirt, and have CSI:LaBelle (or some other small Florida Town) in great big letters on the back. That might be a bit much, and run into copyright issues.  Anyway, the ID card would also make the design more of a close-up than the Van Gogh self portrait is.

Anyone with any suggestions who sees this, I would greatly appreciate reading them. I'm uncertain even who might print it, since it is kind of a cultural reference. I think it's a wonderful idea, and I'd love to have the shirt. It is unusual for me, since I don't have a clue what to do with it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Finished my 3 yr old valentine design to submit to woot for a daily, TODAY.

This was an idea I had on my own. I think it's great for a valentine's day shirt or just for a couple.

I'm sure it could be sweeter, but I'm not sure how.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Neo days and robot nights

I submitted a Matrix-inspired design to the derby that I believe worked really, really well.

Tonight, as I waited at son's boy scout meeting, I drew another in my series of robotic-ish designs

I think I am improving as I go on with these. At any rate, I'ma continue. Thanks for all the previous comments, y'all, I promise to do better about looking and especially commenting on the other blogs.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

close to final egypt design.

just for fun, I gave him a scarab for a bellybutton, and a better view of it is here:

I have to check to make sure the lines in the scarab aren't too thin, but because this thing is so big on the shirt, I'm pretty sure they are wide enough. Oh, and I have also nearly finished my valentine's design to see if woot wants to print it. I think it's great, but anyway, here it is so far.

maybe a different color shirt.

The fascination with Egypt

I'm probably not going to do all that well in this week's derby. I think my design is really neat, but, like most of the things I enter, there isn't a really obvious cornball joke, which is what usually wins. Actually, there's no joke at all, just a gold plate that one might have seen on a wealthy person like the Pharoah. I put a lot into this design, trying to create something similar to the jewelry which was seen with Tutankhamen, but different. I think I was successful, overall. anyway, here it is:

I think the blue color is good, and realistic and I like the goldness. I'm pretty pleased.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Time to start thinking about Egypt.

I'ma have to start talking about the derby today, because that's all I worked on today. I looked at Tutankhamen pictures, and decided to attempt to invent one of those big necklace things that could hang on the front of a shirt. They mostly have a big set of wings, with either a big bird attached, or some sort of person/goddess. This is a pretty common theme, in the tomb images, and the coffin enclosures, as well as an awful lot of hieroglyphics. Everyone seemed to wear these kinds of bling pieces. Accordingly, here is my drawn image, which I am now working on to turn it into a vector design. I am hoping to make it look pretty realistic before the derby starts, so I may be working on it as my major design this week. I have another design from TWO YEARS AGO that I am going to submit to woot for a valentine design, which I think is just fabulous. For two years, I forgot it during the time before valentines, and I'm going to send it out to them this week.

Anyway, here's my big jewelry piece:

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cool Post the first

OK, AS I promised myself, I made something cool on New Year's Day. at least, I think it's cool. That would be this drawing of some sort of bot:

I'm not sure what that thing is climbing out of the access tunnel, but I presume it could be a power-leech. I love the idea of a whole bunch of feet underneath the thing being moved around, and drew another one today using a bit different kind of mobility basis:

It took a couple of drawings to figure out how to operate the posts, but with a cam and a separate belt system, you could do it. I figure that operation of the movements works by varying the rate of rotation in the different directions. Perhaps, if it is rotating more rapidly at the front rank, then it's more likely to fall forward in that direction. this needs thinking for it to actually operate.

Anyway, we have 2 days of cool things I created.