Friday, April 9, 2010


After a failed attempt at painting the Hellsing portrait, I decided to fall back on my drawing to boost my confidence back up. I realize that I'm still just a beginning in painting, but I am very hard on myself, due to my perfectionist nature.

Anyhow, I decided to draw a portrait of Aphrodite IX, a MC in the same named comic series. The original picture of this was drawn by comic artist David Finch. I did my best to draw it only by looking at a picture. This is what I came up with. Draw time was approximately 1 hour. It's way easier to draw a picture than to write a novel lol. You authors have my deepest respect!!

P.S. The circle on her cheek is a tattoo.

Capturing the Evil

We all know that we want our characters to be memorable. It takes skill, effort and practice to really get it right and when the pen hits the paper we want our characters to truly come alive.

Last night I worked on a new painting, based on the popular anime OVA's called Hellsing, and in it, I painted a portrait of Alucard (that's Dracula backwards, for those of you who don't realize or know) and I failed to capture his "evil." In the series, he is not necessarily evil himself, but there is a certain evil quality that surrounds him. I did not capture it in the painting and as I look at it I can't help but think about how well I'd do capturing it in writing.

What do you do to, as a writer, to capture a bad guy's "evil?" Have you done it well, or do you still need to work on it.
P.S. I AM RE-Painting the right side and there is a strong possibility that Alucard will not be there in the next version.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Green Blogger

I'm not a huge "GO GREEN" kinda guy, nor am I against it. I believe we should take care of what we have, but not let the tree hugging mentality dictate everything we do. As good ol' grandma used to say, "everything in moderation."

Anyway, I just saw this on Summer's blog and wanted to be a part of it. I think planting a tree for me is kinda cool. So, here's the deal:

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According to a study by Harvard University, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.).

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One tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of your blog.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Time for me to catch up with you all. In my hunt for riches and glory, via blogger'dom, I've gathered quite a few followers since I began and also followed a bunch of you. Some people are more regular than others about visiting and some of you are lurkers.... gasp, shock, awe....

Ultimately, there are some of you that I haven't seen in a while, because I have failed to add you to my regularly visited links section. Please let me know if you are still around so I can follow up with you on your blog.

All I'm looking for here is a comment with a link to your current blog, so I can pop by and see what's going on. I have a regular crew of people that I check their blogs often, but some of you I've failed to keep up with and can't even find the blogs without hiring an Italian private investigator with ties to organizations that need not be named.

Oh and don't worry if you haven't dropped by or commented in a while, I still love ya. Heaven knows I haven't been able to keep up with everyone.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Literary Line Up

Superman, Hulk, Spiderman, Wonder woman, Captain America, Wolverine, Batman... The list goes on and on. The list of unique characters that dominate the comic book scene. Some are good, some are evil, but all of them are unique and impressive in some way or another. The above picture is a climactic point of interest for pretty much all comic junkies, because it draws on speculative fiction and fan fiction and slams them into a series of action packed throw downs that every comic fan wanted to see.

As literary junkies, I wonder what kind of epic tale would YOU weave, if you were to take some of the most amazing or unique literary MC's and pool them together with a bit of plot. What mix of MC's would you like to see breaking their way through one grand novel of an adventure/story?

I.E. Huck Finn and Bilbo Baggins go on a journey which brings them to meet Bella & Edward. I'm not saying Bella or Edward are amazing MC's, nor am I saying they aren't.... Remember everyone has their own opinion. The point it, if you want to bring a cast of various literary MC's together, who would you want in your story?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Latest Painting

I know you guys don't follow me for my art, but sometimes posting these things makes it easy for me to share with other people, so I hope you'll forgive me for not posting something about writing this time. Then again, if you read the top of my blog name, it does say 'And everything in between.' So there! :P