On Making Those Tough Decisions

Hello wonderful followers.  We are taking things simple today.  I decided to leave off making any more alterations to the lettering for my gorilla logo, removing the few attempts I made.  The image is not complete because I will of course need to put the actual site adress below when the time comes.  However, I am calling all else done.

Now what, well, I am back to working on the crazy detailed red starfish for the Sarah Seadragon project.  I am hoping to try taking a lighter approach to all the detail instead of focusing so long on each bit of calcium on the tentacles.  I want to move faster and look to the overall affect instead of the individual parts.

I also want to work on some drawings.  I am currently rereading the Lords of Dus series by Lawrence Watt-Evans and have gotten a hankering to paint the King in Yellow, who is a thousand year old immortal preist king.  He is described as being so ancient that he looks mummified, has a long white beard, and always wears a tattered yellow robe with hood.  His face is never seen becuse it is sunken into the cowl.  How cool is that image.

I also want to set down the basics for the defining image of the Corpse Eater story, which will be a veiw from the surface of the asteroid ship looking at the borealis effect of the ships sheilds working in interstellar flight.  I am hoping this will become a two page spread in the middle of the book for awe value.

Finally, I bought some clay to try my hand at sculpting again.  Yeah, I know, what else.  Like I said before, my brain never stops and I love every aspect of creating.  There are so many things I want to try that I will never ever be bored in retirement.  The only sad part is that I probably will not be competent in most. Oh well. Don’t forget I write stories two.

The Wonders Mine Eyes Have Seen

Good afternoon luminous lingering followers. I am currently getting my car inspected so I am in forced inactivity. Accordingly, I am flipping through various sites I watch and decided to take a stroll through my favorites on my Deviantart page (you can use the link to my site on the left of this blog to go to my deviantart page). Enjoy my artwork but also take time to look at my collection of other artist’s works I have favorited over the years. This collection covers paintings, drawings, comics, animation, sculptures, and so much more. These are the people that blow my artwork out of the water and inspire me to try harder. If you ever want to feed your eyes so much eye candy that they throw up, then check out my favorites. Enjoy and don’t say I didn’t warn you

The Albatross has Landed

Well hello there little birdie and other flying followers. Yes, they are officially ready for reward. I have decided these can be yours for a donation of $2.50 or more because the printing ended up a bit more expensive than I wanted, along with the costs for the envelopes. Well, for the cost of basically everything. I have at least twenty five sets printed at this time so the first 25 out the door will also be signed by me. If you would like multiple copies, just donate at least $2.50 per copy and let me know.

To order one or more of these, send your name and mailing address to gkarlives@verizon.net with the subject Falcon. You can make the donation at the Paypal fundraiser I created https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8LGYAY6O3E. I look forward to mailing these out.

Update: I played with the photos to make them brighter, since I could not seem to take a better picture.

Look Up in the Sky, It’s a Bird, It’s a … Well yeah, it’s a Bird

Good evening my ornithological fellows. Yes, the illustration is done for “A Word in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” and I have even printed the master story. All that is left is to make some copies and work out final costs for you. I believe I will do this as a reward for support through donations to avoid tax issues. I will work out the base cost for unsigned and another for signed. If you would like to donate above the numbers I list, your support will be most appreciated. From there we will see if I will do more. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Just Say No Once in a While

Well, I decided to just say no to my boss for a change. I did not want to give up another Saturday to work especially since it is a three day holiday weekend and work is never going to let up. I still ended up with five hours overtime with screaming foot pain.

Anyway, I have two pieces of good news to share with you. The first is something I want to share with all of you, not just those who come here for my scifi and fantasy output. To help with the doldrums of the excessive amount of driving I do, I have turned to audio books.

However, I don’t like abridged versions because the always come off as chopped, but the full versions are expensive. Well, there is a free method for getting these books. I downloaded an app called libby to my phone. This is an app that allows you to borrow digital books, including audiobooks, from your local library. I am mostly hitting my favoite genre but you have the entire collection to choose from.

Better yet, you can make use of any library in your local network. Mine has a decent amount but very few complete series, but if can get a library card for another network, I can expand my choices. So, if you enjoy full length audiobooks, I highly recommend this app. I recently listened to Bradon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, which was 48 hours long.

The second piece of news is that I am almost finished the Falcon in Hand painting. I feel that I should be able to finish this project this weekend and be ready to go next week. My crazy work life has really impacted my ability to finish this product and I will be very glad to be able to finally offer it. So, watch this blog for an update.

I Say, I Say There Boy … What Are You? I’m a Chickenhawk.

Falcon in Hand

Gooooood ………. Evening my fine feathered followers. I know I have fit my grumpy gorilla namesake quite well this week more because the ugliness in my country today brings out the worst in me. However, my angst comes out stronger when I am spending too much time working and not enough time creating. At least I have been able to put some effort into correcting that.

As you can see, I have managed to do a lot of work around the Falcon’s head for this project. The hardest part is trying to achieve all the very minor variations in the gray that make up the feathers but it is coming along. Also, I began the rewrite on one of the smaller stories for the Vapor Visions anthology. It was a little 105 word story for a contest about conditioning that I have expanded to 497 words now. My hope is to finish around a thousand words. I am having lots of fun trying to create an eldritch/cthulhu vibe with the words and sentences. The story is one of several that fit beautifully into the death theme of the anthology. Hope all have a good night.

Holy Cow, All These Things are Dive Bombing Me

Proof of Concept Dragonfly Painting

Hello wonderful followers. So here is the first attempt at a layered 3D print of the Dragonfly image. It is not bad but also not all I was hoping for either. First off, the overlay film used has a slight dark tint to it which accumulates as you stack the layers obscuring some of the deeper layers. In addition, the printing process leaves its mark on the sheets, marring the overall effect. As for the image itself, I made some mistakes and bad choices on some of the layers that I will have to do better on the next image. It is very hard to keep track of which layer you are one, let again which layer something should be painted on. One bright spot is that I knew the bottom layer of the body would be too transparent so I purchased a white and a silver paint pens to cover the back side. I chose the silver and the effect it had on the eyes was perfect. They have a great shininess like a real dragonfly. I am already looking into how I might get these layers printed directly onto thin sheets of plexiglass instead.

Falcon in Hand Progress

On another front, I finally have the contact case added to the image. I had to go to MSPaint to get the design started but soon copied that into the painting and did finishing work in gimp. There is still a little more to do there but at least all the parts are in place now. From there it is only a matter of detailing the Falcon. I will be glad to have this one finished and added to the story to share with you guys.