Hello, fantabulous ones. I have been hard at work making my logo and wanted to share my progress. Right now I have been working solely on the words, actually painting the insides since I was unable to get that kind of font into Gimp at this time. I have just started going back to the first letters with a darker color to give a more metallic look but I am unsure if I like the affect. In addition I cropped the image down for a more centered feel and have moved the gorilla around to see where it works better. I still prefer it on the left.
On another note, I finally went through and signed/numbered the first 25 copies of “A Word in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush”. It turned out that I have 30 copies at this time. If you haven’t ordered one yet, please make a $2.50 donation at my Pay Pal fundraiser https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8LGYAY6O3E then send your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support is so valued on this journey I am taking so please consider getting a copy for you and your loved ones.
Good Saturday morning faithful followers. Yes, Grumpy Gorilla is a little sad about the reception of my Albatross post letting you know that the illustrated short story “A Word in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” was ready as a reward for those supporting my create efforts has garnered. I had hoped for more takers given the reception of my previous posts on the subject.
I am hoping that maybe the title of the post “The Albatross has Landed” did not turn anyone off. I know that references to Albatross usually refer to poor quality product but that was not my intent. It was more a reference to my slow pace of production and the hap hazard reveals of any of my projects. In other words, a little self-deprecating humor towards myself, which you know from reading this blog.
Anyway, with that said, I am glad to report that I have decided the gorilla part of my logo is complete. I am now turning my attention toward the words and other aspects of the logo. I actually did a test of the extended parts using my planet painting of Alderaan that I used in my Carrie Fisher painting.
My idea is to create a similar background and two word layouts. The first will be with the words “Grumpy Gorilla Graphics” in a circle around the combined planet and ape painting. Second, will be the words stacked horizontally to the right of the image for business cards. This will give me more options for different situations and I will be able to see which looks better. All in all, I am happy with where the project stands.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Well frolicking followers here is a quick update on story mascot. This has been the first time in a few days that I was able to work on this beauty and I went straight for the eyes. They are the most fun to do and can really change the look if you get them right. I am a lot happier with their appearance now that I softened the darker areas behind them, adding some texture around the face as well. The stare is really starting to kick in. I can’t wait to be able to insert this into the story to make a unique offering for my fans.
Good stormy evening from Pennsylvania, USA easter egg loving followers. I just remembered an egg I laid in my first collection of short stories “Mystics and Misfits” in the Dragon Dream trilogy. In the three connected stories the lead character, Jason, ages from the beginning of each story to come out older at the end. Basically, each story starts out with him at one age in our world going into a dream that connects him to the dragon realm. When he emerges from the dragon realm he is older than when he went in. The next story then ages him some more as he enters the dragon realm only to see him emerge again at an even older stage of life. The final story finds him deep into a satisfying career as a fantasy artist until he unravels the mystery of the dragon dreams and looks back upon his deceased body. I really don’t play up the idea in the prose but the idea is there when you look at the stories closer. I used it as a subtle nod to the changes in his life as he experienced the dragon dreams. I don’t believe I had any further thought on the matter, such as the specific dreams lasting for years until the next one took over, but more as a fun little unexpected quirk in a series of stories already filled with unexpected quirks. I hope this little insight to my collection will bring additional pleasure to those who have had a chance to read it.
Hello wonderful followers. I had an idea the other day, kind of good and kind of bad. The good is that I will have a story ready for you to purchase as a one shot like I mentioned doing with Corpse Eater.
As I said, I chose to take Corpse Eater in a different direction and Mist and Memories still needs a lot of filler. However, what I had not thought about is all the other stories I have that did not go in the first collection and do not fit the new one. Turns out that I have the perfect story. It is only four pages long, which will be great for mailing. Only a few tweaks are needed plus a bonus, which I will hold as a surprise for those who decide to get the story.
So, very shortly I will have an idea of cost for the whole package and be ready to impliment once I get the orders. Now for the bad side. While this story and maybe a few others will work this way, I think stories like Mist and Memories will not. I am anticipating $0.15 cost per page. At four pages that will be $0.60 for the package plus maybe $0.20 for me then shipping. In the US the shipping could probably just be a stamp so all told, less than $2.00. With a longer story, say 30 pages, you are looking at $4.50 just for the print. Not what I was hoping to do for you guys. There are some things I could do but it still would be expensive for a single story.
I will try running this story and see your response, which will let us see if you like the idea. To end on a good note, I am very happy with the bonus I am working up and that, after seeing a recent Youtube listing, the story is a very relevant one. Stay tuned and let me know what you think.