Friday, December 20, 2013

How I Did It, and What I've Done.

   Back in 2004 when I first tried to create some works of art that might, possibly, could-be, maybe, someday be worth someone actually buying for like, cash money, I prepared a step-by-step guide to how I create my designs because people kept asking me how I did it.

Step 1: Draw the foundation lines.

Step 2: Set the structure.

Step 3: Block the design.

Step 4: Add detail.

Step 5: Ink, shadow & texture.
Step 6: Erase pencil lines. Step 7: Add color. (try to stay inside the lines)
How I do it. 10/3/04
   Tah Dah!
    I may have left out a step or two, and I may have added a step or two since I drew this, but that's the basic process. I'm always trying something different, and gradually adding to the complexity of what I can achieve on a piece of paper.
   Here's a few examples from previous years - sort of a "Best Of" selection: (mostly from 2010).
Tribes. 12/16/09
Inner Strength. 4/5/10
Pulse. 5/27/10
Pulses. 6/1/10
5.833 times around. 6/5/10
Dream Catcher #2. 7/7/10
Dream Catcher #3. 7/12/10
Wrecked Tangles (rectangles). 7/15/10
Collide-a-scope. 8/3/10
Awkward Spirals. 8/6/10
Incursions. 8/19/10
Release the Kraken! 8/24/10
Autumn Moon. 10/1/10
Autumn Dream Catcher. 10/5/10
Lavender Spiral. 10/7/10
The Last One. 10/19/10
"The Last One" refers to it being drawn on the last of a package of 50 cream colored card stock sheets. I did some good drawing on those sheets, they deserved some sort of commemoration. (Sigh) 2010 was a good year, all things considered. Well, I hope you like the lesson and the examples!
   And now, Kevin Koastie:
To be continued...
See? I told you there would be more penguins! :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Time at My House.

   It's been nearly a week since I posted anything here. I reckon I better get busy and shovel some more art into the internet or Harvey at IMAO may punch me in the snoot for being a "selfish varlot".
(Bonus Link)
Update: IMAO - Art, The Flying Castle.

   Since Harvey and Anonymiss already got their Christmas presents, (Inspiration Comes From Many Sources) I guess I better send something nice to the rest of my friends at IMAO. For Frank and Sarah,

Christmas Net. 12/11/13
   It's done in the 8 point, 12 dimensional zig-zag style of The Princess and the Pirate, with modifications. I hope they like it. And then, because their kids, Buttercup and Frank Jr., are just so darned cute, Photos of the Family of Blogging I just had to send them something they might like as well.
Flying Castle. 7/18/13
      And finally, here's something for Basil....
Fun With Cubes #6 - Christmas Cube. 12/14/13
   Fans of IMAO may remember the Secret Service Gnomes or the OWS Ninja Stealth Monkeys who showed up in some of the previous pictures that were posted at that most worthy site in months past? (See original post, "A Little Story").
Well, maybe it's just me, but you might see some Sinister Robotic NSA Elves monitoring you as you gaze into this one. Merry Christmas!
Update: 3/31/14 - Little Worlds art, No. 6 Yay! All my Basil art is now up to date!

   I'd originally intended to present some of my work from March, 2013 here, but it's late and I'm tired, so I'll just finish up this post with another few panels of Kevin Koastie.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

The "Idea" of Snowflakes.

   Another link at! (Crazy Sky) . I didn't know I was a political humorist! Oh, that's right, I'm not, but Harvey is, so that's OK!
   jw, in the comments still wants more penguin.
   I swear, as God is my witness, there will be more penguin! (Someday.)

   But tonight I'll be responding to a comment left by Anonymiss at my post, "Old and New".

"But I have a thing for snowflakes (my entire main Christmas tree is laden with my collection of lovely and obscure snowflake ornaments) so I LOVE the first one too. Like really love it."

   So tonight I'll be sharing some snowflake themed art I've done over the last 15 years. If you want to use them in any Christmas decoration schemes you may have, that's OK with me! (Also WWIII starts in The Adventures of Kevin Koastie, but that's just an added holiday bonus from me to you!)

untitled - 1999-2000 (?)
   Back then I was still figuring out that boxy shapes look like buildings if you add doors and windows to them. I was also learning of the wonders of the Tri-bar, an impossible geometric form, and incorporating them into my designs. (tribar) I still use them today, but smaller.

2nd Cor. 6:7; Ride Hard, Shoot Straight, and Tell the Truth! 6/3/04.
   This one might have become another tattoo for me, but I decided on the Philippians 2:5-11 inspired tattoo instead. The actual text of 2nd Cor. 6:7 reads as follows,
"In truthful speech and in the power of  God; with weapons of righteousness
 in the right hand and in the left;"

which reminded me of the old Texas Rangers motto, "Ride hard, shoot straight, and tell the truth.", so it seemed like an appropriate title for a drawing that might have some vague resemblance to the general outline of a sheriffs badge. (Or a snowflake!)

... And Then It Rained. 3/23/05.
   I've bemoaned the hazards of drawing outside before, so no need to elaborate on the title of this one. I was trying for an impression of transparency on this one, but took the time to have fun with the background also. One of my favorites.

symmetrical Linked Star. 2/26/06. 
   See? More tribars!

Trapped Cube. 9/28/07.
   I didn't get a lot of drawing done in '07, 08, and 09 because of my job. The few I did tended to be small, spur of the moment things liked Trapped Cube. I know how the cube felt.

3 Piece Star. 10/22/07.
   3 Piece Star was an exploration of something I'd discovered by accident. I can braid structures throughout a design, without ever connecting them. I used red, green and blue here to illustrate my discovery, which I've used ever since. (When the mood strikes me to do so.)

Fractile Snowflake with Linked Background. 1/16/10.
   My drawing paper was too small for my ambitions at times, so I'd end up drawing right off the edge of the page, trying to imply that the design continued in some other, invisible realm of limitless, flat, white space. (Kind of like North Dakota in January, as a matter of fact. Hmm.)

3 Snowflakes. 1/25/10.
   3 Snowflakes takes the idea of a braid that I started with 3 Piece Star (see above) as far as I could without running off the page again. Ignore the pastel green background for a moment and study the structure of the snowflake. There are actually 3 six pointed patterns braided together, but not connected, within the overall pattern. Pretty cool, eh?

Snowflake Town. 8/27/10.
   This one has a pattern in the background similar to the previous picture's foreground. Once I figure out a pattern, I may use it as wall-paper for other designs. The structure in the foreground of this picture is of course a descendant of Snowflake #3, Anonymiss's favorite. I never throw out anything, I just wait to recycle it!. August in Memphis, Tn. is a good time to draw pictures of snowflakes - ANYTHING to distract from the heat and humidity is worth a shot!

   The same goes for this next one.

Mid-Summer Snowflake. 7/21/11.
   This last one is more of an Autumn snowflake - but again, with my old pals the tribars making an appearance.
October Snowflake. 10/3/13.
And now, Kevin Koastie.


God Bless All our military personnel, who serve bravely, honorably and professionally, and who deserve more praise, higher pay and better leadership than they've been getting lately.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

February 2013 Art Plus Extras

   Another link at, bless'em! (Bonus Link)  The general tone of the comments there was that they want to learn more about the penguin! (See previous post - look closely at 2nd panel of the cartoon at the bottom.)
   So I'll be including more of the Adventures of Kevin Koastie along with my pictures. I've also had a suggestion from Anonymiss in her comment at my post "Old and New" that makes me think I should search my folders for more snowflake related designs before Christmas, so folks can use them for decorative purposes. I guess that's do-able.
   But, for now, here's some art I did in February of this year.

Carosel 2/5/13
I meant to name this Carousel - you know, like a merry-go-round? But I misspelled it, so now it's Carosel.

Bronze Cross, Wings of Fire, and One, Random, Raindrop. 2/11/13
A recurring hazard of drawing outside is having a drop of rain landing on the page, causing the ink to run, or making the paper soggy so it abrades when I try to erase the pencil lines. That's what happened here. I think I covered it over pretty well, but just in case, I included mention of the raindrop in the title to explain the imperfection in the design. See how my mind works?

The Last One 2.0 (Ash Wednesday). 2/13/13
This is the second picture I've titled 'The Last One'. So what's the deal? I've found that 9x11 acid-free card stock is ideal for drawing my designs. It's stiffer that most drawing paper, won't yellow with age, and comes in different colors. This was the 'last one' in a package of 50 parchment patterned card stock I bought at Hobby Lobby the year before. I get sentimental about my art supplies sometimes. Having a favorite pen run dry is like loosing a pet hamster. You know it's going to happen someday, but it still makes you sad for a minute. Not the end of 'Old Yeller' sad, of course, but still I like to pay some sort of homage to the ends of things.
    I also finished it on Ash Wednesday. (Lent came early this year, didn't it?)
Note that I finished this one only 2 days after the last one. Did I really do all this work in 2 days? Nope. I'll sometimes have several designs in various stages of development at the same time. The date refers to the date of completion, but doesn't indicate how long it took to complete. In these two designs, I tried continuing the weave pattern right through the center of the picture. I think it needs a little more fiddling before I get it exactly right, but it still turned out 'pretty good'.

Shelter and Shield. 2/21/13
This one is another 'stretched' circle, with modifications, and also includes what I call the 'those with eyes to see, will see' method of religious iconography. (It was Lent, after all.)

Oh, like this next one, for instance.

Those With Eyes to See, Will See. 2/23/13
In this design, I combined the stretched circle with modifications design element, the basket weave pattern with modifications element, the illusion of curvature with modifications element, and the infinite convergence pattern element. It would have been a fine design except for the inclusion of the Fifth Element - in this case I mean it rained again, dang it!

Beaded Dream Catcher. 2/26/13
I drew this one on a page from a 9x6 drawing pad. I call designs like this 'Dream Catchers' because that's what they look like to me. I added little round dots at the major junction points, initially as a guide to the next step of the pattern development, then I decided they looked kind of cool, so I left them in there and called them 'beads'.

   I developed the 'bead' design element in this next design ...

Crazy Sky. 2/28/13
   ... and after I finished it, I never used it again. It was an experiment, but it didn't lead anywhere interesting, so I let it go.  (for now.)

   Well, that's everything I can show you art-wise from February. And now, since you twisted my arm (Ow! Ow! Let go!) Here's another few panels of Kevin Koastie!

AOKK, pg. 3 & 4
AOKK, pg. 5 & 6
To be continued ...