Sunday, April 27, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 3.

   Welcome  back, folks! Here's another batch of Globes and globe-like designs! Let's get into it, shall we? Now that I'd gotten the basic globe shape down pat (round) I started playing with using the same pattern elements with variations in shape.
Update: IMAO Link of the Day - You won't believe what he does with a protractor!
Equatorial Bulge. 10/24/06 
My Heart Is Blue. 05/10/07
   I occasionally lose my fascination with randomness and try to go in the other direction and emphasize pattern and symmetry. Sometimes I even succeed.
Almost Symmetrical Globe. 12/11/09

HyperWeave. 03/19/10
   HyperWeave isn't exactly a globe, but I used the globe pattern elements to modify a weave pattern. That gave me the idea that I used to make Inner Strength.
I mean this one!
This next one is another stab at maximum pattern, minimum randomness.
Octoglobe. 08/24/11
I doubled the design from 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 to 256 points around the edges. Actually it's more of a dream-catcher than a globe. Globular Dream-Catcher? Meh, it's pretty, so what do I care what category it belongs in?
   Then I found a new way of drawing straight lines curved.
Illusion of Curvature 2. 01/24/12
If you draw straight lines horizontally and vertically connecting equidistant points around the circumference of a circle, then draw a second set of lines connecting the corners of the first set of lines diagonally, then turn the whole thing so the it's 45 degrees off plumb, so that the horizontal and vertical lines become the diagonal lines and vice versa, this is what you get. It's simple, really!
   Then I tried it using 3 sets of lines instead of just 2.
Illusion of Roundness. 02/06/12
It needs work. So, back to the curvature idea.
Convex Window. 02/09/12
After I finished this one, it reminded me of a scene from an old H.P. Lovecraft novel, The Lurker at the Threshold, but only sort-of, so I called it Convex Window and let it go at that.
Protraction. 02/13/12
 Protraction is an homage to one of my favorite design tools, the humble protractor. Well done, protractor, well done!
   This last one isn't exactly a globe or a protraction, but it's mostly round and pretty cool looking, so it's in!
Universal Gear. 04/30/12
And now, Kevin Koastie! Do you feel "Lucky"? Well, do ya, punk? ;-)
Update: A Musey for jw! Luckiest Unlucky Man in the World! (I mean the guy in the video, not jw!)

Clarence the Talking Penguin Executes a One-handed/flippered "Air Quotes" gesture.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 2.

   Happy Easter, Everybody! (By the time I get this posted, it'll probably be early Monday morning, but I started it while it was still Easter Sunday, so that counts, right?)
   Here's another ten Globes, in a variety of styles, coincidentally all from 2005. 2005 was a good year for globe production.
Update: IMAO Link-of-the-Day - Globe and Penguin.
3 Color Globe. 05/16/05
   I applied the colors in a spiral pattern. I did the same thing with several of the globes I posted last week, but I forgot to mention it.
Luminous Globe. 05/24/05
Crystal Globe. -6/04/05
Fissure. 06/14/05


Contained Reaction. 06/16/05
Crystal Globe 2. 06/24/05
Fractile Globe. 07/19/05
Globe. 08/16/05
I think this is the last design I ever tried to fix with "White-Out". You can hardly notice it!
Semicurved Globe. 10/07/05
To control the curves, I had to sacrifice some of the excruciating detail of the fiddly-bits.
18 Color Fractile Globe. 12/18/05
I did a lot of "fractiles" in 2005. Although it finally led to the discover of the trans-dimensional ninja stealth monkeys, the design had limited applications, so I moved on. (eventually).

And now, a special Easter episode of Kevin Koastie!
Kevin Has Some "Issues". 04/20/14
Happy Easter! (He is Risen!)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 1.

   I ruffled through my notebooks tonight looking for a sampling of "Globe" style designs. Danged if I didn't find 42 of the little buggers. 42! (to any fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that number will always be significant!)
   I did one years ago that used the same elements as most of these, only in an elongated cube shape, rather than a circle, added houses and such to make it a town, and, as I recall, had the center of the design disappear  into an infinite spiral. It was very cool, and someone agreed and bought it, so I can't show it to you. (This was years before I owned a computer.) Anyway, the reason I recall it now was because of the title I gave it, "I Live In My Own Little World, But That's OK, Everyone Knows Me There!". So That's why I call all my designs 'little worlds', as well as this here BlogSpot!
   See, I actually started playing with circles before I started playing with cubes, but one day I decided to try to make a circle out of cubes, and it became an on-going process of development and experimentation - different shapes, different colors, different attempts to finesse the secondary elements - Making something made of all straight lines look curved!
   What I learned from these early designs I've been incorporating into my art in other ways, but I still get the itch to create another globe from time to time.
   Here's the first 10, and another episode of Kevin Koastie - which also involves the quest for strange new worlds (sort of).

Globe #2. 04/24/04
   Several of these old globes were drawn on blue-lined grid paper, and therefore are officially Not fine art, but they show the development of the idea I was shooting for, so they're in. The numbering is off also, so I'll just go by the completion date on each.
Globe #4. 04/29/04
Globe #5. 04/30/04
Globe #6. 05/05/04
Globe #7. 05/13/04
   This next one was drawn while we were rolling down Interstate 29 on a family road trip. Mary was driving, I was bored, so out came the sketch book and I drew another globe. The road vibration made the lines shaky, so I colored it blue, as if it were shivering from the cold.
Blue Globe. 09/15/04
(It was a long road trip.)
Globe #8. 10/03/04
Globe in Amber. 10/07/04
Globe. 05/14/05
This last one is part of my "Slightly Larger Worlds" collection - Just a hair too big to fit completely on my scanner screen. Dang it!
Globe. 05/15/05
And now, old what's-his-name!


Beware the man who may be smarter than he looks!
(I had to pay an homage to the-soon-to-be-deceased Archie with a little side-of-the-head cross-hatching in that last panel.) Comments? Suggestions? I haven't awarded any Musey's for about a week, so I need more inspiration!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Eggs, Easter Baskets, and Stuff Like That.

   My apologies to those who were yearning for another episode of Kevin Koastie last week. I kinda-sorta promised that this weeks episode would be the bestest one yet. Well, bestestness is in the eye of the beholder, I guess, but I can guarantee that this episode was drawn on the bestest cartooning paper I could find!
Fanboy Paper!
   And now, at long last, another episode of Kevin Koastie!

... to wear shades!
Now, what was I going to do this week? Oh yeah, Easter-y stuff! Here are some designs you could use for Easter decorations if you had a mind to. A lot of my designs fall into the broad category of "Fun With Circles". But if I draw a circle, then draw a smaller circle above the first one and kind of mash them together, I get an egg-shaped outline, which I can then fill in with whatever my mind can invent. I also like playing with basket weave designs, and, well, you'll see what I mean.

Early Christmas. 12/9/09
Early Christmas was supposed to be Christmas Tree shaped, but turned out more egg shaped in the end. It was a development of my early Globe designs. Have I shown you any of my globes yet? Hmm... something for a later post or two, I think.
Open Weave Easter Basket. 1/25/11
Closed Weave Easter Basket. 4/26/11
These are two early attempts at weaving the elements of a design. I've been experimenting with various kinds of weaves and nets ever since - still haven't got to the end of the possibilities yet.
Cosmic Egg With Double Yokes. 4/9/12
Pseudo-Mandelbrot Egg. 7/19/12
Cosmic Egg, Cracking. 8/20/12
I was feeling kind of "cosmic" in 2012. I was also playing with a style of design I call "Fun With Spirals".
Variation on a Basket Weave. 1/31/13
These last three, from 2013, 2014, and at least one other above, you may have seen before in previous posts, but they fit the theme of this post, so I'm posting them again. This saves you the trouble of hunting for them yourself! You're welcome!
Eggsactly. 4/3/13
Easter Basket. 3/27/14
This last one is sort of basket-y and sort of egg-y at the same time, so call it a Two-Fer!
Now I'm going to try an experiment in sizing. If it works, you'll see it. If it doesn't, I'll edit it out and it'll remain forever my little secret!

... to wear shades! (Full Size)
So, does this make the comic page easier to read? You have to slide the center over to the right a little, but it does show the cartoon in more detail. What do you think?