Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Wonderful World of Hypercubes - Part 1.

   My designs can be divided into several broad categories; Fun With Circles, Fun With Squares, Fun With Triangles etc. I like taking simple geometric forms and figuring out new ways to make them complicated. Hopefully, in the process, I end up with something pretty to look at, or at least weird enough to be worth a second glance by a casual observer.
   Sometimes when trying something new, I'll create a sort of test pattern. I set a boundary for the design and do all my wild experimentation within those limits. Once I've hammered out the nuances of the design element, I'll use it in other designs as I see opportunity to do so. These test patterns I frequently draw in the shape of a cube (a six sided, triangle based pattern). I call them Hyper-Cubes.
   I did a lot of hyper-cubes when I was figuring out how to make my designs appear 3-dimensional, with mixed results, but other hyper-cubes I did just for the fun of it.
   So, let me show you some!
Update: IMAO Link of the Day - The Wonderful World of Hypercubes - Part 1
Jury Duty - Day 3. 4/7/04
Have you every waited 3 days to see if you'd be called to serve on a jury? I'm sure glad I bought a note-pad and a pen to pass the time.
Hyper Cube #2. 5/01/04
 I've scratched my head and rubbed my chin and said "Hmmm..." but I just can't remember what I did with Hyper Cube #1. I probably gave it away with the advice, "Hang on to it! It'll be worth a fortune some day when I'm dead!" I still give my art away occasionally, but I no longer give that advice with the presentation, since the last guy I gave one to has developed the habit of asking me about the state of my health just about every time he sees me. Hmmm... I better keep my eye on him!
Hyper-Cube #3. 5/04/04
Hyper-Cube #4. 6/13/04
Hyper-Cube #5. 7/18/04
All the green bits in this design are connected - an unexpected result that I've learned to expect when I start fiddling with the corners of perspective. Perspective can turn vicious when you corner it!
Something Different. 7/22/04
 With apologies to Monty Python's Flying Circus, I tried something different, but not "Completely Different".
Step Cube. 7/23/04
Step Cube was an attempt to do a 6-sided version of a early 4-sided pattern that I just called "Steps". I've never shown any of my 'Step' designs here for two reasons. First, because most of them were drawn on blue lined grid paper, and second, because looking back at them now, they really weren't very good. But this one is a cube, so it's in!
Double Spiral. 8/05/04
In Double Spiral I was experimenting with Tri-bars again.
Hyper-Cube #6. 10/13/04
No. 6 is about the same size as the others, but was drawn with a medium tip magic marker, instead of a fine point pen.
I Saw It With My Eyes Closed. 11/18/04
This one started as a cube, but then flew off on a wild tangent. I used the title again later.
I Saw It With My Eyes Closed 2. 5/04/12
Same idea, different treatment. Of course, #2 is Not a cube, nor did it start out as a cube, but it's just so darned cool!
Hypercube - Mostly Yellow. 4/15/05
Sea Cubed. 4/18/05
With these last two, I guess I decided that a hypercube didn't have to be cube shaped anymore. I was giddy with the possibilities!

And now, here's a Two-Fer of Kevin Koastie cartoons with deep philosophical significance (to me, anyway). Enjoy!

The Totally Mental Misadventures of  Kevin Koastie and Clarence.

   Update: 05/26/14 - Have a Happy Somber and Reflective Memorial Day!
A journey of a thousand light-years begins with a single step.

Friday, May 16, 2014


   On Monday, January 6, 2014 I posted a collection of my work from May, 2013, and also my first all new Kevin Koastie cartoon.

Link: 2013 Fresh - May

    I also revealed an item of personal information:
"Everything in May was good up until this point. 5/15/13 was the day my wife slipped and broke her leg while at work and was rushed to the hospital. 2 days later, 5/17/13, while she was still in the hospital, she went into cardiac arrest due to a blood clot or fat embolism getting into her bloodstream from the break site. They managed to get her heart started again, but she hasn't regained consciousness since." .... "I'm glad she's not dead. I still hope she'll wake up and recover some day. I visit her 5 days a week at the nursing home. But it's lonely around here without her. Sometimes I feel sad, you know? On the other hand, sometimes I have to focus past my own troubles to be of any good to myself, Mary, or anyone else. My art helps me cope because when I'm drawing, I know there's at least one thing in the whole world that I can control, even if it's just a piece of paper on a clipboard held in one hand, and a pen or pencil help in the other. When I draw the anxiety goes away for a while. Sometimes I even smile. Philippians 4:6-7 Keep the faith, my friends."

   And I included a special design to emphasize my point.
My Buddy, My Pal, My Chum, My Kemosabe, My Partner, My Teammate, My Compadre, My Amigo, My Backup, My Friend, My Wife, My Love Mary. 5/31/05
    On Saturday, February 8, 2014 I posted some other designs inspired by my wife.
Link: Mandala, Tapestries, Windows, Self Portraits, and Valentines.
Mary. 7/29/05
The Abundance of My Heart. 5/24/10
Valentine. 3/26/10
   Over the years Mary has certainly been a source of inspiration for me, so it's high time I awarded her a Musey.
A Musey for Mary.
   In fact, she still inspires me. Here's a new design I finished today.
Born - 8:24:51, Died - 5:6:14, Loved - FOREVER. 5/17/14

I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of the day
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life has been full, I've savored much
Good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free!
The Journey Home
There's a path that leads to a turn in the road,
and we each must travel there,
Where the Father waits to take us home
to the shelter of His care.
Where happiness and peace and joy
replace the tears and pain,
and our loved ones rest
in the arms of God
to sweetly live again.
Safely Home
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
"The souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment can touch them.
They seemed in the view of the foolish to be dead and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before others indeed they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality.
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself."
 - Wisdom 3:1-6

Her memorial service will be Monday, May 19. I'm taking 4 days off from work to spend time with family and friends before and after the service. I reckoned this would be the only evening this week when I could post a tribute to the only girl I ever dated who actually though I was worth marrying.

Here's to you, kid - you didn't just inspire a little world, you were my world.
Update: Link - "If IMAO Had a Flag It Would Be Flying At Half Staff."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 Fresh - April.

   Here's a look at the new work I completed in April, 2014.
Update: IMAO Link of the Day: Ironically, He Finished "Endless Stairs."

Smile if You Love Jesus. 4/1/14
This is, of course, the fully colored finished version of the picture I showed at the tail-end of my 2014 Fresh - March collection.
I mean this one!
I had to create a new square-grid guide sheet to help me do this sort of thing, and I ended up doing a lot of square-grid designs in April.
   But it wasn't all "fun with squares" in April, I also finished Endless Stairs!
I mean this one!
So here it is in all it's Extra large, Full Color glory!
Endless Stairs. 4/2/14
Then it was back to squares!
Hidden Cross. 4/7/14
The next one is a variation on a over & under maze, but I got too clever by half and tried to highlight some of the lines after I'd already colored in most of the design, with the result that I smeared and blotted the ink several times, and I can't even blame the smudging on errant rain drops this time. (Dang it!)
I Fixed It Until I Broke It. 4/15/14
Good Thursday Maze. 4/17/14
To solve this maze you follow the path from the upper right-hand corner to the lower left-hand corner, but for extra points you have to find your way to the center first.
   This next one might give you eye-strain, but I swear, there Really is a maze in there somewhere!
Hidden Maze. 4/19/14
4 Point Linked Lattice Window. 4/22/14
4 Point Unlinked Lattice Window. 4/24/14
   And because it's Final Four time again, I did another series of Earth vs Air vs Water vs Fire designs. You'll have to wait until I post my 2014 Fresh - May collection to see who won the series!
Final 4 - 1st Round - Fire vs. Water - Water Wins, 13 to 5. 4/28/14
   I'm sorry there's no cartoon this week, but there's some stuff going on here that I have to deal with. Prayers and general good wishes will be appreciated, and I'll explain later. Thank you.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 4.

   I was going to show my 2014 Fresh - April collection tonight, then I remembered I still had a batch of globes and sorta-globes to show off, so I'll do that instead.
Update: IMAO Link of the Day - Mostly Circular. 

Warm and Cold. 05/17/12
10 Color Study #4. 05/29/12
10 Color Study #4 was one of a series of 5 drawings I did on a pad of 6" by 9" drawing paper. Since it looked kind of small when presented at the usual scale of my larger designs, I presented this one in Full Size scale. Neither this one or the first one are strictly globes, but they're mostly circular and I like'em, so they're in!
Rounding the Square. 09/09/12
OK, now we're back in sphere territory!
Breaking Out. 09/27/12
Pattern Experiment. 10/01/12
This last group is from 2013, which I've already displayed at previous posts, but what the heck!
Breaking Out. 06/09/13
Oops, two designs, same title!
Breaking Through. 06/11/13
Wobbely World. 10/06/13
Snow Globe. 10/24/13
Dark Matters. 03/03/13
Unfinished Zig-Zag Globe. 04/16/13
Well, that's all for now.
   And now, in a different format, using different paper, (from that same 6" by 9" pad I drew 10 Color Study #4 on), One more dream sequence for Kevin Koastie! That pad of Fanboy cartooning paper I bought was larger, stiffer, more expensive and in most ways superior paper, but I couldn't seem to draw a 4-panel cartoon without smudging the ink! So until I refine my technique, I'm gonna try this.
   Oh, and let your mother (or any mothers you know) know that you feel lucky for having been born!
Happy Mother's Day! Love you, Ma!

It's a Wonderful Life! (on average, statistically speaking, I guess!)