Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2011 Sort'a Fresh - July (Plus some more Christmas goodies).

   Hello again! Tonight I'll be showing off the work I completed in July, 2011. I must have been short of drawing paper that summer, because everything I drew was either on the back of an FDIC form I "borrowed" from the bank, or on multi-colored card stock.
IMAO Link of the Day: Christmas and Just a Little Summer.

   But first, here's some more of the Christmas art I've been giving away. (I scanned each one into my computer before I presented them.)

   For the sake of comparison, let me re-post the last Christmas design I created that I displayed in last weeks post. (2011 Sort'a Fresh - May & June.)

3-Point Christmas Globe 2.0. 12/12/14

3-Point Christmas Globe 3.0. 12/16/14

The design of all three 3-point globes is very similar in structure, but I managed to get different results with this one by modifying my pattern of color application. I learn as I go.

Kaleidoscope Christmas. 12/16/14

Bramble Weave Christmas. 12/18/14
   With this one, I figured out a new way to add another illusion of depth to the drawing via the careful use of random numbers. I also tweaked the corners by setting 2 quarters of the design vertically, and the other 2 quarters horizontally. I liked the result so much, I tried it again (with variations.) I called it Bramble Weave Christmas 2.0. The structure of the design was the same, but the colors were different. Unfortunately, I gave that one away before I could scan it. Sorry.

Simple Perfection. 12/21/14
   This one is a single strand symmetrical weave. There are actually 6 weaves stacked on top of each other - 2 shades of grey, brown umber, maroon, mandarin and yellow. Then, working from the center, I added layers of black, aqua green, royal blue, and a sort of metallic lavender, with the previous six colors in chromatic order until I reach the edge. I ended up using each color exactly 3 times to complete the design, which seems pretty darned perfect to me! So of course I had to try it again, using the same basic pattern and the same colors, but with the introduction of the Random Element!

Complex Perfection. 12/22/14
   It's amazing how a little monkeying with a simple design can complicate things!.
So, I tried it again. This time I left out the single strand weaves and kept the Randomness. It's not finished, but I think it's going well.

Work in Progress.
   You can see how one idea leads to another. You can probably also see the pinhole in the exact center of this design where I jabbed in the compass to draw the foundation circles. (sigh) I usually hide that by making sure at least one ink line goes through the center, or by obscuring it with some dark color. (the tricks of the trade.)

Update: 12/24/14 - I finished it! Here it is!

Hyper-Complex Perfection. 12/24/14
   Now that I've showed off my new stuff, let me show you some new Old stuff.

Semi-Fractured Spiral. 7/1/11

Punctuated Spiral. 7/8/11

Fabulous Gloom. 7/14/11

Mid Summer Snowflake. 7/21/11

   I'm glad I found room for one more snowflake in this, my last post before Christmas, 2014!

Deceptively Simple Spiral. 7/27/11

   Well, that's all for Christmas, 2014 as well as July, 2011! And now, a Brand New, Sparkling, Bacon and Cabbage flavored episode of The Adventures of Kevin Koastie!
Note: After re-reading my own 'Year in Review' posts, I decided to try displaying my cartoons at less-than full-sized mode, so they will fit on the screen. I figured that if people have to shift left, right, up and down to read the danged cartoon, they might not bother to make the effort! So, here it is in a new, compact, easy to read size. Is that OK with y'all?

What kind of freak would brew a Bacon & Cabbage flavored beer? Well, me for one! (only brewed one case of it, too!)

Have a blessed, safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

2011 Sort'a Fresh - May & June (Plus a Few Extra Goodies)

   Hello again! After completing the Kevin Koastie Year in Review marathon last week, I'm back with some more new old stuff, and some new-new stuff and a New episode of Kevin Koastie! Yay!

IMAO Link of the Day: So Christmas-y.

   First, here's another one for the Christmas 2014 collection -

3-Point Christmas Globe 2.0 12/12/14

   And now here's some new old stuff. I only did a few designs in May of 2011, so I threw in the designs I did in June as well.

Big Swirly #2. 5/10/11

Babel Rising. 5/6/11
   Some of the structures I draw have those weird impossible angles built in, but if you had a limitless supply of Lego blocks you really could build this one. What is the world record for tallest free-standing Lego building?

Night of the Long Pencils. 5/20/11

Semi-Random Complex Zig-Zag. 6/13/11

Complex Linked Zig-Zag Maze. 6/20/11
   I hadn't done a maze in a while, so when I saw the potential for maze-ness in this pattern, I went for it! (follow the paths from the ball at the top to the ball at the bottom.) It might be difficult, but I'm certain it's theoretically possible!

10 Color Chromatic Cascade. 6/27/11

   With this one, I started with a perfectly symmetrical design (a slightly stretched braided cube) but then broke up the symmetry by coloring it from the top down in what I call a cascade. The colors flow in sequence from form to form and space to space until the whole design is filled. The bit in the middle ended up looking like an upside-down acorn, which was kind of odd.

Eleven Dimensions, No Waiting. 6/28/11

   I'm not a mathematician. Heck, I had to take Algebra twice in high school to get a passing grade, but I admire anyone who can even imagine eleven dimensions, let alone try to express them in mathematical equations like those wild and crazy String Theory dudes do. So, here's to you, wild and crazy String Theory dudes!

   Now I've got 2 more Picture Pages. This will make 50 black & white designs I've posted here. Is that enough for an adult coloring book?

Black & White Test #49

Black & White Test #50.
   And finally, Kevin buys another round, and makes another startling discovery!

Even "The Clueless One" needs some help sometimes!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Adventures of Kevin Koastie - The Year in Review. (Part 3).

   Now it's time to show the final episodes of The Adventures of Kevin Koastie posted so far, so that everyone will be up to date! This may become an annual event, or I may finally figure out how to archive my cartoons so that anyone who wants to read them in order can just click on the appropriate link and see them whenever they want to. I know it's possible - I seen it! But for now, it's kind of fun for me to see them all lined up in one (actually three) posts.
   But first, a little new art!
IMAO Link of the Day: Dad Joke. (Bonus Link)

3-Point Christmas Globe. 12/11/14

   I've done 4-point, 5-point, 6-point and even 8-point globes, but then I thought, "How about going the other way? Why not a 3-point globe?" So I gave it a shot! It almost turned into another 6-point globe, but I caught myself before I'd gone too far. However I did draw a few lines I regretted, and so I had to redraw the same lines in the same places throughout the design so at least the final product would be symmetrical!
   Well, I couldn't leave the concept without at least one more shot at getting it right. I thought blending a square with a circle was a challenge - but blending a triangle with a circle was even stranger!
   Heh! That reminds me of the caveman who invented the triangular wheel. He insisted that it was an improvement over the square wheel, because it illiminated one 'bump' in each revolution!

Black & White Test #48.
   This one looks like 3 acorns playing 'ring around the rosey' to me. We'll see how it looks when it's all colored.
   Now, where was I? Oh yeah, the final episodes of Kevin Koastie!

First, to help the continuity, the last cartoon from my last post -
and another hat-tip to JW for the picture of a fire-breathing penguin!

(The Penguin 'Knows'.)

   This cartoon may need some explanation. I had the idea that Elves, being a psychic race, can 'influence' the minds of others, but are themselves easily 'influenced' by what other people think of them. If you believe that Elves are "Good", they HAVE to be "Good", at least when they're around you! For a race bent on World Domination, this is a serious set-back! OK, proceed!

   At this point, I ran out of 6" by 9" drawing paper, and had to buy a new sketchbook of drawing paper, 8" by 10". So now I'm back to a 4-panel format.

   Lot's of fantasies revolve around someone being "the chosen one", so I decided to try something different!

   This is my take on the "Idiocracy" theme - from the point of view of the elves, the dummies have taken over the world!

 Wouldn't it be nice if we could just blame it all on the Elves?

   Well, I haven't run out of ideas yet, so I'll draw another brand-new cartoon this weekend, and show off some more artwork as well. If you've read down this far, you must be a real fan, and I thank you most sincerely!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Adventures of Kevin Koastie - The Year in Review. ( Part 2)

   Hi, fans! You know, I got to thinking and it occurred to me that since all my Kevin Koastie cartoons are safely tucked away in the bowels of my computer hard drive, I can post them here just about any old time without the tedious process of scanning, filing and transferring images of artwork involved in my regular posts. So that's what I'm gonna do!
   I've been cranking out the Christmas artwork and have a few more to show off, but then I'm going to post the next 18 episodes! Yay!

IMAO Link of the Day: Be Internet Cartoon Famous.

   First, a Picture Page, then the finished artwork. A sort of Before/After comparison.

Black & White Test #47.

Christmas Egg. 12/9/14

   Aaaand.... one more!

12 Slice Christmas Pizza. 12/9/14

   I'm trying to keep these Christmas designs a bit simpler than my usual work so that I can get them all done before Christmas. Since Thanksgiving, I've been cranking out one a day on average. I'm not complaining - Hey, it's Christmas!

   And now, The Adventures of Kevin Koastie - Part 2!


... To wear shades!

This next cartoon was the first one I drew on a sheet of 6"x9" drawing paper - I decided the vertical format would work better than the horizontal in future episodes.

   My wife, Mary, died May 6th after a long illness. Kevin wasn't the only one asking questions about Life, Death, Purpose and Coping with Grief when I drew this "dream sequence" story arc.

   These last 4 cartoons were stand-alone gags which helped to introduce some of the other crew members of the Space Guard Cutter Free Enterprise. Capt. Kwirk, Cdr. Sprock, Lt. Solo, Ens. Czeckoff, Hal, and the Doctor. Later I created the character of "Gunny", and Lt. O'hara makes a cameo singing and dancing at the annual "Talk Like A Pirate Day" party, but the crew is still a bit sparse. I guess I'll create more cast members as I need them. Any suggestions?

   From this point on, the comic began to take a definite direction, as story ideas, some fermenting for years in the soft sediments of the deep layers of my mind began rising to the surface!

... and one more to introduce the next arc.

Have you ever had one of those days when you think you've got it all figured out, and then you find out that you don't really have a "clue" about what's going on? From this point on - Our Hero finds out what that's like! Stay tuned!