Thursday, March 12, 2009

An Update

For those of you who don't know (which I assume is most of you), I've been working on a "top-secret" portfolio and application process for a while now. Without revealing too much (actually, without revealing almost anything at all), let's just say the intensity of said application process has increased exponentially. Meaning, I'm probably not going to be blogging for a while. I may keep you semi-posted with info from the "top-secret" process (and trust me, when everything's done, I'll spill more of the beans), but I probably won't be posting with good ol' Project 44.5 stories or anything of the sort. And don't worry; I'm not stopping the blog, I'm just going on sabbatical. :)

I did like Alyn's idea of drawing stories based on ideas from readers, so if you have any great ideas, let me know and I'll store them up for when I can blog again. See ya!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


For everyone else in the arena, the outcome of the tipoff was a foregone conclusion. For Hippendorf Van Schortypanz, it was anything but.

pen and ink, 12:43-1:29

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Prince's New Rug

The old man had warned the prince: "Hasniki's designs are intricate, and his craftsmanship is unsurpassed, but you never know what you're going to get with one of his carpets. Be very, very careful."

pen and ink. 10:39a-11:23.5 (took me until 11:35 to get it posted. Keep in mind that project 44.5 means I have to think of the idea, draw it, write about it, scan it, resize it, and post it all in 44.5 minutes. I failed today. But I'll get faster, just you wait!)

Friday, March 6, 2009

How Thesaurus Got Its Name

Franklin loved language. He loved expressing himself elegantly in new, exciting ways. Every morning, Franklin leaped from his four-post bed and scurried into his father’s study, where mountains of books lined ancient shelves. And every morning, Franklin cracked open the dusty cover of his favorite volume, titled simply: Words.

pastel, 11:14a-11:54p; 12:26p-12:30p.

An Experiment

I've been wondering about my blog. I'm busy with school work, freelance work, and applying for "real" work, so the bloggaliciousness has not been going very well lately. I've posted once a week at best, which doesn't draw much traffic, so I've been wondering what I could do to be a consistent blogger, stay fresh with my drawing skills, and be entertaining at the same time. I think I have the answer.

This blog is going to change a little bit, at least in the near term. Since I'm strapped for time but want to post often, I'm going to start blogging every week day. I've allotted myself 44.5 minutes to take a story idea and run with it. I'll draw pictures and post quick story ideas that accompany them, and I'll do it all within 44.5 minutes. I'll post the starting and ending time for each post I do, mostly to keep myself from spending more time than I should on my blog, but also so you can see how long whatever I've posted took to create. For now, I'm calling this "Project 44.5 " (it's brilliant, I know). If I don't finish what I'm doing in 44.5 minutes, there won't be a post at all that day. I reserve the right to change any of my rules at any point. Look for the first post in about .5 minutes!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Grebit, The Monster Who Wouldn't Take a Bath

Sketched this today while I was waiting for my portfolio to export. I thought it looked cool, so I spent a few minutes throwing a fake cover together. Wouldn't that be awesome if it became a book some day? Then you could say you saw it when the idea first happened!

In other news, stay tuned for a new feature I've written! It doesn't have any drawings, but it's still pretty funny. There'll be a link to it in the sidebar.