Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A New Store Front and Initiative

RedBubble Store

I just opened a new RedBubble Store. I am giving myself a year to make a go of selling art.

I'll producing something once, or twice, a week.

"Robo Lumberjack"

Friday, January 29, 2016

10 things they don't tell you about building a giant crime fighting robot...



1. Scale: most crime is fought on the human scale, between 1.5 and 2 meters, and your average Giant Crime Fighting Robot easily tops 30 meters. Also, a lot of it occurs indoors, where it is difficult for Giant Crime Fighting robots to easily reach. It is often the case that your robot will cause a hostage situation, rather than stop crime, immediately.

2. Storage: Giant Crime Fighting Robots can cost a lot in storage. If you are lucky enough to find an abandoned warehouse, underground cavern system, or just have the various parts assemble themselves, transportation is another problem.

3. Escalation: once criminals are alerted to the fact that a giant crime fighting robot is a possibility, when perpetuating their misdeeds, they start building their own robots, to combat the original. While these giant crime robots are usually of an inferior quality and easily dispatched, repairing the damage of these fights become a time intensive activity.

4. Legality: the actual act of fighting crime with a giant robot has a questionable legal basis. Giant robots are not covered under the self defense laws of most states, and every time a giant robot does battle with a member of the criminal community, even when successful, and with minimal collateral damage, law enforcement expresses dismay.

5. Overkill: a giant crime fighting robot may not be the best tool to fight every crime, especially non-violent, non-giant robot based crime. And just because the creator declared war on all crime, it could be better to focus on specific crimes rather than battle "all crime."

6. Cost: military grade hardware is expensive, especially when it has to be routed through front operations to protect the identity of the buyer. The time suck is also very intensive, including repairs, updates, and code edits to keep the onboard AI from becoming self aware and taking control of the giant crime fighting robot, all end up costing lost weekends and overtime no one pays for.

7. Dangers: owners of giant crime fighting robots have a much higher rate of wounding and death by falling, crushing, smashing, explosions, electrocution, nanotechnological infections, sudden nuclear fusion and various other causes of death, uncommon to non Giant Crime Fighting Robot owners. Hospital bills can sometimes add up, quickly.

8. Public opinion: Giant Crime Fighting Robots often show up on various media outlets, and people are excited when they first appear. Yet, after subsequent exposure, and negative press, people begin to turn sour towards this attention. You will never realize how much it hurts to discover that #stopthegiantrobot is trending.

9.  Social Life: Your social life will suffer. Giant Crime Fighting robots require a lot of time and care. Between tune ups, repairs, upgrades and user acceptability testing of their futuristic combat gear, there isn't much time for dating. Also, when you do get a significant other, the constant excuses required to take care of sudden criminal activity puts a damper on spontaneity and celebrating birthdays. You did promise to defeat ALL crime.

10. Love: building and operating a giant crime fighting robot is truly an act of love. One that is on par with raising a child. Giant robots may not be able to love you back, at least not until you program that ability into the kernel of their operating system, and install an empathy chip to keep them from going psycho-ex on you. Yet, they can still illicit a strong emotional response. Especially when taking down a mass shooter, or stopping a bank robbery, or battling one of the Widowmaker's own giant robots. Maybe it can't hug you without crushing you, and that the exotic accent you gave it is a bit contrived, but there can be no greater love than between a creator and their giant crime fighting robot. This love is also very important when the robot gains free will and wants to do something other than fight crime. Like ballet.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

First Shot at Pixel Art

This is my first attempt at pixel art (if you don't count all those years of messing around with MS Paint.) It is rock based off of this tutorial. There's a lot of obvious flaws in this one, but hopefully, with the help a lot of good tutorials and practice, and I can overcome some of the quirks of working in this format.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I keep trying to pretend I am a digital painter

digital painting

I created this picture for a friend of mine's Halloween show this year. It is simple, and like most of my digital pieces, I an see a 1000 plus flaws in it, but they are happy with it, and that is what matters most. I am, though, proud of the slow, incremental progress in digital painting that I am making, and looking forward for more opportunities to get better.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Album plug


Future Damage - psypunk from New Jersey


Saturday, January 17, 2015

More Digital Painting Practice (PROGRESS!)


Digital painting practice, this time a simple landscape with clouds. It needs tweaking, but I am definitely starting to see some improvements. This is true especially when compared with the work I did a year ago (see below)  also using tutorials, as well, but this time, I have a few months of practice and great new Intous drawing pad to use.

(just a year ago)