Nov 30, 2011


Quick sketch of Darwin in a tunnel..  I never get tired of drawing that little squirt.

Nov 29, 2011


In Japan, the bathroom usually has a good sized tub. It's a priority to have a nice tub to soak in after cleaning up.
Jimi really liked this. The first time Utako took him in for his regular bath, he went bonkers. Arms and legs flying everywhere, I think he was ready to start swimming. Maybe once he gets older we'll put him swim class.

Nov 28, 2011


Just bought Skyrim today! I want to play a hand to hand combat kind of a character, and I was a bit conflicted about whether to go play as an orc or a kajiit (cat person).
The cats are pretty awesome, but if you are gonna tear shit up face to face, I think it's better to be a nasty ol' orc. Then you can get up nice and close with the funky ol' orc breath. Instant KO.

Among the hills and befreshened by breezes

Our hero the Dwarf King finds himself atop a mountain. The inside of this mountain is the only home he's ever known. He's stricken with Agoraphobia!

So this is what I imagine the game will look like, more or less. Isometric angle, blocky shapes, bright colors with an emphasis on teal and a round, bearded guy running around stirring shit up. It's rough, of course, color study/ framework kind of thing. Needs more texture and depth and characters. 

Nov 27, 2011

Back from Japan!

During our trip to Japan, there was a sumo tournament under way. I watched some, sketched some, and discovered I really like drawing Sumo wrestlers.

Now, Japan is full of delicious foods, and we enjoyed most all of them: pork tempura, pork nabe, pork ramen (a lot of delicious greasy meat. So good!). After a week, Momma's milk had carried enough of it to little Jimi that he began to resemble a sumo himself.

We had a fantastic trip. My deepest thanks to my in-laws for their warm hospitality.

Nov 11, 2011


Takin a little break. Daily posts return on the 23rd!

Nov 10, 2011


Jimi is really starting to use his legs! It's like an overnight difference. All of a sudden he's using his feet for everything: reaching for toys, wrapping them around my arm, kicking faces. This is a big step in his journey to become independently mobile. It's really exciting for us.
I hope it's also another hint that he's a dancer.

Dropping in!

Runnin around through the caves, you might end up dropping into an underground lake.
Now me, I hate water levels in games. Something about the tension of having to find the next breath. I'm gonna think on it and find a good excuse why he can breath underwater.
(It'll probably be some cheap excuse like a magic amulet or something.)

Nov 9, 2011

Dark Sun on the horizon.

My favorite part of the Dark Sun campaign setting has always been the Dragon of Tyr. That is one badass dragon. He can fry you with his brain, or flay your hide with hot sand breath, or cast wicked spells all over you so complex Voldemort couldn't even recognize what was happening. He doesn't sit on a horde of treasure, he wanders around collecting sacrifices by the thousands and just whaling on entire nations. You hide when you hear his name, that is the deal with this guy.
So our new campaign is set on Athas, the most hard core extreme setting yet. It's like Mad Max and Gladiator and The Road had a baby. It is not pretty. The best part, though, is that when the entire party is so close to death, it tends to bring out the teamwork in players. I just have to remember not to hold back with the punishment.
But I promise to only use this guy as a last resort.

Nov 8, 2011

Jimi on Pointe

This morning, after my lovely wife finished changing Jimi's diaper, she stood him up. As she did so, he achieved the most graceful ballet 4th position. It came so naturally, I wonder if he'll enjoy dance like his parents do?
That would be fun. 

Nov 6, 2011

Breakin out!

The Dwarf King breaks out of his kingdom into the caverns beyond, searching for a cure. Goblins lie in wait, but they will find that he is no easy prey!

Nov 4, 2011

Taking a little walk.

We needed bread the other morning, so before work Jimi and I took a little walk to get some from the market. Daddy got the wrong kind of bread, but Jimi got to sit in my armpit for a good half-hour and collect coos from the ladies at the market.
All in all a good time.

A King and his peoples

So let's just say there was a dwarf kingdom deep deep deep under the mountain. Let us further suppose that they had few enemies, and lived in peace, mining their precious gems and metals.
One day, the entire kingdom might turn to stone, save the King, who would then be sure  to rush out into the caverns beyond, searching for a reason and a cure for his people.
This is my idea for a video game. I've done a lot of D&D posts here recently, but I want a new subject matter to throw into the mix,  so I'll be designing characters and locations and levels and such here on the blog.
Hope you like it!

Nov 2, 2011

Jimi Soft Paint

Just did a soft paint trying to capture his ever changing 'cute look'. The look he uses when he wants to cuddle.
Most of the time, though, it's the 'I want to find something more interesting than your face, can you help me with that?' look.
Paintings of that look to follow.

Nov 1, 2011

Peggy and the Spike Pit

Peggy fell into a pit of spikes, piercing her arm! Severely wounded, she healed a nearby ally and together they escaped by climbing a rope offered by friends. 
I’m experimenting with coloring techniques. It’s messy, but I like the blown-out look.


It turns out our little Jimi has learned some new sign language.
"What number is Jimi?"
He smiles and puts his hands together.
"What number is Mommy?"
Looks at Mom lovingly and wiggles his fingers.
"What number is Daddy?"
Jimi holds up his fingers as illustrated.
He did this over and over again.

We'll see where Daddy places once he discovers Daddy is his Lego connection.