Back to my roots

During my freshman and sophomore years at college, I had a lot of time to myself, mostly because I was too paralyzingly shy to integrate myself into other groups.

I was a quick study and had a lot of time to kill those first two years. I was also dirt-poor. What little cash I had went to fantasy paperbacks, and then in a fit of curiosity, to a pack of Bristol board and a pile of colored pencils from the school store’s art section.

They weren’t cheap, but they resonated with me in a way I can’t explain. When the loneliness or the nightmares plagued me too many nights in a row, I would huddle in a candle-lit dorm room and fill pages with richly colored figures blending into vague backgrounds from my dreams.

Most of my pencils are gone now, used up long ago, and I have yet to find quality replacements. (Most boxed sets of colored pencils are missing a smooth texture, depth of color, and a soul.)

But when I launch Brushes on my iPhone or iPad, I find my pencils again, in the form of digital ink.

My art will never hang in a museum. I make it neither for the tourist nor the consumer. I didn’t make it for you or anyone like you. I don’t even make it for the end result. I make it as a record of how I felt when I huddled over the canvas and stared into the empty page.

Thank you for looking at it anyway. I hope it inspires you to find a way to capture your feelings, if only for a moment, if only to make them real.

Tree!

I’ve been drawing the same tree for years. Usually, I use it to break in a new tool, like the iPad stylus I got for Christmas. :)

Elections, Muppets, Hospices, Accents, and More – a link dump.

Don’t have the time (or the patience) to wade through all the political bullshit in the ads to figure out which candidate thinks most like you? Project VoteSmart’s VoteEasy may help you figure out which candidate is more like you.

Kurt Vonnegut motivational posters. One of these days I’ll get around to reading something of his.

Pencil art – but not the way you think.

Have an older iPhone? This might help speed it up.

This article on hospice care is a hard article to read, but worth it.

You know how there’s the American accent and the British accent? Turns out that in 1776, they both sounded the same (no shock there) but over the years it’s been the British accent that diverged, not the American one.

A practical plan for when you feel overwhelmed is exactly what it says it is. Turns out I’ve been using most of these for years without having read them in a blog, but the bit about doing 15 minutes of fast things, followed by 35 minutes of something hard, is worth giving a try I suspect.

An awesome photo of a really bad shot by Tiger Woods.

Grover does Old Spice Guy.

Awesome use of negative space in IBM “Outcomes” campaign

Tilt-shift Van Gogh

This is an important read: a reminder that if you say no to yourself, no one else can say yes. If you want something, even if it’s a long-shot, a difficult chance, something you might not qualify for or might not be able to do even if you do qualify for it, you have to try – apply – do – whatever you can to give yourself the opportunity. You fail as soon as you decide not to try.

Best Drunk Driving Public Service Annoucement for today’s geek ever:

An interesting look at the evils of shoes and not just heels, but pretty much all of them. I’m a big fan of MBTs, which they diss just a bit, but which increased my balance quickly enough that my martial arts instructor noticed. That’s progress. On the other hand, I’m hearing wonderful things about Vibram Five Fingers, and they’re likely to be my next adventure in shoes.

Maybe the universe isn’t so vacuum-y after all?

32 photographs of the solar system by The Big Picture.

Comics that teach, and other interesting items

OK, that’s good for now.

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