What I Made Last Week

Oh man, it’s one of those weeks where I made a lot of things, but most of them I can’t show yet. But I did finish one thing. One very large thing. The giant, purple Albatross that’s been around my neck and taking up space in my little office corner for a year and I half (ridiculous, I know). The Table is finished and in place!


It’s made from reclaimed 2x6s and a single sheet of plywood, and I designed it myself in SketchUp. Not fine furniture, but it does the job. I basically doubled my usable footprint by adding this to my space (there was an old coffee table in this space before, doing an excellent impersonation of a shelf), which means things that have been floating now have a home, and I feel less like a hoarder with piles and piles of projects threatening to fall on me. This picture is from before I organized everything and consolidated all my resin stuff down from three cardboard boxes into one convenient tote (and finished ones have a separate little tote, where they can snuggle together while waiting for homes). It is such a relief

The “Good Morning” Critters

I started an Instagram challenge with some friends to #DoodleEveryDayInAugust (which you should totally come do with us)

A lot of times I doodle an animal with a friendly greeting:

Good morning! #DoodleEveryDayInAugust #dogs #cute #doodle

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I know, totally shocking to learn that friendly animal doodles help me process my world, but I really think my day goes better when I include the Good Morning doodle into my startup routine instead of, say, leaving my daily drawing to the last thing I manage to get to at night. I’m also finding committing to pen without sketching is freeing me up and I’m coming out with better ideas. In pencil, I noodle around and draw a lot of circles and feel like I don’t know how to draw and am the least creative person ever to live.  (to be fair, in pen I draw a lot of octopuses, so I don’t know how creative that necessarily is. But at least it’s a thing as opposed to a bunch of purposeless marks)

A doodly #octopus from a few weeks ago

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What do you doodle when you do?

Kraken in Color

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100monsters15I just found out recently that the correct plural of “octopus” is either “octopuses” or “octopodes.” “Octopi” is a mix of Greek and Latin, which is incorrect. However you pluralize them, I draw a lot of them.

Earlier this year, in my #100monsters project, I did this little drawing. I and a lot of other people like the character so much that when I offered the first 30 up for sale, it sold immediately twice over. I offered the second person a sequel drawing, in which he dragged the ship down to the bottom of the ocean for a snuggle. I recently did a much larger version in color, which I just finished:

kraken sockpuppet fullcolor11x17

This version is going to be available in an 11×17 print very soon.


Hello Ganymede


A slow invasion of out planet has been underway for about a year, and the mothership has landed



Ganymede is my biggest resin figure yet. He’s roughly 6 inches tall and in addition to his translucent, glittery body, he also glows in the dark!

Ganymede will be a limited edition of just ten figures in this size, and because of the hand-painting they will be released on at a time in my shop in various colors. As is my wont, I’m keeping the first one; the next color will be a sea-green.

Deep Dreaming with Google

My buddy Seth mentioned in passing that people were playing with some kind of visualization engine called “Deep Dream.” I went looking for more information about it and found this article and these two applications. I had to try it, so I went digging around my blog images folder for something sufficiently weird. I hope this fits the bill:


Yes, I am running the same image through both applications; I want to see whether there’s a difference. One of them might take as much as a week to process. I’m hoping the combination of the photograph and the line drawing will net some spectacular results. I’ll update as soon as I have them.

EDIT: I have it! And I have since found another engine that runs faster, and after four or five iterations, I ended up with this horror: