So Final Fantasy IX got a Switch release last week, which pretty much meant that I had to buy it again. IX is one of the only main line Final Fantasy games I’ve ever played through to completion, and I always think I’m going to go back and run through it again. And yet… every time I attempted, I always hit a brick wall less than a half-hour in.

Oh, Vivi… you’re such a good boy. But why you gotta spend so much time jumping rope? That jump rope sequence ends more Final Fantasy IX run-throughs for me than any other opening in any other game.


Whatever the story involving this little dino priest turns into, I’m pretty sure it;s going to involve these stone masks. I’m less sure that it’ll involve humanoid women in evening dresses with mouths instead of eyes. Not entirely consistent with the rest of the setting design, I don’t think.

Super fun to draw, though.

I Dunno… Some Trees? I Guess?

A suggestion I quite liked from a Skillshare video called “Doodle Magic” by Yasmina Creates was to pull up Pinterest and just doodle a bunch of different versions of a particular object in order to expand your “visual vocabulary.”

“Great,” I said. “Let’s draw some trees, because I draw a bunch of trees, all the time.”


The fiancĂ©e looked at this picture and said, “It’s cute. I don’t get it.”

There’s really nothing to get. I’ve been watching a bunch of tutorials on Skillshare recently, including a rather cute series on “doodling.” That’s pretty much all there is to this picture. It’s just a doodle.

The Fallen Elder

Honestly, there’s something of an experiment here. I’ve been watching a bunch of videos on Skillshare (thanks to a promo I got from the Patrick H. Willems YouTube channel, which has a ton of videos you should totally check out). One of those videos talked about designing characters using simple shapes, and how circles could be used to create a less-threatening character than, say, a triangle. To some extent, this is my attempt to make circles a bit more threatening. Not sure how well it works, but I love to participate in the scientific process 🙂


I have a lot of creative goals for 2019, mainly spending more time writing and drawing, with the intent of actually creating a story I feel comfortable sharing with people. My little dinos are definitely part of the plan – or, at least, the fantasy. I have an idea of what their story looks like, but it’ll take some time to finalize.

In the meantime, we’ll keep doodling.

Hamster and Todd

Last month, while Christmas shopping for my niece, I came across these two stuffed hedgehogs and about lost my mind. See, when I was a kid, I had a little stuffed hedgehog hand puppet that I was quite fond of. These little stuffed animals tripped my nostalgia switch, and I got weirdly emotional.

I sent a picture of the hedgehogs to the fiancée, who promptly went out and bought them for me for Christmas, further proving that I have found the best of all possible fiancées.

EDIT: Obviously, the hedgehogs are named Hamster and Todd.

Carbo Curse

Recently, I’ve set a goal to be more health-conscious. Specifically, I’m trying to lose weight. It’s… not been going well.

I will always love New Years as a time to reflect on who I want to be and whether I’m working towards that goal or not. Since, in this case, the answer is “not,” I’ve set myself a few smaller goals to help make the journey more manageable. Mainly I’ve opted to increase my physical activity, but the biggest obstacle between me and my destination is scoops of ice cream, flaky pastries, deep-fried meat, and all those other tasty, tasty carbs.

Giving those up is going to be difficult. Hope you all will cheer me on… starting tomorrow.


One of the main themes of Into the Spiderverse is this idea that anyone can be a hero, regardless of their background or where they come from. Thus, Twitter is abuzz with artists and illustrators making their own “spidersona” to reflect their unique qualities that make them powerful. My “spidersona” is… basically just Peter B. Parker, I guess.

(Last Spiderverse post, I promise.)