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 fiancée 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.

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.

Cheating at Inktober ‘18: Toyo Harada

Kinda phoning it in today, but I’m glad I got the chance to take a crack at this guy. Toyo Harada is the big bad of the Valiant line of comics, kind of a mix between Doctor Doom and the Kingpin, but also… like, weirdly sympathetic? Valiant comics are surprisingly great.