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So I went to Yellowstone…

While we were in Yellowstone, the Tetons and Montana for vacation I snapped a few pics.  Here are a few selections below for your enjoyment.

The first one here is an abandoned attraction near Casper, Wyoming, that I visited as a kid.  Hell’s Half Acre was always a cool stop (the “planet” in Starship Troopers was filmed on location there).  A little sad, and I ran a few Photoshop techniques on it.  They gave it a look like a “model” almost.

Hell's Half Acre

This next one I just used Photoshop’s Black and White adjustment on, which I thought turned out nice.… Read the rest

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Photoshop: fun with warping

My good friend Kirk Alberts suggested making my blog partly about design and art techniques, so I thought I’d give it a try.  This one’s on Photoshop’s Warp abilities.

One thing I missed from using Corel PhotoPaint all the time was the warp abilities that Photopaint had.  There were certainly ways around that in Photoshop, and maybe I just missed other easier ways.  It might have been that I didn’t like how they worked.  But I use it quite a bit in CS3, and it’s fantastic.

One thing I do a lot is use textures. … Read the rest

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Watch out for boards and nails

I’m not quite finished moving things over from the old server, hopefully that will be done this evening.  Adding links, putting in art gallery pages again, all the stuff that makes moving a website so wonderful.

At least installing WordPress again was easy enough.… Read the rest

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Russ’s Art Blog: War on the Tiger


This week we’re back to a piece of art, in this case Franklin Booth’s War on the Tiger (ink, 1908). I’m a huge fan of ink and engraved works, and Booth was a master of the pen.  He is one of the most influential ink artists ever, and his techniques and styles can easily be seen among the best of today’s pen and ink artists.

I happened upon a book about Booth last week, called Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen, and I think that’s a perfect way to describe his work. … Read the rest

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NeCon coming right up

I’m getting excited, NeCon’s just a little bit away now.  I leave the week after this coming week for it (on Tuesday the 17th), where I’ll spend a couple of days in Boston checking out the sites with Tod Clark.  It should be fun, though I’m not 100% sure what to expect.  It’ll be a nice vacation from the world of real life though.… Read the rest

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Passing Along A Help Wanted

My friend is looking for music/movie reviews for the site that I helped him build, and I thought I’d pass it along to you fine folks.

“Consider yourself a good judge of music? Well aren’t we all? The Culture Shock (www.thecultureshock.com) is looking for someone to write album and reviews from any era. We’d be looking for someone who can devote time enough to write three or four album reviews a month. If you’re interested, bust an e-mail to patrick@thecultureshock.com

We’re also looking for someone who may be interested in writing movie reviews.… Read the rest

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The light at the end of the tunnel

If things go according to plan, I'll have the vast majority of current projects off my plate once and for all within a couple of weeks.  That includes a Flash game, a programming gig (ick), and my very first sequential arc. 

I'm just about done with the short seven page graphic story, one which I'm past deadline on.  It's been a real challenge, but in the end it might help me find who I really am as an artist.  The story uses two different styles, an illustrated reality for what's currently happening, and a more abstract/digital style for the flashbacks.  It's been fun, but now I really know what I have to work on to get better at this.… Read the rest

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Book Review: American Gods

As an avid comic reader, it would be difficult not to hear of Neil Gaiman’s stories. Somehow, though, with the hundreds of comics that I have (possibly thousands, but too hard to count in a box under the bed), I have yet to pick up a comic by Gaiman. After reading his latest novel American Gods, I’ll be rethinking that decision. Through the small press world I had heard of Gaiman’s other pastime, novels. Knowing of his work from the comic world, I had been looking for a book by him.… Read the rest

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