Well we got back the other day from the Detroit area, my wife Jenn, my mom and sister threw my sister-in-law a baby shower. The weather was beautiful in Michigan and the shower went off without a hitch. Ella was great on both the flight to and from Detroit so that was a big relief. Jenn and I had a pretty good strategy for keeping her busy and not squirming or screaming on the plane so we are a bit more confident about flying with her now.

So anyway, after 78Ëš and green trees, 112Ëš and brown was a drag to come back to.

Mojizu.com is a character design website and competition. One of my characters is in the Moji War, so go vote for “The Angler” NOW!!! :)

The Angler

Well it’s still well above 100ËšF, down here in Phoenix AZ. I think we’ve been averaging above 110ËšF for over 15 days now or something crazy. Uuggghhhh, just about done with this weather.

I recently saw two movies, Children of Men and Monster House. Boy did Children of Men suck! What a disappointment, horrible writing. I have a suggestion, why don’t you write your whole movie based off of today’s news headlines. LAME!

Children of Men

Monster House was great! Very entertaining however it was very scary and not appropriate for younger children. My daughter was not scared (20 months old) however she really didn’t understand it and lost interest, even though we still decided it was too scary for her and turned it off after 15 minutes.

Monster House

So in 3 days I will be flying back to my parents house in Detroit Michigan for a baby shower for my sister in-law. The downside besides the 4 hour flight you ask? A 4 hour flight with a 20 month old who has the energy of 4 or 5 kids. We have a whole plan and all to keep her busy, but unfortunately like me as a child, and adult for that matter, has a low attention span, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

On a Wednesday?! What a rip-off that is, no 3 day weekend sucks. At least it isn’t a full week I guess.

Down here in Phoenix, AZ it’s going to be upwards of 115Ëš-116Ëš the next few days, which as you can image is just about like standing in an oven. Getting pretty sick of the +110Ëš temps, they came early this year. We need some monsoonal moisture quickly, but who knows when that’s likely to happen.

Did you ever collect anything as a kid? I went through, rocks, baseball cards, star wars cards, comic books, toys and now my current collection is art books. I absolutely love them and the collection is amazing and growing all the time.

My 34th birthday just passed a few weeks ago and my dear older brother got me an Amazon.com gift certificate, which means time for art books. I have these two killer selections on their way.

Illustration Now!



and
The Big Book of Illustration Ideas


Can’t wait until they arrive!

Man I hate Mondays, oh well what are you gonna do?!

Just bought one of these art projectors this weekend. Actually used part of a gift certificate for the purchase.

Should be a lot of fun to transfer my drawings to canvas. Also got a bunch of really cheap acrylic paints, $.50 a peice, picked up about 20 bottles or so. The more I paint the more and more I want to have my own studio and make a go of selling my paintings.

Studios, Yum, that leads me into my next link:

On My Desk – This great blog let’s artists show off their studios and workspaces.

I was originally going to post this link for anyone who works in the Advertising/Interactive/Communications fields, but it’s actually pretty universal for anyone who has clients. Funny Stuff…

Clientcopia

Well hopefully I have the Subscriber Email notification set up for my blog now, if you get this email it means you’re a guinea pig in my little experiment and since you’re almost all family members you have to put up with my Interweb ramblings, ha ha ha ha!

Here’s a little sketch that I drew up the other day at work just messing around. I liked how it turned out, kind of reminds me of Castle Greyskull from the He-Man days.My co-worker Mike, who scanned it, nailed the name for me, “Enter Through The Tooth.”
Enter Through the Tooth
Whoops there’s another skull, I’m so last year. Eat it Jesus Diaz!

Well the hard returns issue turned out to be a Safari bug, not sure if it’s Safari over-all or just the latest beta release. Firefox seems to work great though so that’s nice.

I think today, June 27th, was my grandmothers birthday. Nana passed away last July, it was a sad summer, she was about 97 or 98 I think. God bless you Nan, we miss you!

I’ve been informed that Skulls and Wings are out, too bad, I still love skulls and wings! :)

The new White Stripes album “Icky Thump” is killer, I’ve been listening to it pretty much non-stop in my car since it came out last Tuesday.

These tracks in particular are really standing out above the rest:

1. Icky Thump

2. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

3. 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues

10. I’m Slowly Turning Into You

11. A Martyr For My Love For You

12. Catch Hell Blues

13. Effect and Cause

The White Stripes - Icky Thump

Well I figured it was time to set one of these up for something to do, a bit of extra time at work, and cause it seems like every artist/illustrator has one now a days so I figured why not.

So far it’s pretty easy and self explanatory except I’m having trouble with hard returns for some reason. More to come on that. For the meantime I’ve been using the code editor to do it.