Thursday, November 20, 2008

"The Game"

I recently entered "the DV Challenge" for the second time, which is why I've not posted in a bit. My entry can be viewed below:


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Welcome to the USSA.

Don't blame me. . . I voted for Eisenhower.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Still working on the next picture. . .

Thought I'd post a few thoughts that have been on my mind lately:

What is marriage?

Why is marriage?

A sensible and just society rewards and encourages heterosexual marriage because it recognizes that through the birth and careful rearing of children, the society ensures its future existence. Without this social contract assigning ultimate responsibility for a child to its biological parents, there is a high probability that succeeding generations of citizens will eschew their own accountability and contribute less while demanding more. Homosexual marriage is the biological equivalent of welfare. It contributes no gene, no person to the future, instead demanding the rewards assigned to encourage responsible procreation without even attempting to produce the very reason a society deems such activity worth encouraging.

A sensible and just society recognizes the difference between “separation of church and state” and “separation of GOD and state.” A just society will not subscribe to the fallacy that atheism becomes the modus operandi by default, but will acknowledge both a supreme authority not its own, and the right of its citizenry to follow their own manner of worship. Were this not the case, a government shifts its role from protector and guarantor of individual rights, to the giver of those rights (as the supreme authority, there being no higher), in which case all men are not created equal and there is no such thing as a human right. With recognition of this higher authority, comes recognition of absolute laws: right and wrong that are beyond the authority of the society to negate, change or challenge. Moral law, governing the proper expression of human sexuality is among these absolute laws as has been accepted by every major theology since the dawn of recorded history. While a just society recognizes the right of a citizen to disobey or even to disbelieve, it also acknowledges that consequences will justly occur to those who break these laws and it will never give official sanction to these deviations from moral conduct. When appropriate, a just society will enforce these laws with the power of the state to protect the rest of its citizenry. By crediting ultimate power and authority to God, the society also places itself ultimately at his mercy and in his care. This places accountability upon the society for the upholding of God's higher laws in the interest of preservation and prosperity.

A sensible and just society invests in its future by encouraging its citizenry to excel and to overcome obstacles as individuals and as a community. It recognizes that men and women have fundamental differences and that a child's rearing and perspective are incomplete without a parent of both sexes actively involved in the child's life. The society recognizes that circumstances vary and hardships occur and encourages its citizenry to excel beyond obstacles to this goal. The society does not create obstacles.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

And now for something completely different. . .

Since I've now drawn the most beautiful woman in the world (albeit somewhat abstractly), I figured I'd make a stab at the ugliest. After all, it's October. For this image, I departed from my usual Modus Operandi and went for a traditional-media-look. I found out that Photoshop has an amazingly deep array of brush-sets that can very effectively mimic the look of old-fashioned art implements, so I decided to take the "Soft Pastel" brush for a spin and the result is what you see above. It has its weak points, to be sure, but I'm satisfied with it and ready to abandon it to bloghood. I also tried using fewer layers this time just to galvanize my thinking a bit more with regard to planning ahead with light sources and shadows, etc. And there you have it. Thanks for looking!

P.S. I'm open to any suggestions readers may have with regard to subjects they'd like to see tackled in my quest for Photoshop Art proficiency.

P.P.S. It just occurred to me that this particular witch bears a slight resemblance to Crispin Glover. Hmmmm. . .

Sunday, October 05, 2008


I'm posting this image since it represents my reason for drawing as well as every other positive action that I take in my life. Yes, it's true: My wife is actually a cartoon character. It was terribly difficult getting a wedding license, or a clergyman who would take me seriously, but there's certainly a way when there's a will. Nah, while this is, in fact a cartoon of my wife, I simply decided that, since no one reads this blog anyway, I'd wax mushy for a minute. Take that cyberspace!

Thursday, October 02, 2008


By virtue of a rather complicated set of circumstances that I will not explain here, I can currently only listen to the radio in Japanese frequencies, which means, here in America, I only get one station and it's Christian Rock, which musical genre I find inexplicably comical. Whilst driving home for lunch today, I stumbled upon the reason for this strange amusement, and I believe I can summarize it with the following gem of profundity:

The funniest thing about Christian Rock is that you get to hear "God is Awesome" repeatedly in the same voice, with the same riffs and the same beats with which other artists are expressing sentiments such as "I want to get your Sister pregnant," or "The following profanities accurately describe my recent breakup."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Probably not what my client wanted.

This is what happens when you ask your two-year-old daughter "what should daddy draw?" and she says: "A Ladybug!" Don't ask me from what dark recesses of my "id" this Ladybug-of-the-evening sprang, but my poor wife dearly hopes those nether regions are not visited again for some time to come. To be honest, so do I. In conclusion, I hope this resonates with someone, simply because it seems that everyone has that one manky old ant. . .

Thursday, September 25, 2008

There are no guns in this picture

10 Points if you can guess what this is. . .

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I've decided that this blog is going to be the new posting place for my cartoons and portfolio. I'm going to make a valiant stab at uploading a new picture each week, so to start, I give you a freshly-abandoned cartoon.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Worst Logo Ever

The most frightening thing about this logo is that the creator is probably still at large, and may even still have a job.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Apparently (a few) people are suddenly reading this blog. Coincidentally, I also happen to have something to ask of you. The images that accompany this post represent where a great deal of my efforts have been focused of late. This is a photo of my Electric Motor mounted in my soon-to-be electric car. Said car was "ready" for a preliminary test-run about three weeks ago, but I've had something of a fiasco with the motor controller, the end result of which is that two identical controllers are now en route back to their manufacturers having proven themselves to be essentially very expensive door-stops. That said, as soon as my refund processes, I'll be going with a more mainstream brand and getting the thing under way, so I'm pretty excited. Now, for the question: I've always wondered what I wanted to be when I grew up. Sadly, now that its happened, I still don't know. I've thought of going back to school for industrial design. I've thought of trying to be an entrepreneur of some sort or of trying to make the monsters that you see in movies. The writing is on the wall at work that perhaps its time for me to seek a better job. I know there are a bazillion careers out there that I've never even heard of, so I thought I should ask you: the reader(s). In light of the following interests and weaknesses, and knowing what you do about me, what careers would you suggest I look into?

Interests, Skills and Talents

  1. Drawing (Portraiture, anatomy, wildlife, etc.)

  2. Sculpting.

  3. Digital Photography.

  4. Reading.

  5. Writing (Fiction, Grammar, Spelling, editing, etc.)

  6. Design.

  7. Learning.

  8. Variety.

  9. Freedom to innovate.

  10. History.

  11. Mechanics.

  12. Electronics.

  13. Sound Engineering.

  14. Video Editing and Production.

  15. Cinematography.

  16. 3D Computer modeling and animation.

  17. Computer Skills.

  18. Mechanical and Electronic Repair (including computers).

  19. Working in groups (outgoing and extroverted).

  20. Public speaking and teaching.

  21. Humor/entertaining.

  22. Creativity & Thinking skills.

  23. Fabrication of unique objects.

  24. Philanthropy.

  25. Leadership.

Dislikes & Weaknesses

  1. Formulaic Mathematics.

  2. Formulaic Chemistry (These two would probably preclude most engineering degrees).

  3. Excessive repetition.

  4. Irate Clients.

  5. Rushing/unreasonable deadlines.

  6. Not having time to do my best or to complete a project.

Thanks for reading (if you did).

Monday, June 09, 2008

I'm not posting much at the moment because I'm busy being a Dad and making an electric car. Details at 11. . .

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Short Film,
Here's a short film I just shot for a contest called the DV Challenge. Enjoy (If you can).

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I call this "Four Generations."

Monday, March 03, 2008

Perhaps I need to re-name this blog Iskander's Whinings, 'cause I'm about to post another, rather cynical entry. This time, my target is Yoga. Yes, Yoga. I think this line of thought started yesterday during a viewing of You've Got Mail, where Tom Hanks opines that Starbuck's popularity is actually due to the following trait:

"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the h*** they're doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self."
Which, I think, hits the nail on the proverbial head. Yoga is also up there with this sort of thing. I know that, like television, there are probably a thousand and one legitimate and wonderful reasons to do Yoga, but lets be honest for a minute. One of the defining aesthetics of this stuff is the whole image of someone in their "health clothes," (that's my term for the loose, white tank-tops and weird, thin-fabric trousers that anorexic women wear on the cover of magazines about "your health") doing yoga into the rising or setting sun in some isolated, but ruggedly beautiful place wherein none dwell who have not been there for eons untold: The rocks, the lichens, a family of lizards and probably a Kokopeli man playing his blasted flute. Refer to the included, plagiarized picture for reference. That took about 1.5 seconds of googling "yoga."
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who was out to prove how smart they are? It can be frustrating because the conversation isn't actually about whatever subject-matter you're attempting to cover.
Writing a book could also fall into this category. I wrote a book. It's nothing I'll be expecting a Newberry award for, but I liked it and I'd like to see it published, so I still send it off to publishers and agents. On the rare occasions this happens to come up in conversation, the universal response that I receive is "Oh, I'd like to write a book. It would be about______." For some reason, our society seems to award some sort of credit for completely unfulfilled good intentions.
Having lived in Ireland for a time, I found that a lot of the young people would identify themselves as "Buddhist," but had absolutely no idea what a buddhist believes. I think this arose out of a deep-seated need to be different and unique. Identifying yourself as something so traditionally uncommon in Ireland was certainly much easier than standing out by being an exemplary employee, or by working hard to hone some talent or craft.
In short, it's sometimes easier to have a difference than to be different, it's easier to act smart than to be wise, it's easier to want to write a book than to sit down and write one and it's easier to sit in some forbidden position on a rock than to actually make a stab at becoming a genuine naturalist. I should say that I have no problem, per se, with exercise or yoga, I simply find pretense annoying. I'm probably as guilty as the next man, but living inside of myself makes that difficult to see, so I still feel like whining about it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Conspiracy Theories:

Tupac is NOT dead:
It doesn't take a genius to look at the short history of Rock n' Roll and see that death (or the appearance thereof) is probably the best business move one can make. Just ask Elvis, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and, about 15 or 20 former members of Lynard Skynard. Tupac has come out with 20 albums and 8 Top 10 singles since his "death" in 1996. Even accounting for re-issues such as "Greatest Hits" albums, etc., that's a pretty hefty backlog of "music." (Those quotation marks are intentional, I know what they mean and I stand by them)

Skull and Bones:
This college fraternity/secret society shows up WAAAAAY too often to be a fluke. At one point, all but one of George W. Bush's cabinet were "bonesmen." (That's his Dad, George H.W. Bush to the left of the clock) Whoa. That's a pretty unlikely coincidence given that there are only 15 bonesmen at Yale at any one time. This is just one of those things that chaps my hide. You can also look up the "Bohemian Grove" if you're into this sort of conspiracy theorization.

Pope John Paul I, a.k.a. "The Smiling Pope:"
Not to be confused with John Paul II, this Pope "reigned" for a grand total of 33 days in 1978 before his rather sudden and surprising death at the age of 65. Uh huh. Not surprisingly, he was succeeded by a Pope with very opposite political leanings: John Paul II. Catholicism has some fascinating skeletons in its closet which can only occasionally be just glimpsed.

Princess Diana:
I think she died in a traffic accident, not as a result of some grand conspiracy like some would have you believe. Why are we still investigating this?

Oil Prices:
Yes Virginia, there is a monopoly clause.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Posting for the sake of doing it.

My thoughts tonight are rather stifled by the Sauce (Pace Picante') so don't expect anything too revolutionary (all two of you who check this bi-monthly). I would simply like to pass on a few words of timeless value:

This is a particularly valuable word since it can be used to illustrate your technical prowess when there is none, which can be handy if you're being paid by the hour. I.E.
"Hey, technically-oriented underling, why won't my WordPerfect reboot its passwords when I internet them into my subwoofer?"
To which an acceptable reply might be:
"You're standing on my Manifold."
(If a non-techy begins what they think is a technical question with the word "why," they generally don't actually want to know "why," per se, they simply want to be certain that you know enough regarding their technical problem to confuse them, so it's best to do it quickly and get back to work. The above line works every time.)

This word has been valuable several times when a co-worker breaches that age-old office rule: Thou shalt not discuss any element of thy loserhood that might make thy co-workers awkwardly pause whilst trying to think of a plausible word of encouragement. That conversation happens in this fashion:
(Coworker) "Champy, I just don't think girls like me, maybe it's my armpit dreadlocks or my criminal record, do you think I'm handsome?"
(Me, searching desperately) "Yoooooooouuuuuuu. . . haaaaaaaaave. . . veeeeeeeeerrrrrryyyy. . . healthy. . . bicuspids!"
(Coworker, nodding head, countenance brightening slightly) "Thanks man, you're right. Hey, you think I have a chance of going out with the secretary?"
(Me, using my best Korean accent while pointing to Violet Smith's hovel in the corner): "Ummmm. . . Triumvirate."

Possible the best word in the English language. Use this interchangeably with almost any noun or verb as you would "Smurf." The effects are much more satisfying.