Tuesday, March 29, 2011


When I'm sitting around doing nothing much in particular, I doodle. This is one such doodle.

I've been rediscovering the joys of the ball-point pen, a much-underrated medium. I've written and drawn with pens costing hundreds of dollars, and disposable pens that cost just a couple of bucks, and as far as I can tell there's no particular reason to spend a lot of money on a ball-point pen except to display your wealth. A $4 Bic does just as well as a $150 Parker* so don't waste your money on pens. Waste it on something else, like whiskey.

* This turns out not to be entirely correct. My Parker-style refillable ball-point has kept going smoothly where the el-cheapo disposable pen started to stutter and glom up, so it looks like it might actually be worth spending a little more than $4 on a pen. (It also feels nicer in the hand than the extremely lightweight plastic jobbies).

Drawing - Cambodian temple ruins

I drew this in Corel Painter VIII, using its various Charcoal brushes, from a photograph of a ruined Cambodian temple. Colouring was done (very hastily) in Photoshop.

I had an idea of peopling the scene with a tribe of some sort of humanoid critters, but when or if I'll get around to that I have no idea.

Image may be clickified upon for embiggenation purposes.

Dear Santa...

Though this may be the least practical car in the history of creation, I nevertheless crave one with a potent craving.

I'd be very interested to know just how much engineering would be required to turn a 250cc scooter into one of these; I suspect not that much. I thought the body shell could be made from fibreglass quite easily, but it has been suggested to me that canvas would be even cooler. Canvas and wicker-work. Oh yeah.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The blog is dead, long live the blog

I have a blog at Livejournal that I almost never use any more. I've decided to move my miscellaneous random musings and blatterings over here to blogger, mainly because blogger makes it easier for me to upload images. Not that I do a great deal of non-gaming-related bloggery in any case, but what I do do I'll be do-doing here instead of there.

I'll be leaving the LJ blog up for the foreseeable future, but I won't be updating it any more. I have no idea how long they keep an inactive blog accessible over there — possibly forever.