Sunday, August 1

(49) "Skull-head"

Bonus Post (04)

One more post to go and Blog-o-rama is over. This year is the first time I took a nap (in the 05:00 hour) -- set my iPod alarm to wake me for the next post. Did not sleep much as both cats wanted to sleep on me -- there was growling involved. Now I am fairly awake and hope I do not have problems sleeping, as I have a ton to do later today.

Wordpress crapped out I could not finish the Blog Highlights, but I will after the site decides to cooperate -- I only had 4 to go. Later I want to go back and read a bit of what people wrote about. Sleep, if possible, first. I still have another 'thon to post for today, which is yet another reason why I got behind during this event.

I never did get to model any of my characters in Maya in the last 24 hours, but now I have more than enough sketches to work from. The point of my choosing character development was for me to see if I could find a theme I like to work with -- I found it -- big eyes and cyclopes, simple is better.

(48) "Round-eye" 04

(47) "Round-eye" 03

(46) "Round-eye" 02

(45) "Round-eye" 01

(44) "One-eyed" 06

(43) "One-eyed" 05

I do not know why this one is sideways.

(42) One-eyed" 04

(41) "One-eyed" 03

(40) "One-eyed" 02

(39) "One-eyed" 01

Note: the rest of the drawings are from today, August 01.

(38) Barry

(37) "Horse"

(36) "Night Sprite"

(35) "Funny Bunny"

(34) "Creature"

(LOL, yeah, I do not know about this one either.)

(33) "Bear" 02

(32) "Buggie" 04

(31) "Buggie" 03

Saturday, July 31

(30) "Buggie" 02

(29) "Buggie" 01

(28) Daal

(27) Dwalla

(26) "Block-head"

(25) "Roller"

(24) "Ms. Worrisome"

(23) "Worrisome"

Note: Drawings from now on are from today.

(22) Peep

Bonus post (3)

I finally made it outside to feed the (wild) birds and friends. Then to check the garden and finally picked tomatoes! Dinner of the rest of my Chinese food proved to be a tasty choice -- Buddha's Feast = tofu, veggies and white rice. After a bit of wine, some of us played the "Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues" bit, which of course I started. It did not last long by was quite humourous. Oh, boxed wine, how we love thee.

(21) "Squish"

(20) "Glasses"

(19) "Fishy"

(18) "Bear"

Well, I was going for something else, but I stopped mid way and presto, a "bear".

(17) Calli

This one was inspired by a pattern in the wood grain on my cupboard.

(16) Un-Identified

What can I say? It will get weirder from here too.

(15) Clyde

(14) "Triangle Guy"

(13) "Square Guy"

I really need to think of names for my characters! If I do I will edit their titles.

Bonus Post (02)

I probably should mention that all posts after (07) MiniOnion were drawn yesterday.

I have another sponsor (yay!!!); and here I was worried I would be my only sponsor. Where did the time go? Seriously, I have gotten up a few times, have not made it outside yet, but it is almost 15:00, almost 6 hours into Blog-o-rama! I drew some more, but I need to draw a lot more. Scanning the drawings would have been ideal, since I do not have a copy stand, but I am not lugging the printer upstairs --- so "guerrilla" style it is, aka: using my digital camera and natural light. "Guerrilla" style, how all my work is done -- DIY: build it, duck tape, tin foil, ketchup . . .

Outside observation: a female House Finch [Carpodacus mexicanus] is sitting on the makeshift perch I made yesterday and is picking at the tall grass we let grow for all the outside critters -- first time I noticed the perch was being used.

(12) Robot 02

Note: Same story as previous post.

(11) Robot 01

I created robots for a Flash project a few years ago, and this robot is based off one the early ones. The original robots held video clips, from a film I made, in "viewers" on their bellies.

(10) Bug

(09) Bird 02

(08) Bird 01

(07) MiniOnion

Drawn: 2009 Sept 09

Originally created for a flipbook assignment for an animation class, the MiniOnions came from a friend who cannot say "minions". There is a whole world of them, so maybe I will post a couple more.

(06) Byrdee

I also do not like how I drew Byrdee's body, so just a doodle of him.

(05) Henry

I am not real happy with Henry's progress, so I will just post a doodle of him.

(04) Spidee

Bonus Post (01)

Well today is going to be a long day. I went to bed at 03:30 this morning, after kicking the cat out of bed since he was kneading the bed for 20 minutes and would not stop, and was up again by 08:00. I am still working on getting some breakfast, but the microwave just beeped telling me my leftover Chinese food is ready. I, also, still have to go outside and feed the "family" (the very local wildlife), but at least it is a very comfortable day so far -- even have the windows open.

(03) Cy

This is the very first sketch of Cy. One other version of him made him look like a My Little Pony; poor Cy.

(02) "Bunny"

Note: I have not decided on a body just yet.

(01) Jelly Joe

Friday, July 30

It is the night before . . .

. . . Blog-o-rama,
and all though my house,
the only thing that stirred was,
a pencil to paper,
as I tried to draw up some more characters.

I have about half of my characters drawn up in very rough sketches, but only the ones from my iPod (from a free "scribble" app) are web ready. So, like 4 "Blogging Events" previous, I will be creating the rest as I go. I download another trial version of Autodesk Maya (2011) and hope to get some screenshots of 3D characters too.

Please visit Blog-o-rama 2010 and check out what others are
blogging about and for.

If you have a couple extra dollars, then please think to sponsor me and
help the Tibetan Nuns; info is on the sidebar.

Thank you!

Saturday, July 10

This Year's Theme

I want to create 49 original characters. I have a few characters I use in some my work currently, mostly in Flash. Since I do not have much time until the event, posts will mostly be sketches of the character with a name and description of who they are. If I find some extra time maybe I will have some Flash sketches, via screenshots, or more awesome, clay models.

Friday, July 9

Central Location

Well, if needed here is the link to Blog-o-rama 2010, the home base of sorts I setup for the alternate "Blogathon":

Wednesday, July 7


I found out early today that the Official Blogathon will not happen this year. Sad and disappointed, I happened to see some posts for Blogathon 2010 in the LiveJournal community, which motivated me to take action. I am going to organize an UnOfficial Blogathon and already the enthusiasm is growing. I will be working out details by Saturday night (July 10).

Stay tuned for more information.

Edit [2010 July 8]:

An altblogathon website was setup after I posted this here and at LiveJournal, so I am going to go with whatever comes from that site and not use the blog I created as a home base for this event.

And again, stay tuned!

Edit [2010 July 20]:

Friday, July 2

Year 5 Charity

For 4 of 5 years participating in the official Blogathon (the 5th being The Day of Blogs where I blogged for The Sera Je Monastery's Food Fund), I will continue my tradition of blogging for the Tibetan Nuns Project.

"The Tibetan Nuns Project was founded over two decades ago to provide education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and Himalayan regions of India. The Project provides facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women.

The Tibetan Nuns Project is dedicated to:
  • Improving standards of food, sanitation, medical care, and education in Tibetan nunneries
  • Working towards future self-sufficiency through educational and training opportunities
  • Training nuns to take leadership and service roles within their communities
  • Improving the level and status of ordained Buddhist women
  • Assisting recently arrived refugee nuns from Tibet
  • Continuing to establish further facilities for Buddhist nuns
  • Through our sponsorship program, funded by sponsors from around the world, we currently support over 700 Tibetan nuns living in north India. To learn more, click here.
The Tibetan Nuns Project was established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women's Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of H.H. the Dalai Lama."
- from the Tibetan Nuns Project

Blogathon is an annual charity event where participants gather sponsors and, on the designated day, blog every half hour for 24 hours straight.