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15 October 2011 @ 10:13 pm
Drawing progress  
I had a nice phone conversation with my artist friend of mine. We chat mostly through emails and we don't do it very often. He's busy with projects and I don't want to bother. But he called me today and we had a fun time talking about art, music and my characters. I'm still amazed that someone that I admire and is better than me likes my stuff. He gave me some advice on pumpkin carving and a different way of thinking about it that I hadn't even considered before. I'm excited and can't wait to try it out. I need to get more tools than the ones I have. He wants a pic of my pumpkin once it's done to put on his site. I'm surprised because I thought he only wanted scary looking pumpkins (typical jack-o-lanterns) not something nice like Cope. So that makes me happy...and nervous. I hope I can deliver.

I found out something too while I was showing him my latest drawings. You guys know I've been trying to come up with around 12 drawings for a calendar. Well, I was looking and what I have since the last one I made which I think was in 2008. I actually do have enough material to make another calendar. I'd LOVE to make one except that I can't aford it. I'd have to be sure I'd sell all of them to at least break even. I may look into other companies. He's making one that has a spiral. I don't like calandars on spirals as it looks cheap to me and less professional than bound ones but they are cheaper and I could sell them for less. Still problem remains of finding enough buyers.

I got quite a bit of art done today. I worked on the Thagrion and Sorath drawing and started coloring Thag. ARG, I hate coloring him. He's always hard and I remembered the first step. It's adding a red neon glow to his black bones. Well neon glow doesn't work like it used to on CS5. Gosh how I hate CS5. I want CS3 back. I REALLY want it back. Luckily I still have photoshop 7. It's pretty pathetic that I have to open a "modern advanced" CS5 document in photoshop 7 to get this effect. So I did that and now it's back in CS5 to finish it up. But by the end of the day I was tired and I shouldn't work on stuff when I just don't feel like it. So I'll start it again tomorrow and start shading him to make him look hot and inky. Still a long way to go. And I still haven't decided about how to color the planets yet.

I went on a job with Chris. While in the car I finished drawing most of the Work Fight with Cope and Owen. This is a scene from my main story. I want to try and finish all the art for that so I can get moving on my stupid book already. The art is what's holding it up now. So I was happy about that. The only thing I didn't get to do was work on writing.

We went to a pet store and picked up some filters that I needed for the fish tank. We checked out Sam Ash but they didn't really have anything. I'm pretty set with music gear. There are only a few things I want like more straps. Then we went to a specialty supermarket. I forgot what it was called but it was fun. The atmosphere was great. The walls and ceiling were black so it looked like it was night time. They had arbors and arches inside which were very pretty. They were selling pumpkins and Halloween stuff. And there were sodas and all kinds of neat coffees. I got some gifts for my friends there and finished that off finally.

When I got home I practiced a little bass. I'm trying to figure out Under Bergets Rot by Finntroll. My gosh it's SOOOOO hard. I only found a couple of notes. Hehe ,but I said the same think about Kalmah's Bullets Are Blind. I had figured most of that out finally. It's one of those that I'm going to write down in my pink book because this will be the 3rd time I figure it out and I'm tired of forgetting. There's one other song I need to figure out again too and this will be the last time I do so. I'm gladI have an idea book for music now. So yes it's been a great day for my art and music.

EDIT: Oh Chris reminded me about something. When we were at the grocery store with all the fancy stuff there was a guy working there putting out fruits. I was amazed how much he looked like an older Cope. He had about the right length of hair though it was black and had a few grey streaks in it. Other than that he really looked like him. I was shocked. He was kind of cute. I told Chris about him and when he looked he was really amazed too. That was something.
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kabuldurkabuldur on October 16th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
I'm glad an artist freind came to the rescue and I will be really interested to see what you come up with. Lots of pressure between me and his website :)

You really are getting a lot of art and music done. That's great that you have enough drawings for a calender. There are computer designs for them if you want to print out your own (but it will cost a lot in ink).

That is really amazing that you found someone in real life that looks a lot like Cope. How weird :)
Des: Davon in Gryffindorthagirion on October 16th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah him and I have been friends for a long time. Hehe, I need to go out and buy a carving tool and I'm excited to do this. I won't carve any until around the 30th because once cut open pumpkins don't last long.

The problem with printing my own other than the expensive ink is that the printer doesn't go to the edges. I'd have a white square around all my print outs. Then I don't know how I'd staple them as I'd need a very long stapler. I think it's best to have a professional print company do it.

It's not the first time actually. That makes me happy because I know I've made him realistic. There's a classical guitarist in Europe that looks like him too. I think of my stories as movies and I try to think what actors I'd like to play the parts. I don't have somone for everyone yet, but I'd love for John Travolta to play Davon. He really looked like him in Face Off.
actipton80actipton80 on October 16th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
You found real life Cope. I think that's funny.

I finally have your diamonds and the chocolate pumpkin peep gathered up in a box. I just need to put a note in it and tape it up so I can send it tomorrow or Tuesday.
Des: Prof. Cope without glassesthagirion on October 16th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Hehe yeah it was very strange. I got all goofy after seeing him. Here's another guy that looks like him. He's playing one of my favorite classical pieces. You can see him well around 3:50
http://youtu.be/CrEMHDgN5dI

Oh that's great. I have a card I need to send you.
kabuldurkabuldur on October 17th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks very much for putting up this link. I like it a lot. I am listening to it for the second time though :) Does Chris listen to/watch this for his inspiration?
Des: Cope 80's Groovethagirion on October 17th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for checking it out. Doesn't that guy look like Cope? I was amazed. I first heard this piece on a show two guys used to do about walking through the woods. I was the intro to the show and they would point out birds, flowers and rocks and talk about them. It was a great nature show and for the life of me I can't remember the name to look it up. But I fell in love with this piece and remembered it was by Vivaldi for guitar in D. Vivaldi is my favorite composer and Baroque is my favorite type of classical music because it just brings up all these wonderful images for me of nature scenes.

It was just lucky that Chris's classical style was like this. I have asked him to figure out how to play this piece and he's worked on it quite a bit and gotten most of it. This is why I now want my videos, my little documentaries, to start with similar music. Pretty neat huh?
Cheezey: Kit Musiccheezey on October 16th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
That's such a pain to have to use different versions of Photoshop to get the effect you want. Makes you wonder what they'll change in the next version. :P

Good luck with your bass practicing. Working on the hard stuff is challenging, but it'll definitely help you learn!
Des: Bass Schecterthagirion on October 16th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I don't remember how I made the grain texture on the snow for Cope's drawing and now I'm wondering if it's a limitation of my "advanced" program. They got rid of good features or messed up stuff that worked fine.

Thanks. The good thing about doing the hard stuff and having it kick your butt is when you play everything else it's easy.
kabuldurkabuldur on October 17th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
You're right, doing the hard stuff does make other stuff easier!
Desthagirion on October 17th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this makes me think of a comic book I read a long time ago. It was about karate guys that were rivals. The bad guy was tired of losing so he said he was going to go up in the mountains to meditate and practice. When he'd return he would fight and finally win. The main guy stayed in the town but there was an old lady that had stolen something from him. She worked in the noodle restrant. But she was a master too. Everyday the good guy would try to ambush her but never could and she would always kick his butt. When the bad guy finally returned from the mountains and challenged him, he beat the bad guy like nothing had changed. He said something, "And you've been in the mountains? No one could have guessed."

But what happened was is he had improved in the mountains. But because the main guy was fighting with this old lady everyday and she was the best even though he kept losing he didn't know he was also improving. So that's how I think of these hard songs. The old lady kicking my butt. But these other songs come along they're cake. Hehe.