Sunday, April 20, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 2.

   Happy Easter, Everybody! (By the time I get this posted, it'll probably be early Monday morning, but I started it while it was still Easter Sunday, so that counts, right?)
   Here's another ten Globes, in a variety of styles, coincidentally all from 2005. 2005 was a good year for globe production.
3 Color Globe. 05/16/05
   I applied the colors in a spiral pattern. I did the same thing with several of the globes I posted last week, but I forgot to mention it.
Luminous Globe. 05/24/05
Crystal Globe. -6/04/05
Fissure. 06/14/05


Contained Reaction. 06/16/05
Crystal Globe 2. 06/24/05
Fractile Globe. 07/19/05
Globe. 08/16/05
I think this is the last design I ever tried to fix with "White-Out". You can hardly notice it!
Semicurved Globe. 10/07/05
To control the curves, I had to sacrifice some of the excruciating detail of the fiddly-bits.
18 Color Fractile Globe. 12/18/05
I did a lot of "fractiles" in 2005. Although it finally led to the discover of the trans-dimensional ninja stealth monkeys, the design had limited applications, so I moved on. (eventually).

And now, a special Easter episode of Kevin Koastie!
Kevin Has Some "Issues". 04/20/14
Happy Easter! (He is Risen!)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 1.

   I ruffled through my notebooks tonight looking for a sampling of "Globe" style designs. Danged if I didn't find 42 of the little buggers. 42! (to any fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that number will always be significant!)
   I did one years ago that used the same elements as most of these, only in an elongated cube shape, rather than a circle, added houses and such to make it a town, and, as I recall, had the center of the design disappear  into an infinite spiral. It was very cool, and someone agreed and bought it, so I can't show it to you. (This was years before I owned a computer.) Anyway, the reason I recall it now was because of the title I gave it, "I Live In My Own Little World, But That's OK, Everyone Knows Me There!". So That's why I call all my designs 'little worlds', as well as this here BlogSpot!
   See, I actually started playing with circles before I started playing with cubes, but one day I decided to try to make a circle out of cubes, and it became an on-going process of development and experimentation - different shapes, different colors, different attempts to finesse the secondary elements - Making something made of all straight lines look curved!
   What I learned from these early designs I've been incorporating into my art in other ways, but I still get the itch to create another globe from time to time.
   Here's the first 10, and another episode of Kevin Koastie - which also involves the quest for strange new worlds (sort of).

Globe #2. 04/24/04
   Several of these old globes were drawn on blue-lined grid paper, and therefore are officially Not fine art, but they show the development of the idea I was shooting for, so they're in. The numbering is off also, so I'll just go by the completion date on each.
Globe #4. 04/29/04
Globe #5. 04/30/04
Globe #6. 05/05/04
Globe #7. 05/13/04
   This next one was drawn while we were rolling down Interstate 29 on a family road trip. Mary was driving, I was bored, so out came the sketch book and I drew another globe. The road vibration made the lines shaky, so I colored it blue, as if it were shivering from the cold.
Blue Globe. 09/15/04
(It was a long road trip.)
Globe #8. 10/03/04
Globe in Amber. 10/07/04
Globe. 05/14/05
This last one is part of my "Slightly Larger Worlds" collection - Just a hair too big to fit completely on my scanner screen. Dang it!
Globe. 05/15/05
And now, old what's-his-name!


Beware the man who may be smarter than he looks!
(I had to pay an homage to the-soon-to-be-deceased Archie with a little side-of-the-head cross-hatching in that last panel.) Comments? Suggestions? I haven't awarded any Musey's for about a week, so I need more inspiration!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Eggs, Easter Baskets, and Stuff Like That.

   My apologies to those who were yearning for another episode of Kevin Koastie last week. I kinda-sorta promised that this weeks episode would be the bestest one yet. Well, bestestness is in the eye of the beholder, I guess, but I can guarantee that this episode was drawn on the bestest cartooning paper I could find!
Fanboy Paper!
   And now, at long last, another episode of Kevin Koastie!

... to wear shades!
Now, what was I going to do this week? Oh yeah, Easter-y stuff! Here are some designs you could use for Easter decorations if you had a mind to. A lot of my designs fall into the broad category of "Fun With Circles". But if I draw a circle, then draw a smaller circle above the first one and kind of mash them together, I get an egg-shaped outline, which I can then fill in with whatever my mind can invent. I also like playing with basket weave designs, and, well, you'll see what I mean.

Early Christmas. 12/9/09
Early Christmas was supposed to be Christmas Tree shaped, but turned out more egg shaped in the end. It was a development of my early Globe designs. Have I shown you any of my globes yet? Hmm... something for a later post or two, I think.
Open Weave Easter Basket. 1/25/11
Closed Weave Easter Basket. 4/26/11
These are two early attempts at weaving the elements of a design. I've been experimenting with various kinds of weaves and nets ever since - still haven't got to the end of the possibilities yet.
Cosmic Egg With Double Yokes. 4/9/12
Pseudo-Mandelbrot Egg. 7/19/12
Cosmic Egg, Cracking. 8/20/12
I was feeling kind of "cosmic" in 2012. I was also playing with a style of design I call "Fun With Spirals".
Variation on a Basket Weave. 1/31/13
These last three, from 2013, 2014, and at least one other above, you may have seen before in previous posts, but they fit the theme of this post, so I'm posting them again. This saves you the trouble of hunting for them yourself! You're welcome!
Eggsactly. 4/3/13
Easter Basket. 3/27/14
This last one is sort of basket-y and sort of egg-y at the same time, so call it a Two-Fer!
Now I'm going to try an experiment in sizing. If it works, you'll see it. If it doesn't, I'll edit it out and it'll remain forever my little secret!

... to wear shades! (Full Size)
So, does this make the comic page easier to read? You have to slide the center over to the right a little, but it does show the cartoon in more detail. What do you think?

Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Fresh - March. (plus 2)

Update: IMAO Link of the Day: Cookie Palace and Staircase.
I was all set to draw another episode of Kevin Koastie this weekend. I had my paper and clipboard in place; pencils, pens and erasers on standby, when my brain took an unexpected trip into unexplored territory. See, I saw this optical illusion poster,
I Can't Sleep.
and I thought to myself, "heck, I could probably do that! I wonder what it would look like in color?"
So, no Kevin Koastie, sorry! In it's place I got this instead. (unfinished). It's a sort of a prototype. If  I can smooth out a few problems, I might be able to use this pattern in lots of ways. My imagination is all a-flutter!
Smile if you love Jesus
   But hey! With another 7 days to think about the next episode, it'll probably be the bestest ever, right? Besides, the penguin made me do it!

Oh, by the way...
New Stuff for sale on eBay! (Sold 3 so far, yay!) If you want to buy anything I've posted here, and if It's not already sold, given away or misplaced, I'll put it up on eBay for you. Show me da Money!
Little Worlds of Don Scholand - eBay listings.

   Now, where was I? Oh yeah, here's the work I completed in March, 2014, plus another unfinished one down at the bottom.
12 Point, 18 Dimension, Chain-Reaction Zig-Zag Net. (Green Labyrinth). 3/3/14
This one is a refinement of a design I did in February,
I mean this one. (12 point, 12 color, Chain-reaction Net)
   Anyway, by changing the way I drew the corners and the intersections, I created another labyrinth (in true green). All the other colors I selected were demoted to support status after the green found the 'sweet spot'. Still, it took 184 color changes to finish the design, although technically, I only used True Green twice.
Inteligent Design. 3/5/14
   I finally got this design right after doing 3 less-than-perfect versions in February. It's only perfect in the sense that I didn't make any accidental deviations from the design I intended to draw, but it was still a big deal for me. (For about 5 minutes - then I noticed that I'd misspelled the word "Intelligent" in the title!) D'oh!
Cookie Town. 3/11/14
   Will this one do, Anonymiss? I could make one that was cookie-er, or palace-ier, but I reckon this was the best compromise between a cookie and a palace that I could do. (so far).
PS: Have a Musey!
   Then for the next few weeks I obsessed with variations on that light bulb made of lightning bolts idea I used to create the Musey.
Lightning Bulb. 3/13/14
Great Ball of Fire. 3/15/14
Heavy Water Drop. 3/20/14
Rainbow Variation. 3/25/14
Easter Basket. 3/27/14
   These last four are all related in design, with differences in the details. This last one, Easter Basket, reminded me that I once promised Anonymiss a post featuring egg-shaped designs. So that will be next weeks post - The "Idea" of Eggs (and other Easter-y designs). with Kevin Koastie, unless I get distracted again.
   Oh, and the very last one is a work-in-progress connected to a kinda-sorta challenge issued by Harvey at IMAO: Hey 4of7, Build Me a Staircase! So I'm working on a design I'll call Endless Stairs.
Endless Stairs - in progress.
It ain't as elegant as M.C. Escher's "Stairs",

 but I found a variation on the same perspective trick that I could use.

Here's a close-up of it. Once I figured it out, I reused it all through the design, over and over and over...
Endless Stairs - details.
   Well, that was fun! Now it's late and I'm tired. Good night!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's a Maze Thing - Part Two.

   If you were here last week, you enjoyed It's a Maze Thing - The Early Years. But I was just getting warmed up! I've been finding out ways to incorporate mazes and maze-like elements into my designs 'cause it's cool for years. Sometimes I don't realize that I've created a maze until I after I finished a design, then I go at it again, with purpose - to figure out how to do it intentionally. So, let's see what I've figured out so far.
   But first, Kevin Koastie!
Update: 3/25/14 - Straight Line of the Day: Name Your Post-Apocalyptic Faction
Also: 3/25/14 - Link of the Day: It's a Maze Thing - Part Two.
A Two-fer!
History Lesson.
   If you were the leader of a group of Post-Apocalyptic survivors, what would you call the group, and what would be your rallying cry? Hmm... that might be an idea for one of IMAO's "Straight Line of the Day" features. Just sayin'...

Now where was I? Oh yeah, mazes!
2nd 3 Point Maze - 1/28/06
   I assume I sold or gave away 3 Point Maze #1, but I have no record of it.
3rd 3 Point Maze - 2/2/06
3 Point Linked Maze #4 - 5/8/06
5th 3 Point Maze - 5/21/06
3 Point Labyrinth - 7/4/06
   All these mazes have a similarity in shape, derived from my "Fun With Cubes" obsession, but with this next one, I tried to use the same design elements in a new way, breaking out of the six-sided cube motif.
Y Knot - 10/9/06
Over and Under Maze - 11/6/07
   Over and Under Maze has traits in common with my tapestry and door designs. I think I may have to try this one again - I see possibilities for development of this design.
Deceptively Simple Maze With Bubbles - 3/15/10
This next one is one of my favorites - the fact that I noticed that it's a maze as well was just a bonus!
Colors Flowing Like Water (Maze) - 9/2/10
   The maze begins with the ball at the top, right of the design, and ends at the ball at the bottom, left.
The next one is similar, but different.
Complex Linked Zig-Zag Maze - 6/20/11
   And then there's one more, back to my "Fun With Cubes" roots! Hat tip to Basil over at IMAO!
Fun With Cubes #4 - 3 Point Maze - July 2013.
   Well, I've done my duty and shared another batch of work with the world on a weekly basis.

Oh, by the way, I've got 4 pictures up on eBay (more to follow).
Link: Little Worlds of Don Scholand - Abstract Geometric Designs