• Everyone’s favorite incredibly harassed gunsmith, Dave McCartney. The idea was to do two studies and then one personal take for each version (2008 anime version, Gunsmith Dave version). Notably, getting the eyes the right size is the hardest part…they’re always smaller than expected.

    For the anime version, different board artists render Dave a little differently, so in some he’s soft and mascot-y, and in others he’s a bit more realistic. For my self-take, I tried to meet both halfway.

    Dave in Gunsmith Dave is a lot more…expressive. Actually, it’s nice to see him a bit more relaxed and in his element when he’s not being bullied by Duke.

  • *throws another WIP onto the campfire*

  • The only resolution I truly have for the New Years is to learn how to draw an M16A2 properly. The artists for both the manga and the anime make it look so easy…

  • While I finished just about next to nothing in 2022, making art was a much calmer and happier affair. A lot of time was spent experimenting, which was a much needed breath of fresh air to get out of the comfort zone… Although as you can probably see from the favorite piece, I am ultimately still a sucker for “stark lineart and cel shading on white background, bonus points if it’s a person in a suit with chronic RBF”. Some old predilections…will probably never die LOL.

    Not certain what 2023 holds, but I will probably try to become even more of degenerate. Please believe in me.

  • Someone mentioned in a review of the Golgo 13 anime that if the series were to somehow ever get a(n unlikely) reboot, they’d love to see it in a style akin to Black Dynamite, which immediately made me think of Redline (2009) or Gurren Lagann eyecatches. And you know what? That reviewer was 100% right. Take the hardboiled egg that is the series as a concept, and boil it again: I’ll still eat it.

  • Earlier in the month, I shelled out a pretty penny for the OOP DVD set of Golgo 13 so I wouldn’t have to endure the abysmal English dub, and honestly…I wasn’t disappointed. Still, I can’t believe they managed fifty episodes of “sex, violence, and making the same face irregardless of situation”, the series.

    Golgo 13 in anime form is a treasure though; it seems rare to have an animated series so aggressively steeped in reality, and the studio’s adaptation of Takao Saito’s style is everything I could ask for and more.

  • Eternal apologies for my continued butchering of the language.

    Another thing I would eventually like to clean up, but starting and stopping lots of ideas lately.

  • TL;DR: Gallery is temporarily closed for maintenance.

    Long Version: During initial forays into personal web dev, I tried to keep things as basic/lightweight as possible with just HTML & CSS. This had its own share of advantages and disadvantages, though the disadvantages eventually outweighed what I was trying to achieve with regards to the sheer amount of stuff that was being shared. Moving to a CMS has been helpful for managing the kind of work and updates pushed to this site, but the bloat and occasional limitations have also gradually become incredibly difficult to ignore.

    This is a long way of saying that, in the interim, I have closed the Gallery for maintenance. I suspect it will be the primary guinea pig for whatever I end up doing with regards to…*gesticulates inarticulately with hands*

    Apologies for any inconvenience in the meantime. The first order of business is to fix some of the images (WP is…so bad about generating billions of extra sizes, so there was some nuking of files involved), whereupon I expect to have that section of the site reopened. However, any in-depth changes regarding structure will probably have to wait until mid-2023.