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  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom
  • Reading: A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawkings
  • Watching: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Eating: Pho, I would inject this stuff if I could.
  • Drinking: Water and Iced Tea
So a quick entry to all the peeps who watch me.  If you are having a problem with your art, where you look at it and just aren't happy.  That annoying feeling that something just isnt right.  I know I should be doing better than this.  Well here's an article written by :iconizzymedrano: that will help. Got Contrast Sauce in your painting?Let me help!  I wrote an article on how to use contrast and self diagnose your paintings. Give it a look, and if you like give me a follow!
http://www.cannibalcandy.com/2015/02/on-painting-izzys-logic-of-color-and.html


Read the whole article.  Twice.  I really recommend that in all sincerity.  There is a mountain of information packed in that article, some of which may give you the "ah hah" moment it gave me.  So check it out!
  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom
  • Reading: We All Died At Breakaway Station
  • Eating: Pho
  • Drinking: Water
I really wish I could say that the problem was something really technically and complicated like, "The integrated reverse .dll file cause a stack overflow in the sub routine of the system file".  But alas, I was just using the wrong damn program to try to connect the scanner to my computer.  My forehead can't deflect face palm's of the that magnitude.  But at least I got some nice stuff to upload.

One thing I still find is that my real pencil work always comes out 100% better than my digital pencil work.  Maybe that would change with a cyntiq, but I'm not about to drop the $$$ to find out (especially since there is a good chance it wont make a difference)
  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom
  • Reading: We All Died At Breakaway Station
  • Eating: Pho
  • Drinking: Water
Hope all you awesome peeps out there had a great holiday!
  • Listening to: Infected Mushroom
  • Reading: We All Died At Breakaway Station
  • Eating: Pho
  • Drinking: Water
I was listening to some TED talks about creativity and they were really inspiring to me.  I think they cleared up some confusion about creativity.  There is a guy who talks about how small children are more creative and lose that creativity as they become adults.  This is because of a developed fear of being wrong.  Another author (Eat Pray Love) pointed out that to be truly creative you don't have to be fearless, you just have to acknowledge that fear is along for the ride as she puts it.  It really points to what I have known for some time about art.  Something an art teacher told me.  To improve in art you have to be willing to let go.  Let go of old habits, of proven techniques and styles, of that piece of art that looks really good and we dont want to mess up by trying something totally wild.  Or of the fear of making a mistake.  More than just going out of your comfort zone.  You have to venture into places that seem very overwhelming and scary at times.  But that is where you start to learn new things, and where all the fun really is.  Plato points out that all learning involves suffering.  Fear is that suffering for artists.  Making a mistake or ruining a really good piece of art.  Trying out an entirely new style of art and having it fall flat on its face.  I remember how I watched an interview with a pianist where they tried placing microphones in vastly different places of the piano and studio.  Then a director would piece it together to use the different sound and feel of each recording "perspective" to enhance the music.  What the pianist said, paraphrasing, is that the experiment will either be a huge success or fall completely on its face, either way we have accomplished what we set out to do.  THAT.  That is what it takes to be truly creative.  To let that reckless inner child run about carelessly with your art.  See where he takes you.  It may improve your current style, or it may not.  The important thing is to let it happen.  Self censorship is an artificially constructed muscle that we use in our day to day live out of necessity.  The challenge to artists is to completely paralyze that muscle and go where ever the muse takes us.  I like how Sting referred to the creative process as a sort of energy that we just channel.  Its not really completely ours, its independent of us, and if we dont channel it, it will find someone who will.  Creativity is an event that we have to participate in just as much a skill we have to develop.  Its a force that we as humans are moved by as much as or perhaps even more than by nature herself.  That would explain why cave paintings go back 30,000 years but agriculture goes back 15,000.  So embrace your fear.  Use it as a marker for where you need to go.  If you shouldn't do it, you will know.  If it doesn't work you will know.  But until you tried it how can you possibly know?
  • Listening to: Juno Reactor
  • Reading: We All Died At Breakaway Station
  • Eating: Pho
  • Drinking: Water
I was listening to This American Life today.  There was a story about Sarah Koenig who looked into her father's past.  Her father was the mind behind slogans like "Takes a licking and keeps on ticking".  What struck me wasn't that his partner took credit for ads that Mr. Koenig came up with.  It was what the third partner of the advertising company they were part of at the time, KPL.  He said they were both crazy.  The guy who stole ideas is well known in the industry for being a thief like that.  He said something to the effect of the only people who care about the theft are the people in the advertising world and people who have been robbed by this guy so getting upset by his theft is just nuts.  He believes that being upset is beneath Mr. Koenig who is well know as an advertising titan. He shouldn't care if some nut claims responsibility. I couldn't believe how much I wanted to argue with the guy even though I know I'm listening to the radio. It wasn't that the guy claimed credit, he GOT credit.  More importantly this guy did this all the time.  Claiming credit for ads, stories that he heard that he wrote in his book as his own.  Its not the theft itself, its the principle that matters.  Would it be different if an artist who had painting in the same gallery as Jackson Pollock who claimed and received credit for the idea of Pollock's paintings?  No?  Why?  Its the same thing, it was Pollock's idea.  His creation.  This guy took credit for so many things and was never called to task on it.  That burns my ass.  Why not?  Because he's famous?  So what.  I am sick of the rich and famous living in a bubble where they can do no wrong.  I know its a story as old as humanity, but its still one that should never be.
  • Listening to: Juno Reactor
  • Reading: The Three Musketeers
  • Drinking: Water
Found some interesting videos on youtube that serve as inspiration and motivation for me every time I watch them.  Figured I'd share. 





  • Listening to: Juno Reactor
  • Reading: The Three Musketeers
  • Drinking: Water
 I wanted to get that nasty bit of negativity off my front page.  I would give an update on my personal life, but really, people are here for art not drama.  So I thought instead I would give a link to a guy I have been watching on youtube for a while now. 

www.youtube.com/channel/UC3WIo…  

Skallagrim has some EXCELLENT guides on bladed weapons.  He debunks a LOT of myths, explains basic information that is sometimes hard to get a clear answer on.  He has a TON of videos that not only explain why some myths are true/untrue but he often shows you why.  It has really helped my character design and now I try to avoid the "fantasy fatties" as he calls them, where the sword is impractical or impossible to wield because its too thick and/or wide.  Anyways, check him out, some good stuff in there.
  • Listening to: Eisbrescher
  • Reading: Silmarillion
  • Drinking: Water
I really believe that fundamentally, human beings are good.  Little kids and babies are the best example of why.  They want you to be happy when they are happy.  They get sad when you get sad.  There is a China's Got Talent clip where a 3 year old boy, Zhang Junhao, says, "My dream is for everyone to be happy because I'm happy."  That is what gives me hope for humanity.

But recently I've been coming home and people in the neighborhood have been acting strange.  They keep looking my way.  Like they know about a joke or something and they aren't saying anything.  Even the little kids do that.  It was really starting to bother me, I was worried people thought we were racist or something nasty like that(honestly I thought it was because I like to listen to German industrial music, and I have a dry scalp so I shave my head.  never thought anything of it till now).  Then I came home one day and found a couple of pork rinds in the garage.  This is significant because no one in my house likes those nasty ass heart burn machines.  There is no way it came from us.  But I figured it blew in from out side or was on the car or something like that.  Then I noticed the garage door was unlocked.  Not the big automatic one, the side one.  Which is really really odd.  I grew up in Stockton, and thanks to that brutal town my mom and I both developed a kind of OCD about locking the doors.  We NEVER leave them unlocked.  I still get up in the middle of the night and make sure they are locked.  But the side door to the garage was unlocked, now that was really not right.  I checked the house and nothing was missing and nothing was out of place.  But every time we come home we still get that funny staring from other people. 

Then one day I came home from the grocery store.  This little boy from a few houses down was standing by a care that was just parked in front of his house(I'm guessing it was his house).  He kept looking at me.  That way little kids who did something the know they shouldn't or are about to do something they shouldn't do.  Look at you then look away.  It made me super uncomfortable, but honestly, he wasn't really doing anything.  What bothered me was that he was way too young to be faking that kind of behavior.  Then I opened the garage door and started putting groceries away.  I turn around and he is at the end of the street behind the mail box peeking around it into my garage.  This was way wrong.  It was how he was acting.  When he noticed that I was looking right at him he ran away.  When I put more stuff in the garage and turned around, he was looking again and ran away again.  Now what bothers me, is that he wasn't giggling like little kids do when they do that sort of goofing around.  He was clearly upset.  I walked out of the garage and to the side walk.  The car he was standing next to left and he went running into his house crying.  That really really got ME upset.  WTF.  I went through the house and backyard looking for somebody, paranoid as hell I would actually find somebody.  Had mom been home and I not known it, she would have scared the bejeesus out of me.

So today I go out to the garage to restock the fridge with sodas.  Since we were gonna have try tip I though it would be nice to have a beer with it.  Thats when I noticed the beer was on the floor.  That's not where we put it.  It fell off the shelf?  From way back on the shelf?  Then I picked it up.  We dont drink much alcohol at all.  Beer or otherwise.  It should have been nearly full, but it was nearly empty.  NOW this shit was making sense.  But nothing in the house was missing.  Who the hell breaks into someone's house for beer?  Shitty light beer at that.  Seriously?  Freakin beer?  Only two types I figure would be dumb enough to do that.  Teenagers or rednecks.  And we dont have many rednecks or teenagers in this neighborhood.  So now I am all paranoid.  I was finally getting over my nervous compulsion to lock doors.  Now I am back to square one, and you know what, screw it, I'm just gonna keep that OCD habit.  Don't have to live in a crappy neighborhood for people to be assholes.  We dont bother anyone, we keep to ourselves.  We wave and such, most of the time people dont wave back.  I think they believe we are super rich or something.  As if.  Shit I wouldn't be living here if I were. 

This crap, this is why I dont like people.  I like a person.  One.  Maybe two.  But in groups people are selfish, hateful, vindictive, judgmental and stupid.  Everything that is the worst of us.  Sorry for my rant, but I felt like I needed to put this down somewhere that others could see it.  Iunno why, but it makes me feel better that other people, even if they are on the net, know what's going on.  I got rid of the beer and now we are both paranoid and triple checking the doors.  I am back to checking them a couple times a night.  Crap.  People are such assbags.
  • Listening to: Eisbrescher
  • Reading: The Wrecker by Clive Cussler
  • Drinking: Water
I got this thing in the mail from some fringe political group a few days ago.  I'm not sure if it reads like a comedy script or a road map to lunacy.  Maybe a little of both.  They were demanding the government stop discriminating against people of faith.  But by "faith" they meant Christians.  And by "Christians" they meant upper middle class.  Because they are sooooo oppressed.  They pointed to the typical things right wing extremists point at and started claiming it was socialism but in the very next sentence said we needed to make the government help the poor.  It made no sense what so ever.  Ever couple of sentences contradicted themselves.  Made for an entertaining, if not disturbing, read.  Made terrible tp though.

My own political views are very middle of the road.  Basically, sum it up with I HATE politics.  George Washington called politics a nescessary evil, I guess I have to agree, but dammit I get tired of congress acting like 5 year olds.  If they were working for ANY major corporation or any business at all they would have all been fired by now.  Maybe we should consider doing that.....

Anyway, I'm off my soap box now.
  • Listening to: Eisbrescher
  • Reading: Pragmatism by William James
  • Eating: chicken soup
  • Drinking: Water
I am coming out of a really nasty cold.  Be careful out there, this cold going around is no joke.  Might have even been a touch of the flu.  But I think I am out of the worst of it.  Still having coughing fits though. 

I am really happy with the progression in my art.  I needed the break I took.  I was really getting stuck.  Maybe I'm just being self critical, but I just feel like my art should be so much better than what it is.  Or maybe that's just the Nyquil talking.  Anyway, I hope to upload a lot more traditionally done sketches here in a bit.  Having some scanner trouble at the moment, but I'll get it up and running in a couple days.  Till then, take care.  And remember to wash your hands every chance you get, keep the flu/cold at bay.
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eating: Roasted Peppers in Oil with Italian bread
  • Drinking: Water
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

I missed a sketch of the day, but I will have to make it up.  Will likely miss a couple more until after the 26th.  Damn, just started an already failed.  :shakefist:
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eating: Pho for as long as I can
  • Drinking: Thai Tea with Boba
I feel like my art has stagnated a bit.  I see what I am doing and feel like I should be doing so much better.  So I made a resolution to do a sketch a day at the very least.  If I have time for more, then great.  But I have to do at least ONE sketch every day.  Only way to improve is to practice. 
  • Listening to: Rob Zombie
  • Reading: The Twelve
  • Eating: Pho
Hey there, been I while I know.  School kinda slows things down, but I have been slowly but surely making improvements.  I have decided to get back to the basics and focus on my pencil work before I go hog wild on inking or coloring.  I also really really need to work on composition.  Something I am not satisfied with is my visual story telling.  The only way to improve that is practice so I intend to do just that.   See ya around peeps.
Wanted to wish all you peeps a Merry Christmas.  I will be posting new stuff after the holidays.  I have a ton of stuff.  Much of it still needs to be scanned.  But I will be back soon.
So I just wanted to let y'all know that I finished the comic I was working on for :icontorncomics: so I can now get back to your requests.  I will be experimenting a bit with different styles as I do this.  Any feedback is good feedback so please feel free to comment on them.
  • Listening to: Led Zepplin
  • Reading: Silmarillion.....again
  • Playing: Red Steel II
  • Eating: sammich
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

What's New

Tue Jun 22, 2010, 10:11 PM
Hey there fellow art fans.  Just a quick journal to let you know how things stand with me and your requests.  I will post them when I get time.  But right know I have a deadline coming up on the 1st so I have to focus on that right now.  I will start posting around the 2nd or 3rd.  

Also there are still 3 slots open for request.  Just leave a comment here turbosuo.deviantart.com/journa…;

That's all I have time for now.  Take care!

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  • Listening to: ZZ Top
  • Reading: Silmarillion.....again
  • Playing: Red Steel II
  • Drinking: Water

Good News for California

Wed Jun 9, 2010, 11:00 AM
Just so you know I still have 3 spots for requests. Leave a comment in this journal. turbosuo.deviantart.com/journa… :D

So I heard today that the propositions 16 and 17 failed.  That is good news for California.  

Now let me get up on my soapbox here....okay.

For those who don't know Prop 16 was a law funded by PG&E that would basically force publicly owned electrical services out of business.  How is that bad?  Well aside from making PG&E a monopoly with the kind of power the old Robber Barons had the public utilities are the only competition and are FAAAAAR cheaper than PG&E.  We paid $30 one winter under the public utility and $350 under PG&E.  To top it off PG&E spent $46 million to fund it.  www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article… do you think that money came from?  That's right, those outrageous rates.

Prop 17 was just as bad but not intended to make a monopoly.  It was intended to circumvent the laws put in place to keep auto insurance rates from inflating out of control.  Prop 103, passed in 1988 prevents insurance companies from hiking up rates ridiculous amounts. www.consumerwatchdog.org/insur… would get around this by "penalizing" any one who has had a lapse in coverage while hiding behind the claim that it will eliminate the law that prevents Californians from taking their discounts with them from company to company.  Whether or not that last part is true is really a moot point because the insurance companies could recoup any losses and make huge profits off of slamming anyone who has had a "lapse" in their car insurance.

I am really glad these two failed, particularly Prop 16.  This is not the first time PG&E has tried something like this.  Recently they tried to charge non-PG&E costumers a $5 fee. www.mid.org/news/mdlf/default.… is just one irrigation district explaining what PG&E is charging them.  MID is HAS NO corporate relation to PG&E, they are in fact the competition.  PG&E was charging people who didn't even use their services and they claimed it was because they weren't expecting people to have the option of going to the public utilities.  That would be like McDonalds charging people who went anywhere else a fee for not eating at McDonalds.

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  • Listening to: ZZ Top
  • Reading: Silmarillion.....again
  • Playing: Red Steel II
  • Drinking: Cinnamon Dolce Iced Latte
Okay, lets try this again.  The first 10 people to comment get a free sketch.  Lets scratch that last journal off completely.  These are quick sketches so they wont be super detailed with complex backgrounds and the like.  I use these as warm ups and I am tired of trying to come up with new ideas.  So if you got an idea, lets here it.

So here's the list so far...
I'll post the thumbs in this journal when I get them done and posted.  XD

1.:iconnewplancomics:  Corruption   Corruption for Turbulence1973 by turbosuo
2.:iconsssk76: Dane
3.:iconwhitneycook: Nemo
4.:icony2jenn: Green Arrow
5.:iconhavoc892: Skye
6.:icondrybonesreborn: Doctor Octopus
7.:icongraveyard-keeper: Liz
8.:iconjaster0001: The Elephant Man
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  • Listening to: ZZ Top
  • Reading: Silmarillion.....again
  • Playing: Red Steel II
  • Drinking: Cinnamon Dolce Iced Latte

ATD: Artistically Transmitted Disease

Wed May 12, 2010, 4:37 PM
I am so lame when coming up with journal titles.  I stole this idea from :iconprolixite:  How this works is I will do a free 20 to 30 minute sketch for the first 10 people who comment.  If I get enough people I might raise it to the first 15, but we'll have to see how much time I have.  I AM working on projects after all.  :D  If you want something specific please mention it.  If possible leave links to reference, especially for OC's.  Keep in mind these will be quick sketches.  So they wont be too tight or detailed.  Or they might, depends on how much mojo is flowing at the time.

1.:icondrybonesreborn:  Dr. Octopus
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  • Listening to: AC DC Back In Black
  • Eating: root beer float
  • Drinking: root beer float

Rapid Improvement FTW!

Thu May 6, 2010, 5:19 PM
This has been kinda weird.  I recently had my birthday so I took a week off.  Mom and I have our birthdays on the same week so that is when we take our vacations.  So there was this week of pretty much no art for me.  So Sunday night I decided to get back into it.  I sat down and put down the best art I have ever done.  At least as far as drawing goes.  There really isn't a composition to it, just a single figure of Deadpool aiming his gun at the viewer.  But the skill increase was remarkable to me.  It went down fast, without much thought other than on the pose and some ref on the guns.  This is the pic.

More Than Just Talk by turbosuo


Has this happened to anyone else?  You go for a while of no art and somehow improve more in that time than in the previous months?  I am happy for it, but it was kinda odd I thought.  I have some more that I will post later.  The only draw back to this is that a comic that I was in the middle of has to be restarted.  The difference between what I was doing then and what I am doing now is just to big.  Sorry, but I only let people have my best work.  XD  The good thing is the massive increase in speed.  This will be interesting to see how this stuff looks.  Anyway, keep on keeping on folks.

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  • Listening to: AC DC
  • Eating: pho
  • Drinking: iced tea