Monthly Archives: October 2017

Sketches from Final Fantasy, Inspired by Amano’s “The Sky”

A few weeks ago, Amazon had a really great deal going; sign up for an Audible (audio book) trial, and get a free hardcover book. After browsing a bit, I found this book called The Sky by Yoshitaka Amano. This is a re-release of a limited edition set, containing three hardcover art books with concept art, character designs, and other illustrations

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Dirk Nowitzki, Basketball Legend

To me, no player exemplifies Dallas sports like Dirk Nowitzki. Texas is obviously wild about football, and the Cowboys are the lead dog in terms of area sports teams (despite their amazing run of mediocrity over the last two decades). You could certainly also make an argument that most Dallas-area sports fans gravitate towards baseball and the Texas Rangers a

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Dark Tower Drawing – Campfire Outside the City of Lud

In my last post, I discussed an idea for a drawing related to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. I wanted to sketch Roland and his crew outside of Lud, probably by a campfire. In the first article, I talked about some of the challenges I anticipated based on my limitations as an artist. My strength, I think, is drawing people

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Planning for a Dark Tower Drawing

Lately, I’ve been really into the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I’ve always been a big Stephen King fan, and I enjoy fantasy novels, so it’s actually really strange that it’s taken me so long to start the series. I’m currently on book 4, Wizard and Glass; so I’m right at the half-way point (please, no later-book spoilers in

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Profile View Portrait, Large Drawing

I spent some time drawing yesterday evening, partially inspired by a desire to clean up an older sketch. This portrait of Julia Roberts isn’t new, but it’s actually one of the largest drawing I have ever done (around 2′ X 1.something’). I think I’ve actually improved on some of my pencil techniques, so I went back to this one and

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Excel Function Cheat Sheet

As a huge Excel fanatic, over the years I’ve amassed a nice collection of spreadsheets; if you’ve explored this website much, I’m sure you’ve seen graphs from some of them. As part of that data crunching, I’ve also utilized a wide variety of functions and formulas to process data. I keep a master reference list of these Excel functions in

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Mass Shooting Post-Vegas Data Update, Frustration with Politicians, and Some Ideas

Once again, we have to face another horrifying mass shooting event. This time, it was the worst mass shooting event in U.S. history. It’s frustrating to see this happen again with the understanding that our country is unlikely to anything to do anything but repeat the same slogans, with politicians offering “thoughts and prayers” but no action. I try to

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