Friday, May 28, 2010

A thousand and then some

Every so often I collect all of the artwork that I've done on my tablet and print it up in a book. That way I have a hard copy to put on my shelf next to my other sketchbooks. I'm just shy of hitting the 1,000 mark on total "pages" since I bought my tablet pc so I thought it was a good time to start putting it together. I actually have well more than the number stated, but that's the number of pages that have been saved to the folder on my hard drive called "Sketchbook". It's not counting all the other files I've done that have been worthy enough to have actual titles bestowed upon them. Not like files such as poor ol' Image926.tif. Oh, what fun that one was, but just not fun enough to get a fancy name. But fancy or not, they all go in and then I can back 'em up to make more room on my drive for the next thousand-and-then-some.

I'm curious what's going to happen when I reach 1,000. Will it restart at 001? Or will it add a one to the front? So many unanswered questions.

Below is the cover I did for the book. Since Ellie and her peeps feature largely in the pages it's only fitting they be on the cover.

UPDATE: Upon reaching 1,000 pages the file automatically gets named Image1000.tif. Another mystery solved!

Friday, May 21, 2010


This should be wrapping paper.

Spring Sketchy at the Scarab...

...with a flower power/hippy chick theme. There was even some fire eating going on! How cool is that?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Azucena treated me to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings last night at the Majestic Theater in Detroit (not the theater where Houdini last performed as we learned; that was the now gone Garrick Theater). She'd won the tickets on WDET a few weeks ago after declaring her intentions to do so. Closing her eyes, she calmly spurned any effort on my part to "dial now!" Instead, she waited just the right amount of time, came out of her Houdini-like trance, and dialed the number to be caller number three (or two, or four, or whatever). I will never doubt her magical dialing skills again.

There was a bit of a mix-up with our tickets at will-call, but after that the evening was stellar. The opening band was The Heavy, known by me for their song How You Like Me Now from the Kia Sorento commercials. I liked them. They seem to be part of the resurgence of Reggae and Ska that I've been hearing about. Then the Dap-Kings came out and played a little intro to announce the entrance of Sharon Jones. The whole show was one big, powerful, energized, sweat inducing, funk-soul revue. I imagine this is what the Motown Revues back in the 60's were like.

Here's some sketches (based on photos from the web as the few I took with my phone were lacking):