The Colbert Questionert

Stephen Colbert has a new(er) segment called The Colbert Questionert. He asks guests fifteen questions “‘scientifically designed, psyche probing’ questions” to really get to know them. I enjoy these lightning round question and answer type segments (see the Pivot Questionnaire from Inside the Actor’s Studio).

Here we go:

  1. What is the best sandwich? Meatball sub
  2. What’s one thing you own that you should really throw out? My old Citadel stuff. Uniforms, manuals, belt buckles. Honestly, what am I going to do with them? It’s just taking up space. But can you donate those uniforms? Maybe that’s why I still have it. I don’t know who to give it to.
  3. What is the scariest animal? Snakes are quite creepy
  4. Apples or Oranges? Oranges, but only those cutie oranges. They’re simpler to deal with.
  5. Have you ever asked someone for their autograph? Yes, on multiple occasions. I was heartbroken though one time when my brother and I went to ask three wrestlers for their autographs at a Shoney’s. We were rejected and it hurt to the core.
  6. What do you think happens when we die? I don’t know, but I hope it’s something unbelievable.
  7. Favorite action movie? (Right now…) Mission: Impossible: Fallout
  8. Favorite smell? My wife’s lotion
  9. Least favorite smell? Poop
  10. Exercise: Worth it? Yes, it just helps you feel better.
  11. Flat or sparkling? Flat.
  12. Most used app on your phone? Disney Magic Kingdoms. It’s a game that delights me to no end and my kingdom keeps expanding. 🙂
  13. You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life: What do you listen to? Eye of the Tiger by New Found Glory…it doesn’t say I’m listening to it on loop.
  14. What number am I thinking of? 21
  15. Describe the rest of your life in five words…A fun and memorable journey

Fairy Tale Traveler

In March, the Society of Visual Storytelling (SVS) held a contest for a design sheet for a fairy tale traveler. The prompt read as follows:

Your assignment is to design a Fairy-Tale Traveler. Your character is young, naive, but resilient and stouthearted! Their quiet village is hidden away in a secluded valley, but is in grave danger. A horde of goblins have promised to raid the village when the harvest moon rises. Our young traveler is on a quest to find someone, anyone, powerful enough to fight back the horde and save their village from destruction.

What we want from you is a character design sheet with your own take on the traveler. They could be a halfling, elf, human, or animal. Just make them appealing and interesting.

Every entry must have 5 color drawings on ONE page:

1 neutral pose front, 3/4 view
1 neutral post back, 3/4 view
1 walking or running pose
1 sitting pose (ground or chair)
1 close up of face

It took me awhile to get started. I wanted to plan and complete the challenge using ProCreate. Completing the image 100% digitally though proved difficult for me. I tried for a couple weeks, pressing on with very limited results. I pulled references, I ideated, and even wrote out traits and characteristics for the character. I just could not get going.

So I took my ideas analog and sketched in my sketchbook. It felt more natural and what I was seeing in my head started to get translated.

I then imported my drawings into ProCreate and was able to stitch together the design sheet poses. After laying it all out, It was smoother to start editing and inking my sketches.

  • Warm and inviting color palette

After it was all inked, I got some color selection help from my daughter. We found this great color palette on Pinterest and it even came with hexcodes.

After I finished up coloring, I added a texture to the background and hit submit. Here are the other entries: http://cshellmedia.com/clients/svs/.

Endnotes: Overall I'm happy with how Nena turned out. She's the most complete work I've put together in quite some time. I do need better time management for the contest. This image was pulled together at the last moment. The image could use more shading and the inking could use better line weight variation. Plus,the silhouette could have been more dynamic. 

The Munchkin’s Cinnamon Waffles

The last time I wrote about waffles, I shared how we use a really elaborate Ree Drummond recipe.

Since then we’ve minimized the dishes a little bit, and adapted our own recipe. We also added a very key ingredient…cinnamon

They’re really tasty and I thought I would share. My oldest son doesn’t like the cinnamon that much so I’ll make the batter, make a couple plain, and then add the canela.

Also, if I put it here (and my kids lose the notebook the recipe is written in), I’ll be able to find it no problem!

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Thanksgiving 2020

Rub for the Turkey: thyme, herbs de provence, black pepper, paprika, and brown sugar.

Injection for the Turkey: 1 cup unsalted (melted) butter, 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 sprig of fresh sage, 2 cloves of garlic and salt (to taste).

Preptember 2020

Preptember?

More like “Leave all Inktober planning to the end of September and still try and complete a full project”-tember.

So Inktober is 4 days away from starting. October 1, 2020. My plan for Inktober 2020 was is to make a short comic utilizing the prompts as best I can.

Despite not feeling as prepared as I should be, I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m writing/illustrating a short comic around the prompts.

Winema is a brainchild when it comes to languages, even though everyone just wears translators. Little did she know that her “useless” skill would be the key to saving everyone on The Atlas from a band of Reaperi pirates.

It’s a fun, thrilling story that I look forward to sharing with you. Here’s a time lapse of my creation of the base, The Atlas.

The Atlas, Made in ProCreate

The Year to Focus

January. 2020.

It’s time!! The new year is here and you know what that means. Assessments. It’s the time to assess where I’ve been the past year. And it’s the time to assess what is yet to come.

And it’s also a time, being the year 2020, to gain focus and clarity. What do I want to have achieved come this time next year? What about three years from now? Five?

I saw a lot of folks experience layoffs already this year, and it drove home the point that unless you take ownership of your future, you are slave to the whims of others.

Last year, cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar, hosts of ComicLab, laid out their One-, Three-, and Five-Year Plans (ComicLab, Episode 91: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/comic-lab/id1331204679?i=1000451308534).

Truthfully I’ve not taken the time to create a roadmap of where I am, versus where I want to be. The ComicLab episode, combined with two other life events, were the virtual kicks in the nuts

It inspired me to create my own plan. Here are some of what I laid out:

One-Year Goals

  • Projects; Finish three story scripts
  • Financial: Get paid fine illustrations
  • Creative Development: Meet ups with local artists

Three-Year Goals

  • Projects: Kickstart first book of cartoon strips
  • Financial: Receive a steady cash flow from
  • Creative Development: Attend Alaska Comics Camp

Five-Year Goals

  • Projects: Ten completed mini-series
  • Financial: Make five figures from illustration.
  • Creative Development: Start a creative cohort

So what are your plans/goals? Share it. Put it out there and see what happens. Good luck!

37.01.19: Detective Pikachu

I was never really a fan of Pokémon as a kid, but all I have to say is “¡pika pika!” after watching Detective Pikachu.

I was 14 when the series first showed up in the states, and ending the first of my two years living in the Azores (Açores), Portugal. I could acknowledge though how much of a phenomenon it was.

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Stuff I Love: A Jake Parker Analogy (Which Is Always Good)

If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I have a great appreciation for Jake Parker and his reinvestment in the art community.

But in this post I want to highlight something else Jake contributes: amazing analogies. He’s filled with them. The best example is the “Creative Bank Account.” In the most recent episode of 3 Point Perspective, How to Change, this is what he said about how, or when, artists should consider changing their style:

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A Question to Consider Regarding Your Art Style and Work

Jake Parker, on what artists should consider regarding style when they are looking for work:

Here’s the question to ask yourself: Do I want to get work from a particular industry? And if so, am I willing to change my style to fit what that industry wants? Or am I content on building my own personal following, my own fan base and willing to do the extra work, the hard work, that it’s gonna take to figure out how to monetize a following…which is, you go into not just being an artist but also being a business person as well.

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