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Meltdown Comics in Hollywood is the first store to take bitcoin. I did a writeup on my experience, but mostly it was really cool to use a new digital currency to buy things I really wanted! Sure, I could have bought stuff online, but comic book stores in person are way more fun.…
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After much deliberation and hours of research, I decided to go with Acrylic for my project. Since the actual project is mimicking the art of Pompeii, which is basically egg tempura, oils would be far too advanced. However, I didn't actually want to go to the effort of painting with egg tempura. While it can be done, it's way more complicated than this project requires. So, acrylic! Yay! I can mimic the style with thin glazes.

While I'm very good at thickening acrylic, I've only thinned it with water, which isn't really how you're supposed to do it. There are a number of different additives offered, and also a range called "fluid acrylics." I ended up buying a couple fluid colors for the underpainting, but went with a polymer medium for the other stuff. After playing this weekend, I'm going to pick up a glazing medium as well, as it's still too thick.

I also found that the best painting resources are made by the paint manufacturers.

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I'm hosting this. You're invited.

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When I was in high school, a talented friend taught me how to paint. I used oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Over the years, I've painted less and less, replacing those skills with Photoshop and Illustrator.

I recently got commissioned to paint an important collectible that will be going on tour, in the style of Renaissance masters. It's an artifact replicated from Pompeii.

So I've been trying to figure out what paint would work best on wood. I'm vastly more familiar with Acrylic, and need to replace my supplies anyways. In the past decade, various companies have come out with slow-drying acrylics and fluid acrylics. Is anyone here familiar with them? I've worked with heavys but not the open. Also have never worked with water soluable oils.

Super digging the Will Kemp Art School site. Leaning towards just regular acrylics since the piece is small, but learning how to use the gels and glazes better.
I'm sort of freaking out. I got asked to do a project which involves me painting rennaisance-style cherubs on a very important piece of work that'll get shown around a lot. It is exactly opposite my usual style. I think I'm gonna stick with acrylics, and I have about 6 months to do the piece. I really, really, have no idea where to start w/ learning how to do this. halp?
I've been really into cryptocurrencies, or virtual currencies lately. I got to interview the creators behind my favorite currency, Dogecoin! Here's the interview:…

Hi dA! Last weekend I participated in the biggest scavenger hunt in the world. It's Misha Collins's GISHWHES and it's a super creative and difficult set of challenges. I had to make a dinosaur suit out of kale, perform a traditional japanese tea ceremony in an elevator, surprise a friend with something they've always wanted, draw george takai in the sand, and lots of other random stuff!

And coming up, this weekend I'm going to Salt River in Arizona for a drunken Mardi Gras style weekend. After that, buckling down to work on art pieces for two major shows - the Doctor Who show at Meltdown Comics, and the Ninja Arts show in Little Tokyo. I'm also popping up to SF for a labor day BBQ where I'll sample some exotic meats and making some board game cupcakes.

If you're in LA, come to my shows! Would love to see you.

Need Help to win a Scavenger Hunt!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 13, 2013, 9:19 AM
I have some really weird requests for a game :)

- I need a very silly CEO of a major corp willing to shoot a 3min video for us w/ their phone
- In LA and want to be part of a tea ceremony in an elevator Thurs after work in NoHo? Lemme know.
- Anyone have a friend in France with a Peugeot car?
- I need a camel near Los Angeles to ride for a photo
- Anyone in LA have a litter of kittens this week? Want some badass pics of them?

13 years of deviousness

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 8:37 AM

Happy Birthday dA!

I know I don't login as often as I should, and my activity level here has been erratic, but you're always in my thoughts. 

I love how you've grown over the years, and how many of my artist friends have grown alongside you. 

I love that when I go to a design site now, a good chunk of tutorials and resources are just linked to you. I love randomly seeing memes that began here. I love that you're at the events I work, like ComiCon, and seek to bring comfort to artists. You've made llamas trendy. You bring confidence to artists new and old. You're a home for many people worldwide. You keep improving and innovating. You keep some of my friends employed and doing things they love. 

Thanks deviantART.
I hope you eat so much cake that you vomit rainbows.

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Walking Dead Red Carpet

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 24, 2013, 2:23 PM

Hey guys, I'm back from ComiCon. I spent Friday taking pictures of famous people and zombies. I hope you like them. Lots of Walking Dead Cast, and sprinkled with W13, Parenthood, Chuck, LOTR..

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Satoshi Square LA

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 11, 2013, 4:33 PM
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Come party in LA this weekend!

Journal Entry: Tue May 14, 2013, 9:58 AM

NinjaPenguin 7
May 18 - Hollywood
Cat N' Fiddle

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New York

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 2, 2013, 6:39 AM

I'm in NY for work for two weeks! If any deviants in the area want to hang out (lunch in midtown?), hit me up!

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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 4, 2013, 9:35 AM

Took an actual vacation this time.. no conventions, no meetings, no event planning! I went to Aruba for NYE with a handful of friends and we rented a magnificent house on the island. Our pool had a waterfall and our palm trees all had coconuts. All the fireworks were legal, and we bought stuff that you'd see in a local town fireworks show. Our neighbors had even crazier stuff, and from our lake in the back you could see all the big hotel shows from all over the island. I spent one night making a local Aruban food called Keshi Yena, which was meat filled in an empty gouda rind. Also went snorkeling in the deep ocean for the first time from a party boat, over a sunken WWII ship called the Antilles. After that, we had amazing italian seafood dishes at a fancy resteraunt with a sunset ocean view. The entire trip was pretty fantastic. I liked the island enough to consider retiring there someday.

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Badass Space Shuttle Pics

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:32 AM

Hung out at MLK/Crenshaw today and got amaaaaaaazing pictures of the space shuttle. Endeavour was running 5.5 hrs behind. pics here!…

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Adventure Time Food Night

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 10, 2012, 8:44 AM

We had a very silly Adventure Time themed dinner last night. Click here for pics:…

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Journal Entry: Thu Sep 20, 2012, 9:37 AM

yesterday i watched a robot draw like me. it was so surreal. I'd done the art in illustrator, and it captured the movements in the order it was drawn (didn't know illustrator saved that data). It also made me feel like I could easily be replaced by a robot.

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Out with Summer, In with Fall

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 18, 2012, 3:01 PM

I am super duper tired. I am surrounded by amazing people and events, and even for me, keeping up is extraordinarily difficult. This summer I was only home a couple weekends; most weeks were spent in other cities. Art projects were endless, though I admit I haven't posted most of them. The past few weeks I've been mostly trying to clean my house (Burning Man cleanup is a bitch) and wrap up projects that were in-progress. Sunday I spent making wall vinyl and decorating a friend's wall.. for his baby who was born 12 weeks ago.

Things I'm working on this fall:

An untitled kid's book about Monkey, to be published under Peach Mountain. It's an educational book series that I'm doing with Amy Kohtz and Ryan Barber.

Swimming with Sake - a graphical travelogue published by Sawdust Press. This is a story I'm both writing and illustrating. It's about my trips to Japan.

Steampunk Saloon - interactive stage that will be on display at both festivals and Burning Man Decompression. I'm helping with propmaking and game design.

Ninja Zoo - comic I'm doing with a friend

Alphabet Book - published by Peach Mountain

I've also started making Christmas presents! Yay!

So tired. Need moar Rockstar Recovery. I'll try to post more here, but you can always read about my adventures at

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SDCC 2012

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 20, 2012, 6:11 AM

As I deliriously wait for my photos from Sunday to import at 6a so I can prep the last of the CBR photo parades, I thought I'd ramble here a bit. Last year I wanted to rage quit ComiCon. This year was FUCKING AWESOME. The whole town seemed a lot more chill. Maybe it was also the excitement of releasing an ashcan for my new comic, Swimming in Sake.

I hadn't really made a comic in a long time. The last time I did a professional one was in 1998, but I'd done some ashcans since then. Nothing in the past few years, and nothing with mass distribution at ComiCon. I'll be honest and say that I rushed this one, drawing it in the scant hours of the nights leading up to the con. Had problems with the printer and showed up to Preview Night an hour late. People liked it. It'll go online soon.

SO sleepyyyyyyyyyyy

Also I got to meet Matt Smith and that was awesome.  <3 doctor who

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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 5, 2012, 8:33 PM

Currently prepping for San Diego ComiCon. I'll be shooting for Comic Book Resources, which means I'll be anywhere and everywhere. If you see me, pleasepleaseplease grab my arm or get my attention and say hi. I'm usually in sensory overload. And I'll probably take a nice picture of you. :)

I also plan to spend quite a bit of time at Trickster, which is a comics-symposium and free party that's frequented by indy creators. They had live art going last year, and an art show. Super fun. My pal Count Ninjula is DJing all week, so come get your dance on.

If all goes well tonight I may also have an ashcan to give out. We'll see. I have to drive 8hrs to wine country to be in my friend Nym's wedding! He is marrying a girl who makes cupcakes. My role in the event is "best penguin." I get back Sunday, and then Tuesday I'm grabbing my friend Rich from LAX, driving to San Diego, then running by Hacker Drinkup down there. ComiCon madness officially starts on preview night, which is Wednesday. I've been in panic mode for 2 weeks, along with being pretty sick. eeeeee. can't wait to see everyone though!!

Also the guy who created Domo-kun is signing at the Dark Horse booth, and that makes me very, very happy.

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