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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 10:42 AM

Things I learned on the trip to London and Croatia:

1. London used to be a Roman city waaaaaay back in the day.
2. I don't actually like "chips" .. they are soggy fries
3. Croatia felt a little like Rome. Croatian food is basically Italian.
4. Zagreb is covered in graffiti. Some of it was rad.
5. London has some of the best museums I've ever been to.
6. There is one blue police box left in the city and we visited it.
7. Candy is better in Europe
8. The spread of 3D printers and lasercutters have opened the doors to incredible puzzles
9. Wooly Rhinos were a thing
10. I could spent months exploring all the museums out there

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Flying out tomorrow to LONDON for the International Puzzle Party, and then Zagreb, Croatia after that!!

It's like I live on airplanes. This time I'm going Virgin Atlantic, so I'm super excited! Also my iPad's stocked with comics from one of last year's Humble Indy Bundles.
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I'll be there! For the first time in a couple decades, I won't be working the con. I miss my friends and would like to hang out with you!!

I will be unavailable Thur during the day, and half of Friday, but the rest of the time I'm down to party! I'll also be catching the tail end of the dA meetup on Wed.

Also Friday night we're field-tripping out to the Zomboy show out near the airport. Like dubstep? Join us.
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I'm hosting this. Come trade crypto or learn about the exciting new world of digital payments! Dogs welcome. Bonus if it's a shiba inu.
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My friend's mobile app company is looking for an unpaid intern who's looking for experience and a kick-ass portfolio item. You'll learn a lot about graphic design and the startup environment. You'd be working remotely, but a west coast schedule is preferred. This is an chance to learn a lot from people who have been designing interactive for 15+ years.

Drop me a private message if you're interested.
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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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