Ponytail Girl

I think for the next week or so I am just going to try and copy some of the drawings in the retro cartoon book that I have.

I’m also going to move to a table after this. Until now I’ve just been holding the sketchpad in my hands, and I think I might do a little better if I actually have a firm surface to work on. Yeah, that’s my problem. 🙂


Circoodles (Circles & Doodles) – Day 7

I thought if I drew 100 circles I would get really good at it. But I just got bored really fast and switched to ovals. And got bored with that.

So then I just doodled.

I’m pretty sure that tomorrow all of my artistic talent will burst forth in full bloom. Pretty sure.


Eye See You

I just decided to play around with some cartoon eyes tonight. I finally got a copy of the retro cartoon book that I had been missing for the last two or three eons, and I’m going to start going through that.

Also, as suggested by Lesley, I’m going to be drawing a bunch of circles and ovals starting tomorrow. Of course, that means I could still be doing different eyesÂ…


Folded Flower?

Walking by the hospital the other day I saw these 5-petaled flowers and thought, “I should try to draw one.” Wish I had taken a picture or at least stopped walking long enough to really look at them. But if you stand back and squint at this picture, that’s what they looked like.


I’m Board(s)

I skipped the pen step tonight because I wanted to get this uploaded before midnight. It might behoove me to start earlier in the day and not wait until 11:30 at night.


Rocket with a Window

I think I need to spend more than 10 minutes or so trying to draw. In fact, instead of drawing a picture a day, I should modify that to something like draw for 30 minutes a day, culminating in a picture.

Anyway, here is today’s picture and this time I played around using crosshatching for shading. I think I’ll poke at that some more later.


Retro Lady

If I hadn’t committed to posting a drawing every day, I wouldn’t put this up here. I’m unhappy with it. So, why don’t I just toss it and try again? Because that would feel like cheating. 🙂
I bought a book a while back about drawing retro cartoon characters, and then proceeded to misplace the book. But I used the “look inside” feature on Amazon and saw this picture and decided to try it.

I’m sure it would be perfect if I had the actual book in my hands. Really.

Art Game Development

Beating the Ego

I hear people say all the time, “I want to be a game developer! What do I need to do?”

My answer is always the same — if you want to be a game developer, make a game! You don’t need permission from anybody, and the information on how to do it is out there. And don’t worry if your first game (or 10) are horrible, that’s part of the process.

I’m not sure why I never took my advice when it comes to art work. I’ve always wanted to be an artist (sometime maybe I’ll tell you the story of me and my smock and my art studio when I was 10 years old), but figured I needed to go to school or something before I could do that.

I am planning on taking art courses starting this fall at UAA, but I decided to get started and draw something every day between now and then. Just something small. And I’m going to post it on my blog just to get used to the humiliation. Or rather, to try and get to the point where I just don’t care. 🙂

So attached to this post is my first drawing. Yes, I know his shoes are too big. And I know his face has very little detail. And on and on. But, I drew something today. So I win.

College Game Development

Engines and Frameworks for 2D Game Development

For my English 212 class I had to create a Product Analysis Report. I decided to do something based on a question I get almost weekly: Unity or Corona SDK?

Those of you who know me best might find yourself flabbergasted at my conclusion (please don’t hate me!)…

Engines and Frameworks for 2D Game Development — PDF


Jay’s Complete 2015 Reading List

These are the books I finished reading during 2015. Yes, I’m kind of embarrassed. I’m turning over a new leaf for 2016 — read less!

Highlights for me included discovering Robin Hobbs and Michael Connelly, and rediscovering Wilbur Smith.

January 2015

  • False Dawn (Jake Lassiter #3) by Paul Levine
  • Starship’s Mage: Omnibus by Glynn Stewart
  • First to Kill by Andrew Peterson
  • Forced to Kill by Andrew Peterson
  • Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell
  • Stranded on Haven by William Zellmann
  • Mortal Sin (Jake Lassiter #4) by Paul Levine
  • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1) by Markos Kloos

February 2015

  • Lines of Departure (Frontlines #2) by Markos Kloos
  • Riptide (Jake Lassiter #5) by Paul Levine
  • Fool Me Twice (Jake Lassiter #6) by Paul Levine
  • Flesh and Bones (Jake Lassiter #7) by Paul Levine
  • Lassiter (Jake Lassiter #8) by Paul Levine
  • Last Chance Lassiter (Jake Lassiter #9) by Paul Levine
  • Alice by Charles Lamb
  • Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games by Nicholas Lovell & Rob Fahey
  • The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos
  • The Lost Command (Lost Starship #2) by Vaughn Heppner

March 2015

  • Lesser Prince (Guardians of Gaeland 1) by Jamie McFarlane
  • Star Soldier (Doom Star 1) by Vaughn Heppner
  • Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy 1) By Robin Hobb
  • Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy 2) by Robin Hobb
  • Assassin’s Quest (The Farseer Trilogy 3) by Robin Hobb
  • Fool’s Errand (Tawny Man Trilogy 1) by Robin Hobb
  • Golden Fool (Tawny Man Trilogy 2) by Robin Hobb
  • Fool’s Fate (Tawny Man Trilogy 3) by Robin Hobb
  • Empty Space by Alan Black
  • Star Splinter (Fractured Space 1) By J. G. Cressey
  • Fear the Sky (Fear Saga 1) by Stephen Moss

April 2015

  • Fear the Survivors (Fear Saga 2) by Stephen Moss
  • Fear the Future (Fear Saga 3) by Stephen Moss
  • Smuggler’s Dilemma (Privateer Tales 5) by Jamie McFarland
  • Cutpurse (Privateer Tales 6) by Jamie McFarland
  • The Emperor’s Conspiracy by William Zellmann
  • A Show of Force (Frontiers Saga 13) by Ryk Brown
  • Man’s Hope by William Zellmann

May 2015

  • Angles of Attack (Frontlines #3) by Markos Kloos
  • Close Up Magic (Sleight of Hand 1) by Michelle Flye
  • Escape Magic  (Sleight of Hand 2) by Michelle Flye
  • Island Magic  (Sleight of Hand 3) by Michelle Flye
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy by Steven Campbell
  • Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap by Steven Campbell
  • Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck by Steven Campbell
  • Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter
  • Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner
  • Soft Target by Stephen Hunter
  • Birds of Prey by Wilbur Smith
  • SOS at Midnight by Walker Tompkins

June 2015

  • Monsoon by Wilbur Smith
  • Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne
  • Suspect by Robert Craise
  • Desert God by Wilbur Smith
  • Swallow the Sky: A Space Opera by Chris Mead
  • Gone Forever by Scott Blade
  • Blue Horizon by Wilbur Smith
  • Timebound (Chronos Files #1) by Rysa Walker
  • The Triumph of the Sun by Wilbur Smith
  • Once A Thief by Kay Hooper
  • Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
  • Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
  • Always A Thief by Kay Hooper

July 2015

  • Dragon City by Robin Hobb
  • Dragon Blood by Robin Hobb
  • Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson
  • Impulse by Steven Gould
  • Exo by Steven Gould
  • Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

August 2015

  • Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
  • Nemesis by Catherine Coulter
  • Citizen Insane by Karen Cantwell
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
  • Deep Down by Lee Child
  • Brain Jack by Brian Falkner
  • Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
  • The Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • Die Trying by Lee Child
  • Tripwire by Lee Child
  • Running Blind by Lee Child
  • Echo Burning by Lee Child
  • Without Fail by Lee Child

September 2015

  • Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  • The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • Agile Game Development with Scrum by Clinton Keith
  • Year Zero by Rob Reid
  • The King of Torts by John Grisham
  • The Racketeer by John Grisham
  • The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
  • Spencerville by Nelson DeMille
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  • The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
  • The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

October 2015

  • Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Found by Harlan Coben
  • Hold Tight by Harlen Coben
  • Zer0es by Chuck Wendig
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • The Client by John Grisham

November 2015

  • Missing You by Harlen Coben
  • Just One Look by Harlen Coben
  • The Postman by David Brin
  • Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

December 2015

  • The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly
  • Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
  • Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
  • Split Second by Douglas E. Richards
  • A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly
  • The Job (Fox and O’Hare #3) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake
  • The Reversal by Michael Connelly
  • The Native People of Alaska by Steve J. Langdon
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling