Random Musings: New Art Endeavors and Fun Web Series

As usual, I got a little busy with life-related things and managed to go a week without posting anything. In an effort to correct this, I thought I’d just do a quick post here tonight with some random musings on some fun things I’ve been doing to destress.

I have to start with some big news. I think I’ve finally found a good method of drawing people in my preferred computer art program, Inkscape. I started off trying out stick people as bases, but that didn’t really work very well.

That’s supposed to be me. I think I got the details on the TARDIS, the controller, and the chucks down, but little stick figure Jennifer is still not as awesome as she could be. She’s based on some of the drawings I’ve been putting in my one-a-day posts. Earlier this week, however, I decided I was finally going to sit down and try to make something cute.

Don’t ask me how I did it, but I think this little chibi-fied version of me actually came out rather nicely. For the moment, she has a home in my new blog header and as my new avatar in various places. I also made a template to work from so I could try my hand at making adorable versions of my favorite characters from various TV shows, comics, video games, etc. For example, I used the template as the base for the Wonder Woman graphic you’ll find below.

She’s not half bad, if I do say so myself. I’m thinking about making some jewelry out of little shrink plastic versions of characters like this. Whatcha think? Also, who should I vectorize next? (Don’t worry, various incarnations of the Doctor are on my list already.)

Apart from drawing in Inkscape, I’ve been watching a few web shows that make me smile, so I figured I’d share them with you.

  • If you haven’t heard of Felicia Day’s channel, Geek & Sundry, then you should really check it out. I love her show, The Flog, which comes out every Monday. On The Flog, Felicia shares her favorite things for the week (which are generally pretty nifty), does something awesome (like make sushi, operate heavy machinery, swing dance, etc.), and answers a fan question. I don’t watch many shows regularly at the moment, but I set aside time every Monday to watch The Flog.
  • This next one is another show on Geek & Sundry, which just started up this week. It’s called Written by a Kid, and on this one, children tell stories that animators and actors bring to life. Joss Whedon actually makes an appearance in the first episode, titled “Scary Smash.” This is the cutest, most amusing thing I’ve seen this week.
  • A few months ago, io9 started a web show called We Come from the Future. Annalee Newitz and Esther Inglis-Arkell talk science fact and fiction in this fun series, which has featured segments about The Avengers, sword fighting, making flamethrowers with oranges, and so much more.

If you like geeky stuff (I assume you do. Otherwise, why are you here?), check out any of the above web shows. If you’ve seen any good ones lately, send them my way!

Let’s see…what’s left? Apart from life stuff, I guess I’ve mostly been spending the last week lamenting the fact that I wasn’t at San Diego Comic Con again. Alas, I did not manage to get tickets back at the beginning of the year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go next year.

Actually, I might make it up to New York Comic Con in October. I need to start working on my cosplays soon if that’s happening. I think I want to go as Korra from The Legend of Korra, Gertrude Yorkes from Runaways, or possibly both. Time to go thrifting soon!

I’ll try to put up a TARDIS of the week tomorrow. If you have any good candidates, share a link in the comments. :)

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