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Journal Entries for “Life”

About life, the things that happen in it and sometimes, how we come to terms with them. Usually, this is also where you will see our daily sketches as well.

OrlandoStrong The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful

Posted on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 under Life | No comments

There is joy in seeing all the ways our city is supporting those in need. This weekend we are visiting the locations that are donating 100% of their proceeds to ‪#‎OrlandoStrong‬ (Sus-Hi, 4Rivers, Jeremiah's).

I've been so busy with curriculum deadlines the last few weeks so I appreciate Jodie, Crystal and Melissa for reminding us of the continual need. And for those Denison Marrs lyrics that remind us that God is just and constant and He ...

Focus Again

Focus Again

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 under Life | No comments

I feel like this is a post I want to make (re: need to make) every couple of months. Last week there was a point at the end of the month where the prevailing phrases I started each day with were "on track" and "collected". Yet, only a few days away from that and I again feel lost beneath work from all sides and too many possibilities for creativity (sketching, illustrating, writing, playing music) and entertainment (Netflix, ...


Losses and Gains

Posted on Sunday, July 19th, 2015 under Life | No comments

My dad passed away this past week. He'd been battling diabetes for a while but his body had finally deteriorated beyond a recoverable point. At the funeral, I mentioned lots of this love and miss about him but as I think through it now, I think what I will miss most is the constant of being there.
I have never been good with communication or consistency or with both in conjunction. I don't even know how ...



Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 under Design Life Sketches | No comments

Today Crystal and I got to listen in on a great Creative Mornings talk from Wes Featherston about beauty, ugly and process; we've been enjoying so many great presenters the past few months, each providing different insights into how they approach life and creativity. If you haven't been able to participate in a CM session yet, definitely take the next last Friday of the month and rejuvenate yourself before beginning a new month of productivity. ...

Rifle Paper

Rifle Paper

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 under Life | No comments

Yesterday I took another one of those pivotal leaps that have been so essential to the trajectory of my life; I applied for another job. Just like when I put in applications at Apple and Full Sail, this is a small step in a different direction. I'm still completely happy at FS; excited for the new concepts I am preparing for students and ready to meet new online/campus education challenges. But I am taking this ...

IF – Passion

IF – Passion

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 under Life Sketches | No comments

Ugh. It has been a while ... between the new move and working to improve my effectiveness at answering student emails and submitting grades, I haven't put pen to paper for any purpose in a few weeks.

On top of that, I haven't worked on a Illustration Friday challenge in a good long while. This is pencil, calligraphy and Kuretake pens on a heavy lb paper and really the point of it wasn't so much message ...

Denting the Universe

Denting the Universe

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 under Life News | No comments

It's almost the end of the year, so of course that means it's time for me to start self negotiations as to what is in store for next year and where/who I will end up being after another cycle of 365 days.

Did my morning treadmill run at PF today to silence (as opposed to the enormous amount of reading I have been accomplishing lately while running); I wanted to listen instead. Listen to life; listen ...



Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 under Life | No comments

Alright, so it's possible I am only using that title so that I can steal the SEO for the search, as it was a site I used back in ~2007 but the domain has gone down and even the developer, Rosborough Tech has changed their name.

YourBibleReading.com was a great service that let you create a custom year plan for Bible reading, including reading from a different book each day. If you are interested, here's a ...


The Too Large Glass

Posted on Friday, November 29th, 2013 under Life | No comments

I picked up a drinking glass at work today, looking for something more substantial to use for enjoying my 20 fl oz of Cherry Zero Coca-Cola than the typical paper coffee cups. It was oddly shaped; more squatty and fat than tall and thin. Walking away from the break room and down to the Zen Garden patio to work, I realized that this glass is how I think I might approach the new year of ...

Fill up your ears and your Podcasts app

Fill up your ears and your Podcasts app

Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 under Life News | No comments

While I'm not among those that berate Apple against their use of "skeuomorphic" design (e.g. the boys at The Verge or most of Leo Laporte and his crew) and definitely enjoyed the appealing little reel-to-reel animation in Apple's first attempt at a iOS podcast app, seeing the app hit an actual stride in version 1.2 is very welcome.
As a daily user of the app, with at least a couple of different podcast networks spin thing ...



Posted on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 under Life News | 1 comment

I love the place where God has me right now; just busy enough with school, work and freelance that I have to fight hard to set aside precious time exclusively for Him.

I love that he is using strongly minded men like Rob Bell, Tim Keller and Mitch McKinney to help me grow; not to indoctrinate me, but to teach me to ask questions AND to seek answers; to fully understand who and why I am ...


Painted “Masks”

Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 under Comics Life | No comments

Looks like I somehow missed the official announcement of what Alex Ross' new project would be for Dynamite Comics (Dynamite Entertainment). After him completely re-shaping how I thought of comic book art with his work in Kingdom Come and getting me to collect #1 issues for Justice just so I could display them, I can't wait for more painted goodness from him.

Who knew that it wouldn't be a brand new entity but the book would ...

IF – Faded

IF – Faded

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 under Life Sketches | 1 comment

While listening to a childhood favorite of mine by Isaac Asimov, "The Caves of Steel", I drew this up in Adobe Fireworks and have to say that as much as I am accustomed to the Pen tool in Illustrator, there are some nice differences here. The rigidity of line snapping and limit of the raster preview make for an interesting environment. I'll have to do more of this later.


Comeback Trailers

Posted on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 under Life | No comments

I know it's been a while, but we are back! Hanging around the Manor today, we decided to join in some trailer fun. Check 'em out and chime in if you want.

"Boo for just a teaser trailer! But this looks like fun." - Oscar

"Well at least the music sounds good." - Jodie
"I don't know why I didn't think there wouldn't be black French people." - Rebecca

Behind the Black Rainbow:
"I'm intrigued right now but I think ...


Sustainable Design

Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 under Life | No comments

One of the main reasons that I have yet to get another tattoo, despite the definite urge I have for one, is sustainability of design. As an artist myself, it only makes sense to create what I put on my body, but there are so few things that I create that I want to keep around forever or see another day. Most are simply explorations of a thought or proofs of capability and have very ...

Wireless Woes

Wireless Woes

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 under Life | No comments

For the past few weeks I have been experiencing an issue with my MBP not properly connecting to wireless networks immediately after a restart or on opening from Sleep mode. Most times, the Airport menulet would indicate full strength, but a quick ping test in Terminal confirmed that no actual network connectivity was happening.

I searched around a bit today and found a few forums that recommended removing all the .plist files related to networking at ...

With The Daylight

With The Daylight

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 under Life | No comments

Ivoryline put out their new "Vessels" album in the middle of last year and I was finally able to pick up a couple of weeks ago. Just like their previous album, "There Came a Lion" (the cover art of which I adore), I simply love this new one.

Here are lyrics from the second cut ...

With The Daylight

For now you will deal with heartache,
And for now you will face some pain.
But now release all of your ...

Suck Face

Suck Face

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 under Life Sketches | No comments

Jodie, Brittany and I were talking the other day about how I hardly use straws any more and I realized it is because 5 or so years ago someone told me that if I use straws too much, my face would get all wrinkly when I get old. You know, something like this.

Thankfully, the girls set me straight and I'm back to using straws again. Which means I'm also back to visiting Burger Kings and ...

Exploding Libraries

Exploding Libraries

Posted on Monday, June 7th, 2010 under Life | No comments

... or "Why backup up, both often and diversely, is so important."

If you know Jodie and I, you know we enjoy movies, own quite a few and often fall into the role of being-a-local-BLOCKBUSTER-to-our-friends. It is for those reasons that we use the amazing Delicious Library application that Wil Shipley and his grass-roots team have developed for the Mac. With barcode scanning, Address Book-based check-in/out and a wifi-synced iPhone application, it is way better than any on paper setup we have had in the past.

IF : Dip

IF : Dip

Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 under Life Sketches | 2 comments

Here is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "dip" ... it goes out to my wife, Jodie, who is convinced the time is right for swimming, sun-ing and in general heading to the beach. I say it's still spring.

This is all vector, mixing some Brush strokes, the Blob Brush, the new (but still lame) in-line Gradient tool and a tad bit of Illustrator's Raster Effects thrown in for fun.

Restore to Defaults

Restore to Defaults

Posted on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 under Life | 1 comment

One only has to sit in on my DFP Icon lecture, perused my Flickr uploads tagged osx, or (for you privileged few) use my Mac for a few minutes to realize that I am very particular AND very protective of the way my Finder windows look. I have nice sidebar separators, several essential tool bar application launchers, Windows 7-like window snapping, and a fairly even background image to grid layout ratio ... and that's ...

iPhone Zombies

iPhone Zombies

Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010 under Life | 1 comment

You may have missed the announcement a few weeks ago, but one of my favorite games, Plants vs. Zombies, from one of my favorite Mac game developers, Pop Cap, has just spouted up on the iPhone. Now you can continue to quell some beautifully illustrated zombie madness on the go!

I know Jodie didn't install this on her iPhone, for fear of losing her life to it ... but I had no such qualms. Parcelling out ...

24 Ways to Say “I Love You”

24 Ways to Say “I Love You”

Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2010 under Life | No comments

I just thought I would share part of the Valentine's Day gift I made for Jodie this year ... 24 different designs and pop-culture references for 24 different ways to say "I Love You". If my math is right, then that should be about one per hour of the day and if your guess is right, these were sized perfectly for her iPhone screen. So in spite of AT&T's at-times finicky MMS network, she still ...

Chrome for Mac – Now with Extensions

Chrome for Mac – Now with Extensions

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010 under Life | 3 comments

The last couple of weeks I have been going back and forth between Firefox and Safari as my default web browser, trying to appreciate their full-featured nature over the fact that they are both so sluggish in comparison to the lovely Chrome Beta. Thankfully, Google announced support for two of the things that have really kept me from making it my preferred choice ... Extensions and Bookmark Management.


CMYK Monsters

Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 under Design Life | 2 comments

Thanks to an equally relaxing and productive morning, I managed to wrangled up my earlier drawing into this fun vector. It's sized just perfect for your iPhone, but I am thinking it would make for a great poster print. What do you think? Anyone got recommendations on a place to print them at? I've only ever used Cafepress, which is slightly pricey.

Although it doesn't directly relate to the drawing, this is what I read today ...


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