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I’ve recently gotten into Green Lantern comics. Mostly because I knew only the basics of the character (and not even the first Green Lantern). With the release of the movie coming soon I decided it was time to get see what the fuss was about. And why even make the movie.

I started with Green Lantern: Secret Origin, and I was impressed. Geoff Johns is an amazing writer. He really brought the character to life. The storyline idea of writing to his brother was brilliant. Seeing a bond between Jordan and Sinestro was smart. Also, Jon Stewart’s appearance was a great nod to the future, especially because this is the Lantern I know of.

Then I read Sinestro Corp Wars vol 1 and 2. This is the cream of the crop here. The writing is spot on. The ending will blow you away.

But all this leads into Blackest Night, along with Rage of the Red Lanterns and Agent Orange, which were good, and some really cool concepts here, but just a prelude.

The problem, though, is that everything seems to lead into Blackest Night, and I do mean everything. There are so many connections to everything else DC related that it’s hard to get a grip on it.  Flash’s return from the dead, while an important story piece, is something I was not aware of.

I think I loved Secret Origin the most, but because it is an origin story, and I do love those. And DC does them excellently.

So beyond all this, I am excited for the film now, and I even went as far as to get a Power Ring (from Toys R Us) keychain. It’s pretty sweet, it a little too big for my fingers.v

Also, I am thinking on a Green Lantern costume for Halloween/NYCC11. I think it’d be fun. The idea is to make it light up a bit, the ring and the chest symbol. I will keep this updated with my progress.

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I need to get back into the blogging aspect of this. There is much going on, though.

Moving to Southwick, gearing up for a new summer season of swimming, preparing for a camping trip to Maine.

Been working on art, filled up a sketchbook, started a new one.

More to come.

And I got new glasses.

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I used to draw. I used to draw a lot. Like all the time. Through Middle School, Jr High, High School. A little At HCC. I got Art Student of 2003, I would have gotten Class Artist if people had known I drew. Hell, when other students were making sculpted cats lying down I sculpted a Terminator head. I’ve looked back on it and seen some pretty good stuff. Stuff I’m proud of, some things not so much (They could be better).

Then came the ‘Dark Years’. I dated a girl, she shall remain nameless, who was ‘the artist’. What she did was so much better, or at least that’s how she made me feel. So I gave it up, relegated my drawings to doodles and shapes. Essentially, regressed to my 5 year old drawing self.

Now, many years after that relationship I’m in a new one, one that makes me want to be better in many ways. One of them is drawing. She encourages me. Do you know how good that is? Even when I think my drawing suck, she doesn’t. And believe me, I think they suck a lot.

Not a cry for attention, mind you. Just I think that each artist (feels good to call myself that again) doesn’t see their work as perfect ever. I know that in each of my drawings I can see the little imperfections, the eye is a half a millimeter to much to the left, the button isn’t perfectly round, there is an extra line in there. Just little things, you probably wouldn’t even notice. But I do.

Anyway, the real point of this is that I’ve been working on my drawings for the last few months, sketching things I like to get myself used to the pencil again. Kinda sucks knowing I have to work myself back to where I was 5 years ago. But alas.

So, for your consideration…Art:

...and the Gunslinger followed.

This is a sketch based on The Dark Tower’s opening line: “The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”

Obviously, Boba Fett. I’m most proud of the cape. But still sketching it.

This is the beginning sketch of my Colt Navy Revolver

Noble Six from Halo: Reach

Here’s a couple shots, of the beginning and current sketch.

Beginning:

Shape of the head and hat are right, not a lot of details though. At this point I’m figuring out how I want to make him.

Currently much better, shading on the hat is better, the face works. I’m pretty happy with it.

An Alien. I like the drool. But where there are Aliens there are….

….Predators. The helmet looks fantastic to me, if a little off. (This is the half a millimeter one). I think I’m going to finish him up decloaking.

Stitch! Who doesn’t love Stitch?

This tree is way not done. I like the twisted nature of it though.

Self portrait….if I was Boba Fett. I’m not. But if I was.

And finally, the reason this post didn’t come sooner. One of my birthday presents to Tanya:

I’m actually really impressed with this. Shows that I can work on a deadline and still do something I’m proud of.

So there it is, my art from the last couple months. I’m fairly happy with it, there is still work to be done. It’s a good start. And none of it would be physically possible without:

Moleskine Sketchbook

My Moleskine.

Or Tanya.

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The List

Starting off, everybody needs a list. Something to guide what they do, when they do it. I’m not talking about a big formal thing, just something to keep your thoughts down on.  I, personally, use a Moleskine.

But to the list.  This list is totally personal, nothing professional about it. That’s a separate list.

1. Fix up my Office: We’ve been living in this new house for a couple months now and I haven’t done much with the office. Sure, the carpet got ripped up, sure the furniture is in there and my stuff is unpacked. It doesn’t feel like home yet. I’m workin on it. Seriously. Working on it. The plan is to adjust some of the furniture, fix up the shelving. There will be room for my LEGO sets, and my movie/video game collectibles. I want shelves. I probably don’t have to build them. When I’m done the place will not be the same.

2. On the porch I want to make a little reading nook. I have an armchair that can either go up to the attic or stay on the porch. I’m good with it on the porch. It’ll allow me to escape a bit. Also out there will be a lamp (adjustable), a couple small tables for whatever, a few blankets for those cold nights. During winter I’ll put a heater out there, just a little portable one. Something to keep the toes warm.

3. I need to finish Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  Just needs to be done.

4. My messenger bag is a little frayed. I need to fix this, to do so I’ll patch up the rips. Need to learn to sew…

5. But as one project leads to another, I also want to learn to sew good enough to make a new messenger bag….from scratch….out of leather. Ambitious, I know. but I think with patience I can do it.

6. Finish up my “Book List” This is unfinished books. This includes The Strain, The Passage, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Maze Runner, umm….I’m sure there are others.

So, the list. There are always more to add, hopefully some will be taken away. I’ll keep this list updated.

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