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Artistic Discipline

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 8, 2016, 12:45 AM
Artistic endeavors do DEMAND great skill.
Which is in ANY other skilled ability in life,
it is acquired by EXPERIENCE.

Drawing and painting IS a discipline.
The only way to draw, or learn how to draw, is by DRAWING.
The only way to train the eye, the mind and the hand
to work in harmony and coordination is to draw.

STRIVE for perfection. Do not disappoint yourself; artistic "perfection" is truly not possible.
Keep an art journal and keep your old art.
Do not discard your old works that you WERE proud of.
Observe what worked in you art and what didn't.
LEARN from you successes and failures.
STRIVE to IMPROVE your artistic skills.

You can also learn from the old  masters and those people you love on Deviant Art.
Your artistic skills may not be as great as those you admire.
They CAN teach you, IF you are willing to observe and learn.

Rodin taught me art,
Goya taught me art,
Durer taught me art.
I never knew them personally.

Do not forget.. have FUN being creative!

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  • Eating: Home made bread
  • Drinking: Coffee

More Questions..

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 26, 2016, 11:59 AM
I need to work on my personal Journals.
I have been very BUSY dealing with taking family to the Emergency Room and work.
The boring stuff in real life.

 These are thirteen Questions from MikesMom37

1. Whats your favorite season ?
  Autumn! Cooler temperatures!
    Harvest season for those who plant and grow their own food!

2. What color is the majority of your shoe collection?
    Black

3. What is your favorite fruit?
    Tomato.

4. What animal would you like to own as a pet?
     Mini Corgi

5. What do you consider the worst way to die?
    CANCER. Slow miserable and painful way to die.

6. You have been given one million dollars. what do you do with it?
   Move to another State and buy property, where I could plant trees and vegetables.

7. Who do you consider the most despicable person in existence?
   Dead or alive, there are too many to list.   

8. Name one thing you have every day and want to keep it that way?
    Living without pain.

9. What is your most important life goal?
    To be happy.

10. Favorite hat?
     Big brimmed Cowboy. Something I wear in the wilderness.
     I like LOTS of shade.

11. Favorite pasta dish?
      Polluted Mac and Cheese.  

12.  Favorite book?
     Too many to list. 
Religious, Political, Social and artistic books that make me think.

13. Least favorite chore?
    Fixing a leaky roof in the rain.


Have FUN being creative!

  • Listening to: XM Radio - Patriot
  • Reading: Deviant Art
  • Watching: YouTube: Sargon of Akkad
  • Eating: Home made bread
  • Drinking: Coffee

Personal artistic dedication.

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 9, 2016, 11:52 PM
Don't compare your artistic SKILL to that of others.
Compare your SKILL to what you were yesterday,
a month ago, a year ago.
The difference is between WHO you are, and WHO you want to be.

It is the amount of work you are willing to put into yourself and your art.

Have FUN being creative.

  • Listening to: XM Radio - Patriot
  • Reading: Deviant Art
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Eating: Ramen
  • Drinking: Green tea

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 9:32 AM
 How long have you been on DeviantArt?
      Over nine years.

    What does your username mean?
       Zage was a play on the word sage.
       I was a nerd, before being a nerd was cool.

    Describe yourself in three words.
     Godly
     Artist
     Consevatarian

    Are you left or right handed?
    Both. Mostly right handed.

    What was your first deviation?
     Female portrait by Zage56
    What is your favorite type of art to create?
       Traditional Pen and ink.

    If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
      Photography

    What was your first favorite?
     Miriah Remythica by boobtastic

    What type of art do you tend to favorite the most?
      Art that impresses and inspires me.
        IF I favor artwork, I WILL like to look at later because it is impressive.

    Who is your all-time favorite deviant artist?
      Bokuman: He creates awesome figure art!

    If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
      Too many Deviants to list here.

    How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
     Many have. This is one of the benefits of DA.
        Awesome worldwide community!

    What are your preferred tools to create art?
      Antique dip nib pens and india ink.

    What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
     In my mind.

    What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
    Finding DA for the first time... WOW!

To the staff and Community - Happy Birthday DeviantArt!

www.deviantart.com/tag/deviant…




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  • Watching: Star Wars Rebels
  • Eating: Beef Chimichanga
  • Drinking: Green tea

Unique Character development

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 24, 2015, 1:51 PM
Greetings!
As some of my DA friends have noticed, I have been busy. CREATIVE busy. Not like I have been ignoring my anyone. The flood of ideas has been amazing.
I have been working on alien character development for my main humanoid characters. So far, most of my alien characters have Earth human like characteristics and points of view. Some Earth customs could be understandable. These Aliens DO live on an Earth Colony. Many of the Earth cultures can be confusing as well as interesting. These aliens would also have unique cultural perspective because of their heritage, age and biology. Alien interests and desires would and could be could be very different.

Cant explain it by Zage56

 Explaining alien concepts to Earth emigrants, maybe a difficult undertaking, just as many Earth ideas would be strange to them.
 Some aliens can be consumed in their sexually, where others would see sex as an act of occasional desire or forced reproduction.
Other aliens would be interested in knowledge and wisdom.

Alien Friends by Zage56


Many Earth Scientists have found the Colony's a wonderful place to study and catalog the new aliens and cultures. Many humans have found other "interests" and friends in the colony's and even other places.
 
Lift off by Zage56


There are also various aliens who have their reasons and motives to explore Earth and the Galaxy. FUN.

Exploring and creating these personality types of these humanoid aliens, has been time consuming. My notebooks are getting full of story's and ideas.

What is the opposite of "art block"? The creative "flooding of ideas"? That flooding is AMAZING when it happens. I wish that flooding of ideas only on my best of friends. :D (Big Grin) 

Have fun being creative!
Richard

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  • Reading: Facebook
  • Watching: GRIMM
  • Eating: Beef Chimichanga
  • Drinking: Red Zinger tea

Ten Questions .. Again!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 7, 2015, 10:40 PM
An old Meme, this time from the Talented G4MM43TA!
Please visit his galley for some awesome character art!

1. You must post these rules -- Why?
2. Share 10 facts about yourself -- Okay, I'll do it again. It has been a while.
3. Answer the 10 questions by the person who tagged you and make up questions for the people you tag sorry in advance
4. Choose 10 people and put 10 icons in their journal
5. Not something like "You're tagged if you read this." -- Really??
6. You have to legitimately tag 10 people again. -- Nag nag
7. No tag backs
8. You can't say you don't do tags -- Why not??
9. You must make a journal entry . Okay, I really need to change my Journal..

Lift off by Zage56



Ten facts about me:

1)  I'm not a gamer. I used to play D&D, the old fashioned way. With books and dice.

2)  Quotations and thinkers fascinate me. Life changing ideas are wonderful to read.

3)  I take a sketch pad whenever I visit places: doctors offices, restaurants, anywhere.
       I like to sketch the different people and places I see, and write down ideas.

4)  History is rich with ideas for science fiction and fantasy. Storytelling is allot of fun.

5) Character creation is also allot of fun. Flawed personalities can be interesting and can evolve.

6)  I have a huge collection of personal sketchbooks I have created since the 1970s.
    Volumes of drawings. Indeed, my art has improved.

7)  After 12 years of working seven days a week, I now have "weekends".

8)  I rarely watch TV. Maybe Grimm or Person of Interest.

9)  I have seen my first rattlesnake this year: a red tailed hawk was flying off with it.

10)  I love to make home made Jelly and Jam. Apple, Pear, and Elderberry are a few of my favorites.
       The last jelly was made from the flowers of the manzanita bush.
          

QUESTIONS from Mister Gammaeta!


1. If a bear approaches you, do you distract them with a Pink Floyd inspired interpretive dance or a magic show?
    MAGIC SHOW usually freaks bears out. I actually did walk into a bear in the dark. Startled, I growled like a Mountain lion and we both freaked out and ran in opposite directions.

2. Driving a taxi or piloting a plane: which one should a koala pursue as a career?
    Taxi driver at an airport, with a big bottle of rum.

3. A wild insurance salesman appears, what did you do to defeat it?
     Ask them: "How good is your insurance??" Then open a bucket full of rattlesnakes! That usually makes them want to run away in fear!

4. Do you have a dream car?
    My pick up truck with Sirus XM radio.

5. Suddenly you are a surgeon in the middle of an operation, how do you reach for the snack just out of arms reach?
    With extra long Chop Sticks!

6. If you saw your favorite fictional character walking toward you on the street, what would be your first reaction?
    -- I'm not getting enough sleep to be seeing this...

7. Quickly, where are your keys. wait that needs to be a question. did you loose your keys?
      Nope. I always know where my keys are..     

8. If your most beloved thing became intertwined with your deepest fear, would you buy me a ice cream or a soda?
      Maybe. Would you like a root beer float, instead??

9. Look to you left then right then right in front of you. what is the name of all 3 things you just looked at. now pretend that was a question.
      Binder art pads, sketch boards and my phone..Question: Should I answer the phone, or get back to sketching?

10. When was the last time you even, like sometimes?
       Interesting last question. Everyday.
     

Ten questions:

1) Besides your creative endeavors, what else do you like to do?

2) What was the last great movie you seen?

3) Do you like to play music while you create your art or write?

4) What do you like to read?

5) Are you a religious or spiritual person?

6) How do you travel around in your town or city?

7) What was your first computer system?

8) Have you ever met someone from Deviant Art in real life?

9) How does your family feel about your artwork or writings?

10) What thing or person is your "first love"?

Okay, time to tag people:

xxshaddowhunterxx.deviantart.c…
crazy-eel.deviantart.com/
kutiekadaver.deviantart.com/
alopexvelox.deviantart.com/
foxyeart.deviantart.com/
bunnykinsnoda1982.deviantart.c…
mistgod.deviantart.com/
strickart.deviantart.com/
studiokaikyo.deviantart.com/
tarpalsfan.deviantart.com/

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  • Watching: GRIMM
  • Eating: Beef Chimichanga
  • Drinking: Red Zinger tea

My DeviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:24 AM
 DeviantART has been my online home for over eight years. What an addiction!
 Before I found DA, I frequented many art sites that were interesting, but difficult to navigate. When I found DA, even eight years ago, DA was EASY to navigate and an ART focused site.
 A visitor could visit different types of gallery's, with different concepts of art. Finding other artists with unique taste in art is possible. IF you are a visitor, TRY the search button, and look for something, you are likely to find it. Unique INDEED.
Binary Suns set by Zage56


 When I first started posting to my gallery, I started off with simple images that "others" might find interesting.
Table Mountain by Zage56


 Then I started posting art I enjoyed. Then I discovered the joy of interaction on DA!
Pregnancy study by Zage56


  Over the years I found DeviantART to be a great place to meet other creative people, worldwide.

DA is a great place to share artwork, inspiration and even learn new ideas.
Learning to Transform by Zage56


 I never thought I would find a website that means so much to me.
      Keep up the GREAT mega site!

           Happy Birthday, DA!

  • Listening to: XM Radio - Patriot
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: The Clone Wars
  • Eating: Home made beef Jerky
  • Drinking: Green Tea

Enduring the Ground hog day existence

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 20, 2014, 5:18 PM
Greetings my friends and watchers!

 It has been a while since I have written a journal.

 I have been busy dealing "real life issues". My work hours have changed again. Which has been hard to adjust to (10pm to 10am). I do admit I like seeing the sunlight. Working nights can be boring in the middle of the wilderness.

  I met a new "friend" out by the old mine. I discovered a feral kitten out by the buildings. Now I have a domesticated companion while I work the night hours. He is a big cat now. I named him "DerFur". He has done a great job killing off the mice. Last year, I stepped on two rattlesnakes in the office complex. NICE cat! Less mice, LESS snakes! Maybe I'll post a foto of him.

  I also lost my primary hard drive on my archive computer. FUN. IF you don't backup your files, let me remind you to DO so. Most of my art and documents were backed up to my secondary hard drive, which was good. Getting them loaded to a new computer was work (my old system was IDE, moved to a SATA system). Now I have to reconfigure my scanning software to my new operating system.
 
My new work location has made my fine detailing art almost impossible. I do have allot time there for quick sketching. I still have about five hours of night shift for the fine focused art.
Quick art is FUN. I have noticed it does not get the attention that the detailed art receives.
This has been a fun experience learning to adapt to these weird work hours.
 
I hope everybody is doing great!

 Have fun being creative!

   Richard C Treadway

  • Listening to: XM Radio - Patriot
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: The Clone Wars
  • Eating: Home made beef Jerky
  • Drinking: Green Tea

Ten Facts and Ten Questions

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 13, 2013, 7:33 AM
This is an old TAG that has been around Deviant Art for years.
I will NOT tag anyone, BUT I will post ten ARTIST questions for my friends and watchers to consider for their journal. That would be YOUR choice (even IF you are a visitor).
*AmongTheFirst amongthefirst.deviantart.com/ sent me this tag, and I thought it would be a good way to introduce myself to some of my new watchers and friends. IF you ever wondered who Zage56 is.

Here are ten things about Zage56

1. I work seven days a week, ten to twelve hour days.
 
2. I would love to go to artist convention, or an anime convention.

3. I'm usually online when I get home or getting ready to go to work.

4. In real life, I rarely see more than dozen people a week (unless I go to the market or restaurant).

5. I keep in contact with most of my old friends by phone.

6. I have encountered a mountain lion in the wilderness, and it ran away scared. I'm not a hunter, but I have seen many wild animals, and treasure those memory's.

7. I collect large rocks and boulders (IF the rock or mineral is pretty)

8  Besides rock gardening, I have six established gardens (two vegetable, and four experimental)

9. I had cancer, and survived.

10. I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was ten years old. When I was twelve, I started to play with dip pen and ink, my favorite art medium.


Allan's Questions:

1 What's your favorite place to eat
Applebees

2 What's your favorite food
Japanese, Chinese, or Mexican foods

3 Do you drink alcohol?
Yes, but rarely.

4 Do you ride a bicycle?
During the warmer months.

5 Do you have pets?
I have a Russian Blue cat who thinks he owns me.

6 Do you like gardening?
YES. I love making plants grow.

7 Where do you live?
In the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California.

8 What kind of camera do you use?
What ever camera is available. I have several cameras.

9 What newspaper do you read?
I don't read newspapers. I get my news online.


Here are my ten ARTIST questions for you to consider:

1.) Are you from an art friendly family?

2.) Do you have an art "area" or studio in your home?

3.) What are your favorite things to draw, or paint?

4.) What art mediums (or programs) do you want to master as an artist?

5.) When do you like to be creative? Anytime? Midnight?

6.) When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

7.) How often do you create your art?

8.) What are the three things you are proud of in your DA gallery?

9.) What are your three favorite DA "faves"?

10.) ART BLOCK: How do you stop it?


I would enjoy seeing your answers here.
Let me know IF you post these questions in your Journal,

Have FUN being creative!

    Richard

  • Listening to: XM Radio - Patriot
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: The Star Wars Movies
  • Eating: Stuffed Baked Potato
  • Drinking: Green Tea

Quality Art Materials

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 11, 2012, 7:01 PM
Quality materials are so important for any traditional artist. When I was just starting out as an young artist, I remember creating a really pretty picture on lousy paper. Paper was paper, right? I was wrong. I started a quest to find quality art materials. Some quality was VERY expensive. The kind of paper that made you scared to use it, because it was SO expensive. After several years, I located several brands of paper stock that was ideal for my pen and ink. For those of you who use the old fashioned dip pen, you understand the importance of good paper that does not bleed like tissue paper.
Recently, I started a art journal project for a couple of young relatives. In my library, found one of my old art journals I purchased back in the 1980s. Wonderful quality. Leather bound cover. Book quality that was comparable to a 19 century volume. Except for the paper! At that time, I was using fountain pens and tech pens as my favorite mediums. The paper bled when I put ink to that paper. Fast forward to 2012, I tried that book paper with my dip pens, and found the paper bled whenever I used a heavier line pen nib, but NOT with my quill pen nibs!
This art journal is almost finished! Most of my art journals usually took several years to complete. I will posting pictures from this book gift.
Like any art material, QUALITY blank sketch books with excellent paper is important. One quality sketchbook I discovered, is made by Stillman & Birn. They create many types of books for various mediums. Great archival quality paper.
IF anybody has found quality paper and or blank books, I would be interested in your experiences with that paper, and who creates it.

"The artist should be a mirror to life, that they should study, search, and question. The artist should NEVER be satisfied with their successes."
            - Robert Henri

 Have fun being creative!
       Richard

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 80's music
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: House MD: Season Eight
  • Eating: Taco Salad
  • Drinking: Green Tea

My Journal is Squashed!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 6, 2012, 6:00 AM
Okay, this is weird! I visited a few of my friends gallery's, and noticed they had the problem too.
Time for a new Journal. I was getting tired of the old one.
I'm going to think of something new to write about.
Life is like Groundhog Day. Everyday is a little different, but most of the time it repeats itself.
Busy, Busy.
Richard

Looks like DeviantArt fixed the Journals! =D

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 80's music
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: House MD: Season Eight
  • Eating: Taco Salad
  • Drinking: Green Tea
I recently had a list of questions sent to me from one of members of Pen and Ink Group. Since I want the focus of that group to be on Pen and Ink art, I thought it  would best to post these questions here.

1. Where are you from?
   The wilderness hill country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California USA
2. Did you draw a lot as a kid?
   Oh yes. I LOVED to draw. I made allot of sketch journals and filled many "blank" books with drawings and studies. I usually haunted many library's and museums, studying and drawing from what books and art I could find.
3. What appealed to you about pen and ink?
   As a kid, the old story books illustrations fascinated me. As a teenager, the 1960s and 1970s underground comics, Creepy, 1984 and various other comic books had my interest. Pen and ink took ALLOT of practice. I started drawing with pencil, ballpoint pen, fountain pen and tech pen, before I felt comfortable using the dip pen and ink. I discovered that not all pen nibs are the same. Some pen nibs are easy to use, while other nibs are quite difficult. I started collecting nibs when I was 16 years old. I still collect pen nibs. I enjoy finding out what "new" antique pens I can find, and what sort of art I can create with them. Many of the old pen nibs create wonderful lines!
4. When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
    As a kid. Every January 2nd is my artist "birthday".
5. How often do you make art?
    I try to draw every day. I attempt to make as much quality time I can just for my art.
6. What are your favorite 3 pieces (of your own work of course)?
  1). "Humans can be fun" Because I like figure drawing.
  2). "Entrance to the Underworld" Because I like perspective.
  3). "Clothed Trees" Because I like wilderness sketching.
7. What advice do you have for budding artists?
     There is as much risk in doing nothing, as in doing something. IF you want to be an artist, you have to decide to work at your improving your artistic skills. Do not be distracted by other artists who have better skills. You WILL catch up to them, IF you study and practice. Keep your older artwork. Over time, you will see improvement.
Remember to have FUN while you work, study and practice!
8. What advice do you have for experienced artists?
  Some people study hard for a time, and then the "graduate" and then sink into what little that they know. We must never graduate from our studies in art.
Don't be afraid to experiment and explore!

  Update from my last Journal: I think the mountain lion was only traveling through the area. I have not heard the cat for several weeks. The rabbits, turkeys and the deer are beginning to return to the area. That is a GOOD sign!
  Yes, I'm still very careful in the wilderness!

  Have FUN being creative!
  • Listening to: XM Radio - 80's music
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: Anime: Rin - Daughter of Mnemosyne
  • Eating: Ramen and veggies
  • Drinking: Stash: Earl Grey Tea

Critter sightings

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 24, 2011, 10:45 PM
I love working in the wilderness. During the year I will often see the various animals, as the season changes. This October, I usually see deer, especially during hunting season. The deer like to stay near the office buildings for protection from the hunters. This year, I have been disappointed. No deer. I have noticed the jackrabbits have disappeared, too. I thought it might be a few of the foxes and bobcats I have seen near the old mine. One of the guys, seen a mountain lion near the buildings, this morning. Now we are really looking around the work site for a BIG cat. The last time the mountain lion visited the area, we were hearing and seeing it for about three mouths. Usually the big cats leave us people alone. But that was one Big cat.
  This time I have a camera. I hope to capture some images of the cat, from inside my truck.
  I have been busy working on new inked art and also updating some of my old works.  I hope everybody has a great autumn or spring!
                                         Rich

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 60s on 6
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: Stargate SG 1 season 8
  • Eating: Bagel
  • Drinking: Home made coffee

Ten Question MEME

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 27, 2011, 1:29 PM
I was tagged by the BIRTHDAY boy, . Please go to his page and wish him Happy Birthday (September 27)!

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 10 things about themselves, or rather, answer the questions directed at them, in their journal.
3. Create 10 new questions for the yahoos you plan to tag, which is the real reason these things exist.
4. Post the icons of the 10 victims - uh - people you tag in your journal.
5. Go to their pages and inform them that you have ruined the internets for them.
6. Don't tag me back. I am vindictive and slow to forgive. Ask Zip.
7. You are supposed to do something else, or not do something else, but I turn 50 years old real soon and I forgot...

THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE DIRECTED AT ME AND 9 OTHER PEEPS...


1. What song is stuck in your head right now?
No musical echo.
2. What inspires you?
Many things! Day dreams and nightmares! DA when I'm online!
3. Do you sometimes forget you are as old as you are?
YES! Especially when I'm cutting firewood, or pulling brush off the hill around my home!
4. Do you have dreams of work or school?
I have had dreams of work. Not the kind of dreams I like. I live at work 10 to 12 hours each day. Dreaming about work is not "exciting".
5. Do you catch yourself correcting the spelling of others on online social site newsfeeds? (Your and You're are NOT interchangeable!)
YES. I will not get critical of the poor souls misdeeds. I make those mistakes when I'm tired.
6. Have you caught yourself saying "That's not music. That's NOISE!"
YES! A chainsaw is NOT a musical instrument!
7. Have you had to assume the role of "computer technician" to someone older than you?
YES! To somebody older and YOUNGER. I used to build PCs for people. I hated being their Computer Guru!
8. Have you tried to listen and absorb the music of the generation before you? Two generations before you?
Oh YES! Older music can be fun to listen to. I love Ragtime, and various folk music. XM Radio is great for doing the musical time warp!
9. When you first heard of "Emo", did you think of the red Muppet character from Sesame Street (like I did?)
Yes I DID. LOL! I had to look it up, to figure out "EMO". Yes, I work too much. Sometime I need to figure new lingo.
10. This is the Final Jeopardy question that always stops me in my tracks:
WHAT WERE WE JUST TALKING ABOUT? :O

Hey, You are not that old, Jimmy!
BTW - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (a few days early)

Now, for MY ten questions:

1). Right handed? Left handed? Ambidextrous?

2). IF you could live in another time period and place, When and where would it be?

3). What was your scariest moment?

4). Have you ever tried to make everybody happy?

5). Do you believe in the supernatural?

6). What are the things you want to master in your art?

7). What is your favorite things to draw or paint?

8). What things do you hate to create with your art?

9). Do you have an art studio area in your home?

10). What do you do to stop artist block?

Theseare the tagged people! IF there are other people who would like to try this MEME, I would tag you too!

*tarpalsfan

*Frohickey

=bolsterstone

~LadyKylin

~strickart

*Phillycheesespank311

*amiwakawaiidesu

*BunnykinsNoda1982

~normo32

=2e4  

Enjoy!
    Richard

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 60s on 6
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: Stargate SG 1 season 8
  • Eating: Bagel
  • Drinking: Home made coffee

New Drawings and projects

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 15, 2011, 9:54 AM
I have many drawings on my sketch board, at this time. Colour has been a problem for me. I used to do allot of coloured art back in the 1980s. It seems I do not have the patience to spend quality time working on colouring a picture. I do love to construct, build and then detail a drawing. For me, it is easy to pencil or ink sketch a drawing. Once I start colouring a drawing, everything turns into a "mud pie" fast. So, I plan to do some limited colour in several drawings. I had a few requests for nudes and pin up drawings. That will not be a surprise for my watchers to see more censored art (to protect the innocent viewers). Some of these pin up drawings I have been experimenting with limited colour.
I have learned to make time for my art, IF I want to be creative. I 'm very fond of quick sketching. Quick sketching is awesome, because it is fast. I really have to slow myself down to make any art that I spend over a hour on. When that drawing turns into a colourful mud pie, I find that to be frustrating.
For those of my watchers who enjoy my art, I'm working more pen and ink drawings.
On other projects, I have just finished working on four vegetable gardens. Just in time for the hot temperatures too! I have two gardens I have planted in the wilderness, which has been interesting to see what plants the wild animals do not like to eat. While I was watering one of those gardens last night, I had a rattlesnake  slither between my legs. That is the first time this year for that to happen! I guess that is normal life in the wilderness!

Richard

"Every movement, every evidence of search is worthy of the consideration of the artist. The artist must look things squarely in the face, know them for what they are worth to him. Join no creed, but respect all the truth that is in them. the battle for the human evolution is going on. There must be investigations in all directions.
Do not be afraid. Go in and find out. The future is in your hands."
    - Robert Henri

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 60s on 6
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: Stargate SG 1 season 3
  • Eating: Bagel
  • Drinking: Home made coffee

Recovery

Journal Entry: Wed May 25, 2011, 1:20 PM
I was back to work, three days after my surgery! I sure do feel better! It is amazing how pain can build up over a period of time. It is great to have that surgery done.
The warm dry weather has finally arrived in my part of California. The dryness is great for ink drawing.  I have been busy with my drawing. I have several pieces I'm going to try to colour. Having the time to colour, has always been a problem. I create so much line art, it is easy for me to stay focused on my dip pen drawing.
  I hope  everybody is well and happy!
                     Richard

"No nude , however abstract, should fail to arouse in the viewer some vestige of erotic feelings, even though it be the faintest shadow - and if it does not do so, it is bad art and has false morals".
    Kenneth Clark

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 80s on 8
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: Anime: Darker than Black
  • Eating: Asparagus soup
  • Drinking: Earl Grey tea

Vacation?

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 18, 2011, 8:24 PM
Not really. This will be my first possible week off from work since 2003. For the past several years I have been living with ALLOT of pain. This past winter, I learned I need surgery to correct that problem. Being off from work will be very strange, since I almost live there.
The weather in my area has improved. I have been noticing the snow geese flying north, and the wildflowers beginning to bloom. It is very pretty out here in the wilderness!
I have not stepped on any rattlesnakes yet, this year. We caught three in the offices last year. Yes, it is an experience sharing the wilderness with the various creatures!
Good news, I bought my first new truck. Besides being an excellent ride, I have XM satellite radio! NIIIIICE! The music selection is wonderful!
I have been working on my drawing. I have created a large mass of sketches, whenever I get ideas and inspiration. It is difficult to have a lack of inspiration, when I can pick up new ideas from that mass collection of sketches, What I call my "Archive". Old artwork can be useful for research and updating and and of course, inspiration.
My archive is where I get most of my current art for my gallery. Yes, I have many pictures I want to post. I keep just asking myself, are these drawings finished art? You might have noticed the unfinished art I began to post when I first started this gallery. I want to post more finished art here.
Another great resource for inspiration is Deviant Art! I greatly admire the talent and skills of the new artists and those of who have working on their skills for years!
  I love Deviant Art gallery surfing!
Keep up the great art, my friends!
      Richard (Zage56)

"All the past up to a moment ago IS YOUR LEGACY. You have a right to it. The works of the ancient masters, those of the student next to you, the remark dropped a moment ago; all is experience.
                  Race experience!"
                          -Robert Henri

  • Listening to: XM Radio - 80s on 8
  • Reading: Old art books and journals
  • Watching: Anime: Darker than Black
  • Eating: Asparagus soup
  • Drinking: Earl Grey tea

New art and projects

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 16, 2011, 12:47 AM
I can't believe I have not made a journal in over a year! :faint:
I have been working on allot of drawing projects. I'm still creating quick sketches, figure drawing and cartoons. Allot of the art gets thrown into the shredder, since it looks so repetitious. I have a goal to post more finished art. I also have been working on some illustrated story's.  

Keep up the great artwork!
           Richard

  • Listening to: My cat purr
  • Reading: E mails
  • Watching: Anime: Desert Punk
  • Eating: Beef and barley soup
  • Drinking: Elderberry Juice

Normal life .. yeah right!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 6, 2009, 9:48 PM
I have been busy. Sometimes too busy. My job has been first priority. I have been upgrading my security systems. I have had allot of activity at work, keeping me focused on business. I also have upgraded my main scanning computer too. I just installed Vista Ultimate. I loved using XP. I might get 7 in a few months. Vista should be interesting to investigate and to use. Hopefully, in a few days I should start scanning and posting my art again.

  Have fun being creative!

  • Listening to: it snow outside
  • Reading: Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin
  • Watching: Anime: Read or die
  • Eating: Beef and barley soup
  • Drinking: Green tea

Back to normal life

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 28, 2009, 8:11 AM
The 12 to 14 hour work days are over. I hope I do not have to do that again, any time soon.
I did allot of drawing while I worked those long hours. Now, I have to sort out and scan the drawings. I will be posting a few pictures at a time, so I will not flood your in boxes with too many drawings.
           Have fun being creative!

  "Trifles are details, but details are not trifles"
                    -Michelangelo

  • Listening to: Basia
  • Reading: Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin
  • Watching: Anime: Steamboy
  • Eating: Home made peach jam and toast
  • Drinking: Samatra coffee