Sunday, November 25, 2007


The deadly Green Mamba. Just as deadly as the Black Mamba, but not as aggressive.
I've been watching the Discovery Channel again.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Busy - More Ice Branches

I'm super busy right now... Here's another shot from last year's ice storm in the meantime.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Done with fine mechanical pencil... about 2" x 3" - approximately actual size if you're running @ 1280x800


Friday, November 9, 2007

Sidney Crosby final

I finally got all the pieces/parts drawn and colored. I played with my new WACOM tablet for some of the coloring... I still would never use one of them for the actual linework, but they're not bad for swabbing in color, erasing, and some selecting. I used it to stipple in the ice shavings as well.

I mentioned last week that I had a hard time drawing his gloves... he uses some really cool unique gloves, but they were just tough to draw as they didn't look like gloves I'm familiar with and I didn't understand the contours. What I ended up doing was giving Sidney my own hockey gloves... I propped them up and drew them in the right position to replace his fancy gloves with my el cheapos.


Floppy icon = SAVE

Right now I'm working on a SilverLight scheduling application for a 3-day event this January. I'm working on the "Save" functionality, where an attendee can store the itinerary of sessions they would like to sign up for. Most of the attendees for this conference are software engineers, architects and developers, probably familiar with the MS Office suite of applications where the Save button is a 12x12 pixel image of a floppy disk:

There is a lot of value in that image, since anyone who has used MS Office products, will intuitively recognize it as a save button, without a second thought. Lotus apps use the same symbol for saving, as well as many others. It's right up there with the red stop sign octagon, or the man/woman pictogram symbol on restroom doors when it comes to instant understanding of a graphic symbol.

But I'm sure there's a better visual representation of the Save function than something as obsolete as a 3.5" floppy - I mean I haven't had a floppy drive on my computer since 3 machines ago. Plus, why does a 3.5" floppy mean "Save" anyway?

The attendees for our conference are all familiar with software development, and one of the ubiquitous symbols in software application maps and network diagrams is the 3-D cylinder, which represents a database/datastore. So here's my thoughts on an equally intuitive Save icon.

For our application, that's exactly what we're doing - storing it in a database.

Another feature is the ability to email your itinerary to another attendee - again, "Email" functionality has been represented in multitudes of applications with the obvious envelope graphic, and that's such a simple, intuitive indicator that I wouldn't think of messing with that. We have a bit more graphical capabilities, so here's my treatment of Email functionality:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ice Storm

Here's one of many shots I took in the Whetstone Park of Roses right after last year's ice storm... It's tough to take a bad picture after an ice storm.


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