Life, Art, and Monkeys


Well, given how infrequently I update this ol' personal blog, I think it's about time I moved things over to permanently. It's updated every Monday, after all! Plus I'm going to be upgrading it in the next few months to include links to other spots I hang out online, such as my new digs at Instagram. If you're looking for me in the meantime, check over here!

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Judy Hopps Key

I haven't updated this blog in a while (though the one continues on every Monday morning!) so I figured I'd stop by and post something.


Here's a quick rough of a keyframe of Judy Hopps, inspired by the How-to-Draw video posted by Disney. I enjoyed doing it, even if it isn't quite as well crafted as I'd like! Ah well, that's why you practice.

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First of all, Yoshi's Woolly World is fantastic.


If you have a Wii U, or access to a Wii U, or are wandering through Best Buy and they have a demo station with this game available, you should check it out. Not only is it gorgeous, but it's classic fun. The animations are also dripping with charm and appeal. Five stars. Not only one of the best games I've played in years, but maybe one of my favorites ever. (Huge fan of Yoshi's Island on the SNES, but less so the ones that came after it. Until now!)

Given that I've been playing it recently, I thought I'd do some drawings of little Lakitu and his Spiny friend. Or... are they friends? It's hard to tell, given that Lakitu chucks the poor little guys out of the sky. Maybe it's a weird, symbiotic relationship. Or all Spinys secretely hate their Lakitu overlords. Anyway, here's a drawing!

Also the post this week at is on how learning a new skill can foster creativity. Check it out!

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Inktober #6 – And a Book

Today I did an ink drawing using a photo my friend Mike took.

Inktober bird drawing Riki
Here's the reference.


I think it turned out rather well, considering I haven't done a lot of drawing from life recently. And the REASON I haven't done a lot of life drawing recently, apart from general laziness and lack of art momentum, is I've been working on my first book, and that book is here!

creativity Boot Camp bookmockupIf you'd like a copy, you can find it right here right now. There are both print and E versions available. Best of all it's on a Pay What You Want model, so you get to set your own price. :)


Inktober 2015: Day 2 – Campfire

Today's ink drawing is a little icon of a campfire, because I am headed to a campfire this evening to roast marshmallows. Well, my wife will roast marshmallows. I'm not a big marshmallow fan, so I will just poke at the fire and enjoy watching the glory of burning sticks. So fascinating/beautiful/astounding...

Inktober 2015 Riki

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Inktober has arrived

I talk more about it here, if you want details, but Inktober is upon us and here is my Day 1 attempt:

Riki inktober 01The reason for this particular drawing is that I do the bulletins for my church each week, and try to change up the cover with original art/typography every Sunday. It can be a lot of extra work, so I thought I'd combine this Inktober challenge with my need for bulletin art. I wanted to take this one further, but I was concerned I would overwork it (which I tend to do with ink drawings). In future days I will try to do more detailed pieces, both for bulletins and other types of artwork.


It's interesting: I never liked working with pen, but after a caricature class in college where I was forced to only use a thick Sharpie marker I fell in love with the medium. It's unforgiving, but it makes you work more confidently. Once a line goes down, that's it. There's no backsies.

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Past Archives Begin Here

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Please note: Posts here older than June 24th, 2015 should be considered officially archived. I am not removing them, but in the ten years that I have been writing on this blog I have changed a great deal. Things beyond this point should be considered outdated at best, and may contain many errors or opinions I no longer hold. These things tend to happen as you grow and live life. Or at least, they hopefully happen as you try to become a better person as you age! I just want readers to be aware of that, so that if you decide to go poking through history you will know that it doesn't necessarily reflect my current or future views. :)


If you'd like current thoughts and posts, please visit for regular scheduled updates that provide better insights and information. Thanks!


Starting the Transition

I've officially begun the transition into the next stage of... whatever this thing is I do here. I hesitate to call it a career, because it seems ill suited to that word. It's also too small to describe as "life" and doesn't make the money required to be referred to as a "job."

Well, whatever it is, I've started changing it towards some future... thing.

In the coming weeks I will be switching this blog over to updates once or twice a week (regularly scheduled) and hopefully launching my new book and site to accompany it. That site will be (again, hopefully) updated once per week and the posts will revolve around topics like creativity, inspiration, and getting things DONE. My goal for that blog will be cheering on readers to set achievable goals and then working towards their dreams and callings. I've always enjoyed being a motivator to others, so I would love to do that on a regular basis and try to be a source online of encouragement to folks. The life stories and lessons that are sprinkled now and then on this blog will be going on full-time there, so I hope you'll stop by and let me know what you think! Currently there's no deadline or set day for that launch, but I would like to have it up and running by the official start of summer. We'll see how it goes.

Beyond that I will be diving back into art and working towards really focusing for a few months on nailing down anatomy. I took a class last year and it's time I went back into it all and focused like crazy until these muscles and what they do are second nature. Once that happens I'll be able to draw (and then animate) with a freedom I don't currently enjoy. At the moment it's more like I'm fighting with the paper and pencil, instead of working with these tools to create great art. A firm grasp of anatomy will make that process a whole lot easier.

That's the currently plan, as it stands today! It could, of course, all change tomorrow if a new opportunity comes along or the robot uprising begins. I'm playing it by ear one day at a time and trying to live in the present. I'll lay some foundations for the future, but I don't want to only dream about "some day" when I have today right in front of me.

You have today right in front of you as well! Make it a good one. :)



Here's a Yoshi rough illustration I did for Sketch Daily's topic of Yoshi. He has a giant cherry because I would want a giant cherry if I was a yoshi. Drawn on my phone while sitting in the car waiting for my wife after work.

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Here's a quick little illustration I did when the Sketch Daily theme was Bulbasaur.

I enjoy trying to take the SD theme and run in a creative direction with it. Stretches my imagination as well as my drawing skills. :)

This was done on my Galaxy Note phone, by the way. I'm really enjoying using it for stuff like this, often while plunked down on the couch. The Cintiq is a joy to work on, but I can't use it on the sofa. I mean, I guess I COULD, but...

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