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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Something Swan Related

I remembered this advice another artist gave me once. They said "Do commission drawings, for free, to get practice. Doesn't matter if you're not good enough to take commissions, just go for it."  So I thought maybe I'd give it a try in February. Then I realized "tomorrow isn't guaranteed," and why not just do it right now? I asked if anyone wanted a commission drawing on Twitter ( ) and Sabina K. replied asking for something swan related. And here we are!


I must say, I adore the freedom and finding a new subject and doing some quick research and studies with no pressure. I've not drawn swans before, but they were a lot of fun. I had no plan going in, just let the pencil do its thing. Big thanks to Sabina for the prompt and getting me to do some drawing practice! I'd do it again, probably. (And I pass along that bit of advice to other artists. Go do it, even if it's just once!)

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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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NaNo Update – Day 10

I am doing NaNoWriMo this year, and today's post will be a little update.

So far I am a 970 words from the halfway point of 25,000. It is the farthest of any attempts I've ever made at NaNo (my last attempt in 2012 was 5,088 words before quitting) so I am very pleased about that! And hey, it's all downhill from here, right?

I gave my novel a working title (not final, if this thing were to ever go past first draft stage, which I'm not sure it ever would, we'll see) and did a mock cover for it. So here's that:

Fake book cover for fun done in 10 minutes

It's not good, but it could be worse. I did it in about 10 minutes with a photo I found in a 30 second image search. But I enjoyed doing it. I like doing book covers, for kicks. It's also good practice. For this one, I need to fix the top, because it's hideous. I'd say this would be a first draft too, ha ha.

Anyway, I am taking the day off today because it's been a while and it's time. So tomorrow it will be back to writing, starting in on Act 2 of the 2 and a half act novel!

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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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Justice for Cecil


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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. :)


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