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Mar. 23, 2018

Where they bury the bicycles series

Mar. 21, 2018

The Darkness

I recently read an article about someone who experienced trauma when they were very young, and how it manifested itself for the rest of his life as “the darkness”, a kind of demonic presence that was always looming. It was a very sad read. Though a very busy person, he found no joy in work, […]

Mar. 05, 2018

Glass Comic

Feb. 03, 2018

Operating System developers should stick to developing operating systems.

Apple and Microsoft make some of the most popular OS’s in the world: iOS, macOS, and Windows. As software goes, that’s about it. Everything else they force down the users’ throats is pure garbage. I’m talking about iTunes, Mail, MS Office, Photo software, and the list goes on. I honestly don’t know why this is. […]

Jan. 30, 2018

Variable Width Fonts

I know very little, way less than I should, about the new variable typography stuff that’s been gaining traction and was discussed in css-tricks’ most recent shop talk episode.  However, I’m having serious skepticism about how they can replace entire font families. There’s a lot of the discerning human eye in creating various weights (and […]

Jan. 02, 2018

On Teaching

This spring, I’ll be teaching my age-old 2D Graphics course. Every time I teach it, I spend waaaaay too much time wondering what I should include in the course content. I change it every year. Adobe is the go-to graphics software company, and that hasn’t changed since they bought Macromedia long ago. I started off […]

Oct. 12, 2017

On light

We see because of light reacting with our crazy eyes and ocular nerves and brains. But there’s a lot to learn about where that light’s coming from. It’s either being emitted or reflected. The primary point of emitted light, for most of our existence on this planet, has been very hard, even dangerous, to look […]

Multiple master icons

Just like fonts, icons can be designed in different weights. Here’s how it works in my current design, chubbicons:   These are all rendered at 32×32. The bold weight was designed with 1 pixel wide stroke on a 9×9 grid, while the light weight was 1 pixel on an 18×18 grid. The solid is just […]

Sep. 18, 2017

Modes of Transportation series

I’m having fun with this theme. It makes it easy to think of things to make.

Sep. 09, 2017

A standard for user interface icon design

Editing this article to discuss general icon design standards, which I believe are needed. Icons should down-rez gracefully to small sizes, with vertical and horizontal edges aligning to the pixel grid at sizes as small as 9 pixels. A 3×3 sub grid should be adhered to when designing icons. [codepen_embed height=”265″ theme_id=”1″ slug_hash=”EvqZQZ” default_tab=”html,result” user=”empireoflight”]See […]

Sep. 06, 2017

Some older work

These were from Jeanne and my show at the Albright Knox back in ~2001.

Aug. 29, 2017

Big Guys ‘n ‘Lil Guys : The Tale of Reggie and Mike

First draft of a children’s book I’ll maybe Illustrate someday Reggie was a Big Guy. He could lift anything, even big buildings and cars. He was strong. Mike was a ‘Lil Guy. He was really fast and could fit into small places when he needed to hide. Reggie and Mike were really good at building […]

Aug. 22, 2017

Cooper Union

As soon as I was considering life after high school, I had my heart set on Cooper Union. I wanted to make “cool looking shit”, I was good at it and CU was where the best in the world did it. Plus it was in Manhattan, my favorite place in the world and a 45 […]

Aug. 08, 2017

A couple more gouaches

Some new acrylics on linen

Jul. 25, 2017

First “daily recap” post

Jeanne and I were talking about how we have no idea what we did a year ago on any given day, and it’s time to start writing stuff down. So here we go. Today I: Met some cool people in Lockport Worked on a few projects Ate a chicken wing Drove to Canada on a […]

Jul. 20, 2017

Some gouache doodles

Testing out the new scanner…

Jun. 27, 2017

Small gouaches

Jun. 25, 2017

Had to be the most beautiful day

Went up to Canada with Nancy and her friend. Stopped at the grocery, got the guac stuff and some burger meat.Chased a few house wrens away. Cleaned the cottage up while the girls made guac. Went surfing at Pleasant, watched Nan and her bud get sweet rides. Got a ticket there and almost towed but […]

Jun. 24, 2017

Me and Griff back in the old days

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