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Jeff Baskin

Originally published at stories.JeBas.us. You can comment here or there.

This was my first blog.  I started it to see what I could do with it, and it expanded very quickly, and became more professional.  Now the problem is that my personal blog no longer fits in my professional sites.

I really don't want to shut it down, but JeBas.US has been expanding into other areas of interest and service.  The main www site discusses the issues about running websites like this one.  GlutenFree helps parents feed a family gluten free meals.  Art not only shows my latest artwork, but discusses issues of marketing on the Internet.  And finally, groupGTD is a time and project management software for groups and individuals.  

Stories was nothing more than stories of what happened to me.  These stories didn't offer parenting tips, or little morals, and anything that would be considered important.  All these stories are little pieces of amusement for friends and family.  I enjoyed writing them, but they no longer have a place on this site, so they must be moved.

From now on, my LiveJournal page will hold these stories.  LiveJournal is better suited for these personal stories, and I encourage you follow along at that site.  There I will keep a personal journal of what I'm doing.  

Thank you for reading. 

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My children have discovered the Hamster Dance

I don't think I need to say anything else.

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I'm still healing. With each day I gain more mobility in my right hand again. Soon I should be drawing and painting again. Until then, here is something that I did in the 1990's. I call it the Groucho Dragon.

Now this is actually the second attempt at drawing a dragon version of Groucho Marx. The first version was sold to someone right off of the drawing tablet. I was at a science fiction convention sketching when someone made the suggestion about celebrities as dragons. I chose Groucho Marx. Then someone decided that they wanted to buy my weird little doodle, and according to Mark Twain, money is the highest form of flattery. Therefore I graciously took the complement.

Selling the sketch that quickly also taught me a lesson. No artist can perfectly duplicate their work. I had liked my Groucho Dragon, and had wanted it for myself. Unfortunately each time I tried to duplicate it, I met with less and less success. The first version of the drawing had more life that the second, and the third was as stiff as a board. From that point on, I've always tried to make sure that I have a scanned copy of anything I really want to keep. It's also why I try to work as close to the original sketch as possible.

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Some of you may have thought that I had forgotten about the fourth Doctor coming onto the other end of his scarf. I admit that I was getting aggravated with the painting because it was taking to long. I spent almost two weeks working on the hat. At this rate, I would be finishing one painting per lifetime.

Fortunately I ran across a book called Hi-Fi Color. It was a series of techniques that is commonly used in comic books. Initially I had some difficulty adapting the techniques to GIMP, but that had more to do with my inexperience than their teaching. After a couple of experiments in CGTalk's Daily Sketch Forum, I was ready to return to this painting.

Then I fell out the bath tube.

I'm healing up nicely, but I only got this far. Once I can comfortably use my right hand again, I'll finish mapping out the fourth Doctor's left hand. From there, it's a matter of painting the flats, and filling in the colors. Maybe next week, I can start playing with the wacom tablet again.

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Around Halloween, the Daily sketch gets to be fun. Some of the topics they presently have up include "Zombies on Holiday," "Werewolf Prince," and "John the Goblin." I chose to do "Vampire Prom."

When they put the suggested topic up, I immediately thought about how difficult it is for a teenage vampire girl to put on makeup. They can't see themselves in the mirror, so how do they know if they have got it right. Now throw in all of the teen angst of a prom, and you have a comedy skit in the making.

The time limit was forty minutes, and I stopped when the timer went. Remember one of the purposes of the daily sketch is to improve speed as well as creativity.

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The sketch I decided to participate in was called the "Last Bastion." When I posted, there were already two fortresses placed into the topic. I, however, decided to take a different route. Any father raising little girls will understand why this would be considered the last bastion. It might also work for any mother raising boys.

The piece was done with gimp using the techniques that I had recently learned from "Hi-Fi Color." I'm still learning the technique, but I am really impressed by how quickly I'm able to get a piece colored. I've still got a ways to go before I have this mastered, but I'm finishing pieces in reasonable time.

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Every once in a while, a thought will enter your head, and it refuses to leave. This drawing is one of those. I've been reading a comic called Sequential Art and been thoroughly enjoying it. The old villain from a previous story arc was called Jack, and the new villain is a computer inside a box.

My brain kept putting the two together, and then wouldn't let the concept go. Finally I gave in and drew. All I can say is that it is done now, and I don't have to think about it any more.

 

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I haven't participated in the CG Talk's Daily Sketch in a while. I had a few moments, and decided to do the topic of "Oh! Shi..." Out of the topics, this was the most interesting.

I'm not coloring the backgrounds in the same way that I use to do. My original method was extremely slow. I had picked up a book called "Hi-Fi Color for Comics." and it was worth every penny. I still didn't have enough time to finish everything that I wanted, but then that is half the point of sketch.

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This is a drawing from a photo reference book. I'm still not entirely happy with the way that I'm drawing people, so I'm practicing more. Specifically, I'm trying to draw people interacting with the things around them. I'm trying to remove that collage feel that I have seen in my own work. Well back to practice.

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Originally published at stories.JeBas.us. You can comment here or there.

The company that I am presently working for is in a little turmoil. This may mean layoffs, it may not. In any case I am doing what I can to make sure that my job is not one of those cut. But I do have a family to support, so I am also putting resumes to different places looking for my skills. Unfortunately this means that my posting is going to be erratic for a while.

My websites are different hobbies that I enjoy, but now I have very little time for any hobby. I'm not going to abandon anything that I started, but I have placed some sites on hiatus, and others will have fewer posts.

I know that eventually everything will stabilize, and I will have the time to devote to these sites again. Bad times, like good times, never last forever. This problem will be resolved, and I will be able to spend more time with my hobbies.

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