Pictures of baby hedgehogs (including the one below) went viral on Facebook a couple of months ago. Since that time I have been totally obsessed with hedgehogs (especially the baby ones). I even researched everything that you need to buy in order to take care of a pet hedgehog. Aren’t they adorable?
My common sense eventually kicked in and I decided not to buy one for the following reasons:
- They are financially impractical
- I’m rarely at home and therefore don’t have much time to take care of living creatures
- My plants are all dead (which says something about my ability to take care of living creatures)
- Hedgehogs are nocturnal, and since this little creature would have to share his room with me, he’d probably keep me up at night
So no pet hedgehog. =(
But after seeing the cute baby hedgehogs, they started to make rather frequent appearances in my daily doodles (almost replacing cute little ducks as most popular animal).
Definitely not as cute as the real thing, but I’m working on it.
And now I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note! So much fun!
Today I sketched this cute little puppy dog using a friend’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. After crossing going to the opera off my list last week, I’ve been seriously considering purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Or maybe I am just dreaming. After all, what is number 26 on the list?
Buy graphic tablet and learn to do a bit of graphic design.
I figure I am neither inclined to create nor capable of creating anything better than the cute little doggy that you see pictured above, so investing in a really high quality graphics tablet is a waste of my time. A Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, on the otherhand, is currently $400 on Amazon. That’s quite a bit more than the cheapest Wacom tablet, but the major advantage is that you can actually see what you are drawing while you are drawing it. Also, it’s a great deal better than my current tablet (also a Samsung, but an older model), and it’s a great deal larger (10.1 inches as opposed to 7 inches). And I figure if I invest in a better drawing app and a Wacom stylus, I’ll be able to produce much better images.
Who am I kidding. I’m just trying to give myself enough excuses so that I won’t feel guilty spending a substantial amount of money on a tablet. I probably also should take into account the fact that the whole reason I’ve been craving a tablet is because of the Stephen Pastis vs. Scott Adams Wacom advertisement that I saw last week. Seeing Scott Adams himself drawing the Pointy-Haired Boss on an awesome graphics tablet…now THAT’s a persuasive advertisement….
I have been throwing the idea around recently of making a html cookbook. I’m not particularly good at design, so it’ll probably look horrible if I ever get around to making it (so if anyone knows any good html templates for recipes, please please please let me know!). But today I was trying to make a html template for a recipe, and I realized that it would be really nice to add an icon to the header. There are some food icons available for free, but I wasn’t able to find a complete set for all the different kinds of food, so I decided to try my hand at making some myself. I only spent a couple hours working on them, and they aren’t that great, but I thought I would share what I came up with with all of you.
If you like them, you are free to download them here. I’ve made both the original svg files and the generated png files available. Feel free to use them or change them as much as you want. You can also give me feedback if there is any way that I can make them better.
Food Icons by www.thejoyofgermany.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
This comic is based on my latest entry in the sketchbook I am making for The Sketchbook Project. I might get around to coloring it some day, but for now, it remains black and white.
When you are sketching in the little sketchbook that you got for The Sketchbook Project, you may have forgotten to protect your pages. When you press really hard into a page, you may almost ruin the page on the other side, especially when the back side of your page comes in contact with a page that is already finished.
But do you remember that little info pamphlet that came with your sketchbook?
It turns out that this pamphlet is exactly the right size to act as a page protector. Just put it behind the page you are working on and it protects the rest of your pages from getting ruined.
I wrote a couple of days ago that I recently started my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project. It is a pretty cool project that I found out about online. When you sign up, you receive a small (7×5 inch or 8x13cm) with 16 pages (front and back) in it. Your job for the project is to fill all the pages with something. What you want to fill it with is your decision. But fill them you must.
When you receive your sketchbook, you need to register it for a particular tour. The tours run through several cities (mainly in America, but I think there was one tour that came to England and therefore the company can loudly proclaim that they offer “international tours”). Each tour has its own particular theme which the artist has to keep in mind (although broad interpretations are of course welcome). Actually, you could technically sign up for any tour and fill your book with anything, but I imagine that if you signed up for the Superheros tour and filled your book with sketches of daisies, your book simply would not…fit in well. Since I am a doodler (not an artist), and since I don’t ever really doodle anything that can be classified under a particular theme (unless the theme were “Flowers, Stars, Swirls, Hearts, Smiley Faces, Animals with Big Eyes, and much much more.”), I automatically signed up for the “Fill me with…” tour. I figure that I can fill up my sketchbook with all sorts of different doodles and no one will be able to accuse me of interpreting my theme to broadly.
I have named my sketchbook “Stuff doodled mainly in ballpoint pen” since ballpoint pen is my current favorite writing utensil. And I have already succeeded in filling up some of the pages. There are so many more pages to fill. I am very aware, and at the same time I am looking forward to it. I am only completely satisfied with the cover (which I finished this past weekend) and a couple of the pages. But I took pictures of all the pages with the intention of giving all of you a sort of “before” picture. I intend to post periodic updates as I add to the sketchbook.
Here it is!
Unfortunately, I currently have absolutely nothing doodled on pages 4, 8, 12, 17-18, and 20-32. So I have my work cut out for me. I am, however, optimistic about the outcome.
Sorry for the bad photography. The lighting wasn’t very good, and I was taking all of the pictures with my cellphone camera. I could have cropped some of them because there is so much whitespace, but I chose not to to sort of prove my point that the whole thing is only in the beginning stages.
0111110 is not my favorite byte because it is symmetrical. It is not my favorite byte because it is the opening and ending byte of the networking Point-to-Point Protocol. It is not even my favorite byte because its decimal representation (126) possesses the attribute of having every digit being exactly twice the sum of the digits to its right. No, my dear readers and friends. 01111110 is my favorite byte because when looking at its binary representation, one has the distinct impression that one is about to be run over by a car.