Category : Inspiration

New Artwork! I’ve been featured!

TARDis New Artwork!  Ive been featured!Well, things have been pretty busy for me lately. I’ve gone to several conventions all over the midwest and having a great time hanging out with art friends and meeting new people. Lately I’ve also been watching a lot of Doctor Who, so I created an illustration inspired by the show. I used to watch the old Doctor Who episodes on PBS when I was little but haven’t gotten around to watching the new series until it popped up on Netflix.

Catch A Big One Mark 205x300 New Artwork!  Ive been featured!One of pieces “Catch a Big One”, has been getting some big exposure online. It was featured as a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt.com! This kept me busy with the flood of comments and emails for quite some time. The piece was also noticed by, Artist and Director of Community Operations, Fiona Hooley, who selected this piece  to be included in the Community section of Digital Artist Magazine (Issue 19 – page 18). Read More…

solved 300x284 Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution Guide

Well, I got my new Mosaic Cube from Mefferts today.  Honestly the cube, though manufactured professionally, is still highly unstable.  The puzzle exploded several times on me after the first couple turns and isn’t very easy or fun to maneuver.  Which is too bad, as for a puzzle, this is a fun one to solve.

My first attempt, before the cube exploded, was to solve the corners, solve the edges, and then solve the centers.  But when the pieces went flying I learned that the centers aren’t floating pieces but actually joined together to the centers on the adjacent sides.  So after seeing the mechanics I realized it might be easier to solve corners, then centers, and then the edges.  This solution proved to be quite efficient, and I had the puzzle solved before leaving the post office parking lot.

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Negative Thinking Sketch | Final

Negative Feelings small 210x300 Negative Thinking Sketch | FinalI finished a new piece today!  I’m very excited about this one as it deals with an important message, and it turned out super awesome.

I was doodling to some tunes in the Brickhaus Cafe in Jefferson, WI again, and a song popped up on my Zune.  I haven’t listened to it in several years.  The band is called “The Death Set” and the song is titled “Negative Thinking”.  Its probably my favorite song on the album but the song got me thinking how important it is to have positive outlets to vent our negativity.

Whenever I feel bad, or feeling stressed, I block away a set amount of time to draw.  I feel a million times better after a drawing session and not only did it make me feel better but I’ve been productive too!

Several of my friends have told me, “Jake, thats cool that you have that kind of outlet, but I am not that lucky. I can’t draw!” Read More…

Catch A Big One! Sketch/Final

Catch a big one 251x300 Catch A Big One! Sketch/FinalMy Latest Illustration is up on DeviantArt and its kind of a weird one how it came to be.
I was at the Brickhaus Cafe, in Jefferson, and while cranking up some tunes and sipping a chai latte, I doodled this out. It was a silly idea where in this world there are these water creatures and they are so timid and afraid that when the break the surface of the water they are paralyzed by fear. There are these land creatures that realize these water creature’s fear and use that to turn the creatures into their homes.

The little guy on the tongue in the bottom right corner is fishing for an addition to his cool home.

Once I finished the doodle, I sat back in my chair and thought, “Wow, this sort of parallels my current living situation.” Read More…

Favorite Night Gallery Episode

twilight zone rod serling 300x137 Favorite Night Gallery EpisodeI remember back when I was about 10-11 years old I became obsessed with The Twilight Zone TV series from the late 50′s early 60′s.  Rod Serling was one of the biggest influences of my childhood.  I loved the creepy episodes and reading the quirky tales of irony written by Serling himself as well as Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson.  Read More…

The Prisoner

prisoner logo 150x150 The PrisonerOne of my all time favorite television series is from the 1960′s called The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan.  The series was short, only 11 episodes (one of those episodes was banned for some time) yet the show was powerful and way ahead of its time.  McGoohan, who starred as #6 was by far one of the best “secret agent” for his time.  He starred in the Danger Man series and turned down the role as 007 because he believed that secret agents don’t have any weaknesses yet Bond had a severe weakness to dangerous babes.

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Awesome Tunes

9291 impeccable blahs 150x150 Awesome Tunes

I’m always searching for cool tunes to rock out to while I work or doodle and stuff.  Lately I’ve been absorbed into two great albums by bands you probably never heard of.  The first album is called “Impeccable Blahs” by Say Hi To Your Mom.  Just when I’m getting vampired out by cheesy horror films and crappy pop stars, I discover this great album over flowing with catchy tunes and vampire references.

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