Posts Tagged ‘Jake Rueth’

Tutminx by Very PuzzleProfessor PyraminxOn Monday I received two puzzles in the mail.  One was the Tutminx by Very Puzzle and the other was the Professor Pyraminx by Mefferts.  The Tutminx is kinda crazy.  It comes blank and requires stickering which is kind of fun.  The actually puzzle itself is a bit annoying as you have to keep track of your turns as its easy to jumble the puzzle.  If you jumble the puzzle up too bad the puzzle will cease up and certain face will not move.

The Professor Pyraminx was by far, way more fun to play with.  After playing with it for a few minutes in the Post Office parking lot, I came up with a fairly decent method for solving the puzzle.  It may not be the best or most efficient method, but it gets the job done.  Here is how I solve the Professor Pyraminx:

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Mefferts Mosaic Cube

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

Sketch by Jacob RuethI 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…

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Catch A Big One! Sketch/Final

Catch A Big One | SketchMy 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…

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MASTER SKEWB Simple Solution Guide.

Master Skewbs

WOW! I haven’t been this excited in a long time!  I hopped on EBAY And found these guys and before I knew it they were on my doorstep.  I’ve been wanting to play with one of these for years, and even contacted some puzzle builders to build me one, but no one got back to me.  These puzzles are great!  They turn very smooth and are very well constructed.

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Mefferts Jade PuzzlesAbout a week ago I received a couple packages from Mefferts has recently come out with some new puzzles or variations of older puzzles. The first package contained the beautifully sculpted Jade Club Puzzles. Read More…

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Conventions and New Art

Cornicorn family picture by Jake RuethIts been awhile since I’ve updated my blog, especially concerning my artwork. I just got back from DaishoCon up in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin to complete my 2010 convention tour. DaishoCon was a blast and was by far one of the best, if not, the best Anime/Gaming Convention in Wisconsin.  Read More…

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Adobe CS5!

Jacob Rueth has Adobe CS5WOW! Its been some time since I’ve updated this but several weeks ago I picked up the CS5 Design Premium Suite.  I’ve been rocking CS2 for several years and figured now is time to get myself updated.  At work I use CS4 and so my home copy was missing out on some key features already.  At work my station was updated to CS5 as well so I not only got some professional quality time with the software and personal time with it.

There are some new features in CS5 that I now use almost on a daily basis already! Read More…

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New Painting: YAUN

Jacob Rueth Vector Illustration

Back in 2007, I came up with a character named Yaun.  He’s a mythic beast that feeds off of the “Z’s” that rise from sleeping creatures.  In order to make all the animals fall asleep, Yaun bursts these little colorful spirits called the Yaunies.  They scurry around and make all the creatures drowsy and then collect the “Z’s”  from the sleeping animals and bring them back to Yaun.

I made an illustration back then and looking back on it now… I don’t really like how it turned. out.  I kind of forgot about this character until I met up with an old college friend and we got talking about some of the creatures we came up with and that’s when Yaun came back to me.  I made a little doodle in my sketch book, and a friend saw it and said, “DUDE! YOU HAVE TO PAINT THAT!”

So I did :)

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Box of Demon Voices

Box of Demon Voices 3

I recently uploaded a new illustration on to deviantART called Box of Demon Voices 3.  I made this illustration in Adobe Illustrator CS2, and is 100% vector.

I often get asked what my process is when making an illustration and to be honest with you, it varies from piece to piece.  This one started off as a silly little doodle I made in one of my sketchbooks.  I try and reserve some time to just doodle and you can often find me camped out at a Borders with a sketchbook and my headphones.

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