Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Poison Ivy

Started this last Wednesday at Drink and Draw. Finished it Sunday evening when relaxing after Jet City Comic Show on Saturday (when I got to draw on it a little, too).

Poison Ivy by ~lunavalse on deviantART

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Understanding Color

The following was originally published in Technical Communication, Volume 59, Number 3, August 2012.

Understanding Color: An Introduction for Designers

Linda Holtzschue. 2011. 4th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
[ISBN 978-0-470-38135-9. 259 page, including index. US$65.00 (softcover).]

Color plays a part in everyday life; designers specifically choose many of the colors. I remember learning about color in third grade; the teacher put the three primary light colors on the overhead projector to prove that color mixes differently as light than as paint. Understanding Color expands on those classes, explaining basics like the color wheel, to more complex issues like the bezold effect and fluting.

Understanding Color covers everything from what makes color to how color interacts to how designers work with color. Most of the book is about color basics, which can be a mind-boggling topic. More than one person has had a hard time wrapping their mind around light. I learned a few interesting facts. For example, the possible effect of mathematical harmony on having seven colors for the ROYGBIV (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet) color wheel even though most people cannot distinguish indigo. “Despite his genius, Newton was a product of the seventeenth century. He may have elected to include seven colors because the number corresponded to the musical notes of the diatonic scale” (p. 135).

Holtzschue’s explanations are thorough to ensure that you use the same vocabulary. She defines that “Lamps are the principal man-made light source. ‘Lamp’ is the correct term for a light bulb. The fixture that holds the lamp is a luminaire” (p. 22). You can always have the glossary to use if you forget what a term means when it
comes up later.

Many graphics illustrate each point. Two illustrations of leaves, one blue/green and the other red/orange, illustrate that “analogous color groupings contain two primaries but never the third” (p. 75). Nearly every page has some graphic illustrating a recent idea that while not always referenced or adjacent to the related section, the caption does clearly define them.

The book’s last two chapters contain information about how color applies specifically to designers. The most important point is that “printed colors, for example, are not exactly the same as product colors; designers strive only to get the closest possible match” (p. 189). Much of the information is on the history of how designers have used color, and this is where Holtzschue discusses how to work with monitors. Yet, it seems a big oversight to not cover color-blindness in a book on color for designers. She may have skipped this information since the book does not cover how to use color. Holtzschue does explain the history of color theory and the expansiveness of the field.

I would have liked information about how to apply the various color ideas in design. A PDF workbook is available that includes a lengthy supply list and involves plenty of variation.

Understanding Color is a great place to start learning about color. It contains the information you need, how color interacts, before you start learning about color theory, and how to use color interactions for an end result.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Family Portrait

Yo. I will be at Jet City Comic Show on Saturday. Booth AA07 as Flying Dodo Publications. And here are some drawings from Drink and Draw last night.
Family Portrait by ~lunavalse on deviantART

And here's a weird dude, probably high Abe mentioned to me later after hearing the story. He was waiting to cross the crosswalk and kept starting then would look around and stay where he was. And the whole time I was waiting at the light, he was tucking the shirt in his hand into the back of his pants.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My pirate name

My pirate name is:
Mad Anne Bonney
Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012


I am loving the show Wilfred, so here is some fan art.

Wilfred couch by ~lunavalse on deviantART

I also love Murder, She Wrote, so here is some more fan art! Not as good though.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Edward Gorey and Adventure Time

Did some Adventure Time in an Edward Gorey style.
Gorey Adventure Time by ~lunavalse on deviantART
We also rode our bikes to the park today and I did a little drawing of the trees on the other side of the park.
In other news, I started watching Wilfred on Netflix Instant Play and holy cow, that show is weird, I really enjoyed it. I look forward to more. I only watched half the first season last night (when I did all the hatching on the drawing above), so I have a bit left, but there are only 13 episodes available right now.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Some ladies

Inklies! Do I need to do more color? I have copics and they are super duper fun. Anyways, some drawings. Of ladies, it seems.
Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory in heels. She is so adorable I can hardly stand it.

Trying on a hat. That is not me, but I did buy that shirt and I was trying on hats. 

From The Sartorialist.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Flying Dodos

I got some new Rapidograph pens yesterday and drew these as my test. I had already penciled them earlier. The old man made me giggle a lot. So far, I love the new pens.

Old Man Dodo bird by ~lunavalse on deviantART
Emo Dodo bird by ~lunavalse on deviantART

Sunday, September 2, 2012


On Friday, I left work early to go to the Seattle Aquarium with Abe and Jeff. We had a great time. I got to do some drawings. These aren't necessarily in the order I drew them.
Here's a little red octopus down the left side, an anemone, star fish, and some other weird fish on the right. Jeff won't like that I called it a star fish since it isn't really a fish. A sea star.
Here's their shy giant octopus and some jelly fish. Both were awesome, but the lady that works there said the previous giant octopus was way more outgoing. This one hides a lot. And the jelly fish are in a ring you can walk through with colored lights. Very cool.
This one is from the first tank with salmon. At the bottom are some sea horses from another tank. I wrote " Sea horses are much lazier than depicted in cartoons." It's so true.
Here are some sea otters and some river otters. River otters are much smaller and have pointier heads. The sea otters were really big. I got to watch them eating shrimp, grooming themselves, and then wrestling. They kept popping out of the water giving each other headlocks!
A sad looking Northern Fur Seal. The tank is bigger than it looks, I think, but they just swim in circles making them look sad and forlorn. At the bottom is more sea otters. They are so freaking cute with their mustaches.
On Saturday, we went to Jewel Box Cafe in Thornton Place and it was pretty good. I got the Smoked Salmon Crepe, without pesto, and it would have been great if they hadn't put cracked pepper all over the top. Anyways, here are some people. One of them is Abe.