Pluck the Day: 12-17-2015

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Work in progress.  I am working on a big piece that is due in about a month and this is one of the characters I am hoping to add.   It is part of a competition for a DJ who is looking for promotional artwork in the style of a comic book cover.  This is definitely the point where my passion and my talent conflict.  I have great ideas but sure as heck can’t execute them, especially in 30 days.  But, I enjoy the challenge of trying to do a specific piece that requires me to try and capture someone’s spirit within a specific genre.

I have no absurd expectations at winning this competition but I do enjoy the mental exercise it requires.  It reminds me of running marathons.  It takes a lot of training and time but a lot of people do it and have no hope of winning.  Just finishing is a win for most people.  I wish people would take the same approach to other type of competitions, like art, writing, and singing.  I think then it would make it less scary for people, including myself, if it wasn’t viewed as for only the elite.

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Pluck the Day: 12-10-2015

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So I tried my hand at a quick Manga style DJ Tigerlily.  I knocked it out during a short break today while I was at work and I think it came out pretty well. 

I found that Club Music really helps me get into the zone while working.  Is it even called that anymore? “Club Music.”  I’ve been fighting it off for a long time, but I am slowly starting to feel old.  I mean, I would love to go to one of these shows, but does it really have to be so loud?  🙂

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Pluck the Day: 12-09-2015

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The Tick!

He’s not the hero we deserve

Nor the one we need right now.

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Pluck the Day: 12-08-2015

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I finally had time to watch part of the Flash/Arrow crossover event from last week.  I really enjoy Flash and even got my wife hooked on the show.  I tried to watch the first season of Arrow but it didn’t stick.  However, I really enjoy the character and that whole team when they are in Central City.  I think it is time I give Oliver Queen and his crew another shot…so to speak.  🙂

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Pluck the Day: 12-07-2015

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I hear the train a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when…

Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”

I wrote a short story that is currently under Beta review.  Part of the story is centered on a train station.  So while at work today, I grabbed some printer paper and knocked this out.  One of the advantages of working for a big IT company is that there is always plenty of printer paper around. 

It is becoming harder and harder to find time to draw each day, let alone find time to think about what I want to create, but when I do have a few minutes to put something together, I feel extremely satisfied.  With that being said, if you have any ideas/suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.  🙂

He’s leaving
(Leaving)
On that midnight train to Georgia, yeah
(Leaving on the midnight train)

Gladys Knight “Midnight Train To Georgia”

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Pluck the Day: 12-06-2015

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Pluck the Day – By: Lance Nelson

 

Who doesn’t love Fezzik?

It was a lazy weekend which included a viewing of The Princess Bride on TV.  It was my daughter’s first time seeing the movie and she LOVED it.  I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.  Her favorite part was “the giant.”  As a youth, I grew up watching Andre the Giant as a pro-wrestler and in movies.  He will always be a gentle giant in my heart.

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Pluck the Day: 12-05-2015

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World War Seuss

One fish, two fish, red fish, BOOM fish.

This installment of Pluck the Day was inspired by episode 100 of the “Fat Man on Batman” podcast, hosted by Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin.  As they spoke about Marvel’s Civil War trailer, they began to play with the idea of other franchises creating a similar storyline.  They came up with the concept for World War Seuss and I love the idea.  It might be because my daughter is 3 and we read Dr. Seuss all the time.  My first thought was to take the war to the water.  If you scroll to the bottom, you can see the non-colored version of the picture.  I’m not sure which one I like better…so why not post both, right? 

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Pluck the Day: 12-02-2015

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Somedays you just want to see Snoopy and Woodstock cosplay Luke and Yoda on Degobah.  That urge hit me while at work today, so while on a lengthy conference call I grabbed some office pens and knocked this out.  I am so happy that in two more weeks I could realistically see a double feature of Star Wars and The Peanuts film at my local theater. You know what? Since Creed is technically a Rocky movie, add that in too.  A triple threat of my childhood playing in the theaters at the same time.  This has to be pretty strong evidence that anyone born in the 70’s had the best TV and movies of any generation.

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Pluck the Day: 12-01-2015

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On December 1st, 2012, I started a 30 day running streak.  My goal was to run no less than one mile, outdoors, every day.  Just like Forrest Gump, once I hit the end of 2012 and rang in 2013, I decided to just keep on going.  So, every day, in the last three years, I have gone out and run.  That’s 1096 consecutive days.  This year of the running streak was extra exciting because I ran my first ultramarathon, which was also my first trail race as well.  I also ventured up to Buffalo for my first marathon outside the DC area.

The toughest part has been training during the winter months in Northern Virginia.  Cold I can deal with, as well as snow.  But the ice we get can be extremely dangerous.  Luckily, I have only endured minor injuries and I have access to some of the best sports doctors and physical therapists in the country.  Of course, sometimes it can be a challenge when their number one advice is “take a few days off.”  NOPE!

I don’t have any plans for my Streak.  I may end it this month or go on for a dozen years, health permitting, but as of now I am pretty sure I will run again tomorrow.  It’s my greatest lesson.  By focusing on the near term, I’ve ended up where I am today. I am trying to apply the same lesson to my writing and art and can only hope I can equal the success I have found in running. Check back in three years and we’ll see if I am succeeding.

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Pluck the Day: 11-30-2015

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Seriously, I worry about eating spiders in my sleep or my dog peeing in the bed.  But a freaking meteorite?  Come on!

Check out a quick description of what happened that crazy day in Alabama.  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/meteorite-strikes-alabama-woman

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