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Welcome to the SUNDOG Ichiban School of Cartooning (and Hermetic Science -- shhhhh!), a school of one, birthplace and home of Mousashi ryu! Hai!

Our Mission is to turn pig iron into steel! Not by magic. By enthusiastic perseverance with steadfast commitment to the goal. Graphic novels, or bust! Osu! Bonzai!

Everything you need to start your studies, schedule regular practice, round out skills and maybe even get a job (!) is listed and linked below:

QUICK PICKS Updated 19 MAY 2018.
I salvaged the Quick Picks from the widget on my profile page and placed them in this literature post just to make sure that if something happens (i.e. like I give up core membership) you'll still have access to them - and so will I.  LOL.  These are books I'm always recommending, headed by what may be the most important of them, The NATURAL WAY TO DRAW.  A good many more resources including articles, 3D models, anatomy plates and art education material may be found at  I highly recommend exploring the site-map. Note that I am updating the lists with new books and materials all the time, so check back periodically.  
Kimon Nicholaides THE NATURAL WAY to DRAW (2 parts)
Five Books by Andrew Loomis:


1) Croquis Cafe -…

2) Draw This -…

3) New Masters Academy…


5) Quickposes

6) Figurosity

7) Line of Action


1) Comic Art Fans , online public domain comics at Comic Book Plus and Pappy's Golden Age Blogzine Diversions of the Groovy Kind…

2) John Kricfalusi's Handbook: lessons for layout and background artists:

3) Storytelling, Concept Art and Illustration Podcasts at


Learn Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio5

Gareth David, A Complete Beginners Guide to PS… See also his free online courses for Adobe Illustrator and In-Design

Aaron Blaise Intro to Photoshop

PhotoShop Brushes and Plug-ins

Color Acuity Test

Color Acuity Self-test…

Color Theory-Additive and Subtractive Models…

Color Theory Slide Show and Self-test…


PERFORMANCE PROFILE, CRITIQUE, LESSON PLAN, SKILL-TRAINING PROGRAM - all levels - by private consultation . . . er . . . maybe. But first you must pass THREE tests! Haha!


What I would point out is that it is all rhythm. Joe used barely more than the wrinkles, folds and creases in clothing to insinuate the...

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Purple Haze by Sol-Caninus Hamstrings by Sol-Caninus Ham-layers copy by Sol-Caninus Rear-Leg-Anatomy by Sol-Caninus Inside Leg Anatomy by Sol-Caninus

Above:  Photo of hematoma resulting from muscle tear (semimembranosus) and various studies of leg anatomy  *   

"Hammy, How I Love Ya, How I Love Ya, My Dear Old Hammy!"
Back around the eleventh of July when I succeeded in bicycling to the top of Glacier hill via the steeper side, I began conjecturing that I had recovered a member of the hamstring group.  Like the quadricep and gluteal groups, these are comprised of power muscles.  Compared to the long, slender muscles like the gracilis and sartorius, which function to stabilize movement, these guys are short and bulky to provide power for movement. So, when I started feeling a swell in my thighs and a thrust to the pedal stroke, I concluded that at least one of the hamstrings I'd lost had come back to life.  But which one?

Viewing the left leg in profile showed little change from before.  The back of the thigh fell in a straight line from the hip with the flab flaring at the knee. Looks a little like a baggy elephant foot.  In a healthy leg there would be a convex curve peaking at the middle of the thigh and tapering to the knee, this made by the bulge of the semitendinosus and biceps femoris; so rule out those two muscles.  That would leave the semimembranosus, which I've previously called a peek-a-boo muscle as it lies close to the femur partially obscured by the other members of the hamstring group.  To see it fully, the overlaying muscles have to be cut away.

To see if my guess was right, I flexed my leg and pressed my fingers into the back of my thigh.  Sure enough, they went in only so far through a layer of flab, stopping well before reaching the bone.  What stopped them?  That would have to be the semimembranosus, flexed and hard. 

Two years and three months after the nerves subserving the hams were knocked out, some communication has been reestablished and at least one member of that muscle group is responding.  I confirmed this beyond a doubt with an Ultrasound exam, Friday.

Yeah, about that.  It seems I tore that muscle my first day in Judo practice, two thursdays ago.  Unfortunately, I don't get feedback for pain in that part of the leg, so I didn't know anything was wrong.  I continued my routine of hill climbing and Judo, and started working out on the Marcy home gym.  At one point I even took a spill on the bike avoiding a dog, which likely contributed to the injury.  It wasn't until after that that I saw the massive hematoma on the inside and back of my leg.  I thought it was from the bicycle seat hitting me. But, I found out differently this past Friday when I decided to have it checked at the ER.  Good thing I did that, or I'd have undone all that hard work.

As it stands, I'm on forced rest for ten days, or so, alternating ice and heat.  No cycling or Judo.  Bad news is I tore a hamstring muscle; good news is I have one to tear!  I'm also aware now that I don't feel pain in that part of the body, so I'm better prepared to respond to potential injury with an abundance of caution by checking things out medically, rather than shrugging them off.

Love my hammy. 

Miscellaneous:  While I was in the ER, Friday, they hooked me up to a machine that monitored my vitals.  After a time I looked at the monitor and checked out the readings.  It showed a resting heart rate in the 40s!  Of course, the second I saw it my heart rate jumped into the 50s. LOL.  Have to say that the machine is far more accurate and consistent than the staff.   

A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute.

Good diastolic BP in the 60s, but the systolic was ridiculously high and took some time to come down. I think that's because they take it at the same time they ask you recount (and so, relive) the trauma that brought you to the ER.  So, of course you're BP spikes. 

Adults aged 60 or older . . . 150/90, which sets a higher bar for treatment than the current guideline of 140/90, according to the report, published online Dec. 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association   


*  Some time ago when I was attending Saturday classes at the Kubert School I had a conversation with an instructor who said, "You never learn so much about anatomy, until you get an injury."  I did these little studies long before the injury, but now I see how much more precise I could have been.  


HILLCREST TALLEY (temporarily suspended due to injury)  

16 August -  Back to bicycle riding today, no hills.  Well, no big ones.  Then, PT this afternoon - ultrasound, electrical stimulation and whatever exercises they suggest. A week or so of that, then, quickly move back to where I left off.


Patrick (Sundog) Sharp
Artist | Varied
United States
In 1969, at age fifteen, while still recovering from the last in a series of operations on my leg for post-polio effects, I got my mother to drive me to CHARLTON Publishing Co. in Derby, Connecticut. There I showed my portfolio to the late George Wildman who offered me an entry-level position. The perks: learn from the best ("on your own time").

This was near the end of Charlton's hay days. They had Giordano, Ditko, Boyette and a bunch of other great guys (like Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez). But my mother said, "No!" (About 35 years later when I asked her why she wasted everyone's time bringing me to the interview if she had no intention of letting me work, she said, "I never imagined anyone would take you seriously." )

After that I got into wrestling and martial arts, motorcycles and girls, continued my education through graduate school, then started work in a "serious" profession. Nevertheless; in the mid 80s, I took a half-time position so I could write fiction and do a full time stint at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fleischer Art Memorial. But, when push came to shove, I returned full time to Human Service and Psychology.

Some years back, I wiped the slate clean and decided to start over - to pick up where I'd left off as a teenager - to do graphic novels, or bust. That's where I am, now - BUSTED. . . BIG TIME! Nowhere to go from here, except up! ;) :icontailwagplz: :thumbsup:

Current Residence: Mt. Effort, (What an appropriate name!) Pennsylvania
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Loose, so, large
Favourite style of art: Scientific Illustration, Comic Book Illo, Genre Fiction Writing, Technical Writing
Personal Quote: 'From my weakness I drew strength that never left me.' - paraphrased from Borges


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akarudsan Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the +watcher to you too by the way ;)
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner May 10, 2018   General Artist
:) Any time.  You impressed me.  
KaliberZ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Won't you mind if I send you a Note if I ever got an art/artist related question?
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   General Artist
Feel free to do so any time
KaliberZ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
allright :v
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