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So, I've been light on the art side lately.

This is not a problem really.

I've finished my associates degree in applied science and will get my Precision Machine CNC Technology degree soon followed by a number of Mechanical Design and Drafting certificates.  This after putting AutoCAD use to the side for over 15 years while I served in the military and did odd jobs until returning to school in 2013.

I am also employed part time as a draftsman who gets to dabble in design work once in a while.  

Not bad, but busy.

So, I shall finish up some projects, and when time allows, let everyone know what I've been up to when I can catch up.  That might be a while.
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I'm terrible with Journals.  My poor junior high and high school english teachers will tell you...

Sadly, on the 20th of FEB, I lost a dear friend of mine in Alaska.  Bob Piser lost his long battle with cancer fighting until the end.  His son reported that he passed away peacefully and surrounded by family.

Bob was one of the few people I never had to explain too much to.  He was a fellow Knight of Columbus, and he was a pioneer USAF TACP.  Rarely do I meet an old ROMAD.  Bob was one, and he was there at the beginning of the career field, and not really by his decision.  I was fortunate that I volunteered to do the job when I was at Basic Training.  Bob enlisted into the Air Force as a Radio Maintenance technician in the early 1970's, Bob got assigned the ROMAD duty in the mid 1970's.  Back then ROMAD was an additional, special duty, assignment.  When TACP became a career field in 1977, Bob stayed.  

Bob served at Shaw AFB with the ASOC (Air Support Operations Center) in its early stages, and then moved on to Ft. Riley Kansas and finally Ft. Wainwright Alaska.  He retired right after Operation Desert Storm, as the Air Force anticipated 90% TACP casualties during Desert Storm, they did not allow him to retire like he had planned on in August 1990.  He remained in the Fairbanks area and worked for the Commisary on Eielson AFB up until just a few years ago when the battle with cancer became full time.

Vivat Jesus, and Blue Skies Brother! 
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My longtime friend and supporter who got me SERIOUSLY into doing REAL hard core comic book type work Clayton Murwin cmerwin6.deviantart.com/ :iconcmerwin6: is working to Kickstart a project about the Korean War!

Korea is oftentimes referred to as "The Forgotten War", the shooting war was from 1950-1953 and resulted in the first US "police" action as part of a UN multinational force, the current divided Korea; and the longest ceasefire in modern warfare.  This comic covers the shooting war and honors the vanishing generation of men and woman who answered America's first post WWII conflict in the Cold War.

Here is my heartfelt request you consider donating whatever you feel you are able for this cause!  



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So, for my Arts 1020 2D Design class I have a creative process report to do.  First artist I had to do was pretty much picked for me.  However, I got to pick the second artist.  

I picked John Stanko (if you play Magic the Gathering, you'll find his work in your deck most likely...  Check out his work: stankoillustration.com/ ).  I found that he taught at University of Nebraska Kearny (where he received his Bachelors in Illustration as a student) and asked my teacher if I could this report on him.  I was granted permission under the condition I could catch up to him via phone or email to interview him.  

I just got off the phone about an hour ago, and finished my first draft of my report.

Needless to say I'm happy.  Very happy.  Jumping with joy doing the victory dance happy!
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...I began my forging into a warrior.

I graduated Basic Training at Lackland AFB and began my movement to the forge where I was formed into one of the deadliest human weapon systems on the battlefield.  A USAF TACP ROMAD.

"The Strong Shall Stand and the Weak Will Fall by the Wayside"

Now, I am a student of another sort picking up where I left off 13 years ago with a higher education using my mind for the betterment of society through building stuff.
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...Geronimo 6 EKIA 02MAY11.



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So, I am finally getting to use my Post 9/11 GI Bill!  

Currently I am attending a local community college and studying Mechanical Design and Drafting and plan on picking up AutoCAD again.  Its been over 13 years since I last touched the program (yes, that would be AutoCAD 2000...), so this should be interesting.  My first quarter is full of perquisites for the Associates I'm pursuing, and a prerequisite for the prerequisite math.  Yeah, I haven't touched Algebra in 13 years either...  Good thing is its the last class I have EVERY school day, which translates into something I do about every day.  Already I'm finding it more useful approaching it in college than in high school.  No surprises there.

I'm also taking a Design class as my Humanities requirement.  This hopefully will be among the more helpful and practical courses I'm taking (along with the Information Systems Literacy, which focuses on Windows 7 and MS Office...).  Of all my art skills, my Design skills are the lowest.  Time to change that!
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Well, not 'completely' different.  Just a change of pace now that I have a work bench.  My works in progress are photographed and will be proudly displayed once my iMac communicates with Nikkon...

A change of scale, and a change of materials.  25-32mm miniatures made out of "green stuff" epoxy until I can get a better material once again (think Aves Apoxie Sculpt or Magic Sculpt if they still exist, got to love the 5 lbs buckets of that stuff...).  Right now I've got six dollies built up sitting on corks waiting for more work.  My miniature sensi is none other than DA's own :iconstripwalker: who published his tutorial at Matakishi's Teahouse www.matakishi.com/bmblesson1.h… Basically I'm just following along with his lessons posted there.  Now if I'd had more time for my trip from AK to NE I'd have stopped by his hometown in Canada and bought him a beer and picked his brain some more for some sculpting and casting tips...  But alas, such wasn't possible with the time and distance.  

As is obvious, my family has settled down into a nice little rental house here in Omaha and I've got a work bench made from two saw horses and a pice of 3/4" MDF board that is about 3' by 5' wide next to my computer.  Obviously I use the workbench form my sculpting and execute my digital art right next door.  Not too bad of a setup!

Not sure where these figures are going, but I know some will become little epoxie spacemen...  After all I'm just starting out and not expecting much from myself at this point.  Anyway, make sure to check out Makakishi's Teahouse as its full of great gaming material, especially Jason Miller's tutorial...
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Current SITREP:

New house!  Renting a house now.  That means land line Internet without a data cap.  Yippiee!  More art and more contact from me!

Also means more space to do art.  Still getting boxes out of the family acreage corn shed...  My sculpting supplies are all up there.  Can't wait to get a flat surface and slap some clay around again!
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After a seven day journey, I made it to Nebraska.  Left last week on Wednesday (05SEP12) and arrived here Tuesday (11SEP12).  Canada took three whole days, and so much out of me by the time I arrived in Seattle I had to take an entire day to relax along with my poor Husky who hardly ate a bite those three days.  Fortunately she didn't get car sick at all, and only had one accident the day we left.  In Seattle she ate a bowl of food and started to perk up again!  

I'm settled in the Omaha area now.  Sorta.  Going to be getting a place of our own soon hopefully, such is the logistics of a cross continent journey!  We didn't get our house in Alaska sold however, so we'll be Landlords and renting it out and hopefully both the Tenants and the Property Manager we are hiring are good folks and take care of it (and perhaps the Tenants will buy it and take it off our hands forever...).  

Time to get a job though!  Lots of bills to pay with the end of the trip!
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Almost outta here...  

...Can't say I'm terribly excited about leaving Alaska.  However, I'm more than excited about getting to be reunited with my family!
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...and no regrets about joining the Air Force and starting my Basic this day 12 years ago.

Started out getting a job in crypto maintenance....  Made my plans, laid out a good career path that included a job after my enlistment.

Remember, you make God laugh by making plans.

Things didn't work out.  A tech school was being re-written and the job wasn't there.

However, something else caught my eye and fulfilled my idea of what military service was all about.  

airman.dodlive.mil/2012/08/out…

"The Strong Shall Stand and the Weak Will Fall by the Wayside."
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I'm declaring this my "Game Art Month" personally.  A piece I submitted to Irregular Magazine in FEB for the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Irregular Magazine was just recently published (see gallery for details).  Already, I've learned a lot from the experience...  A lot!  It was done using the GIMP and using a comic book drawing work flow from "The DC Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics" by Freddie Williams II.  I'm thankful GIMP 2.8.0 has come out with the ability to group layers into folders since that time as well...  Lots of layers!  Imagine panels each having at least three layers...  YIKES!  Then colors...

Well, second reason I'm calling this my Game Art month is the Ogre/GEV art contest!  forums.sjgames.com/showthread.… have until Monday 11JUN12 5 PM (1700) Texas time to get an entry dealing with "The Last War" in which the game takes place!  Check the link for more details!  Its pretty simple requirements...  .jpg in CYMK format expect it to be cropped (no dpi required, but I do believe 300 dpi would be good resolution to stick with as its print quality right?).  I submitted my work, and hope I make it!  Then I can justify the expense to the wife, and help my Dad justify the expense to my Mom...  Ogre 6th Edition is going to be GREAT!  The Kickstarter page EXCEEDED the minimums to the point that Steve Jackson was shocked.  He originally was gun shy over the cost to print and cost to the consumer, but with the Kickstarter...  Interest bloomed, was shown, and people opened their checkbooks (sadly I couldn't afford to).  So, I do artwork for the glory of Ogre and the hope to be a part of the games history!  I grew up playing, and loving Ogre/GEV.  It led me to reading about Bolo's...
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I'm getting old.

I turn 30 tomorrow at 0400 MST.  Maybe I should call my Mom right at that moment...  I've done it in the past!

Nah, she'll be happier if she gets to sleep.  Lucky me, I was the easy kid and she didn't spend too much time in labor (if I recall the doctor barely had his gloves on, according to my Dad who was ready to catch me...).  Number 3 tends to be like that, my youngest son was the only birth I missed because I didn't get to the hospital in time!  Like father like son...

So, at 30 I'm going to be leaving the beautiful, Great State of Alaska and heading to the Midwest.  Hopefully this summer with enough time to spare to sign up for college to use my GI Bill (the wonderful GWOT GI Bill!).  Not sure what I'll be studying yet...  Once I settle in and understand the job market I'll likely make a better informed decision (anyone who has yet to go to college needs to consider THE JOB MARKET before the degree...  Trust me on this...  Sorry, but an BFA in Studio Art doesn't get you a job all the time in many, many, many places...  Unless you are prepared to move...).  So, while I'd love to study art, and will certainly take drawing and other art courses as I'm able, its unlikely going to be my 'major'.  However, I've been having a blast working with my local Volunteer Fire Department, I've done work for the State of Alaska (volunteer wise) in Disaster Preparedness through my State Defense Force, and even spent a little time getting paid for security work on a temporary basis during a forest fire locally; so I might look into an Emergency Management course.  My FEMA certificates already count toward that, might as well finish the pain.  After all, I love art...  Why not continue to do it more for love than to put food on the table.  Besides, I'm sure there is a need for good State level EM personnel, and even private sector (my preferred course of action really).  Thats what happens when you spend too much time as a Public Servant, and I mean SERVANT.
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Its going to be a great show tomorrow!  YouServed will have special guest Doug TenNapel creator of Earthworm Jim, Nickelodeon's Catscratch, and most recently the graphic novel Ratfist!  Doug has created a unique Earthworm Jim Pinup he is auctioning off at the Dallas Comic-Con with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project (tennapel.tumblr.com/post/20033…)!   

YouServed Blogtalk Radio: www.blogtalkradio.com/youserve…
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So, I have some cool stuff to report.  First off, through a Facebook connection, I managed to get one last commission for my artwork while I'm in Alaska, check out my Favorites under the Sutherland's Ink folder to see what it is (or alternately check out my business DA Gallery on :iconsutherlandsink: ).  Anyway, its t-shirt graphics for Baen Science Fiction Author, and candidate for World Dictator (www.madmikein2012.com/ shameless plug, I'm going to try to convince him to create a cabinet position for me; what yet I don't know...  yet....), "Mad Mike" Z. Williamson!
www.sharppointythings.com/tshi… t-shirt is the one with the Saiga 12 on it, and if you don't know what that is, its the one thats says "Guns don't kill people, fathers of teenage daughters do!".  Brought back fond memories of helping my Dad interrogate...eh..err....  welcome each of :iconhiland-rose: 's new boy friends (we even scared one or two off without having to resort to the real violence!).  

I've also switched all my comic creation workflow to digital.  Not only digital, but away from the GIMP (which is my favorite RASTR editor for pictures and digital painting still...), and Corel Painter X, and anything else into Manga Studio 4 Debut.  It was the best $20 I spent on a piece of software.  I love it, from the ground up its all about making comics of any form!  I just love the ability to lay out and work on multiple pages without skipping around windows.  All print margins are taken care of, and dialogue balloons are a snap.  Panels on a page?  A cinch...  Layer management?  Already taken care of in a manner that makes perfect sense for creating comics.

As you know from last entry, I've started doing some comics on a probationary basis for the crew of YouServed!  Next cartoon is out on the 4th of April!  Keep an eye on the blog: www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/… has been a big supporter of "Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan" as well as being one of the top MilBlogs, and podcasts for the last few years!  

Even better on 17 April at 9 PM eastern at the Blogtalk Radio show for YouServed www.blogtalkradio.com/youserve… we tentatively have a very special guest I helped arrange, and that is Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim, graphic novelist with 12 graphic novels to date (and always one in the works...), and all around creative genius (just check out all of his work at tennapel.com/works.html).  Why is he our special guest (as a long time listener, and current guest blogger/webcomic cartoonist I can say 'our'...  A dream come true for sure...  no matter how temporary it might be [or might not be...])?  Glad you asked, Doug has a fantastic pin-up tennapel.tumblr.com/post/20033… of his most well known creation, Earthworm Jim, that is going on auction at the Dallas Comic-Con in May; not only is it going on auction, but the proceeds will be going to support the Wounded Warrior Project!  Doug agreed to call in and talk about this project with the hosts C.J., Troy, and Marcus!  So, all my watchers, I'd love if you'd tune in with me (show starts at 4 PM Alaska Standard Time for all the local folks...).

A lot has happened!  All while my house has been being packed up and readied for sale and a big move is in the works...  Amazing how that happens...

Sudsy

Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan:

On "Eternal Overwatch": :iconbobbykro:

:iconcmerwin6:  :iconvictoroil: :iconmichaelwkellarinks: :iconarcticninja77:  :iconpeterpalmiotti:

Family:
:iconfaerysong: :iconhiland-rose:

Buddies of mine are as follows in no particular order:

Friends,
Alaskans:
:iconwrayvynn: :iconr0tti: :iconsalakin: :iconakpas: :iconalaskanpoison: :icondocbishop: :iconmarronex: :iconnorthernbent:

Airmen:
:iconflukiew: :iconflyboy008: :iconforest-wanderer: :iconuniesque:

Soldiers:
:iconroguescout449: :iconvelox-mortis:
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Starting yesterday, the Blog YouServed sponsored by VA Mortgage Center gracious allowed me to join the team and post some cartoons:

www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/…

www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/…

I won't lie, I'm pretty darn proud of this.  My audience has jumped in size...  The dream of print is still a bit off, but has been realized a bit with the Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan Volume 1 with on cartoon!  Now, we'll see about some more!

Thank you to all my watchers here on DA, and especially the Untold Stories... crew!

Sudsy

Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan:

On "Eternal Overwatch": :iconbobbykro:

:iconcmerwin6:  :iconvictoroil: :iconmichaelwkellarinks: :iconarcticninja77:  :iconpeterpalmiotti:

Family:
:iconfaerysong: :iconhiland-rose:

Buddies of mine are as follows in no particular order:

Friends,
Alaskans:
:iconwrayvynn: :iconr0tti: :iconsalakin: :iconakpas: :iconalaskanpoison: :icondocbishop: :iconmarronex: :iconnorthernbent:

Airmen:
:iconflukiew: :iconflyboy008: :iconforest-wanderer: :iconuniesque:

Soldiers:
:iconroguescout449: :iconvelox-mortis:
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I applied as the Founder and am starting a traditional aviation art group.

Why?  Because while I belong to a great digital art group focused on aviation, I've got loads of traditional stuff laying around that I don't intend (and never intended) to turn digital beyond scanning.  So, I'll make a good affiliate.  with about a page worth of groups for the photos and aviators (rated and license pilots), I figure someone has to open the traditional media group.  So, it looks like its me right now.

Sudsy

Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan:
:iconcmerwin6:  :iconvictoroil: :iconmichaelwkellarinks: :iconarcticninja77: :iconbobbykro: :iconpeterpalmiotti:

Family:
:iconfaerysong: :iconhiland-rose:

Buddies of mine are as follows in no particular order:

Friends,
Alaskans:
:iconwrayvynn: :iconr0tti: :iconsalakin: :iconakpas: :iconalaskanpoison: :icondocbishop: :iconmarronex: :iconnorthernbent:

Airmen:
:iconflukiew: :iconflyboy008: :iconforest-wanderer: :iconuniesque:

Soldiers:
:iconroguescout449: :iconvelox-mortis:
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0005 EST 03JAN2012 Howard Sutherland, my grandfather passed away.  My father was able to speak with him, and he left this world in peace.  Keep my father and his sisters in your thoughts and prayers.

This day, two years ago, we lost a brother ROMAD and JTAC SrA Bradley Smith.
Please keep his Widow and daughter in your prayers.

Sudsy

Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan:
:iconcmerwin6:  :iconvictoroil: :iconmichaelwkellarinks: :iconarcticninja77: :iconbobbykro: :iconpeterpalmiotti:

Family:
:iconfaerysong: :iconhiland-rose:

Buddies of mine are as follows in no particular order:

Friends,
Alaskans:
:iconwrayvynn: :iconr0tti: :iconsalakin: :iconakpas: :iconalaskanpoison: :icondocbishop: :iconmarronex: :iconnorthernbent:

Airmen:
:iconflukiew: :iconflyboy008: :iconforest-wanderer: :iconuniesque:

Soldiers:
:iconroguescout449: :iconjrue1987: :iconvelox-mortis:
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Well, I'm changing Simple Analysis again.  This will be 4.0 folks!  Those who have been here following me since I signed up (or close to it) have seen how horrible everything started off with.  Content won't improve I'm afraid, my opinions about politics are as strong as ever...  However the format will jump ahead to fully embrace my digital tools and the 21st Century techniques.  

The most radical element that will change will be my baseline format, which is my page layout, is going to be an all digital template fully utilizing the capabilities of both Painter X and the GIMP depending on which program I use to put it all together.  It'll still be done on US Letter size paper, but all digitally.  US Letter is just how I set the page up.  I'm mainly setting up guides, drawing borders, and all the grunt work is being done digitally instead of with a ruler every time I go to cartoon.  I'm liable to draw digital from the ground up as well...  I'm pretty confident with my trusty Wacom anyway.

While I've held off for years, my wife and I are now at a point where we can start setting a little bit of money each month off to the side to save up for Photoshop.  Once I obtain that professional level tool, I'll be set.  However, thats a serious long term tool (don't tell me to acquire a bootleg or I'll rip your throat out...  Ironic how artist are all defensive of they're intellectual property, yet have no problem ripping off Adobe's).

That, and with my family moving in progress, traditional materials are getting scarce as well as work space.  I've already sold my drafting board...

Sudsy

Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan:
:iconcmerwin6:  :iconvictoroil: :iconmichaelwkellarinks: :iconarcticninja77: :iconbobbykro: :iconpeterpalmiotti:

Family:
:iconfaerysong: :iconhiland-rose:

Buddies of mine are as follows in no particular order:

Friends,
Alaskans:
:iconwrayvynn: :iconr0tti: :iconsalakin: :iconakpas:

Airmen:
:iconflukiew: :iconflyboy008: :iconforest-wanderer: :iconuniesque:

Soldiers:
:iconroguescout449: :iconjrue1987: :iconvelox-mortis:
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