Wednesday, September 25, 2013

THE SCREAMING WILHELMS #14

Here's my latest Screaming Wilhelms comic. This is actually based on my grandpa. He was taking care of a dog named Clyde. My grandpa hated and resented Clyde and was forced to be responsible for him. I don't know if it's true or not but supposedly Clyde ate my Aunt Sandy's garage.

One day my grandpa took Clyde to the vet and the conversation in this comic happened almost word for word. When Clyde came back home that day, he had no idea how recklessly his life had been teetering. My grandpa's unwillingness to part with one more dollar kept Clyde breathing another day.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nasty Sinaster

Nasty Sinaster is a villainous creep. He delights in the misery of others. He looks like the Blood Count  because they may possibly be distant relatives. Probably the main difference is his hair isn't as kempt.

It's fun to draw something after being lazy for so long. A lot of things have happened since my last posts. We moved, I got kidney stones, and gangrene in my appendix. I'm healing up pretty good now and am starting to feel better than I have in a long time. The appendix hurt pretty bad but if I had to vote I'd say the kidney stones were a little more miserable. The appendix only hurt until it was cut out. The kidney stones just kept on hurting and hurting for weeks. I didn't realize this but kidney stones have sharp points all over them and that's why they hurt so bad. The biggest one I had was slightly smaller than a B-B.

The silver lining is I lost a lot of weight! I didn't feel like eating for days on end. I'm sure the weight will come back but while it's off I'm gonna take a bunch of photos of myself doing regular everyday things. Then when I'm old and see the photos it'll look like I was normally a thin person.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

THE SCREAMING WILHELMS #13

Here's a new Screaming Wilhelms comic. This joke takes advantage of the comics medium. When I make comics I like to think of them as storyboards for an animated movie I would make someday in the future. This is one I wouldn't be able to use. In a minor way it actually bothers me.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

DREAMER


The reason for my lack of drawing posts lately is because I've been spending my time recording songs. I didn't know a good way to post it until now. This is a song I made up called Dreamer. I recorded it using the free Audacity program. I love using Audacity and can't believe it's free.


You might need to let it load for a minute before it'll play.

The drums were created first, out of single hits I downloaded off the internet. I found snare, bass drum, open and closed high-hat sounds, and a crash cymbal. After I got a 2 measure drumbeat constructed I copied it for the rest of the song. Drum rolls were made on a 2nd track.

Acoustic guitars were recorded next. I doubled them so I could separate the sound in stereo. Also the double tracks make a chorus effect.

The keyboard sound is fake. It's created with a tone generator in Audacity. It will make a steady "A" note for you. Then you can chop that up and shift the pitch to make other notes. To make a chord I created multiple tracks of that A-note, and shifted them all to different keys. I added phaser and wahwah effects to the chord to make it sound like an organ. There are tons of effects inside Audacity, and you can search the internet for many others.

Then I did the electric guitar, just a raw signal straight from the guitar, to a line into the mike jack on the computer; no amplifier. The fuzz effects were more Audacity effects.

After the electric guitar was finished I added the bass. It is effect-less other than having the bass EQ pushed up a bit.

Vocals were last, and they were doubled too. Since they were doubled I didn't add echo or reverb to them.

You can record something that sounds like an entire band with only a guitar and a microphone if you don't want to spend a lot of moola. A bass part can be played on the guitar, and then pitch-shifted down an octave. The bass EQ can be raised a little to get it to sound more bassy.




Sunday, March 24, 2013

THE SCREAMING WILHELMS #12


I've got mixed feelings about the identical compositions in every frame. Supposedly repetition is one of the principles of art. My immediate impression is to think it's boring. I wonder though, by repeating an image a bunch of times have I transformed this picture from an illustration into a piece of art? Hey! Alright!

I'm not saying this is art, but if it were pictures of soup cans repeated a bunch it could go for thousands of $$$!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

THE SCREAMING WILHELMS #11

My only excuse: I am male. It's bred into us males' brains to giggle eternally at the sound of cheeks'o'flappin. Ask any guy. If a guy tells you they aren't funny then you need to watch that guy.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE SCREAMING WILHELMS #10

This is one of those ideas that seem good and sensible at 2 or 3 in the morning, but then later in the fully awake part of the next day you wonder what you were thinking.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

BEST VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT I EVER GOT

A commercial grade popcorn machine! It can make 2 gallons of popcorn at a time! I think it's about 5 feet tall.
Watch it go!
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