Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BAMF!

I recently drew a sketch card of Bamf!, and decided to do a larger scale drawing for a t-shirt design. For those who don't know, Bamf! is a cutesy version of Nightcrawler, from the X-Men. Bamf! first appeared in an issue of X-Men (#153?) where Kitty Pryde was telling a bed-time story to Illyana, who was still a child at that time. She told a fairy tale using variations of the X-Men as characters. It was a fun story. Bamf! resurfaced again in the 1980's Nightcrawler mini-series.



You can check out the t-shirt at: https://www.teepublic.com/show/122039-bamf



Sunday, November 30, 2014

November's end

Well, November is over, and I haven't gotten the novel I was working on anywhere near completion. I'm at 18,595 words. So much for NaNoWriMo, but I do plan to continue writing this novel. I'd like to finish it and see where it leads me. Here's a pencil drawing of some of the characters in the novel...



Of course, because I wanted to write, I wound up with a lot of photo shoots this past month. I got to work with several great models and got lots of great photos. Then of course, eBay had free listings, so I had to list on eBay. As much as I wanted to get more writing done during that time, eBay is my main source of income, and the photos are the main income... so I had to list photos and take new ones. I've also been doing some painting this past month.

November of course means Thanksgiving, and my sister-in-law and niece came into town for the holiday. It was great seeing them, and we had a wonder-full dinner.

Not sure what December has in store for me, besides a visit from a dear friend, Peter. Looking forward to getting more writing in tho, and hopefully more painting, photos, etc...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Abstract Study 11252014

Here's my latest abstract study (please forgive the watermark), done on 5x7 canvas board. I have enjoyed painting again, especially doing these expressionist studies. I have done many cards, and now a small painting. I guess I'm working my way up to a full-size canvas. I do plan to tackle other subject matters, but for now I'm doing what I enjoy.



You can purchase the original at https://www.etsy.com/listing/213142933/abstract-study-11252014-5x7-painting

Or get a t-shirt of it at: http://printallover.me/collections/korok-studios

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

novel excerpt

I've been plugging away at the novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo. Here's an excerpt:

It was called “The Totem” by the students and faculty alike. It was a massive structure made of concrete, with cars and other heavy objects embedded in it. It stood three stories tall and sat in the middle of the special powers training field. To say it was heavy is an understatement.
    Early Monday morning, on the third week of classes, a sophomore boy walked onto the field and up to the Totem. He was skinny. Scrawny really. But the students and teachers who were trickling in took notice as he approached the Totem.
    He bent down, getting a grip on the bottom of the structure. He lifted it up, with hardly any effort, and toppled the Totem over. A feat that had not yet been accomplished in the 30 years it had stood in that field.
    Kit looked up when he heard applause from the students and a shy smile made it’s way on his face. It quickly vanished when he spotted Coach Marison headed his way.
    “Christophene Smeth! What the hell do you think you’re doing?” The Coach was mad. A big man, he was clenching his fists as his face turned red. “Pick! It! Up!”
    “Sir?”
    “You heard me, Smeth! Put it back in place! Then report to the Dean’s office!” Without another word, Coach turned and stormed away.
    Christophe “Kit” Smeth turned and looked at what he had done. How was he going to put it back in place? He scratched his head and started to walk around it. Maybe if he could work his way under it, he could get it back up.
    Well, it was a plan. He couldn’t think of anything better. He spotted Shari headed his way, disapproval written all over her face. He didn’t really want to hear a lecture from his best friend about how he screwed up and needs to take this all seriously.
    With a sigh, he started to lift and work his way under. It took a lot of effort, wriggling his way under the fallen Totem, while holding it up enough to be able to do so. Finally, he got to a point where he felt he could move it back. He was squatted down, and feeling a bit squashed.
    “Need some help,” Shari asked. Out of the corner of his eye, he could see the glittering of her light field.
    “No,” he said. He started to lift up. The effort seemed greater than when he had knocked the Totem over. Kit began to sweat as he slowly began to rise. After several minutes of intense effort, he had managed to stand, holding the Totem up at an angle.
    “Let me help you,” Shari said.
    “I’ve got it,” Kit grunted. His arms felt like they were on fire! With effort, he gave a final shove and the Totem went up, and teetered back into place.
    Kit fell down to his knees, exhausted. “That… was hard.”
    “It was meant to be,” Shari replied. “I saw the spell that Coach Marison activated. You’re strong enough to juggle with that thing, but I think the spell did something to make it more difficult for you as a punishment.”
    “Then, why did you offer to help?” Kit looked at his oldest friend. She never offered to help him to get out of trouble or work off a punishment. Shari believed in “do the crime, do the time”.
    “It was a rough spell,” she replied. “Besides, I wanted to see if I could do anything against the Totem when the training spells on it aren’t set against me.” She turned and walked away. “Don’t forget that you’re due in the Dean’s office. See you in class!”

Friday, November 7, 2014

Catching Up...

I haven't written anything in a little while. Sorry about that. Don't know how many of you are out there paying attention. Feel free to comment on posts if you are!

I have signed up with NaNoWriMo and am plugging away at a novel that features one of my comic book heroes. I'm a little behind at the moment, but hopefully will get caught up. I decided to try this as a way of getting me outside my normal creative box, as well as telling stories about characters I love. I have a fundraising page for it, which you can check out at https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=370965  Even if you can only afford to give $1, the fundraising goes towards teaching young people the art of creative writing.


Old designs on new shirts! I love the Print All Over Me site, and have been uploading designs, new and old to t-shirts and other articles of clothing there. Check out the latest (design below) at: http://printallover.me/products/0000000p-in-time?social=true  And if you're a fan of Morning Glories, abstracts, or even beefcake... there's a wide variety there for you to peruse.



That's all I got for you right now. I've mostly been at my desk working eBay and writing. I do have a new photo shoot coming up, and hopefully some new art coming your way soon! Take it easy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bad Days and Julington-Durbin Preserve

This was a bad morning. I woke up early, to go to the laundromat. We're on well water, and it has a lot of rust in it. If we wash our clothes at home, they will turn orange. Yuck! So I go to the laundromat once a week. There was a homeless guy sleeping in there. Well, he wasn't bugging me, so I didn't bug him.

The morning got worse from there. I won't go into details. It didn't help that I was tired and I was stressed.

I decided I needed to get out. But where? I thought about hitting the taco truck I like, and then going to Books-A-Million. At least at BAM I was likely to see a friendly face. But, I was in bad enough a mood that I really didn't want to inflict it on anyone. My friend Drew offered to go with me, but we decided we'd go out tomorrow morning.

So, I ate lunch and headed out to Julington-Durbin Preserve. I had read about it, and wanted to check it out as a potential location for photo-shoots in the future. It was nice there. I walked a (very) little bit and took some photos. It's got a nice trail that goes in a loop. I liked it a lot. I probably should have brought my walking shoes and walked the trail. Still, it helped my mood, so I came back home and went back to work.

Here are the photos I took. For some of what I've been up to, be sure to check out http://printallover.me/collections/korok-studios









Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paintings and Novels

So, first off, I continue with my Abstract Card Studies! Here's the latest:



It's also a t-shirt! Check it out at http://printallover.me/products/0000000p-abstract-study-21?social=true  I have more there as well.

I've also signed up to write a novel in November. I did this at http://nanowrimo.org I've got my idea, which is to write about one of my super-heroes. I've got some ideas and while I think I may be crazy for doing this (I've never written a novel before), I'm looking forward to getting started!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Come Out, Come Out...



With National Coming Out Day having come and gone (11 October), it makes me think... I was never really in the closet. Even though that caused me a lot of problems during my teen-age years, I am glad I was never in the closet. I was out, in the 1980's, when it wasn't cool for a teen-ager to be out. I was treated like crap by my peers. I had very few friends. Issues with depression did not help matters for me. I attempted suicide at age 16. I didn't see any way out. I took sleeping pills, and as soon as I did, I got scared and got help. The emergency room was not pleasant, and I hated the two weeks I spent in a psyche ward. Thankfully the shrink who was treating me is a decent person - he realized that my parents couldn't afford to pay the hospital bills and he got me out. I went to treatment under him, but we never really synched right. He sent me to a psychologist who was working in his office, and I've been seeing her ever since. I still see her today, since I deal with depression without the use of anti-depressants.

I admit, I'm not a fan of gay society at large. It's like being in high school. If you aren't in the right clique, you are treated like you don't matter. I've never been "good enough" for my gay peers, in general. There are individuals who accept me as I am, and we get on just fine.

Here's the thing. We're all individuals. Just accept people as they are. You can learn a lot from people who are different from you. I appreciate all my friends from the ones who share my interests to the ones who have completely different interests. The only thing I do not tolerate from people is being told that I'm wrong for being gay. I especially hate it when people try to use the Bible as an excuse to hate me. Look at the animal kingdom - homosexuality occurs in several species. Since it occurs in nature, don't you think it's part of God's plan?

As I move through life, and my spiritual journey, I try to be as accepting and compassionate as I possibly can. I feel for those who cannot be honest with the people in their lives, or even themselves. They bring so much hurt to others, as well as themselves. It is my hope and prayer that we can all be honest with each other and accepting of one another. Learn to open your hearts and continue to grow.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trans-U tee on TeePublic

My Transformers/RuPaul mash-up design is up on TeePublic! Go check it out at https://www.teepublic.com/show/76888-trans-u?newly_uploaded=true  All tees are $14 for a limited time!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tyler by Jose Ivan Negron

Got a commission of o.c. Tyler by Jose Ivan Negron. You can check out his outstanding artwork at: http://jin-works.deviantart.com/

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Super Galaxy Femmes

Here are some "vintage" Super Galaxy Femmes web-strips, complete with my bad lettering and early computer lettering attempts. I enjoy creating these strips, and have a new one in the works!

Enjoy!






Friday, October 3, 2014

Night Orchid t-shirt on TeePublic

I've got t-shirt designs on a new site now! Tee Public!



I just uploaded Night Orchid. https://www.teepublic.com/show/72006-night-orchid Night Orchid is my take on a 1940's heroine named Black Orchid, who is now in the public domain. DC Comics has a heroine by the name of Black Orchid, so I re-named her to be Night Orchid. She often teamed up with a hero named Scarlet Avenger.

I have a couple of other designs available on Tee Public. Please check them out, and hopefully pick up one or two while you're at it! They're fun to wear, and you're helping to support an independent artist! Thanks!

https://www.teepublic.com/user/KorokStudios

Sunday, September 21, 2014

St. Augustine Alligator Farm



My sister-in-law Donna, and niece Haydon, are in town for a visit, so we decided that going down to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm on Sunday morning would be fun! It was! We were joined by Dad, my brother Wade and nephew Nathan.




We got there shortly after opening, and got to see a variety of alligators and crocodiles. Lots of birds (the toucans and vultures are my favourites. My niece and nephew fed the ducks and other waterfowl from the feed provided), primates, and other reptiles - including snakes (yuck!). The farm is well laid out and you don't feel like you're walking too much. We saw two demonstrations... the first had local Florida animals: a box turtle, a bunny, and an armadillo. The demonstration was short, but inform
ative. The second was an hour later, at one of the gator pits. The young lady giving the demonstration walked right into the pit. The gators were not disturbed. She looked like she would barely be a snack for them. She said that they were used to humans and that made it easier to work with them. It also makes them more dangerous since they have no fear of humans and associate them with food. We learned a few of the gators names. We were told that they were all taught to respond to their names, and that it made it easier to study and work with them. She gave a good talk and we learned some things about the alligators, including the dispelling of a myth or two.

http://printallover.me/products/0000000p-hungry-hungry-alligator?social=true




We were there for just over two hours, and had a great time. If you're in, or near, St. Augustine, go check out the Alligator Farm. They have plenty of shows to see.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

All Over Prints

Working on a new collection at http://printallover.me/collections/korok-studios

I only have a few items available right now, but will continue to add to the collection.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Food Truck Block Party

So, while reading the paper at lunchtime, I find out that there's going to be a Food Truck Block Party down at the Jacksonville Landing around dinner-time. I decide that it would be good to go check out. I grabbed my camera and went.



I got there around 5. It was actually earlier, but it took a while to find a parking space. >sigh< The joys of downtown. Anyway, there's a decent crowd out, and about 10 food trucks. Not so many people that you couldn't get what you wanted or find a place to sit....



I've been in the mood for Mexican for days now, so after looking over a few menus, I spotted the Jalapeno Truck! Woo hoo! I ordered! Chicken Tacos! Elotes! and Tamale! Ordering was easy and the prices fair. Getting the food was quick too.




I found a place to sit, and I went to it! The Tamale was filled with cheese and peppers. It had a little kick, but not so much as to obscure the flavor! It was wonderful! This is how I like spicy - as flavor instead of just heat. I next dug into the chicken tacos! Loved them! I could have eaten more of those! The chicken was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. With the toppings on it, it didn't need anything else. I also loved the Elotes. I've been wanting to try this for some time, having heard about it on several Food Network shows. Delicious! The corn was fresh, and dripping with the mayo and cheese, very flavorful! I loved everything I got from this food truck!






I got their card, so I am now following on Facebook. I will track them down and eat their food again! It was simply delicious! To check them out on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/JalapenoTruckJax



Now, I'm not sure how the Block Party went. They had a live dj playing tunes while I was there. I assume it picked up a bit. I'm an early bird, and since I was by myself, once I had eaten and walked around a little bit, it was time to go. I had a good time and look forward to future events. If nothing else, with food trucks becoming such a phenomenon in our culture, it's a great way to get them together so folks can go give it a try!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Arctic Arnold Palmer

It's a hot day out today! After spending my morning doing some yardwork, and then running some errands, I was thirsty! Now, I probably should have had some water, but making an Arctic Arnold Palmer sounded great! It was!

Now, the recipe is not my creation, tho I have altered it a little. It comes from a magazine called Smoothies And Frozen Favorites, published by PIL Cookbooks. Picked it up at the grocery store a couple of months ago.



I'm giving you the recipe the way I do it....

1 1/2 cups cold, brewed iced tea (can be regular or flavoured tea)
1 1/2 cups ice cubes OR frozen fruit (choose something that goes with your flavoured tea) [note, I often use less... maybe 1/2 cup]
1 cup lemon fat-free sorbet
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate.

Place ingredients in blender, pouring in tea last. Blend away! Once combined, pour into glasses and enjoy! Makes enough for two, but really.... who wants to share? ;)


Friday, August 22, 2014

New Beadwork

So, I pulled out the beads and created a new necklace, and finished off a piece.

The necklace has a deep purple and white focal bead, pewter accent beads, aqua/blue beads, flat light grey seed beads, glossy white seed beads and purple seed beads. I decided to go with a double strand to give it a little more ooomph!



The anklet is something I found. It was mostly done. All I had to do was put a closure on it. Can't remember when I made it. I love to wear anklets, so I'm glad to have a new one to wear.