Tag Robots

Press, Press and Hold

Panasonic SG-123 record player and electronic keyboard

And deftly.

(Pictured: A Panasonic DO-RE-MI SG-123 miniorgan and record player. I’d love to know who designed this device — the layout of the interface, the use of type and icons, and the choice of material are all remarkable. )

It Goes Something Like This

It Goes Something Like This

I’m Going To Make You Shake

I'm Going To Make You Shake

I'm Going To Make You Shake II

I'm Going To Make You Shake III

It is a bit difficult to shoot stroboscopic photographs against a light background due to the compounding of exposures in-camera. You have to underexpose quite a bit to get results worth keeping.

(Special thanks to Kate & Sam for the amazing dancing robots!)

War Surplus

Abandoned Demilitarized Zoid

Same setup as before — save for some modifications to the model, set, and gels.

The Ice Blazer

Ice Blazer Zoid

Wolves reside in many different places. Some live in forests. Some live in zoos. Still others linger upon ruined worlds orbiting distant, dying stars.

You guessed it: this is yet another exploration of Strobist techniques. I’ve uploaded a picture to help explain the setup. A gobo’d flash at camera left spills light through a red gel and across a mat board background. Overhead, a gridded flash (the key light) fires through a CTO gel down onto the scene while another flash at camera right fires through a purple gel and folded snoot to further define the edges of the model. To give the illusion of soil, I sprinkled railroad modeling turf over parts of the scene. The background scenery is constructed of mat board scraps and discarded 35mm film canisters.

Update: After reviewing the original for a time, I decided to reshoot the picture. In this revision, I’ve strengthened the key light and reduced the power of the light on camera right. This eliminates the shadow stretching away from the latter light and better defines the detail across the top of the Zoid.

A Treasury of Amusements


What a great story so far! Consider all the new possibilities!

A Simple Question


“As he turned to flee, the whistling of valves emitted by the floating machine broke to a melody of long bass notes…”

After exploring Google AdWords more extensively in the last few weeks, I’ve realized that you have to be quite careful about choosing keywords which match the content of the website being advertised.

In my first advertising experiments, I tried to generate interest in viewers by employing curious phrases (nothing ever as brilliant as platypus dirigible, though!). These first ads attracted clicks, but since the visitors weren’t looking for Castle Mountain or Lighthouse + Airship when they googled for information about cat health, none of them came back after the initial visit.

In retrospect, that is an obvious outcome. However, my focus at the time was to entice anyone to visit the website, rather than enticing people who love daily sketches of cats and adventure to visit the website. Recent efforts were more finely tuned, but writing copy and choosing keywords that reach just the right people is a difficult, subtle thing — an art in its own right and one that demands a lot of attention.

I wonder who usually handles such things for artists? Art promoters? Artist’s agents? There must be someone out there.

A Closer Inspection


“The light was blinding. There was a great whistle and chatter — as though a hundred steam engines were running fast and close — and the floor seemed to tremble beneath his feet.”

Update: It just struck me that today’s dramatic sketch unintentionally mirrors religious imagery depicting a divine being’s interaction with — or focus on — earth-bound mortals. (In the west, at least, there’s a near-reflexive tendency to read the top of a vertically-oriented image as “up” or “sky” and the bottom as “down” or “ground” — I imagine the same holds true wherever gravity is practiced).

(It’s not an entirely inappropriate association in this case. If you’re a child obsessed with engineering and machinery and you encounter an ancient entity exhibiting some sign of these practices, how else would a first encounter appear?)

Stupid Robots!

I think this kid goes by the name “Duck”. He likes to work on archaic mechanical things… like power cores, mercuric condenser circuits, and tech-chipper artifacts from the age of the Orange King.

Calliope’s Book

Calliope’s Book is a story about a little white cat who lives in a forested world of rusting mechanical chipmunks and shining metal wings.

This illustration is now available in my deviantArt store.