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An avian interlude May 25, 2017

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Some pictures from Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, the southernmost part of mainland Canada. As is probably obvious, the place is known as a hot spot for migrating birds, and this Monday, 23rd May 2017, was at the tail end of the annual Festival of Birds.

For these pictures, I tried acting like a real photographer and shot in RAW format for the first time, including post-processing. Alas, my telephoto lens simply doesn’t take pictures as sharp as my other lenses, so despite the extra work, they don’t look quite as good as other unprocessed pictures I’ve taken (which would be nearly everything I post here). It was an interesting experiment and I did learn a few things as a result, however.

And to round it all off, here’s a couple panorama pictures I took with my phone. Naturally, these, particularly the first one, are shockingly sharp and high-res, especially considering the full-size images are 30% of the original size.


An entomological interlude May 1, 2017

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Pictures taken 23 April 2017 at the butterfly conservatory in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

An autumnal interlude October 16, 2016

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Pictures taken 10 October 2016 in Huntsville, Ontario. The third image is the only one with any post-processing done to it (and I’m still not that happy with it, but I am only using my tablet’s built-in image editing).

Playtime March 29, 2016

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Up until last weekend, I hadn’t been picking up my camera much this year. Which is incredibly unfortunate, as late last year I was given an external flash and my indoor photography quality has skyrocketed as a result, though I am still learning how to use it.

However, yesterday I did an impromptu photo session and took a few (dozen) shots while my cat was feeling playful, so here are the best ones. I hope you enjoy them.


2015 art update September 3, 2015

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In short, I still haven’t done much of it. However, in my typical way, I have done a bit of dabbling, and at times perhaps I have been doing more drawing than much of the time over the past few years, even if it is just sketches. The beginning of the year, in particular, saw me picking up the sketchbook a little more frequently:

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 I have also done some character designs on my tablet:

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More recently, after having the materials for upwards of a couple years, I finally tried my hand at some proper wire wrapping:


And finally, earlier this year I upgraded to a proper DSLR camera, with which I am very pleased:


New art! March 10, 2014

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Well, hi there! Long time no write. (Of course, if you’ve been a viewer of this blog for very long, this should come as little surprise.) There is plenty that I should write about – like the fact that I never mentioned that Enduring Chaos is now on sale – but for now, I’m going to deflect attention by showing off some new art.

The latest, completed yesterday:


This one’s been a while coming, as I originally sketched it in 2010 or 2011, then updated the sketch, inked, and started colouring it last summer before finishing it over the past few days.


Terra and Sabin from the video game Final Fantasy VI. For my friend’s wedding, her mother put out squares of cloth on a table at the reception with fabric markers for guests to write messages to the newlyweds, which she then planned to sew together into a quilt. Unfortunately, I had to cancel my plans to attend the wedding last minute, but the mother of the bride shipped me a square so I could contribute to the quilt.


The Avengers, my jack-o’-lanterns for last Halloween. Original art not by me, I only converted the images to pumpkin format and carved them.

And some progress images from the cover art for Enduring Chaos:

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The complete background of the cover art, painted from a photo I took a few years ago; the characters, before effects and some fine tuning done after combining the two; and the completed front cover sans text.

Photos – June 26 July 3, 2010

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Best shots from a rainy day at the Toronto Zoo last weekend:

Photos, cont. February 7, 2010

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Also, my latest literary accomplishment.

War for the Oaks, Emma Bull – Eddi McCandry is a struggling musician in Minneapolis who gets approached by two fey creatures, who have chosen her to appear on the battlefield between the two factions of Faerie, thus imparting her mortality to those present.  Despite her objections and the danger into which she is immediately thrust, they persist, a mischievous phouka accompanying her as both bodyguard and escort as war brews.

It’s a story that’s been done, but it’s important to note that in this case, it has been done since, rather than before.  Further, this is a story that’s done very well, with good depth and concepts that are clearly steeped in actual mythology.  The characters are refreshingly real and believable, the story is gripping, and the narration has a grungy flavour that’s really catching, especially in the opening of the novel.  It’s difficult to gracefully pull off an ordinary character suddenly discovering/approached by magic that has been always present and hidden in the real world, and while this book didn’t do it perfectly, it was still very acceptable.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it.

Photos part 3 January 14, 2010

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Crawling out January 6, 2010

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Well, if any of you are regular readers, I owe you an apology.  A lack of updates for a lack of anything to update is one thing, but I’ve simply been neglecting to add content I do have to share here.  The rest will have to come later, but for now, here’s some new art:


And new photos, the beginning of a growing backlog several days long at this rate:

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If you’re a regular reader, I probably don’t need to tell you, but come back for more photos, and hopefully more other content, Friday.