The Long and Painful Birth of Dean Kane Dean Christian Christian Kane Fan Art Part 1

(This was originally published on Facebook, but since someone decided to delete her FB account, I’m also publishing it here.)

Christian Kane Drawing
(Title: Sketchbook Dump #13 (or, Unfinished Sketch of Christian Kane as a Shirtless Avenging Angel). Sorry for the watermark, but you know how TehInternetz can be. Also, sorry for the crappy scan.)

Now for the explanation…

I’m not big on doing fan art that doesn’t involve fictional anime characters. The last one I did was of Aaliyah when she was still alive, if that says anything.

But, one morning at God-Isn’t-Even-Awake-Yet o’clock my phone rings. It’s my friend J, but let’s call her Bucket o’ Crazy (BoC for short), who says, “You have to check your email right now!!!!1!! *squee*”

Me: (still half asleep) What’s email?
BoC: NOW!

Thinking that the world is on fire, I reluctantly check my email to find a crapload of pictures.

Me: You woke me up at this unholy hour to look at pics of some random guy?!?
BoC: It’s not some random guy, it’s Christian Kane and I need you to draw him.
Me: The glue you’ve been sniffing must have gone bad.
BoC: With wings.

*longpause*

At this point I should have known better. I should have rolled over, gone back to sleep, and left it alone. But damn my curious nature.

Me: Why with wings?
BoC: Because he kind of looks like an avenging angel, doesn’t he?

*anotherpause* As I stare blankly at the computer screen.

Me: Er…um…since when do avenging angels wear Stetsons?

*yetanotherlongpause*

BoC: And he has to be shirtless.
Me: He has to be…oh sweet baby jeebus and all that is good and sane, WHY?!?
BoC: Because he’s so pretty.

(Here, my darlings, is where I do you a kindness and remove the portion of the conversation that centered on his hair for 10 minutes.)

Me: o_0 … if I agree to do this will you hang up and let me go back to sleep?
BoC: I know what you’re trying to do and it’s not going to work.

Knowing that arguing would be no use, I set the phone down, went to make myself a pop tart and poured some juice. When I returned, bless her sweet little heart, she was still going on about hunting me down or kidnapping my first born or some such nonsense.

Me: If you stop, I’ll draw your damn picture of Dean Kane, shirtless with wings.
BoC: CHRISTIAN!
Me: Sorry, Dean Christian.
BoC: You and I are no longer friends.
Me: Seriously? Does that mean I don’t have to draw the picture?
BoC: No.
Me: But you said we weren’t friends. Hehe.
BoC: STFU and draw!

Yeah, I’m also wondering why the hell I’m still friends with her too. ;)

And J, before you beg me to finish it, I don’t like how it’s turning out, so for now it’ll just be a stub. Maybe, in the future, if I feel so inclined, I may start over and do an illustration that I’ll ink/color in Painter…maybe.

Lazy Days and Random Shizzle

It’s Sunday. And it’s a miracle I can even function. Seriously, I used to lounge away the entire day listening to music or watching movies. It was like my body physically precluded me from doing anything productive. Today seems to be no different, except that I’m in the upright position and haven’t turned on my iPod or DVD player all day. So what have I been doing?

  • Reading. Oddly, I woke up with a desire to read a book that I received a few days ago from Amazon. It’s leisurely, but in the quietness lurks something that seems sinister…in a twisted way. That made no sense now that I’ve re-read it, but meh. It’s called Broken by Karin Fossum BTW.
  • Writing. Before I went to bed last night, there was the beginning of a story scratching at the inside of my head and it refused to let me sleep until I took up a pad of paper and wrote it down. It’s about a girl who wakes up from death. Morbid, I know. But interesting. Today more of the story is coming to me. What’s stressful, though, is that I still have three other stories which need finishing.
  • Drawing. Well, I haven’t technically drawn anything yet today, but oh goodness my hands are quivering to. I have the picture in my head and it wants to get out so badly. I must make some time to do that. (I will only share that it’s along the lines of my taste in reading. Darkly quirky.)
  • Laundry. What were Sundays made for if not laundry? ‘Nuff said.

And I did mention there would be random shizzle, didn’t I?

  • I spoke with an ex-boyfriend who I hadn’t spoken to in nearly six years. That was…um…there is no word for what that was. It made my brain go numb for a little while afterward. There was so much to catch up on and not all of it good. I think my brain is still a little numb from it.
  • CSS Goddess is now set up on its own hosting account and I’ve installed WordPress 3.0 and I’ll be setting it up with BuddyPress and developing a custom theme in the weeks to come. Complete truth be told, I’ve been a bit lazy with the development, but I’ll course correct come this week.
  • Torchwood totally rocks. OK, I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for some years…since before I quit T.V. and I was elated when I saw that Netflix had it in stock, so when they recommended I watch Torchwood because I liked DW, I decided why the hell not? Turns out the spin-off is pretty cool, and a lot more homoerotic than I expected.

I think that’s about it for today. Now I must go draw something.

Working on Websites

I’m feeling rather inspired this week. I actually just finished printing off an updated list of my domains. (I’m so proud of myself for paring it down as much as I have, but I still have about 30 sites I need to let lapse or sell.) And looking at that list, I’ve decided which sites I will be focusing my time and energy on developing.

First up? CSS Goddess. Yes, the site that has been languishing in my account for nearly six years. I never knew exactly what I wanted to do with it–I had some foreign idea floating around, but nothing clear–but last night before I went to sleep, I began plotting all the things I’d like to do with it.

Foremost I want it to be a design gallery showcasing some of the most beautiful web designs to ever pop out of a woman’s head. But I want it to be more than that, too. I want it to be a community. I want it to be a place for education. And I want it to be open to all. Sure there are other sites out there that do this already, but many of those sites have…what’s the word?…hostile participants. This site I want to feel welcoming.

Gah, I’m getting ahead of myself. Now I just need to focus on drafting up a proper plan and mapping out the necessary action steps to get the ball rolling.

An Entire Year

I can’t believe I haven’t updated this site in over a year. *sigh*

Oh well.

A lot has happened and I can’t believe how much life can change in that time. This got me reading through the archives (feeling all nostalgic and whatnot) and I’ve realized how out of date this site actually is.

I need to create a new design. For now, I’m switching back to the very first design I ever put up. Hooray for nostalgia! :)

My photos are woefully incomplete…I didn’t even finish posting up the Australia/Fiji pics from four years ago and I don’t even have a page for the Germany/Prague/Italy or Hong Kong trips. I’ll get right on that eventually.

The about page could use a little sprucing too. Surprisingly my interests have changed quite a bit. (Interesting fun fact: I no longer watch TV and haven’t for just over a year. I still have Netflix though.)

And I have an entire category for posting of my artwork, but I’ve been posting the majority of my artwork on my FB page. I need to start moving some of that over here.

Right now, though, I’m going to eat lunch.