A Couple Drawings

Art Life

I’ve been drawing in the evening again as a good way to wind down from the brain rigors of game development all day.  Now don’t get me wrong–I have an absolute blast making games but doing anything that intense for so long can cook you by the end of the day and I need a way to stretch out a little mentally.

I think I’ve been getting pretty cooked because most of my time these past few weeks has been spent learning all about various performance optimizations and graphical rendering methods in an effort to get Flash to run better on the iPhone via CS5 Beta.  I’ve learned a virtual truckload of information though and it will help to improve my games both in the browser on older computers and on mobile devices for sure.  This is information I’ll be sharing in a different post at a later date though.

As another way to wind down I’ve also been watching a good bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer lately as a few of my friends have been cranking through episode after episode–season after season.  I watched it back when it had originally aired but it has been fun to see it again years later.  The themes, scenes, and stories have rubbed off on my subconscious though and clearly inspired the above drawing from last night:

This drawing is from a week or two ago.  Just one of those drawings that is stream of conscious style.  You just let the pen flow and move and you try to figure out what you want to draw as you see it.  I find that is the kind of state I like to draw in when I am just trying to relax and day dream a little.

The Shack

Art Life

Here is a drawing I made of the shack I used to live in.  It was a cozy little cabin on a quiet lake that I helped to renovate in the summer of 2008.  It was only 400 square feet with no running water or bathroom.  That’s right, I had an outhouse.  In this drawing the outhouse is obscured by the shack, but it is back there have no fear!

The Shack

The beginning

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Hey there!  Welcome to the beginning.  I’m not sure if I know you but I guess since this is the internet I should probably not assume anything.  My name is Dave and this is my website.  You may also know me as HybridMind if you are coming from the Ludum Dare, Gosu, or TIGSource communities.  My primary interests are creating games, art, and music.  I am also a big fan of creative living.  I will be writing and sharing works primarily about those topics here on this website.

In the eight years I have owned this domain I have done very little with it.  In fact, that is a complete understatement.  I think until this shiny new year of 2009 rolled around it largely sat with the phrase, “Surely you are mistaken:”  It has had that phrase since 2000 when I first registered this domain.  That was long ago.  It sat so long in fact that I completely forgot why I had written that in the first place.  Anyway, it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that I have finally decided to use this website to share my adventures, creations, and thoughts with the world at large.  I feel I am prepared to gaze into the abyss.  Will it also gaze into me? *dramatic pause*