Little Fillipo by his dad.

January 22, 2015

Whew. About a weeks worth and four or five heavily worked drawings later, I prove once again that I am not fit to apprentice.

Stevie and Grumpy

January 14, 2015


#retromatic #Dog #woof

January 11, 2015

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An app by my sister. My only benefit from this is that I’ll likely get the app and use it.

While you are relaxing at home or visiting onsite in the heat of ancient Rome, learn about the most beautiful mosaics, the history of buildings, art techniques, materials used, and a bit about the people involved.  View the ceiling covered with Christopher Columbus gold.  Find out what it means to have a square halo.  Look for the pope that was tied to an anchor and thrown overboard into the Black Sea. Find the Phoenix. Stand inside the only chapel in Rome that is completely covered with mosaics; all while having your own, personal, art history guide in your hand.

Another benefit is that I get to share my wonderful high school art teacher with the world.

Poor sad spider monster

January 5, 2015

Cushion or cat?

January 2, 2015

1) Pages that don’t zoom. I want the text a bit bigger so I can read it. You want to show me ads. You disable zoom for your page. I’m frustrated by being unable to read the page. I don’t stay to see the ads. I close the page and move on. If it turns out to be something I want to read, I’ll save it to Pocket. You lose.

2) Popups. Popups that cover the article and fill the screen. Popups that delay the loading, stalling everything just to load on top of the article. Popups that load after the article has displayed. Popups with tiny hard to hit close boxes. Popups with tiny hard to hit close boxes above and beside link text to another article.

3) Auto play video. It’s jarring and noisy. It wakes up my sleeping spouse. And it’s usually a commercial. Window gets closed. You might get a page count hit, but I don’t see anything. Four finger pinch to close and it yields a skepticism about viewing the site ever again. Bye.

4) Video commercial precedes content. The page loads, and you haven’t transcribed the interview content. I have to tap the video to hear some talking heads, but first some loud noises and bombastic music are about to announce some product I can’t live without. Swipe close. Goodbye. No commercial gets heard. No content gets delivered.

YouTube will preface video with a five second commercial you can escape from after a bit, before the commercial content is delivered. I don’t even know what I’m refusing to see, because you can skip the message. Advertisers will learn, I expect, to put it all up front in the first second. That’s the only way it will be seen.

5) Inline objects. Anything that loads inline inset in the body copy text like video and ads. Now the page is jumping all over the screen. The line lengths change. Text is jumping all over the place. Can’t read what won’t stay still.

6) Inconsistent controls. Maybe I want to share this article. Let’s see, where is that share button? Top? Bottom? Left? Right? Is it a word or an icon? Is it in the same place as in another App? Or somewhere else? And uncertain image handling controls. Does it zoom? Does it go away if I accidentally touch outside of it? Or do I need to find the tiny x to tap and close it? Does it swipe to go away?

7) Lousy typographic design decisions. Body copy set in small x-heights with thick and thin strokes intended for newsprint paper pages viewed in flat, non-contrasty lighting conditions. Screen brightness blows this old fashioned elegant text into blurry curvilinear patterns. But most egregiously, skinny grey type on bright white screens. People will look back on this design affectation with the same curious fascination and disdain we have for Art Deco aerodynamic toasters: “What were they thinking?”

Bonus: 8) click bait headlines, point form listicles, short paragraphs, cat pictures, curmudgeonly complaints, extensive text post. All good for SEO. Cynical. I hope you don’t feel abused or manipulated just for the sake of page hits. This has been a rare drop into grouchy curmudgeon status. The year will get better :-)


You can’t know how this brightened my day. I despise how things just disappear, nobody knows where they are, but somebody put it away.

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samu press store _ cartoon life blog _ samu press blog

#retromatic the x-ray eye

December 19, 2014

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Oh, here, my tale

December 19, 2014

the cat tale

Cat considers landscape

December 11, 2014


It's been a long quiet bit of time here. Been working out. Feeling a lot better, but that amongst other things takes up some time. All the testing after the stroke/seizure has been inconclusive really about any direct causes, but with lots of interesting peripheral findings.

The usual autumn tidying and winter prep for has kept me somewhat busy.

I will get back to more drawings from the Uffizi catalog. Banging into my clumsy “oh, no, I'm not not-Botticelli” drawing ability has kept me frustrated I'll get back to Flora, and make a decent drawing. I will.

So with this huge pause in mind, retrospectively, this drawing has much more meaning. I went back to my method, draw, make a mark, zone out and no criticism, only yes, only accepting what comes out. Shape it.


A Relationship

November 23, 2014

Just a scrawly line scribble that turned into, curiously, unconsciously, gender shaped objects.


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