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If you have read as many comics in your life as I have you probably recognize ads just like this one. In the 80s and 90s(In the 50s, 60s and 70s too I would assume) comic books were full of this kind of stuff. For what ever reason, starting in the late 90s I noticed these types of adds started going away. In a weird way I kinda miss these ads.

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Lighthouse

The topic for this week over at “IF” was Highlight. I could really only think of one thing to do for highlight and that would be to draw a highlighter(which is probably what I will do for my other site Penandmarker.wordpress.com sometime this week). After awhile I started to think that making a lighthouse might be cool so I took that idea and ran with it. I decided to keep this illustration simple and fun. I hope you like it!

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Amazon Purchases

I recently picked up a couple of games through Amazon. My Brother in law gave me a gift card for Christmas and I ran right to Amazon.com. I normally wouldn’t post something like this but I had a great experience with all the items that I purchased through Amazon. I used to be afraid to use Ebay and Amazon and I have totally changed my mind about both sites over the past few years. The games I picked up were as follows:

Megaman 2 for Gameboy
Warioland: Shake It! for Wii
Punch-Out for Wii
Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings for PS1

Each of the sellers listed these games as Good(other than Punch-Out which was listed as New), but each of these came in like new condition. I kind of expected Lemmings to show up in a generic case and maybe a little worn looking, but to my surprise it came perfect. No cracks in the case, full instruction booklet and the disk looked like it was never ever used. I am super excited to have received Lemmings because I plan to do a full review on the game over the course of the next month or so.

The sellers that I bought from are listed below:

Rock30 Games (Megaman 2)
Reset Games (Punch-Out)
DMMSTUFF (Wario Land)
MARY4376 (Lemmings)

I recommend each of these sellers. On top of the fact that the games all came looking brand new I also got them super quick(each in less that 7 days). Hopefully if anyone out there has a fear of using Amazon my post might help them to fear it just a little bit less.

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When I started this blog I started it so that I could simply draw for the sake of drawing. When I was young I remember sitting down with a pen and drawing without planning the drawing out. During that time of my life I would sit down with a pen and a few markers and get right to the creating. Nowadays I spend a good bit of my time brainstorming and sketching and then finally creating the work on my computer(whether its for myself or a client). When I started this website it was for the purpose of getting back to the basic act of drawing just for the fun of it. Before I started this page I was very hard on myself as far as planning out and working on my illustrations, but since I now have to complete an illustration a day that completely went out the window. I wanted to make some of my non-daily illustrations a little more simple as well and I think that by doing an illustration a day I have learned to be a little easier on myself. You can check out some of my other illustration work over at Thecrayonwar.com.
I also would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every follower of this blog, you guys are the reason that I keep going every day and keep this thing going. Thanks to all of you!

Saint Stephen’s Day


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Acrylic and Sharpie on canvas

Today is Saint Stephen’s Day. Saint Stephen’s Day is a very strange holiday. In some parts of Ireland on the day after Christmas young boys will walk through the town with a stuffed/fake wren on a stick. In the past it would have been a dead wren on a stick, they would then go from house to house(while singing and dancing and just generally carrying on) and ask for a donation that they could use to help to bury the wren. The money that would be collected would then be used to continue partying that night or used to help fund a dance for the neighborhood. I only just recently read up about this holiday so I am not an authority on the specifics, but a dead wren seemed like a fun thing to paint at the time. Saint Stephen is the patron saint of stonemasons, coffin makers, horses, and also the patron saint of headache sufferers. So anyone who drank a little(or a lot) this past weekend and needs to make the hangover go away, he would be the guy to pray to if you believe in that kind of stuff.