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March 11, 2014

Orange Sky

I’ve written a very short story called “Orange Sky” about an experience I had as a child.
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March 4, 2014

The Triumph of Chickenry

If it ain’t pigs, it’s chickens. Am I right?

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February 25, 2014

Battle Pig

A friend of mine recently noted that I draw a lot of pigs. I guess when you grow up on a hog farm it shows up in everything.

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February 18, 2014

Clouds: Trubleggh the Tree Eater

Cloud series, number 13

Lucky number 13 finds us once again immersed in the Herringian myth-cycle. Long ago, during a labor dispute, the head of Trubleggh the Tree Eater was severed from her body by Slekk the Seemingly Indifferent. Under other circumstances that might have caused Trubleggh considerable discomfort but since she is a demi-god it merely imbued her with an insatiable hunger for palm trees. Preferring them well-charred, Trubleggh breathes the breath of Larfunkle the Constantly Overheated onto each tree before consuming.

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February 11, 2014

Clouds: Strandkow the Floundercock

Cloud series, number 12

More scenes from the Herringian myth-cycle.  Strandkow, the great floundercock of the North, rises each day to shade the pale inhabitants of Herringia from the harsh light and poisonous vitamin D produced by exposure to the sun. His mother/father, Rambleshab, is quite proud of him.

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February 4, 2014

Net Gun Ranger

This drawing was done using Tombow Brush-Pens. Originally, I used a light blue to draw in the basic shapes and black to get the line art. Then I used gray and blue to color it in my sketchbook. Then I scanned it into the Gimp graphic editing program to add color and texture.

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January 28, 2014

Dapper Pig

This dapper gentleman is quite pleased to announce that there will be a slight increase in activity on the old blog game. I have a few recent sketches and a few illustrations from a couple of years ago that I will be posting.

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October 6, 2011

My Apple Confession

I have never owned an Apple product.

I have used several. I used the Apple2 in the summer of 1986 at a school program. I used several Macintosh computers in the computer labs during art school between the years of 1993-1997. One of my college roommates owned one during that time and I played Myst on it. I played around on a friends iMac in the early 2000s. I used one at a client’s site in 2006. I’ve played with a few friends’ iPods. I’ve played with a few friends’ iPhones.
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September 7, 2011

Photoshop technique

I’m working on a photoshop technique where I add textures to flatted line drawings.

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July 22, 2011

How to NOT kill yourself.

My friend Alice wrote an e-book about ways for the suicidal to avoid suicide. I am a strong advocate of living as I believe death is the ultimate perversion of our God given purpose on earth. Alice allowed me to illustrate and format the book. Here are a few of the illustrations. If you wish to read the book or send the link to someone who needs to read it, follow this link to Smashwords. The book is free and available in many formats. Please note that the book is not aimed at children and there is very frank discussion of some very hard concepts along with very strong language.

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July 14, 2011

The Theory of Rudy

During college, I was a printmaking major. I spent a lot of time doing woodcuts, monotypes, and etching. I took one semester of Lithography. Even though I loved lithography, I didn’t pursue it because of how impractical it was. The best lithographs were produced on huge slabs of limestone. This wasn’t just any limestone, either. This limestone only had one known and very limited source. Herron School of Art had been given the largest remaining collection of press ready stones. […read more…]

February 23, 2011

Room redo for Zeke’s Birthday

My son turned 11 years old this morning. He is an awesome guy. Dawn asked him if he would like for us to redo his room this year as part of his birthday and he said yes. So, we did.

My project was a mural. We really like the Japanese woodcut “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by the master Hokusai. So I decided to replicate it as a 10 foot by 8 foot painting. […read more…]

February 21, 2011

Web Comic Review: Ratfist

Back in the mid-1990’s, when I was suppose to be doing my college homework, I often watched cartoons instead. Probably because I was very mature. My favorites were The Tick, Eek the Cat, and a little gem called Earthworm Jim. Earthworm Jim was a cartoon based on a video game about an earthworm. Named Jim. I’m not kidding. But Earthworm Jim had a face, some intelligence, and a bionic super suit with arms and legs. He was a superhero of sorts. The show was surreal and the humor was absurd, so I was definitely the target audience. […read more…]

February 15, 2011

Painting: A quick oil sketch

There is nothing quite like painting in oils. The smell of the oil and turpentine permeates your brain. The buttery paint moves endlessly under your brush. […read more…]

January 2, 2011

Illustration Design Process: Uncommon Childhood

In this article I’m going to explore the process of working with a client on an illustration. Here is the illustration used in the final piece. […read more…]

December 14, 2010

Snowman Kid Craft Upgrade!

If you didn’t see it, I created a Snowman paper craft to print, cut, and glue. You can read all about it and download the PDF if you go back to “Fun Snowman Kid Craft“. There is now an upgrade PDF with mittens, a snow shovel, a corn-cob pipe stuck in a smile, and a pimped out top hat. It looks like this:

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December 13, 2010

Fun Snowman Kid Craft

Tis the season and whatnot, so here’s a fun paper craft to do with your kids. You can also do this by yourself if your kids are stinkers. […read more…]

November 6, 2010

Digital Art Beginner’s Guide

What is digital art? Digital art is artwork done in whole or in part using a computer. The artwork can be graphics, photo editing, drawings, paintings, or even 3D modeling. Some digital artists do the entire process with their computer. Others sketch thumbnails or rough drafts with pens or pencils before scanning them in to create their finished work. Still others scan in completed drawings or paintings and then use software to enhance the image or adjust the colors and intensity. […read more…]

November 3, 2010

Natural Enemies

This illustration was done for the Antithesis Art challenge of “Natural Enemies“. Yesterday I spent some time chasing our Siberian Husky around the yard trying to catch her so that I could take the neighbor’s dying chicken out of her mouth. […read more…]

News Guy
October 30, 2010

News: is now live

In the grand tradition of the High Court of Herringia, I would like to invite you all to join me in wearing khaki shorts, a t-shirt and crocs tomorrow to celebrate the official Turning On of the New Theme here at As you may or may not be aware, I have been posting my sketches, artwork and ramblings at The Replacement Komics for several years now. As part of an effort to organize my online life, I have decided to get rid of a few of my former domains. This website is the new home of all things specifically Karl with the exception of merchandise. When I am able to offer books, t-shirts, and autographed toothpicks in the future I will be using the Fishvan imprint for those efforts. […read more…]

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