Monthly Archives: October 2012

A little leftover Iowa

a little leftover Iowa

When I was cleaning up after my paper doodle, I had this little Iowa I had cut out of a layer leftover.  I ended up keeping it and the urge to xacto struck me again two days later so I was left with this.

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Old Camera Rig

camera rig

I found this on the camera when I was taking pictures.  Our youngest wanted to mount his camera on his RC car, so I got a little carried away with cardboard and tape.  Worked great though!

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Paper Doodle Finished

vonholdt paper doodle

Behold, my paper doodle!!! (well it’s probably not that cool, but I’m impressed with it anyway)  I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for awhile now, just never got around to it.  I have a bunch of flat boxes left over from our move, and wanted to do something similar of our new house with those, but that’s a much bigger project.  I got the itch to try this with paper after coming across Brittney Lee’s amazing blog.  It’s almost painfully awesome.  I’ve posted some WIP pictures below, but essentially the workflow was as follows:

  • figure out what size/frame i’d be using.
  • build all the cut outs as separate layers in inkscape
  • doing some textured color on the cut outs in gimp, plus add a slight outline to define all the cuts
  • cut, glue, trim, tape down, fidget forever to get it centered just right… enjoy

xacto torment

most of them cut

done, need to glue and trim


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Paper Doodle – Work in Progress

paper doodle parts

This is just a little preview of an idea that’s been floating around in my head for awhile now.  Hoping to have the final piece done in the next few days with some more progress picks.

Inkscape in Ubuntu 12.10

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Apple Jack and Mandy Art Swap

apple jack and mandy

This was an art swap I did with the talented Martin Owens (doctormo).  He asked me to draw this and in exchange I got him to draw this gnarly T-Rex.  I also saved off a workflow of the process.

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New TMNT Show


I’ve been meaning to draw a ninja turtle in the style of the new show for a few weeks now, and finally got around to it today.

I upgraded my art machine to Ubuntu 12.10 yesterday so I could easily get the new Gimp 2.8 loaded.  I really like the grouping of layers, couldn’t care less about the “single window mode” everyone seems to be in love with (why would anyone want it to be more like photo shop?), and am a little frustrated that a few of the quick key combos I’m used to don’t quite work the same.  I’ll get used to it though.

I also dumped Unity for xubuntu since my machine is old and I didn’t waste any resources to needless fancy junk.

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First Tablet Doodle

tablet frank

Last week I got my first tablet (went with the fiscally reasonable Kindle Fire HD) as well as an Adonit Jot Classic stylus.  Throughout the week I’ve been fiddling with apps and games, but today was the first time I really had a chance to doodle on the thing.  I have to say, not as fun as I’d assumed it would be.  I miss my work flow with my intuos 4 and i don’t know how many times it would register my palm hitting the screen and think the stylus was part of a “pinch gesture.”  After awhile though, I started getting a groove going flipping between fingers and stylus, and I like how this came out.  Just wish I could have more then 6-7 layers in Sketchbook Mobile.

This was a little guy I drew initially from a random squiggly line that’s now his hair and nose.

hair nose

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Hook ‘Em Horns

Hook Em Horns

This week seems to be the birthday-week-o-rama!  I drew this for our neighbor mostly to celebrate his birthday, but a little because a certain other person in the house is an A&M fan.  One of those funny house divided things.

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Turning 40 – Like a Puck to the Face

Turning 40 – Like a Puck to the Face

A good friend and hockey fanatic turned 40 today.  So I mock him in doodle!  Mowa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Happy Birthday man!

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