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About vonholdt

Just a guy trying to get better at doodling...

Leather Sketchbook Cover

leather sketchbook cover

I recently worked on a custom leather sketchbook case from the incredible leathersmith behind Batsugun Leather Co.  I drew up this design, he greatly improved upon it, and I’m super excited about the progress pictures I’ve seen so far.  I cannot wait to see the final thing in person!

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French Toast Stick Man

French Toast Stick Man

I realize I have not been posting with much frequency of late as we’ve been pretty busy with family, so I thought I’d share this guy.  It’s something I started for no particular reason and will likely never finish.

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Cheesy Birthday Card

cheesy card inside

With our normal family vacation to Iowa, we left just before my oldest nephew’s birthday, so I made a quick card for him and left it behind.  This was the extremely elaborate outside.

cheesy card front

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Custom LEGO Hulkbuster

Custom Hulkbuster

I have somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with both the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and LEGO, so in 2015 when they released the first licensed set (76031), I bought it immediately.  That set had quite a few things that I thought could have been improved (feet, upper arms, overall flexibility, etc.) but it was the first of its kind and has been on my desk ever since.

In 2018, just before the new Avenger’s: Infinity War movie movie was released, LEGO unveiled two new Hulkbuster sets.  One of them is an ultimate collectors edition (76105), has 1300+ pieces, stands over 9 inches tall and is $120.00.  (My personal man-childness is not quite at the level where I can convince myself that’s a justifiable purchase.)  The other set (76104) ties directly into the Infinity War movie, was much more reasonably priced, and looked like it was enough of an improvement from the 2015 set that I went ahead and bought it.

Two Hulkbusters

Having now put them side-by-side, the 2018 set is a huge improvement in the feet and torso, but the legs seemed stuck in some half-squat position and the upper arms still seemed a little barren.  So, I decided to cannibalize the 2015 set to make some improvements to the newer one.  I was also away from my normal LEGO resources at the time, so I literally only had those pieces available to work with.  Overall I think the legs are much better, I made some slight modifications to the scale and flexibility of the arms, and I added more details here and there with spare parts.  Now the torso is probably too small for the scale of the limbs, but beefing that up will have to be a future project.  This whole idea was largely inspired by the amazing work of flickr user ChubbyBots and his amazing work building custom LEGO mechs and improving official sets (like this!).

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Memory Chest Prototype

Memory Chest Prototype

Our oldest son will be graduating highschool this summer, so my wife and I wanted to make him a nice chest to hold all the things we’ve been collecting for him since he was a baby.  I thought I would make a prototype first, before making a bunch of mistakes with more expensive hardwood, and I sured “learned” quite a few lessons in the process.  I decided to use lock-rabbit joints  for simplicity with the tools I had.  Overall, I think this one came out a little rough around the edges but nice.  We are going to tweak the dimensions and the design a bit and then carefully create the real thing.

 

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Cyber Stan the Internet Man

cyber stan

I was at a conference the other day and the presenter said that all techy briefings need a cloud in them.  I imagined the old Microsoft paperclip guy replaced by a cloud guy and scribbled a rough sketch in my notebook.  My neighbor was a fan, so i cleaned it up in the computer for him.

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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Interpreting a Diagram

diagram

I was attending a conference today and one of the presentations had a diagram like the one above to depict a bunch of relationships.  Sure there were words I left out of this quick rendition, and some arrows depicting communication and authority flows; but all I saw was a ripped turtle pressing something overhead.  So…

pressing turtle

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Mr Freeze

    Mr Freeze

This is a doodle I did during some training (still listening).  This was mostly inspired by the show of Batman: The Animated Series posters coming up this weekend at Mondo.  Victor Freeze was always my favorite, and his poster looks sweet!

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3

freeze process slow

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Black Panther

Black Panther

This weekend I had the chance to see Black Panther twice, and it was even better the second time.  Can’t wait for Infinity War this summer!

Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.

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