Getting the Pencil Back in Shape

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I haven’t drawn anything in quite awhile. I want to get back to doing pastel chalks, but was afraid I wasn’t up to the task, so I decided to start with a pencil drawing to warm up the skills. I really wanted to switch to pastel chalk with this one, since the colors are going to work well and there is lots of shading to do with them and the background will pop a lot when I finish it I hope. Time will tell. I did have fun working on this with my best friend working on a painting just across the room. I look forward to more of this in the future!

BLACKBIRDS is out TODAY!

One of my new favorite novelists, Chuck Wendig has a new book out TODAY!  It’s Blackbirds.  Here is the blurb: 

Miriam Black knows when you will die.

Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.

Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.


The cover rocks and I’ve heard nothing but great reviews so far.  I love his wit and his twisted view of the world.  I haven’t read it yet, but I did pre-order it. I’m certain it will be entertaining and colorful.  Hopefully it will be here in a few days.  Please give him a look see.

Clear Ether!