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Showing posts from April, 2021

Can't stop thinking.

I know it won't work but I can't help trying things.

Artist anxiety. How did this artist get past it?

In this clip from the Art Podcast, artist and YouTuber Ben Walker Storey tells me about how he dealt with the anxiety of promoting his artwork using video. And also how these videos turned into a series about drawing goths from the 80s. How the idea came about for the drawing goths series that you're doing? It's weird because it started like this very definitive spark moment of not knowing what the hell is going on in the world with the pandemic. So that was a very global thing that everybody was going through and then for me, I had been seeking help for some mental health issues. I thought I had ADHD basically.  Things were kind of getting kind worse as far as being able to keep track of my life and my projects. Just jumping from one thing to another without even realizing I had left what I was working on and all of a sudden I'm in another room. And I was kind of going off sometimes and barking at people like strangers for no good reason you know? It just wasn't good.

Still nothing.

All very disorienting since I'm still not sure what happened.

Locked account.

The worst part is that I don't even have a support number to call to find out what was going on with my account to begin with.

Sore tongue.

I don't remember biting it yesterday. Could I have done it in my sleep?


Eh. It happens. Oddly, it makes me think of trying to create more things.

Tabletop game.

I'm always fascinated by the random conversations that are had while working on something. BTW if you want to learn more about his tabletop game Hivernation he made this video

Creating something.

Sometimes when I think about the creative process it actually blocks me up.

Ben Walker-Storey: Illustrator, Author and YouTuber - Tom Ray's Art Podcast 210411

Ben Walker-Storey is an Illustrator and a YouTuber who also publishes coloring books and different types of low content books on Amazon. This is the second time I've had Ben on the show. This time I wanted to ask him about a new drawing video series he created called "Let's draw goths". A fun series where he finds old photos of goths in high school and draws pictures of them which he has also turned into one of his coloring books. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify Links Ben Walker-Storey's website Ben Walker-Storey YouTube Channel Ben Walker-Storey on Instagram You can also listen to my previous interview with Ben Support the show! Check out the vintage pop-culture items available in my eBay Store


I kinda want my theory of that to be true now.

Power outage.

Then we just kept turning things off and on all day.

A Rudolph book illustrated by Richard Scarry? And other vintage items sold - Tom Ray's Day 2100409

Another look at some of the retro/vintage items I sold online including puzzles, an ET VHS tape and some illustrated children's books including a version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that was illustrated by Richard Scarry . Plus, at the end of the video, my daily autobiographical webcomic . This is a video of my daily life since I decided to sell collectibles and pop-culture items I collect on eBay to help support my art career instead of taking on freelance work. More vintage pop-culture items available in my eBay Store Here are Some illustrations by Richard Scarry from the  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book cover from 1958 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer title page Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa from 1958 And of course the classic inside cover from the Simon and Schuster editions of Little Golden Books.  

Origami wallet.

Years of comic book collecting made it seem so wrong to do.

Turning his drawings into chat emotes - Tom Ray's Art Podcast Clip

Turning his drawings into chat emotes - Tom Ray's Art Podcast Clip On an episode of the art podcast , I learn how artist Scott C. Hamilton creates his own chat emotes for his Twitch channel. You create emoticons, how is this process done?  So when I first started on Twitch you don't get emotes you just get your channel but then they enable people to subscribe to your channel and give you bits which are a penny each.  so people donate a thousand bits, that's ten dollars. Which happens often. Then you get a little emote for your channel they can use if they're subscribed and they pop up in the chat.  I've got one that's like "Yo!" and I've got another one like "Yay!" Scott's Twitch emotes promo I started drawing them for myself and then other people saw me doing it in my chat and people I played games with and said "hey can you draw me some emotes?" and kind of snowballed from there. Now I do quite a bit of it.  How does one

Multiple releases.

I remember Trent Reznor released like 28 versions of the song Head like a hole once.

Childhood friend's house.

I know people who have bought their childhood homes but never someone who bought a friend's childhood home.


But hey it has a full tank of gas!

Scott C. Hamilton: Caricature artist and Illustrator - Tom Ray's Art Podcast 210404

Scott C. Hamilton is a self-taught illustrator and caricature artist living in Massachusetts. He started his caricature art career while working a comic book booth at a convention. He's been doing live drawing streams on his Twitch channel and is also a member of the National Caricaturist Network. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify Links Scott C. Hamilton's website Scott C. Hamilton on Facebook Scott C. Hamilton on Instagram Support the show! Check out the vintage pop-culture items available in my eBay Store

My first animated series "Action! It figures" from 2003. Part 1 of 3

YouTube Link: I'm continuing to look at the old cartoons that I did . Right now I'm gonna look at the very first short series run that I did of a cartoon about my son Dexter called "Action! It figures". How the cartoon got started This series was back in like 2003 I think. My son Dexter and I had been watching old Huckleberry Hound cartoons by Hanna Barbera  that I had on DVD because I love those things! So this flash cartoon series is supposed to be in that style.  Edited the audio and storyboards I went online and I found a library from a site called Sounddogs and downloaded the free low-quality versions of cartoon-type background music. So the audio on this has kind of a hiss to it because I downloaded really low-quality audio for the music, which is too bad because by this time I had figured out how to record the voices properly for my cartoons.  This cartoon was going to be a three-part series and each episode was a little over a m


It was very confusing.

Oh right, April fool's day.

I just now figured out he sent me that because it's April fool's day.

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