I’m planning to record a video to answer the few random questions I’ve gotten about my art/process and myself over the years. I thought it would be fun to answer them in video format. Besides, I need to make a new intro video for my YouTube Channel, and I might use the resulting video. So, if you have a question for me you’d like to see answered, ask away.  I’ll do my best to answer it.


*  I’m going to add links in the video description to the blogs or YT channel of people who post questions for me.  If you don’t want to be linked let me know, and if you do, let me know your blog or TY Channel address.


Making a Dragon or Dino Puppet

Making Puppets

My daughter and I decided it might be fun to make puppets. We had ideas of what we’d like them to look like, however we hadn’t made puppets out of these materials before. It was fun. We figured it out as we went and picked up some tips for next time. The following film highlights our experience puppet making.

Randa said she would share the template she made. I sort of winged it with mine but could make one too. I’ll probably add those, and some details on how we made these later. Just wanted to make this quick post before heading out-of-town. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

How we made dino puppets:

YouTube Changes

You Tube has made a few more changes recently, following the major changes they made back in December. As with all platform changes, some YT creators/users are happy about it some are not.  I’m fairly neutral about it, however I did like the personalized backgrounds better.  They say it will be a ‘cleaner, simpler look’ though.

One of the updates to your YouTube channel:

1) Create a channel trailer to get people to subscribe
On your new channel, you can show a trailer that will only appear to viewers who aren’t already subscribed to your channel. This is your chance to let visitors know what your channel is all about and tell them why they should subscribe!  Keep it short and to the point, and include a clear call to action inviting your audience to subscribe.

My YouTube intro video was old, so I made a new one yesterday.

  Do you have a channel?   What do you think about the changes?  

The Uncanny Valley

Have you ever been disturbed by a style of animation?

I remember thinking there was something a bit unsettling about the characters in the Polar Express.  At the time I didn’t know it was such a universal phenomena and even had a name.  Apparently, Tom Hanks was the conductor of the creepy train headed straight into the pit of the Uncanny Valley.  [the place this omen baby lives]  A hellish slope dotted with humanoid robots, all the way down to the creepiest of zombies.

“Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori stated in 1970 that the more human a robot acted or looked, the more endearing it would be to a human being. For example, most lovable Robot Buddies look humanoid, but keep quirky and artistically mechanical affectations. However, at some point, the likeness would seem too strong, and it would just come across as a very strange human being. At this point, the acceptance drops suddenly, changing to a powerful negative reaction.”  Television Tropes and Idioms

What is the uncanny valley?

“The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as a function of a robot’s human likeness.” Wikipedia

Uncanny Valley graph

Film and game makers & the uncanny valley

Intous5 Touch

Wacom Graphire4 Graphics tablet

I’ve been using a Graphire4 for a while. It’s been a really great tablet and I haven’t had any problems with it.  Recently my daughter expressed an interest in using a pen and tablet to draw and create with. Since she was happy with the idea of getting the Graphire,  I began looking for a new tablet.

Wacom Graphire4 Graphics tablet photo © Jayme Art
Wacom Graphire4 Graphics tablet

I basically knew I wanted to stay with Wacom since my experience had been positive so far.  I just needed to decide which model to get. I did read about some other brands available first, just to be sure.

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Happiness is a Butterfly

“…which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Unless it’s an angry one who alights upon you with wings of fury.

Warning:  The following photo contains graphic scenes of butterfly violence 

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Abstract Art Video

abstract art

Photo-manipulated, abstract, digital art video

I had planned on posting an Inkscape vector I was almost finished with. It had over a hundred layers and was close to completion.  Sadly for me, I lost it along with other work and photos in an external hard drive accident. I may try to recreate it but I don’t know yet. I know now to avoid accidentally erasing keys for encrypted files. It’s a good reminder to also have proper backups,  possibly at more than one place.

On a happier note, I have a new camcorder and a newer version of Vegas that’s capable of editing AVCHD video.  I would like to post some video of my conventional drawing process eventually.

Here is my first HD video, made from abstract digital art, edited in Sony Vegas.


Sunflower photo

Sunflower photoIt was a beautiful day in August when we saw these sunflowers blooming on the side of the road.  We pulled over to capture a few photos and found passion flowers and several other pretty flowers growing there also.

☼ Do you have any favorite wild flowers?

The Art of Window Display

swan window display photo

Window Display Designers:

Talented professional artists who spend many hours planning and creating appealing and exciting three-dimensional window dressings.  Visual retail merchandising is about designing eye-catching displays that draw customers into a store.

Here are a few photos of  BHLDN  which recently opened its first brick and mortar store in Houston.

BHLDN  window display photo © Jayme Art

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Fractals: Beauty and Order in Our Universe

fractal art by Nmondal

A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.

Simply complex

Amazing that those landscapes were generated by a few lines of computer code based on:  z = z2 + c.  Take a number, multiply it by itself, and add the original number.  Such beautiful infinite complexity created from a simple equation.

It’s too bad that I disliked math classes in school. -Math makes my head hurt.  However, I can see and appreciate the beauty in it.  It is amazing to me how our world is designed with such ordered and complex, yet seemingly chaotic elements and architecture. Math and art are everywhere. Since nature is built on mathematical principles, perhaps my love of creation makes up for my dislike of math in some small way.

We’re all familiar with fractals in our universe:  snow flakes, crystals, trees, clouds, mountain ranges, lightning, river networks, animal coloration patterns, ect.  I’ve read that recent theories of quantum gravity describe a fractal structure for spacetime itself. Even our bodies can be understood in terms of fractional engineering down to the structure of our DNA.

…Fractals are also fun to make.

Programs to make your own fractals:

Apophysis | An open source fractal flame editor/render (Video tutorial)
GNU XaoS |  Free fast interactive fractal zoomer
Incendia | 3D Multiprocessor Fractal Engine
Electric Sheep |  collaborative abstract artwork
Ultra Fractal | Offers a free 30 day trial
 FractalMakerDCR |An online fractal maker
Gimp Fractal Explorer (Video tutorial)

featured image art NonInteger Multibrot Breaking of Space by Nmondal