Alright, thanks for all the questions you guys! Here are my answers, hopefully you’ll learn a little bit more about me and my site! Feel free to ask questions anytime.
Ok, are your illustrations hand-drawn or computer generated?
Everything is computer generated for the site. I draw on a tablet, so it’s kinda like I’m drawing on paper, but also like I’m not. It can be awkward at times, like a middle school dance. I also work in a program called Sketchbook Pro. I would liken it to a really beefed up version of MS paint, but not quite to the point of some of the higher end programs like Adobe Illustrator.
How did you get into illustrating?
Hmm, good question. I would randomly sketch stuff when I was a kid, but I was never really a drawer or illustrator growing up. So I would say I got into it recently, like 2 years ago, when I had a Tumblr blog that I used to post all my weird and crude illustrations, but about several months ago my brain was like “Oh my god, Tim, you should totes create a blog with your illustrations, LOL” and I was like “Good idea, brain. But first figure out how to program the cable box so we can watch TV.” That’s about the time I seriously started illustrating on a daily basis.
Also, what is the square root of 3,232,988,124,008?
Off the top of my head, I don’t know…But I know the color green is definitely not the square root…or is it? Shit, now I’m not sure.
Why did you make “cond” and “Lu” different colors?
Very observant question. I wish there was a clever back story, but sadly, there’s no greater meaning to it other than it was just me fooling around with my illustration program, and the need to have a banner for the blog. Let’s pretend like it’s a tattoo that I now regret and will one day replace with a much better one.
Why is your writer’s block purple?
I tried a bunch of different colors and purple just seemed to radiate Ernesto’s personality the best. The second choice was “piss yellow,” so, I’m pretty happy with purple.
What time is it when you are reading my comment?
Well today is Wednesday evening, but I saw the comment on Monday morning-ish, but I saved answering it until Thursday’s post, and tomorrow is Friday, which is promptly followed by Saturday and Sunday, which then brings us back to Monday. That answer got out of hand fast.
With “The Avengers” movie being such a hit, ever thought of doing some “Super-hero” illustration?
I do have the CATvengers comic. I’d definitely like to continue doing something with cats as superheroes on the illustrations page, either with CATvengers or something entirely different. I just think that cats are really funny (see: easy) things to draw in comics. But as far as a traditional superhero illustration style goes, that is far beyond my skill set. I don’t want to mislead you guys, but the stick figure-ish illustrations I do for this site are right about at the ceiling of my drawing ability. With more time I could certainly draw things that have greater detail and scope, and I’d definitely like to find a way to do that in future projects for the site. I just need the time to do it and still be able keep up with my posting schedule!
Okay so my question is, Celts in 5?!
YES. The C’s have lost game 5 :(
Seriously now, about your illustrations… Are they created from scratch each time or…?
Short answer: Yes and No.
Long answer: All the of the projects on the illustration page are built from scratch. I start with a blank canvas. On the flipside of that, is the blog, where about 90% of those illustrations are based off of a saved template, which is essentially just the body and face of a character. I just add a few details and then color it.
Here’s an example of a stock template I work with on the blog side:
And now here are some of the different things I can come up with using a stock template in about 20 minutes
How long does it take to create one piece? Do you usually get it in one try?
Completing something for the illustration page can take up to several hours spread out over a few days. But illustrations on the blog side take around 10-15 minutes. I typically don’t get something the way I want it in one try. I’ll draw things like mouths and arms several times over to get it just right. It sounds crazy and slightly obsessive, but I really think a lot can be conveyed in just the tiniest details of the way something is drawn.
I don’t want to sound racist, but is Ernesto related to Grimace?
What is your spirit animal?
Easy. A velociraptor. I am fast, cunning, ruthless, and like to laugh.
If you had to have sex with one of The Golden Girls, which one would it be?
I’m handicapped by this question since I only know one of The Golden Girls, B-Dubz.
Are you sexy and you know it? Or is that song a big, fat lie?
Luckily, I am unaware of how sexy I am, but I assume “very” is not an uncommon modifier tacked on to my sexiness. But not actually knowing takes a lot of pressure off of me because I don’t like to have to clap on command. I always feel like clapping should be organic.