Happy Birthday Anniversary!

This week we celebrate a whole slew of birthdays and one special anniversary!

First, the birthdays:
My brother Brad, my wife Jill, and my own!

Speaking of my wife and I, we celebrated our 11th year Anniversary together.

I promise starting next week, back to the reviews.
And a few more drawings to boot!



As we take time this week in honor of Memorial Day,
We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all of the brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces.


My Sketchbook: Nabiki

I just couldn’t wait, since our new post this past Monday of my Ranma 1/2 review.  Below is a sketch of one of my favorite characters to pose.  Nabiki Tendo, from Ranma 1/2.  She is the middle sister of the Tendo family, and older sister to Akane.  She initially was interested in becoming Ranma’s fiance until she realized (at least at first) that “he” was a “she”.  I always liked her character, and enjoyed the trouble she caused Akane.  Usually for a buck.  LOL!  That aside, you can see two sketches below.  The close-up of her face was a sketch I completed in about 12 minutes.  I wanted to keep it simple and fast, which is why I never went in to complete her eyes.  Maybe I will one day.  The other is a pose I saw from the anime itself, where she had just woken up.  This was more of an exercise in trying something different.  I liked the pose simply because it was a character in an everyday situation.  Simply waking up in the morning.

As you can see when I was doing most of my drawing during this time, I just wasn’t comfortable completing eyes yet.  Something I did eventually get over.  LOL!  These sketches were some of my favorites, just because of the character.  You will see though in later drawings I get more detailed with shading and how cloths lay on the body.

In this instance, I just wanted to draw Nabiki.

My Sketchbook

I’ve been messing around with my style lately, actually over the last few years, lol.  But more recently I have gotten myself to a more anime style.  I’ll post some of these every so often, mostly exercises and poses of some of my favorite characters.  To start, one of my most recent is a sketch I did right off the internet.  It was a pose and I wanted to see if I could duplicate it.  Maybe some of you anime fans will recognize it.

First off, I realize her right forearm on her chest is a bit disproportionate.  This exercise for me wasn’t about being exact, but being fast.  This from beginning to end took me approximately 21 minutes to complete.  I have others that are more refined, some detailed, some just quick sketches.  I’ll share my sketch book with you.

I try not to use an eraser.  But if your more comfortable with one, I’m not judging.  Get yourself a couple light, medium, and dark HB pencils if you plan on creating detail, or dark areas.  But for a quick sketch like the one above, a simple #2 will suffice.  Eventually I would love to get a set up so I can record video of me drawing.  But for now, I just want to share as much as I can.

Please enjoy!

The Job Interview #1

Thanks to the NEPA Job Fair I attended last week, I was able to acquire 2 job interviews.  Both were completed yesterday (Monday).  Well I survived, and they went pretty well.  I have always felt that if I can attain an interview, get face time with the employer, the job is mine.  It is just a mental attitude I have always brought with me.  You can be nervous, you can be worried.  But if you do not believe that you can get the job.  Then you won’t.

Now that isn’t to say I have gotten every job from every interview.  Your always going to be rejected at some point during your career search.  The idea is to not take it personally.  It happens, move on.  The way I handle being rejected is actually simple.  Call the employer and politely ask them why you were not selected.  Ask what the deciding factor was.  Do not argue or try to change their mind.  The decision has been made.  Your just asking for information to help you in your future interviews.  Maybe you were too nervous, or someone else was more qualified.  You just will never know unless you ask for this information.

I will always prepare answers before the interview.  You’re never really going to know what is going to be asked, but you should always be prepared for certain questions.  You’ll almost always be asked questions straight off of the application or resume.  Such as schooling, education, work experience, etc.  Of course you will almost ALWAYS be asked that one question that makes you state something negative about yourself.  It can be worded so many different ways.  Something you’d like to change or improve about yourself.  I have even been asked before if there was anything I did not like about myself.  I call these trap questions, as it forces you to answer something you may not want to.  Not to mention it’s not something everyone prepares for.

NEVER state anything negative about yourself during an interview.  NEVER!

Even if you are asked point blank.  Turn the question around and make it a positive.  The most common trap question in my experience is when you are asked, “Is there anything you feel that you need to improve upon?”.  Try your best to word the answer in a positive way.  My answer has always been that I am constantly improving and expanding my knowledge.  I have always believed that anyone who doesn’t seek to improve themselves in all aspects of life becomes stale.  Depending on where I am applying, my answer would obviously slightly differ.  I may quote some different programs I know or different skills I may have learned over the years.  But the idea is to NEVER state something about yourself in a negative fashion.  Be confident.  But also be loose.

Remember you would have never gotten the interview if the potential employer didn’t think, on some level, you’d fit well.  The purpose of the interview is to place a face on the application or resume.  They want to know you.  So be honest, but be positive!

Now with my interviews over yesterday.  I am glad to say that I have been offered one of the positions already and the second I am still waiting on.  I was honest and up front with the employer and I stated I still had interviews to attend.  I asked for some time to think it over, and was granted that.  Now just because I have gotten these interviews and even an offer, it doesn’t mean my search is over or I can take a break.  I sent out 3 more resumes in between each interview yesterday.  Now if your happy with the job offer, take it!  Congratulations.  If your still unsure, and you have time to think, the hope is to attain multiple offers and take the best one suited for you.  This is the position I am hoping for.  If the second interview doesn’t come through.  I can always accept the position offered to me, and continue my search if need be.

When it’s all said and done.  Be positive.  Every interview you attend, is experience you gain for the next.