Random Face Sketches to Robot Warrior Character Design

Future Soldier design by TET.
Continuing on from my last post about the value of drawing without purpose, my latest video unintentionally demonstrates the point again.

I set out to try and come up with something to draw for my next skateboarding/art video but didn't have any ideas in mind so I just started drawing faces. By the end of the session I had six very different faces drawn on a page in my sketch book.

Why Drawing Without Purpose is an Important Skill for Artists

I watch quite a lot of artist channels on YouTube and one thing that is common to many of them is that each new video sets out with the goal of creating a piece of finished art. Even if the artist is just doing something 'rough' in a sketchbook, by the end of the video that 'rough drawing' will look like a finished artwork ready to be framed and hung on a wall.

In my latest two art videos I unintentionally demonstrated why not sitting down to create a piece of finished art every time is also an important part of any artists practice.

The Extraordinary Tourist YouTube Channel Gets a Mini Make-Over


Following on from my previous post, Peter McKinnon, and Learning to Love Creating Video Again, I spent some time giving my YouTube Channel page a minor makeover to better reflect what my channel is about (art and skateboarding) and what my video release schedule is (aiming for a new video every Tuesday and Saturday).

Most of that is reflected in my channel art based upon tips for designing your YouTube channel that I got through being subscribed to Roberto Blake's channel. If you're trying to start, and/or grow a YouTube channel, or just trying to find a way to earn money online using the skills you already have, Roberto gives plenty of useful free advice, as well as linking you to resources to help you out.

Movie Opinion: Let's Talk About Indiana Jones Movies (Probably Spoilers)

I love the character of Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford. Recently I bought a DVD box set of all four Indiana Jones movies so I could finally have them in my film collection.

With Indiana Jones 5 ramping up production, and set to be released in 2021 (after being pushed back from 2020) it seems like a good time to look back at the previous four films.

I won't be reviewing each film. Chances are, if you're reading this, you've either seen them, or decided not to see them based upon the reviews when they were released. I just had some thoughts about each film for discussion.

Movie Review: Ant Man and the Wasp (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Marvel's Ant Man and the Wasp is a good movie. Like the first movie in the series it follows after a big Avengers 'event' movie and serves to again remind audiences that smaller stories (no pun intended) can be just as entertaining.

It's no spoiler that the main plot of this film is Dr Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) attempts to rescue is wife and former Wasp, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Along the way a few other things from the past threaten to jeopardize the rescue and ultimately stop it from happening at all.

Peter McKinnon, and Learning to Love Creating Video Again

For much of my life I've been interested in filming video. As soon as I was able to afford it, I bought my first video camera - somewhere in the very early 1990's.

The thing is, I don't have a passion for cameras, and I'm not driven to make any particular kind of film. I just feel, shooting video is something I want to do.

I also have no interest in being a camera person for someone else's content. I know I have my own voice and things to share (if my blogs are anything to go by).

IGTV - Vertical Video Done Right by Instagram

I am not a huge fan of vertical videos because they are reduced down when played in a standard horizontal format player, so it can be hard to see the detail. Usually vertical videos have black blocks on either side. It feels a lot like your watching the video from a neighbouring dark room through a narrow door frame. Also you don't get as much width in your shots making it hard to frame all of the action.

Instagram TV (IGTV) basically says 'so what' to all of the above. You can access IGTV through an icon menu item on the Instagram app (or I think you can install it separately).
Access IGTV from Instagram
via the IGTV icon.
You'll be taken directly to the IGTV app where the first video in your stream will automatically start playing (usually with the sound off) after first seeing some old style TV static to give that authentic 'television' like experience.

Book Review: The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse - Steven Ray Ozanich

Stephen Ray Ozanich's book, The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse is one of the few books that can be described as life changing for many people who've read it.

If you've struggled with any kind of long term/chronic pain that numerous doctor's visits have failed to fix, or even recognize that there is anything actually wrong with you (as in my own case), then this book may just be what you need to read.

The cover of the book lists numerous medical conditions. If you suffer from any of them (or have been told that's the condition you have) then this book may just give you the tools you need to manage that pain, and perhaps even rid you of it altogether.

Movie Review: Solo - A Star Wars Story (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Solo - A Star Wars Story is one of those prequel movies you could watch prior to seeing Episode IV, A New Hope (if you're one of the few who've never seen the original trilogy) and it would fit right in. In fact, you'd probably enjoy Solo a lot more if this was your first introduction to the character, and even the Star Wars universe.

Unfortunately, if you're very familiar with the character of Han Solo from all the other films, Solo - A Star Wars story is a bit like watching a retelling of a story you pretty much already knew.

Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man Book Tour (2018)

Jimmy Barnes, Working Class Man Book Tour
Thebarton Theatre, 10 June 2018.
Photo: K. Allen.
Jimmy Barnes is a singer/song writer many Aussies have grown up with. He's from that generation of seventies and eighties Aussie rock that grew out of the Australian Pub scene, where many of our most famous musical artists began.

In recent times Jimmy has written two books about his life, Working Class Boy, and Working Class Man. I will confess I haven't read either, but I did buy both books for my partner who is a far more of a Jimmy Barnes fan than I.

Almost quite by chance I saw Jimmy was touring his second book as a show titled Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories and Songs. I figured if anyone had interesting stories to tell it was Jimmy, and I knew I'd get heaps of points with my partner if we booked tickets to go.

Movie Review: Deadpool 2 (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Deadpool 2 is a fun black comedy on par with the first film. Right now I can't really say one is better than the other but I can say they're equally as good.

Before seeing Deadpool 2 I watched the first movie. My take is, if you do like the first one better, much of that is down to never having seen a Deadpool movie before, and then having that film just knock it right out of the park. (I feel the same about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The first one has the edge because I'd never seen that kind of movie before with those characters).

Mintaro Maze, Mintaro, South Australia

The Mintaro Maze is a garden hedge maze that was originally planted by the Morris family in 1995.

How complex you find it will depend on how good your sense of direction is. It's not the largest of mazes but it is big enough to disorientate and have you second guessing about whether you've followed a path already.

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Ten years in the making and Marvel finally releases part one of the Avengers versus Thanos, A.K.A. Avengers: Infinity War.

After seeing all 18 films in the MCU prior to this, and liking most of them, I was pretty confident this movie would not disappoint.

Other than a few minor issues - that are all my personal taste and in no way reflect on the quality of the film - it really delivers. Thanos is indeed the big, bad villain of the MCU that we've been antcipating.

Re-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe - My Favourite Is? (Spoiler, it's Iron Man 2 and here's why)

In preparation for Marvel's Infinity War I decided to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie going way back to 1978's Superman through to 2017's Justice League... ahhh.... got ya! Just wanted to see if you were paying attention. (Though if you don't know what's wrong with what I just wrote, what are you even doing here?)

I actually went back and watched all the MCU movies (only movies, not the TV/Netflix series) starting with Iron Man (2008) through to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). The last three films, Spider-Man Homecoming (2017), Thor Ragnarok (2017), and Black Panther (2018), I don't yet own copies of on DVD or Blu-ray (but I will be rectifying that soon). I didn't re-watch them because they're still pretty fresh in my mind.

Walking Around the Town of Clare, South Australia

Bain Rotunda overlooking the Clare Oval where the Clare Classic
finish line and after party was located.

The historic town of Clare is located in the wine making region known as the Clare Valley, just to the north of the arguably more famous wine making region, the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Martindale Hall Revisited - Mintaro, South Australia


Back in 2007 my sister and I visited Martindale Hall, the authentic 19th century Georgian mansion, used as the 'Boarding School for Young Ladies' in the Peter Weir film 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'.

Bukirk Glamping - Camping in Style, Clare Valley, South Australia


Glamping is for those who want to experience the outdoor lifestyle of camping without foregoing the luxuries of basic motel accommodation.

Bukirk (pronounced 'Buh -kirk') Glamping, located on a rural property, in the Clare Valley, just outside of Clare, South Australia, is by far one of the best accommodation experiences my partner and I have enjoyed to date. Although Bukirk's Facebook page says you could bring a family (I guess additional bedding can be arranged?), everything is more clearly targeted at couples, looking for a romantic getaway where the accommodation is a memorable part of the experience, and not just somewhere to stay.

Movie Review: Ready Player One (2018) *Spoiler Free*

I'm not familiar with the book Ready Player One is based upon, and I haven't really played computer games since leaving my teens behind at the end of the 1980's - though that last point puts me in just the right demographic to enjoy the eighties nostalgia of this film.

When I saw the trailer last year it looked fun, fast paced, and packed with so many references to other movies - on scale not seen since Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It felt like a movie I needed to see.

Designing Formal Penguins - New Humorous T-Shirt Art by TET (Part 2)


My Formal Penguin T-Shirt design is now complete and available on t-shirts on Amazon. The design has been renamed Cool Style Penguins reflecting the penguin's own cool style and the cool style of the t-shirt wearer.

Movie Review: Finding Your Feet (2018) *Spoiler Free*

I'm not sure I'd describe Finding Your Feet as a feel good movie given some of its more dramatic moments but ultimately it does leave you in a good place.

The story centers around Sandra (Imelda Staunton), a middle class retiree who discovers her husband has been cheating on her with her best friend. With nowhere else to go she turns to her bohemian sister, Bif (Celia Imrie), who lives in an impoverished council estate flat.

Movie Review: Black Panther (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Marvel's Black Panther is a solid entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that reminded me a little bit of Iron Man (2008), Thor: The Dark World (2013), with maybe a bit of Ant Man (2015) thrown in too.

Some people are rating it as the best Marvel movie to date. I wouldn't put it on the top of my list but it's certainly ranking fairly high on a very tight scale of solid movies.

Designing Formal Penguins - New Humorous T-Shirt Art by TET (Part 1)

It's been a few weeks since I posted my first Amazon Merch T-Shirt design, Crocodile Rock. With my neck injury seemingly on the mend I decided it was time to begin work on a new, exclusive design for the platform.

I'm my own biggest fan when it comes to my Bored Yeti skateboard designs. Particularly the Mark II version that I filmed myself creating, and bought the design on an actual skateboard just to include in the video.

Home Voice Assistants - I'm Sorry, I Can't Help You With That.

The other day I was halfway through watching a movie, Altered States (1980) and, without any prompting from me, our Google Home Mini Assistant pipes up, "I'm sorry, I can't help you with that."

Good to know.

I don't know what it thought the question was? I hadn't said anything at all, and I'm pretty sure no one within a movie released in 1980 said 'Okay Google'.

Crocodile Rock T-Shirts by TET Available from Amazon

Crocodile Rock T-Shirts available from Amazon.
Last October I entered my Crocodile Rock, cartoon character into a design a sock competition. The design wasn't victorious however, undeterred, the design is back as my very first printed T-Shirts on Amazon.

Unlike other print on demand sites Amazon's service, known as Merch by Amazon, is a much more selective service when it comes to who can be a seller.

Neck Problems - It Only Hurts When I Don't Move

I've been struggling the past few weeks with a neck injury that's a real pain in the.... neck?

What's more I'm not even sure it's a real neck injury since I got it by not doing anything... almost literally.

To top that off my Doctor actually said these words to me toward the end of my consultation about the problem, "You're a mystery?"

Despite that, my neck started to feel better after seeing him, even though he gave me nothing but advice for a few neck exercises (after checking various glands in my neck and checking my blood pressure).

TV/DVD Review: Invasion - CW Crossover; Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow (with Supergirl) - (2016-2017)

It may seem odd to be reviewing a three episode crossover event from 2016 in 2018 but I only recently happened across this DVD release of just the relevant episode from each of the CW DC series, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow for their crossover event Invasion. As well they also bring Supergirl into the mix even though her series doesn't have a crossover episode.

The reason I wanted to review it now is that this crossover parallels what I feel Zack Snyder was trying to achieve in his films, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League before his vision was derailed by WB execs and public opinion.

TET Art: Three Wise Color Monkeys - Finished Art (Part 6)

The Three Wise Color Monkeys.
40x50cm, acrylics on canvas.
Last post my painting, Three Wise Color Monkeys, was almost complete. This post I'm pleased to say I finished it.

The final stage, if you want to define it as a separate stage, was deciding if any of the final details needed to be completed in black to help draw your eye to them. In this case I filled in each monkey's pupils and nostrils in black - and nothing else.

Follow that by painting in any final white highlights - which help to define smaller details and generally help make the characters 'pop' a little more out of the background.
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