Here is another redrawn screenshot alongside the original. As you can see, I didn’t want to simply trace the background, so instead I added some atmospheric gradients that should hopefully give it more of a nightmarish, bloody feel. I might have done a better job with this one than the previous one. Okay, tomorrow I’ll get back to work on the comic.

Here’s something new: Redrawn screenshots. I’ve seen other artists redraw screenshots from animations in their own normal drawing styles. I figured that maybe doing a few might be a good exercise. Though I worked directly off a screenshot saved in my Kindle Fire, I assure you that I did not actually trace Sailor Mars. Of course I had limits for how much I could reproduce, especially within an afternoon before going to work at the steakhouse. I put up both versions in this post for comparison. I hope that this little trial is a successful one—in spite of the face not coming out as I had hoped—particularly since I have another one in the works too.


Again, figuring out the perspective on the spiritual entity was tricky.  I also realized that I failed to keep the boy at a consistent spot in relation to the circle that he made on the ground.  Oh well.  Live and learn.  I hope that at the very least it doesn’t look completely amateurish and I’ve engaged in engrossing storytelling thus far.

Again, figuring out the perspective on the spiritual entity was tricky. I also realized that I failed to keep the boy at a consistent spot in relation to the circle that he made on the ground. Oh well. Live and learn. I hope that at the very least it doesn’t look completely amateurish and I’ve engaged in engrossing storytelling thus far.


The hardest part was figuring out a decent way of drawing the perspective of the boy looking up to the apparent “Horned God” (you’ll see who it really is on the next page).

The hardest part was figuring out a decent way of drawing the perspective of the boy looking up to the apparent “Horned God” (you’ll see who it really is on the next page).


Cooking is a good life skill.  That’s why you should expect to see plenty more items under “Experimental Cooking”.   I might even be helpful to others—some have found my sketchbook studies to be helpful, so maybe I can also help with cooking.  I’m basically done with Brian’s Burgers.  I’m done with ripping off a different blog.  I’m done with randomly tossing random toppings together.  This time I am researching other people’s recipes on the web to create my own.  


For now I’ll include the first item under “Vegetarian Dishes” (I have another series of recipes in the works as well, but I’ll keep it a surprise for some other time).   Those are generally more healthful than hamburgers anyway.  Let’s start off with something very basic yet a bit different!


PEPPERY POTATO WEDGES


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (about 190 degrees Celsius) on Bake.  Grease a baking tray or spray it with cooking spray.  Have a mixing bowl, a cutting board, and a knife ready.


Scrub a large unpeeled potato then cut it lengthwise into six to eight wedges.


Toss the wedges into the bowl.  Carefully pour on just enough olive oil  to coat them after being rubbed on them, and then roll around the wedges until they are completely coated.


Gently sprinkle in a small amount paprika and a small amount of black pepper and roll the around the wedges again.  Use your best judgment in regards to exact amounts, keeping in mind their strong flavorings.  Toss generous amounts of dry bread crumbs into the bowl and roll around the wedges once more.  Move the wedges onto the baking tray.  If the wedges seem too thinly coated, try sprinkling more breading, including leftovers from the mixing bowl, on top of the wedges.


Bake the wedges in the oven for about 45 minutes or until they are soft enough to pierce with a fork.


Take the wedges out of the oven and put them on a plate.  Give them a little while to cool.  Take out some ranch dressing and either drizzle it on top of the wedges or set it aside in a separate little dish for dipping.  


Try it soon and let me know what you think!

Cooking is a good life skill. That’s why you should expect to see plenty more items under “Experimental Cooking”. I might even be helpful to others—some have found my sketchbook studies to be helpful, so maybe I can also help with cooking. I’m basically done with Brian’s Burgers. I’m done with ripping off a different blog. I’m done with randomly tossing random toppings together. This time I am researching other people’s recipes on the web to create my own.

For now I’ll include the first item under “Vegetarian Dishes” (I have another series of recipes in the works as well, but I’ll keep it a surprise for some other time). Those are generally more healthful than hamburgers anyway. Let’s start off with something very basic yet a bit different!

PEPPERY POTATO WEDGES

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (about 190 degrees Celsius) on Bake. Grease a baking tray or spray it with cooking spray. Have a mixing bowl, a cutting board, and a knife ready.

Scrub a large unpeeled potato then cut it lengthwise into six to eight wedges.

Toss the wedges into the bowl. Carefully pour on just enough olive oil to coat them after being rubbed on them, and then roll around the wedges until they are completely coated.

Gently sprinkle in a small amount paprika and a small amount of black pepper and roll the around the wedges again. Use your best judgment in regards to exact amounts, keeping in mind their strong flavorings. Toss generous amounts of dry bread crumbs into the bowl and roll around the wedges once more. Move the wedges onto the baking tray. If the wedges seem too thinly coated, try sprinkling more breading, including leftovers from the mixing bowl, on top of the wedges.

Bake the wedges in the oven for about 45 minutes or until they are soft enough to pierce with a fork.

Take the wedges out of the oven and put them on a plate. Give them a little while to cool. Take out some ranch dressing and either drizzle it on top of the wedges or set it aside in a separate little dish for dipping.

Try it soon and let me know what you think!


Let’s hope that the page displays as it should this time.

Let’s hope that the page displays as it should this time.

Irony in Culture

I saw this article on Salon a long time ago. I was reluctant to show it before as Salon often posts a lot of socio-political stories, and I try to avoid spreading the polemics around. I only now decided to go ahead and share it.

*David Foster Wallace Was Right: Irony Is Ruining Our Culture*

Basically, the article linked below argues that irony in art has become little more than intellectual posturing, empty fashion, and thinly-veiled nihilism. What comment do I have? You might have already read about how I wish to build up my skills in drawing and writing so that I can eventually show and spread beauty, truth, and love on behalf of God. Perhaps you can pray that I may cultivate a genuine piety, a genuine honesty, a genuine compassion, and a genuine desire to build.

Impression of Fables

I’ve been spending between an hour-and-a-half and two hours at the gym almost every week. Sometimes I’ve taken along my tablet for some reading in between some series of exercises. During this week’s visits I’ve read the first volume of Fables.

Characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and romances live in New York City, most of them disguised as normal humans. Long ago they had been driven from their mythic homeland by the armies of an entity called the Adversary. In this first story arc, one of their own has been murdered, rocking their community, and the Big Bad Wolf, a private investigator, takes on the case.

The necessary exposition is mostly handled well, but it’s not always smoothly integrated into the narrative. The dialog is sometimes awkward as a result. Usually, though, it does well in establishing the characters. Many of the characters are memorable. The plot here does devolve into a generic murder-mystery in spite of the efforts to liven it up through “lampshading”. The artwork is of good quality and it does its job done. I hear that the series becomes more engrossing as it goes on—can anyone reading this confirm one way or the other?


Pardon me for spamming this again.  I had problems with the way the image showed up on my blog.  I even wrote to Tumblr’s technical support team after replacing the image file, only to have the problem still occur.  This time I am trying to completely remove that post and post this one again.  If this doesn’t work then I’ll have to wait and see what the technician suggests.

Pardon me for spamming this again. I had problems with the way the image showed up on my blog. I even wrote to Tumblr’s technical support team after replacing the image file, only to have the problem still occur. This time I am trying to completely remove that post and post this one again. If this doesn’t work then I’ll have to wait and see what the technician suggests.

Album Art
ArtistBrian Whiterose
TitleExploring God's Green Earth
AlbumBrian's Voice

Thus begins the experiment that is Matron Paladin Lux-Luna.  As you can see I am still learning how to draw scenery well (perspective is hard) and I’m still learning how to use Manga Studio effectively (I’ve started fiddling with the Frames tool).  Wish me well as I proceed with the experiment of drawing a comic with a more serious tone.

Thus begins the experiment that is Matron Paladin Lux-Luna. As you can see I am still learning how to draw scenery well (perspective is hard) and I’m still learning how to use Manga Studio effectively (I’ve started fiddling with the Frames tool). Wish me well as I proceed with the experiment of drawing a comic with a more serious tone.

Say Hello to Jessica

I have cultivated many close friendships in a virtual world. There are quite a few who have called me brother and several more who have called me their best friend. I decided that I’d introduce you to one such friend who has been building an elaborate personal website on Wix (and she still makes fairly frequent changes). If you look through her gallery and her “closest friends” and her “special” slideshow, you might even find me! I thought that I’d give her more views by directing my followers and viewers towards her. You can even contact her and leave a greeting if you want. *hug* Jessica, may God continue to guide you and care for you always through all your trials and sorrows and joys in life.

*Kat KittyLove *


Now here is the last of the planned fake-movie posters for a room that I’ve been building within an virtual world (by the way, I’ll be posting slightly modified versions to DeviantArt soon).  I didn’t realize that this would take so long, so if I tested your patience I apologize.  You might vaguely recognize the main subject as a variant of the Lux-Luna character—speaking of which, since I’ve doodled half of the planned pages, you can look out for drawn pages to be posted over the next month or so.  I hope that you like the hard work that I’ve put into these posters.

Now here is the last of the planned fake-movie posters for a room that I’ve been building within an virtual world (by the way, I’ll be posting slightly modified versions to DeviantArt soon). I didn’t realize that this would take so long, so if I tested your patience I apologize. You might vaguely recognize the main subject as a variant of the Lux-Luna character—speaking of which, since I’ve doodled half of the planned pages, you can look out for drawn pages to be posted over the next month or so. I hope that you like the hard work that I’ve put into these posters.

Impression of Mouse Guard

First of all I want to thank all of you who have suddenly started following me over the past couple of days, especially those whom I couldn’t thank individually without the “ask” feature enabled. I really want to thank those of you who have committed to following me (instead of removing me right afterwards). This was such a nice surprise! I’ve tried to plug my blog on TumblrFind before, but for some reason I’m drawing in lots more followers. Were those fake-movie posters a hit or something? If you really liked them, I’ll make efforts to create more full-color drawings in the future (though you should also expect all sorts of things, including a grayscale comic that I plan on making after the last poster is posted here). I hope that you will enjoy the White Rose Weblog and the things that I create. Again you’re all welcome to see my secondary blog on Tumblr under brianshares as well. Furthermore, please feel free to write to me if you want a short talk.

Now then, imagine this high concept. Imagine anthropomorphic mice living in medieval Europe. These aren’t mice like in Looney Tunes cartoons or in the furry subculture. These are otherwise normal mice who happen to have opposable thumbs and the ability to speak. That’s the high concept behind Mouse Guard.

More specifically I read through the first collection, which is subtitled Fall 1152. The story is a fairly typical and somewhat predicable swashbuckling medieval adventure. There’s a bit too much exposition and not quite enough show-instead-of-tell and fairly thin character development to boot. The very premise, though, gives this comic personality. You see mice wielding swords and axes (with fairly realistic resulting wounds, in fact, preventing this from being cutesy, not to mention the wounds inflicted by predators), storming forts, and training bees. The naturalistic drawings also give a richer sense of presence to the mice, the snakes, the bees, and the crabs. The mice that this comic centers on, however, look similar enough that keeping track of who is who can be tricky unless they have really distinctive outfits.

Overall I’d say that this comic is average. I’ve seen worse though. If you happen to be a fan of Game of Thrones and have adolescent children whom you don’t want seeing the show, you might consider sharing the comic series Mouse Guard, which may pick up in later volumes.


Here is the second of three planned fake-movie posters for  room within a virtual world.  This is, of course, a more elaborate drawing than I usually do, so coloring and inking this took longer.  I do plan on drawing an even more elaborate picture for the third poster—stay tuned!

Here is the second of three planned fake-movie posters for room within a virtual world. This is, of course, a more elaborate drawing than I usually do, so coloring and inking this took longer. I do plan on drawing an even more elaborate picture for the third poster—stay tuned!