Lux Absio Bervatum

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ted drawing

This is a drawing I did last summer of my friend Ted. Needed it for something recently and realized it wasn't in my cloud storage so had to go hunting for it. Not my usual thing, but it's fun sometimes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

18xx tiles

Finished the tiles for my friend's 18xx game (previously).

These are formatted for 8.5×11 sheets. You can download the 9-page doc here (270 KB PDF) if interested.

"Hi, is this ____?"

Good phone etiquette is in short supply these days. More than 90% of the calls I get on my cell phone are scams, robocalls, or other uninvited parties. (Would be nice if the FCC did something to discourage this and stuff like number spoofing but that's not a priority for them right now. is a joke.)

And it's incredible how many human callers open with, "Hi, is this ____?" If you're contacting someone for a legitimate reason, don't do that. It's rude. First, identify yourself (and your organization if applicable), then ask for their identity. "Hi, this is Jennifer with First National Bank. Is this ____?"

My stock response for folks that don't do this: "Sorry, I don't identify myself to unknown callers. Who are you?" (It's okay to be blunt when they start off on the wrong foot.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lasercut Kingdomino tiles

Line thickness exaggerated for visibility. Just submitted for cutting on 6.2 mm birch plywood. Experimenting with a stencil system for numbering the backs (jig for positioning with spacers for centering single-digit numbers--that's the thing in the lower-right). Plan to paint backgrounds with watercolors and engraved areas with acrylics; spray paint for the backs. And lots of lacquer.

Each tile will end up about 6.9 × 3.4 cm (or 2.7 × 1.4 inches), which will make a finished 5 × 5 board 17.15 cm (or 6.75 inches) on a side.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Lasercut Qwixx boards

Remembered these lasercut Qwixx boards I made a couple years ago and posted about on BoardGameGeek (with .svg file for anyone that might want to make their own). I think I'll try doing a set of Kingdomino tiles with a similar setup. Can't decide how to do the numbers on the back (service I use only does single-sided engraving).

Bonus goat drawing by my friend's daughter (who's 6!), vectorized.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Quick-and-dirty hex map

Board game thing for my friend, I think it's for an 18xx-type game.

575 KB PDF (Google Drive)

Saturday, November 17, 2018


[redacted for negativity]

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dwarfmap stuff

A vector map thing I was puttering around with for a while.
Ended up using a chunk of it (mirrored and colored) for this sticker:

Monday, October 1, 2018

B&W thumbnail drawings

I shut down my Etsy store. I liked having it but it's not worth the monthly fees and I never sold anything (my own fault since I never announced it anywhere but on this blog). Here are some random thumbnail drawings I did this weekend.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Voxel hamlet

Playing around with MagicaVoxel

Saturday, September 8, 2018


More cellular automata stuff. Here's how these patterns are made (warning: boring & messy):

First, each cell gets a random number, 0-99. Then, each cell looks at itself and its 8 neighbors (call this the "area"). If more than 80% of the cells in the area are above 50 the cell becomes 3; if 60-80% of the cells in the area are above 50 the cell becomes 2; if 40-60% of the cells in the area are above 50 the cell becomes 1; if less than 40% of the cells in the area are above 50 the cell becomes 0. Now, each cell looks at itself, its 8 neighbors, and each of those neighbors' 8 neighbors (call this the "region"). If at least 2 cells in the region are 2's or 3's, the cell becomes 1 unless the sum of the orthogonally adjacent cells is less than 3 (in which case the cell becomes 0). In all other cases, the cell becomes 0. 1's are yellow, 0's are gray.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Another generative art thing I made, this time exclusively with Excel. Based very loosely on Conway's Game of Life.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

3x3x3 CMYK Generative Art

New art thing I made. Algorithmically generated. This is actually a 3x3 array of the same basic 3x3x5x5 piece run with different seeds 9 times. 

Within each of the 9 pieces are 3 different 5x5 grayscale "origin" arrays (they alternate right and left alignments). Each origin array is then translated (with non-number symbols corresponding to particular kinds of calculations based on surrounding cells) into a 5x5 array of sub-arrays (2x2 CMYK-value arrays). The black triangle pointer/arrow things show this progression from origin array to an intermediate 5x5x2x2 color data array. Then, progressing to the next array, each 2x2 sub-array of CMYK values is assigned as an actual color for each cell in the last 5x5 array.

Each of the 9 pieces has a title (for example, "Tufted Vows and Dark Notions") which is generated from the contents of 3 specific cells of each of its 3 origin arrays. The total namespace is 216,000 (3x12x15x16x25), so it's a little odd that some of these are so similar. That's randomness for you though.

Ultimately, the whole poster is a big 3x3x3x3x5x5(x2x2) array.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Stress reduction

In the August issue I let people know I wouldn't be doing the editor thing anymore. I really loved doing it, but it got to the point where I was sacrificing too much to keep it up. My overall quality of life was decreasing. So I said "alright, I'm dropping this water balloon and if no one catches it in the next 30 days it's gonna go splat." Amazingly enough, a few people caught it and kept it going.

Now I can address some of the things I've been neglecting and relax a little. I'm glad for that.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Print layout

Full-color spread (p. 6-7) I laid out for the upcoming issue of Tumbleweird

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The shameless commercialism continues

That poster I talked about in the last post? I put it on Etsy. Thanks again to corazón for helping exhibit my filthy wares.