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Thursday, November 9, 2017

I'm a 3D & Multimedia Artist

Below is one of first 3D scenes I ever created. It was modeled and rendered in 3ds Max, probably around 2004. I created the textures in Photoshop. It's based off of a great coffee shop called Uptown Espresso. I used to visit in Seattle. My classmates and I would sip coffee and draw in our sketchbooks there. It was within walking distance of my college, The Art Institute of Seattle. I always loved the homey feel in there, which I tried to capture in this render. That atmosphere was probably brought on by the great wood vanity they used as their table for condiments rather than a long rectangular cabinet with a flat countertop. It also had amazing huge windows which looked out to the busy street that they could open if it was a nice day.

Uptown Espresso
I've come a long way as an artist over the last thirteen years or so. Here's a render I made of a kitchen earlier this year. This one is different because I didn't model most of the 3D objects, but placed them from the library in the Chief Architect software I used to create this scene. Below that, though, you'll find a BMW I had the privelage to 3D model. Took me about 40 hours. It was a challenging and rewarding project. Anyways, just thought I'd share a little from another part of my life other than writing. If you'd like to see more of my art you can find an online portfolio here: Absalonson Art.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kitchen Design

BMW i8

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

REPOST: Halloween short story - A Dark Climb

Welcome to episode 14 of Short Stories of Dan Dan The Art Man! This episode is a narrated short story for Halloween about a new kid in town discovering just how real the local ghost story is when he's dared to climb up an old creepy tower that sits behind a mansion. Have a listen and I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cover Update for "Haunted House Flipper"

I updated my cover again. I added a ton of blue to it to give it more of an urban fantasy, supernatural feel. I like it a lot more and I think it will fit better next to book covers of similar books which is what you want. Hopefully I'm only a few busy weeks away from publishing this bad boy!

I'm ALMOST Ready for Beta Readers!

I'm so close to finishing my third pass through my manuscript to clean it up for Beta Readers to give it a go and give me their feedback. As I reread it I'm very happy with the story. I've been laughing out loud and really enjoying it so hopefully that means others will too! I got a little more done this morning after posting this last night so...
I'm actually in chapter 47 now! 
I'm sure this weekend I'll get it all done and by Monday I'll be emailing people to give it a read. I'm also going to make physical paperback advanced reader copies to hand out to people who don't like reading eBooks. So that will be fun! I'll be a sure to post a pic of that when it comes in the mail. Exciting times! I'm so close to publishing my first full length novel!!!!!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Writing Update and NaNoWriMo

Here's where I'm at:

  1. I wrote a novel.
  2. During the writing process some things changed.
  3. I went back through to revise the story.
  4. Now I'm halfway through one last pass to clean up the manuscript.

Once that's done it's off to Beta Readers! I won't be hitting my goal of having it ready to publish on Halloween, but I will get it up for sale THIS YEAR!

Will I be doing NaNoWriMo? I don't think so. But you should! It's so fun that I hesitate to say I won't, but I really should be finishing my illustrations for the chapter book I wrote called The Case of the Missing Snowman. The book is done, I just need to finish the illustrations. So I'll probably be working on getting that one done in November so it can be available at Christmas time.

That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by!