4-23-16

Well, I figure it’s time to give some dates and shows that are upcoming. I’m in two upcoming shows. The first is at the Micropolis Gallery inside the Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2 N Main St, Gloversville, NY 12078. The opening is on May 6th from 5 – 7PM. It will be at the gallery until sometime in mid to late June. I will be attending this opening so be sure to check it out if you can! If not stop by and see all the artwork that will be on display there while it is! The second will be at the Paul Nigra Center, 2736 NY-30, Gloversville, NY 12078, just behind where the big sand storage thing is right outside Mayfield. The opening will be May 12th, 6 – 8PM, and will be on display at the center until July 22nd. I am not certain if I will be able to attend this one yet but be sure to check it out! The piece on display at this showing will be “Bookshelf”, the piece that was also on display at the Perella Gallery last Fall. Both pieces are for sale if you have interest at the venue.

Next, I’ve been developing myself with my Cintiq in illustration on r/redditgetsdrawn.

So that’s what I’ve been up to artistically.

As for Go, I’ve been playing pretty regularly with someone a few stones stronger than me in even games. It’s been quite a losing streak but it will help me improve in the long run. I also need to start rereading Attack and Defense. Here’s one of the games:

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Til next time!

-JCM

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4-8-16

It’s been a while and really not a whole lot has happened aside from some planning and sketching up until this past month(ish). First off I should say that I intend on returning to 3 Wishes. It will be a reboot as I had some problems with making a story from what was initially supposed to be a 3 panel strip comedy series. It just didn’t work out. Something is in the works and I hope to bring you all more Jasper, Emerald and Death, along with a new cast and a story that’s actually built as a story from the start all the way through. I won’t say anymore about it for now 😉

Next, I’ve been working feverishly on improving my art and now that I have a cintiq it’s been basically nonstop! I spend a lot of time on r/redditgetsdrawn so here are a few of my favorites:

I’ll also be involved in a local juried exhibition at the Micropolis Gallery “Food for the Soul” show if you want to check out this painting in person or show your support! It’s May 6th from 5-7pm so come on out!

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I’ve been playing a bit of go here and there as well but not nearly as much as I did. Art is taking over for now. Shodan will have to wait a little while. But here’s a game I played a couple months ago that I enjoyed a lot if you want to take a look at how I’m doing. I lost but it was a fantastic game.

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Til next time!

 

-JCM

7-21-15

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Book Shelf was the piece selected for the Alumni Invitational Exhibition at the Perrella Gallery. I’m happy with the finished product and look forward to doing more works in this style. I have 2 more done so far and am working on a third. Expect more on that. I hope to get a full series of roughly 10 pieces done in pointillism with marker to showcase myself in this style. We’ll see where it goes from there. Book Shelf will be on display at the gallery in FMCC until October this year so make sure you get a chance to check it out along with all of the other works I’m proud to be on display beside!

I’ve also been moving forward with Go. I’m very excited that my travel Go set came in so I don’t have to lug my giant board around with me. Much more convenient. I’ve been playing about 4-6 games a week for the past 2 months regularly. Except this past week I wanted to devote more of my time to my art. I’m doing a Tsumego Daily series still but I may continue to focus on my art over Go games for a little while. I’ll never stop practicing though.

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Til next time!

-JCM

5-29-15

I finished and submitted my 3 works for the Alumni Art Show:

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Personally, I think “Bookshelf” has the best bet of being selected but I am partial to the idea behind “Gallery Meta”. I guess it’ll come down to technical ability vs. being thought provoking. Well, in my head it’s thought provoking anyway. Sort of a recursion of reality thing. The rose was just something I did in the span of time before the deadline and I figured that I may as well submit that too because why not. I’ll be working on another pointillism piece next. I want to see how far I can take the idea.

In order:

“Bookshelf” – Sharpie on paper, 2015

“Mother’s Day Rose” – Prismacolor Marker on paper, 2015

“Gallery Meta” – Prismacolor marker on paper, 2015

I’ve been doing well in my Go studies and games and have won most of my recent games. I’ve been doing a fair amount of Tsumego and I’m still working on Attack and Defense. If you’re interested in the book go through the publisher Kiseido instead of Amazon.

I’ve also been doing a regular thread on the subreddit r/baduk called Tsumego Daily that I just began this week! Check it out! Also for the archive of past Tsumego Dailies and for another outlet to find them check here.

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This was yesterday’s game. Today’s seemed to start off alright but the player changed at the beginning of the real midgame and stopped playing moves that made any sense at all. Today’s was a 2-stone handicap game where I was White.

The game in the link is a 2-stone game with me as Black. I was generally happy with my play. I attacked the upper group a bit wrong. I would have been better to split without the shoulder-hit. I also protected the bottom/bottom-right group improperly and it nearly died. Thankfully I was able to read a liberty shortage that my opponent missed. I think the only reason white played some of the moves he did was because he though the group was dead. But with that as his only real source of territory and having it destroyed white was just really looking for a place to resign and maybe hoping for a mistake to exploit in endgame. It was an enjoyable game to play.

Til next time!

-JCM

5-13-15

It’s been a while. I sort of took an extended hiatus from 3 Wishes and even Go in adjusting to the new place and then getting a new job as well. On top of it all I think I may be cursed with my computer, as it is down again. I plan on getting it fixed in a couple weeks. I have a few projects in the work and I’m working on a set of pieces to submit to an Art Show so I’ll post them when that’s all said and done. So, no pictures today. Most of my drawing has been pen sketching and practice otherwise. I think I’m really making headway though so look forward to seeing more when I’m able! I’ve also still been sketching for 3 Wishes recently. I haven’t abandoned it, as much as it seems that way.

I’ve also begun playing a game of Go every day in attempt to really further myself. I’ve been at it for about a week and a half now but it feels good to be back in the swing.

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Here’s a recent 2-stone game I played as White where I won. I made a few reading mistakes here and there but I feel like I was able to play solidly the entire way through.

I’ve ordered Attack and Defense as well to continue my study of Go. It’s been a while since my last book purchase and I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. I’ll probably do a book review of this one as well as all of the books I own at one point or another.

Til next time!

-JCM

7-26-14

Moving day is coming on us all. But there WILL be an update this week! I haven’t been home to work much this week but I do still have a few comics mostly done in advance. I’m gonna chew through them fast though so bear with me. I’m also working on another project with someone. It’s still in its earliest stages so hopefully it goes somewhere! I’m also considering the possibly of making some videos and/or livestreams of me working on various things (mostly 3 Wishes). I might do some silly livestreams as well once I get everything going properly with some (what I expect to be) ridiculous requests. We’ll see how everything goes with all of that! I have a lot of things in my head I would love to do but it’ll depend on how much I can take on. If I end up being able to monetize this all I’ll obviously have more time to do more stuff but for now it’s whatever I can get in my schedule 🙂 All of this said I feel that it is important to say that I am a man that believes in succinctness in stories. Anything I’m involved in comic-wise will have a clear beginning and a clear end. There won’t be any ongoing series from me in the traditional sense of comics.

I hope you’re all as excited as I am moving forward!

3 Wishes – http://3wishes.smackjeeves.com

3 Wishes Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Wishes/235562759965296

Website – http://leonprimrose.wordpress.com

Twitter – @jc_mraz

Email – 3wishescomic@gmail.com

-JCM

7-19-2014

I finally got my first official update up at 3 Wishes! It feels good to be working on it again. It’s like a sigh of relief after so long without. Unfortunately my schedule is still haywire but I’m getting to it as best as I can. Good news is that it’s actively coming along.

For Go news I’ve been throwing myself at problems nonstop. I’m going to hit them hard until I feel so comfortable with my reading that I should be a stone stronger by the time I play my next game. Then I’ll be working on getting myself Attack and Defense and some end game book I haven’t decided on yet. I need to be better at reading and play more honte.

Aside from that’ preparing for the move in with my girlfriend and friend. Gunna be a process but I’m excited! Wish me luck on everything!

3 Wishes – http://3wishes.smackjeeves.com

3 Wishes Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Wishes/235562759965296

Website – http://leonprimrose.wordpress.com

Twitter – @jc_mraz

Email – 3wishescomic@gmail.com

-JCM

6-27-14

It’s been a while! Posting updates from my phone was difficult so I decided to only do the one update that way. In addition, in about 2 months I’m moving, so there’s been a lot going on. Just got this up and running a day and a half ago and internet working last night. Currently, I’m working on getting all of my adobe products on and getting myself back up and running. I lost all that was on my hard drive but before it died I managed to save the important things. Primarily, most of 3 Wishes and my other artwork. I lost about a week of work on that but that’s no big deal. Better than months lost. So no worries there. I’m giving myself a week after I get everything installed to get going again and get into the swing of things. There will probably be a week or two at the end of August/beginning of September I’ll probably miss due to the move. I’ve also been working since the crash, so it’s important to note that I’m going to have to figure out a schedule to get all of this done and continually churning out. Don’t worry, I’ll get it. It just might be touch and go for a bit.

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I’ll be getter back to my talk about Baduk as well and plan on doing some self reviews and other types of things here when I’m able. It’s time to start pushing to shodan(1d). I’m more or less a solid 5k right now, but I haven’t been able to track improvement much for a while. I got the pleasure of visiting the nearest Go Club in my absence of a computer once. First time playing humans that I did not teach, in person. Very exciting. I lost both of my games but I went in expecting worse honestly. I feel like I was playing evenly with him at 3 stones (a 1d-2k ish. I’m not 100% clear on his rank) and I was definitely playing at a higher level than I remember playing last time online.

Anyways, remember to visit 3 Wishes to get caught up if you haven’t already and check out all my other sites and become a fan on facebook. Normally I would leave a link to everything but for today I’ll just post the one link that leads to most of it. Toodles-

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-JCM

5-17-14

I apologize for the delays in regular updates to both 3 Wishes and my blog. They are coming. I’m currently working as fast as I can on getting back up and running. I’m spending the down time woring on my artwork and style. While you won’t see the changes immediately as I am still ahead with pages that are prepped but not put tog
ether, they will become apparent soon enough 🙂

-jcm

4-7-14

With things going on and work I’ve been slacking a bit on 3 Wishes. Still good for a bit but time to buckle it down and get things done. I didn’t post anything last week because in comparison there really wasn’t a whole lot to update on with anything. I’m playing through Infamous: Second Son a second time for my evil play-through, though I forgot to put it on expert so I’m going to need to run through it a third time to do that. I suppose it’ll be easier once I’m acclimated to both powers I can decide which I’ll prefer on a harder difficulty. It’s the only game I currently own and since I’m saving up for a new computer I may as well get some good mileage out of it. All that I have done is currently backed up so if something happens and my computer decides to die before I get a new one and settle it all in I won’t be set back any. I just won’t be able to update until then.

As for Go, I haven’t been studying too hard personally this past couple weeks. I find that I learn more quickly when I Study hard for a time and then ease up and let all of the information incubate. I do this for everything I try to improve at except art (for the most part now-a-days) which I just power myself through. I have a schedule to keep on my art so it keeps me mostly motivated to not do this!I’ve been playing a lot of teaching games with my girlfriend and she’s improving in leaps and bounds, which is great to see! Soon enough she’ll catch up enough to play at under a 9-stone handicap! She would be the first person I’ve taught the game to put in enough effort and practice to do that. I’m very excited to get her up to about 10k so that she has a further appreciation for the game and understanding of the basics. It shouldn’t be too long at this rate.

3 Wishes – http://3wishes.smackjeeves.com

3 Wishes Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Wishes/235562759965296

Website – http://leonprimrose.wordpress.com

Twitter – @jc_mraz

Email – 3wishescomic@gmail.com

-JCM