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Hello, one and all!

Until I get my feud with PayPal worked through I'm switching to Dwolla. You'll find me there:

www.dwolla.com/

Sign up (it's free!) and you'll find me either using my biz email (wateryant at gmail dot coma) or on their business HUB as "ThinkTank Studios".

I've barely played with Dwolla a full day and I'm already liking it better than PayPal.

My apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for bearing with me!
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Opening Track
  • Reading: Stuff
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: Cheese n Crackers
  • Drinking: Koffei
Emerald City was a blast, recovering from it has taken a while, and it's time to bring to your attention the Next Big Thing that I am doing: a workshop, here in the lovely Sity of Seattle!

It's called "Making Weird Worlds Digitally". Two days of pure madness locked in a padded cell with me, Photoshop, a pile of reference and you, with your laptop and tablet. Hosted by the awesome Krab Jab Studios in lovely Georgetown, just south of downtown Seattle, it will be a weekend of artistic thrills and agony starting Saturday March 16th and ending Sunday March 17th. That's from 9am to 4pm each day, yo.

<www.krabjabstudio.com/#!worksh…>

I love to teach and I've made a successful career out of being weird, so come on down and pick my brain. I'll even trepan myself beforehand for ease of access!* It's going to be a hoot!








*Anthony Scott Waters makes no guarantee that eating his brainmeat will get you anything but Bombay Belly and Mud Butt.
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Opening Track
  • Reading: Stuff
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: Cheese n Crackers
  • Drinking: Koffei
Down at the Emerald City!

I will be at the Emerald City Comic Con, starting tomorrow, cold and all. I promise to not breathe on anyone. Come by and say hello! I'm going to be sandwiched between Anson Maddocks on one side and Brian Snoddy on the other. Z-06 is the Table, up in the Gaming section. It's gonna be great!

Look for the giant haggard bearded Viking dude. That'll be me.



....Okay, first task on my roster, now that I'm back on DA: figure out how to paste graphics into my journals like all the cool kids do.
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: &quot;Letter of Intent&quot; by the Ducktails
  • Reading: Stuff
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Hot tea
It might be that some of you have wondered where the Ant went. I mean, for a while he was all over the place, then pouf! Come 2010 and he was gone. Again.

Something happened to me in 2010. Something huge.

January 15th came and suddenly I was 40 years and one day older than my dad had been when he died.

That threw a switch in me. I have pulled the plug on my professional career. Too blunt? Okay, I've put it on indefinite hold. I do teach on the side for the Laguna College of Art and Design with a wonderful gent named Bobby Hernandez. That gives me just enough to keep the engines running.

Why am I doing this?

2013 is the year I begin busting out my own stories. This January I completed a project called the Little Book of Pain. It's an eBook at present, available on iBooks; the Kindle versions will be uploaded as soon as they're ready. My first offering may seem like a strange way to start, all personal and soul-bearing and such, but I owe some of my healing to those who have dared to let me see their pain, and I want to repay that debt the best way I can. Kay Jamison, William Styron, Andrew Solomon, the anonymous voices in "A Music I No Longer Heard" by Leslie Simon and Jan Johnson: they showed me I wasn't alone. It's my hope the Little Book of Pain will have the same effect on someone else. I call it a "Shitstorm Inspirational". I started on this quest in 2010, the year I gained the distinction of being my own dad's elder, and it seemed appropriate that my first book should be about him, and me, and the Little Kid forever caught between us by his suicide in 1976.

There's much yet to be done for the LBP. I've got the Kindle versions to complete and the hard copy of the LBP to finish for the Kickstarter campaign. I don't think I will be done with this story for a very long time. It's taken me thirty years to realize I'm living the damn thing and I can do more than cope. I choose to thrive.


I've worked with others to help them tell their stories for more than 20 years. Now it's my turn. I'm off. I've got enough material to keep me occupied for the rest of my days. I aim to catch your curiosity and hold it tight. My next project is already building a head of steam. The prologue for my tale will appear as part of the Dead Anyway comic anthology. It will mark my first dip into the terror-filled world of comics.

It may not always be a smooth ride, mind you. But I promise you it won't be dull, either.



The Facebook Page for the Little Book of Pain:

www.facebook.com/TheLittleBook…

I post news relating to my book there, art and such, but I also share things I find inspirational. Videos, animation, links to resources for depression and other mental health issues. There's a lingering sense of shame in our culture around mental illness. We've got to break that down. Depression can be treated. There are people who care and places where you can get help. The LBP page is my soapbox for issues like these.


You can find the eBook here, on iTunes. I apologize to all those with Kindles! I will have the Kindle version up as soon as I am able.

itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-l…


Lastly, here's the Facebook Page for Dead Anyway, well worth checking out:

www.facebook.com/deadanywayboo…
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: &quot;Letter of Intent&quot; by the Ducktails
  • Reading: Stuff
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Drink
No, not the movie, and no, not the song, though I did have sunshine on my shoulder a few moments ago. I've entitled this journal entry "sunshine" as that exactly fits the mood I'm in. I've been quiet too long. It's time to make some noise.

More news at the end of the week. 'till then, my heroes and heroines, stay frosty. I've missed you.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: I'm backin' up, backin' up, backin' up...
  • Reading: Night Shift
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: Goat Meal
  • Drinking: Coffeh

Sorry, people.

Wed Sep 8, 2010, 12:35 PM
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I fought Livestream and Livestream won. My Internet helped, which was no fair. Thanks, AT&T. Nice, reliable connection you got there.

I'll re-schedule later this week. Been meaning to post some process-related art anyway, just not like this.

Hang in there, folks, I'll get it wrestled to the mat yet. If anyone's got recommendations, I'm all ears.

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Harry Shearer's Le Show
  • Reading: All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
  • Watching: parts 2 and 3 of the Decalogue
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: home-made curry
  • Drinking: mango juice with GIN
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1. create a concept piece by doing an example of jpeg-bashing
2. create a concept piece by whipping one up alla prima
3. do an example of a quick jpeg-bashed prop
4. do something magical involving pixies and swamp gas
5. do the Thing I Owe Dark Mechanic

Tomorrow I'll be doing the Livestream thing from 9 a.m. 'till 1 p.m. Unless I'm having a ton of fun, in which case I'll just keep going 'till I drop.

Any thoughts?

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Stephanie Miller and the Mooks
  • Reading: All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
  • Watching: parts 2 and 3 of the Decalogue
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: home-made curry
  • Drinking: mango juice with GIN

It's Firefall!

Sat Sep 4, 2010, 7:39 PM
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Holy Cow. I can finally, almost, kinda-but-not-really say stuff about the game I worked on for damn near two years past.

www.firefallthegame.com/

Thank you Blur for making a beautiful cinematic. Doesn't exactly look like...well, whatever. There it is.

Hope you guys kick it at PAX, my former crew mates. Enjoy Seattle, the city dear to my heart. I'll have my fingers crossed for you.

EDIT: oh hey! Check under the Media section, there's one of my concept paintings! (It's the one of the tan-colored rock columns with the weird-colored storm in the background.) More to the point, there are a bunch of Jon Ryder's environment paintings, and some of MongSub Song's building designs, AND some of Arnold Tsang's and Joe Peterson's AND Doug Alexander's character art! Well worth the sifting.

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Stephanie Miller and the Mooks
  • Reading: All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
  • Watching: parts 2 and 3 of the Decalogue
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: home-made curry
  • Drinking: mango juice with GIN
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And right on the here place:

www.livestream.com/theantcast

I'll be doing tonal and color study examples for my Digital Painting class.

Come on in,
Take off your skin,
aaaand dance around in your boooones

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Stephanie Miller and the Mooks
  • Reading: All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
  • Watching: nothing because I'm reading
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: WAFFLES
  • Drinking: Kawfee
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Greetings one and all!

First things first: thank you, everyone who weighed in on the poll and journal. I'll be using Livestream for the nonce. Ustream may become my podcasting home should I get a few hundred viewers, or Vimeo (though I haven't had time to properly research that option). Why this interest in podcasting all of a sudden, you ask?

The answer is this: I start teaching Digital Painting next Monday at the Laguna College of Art and Design. It's my intent to use podcasting as a way of supplementing my class lectures and giving y'all a window into the cluttered attic of my brain. Some sessions will be examples of technique. I've learned a number of approaches to jpeg-bashing over the years. I still prefer to work from a thumbnail to a final, as if it were a little illustration. What the hell? I'll be showing folks how I do both, and you're welcome to check it out and chime in whether you're one of my students or not.

And the Magic URL IS:

www.livestream.com/theantcast

EDIT: thank you, Zebes, for reminding me: I plan on going live every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm, PST, starting next week. Mark your calendars!

I'm going to play with iMovie and iShowU in an effort to condense those Livestream sessions into Youtube-size chunks of five minutes or less. I don't have a mike or webcam yet (if any of you have particular Mac-friendly brands you'd care to recommend, feel free!) but that's on the immediate horizon. I go by "Sporkwarrior" on the Youtubes but I don't expect you to go out and bookmark that now. I'll post a link when there's something to watch.

I've got a huge pile of concept art yet to post. More art to come! Meanwhile, here's the trailer for the latest game I worked on for Nihilistic (I designed the sky boxes and dressed the arenas). I had a blast working with the Nihilistic crew. Good, good people.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PI9Sh…

There seems to be a lot of Player Discontent among the comments posted thus far. Bah. Knock it down once you've had a chance to play the damn thing, people. Honestly.

That's it for today. May you have a relaxing weekend, compadres! See you on the other side!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PI9Sh…

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: plumbers doing stuff
  • Reading: All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
  • Watching: nothing because I'm reading
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae
  • Eating: Cereal with Bits
  • Drinking: Kawfee

Ustream vs. Livestream?

Mon Jul 5, 2010, 12:42 PM
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Hello gents and gent-ettes!

I want to pull on your coat about something. Will those of you with Livestream and/or Ustream experience chime in and let me know your thoughts? Is one superior to the other?

I'm thinking about starting up a channel to go in conjunction with my Digital Painting class this fall. Would that sort of thing be useful to students?

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: my air filter
  • Reading: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
  • Watching: nothing because I'm reading
  • Playing: with my toes
  • Eating: Cereal with Bits
  • Drinking: Kawfee

Tom Baxa's making an Art Book!

Fri Jun 25, 2010, 6:55 PM
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Time to do some serious pimpage! My buddy and colleague Thomas Baxa (of Magic and D&D fame, among others) is using Kickstarter to get an art book rolling, and he's including prizes to encourage donations, so all you good people go and take a gander! Make whatever sort of donation you can. He's so damn close to meeting his mark!

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

I'm fired up to get my own copy. He might have a book-launch party, who knows? :D

Pounce, my brethren, pounce!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: a wall being built outside my place
  • Reading: Machete Season by Jean Hatfield
  • Watching: nothing because I'm reading
  • Playing: the game like a champeen
  • Eating: Chinese!!
  • Drinking: Rum n' Coke. It's Friday, baby!

...and now it's almost May...

Wed Apr 28, 2010, 9:12 AM
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I came back from Orlando and walked straight into a wall of freelance. There's my life, people. Windows of breathing space crammed between gigs. At least I'm shaving down the time between posts. From seven months to three! Yay progress.

Thank you, all my new watchers! Thank you to those who've dropped by to comment on my work over the past several weeks. I can't reply to every one (I wish I could) but it means a lot to me that you took the time to say something. I'm forced by work to run silent sometimes (as you all know). Your support helps me keep the fire going strong. Blessings on all your heads!

In other news:

I'll be stepping on a plane for Lyon, France, next week, for another appearance at a Magic event. I shared the Fukuyama event with Mark Tedin and guess who I'll be with in Lyon? Mark Tedin! Oh very much in a happy space about that. This is the first time I've been able to spend any amount of time in France. I'm ready! Bring on the cognac and Nutella. Yes, in that order.

Once I've returned I'll be spending a week or so getting my place finally in order. What with work, then getting laid off, then freelancing, my home is a disaster zone. And why? So I can start cranking on a couple of projects that are ALL MY OWN. Which means yes, after way too long, I will begin regular posts again. Then will come another hiatus, probably around the fall, because that's when I'll start teaching at LCAD. Digital painting, to be exact. I will be working on the course over the summer. That means I'll be tapping you, my watchers, for your experiences with painting instruction. I've got a plan shaping up in my head. I want to make sure my students get what they need. You can help!

Speaking of work, it's time to get cracking. I know a number of you have been awaiting my response. I'll get to you as soon as I can.

Hugs,

ant

EDIT: thank you for the Llamas but...eh? Help me out here, people. What are the Llamas for? Do I get a sweater out of this deal? :D

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Stephanie Miller and the Mooks
  • Reading: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
  • Watching: nothing because I'm reading
  • Playing: at being even slightly professional
  • Eating: Skrambled Eggz
  • Drinking: Kawfee

There went seven months.

Thu Jan 28, 2010, 9:55 PM
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KAPOW. Just like that. Here we are in a brand-new YEAR and I haven't even gotten around to posting anything about Prague. And that was five MONTHS ago. Ye Gods and little fishes....

...but I will be in Orlando, Florida, in barely 24 hours, as the guest for this latest Magic Pre-Release (yeah I know it sounds dirty but it ISN'T):

www.phoenixgames.us/

Anybody gonna be around? Come on by if you can.

Oh yeah: I'll be in Lyon, France, in May, for another Magic event. Anyone here know anything about Lyon? Not that I won't be looking it up soon as I get back from Orlando but hey, if you LIVE there or some such, you're liable to be a much better source of info, and I needs me the larnin'. Lay it on me if you has it.

More posts soon as I get back. More concept art, photos, and so on. Oh yeah: and check out the blog! Got a pile of new art up there, too.

Glad to be back, folks. It sucks just being a watcher when that's all you can do!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: worried puppy dogs
  • Reading: the Last Tsar by some Russian dude
  • Watching: nothing because I'm reading
  • Playing: at being even slightly professional
  • Eating: INNANOUT
  • Drinking: Fizzy stuff

And here I am.

Sat Jul 18, 2009, 3:27 AM
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I am in Fukuyama, truth seekers! And it's Hot and Humid and I've never felt so tall in my life. (Save for the last two times I was Japan, not to boast of such things, but...).

Tonight: sake, good company, good food, and a chance to get completely, utterly disoriented.

More at eleven!

*hugs*

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: My buddy singing behind me
  • Reading: stuff
  • Watching: Myself in the mirror
  • Playing: at being a tourist
  • Eating: fud
  • Drinking: MANGO JUICE

Got the dog, but not the bun.

Tue Jul 14, 2009, 9:20 AM
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But hey....I'm big in Japan!

At least it MIGHT be that I'm big in Japan. We'll find out in a couple days.

Yep, that's right. The Master of Self-Promotion here is letting you know at the last damn minute that he'll be at the Magic Grand Prix event in Hiroshima, Japan, this coming weekend! I'll be starring with Mark Tedin in the Travellin' Artist Signing Show, that strange bundle of oddities the wacky folks at Hasbro sends tumbling about the world on a yearly basis. Mark and I will be doing a painting together for a side act. Woot!

Are there any of my fellow DA people in the Hiroshima region, I wonder? Ping me if you want to link up. I'll be around for a few days following the event, bumming about your wonderful country. Look for the tall redheaded sweaty guy. (Us Vikings aren't made for humidity nor excessive heat.)

I am very excited, needless to say. Haven't been to Japan since 2003 (Yokohama). Gonna get me a giant-sized Homo sketchpad and a box of Decorer Pocky, baby!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: My scanner
  • Reading: Mumbo Jumbo
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae (and Barnum)
  • Eating: fud
  • Drinking: MANGO JUICE
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Then this is the place t'go, matey!!

hentaineko.deviantart.com/jour…

Hurry, there's only for slots left!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: My scanner
  • Reading: War Letters from Germany
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae (and Barnum)
  • Eating: fud
  • Drinking: MANGO JUICE

Poste-Demoe.

Tue Feb 17, 2009, 9:34 AM
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And today's word is: wow.

The demo at the Laguna Academy of Art and Design was GRAND. I had an enthusiastic crowd and a first-class bunch of techs who helped nursemaid me through the whole thing. And there was need of some TLC, since all the files I brought did NOT want to talk with either Sandy's computer, nor the other computer they tried. The audience kindly stuck with me as I ad-libbed my way through the first hour. It wasn't until the start of the second hour (and coaxing from a third computer)that I got a proper lecture rolling. Sandy graciously acted as my Vannah White while Neil and Josh wrestled with my disk. And they were victorious!

My thanks goes out to the staff and student crew at LCAD for keeping me afloat. I owe major kudos to my audience, too. You were fantastic.

I hope I get to do this again, and soon!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: My scanner
  • Reading: War Letters from Germany
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae (and Barnum)
  • Eating: fud
  • Drinking: MANGO JUICE

LCAD Update.

Tue Jan 27, 2009, 8:56 PM
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Hey folks!

Time for another plug. The workshop for creative brainiacs is coming nigh, and we want you there!

"The event will take place on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February, 8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in studio 9, at the LCAD campus. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop will feature presentations by Anthony Waters, Dean Deakyne, Farzad Varahrayan and Joe Peterson.

The cost of the event is $235. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required by Friday, January 30.  The remaining balance is due Friday, February 6 at noon.  Please contact Kerri Redeker at 949-376-6000 ext. 240 or kredeker@lagunacollege.edu to provide your payment.  She accepts Visa, Mastercard, check, and cash."

That's the whole kit n' kaboodle, my dears. Come on down!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: My scanner
  • Reading: Tim O'Brien
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae (and Barnum)
  • Eating: fud
  • Drinking: Breathe Easy Tea

44.

Tue Jan 20, 2009, 9:47 AM
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That was amazing. AMAZING.

The last time I can remember feeling this proud to be an American I was watching the Space Shuttle Columbia lifting off from Cape Canaveral. There have been high points since then, and man have there been some lows, but nothing so historical as this.

President Obama.

Wow.

Okay...back to my sickbed. I had to type SOMETHING about this!!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: My scanner
  • Reading: Tim O'Brien
  • Watching: My Monitor
  • Playing: with Ellie Mae (and Barnum)
  • Eating: fud
  • Drinking: Breathe Easy Tea