AI Villains #AI #computer #art

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Sundays now are lazy days for me. I either post something silly or other people’s work. Usually both. Today, I’m giving you some irony that’s likely to generate some heat. Here’s a video showing the result of asking artificial intelligence to make villains out of various countries.

The irony? This art can provide inspiration for TTRPG villains.

I love this version of Anubis. I’d like to see a species based on Anubis that serves his interests.

Spain created its villain, and he’s looking for payback.

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My Favorite Album Cover @IronMaiden #music #IronMaiden #gatekeeping

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A Facebook friend posted about his meeting with Derek Riggs, the creator of Eddie, the character gracing the covers of Iron Maiden’s albums. Despite my efforts to soil that character, Eddie is iconic, as are the album covers generally. Among those covers, Number of the Beast is my favorite, and probably my favorite album cover of all time. Somewhere in Time is more impressive, and (one of my favorite 5 albums) Powerslave is more interesting, but Number of the Beast wins. My reasoning is less about the display and more about the message.

Derek intended no message.

“That particular idea I stole from a comic book that I’d read in the 70s, then I adapted it. I wasn’t trying to create a mood. I was just trying to get the job done in the short time I had.”

I inferred a clear message from it, and it raises a pet peeve of mine. When someone gets admonished for doing something bad, rather than say, “I will be a better person going forward,” they sometimes say something like, “That’s not who I am. That’s not me.”

Well, who the hell was it? It was your body doing that crazy stuff. Is there a gremlin living in your head controlling your every move? This excuse is appropriately along the lines of “the devil made me do it,” and it’s a subtle way to avoid properly owning up for the mistake. No, you did the bad thing. You’re responsible. It is you. We hope it’s not who you want to be, and we hope that you’ll grow out of it, but right now, you’re the asshole, not some unidentified, supernatural manipulator. The album exemplifies this by showing that, while the devil is pulling Eddie’s strings, Eddie is pulling the devil’s strings. The smaller Eddie is what people see, the devil is who Eddie blames, but ultimately Eddie is in control. That’s true for all of us.

Is my interpretation correct? Well, yes, because it’s a subjective perspective. Good art encourages you to think and feel on your own. It doesn’t matter what the artist intended; I read into it what I do, and you read into it what you do. Both of us can like it even if our interpretations are in direct opposition to each other or even to the artist.

In this case, I’m sure most of you took the same message from the art, so there really isn’t much of a dispute. So, I guess the real message of this post is, “Leave your gatekeeping at the door.”

Think about it.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 31: Stranger Things Eddie #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave #JosephQuinn @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior

And here is today’s entry.

Day 31: Stranger Things

Thankfully, Inktober ends with this one. I’m tempted to recycle the other Eddie (Day 4), but I’ve made it this far. There’s no sense in giving up. (Well, maybe there’s some sense to giving up.)

You have my most humble apologies for this entire month. I think we can all agree is great that it’s over.

Clearly, I didn’t draw this. Happy Halloween!

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 30: American Psycho #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior | Next >>

And here is today’s entry.

Day 30: American Psycho

I re-watched the movie in preparation for this one.

It didn’t help. That’s supposed to be blood, but it looks like sweat. Goofily thick sweat. I could have done more with the hair, perhaps avoiding a five-head, but that wasn’t going to save this anymore than my poor attempt at shading in his mouth did. There’s simply nothing right about this drawing, so I punted.

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 29: Green Lantern #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave #GreenLantern #DCEU @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz @VancityReynolds

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior | Next >>

And here is today’s entry.

Day 29: Green Lantern

Because the Green Lantern movie is one of my guilty pleasures, I chose to go with the Ryan Reynolds version.

Okay, well that’s a crash and burn, but why should this drawing be any different from the rest? You probably think Ryan Reynolds deserves this because of the movie. Let’s change the subject, then.

Isn’t it about time we get a live action Green Lantern? By the time the series is released on HBO Max, I’m probably going to be too frustrated to enjoy it.

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 28: Johnny Quest #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave #JohnnyQuest @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior | Next >>

And here is today’s entry.

Day 28: Johnny Quest

I loved this show as a kid. I thought Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law’s take on it was funny. What a happy family.

And now we’re back on Earth. I suck. This was an easy one, and I still can’t get the proportions right. At least I didn’t have to draw his hands.

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 27: Scooby Doo Gang #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave #ScoobyDoo @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior | Next >>

And here is today’s entry.

Day 27: Scooby Doo Gang

Holy shit! I did it!

This is definitely my best work. Tune in tomorrow when reality sets back in.

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 26: Space Ghost #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave #Childhood #SpaceGhost #TV @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior | Next >>

And here is today’s entry.

Day 26: Space Ghost

Does anyone even know who Space Ghost is? I can assure you that no one did back in 2007 (see below).

I have no idea what happened to his feet. Or his legs. Or his arms. Or his hands. Actually, I do know what happened. I drew it. But at least today you get something far better.

Or far worse, depending on your perspective. This is from 2007, and I still have the costume (though not the underwear). I think I’d fit in it just as well today.

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 25: The Warriors #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz @JoeWalsh

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

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And here is today’s entry.

Day 25: The Warriors

Great movie. In the City by Joe Walsh is also great.

He’s got a huge head.

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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Inktober for Charity, Day 24: Beastie Boys #Inktober #JDRF #StillBrave #music @JDRF @stillbrave @KevinBednarz @beastieboys

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September’s series of musical selections is officially over! It’s October! Or should I say . . . Inktober?

Do you remember what happened the last time I celebrated Inktober? No? Well, you’re not going to like it. You’re certainly not go to like this one. You see, a friend posted to Facebook a list of Inktober assignments, and being the smartass I am, I’ve taken on (synonym: stolen) those assignments despite my . . . “modest” drawing skills. Look, mine will be funnier, okay? I’d link to his (which are going to be much better), but he protects his tweets. You’ll have to settle for mine.

He’s drawing for a charity by offering his drawings for sale, the proceeds for which go to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Noble, but my choice of charity is the JDRF. Unfortunately, no one will buy my work, so until their link breaks, you can directly donate here. Or you can donate to Stillbrave. I won’t get angry. Here are the assignments:

I don’t know all of these things.

<< Prior | Next >>

And here is today’s entry.

Day 24: Beastie Boys

I mentioned the Beastie Boys last month. That was unintentional foreshadowing.

It doesn’t even look like them. Would you know who these guys were if you didn’t know?

Before you laugh, try to remember that it’s for charity. Then laugh.

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