Custom Airbrushed Xbox 360 Modern Warfare

airbrushed modern warfare xbox 360Gamers are a group that love to stand out from each other and show some flair.  It’s fun to customize an Xbox 360 by grabbing an airbrush and painting video game cover artwork on it.

On this 360, I painted the cover artwork from Modern Warfare 2 in the Call of Duty franchise.

I’m not including a step by step how to paint tutorial for this because I didn’t have the presence of mind to record my steps (I didn’t have this blog when I painted this).

Word of advice: before you begin airbrushing your 360, it would be a good idea to carefully remove the case from the inner electronic components — just so you don’t get paint inside the machine.

 

 

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Enjoy Your Art — Enjoy the Process!

inspiring quote for artI try and remind myself that I got into art and making things because it is, at its root, a fun pastime for me.

In the past, I’ve endeavored to try and always make money from it, and I learned over time that that is not the path I was destined to go.

When I began to take it less seriously and less business-like, I regained the ease and sense of peace with my work.

If I ever end up making art as a living, it will be by accident– or magic. I’m not going to make it a business, though.  It needs to be organic and spontaneous, or I’m out.

Whichever comes first.

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Drawing Lesson: Learn How to Draw Knuckles (Sonic the Hedgehog Character)

 

< Go to How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog Page

I used to play a lot of video games when I was a kid, and, once the Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles came out, everything changed. I no longer went and spent all of my money at the arcade. Instead my buddies and I played at each others’ houses and spent our money on buying consoles to share.

One of the first amazing graphic games of its time was Sonic the Hedgehog, and I taught myself how to draw Sonic. Then, as the different game sequels came out, the Sonic universe grew, and more characters were added, like Sonic’s rival, Knuckles. He was kind of the “bad boy” of the group, and I decided that kids might appreciate a quick video drawing lesson on how to draw Knuckles step by step.

If you want to learn how to draw cartoons and manga characters, click here.

Here is the video–keep in mind to have fun and don’t worry about making mistakes!  No one is perfect, and you want to concentrate on trying to do things that most people will never even try!  Eventually, you’ll do it better than I did!

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My Homemade CNC Router Table (part 6)

 

< Go back to Part 5 of How I am Building My DIY CNC Router

homemade cnc router tableI seem to only get any building done on Sunday nights lately.  Have a day job puts a real damper on my Making aspirations, but I try really hard to get something done each week.

This past Sunday, I added the z-axis to my diy CNC router project.  It certainly has that homemade quality to it.

I added smaller drawer slides to the vertical framing of what will be the holding plate for the router (or plasma cutter) that will eventually be fitted to the CNC.

diy cnc router table (1)All of the drawer slides that I’m using to move everything are kind of stiff, and I’m expecting to log in some hours entirely to the task of “tweaking” all of the axes in order to have as frictionless movement as possible.

If there is a lot of backlash and stickiness to the slides, it may severely affect the cuts and ability for the stepper motors to move things effectively.

threaded rod for 3-axis CNC plansI also rough-cut and drilled where the x-axis threaded rod will run along the middle of table top.  I’m finding that I’ll probably need to re-think my placement of the NEMA17 motors considering how they have only shaft-top placement for the mounting screws.

I’ve added a couple videos to my youtube channel.

Here are the two newest videos I’ve added to the channel.  You’ll see how sticky the slides are–especially for the z-axis–I think some of the wood may have warped a little.  I didn’t necessarily adhere to strict precision guidelines in its installation.  In fact, I stuck to my philosophy that “eyeballing” everything is pretty accurate, within feet.

Here is part 6 video of the DIY CNC experiment:

Here is part 7 of my Homemade CNC project:

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