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I told you it would be occasional edition

In my last newsletter I wrote about my studio and all the cool things I was going to build. Well, unfortunately, I decided not to renew my lease at the end of July. It’s definitely a bummer, but also kind of a relief. I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it work, and I’m happy to move on to the next thing.

I started making toys? 🎤🐛

One of the best things about that studio was having access to a 3D printer. Kaitlin asked me to make her a tiny microphone, and then I just started making a bunch of little things. The latest of them is a ton of tiny traffic cones.

It’s been really fun to quickly model something, print, sand and paint them. The most complicated one is the model of our cat Frank. I would say the modeling process took 20-30 hours total.

Then I spent a ton of time getting the 3D printer to behave and get a clean print. Eventually I gave up and paid to have Shapeways print a super nice full color version.

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I also went back through and re-tagged stuff so now it should be a lot easier to sift through everything.

I made a typeface

It’s called Peanut, and is based on my handwriting. There are two weights of Peanut, Regular and Bold:

It was super fun to build out the font with FontSelf and go in and fiddle with the character spacing / kerning pairs.

Some weird bits: there are two versions of I because in comics lettering any I within a word does not have horizontal bars. Also if you have ligatures turned on, typing pnut will result in the peanut (it is also the glyph for ∞).

You can download Peanut here: https://stublag.com/peanut/

This whole project has been a multi-week side tangent from the other main thing I’ve been working on lately:

I’m writing a book

Well actually it’s a graphic novel. I’m drawing a book? It is a book that I am both drawing and writing at different times.

It’s about living in Seattle and working remotely over the last five years. Everything I’ve tried, bought or figured out to make it work for me. It’s a lot. I started roughing out a transcript and it’s over 2500 words already

Some of the more recent drawings on doodle.zone are some rough drafts of pages/ideas that will eventually end up on the book. I’m still trying to figure out how to include more process work on doodle.zone. I think it would be boring to just go radio silent over there.

I don’t really know how long this is going to take, or how many pages it will end up being. 100? 200? For context I have finished about 7 pages in the last month and a half. Yikes!

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Okay that’s it. Thanks for continuing to receive this email!
Paul 👋

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