Who Am I
What I Draw

I hate you, and I hate your face.
I'll be honest. I hate writing about myself. I am an Ohio native living in Akron, Ohio. I graduated from The University of Akron with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2007. I was originally Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science, but it turned out I hated math and liked art a bit more. I currently do graphic design and human interaction design work for a local engineering consulting company.

Aside from that, I'm a whore for technology. Computers, self-signed SSL certificates, 3G, networking, iida and Nokia handsets, YPrPb, source control, transparent Layer 3 bridges, T-Class amplifiers, bridge rectifiers, servos, it's all good. There's enough copper (and fibre!) running in my dwelling where if an asteroid were to strike, it would bounce. I enjoy occasional coding and working on small electronics projects too. I'm a licensed amateur radio technician, and I've had the FBI called on me for operating Wi-Fi equipment in places I shouldn't have.

During the colder seasons, I go snowboarding at the only hill near me. I try to go to Seven Springs in Pennsylvania once a year or so, just to get to a bigger mountain. Some day, I'll head out west and see what the scene on that side of the US is like. I also travel to Japan (or try to) every year to meet relatives and generally mess about in the Tokyo, Yonezawa, and Odawara areas.

I'm also a proud member of the Horde on US-Eitrigg. I can primarily be found as either Tsugutoshi, or Rhenzaburou. I don't play many other games online aside from World of Warcraft despite having an Xbox 360 or a Steam account. I play olden shooters like Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Enemy Territory : Quake Wars at small local LAN parties. I don't watch very many movies or watch TV, but I do make a concious effort to follow 24, Battlestar Galactica, The IT Crowd, CSI, and Law & Order. Maybe other shows if they happen to be on.

I have imposters too, so I use ClaimID to keep track of them when they pop up on the Google. Despite Google's insistence, I am not Mediterranean food.
Random things I like : Helvetica Neue Extended Ultralight, Quad-band GSM & Tri-band HSDPA, K2 snowboards and Rome bindings, S-IPS TFTs, Intel, ruebens, apple green tea, Volvo, Yonezawa ramen, Windows Server 2003 R2, SWAT Kats, EmEditor 6, phat bass, charcoal, Firefox, spinach fatayers, House M.D., camouflage, loud clicky keyboards, BattleMechs, cajun turkey, drawing shit, Vault, HTC, Italian Futurism, New England Clam Chowder, swearing, Solder that's not leadfree, wasabi, cylons, Orbital location 61.5W.

In case you wonder what/how.
The majority of what I post online is more or less considered furry or anthro. Calling it anything else would be a lie. They're fun to draw. That's really just about it. The one and only character I have at the moment is a generic bipedal wolf. He doesn't have a name or much of a personality, and he's likely also of Japanese descent like I am. I don't really give him much to do aside from snowboard. I'd kill to do that. Anyway. For a long time since his creation, he was a generic, unspecified canidae-family creature until recently. I've been drawing him for nearly six years now, and most changes that were made to him were usually natural in my work improving and progressing all around. I've decided I'd need a species to target if I wanted to develop that character in ant sort of meaningful direction.

With no official model or character sheet tying him down, that more or less gives me (and other people) an open license to do whatever. Most of his identifying features tend to stay intact. Piercings tend to disappear in appear randomly (sometimes in mass quantities), and there's no real origin or story behind the bandage. I just assumed he'd gotten himself into some sort of mess and had injured or damaged it. He really doesn't see much exposure out in the public, since anthro illustration as a whole doesn't have a place in day-to-day graphic design. Would be neat. Fairly unlikely in my line of work though. I do design and logo work every once in a while, but I do a bunch of that at work so I'm usually sick of it by the time I get home.

I haven't drawn or created any other characters aside from him, and that's something I'll likely tackle in the near future.

The process
There's really nothing special here. Read on if you're terribly curious.
In a nutshell, I start a collection of ideas, notes, clippings, printouts from the internet, and sketchbook pages for a piece. After that, a dozen or so experiments in composition and layouts on cheap letter-size paper, and then about another two dozen revisions between 11x17 scans and mockups done in Photoshop. The "final" linework is taken into Illustrator or Photoshop and "inked" there using a Wacom Intuos3 6x11 tablet. Storage is cheap. I scan at 600dpi and scale down from there if necessary. Linework ends up being in the ~11,000 pixel and in the 400-600MB range. Photoshop being exclusively my primary workspace, I've rearranged my keyboard in a first person shooter-like WASD arrangement. It makes getting work done quite a bit quicker. Right around here is pretty much where the process ends with a screeching halt since I'm still awful when it comes to coloring and rendering. I'll finish this part when I'm more confident about it.

The arsenal
Tools : Xerox 8.5x11 (Letter)-size and 11x17 (Ledger)-size paper, Hammermill Color Copy, 0.3mm 0.5mm 0.7mm mechanical pencil (various makes), Staedtler Mars Plastic eraser, Canon LiDE60 scanner, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe InDesign CS4, Macromedia FreeHandMX, EmEditor 6, Windows Vista 64-bit Edition (64-bit mandatory for seeing 4GB+ memory -- handy for working with multiple Adobe apps).

Desktop : Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz, Intel Q35 motherboard, 8GB DDR2-800, nVidia GeForce GTX260, Western Digital Raptor 10kRPM 150GB, Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB, Antec NSK4480 mid-ATX chassis. Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP color calibrated with a Pantone HueyPro.

Notebook : Dell Precision M4400 : Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53Ghz, 4GB DDR2-800, nVidia Quadro FX 770M, Seagate Momentus 7200RPM 320GB, 1920x1200 15.4" twin-CCFL LCD.

Sometimes I listen to music or podcasts while working on stuff. At work, I use an AMB Mini³ amp and Beyerdynamic DT770s. It blocks out everything, and helps me concentrate. Much to my coworkers' chagrin, I can't hear them while I'm in a sea of bass when they stop over at my desk. They now have learned that I really can't hear them, and that I'm not being an asshole ignoring them.

They're not frequent, but they were asked more then once.

Q : How do you pronounce "Krhainos"?
A : There is no official pronounciation. I've been saying "KRAY-nōs".
     Some people say "krr-HAI-nos". Both are fine with me.

Q : Does "Krhainos" mean anything?
A : No. The name was produced by hitting the keyboard with both fists and
     rearranging the vowels.

Q : Are you really Japanese?
A : Yes. I speak/read/write it as well.

Q : What did you use to make this site?
A : GNU nano, ActiveState Komodo Edit and the Firebug extension for debugging in Firefox.

Q : What typeface is that?
A : The logo is set in a custom typeface that was based off of a number of things.
     Subheaders are set in a typeface I made, heavily based on Foundry's Gridnik Medium.

Q : Do you accept commission work?
A : No. And as slow as I work, you wouldn't want to either.

Q : Do you do trades or requests?
A : No.

Q : You love snowboarding, who your favorite professional snowboarder?
A : I actually don't have one. Probably not that answer you were looking for. Sorry.

Q : What snowboard do you ride?
A : I have a 2008 Nidecker Megalight 163cm with Union Force-SL's, and a
     2009 LIB Tech T. Rice MTX 157cm with Rome Targas. I had a 2005 K2 Nemesis
     that I loved until some jerk stole it. Get a lock, folks.

A : Neither. I still like Blackbox.

Q : You say "mate" sometimes and you're neither Australian or from New Zealand.
A : I hate saying "dude", or worse "bro". Blame Stucat.

Q : What kind of music do you like?
A : Head over to the Zune Social or last.fm.

Q : You should draw more/post more.
A : Tell me about it. Also, that's not a question.

Q : I have a question.
A : Either find me on one of the contact methods below, or go to formspring.me

Let's waste some time.
I may not respond immediately, I'm usually doing something else. Try not to get offended.

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