It’s my birthday today. I turn 32, and H.C.Staff turns 5. The first two years of the blog’s life (under the name Heart’s Content) were sucked into the Great Palestinian Hackervoid, but nobody remembers the first two years of their life anyway.

One of my classmates showed up on the second-to-last day of class wearing a bright green St. Patrick’s Day shirt. It turns out he is part Irish and his friend runs a bar. He told me that outside of Ireland, the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day is Chicago. This year they are bringing back the St. Patrick’s Parade (cancelled during previous years due to excessive drunkenness) and as per tradition, coloring the Chicago River green.

I’m in Chicago now, and while I will be back in Seattle for St. Patrick’s Day itself, I’m here for a particularly Irish reason: to see Lunasa in concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The best spring break activity ever is also the best birthday present ever.

So while normally birthday posts are the time for me to gripe about how much I fail at life and how I’m so far from reaching my dreams, I’m too happy for that today. Instead, you get this.

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Now some of you may be wondering how I managed to graduate from art school with my work looking like it did in 2002. The answer lies in the fact that people are not the only subjects people draw, although it could be argued that they are the most important.

When I was much younger, I took a personality test to predict my future career and the result was “Architect”. Now that was a complete miss, seeing as I ended up becoming a Systems Engineer. But it did somewhat foretell that I would be better at drawing buildings and other things made out of straight lines. I suck at drawing people, but I can draw everything else. I don’t have the polish of a true professional, but that’s just because I haven’t practiced enough.

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I may not be able to put as many hours into my artwork as I would want to. I may not learn things as quickly or as easily as people who are more gifted. I may fail more often and waste more time and effort. I may complain too much and work too little.

But I’ll be better this year than I was last year.

6 Responses to “32”

  1. Flak says:

    Happy birthday man!! To many more years of your artwork and griping 😉

  2. Jesus159159159 says:


    Now some of you may be wondering how I managed to graduate from art school with my work looking like it did in 2002.

    Well, it’s hard NOT to wonder *BA DUM PSH* JUST KIDDING HAHAHAHA I’ve actually never seen your artwork from 2002. Perhaps the earliest date was around 2009 (I think). Anyway, you’ve improved quite a bit so I guess it’s all good.

    Instead, you get this.

    So that’s where you download that specific template! Thanks~ Here’s to many more years!

  3. Sixten says:

    Thanks, you guys. I appreciate it.

    @Flak: The griping will outlive the artwork. In high school, I used to refer to myself as Chronic Complainer, Son of Perpetual Nagger. And then my teacher called my mother to tell her I had called her a nagger. If I become famous, people will call me “the griper.”

    @Jesus: If you think 2002 was bad, wait till you see 2000. Oh wait, you can’t because I destroyed all of my character drawings from that time. It’s probably for the best.

  4. Mushyrulez says:

    You’re a bit older than I thought you’d be, heh. Happy Birthday, and here’s to another five years of drawing to your heart’s content 😛

  5. Samu-kun says:

    Happy birthday, Sixten! (Although I missed it by two days. :()

    Good to see that it’s not a downer post this year. Has it really been three years since we worked on Sunrider together? Well, I’m glad that 2009 turned out being the year of Sunrider despite it never getting done!

  6. GoldenSunfreak says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Sixten! I look forward to more good art from you!

    On a side note, “Chronic Complainer, Son of Perpetual Nagger” might make an interesting Magic card…


    At the beginning of each upkeep, make a complaint or sacrifice Chronic Complainer.

    Whenever you make a complaint, put a +1/+1 counter on Chronic Complainer and target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

    Each time you make a complaint, an opponent can choose to sacrifice a permanent or discard a card from his or her hand. If no one does, you must complain 3 more times.

    …Okay, that might actually be broken. And I’ve obviously read too much into it. But I hope you enjoyed that bit of nonsense 🙂

    Keep doing what you do!

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