2020-04-24 – arboreal

2020-04-24 - arboreal
Aye-aye, sir.

I remembered to check the Merriam-Webster site for the Word of the Day, and it was a word I can work with! Promising start to a rainy Friday.

I’ve always loved the weird, wide-eyed primates and prosimians. And they don’t get weirder or wide-eyer than the aye-aye (well, I suppose the tarsiers may have something to say about that). If I had the aye-aye’s cool middle finger, I’d have a hard time not showing it off. And given how much of a hard time I already have not flashing my not-particularly-cool middle finger, that’s saying something.

This is reminding me that it’s been some time since I’ve been to a zoo. Don’t think I’ll be rectifying that any time soon.


2020-04-14 – hypnagogic

2020-04-14 - hypnagogic
Spoiler alert: zzzzz

Even with all this stay-at-home time on my hands these days, I haven’t been able to rally any motivation to break out the ol’ drawing pad. It got me wondering how I was able to churn out a drawing every day of #Inktober. Then it hit me: I could use Merriam-Webster’s word-of-the-day and run with my OWN #Inktober-type thing. We’ll call it quaran-toons! Brilliant!

But then I checked the Merriam-Webster site and saw the word for that day: hypnagogic. I like obscure words as much as the next guy (OK, way MORE than the next guy), but I’d never heard that one before. A quick glance at the recent words of the day showed what I would be up against if I tried to use those words as drawing prompts. So I don’t think #quarantoons is going to be a daily feature. I’ll check the site and hope that something comes to mind. If it does, I’ll dash off a drawing…and you’ll all be the first to know.

2020-03-29 – “collect ’em all” (10)

(2020-03-28) Covid 19 (2)
Free inside: N95 mask!

So there’s kind of a global public health crisis happening now, and most of the world is under stay-at-home orders. I’d just as soon not dwell on this topic at the moment, so let’s move on…

With so much more time on my hands for indoor activities, I’ve been desperately trying to force inspiration for drawing. This has gone as well as it usually does.

Thank God for Beth, who texted me a picture of this product with the message “This is begging for a current events Wacky Package.” It so was. And here we are.

The usual few comments about the process: shout-out to the employee at Blick Art Supplies who pointed me to Smooth Bristol 100-lb paper, which takes the ink from the Tombow markers much better and provides more cover for my crude, brush-stroke heavy “technique.” I also continue to love the color options provided by the Tombow marker set I got a couple of years ago. On the down side, even the fine-point ends of these markers aren’t small enough to allow for detailed lettering work. I’m not terribly pleased with the “COVID” and the “Hell on us” in this drawing. Finally, I hate to admit this, but I find it increasingly hard on my hand to do detailed work for any length of time. I remember lamenting the increasing shakiness of later-year Peanuts comics (though not as much as I lamented the abject terribleness of the writing). I’m feeling more sympathetic to Charles Schulz now, God rest his soul.


2020-02-11 – “collect ’em all” (9)

(2020-02-11) f'reak
now with more inclusions!

It’s been a while since I’ve added to this series. Indeed, I was stunned to see that it had been (with the exception of a double-duty drawing from Inktober 2019) almost TWO YEARS since I’d done one of these parodies.

I started this one last summer, when Maia and her friend Rachel had the Wawa F’real monkey on their backs something fierce. I’m never sure about “cheating” and using the computer to add lettering, but I’m pleased with how it worked here. It’s almost a requirement any time I need white text.

Had a surprisingly hard time thinking of crap to put in the ice cream. Should have put a mushroom or two. Used the wrong magic marker for the bone, which should be white and not grey. Oh, well. I do like the tentacle and the hand.

Gruss vom Krampus (2018)

2018 Krampuskarten (crop)
He’s gonna need a bigger basket.

Here’s last year’s Krampuskarten. For this fourth effort I returned to featuring the childrens. For some reason, this set in my head that I am on a rotation of who is featured with the K-man (spoiler alert: I continued the rotation with Krampus 2019). I should break that pattern. The problem is that I am running out of ideas of what kind of devilry I can show Krampus perpetrating.

I was particularly pleased with this drawing. The kids look reasonably like who they should be, and I like how Krampus and Santa came out (as it were).

Oops: I intended to include the usual suspects on the naughty list, but I accidentally omitted Todd.

2019-10-31 – ripe

10-31 ripe
more stink lines!

Better late than never, but that’s a wrap! I didn’t set any hard goals for Inktober 2019, and that probably helped keep it fun and less obligationy.

Had to check to see if this usage of “ripe” is Merriam-Webster sanctioned or if it’s still just lurking in the deepest alleys of slang. Looks like it’s the latter.

Where’s the baby’s belly button? Oops.

2019-10-30 – catch

10-30 catch.jpg

Looks like I might just pull off an Inktober clean sweep! I love prompts that can be rendered in baseball-related drawings (obviously). This one was a gimme.

Catcher’s equipment sure has evolved since my day.