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Thursday, August 27, 2009


So today I decided to visit the dinosaur zoo and I'm glad I did.  I got some great sketches over at the T-Rex exhibit.  Most of the time you show up to see a T-Rex you never get to see it or it just lays around in the sun.  But today they it was feeding time and even though it was obvious that the T-Rex wanted to hunt and not be fed (you can't just repress 10 million years of instinct) it chased that goat all over the pen until it got it.  Wonderful.

Also, I found this great old piece of paper to draw it on too.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mad Science

You'll see the rest of this story coming up later. Which one do you folks like better? More intense color or less intense color. I can't decide. Maybe I'll try another couple of experiments. Now that I really look at them, there really isn't much difference between the two.

Counting in Chinese

Some more stuff from work. This is a book teaching counting from one to ten in Chinese. Who is more appropriate to teach this than the Monkey King? Nobody, that's who.

In the story the Monkey King is born from a rock and then, seeing he is alone, creates multiples of himself from his hairs. Then he has ten friends. Count them.

Pretty fun idea for a counting book.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Two Posts in One Day? Is This Possible?

Some more stuff I've been doing for the early reader books for the Chinese Immersion Program.  I think my boss was expecting this story to be about two kids and not two owls.  She's cool with it.

A Problem Involving a Megalomaniacal Mustache:  A Tommy Pugmire Story.  

It's a comic book.  It's my BFA final project.  It's finally happening.  This year.  Or I don't graduate.

Also, I finally know what my two main characters look like (more or less.)  Meet Tommy Pugmire and Mr. Narrator.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A New School Year

Being married to a sixth grade teacher has it's advantages.  I regularly get to come into her class and teach art lessons, which is very fun.  I also get to do fun stuff like decorate the outside of her classroom.  If you read this blog regularly then you might remember this from last year.

This year Tiff decorated her room with monkeys so I drew a bunch of monkeys holding name tags.  I didn't have time to draw a big scene for the monkeys to climb around in so I made a huge piece of notebook paper.  It fits.

I think I draw better than I did at this time last year.  I had fun with this.  (Also, if you look closely at the names you will see that Tiff is teaching Donny Osmond's kid this year.  He's a cool kid.)