I thought it was awesome. I give it an A+.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Mighty Andar is out of the frying pan and into the fire! Each week I accept the illustration challenge posed at James Gurney's website. Each challenge I make into a three page comic strip. I'm taking it a step further by trying to piece together many of the strips into a single story. This week's challenge is to illustrate the line, "It seemed as if the entire planet was a university."
I apologize for the cropping, or lack thereof. Our computer is ill, and we are without Photoshop for now.
Monday, July 21, 2008
There's nothing funnier than someone wearing a Superman suit. The less super they look, the funnier they are.
The city of Metropolis, Illinois planned to set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most people in a Superman uniform . Even though there was no existing record, there were a ton of rules established for setting the first one.
The minimum necessary was 100 people and they had to wear authorized Superman costumes. No red towels for a cape with a hand-drawn “S” was permitted. The Guinness folks are a might fussy. And it had to be a SuperMAN costume, no SuperGIRL costumes were allowed.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Remember our family comic we created for the Kingdom Bound contest? Unfortunately, we did not win. I was told we came in second out of 71 entries. Today in the mail we got what I guess was a consolation prize -- four tickets for one day of the event!
The winning entry was a 3-D Pop-up art project, which truly was impressive. Check it out below. These people won four days and three months, which truthfully, probably would have been too much for us to handle with aa toddler in tow. You can see all of the entries of the contest here.
The other tricky scene to illustrate was the parting of the Jordan River. Having never seen a river parted in person, I can only speculate what it must of looked like. Did it pile up on one side or did it momentarily solidify like jello. My drawing looks like the latter, but other than that, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
As in the story of Gideon I drew, this Bible story refers to The Angel of the Lord appearing. Many Bible scholars believe this is a pre-incarnate visitation of Jesus.
That's all that is done so far. I will add more to it next week.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Panel Discussion Word Art
Monday, July 14, 2008
I know that I report primarily about comics, but there are times when a civic minded blogger must deviate from established patterns and let you know about latest scientific research, like this report about Argentine scientists who are collecting cow farts in plastic tanks. The report says that
Comments around my very scientific family so far have been:
Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide.
In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.
The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country's total greenhouse emissions.
As one of the world's biggest beef producers, Argentina has more than 55 million cows grazing in its famed Pampas grasslands.
Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, said every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 litres of emissions every day.
Methane, which is also released from landfills, coal mines and leaking gas pipes, is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
Scientists are now carrying out trials of new diets designed to improve cows's digestion and hopefully reduce global warming. Silvia Valtorta, of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations, said that by feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain "you can reduce methane emissions by 25 percent".
"Imagine if that thing broke open in the lab!"
"I hope no one lights a match!"
Friday, July 11, 2008
My submission for the art game is:
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have had this vague memory of watching a movie about a cartoonist when I was a kid. I knew that it starred Jack Lemmon, and I can vividly remember the main character working on a comic strip with pen and ink. It was a revelation to me at the time that comic strip artists work on large pieces of bristol which is later shrunk down. Up until that time, I can remember looking at the newspaper comic strips and thinking, "Wow, how do they draw in such tiny squares." This movie set me straight.
After an internet search I learned that the name of the movie is "How to Murder Your Wife" (1965) and that it was available on our Blockbuster website. After reassuring my wife that she was safe, I ordered the movie and we watched it tonight. There are some very funny scenes and it was neat to see how the main character projected his Walter Mitty fantasies and everyday frustrations into his comic strip. However, it is full of 60's era "dames are gonna be the death of us" misogynous humor and a very dumb resolution to a courtroom scene.
The comics that you see in the movie were actually drawn by cartoonist Mel Keefer, a cartoonist who is actually still working today. Here is one of the strips that appear in the movie.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I enjoy collecting political cartoons to show my students. I especially like to find examples that use the symbols of elephant to represent the Republican party and the donkey to represent the Democratic party. When I show one of these images to my students, they will undoubtedly laugh. Not many of them are aware of the symbolism behind them. This coming school year is a good time to do this unit, since by then, most of them will be aware of the presidential race that is going on. When I explain to them, that there are two teams – the elephant stands for McCain’s team and the donkey stands for Barak Obama’s team, the illustrations I show them take on new meaning. I also show them examples of political cartoons that use the Uncle Sam symbol to represent the
After looking at several examples, we practice drawing the elephant, donkey and Uncle Sam. The homework assignment is to go home, watch the news, talk with parents and pick a side. Most children choose the political party that their parents support. As I work with the students, I am careful not to express my own political opinions, but just give suggestions as to how they can present their opinions effectively. At the next art class, the assignment is to make a funny drawing that makes one side look bad or silly or foolish and to present the other side in a better light.
Since visual learners “think in pictures” (Kelly, n.d.), this assignment is automatically appealing to them. They want to see how things are done. They enjoy watching the demonstration. They often ask, “Can I see that again” (Smith, n.d.)?
Auditory learners learn best by listening, so hearing verbal descriptions of the images from the teacher and classmates help them understand the images better. They prefer to hear explanations and like to talk their way through things. They like to hear things and say it out loud for themselves. We need to remember not to yell at them for that. They can often follow directions after being told very precisely once or twice what to do. They will do what you say – exactly what you say. It is not enough to say, “Draw the elephant’s trunk like this. You need to say, “Make two curved lines that get closer together toward the end.” They often ask, “Can you explain that again?”
Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing, so the process of actually making the cartoons is what helps solidify the information. They like to follow along as you demonstrate. To meet the needs of these students, it’s important not to go on and on talking about political cartoons. They can’t wait to get started. They often ask, “Can we do that again?”
This project has something for every kind of learner and is a great way to look at the humorous side of our differences -- something people tend to get contentious about. Here are some of my students drawings:
Monday, July 7, 2008
My son Daniel is slowly trying to teach me how to color with Photoshop. These images are the result, although he did all of the real work. I had an idea for making a clock with the image of the Mystic Yak on it. I wanted to make one to hang in my studio to remind me to get to work, and that when things look overwhelming, the only sure way is to get started. Below is what the clock will look like.
There's a neat website called Cafepress. You can order objects with your own images on them. I designed a few different products with the images Dan and I colored. The store is here.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Each T.A.I.L.S. comic is followed by one page of knots instruction. I was told by Boy's Quest that I could do whatever I wanted with the comic as long as it led up to one page of knots instruction. I look at them as the advertisements that bring you this comic.
Here's the knots page for T.A.I.L.S. #50, which I had not completed until now.