Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm It.

I have been "tagged" by several people in the past, but don't really know what that means. I didn't care for the questions that were asked, so I decided to come up with my own.

Things That Bug Me:

1. When people lick their fingers to turn pages in books.
2. When people talk during movies, bring babies to movies, eat smelly hot dogs during movies, or leave before the credits are over.
3. The smell of vinegar and pumpkin.
4. In the movies when one person starts to clap, then two, then three, and suddenly everyone is applauding.
5. When people eat ice cream off a spoon, leave a mound of it on the spoon, and then finish it.
6. Papyrus Font

Favorite Supermarket Aisles:

1. Laundry detergent aisle.
2. Bread aisle.
3. Cereal aisle.

Least Favorite Supermarket Aisle:

1. Dog food aisle.

Favorite Non-Video Games:

1. Pit
2. Connect 4
3. Set
4. Boggle
5. McDonald's Monopoly

Least Favorite Non-Video Games:

1. Monopoly
2. Monopoly Jr.
3. Monopoly the Mega Edition
4.Chutes and Ladders (It never ends.)

Least Favorite Foods:

Anything that ends with, "-slaw," "-loaf," "-role," "-ish," or "-ushi."

Favorite Tire Brands:

1. Michelin
2. Good Year
3. Pirelli

Favorite Saturday PBS Programs:

1. The New Yankee Workshop
2. America's Test Kitchen
3. The Woodwright's Shop

Best Whining in a Leading Roll:

1. Luke Skywalker - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
2. Daniel Larusso - The Karate Kid
3. Dr. Gillian Taylor - Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
4. Willie Scott - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
5. Randy Parker - A Christmas Story

Dream Job:

1. Host The Price is Right.

The One Christmas Gift I Wanted, but Didn't Receive This Year:

Well, there you have it. If you'd like to be tagged, knock yourself out...consider yourself "it."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


This was a bit of freelance that came my way last week. These were done for the Shakespeare play Comedy of Errors that is playing here locally. They wanted the backgrounds to be in a Warner Bros./Maurice Noble style. The WB cartoons, Deduce You Say and Drip Along Daffy were used as the reference for style and color. My buddy, Fred Gardner, designed and drew the layouts, and I painted them along with Scott Fassett. They then projected the images onto a screen which serve as the backgrounds for the play. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.

The image above was painted by Scott, and I painted the images below.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Keeping Busy of Waiting?

I broke the old Nu-Pastels out (HAHAHAHAHA, get it? Because they break and they're old because I've had them for awhile, but they're also nu, because of the brand, but not spelled like new...sigh, anyway) the other day whilst I play the waiting game, and decided I'd try to do some head studies. I spent about an hour on each of these.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Out With the Old or In With the New?

Since it is the beginning of the new year, I've decided to post the happenings of the holidays up to the present day. We began the holiday months by spending a quiet Thanksgiving at home, and let me tell ya, the good folks at Del Taco out did themselves once again.

We started off the Christmas holiday by being laid off from my job. Just before Christmas, the studio I worked for decided to pull the plug on our project which sent me into the realm of unemployment. Between putting together portfolios and trying to find a job, I now pass the time listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack and putting Legos together. The highlight of my day is checking the mail, which usually contains 20% off coupons to Bed Bath and Beyond. The other highlight of my day is watching Cash Cab on the Discovery channel. It hasn't been all humdrum and glum. We didn't let this setback keep us from enjoying the season. Since money is a little tight, we had to be a bit inventive with our gift giving. Luckily for us I have been doing a bit of inventing, which mostly consists of me duct taping flashlights to different things. I also decided to just return items that we've borrowed from others over the years. This year, I gave my mom back her spatula but with a brand new flashlight taped to it. My dad got a new Blue Ray player this year, so I gave him back his Ambervision glasses.
And I gave each of my brothers a new Norman Rockwell calendar. Our insurance company sends us one each year, so I just gathered the ones we've collected from years past, scratched out the old year, and put 2009. I also threw in a few 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupons for them.

We spent New Years with friends playing the Nintendo Wii. They got a new game called Wii New Years, so we just played that all night.

Well, out with the old and in with the new. We had a good year. It was a bit rocky towards the end, but we're optimistic for what's to come.