Friday, May 23, 2008

Sisters and Brothers

Evidence that while my kids tend to get along pretty well with each other, they do have their moments! My favorite part about this list was how it grew by a couple of items every day throughout the week. With each new day, I laughed uncontrollably at the new entries. Maybe I'm just easily entertained.

Keep in mind Brendan (the author) is 13 and Kaitlin ( the culprit) is 7.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Camping in the Mountains

Recently went camping with my son's class trip, and was determined to do a little bit of painting while in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. In addition to the more typical activities that the class did while camping such as canoeing, caving, cooking and playing frisbee, I lead the class in a sketching from nature session. I pointed out to the group of 7th graders the idea that they'll remember some of the visuals of the trip if they take the time to really study the details in drawing it that one doesn't necessarily get by taking photos. It was interesting in reviewing the drawings afterward that each artist chose different areas of the same landscape to draw as well as the far range of styles that emerged in using the same materials.

Also, adding one of my favorite visuals from the trip, the cooking of the shoes ritual that took place after the creek walk where we did our part to clean up the park, picking up trash and recyclables that had found there way into the creek and adjoining banks. Was thrilled to see the enthusiasm that these kids showed in cleaning up the area, and the teamwork they employed in getting trashbags that were overfilled back to base.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Make Mine Marvel-pt. 2

More Maniacal Merry Marvel Masterpiece cards for your 'Musement! You knew I had to draw a Modok didn't you, especially after Jeff Parker's hilarious take on him in last year's Marvel Adventures...

Friday, May 02, 2008

Make Mine Marvel!

Lookee here, at some of the 50 (count 'em) Marvel Masterworks cards I recently finished. These are some of the original art cards that will be slipped into the occasional pack o' cards. Good luck finding them! These were fun to do, drawing some of my favorite Marvel characters for the first time since I was a kid, and others just to revisit since I last drew them professionally. I'll probably post some more of them in the near future... and eventually post them all once they've been published.

BTW, I decided to leave all the pencil lines, unerased, to preserve the "sketchiness" of the sketch card concept. What do others think? Did I do the right thing?