Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween

My favorite costume idea that won’t come to be (at least not this year) is Edward Gorey characters. So I’ll draw it instead.

From our grim, sallow, hollow-eyed family, have a happy halloween!

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the world’s best dad

The world’s best dad isn’t this guy, although he’s close.

The world’s best dad takes the crying baby outside the restaurant when your college friends (who you only see once a year) are visiting from out of town, so that you can eat like a normal person.

The world’s best dad goes into work late in order to let you go running and then greets you at the window with a waving baby as you’re returning home.

And the world’s BEST best dad reads stories with the baby, because he loves books, he loves reading and he loves the baby.

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Illustration Inspiration: an air-bending avatar

Since Lucy was born I’ve watched WAY more TV than usual. In the evenings, after hours of bouncing and singing and diaper changing, TV is often the only thing I have energy for.

Lately I have to admit that I’ve been passing up shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad for an anime series that, surprisingly, has some lovely illustrative elements. It’s called Avatar: The Last Airbender and it takes place in a world where people have the power to bend the elements of water, air, earth and fire.

Honestly, I am not an anime person. But I do have a giant soft spot for two genius animators:  Hayao Miyazaki and Samauri Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky. If those two had a love child it might just be Avatar. The characters are stylistically excellent, with great depth and humor. And all of the scenery is highly imaginative and asian inspired… I’m such a sucker for scenery! So we’ll see how this influences my latest work. It already seems as though the Owl and the Pussycat are traveling through a Japan-inspired world of willowy trees and patterned waves.

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