Saturday, October 8, 2011


Just because I like monsters and dinosaurs and dragons so much. This one, like a lot of my color stuff these days is in Photoshop. There are things I like very much about working digitally and things that I like not so much. It seems like I am almost getting it when it comes to Photoshop, but there is just something that I can't quite put my finger on. Oh well, I'll keep trying.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Robot Bug pt.2

These are a couple of drawings of the robot bug that I posted a few days ago. They are fairly literal but I still like them. Make some robot bugs and get drawing!


These are drawings that I have been doing with my grammar school kids since I started teaching art. I usually do them as an ice breaker or when I have no idea what else to do! I didn't come up with the idea; a friend of mine said he remembered an old local show from when he grew up in Mississippi (?) and a guy named Uncle Bunky would do these crazy drawings. The gag is I write "head, body, arms, legs, tail, wings, horns" on the overhead and then get the kids to start listing animals. Then we draw whatever they have come up with. Sometimes it gets a little goofy, like when they said "goldfish" for arms; instead of drawing fins for the arms, I decided to make the arms out of goldfish. The kids absolutely love it and I get requests throughout the year to do more drawings like these.
Keep in mind that these aren't super complicated drawings because I only have about 45 minutes to get 3rd - 6th graders to draw these. I am always surprised at how hard the kids work on these - they are usually very successful drawings!


This is the scene in the Oddyssey just as good ol' Polyphemus is sitting down to warm his bones beside the fire and he hears some unscrupulous Greeks in the back of his cave.

Cyclopes aren't typically known for their sunny disposition, but as I made this bottom piece I imagined Polyphemus saying something in a husky voice like, "Hey guys, it's my birthday! Hey, hey, hey!" I enjoyed making this piece immensely. I think I achieved something with my Photoshop work that I have not been able to do to this point. Well, ever onward and upward, I suppose.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Robot Bug

I'm not a sculptor nor am I much for technology. But I do love bugs. And robots are kind of cool. I made this robot bug out of junk. I've made several drawings of it which I suppose I'll post. I'm currently tearing apart old VCRs and CD players for their guts to make more of these both for myself and for a project to do for one of my classes. Fun.