Friday, March 16, 2018

Scooby The Venomous Bat Hound

I may have had a bit too much exposure to Scooby Doo last weekend.

My sons are almost always up for a viewing of a Scooby Doo movie. For those of you who are blissfully unaware of the developments in the Scooby Doo empire since the original television series in the late 60’s and 70’s, there has been a lot more since. 

A whole lot more.

There have been an endless number of films in recent years (and I am not talking about the live action remakes) Scoob and the gang have been paired with everything and everyone from LEGOs to Kiss, to Batman to the WWE. And more movies are coming all the time.

I can’t say we have watched all of them...but perhaps all of them that the kids know about.

It is not exaggerating to say that I loathed the show when I was a kid....yes back when the original series was being broadcast, I am that old. I particularly disliked the munchies-stricken Shaggy and his similarly scraggly chin haired dog. 

As a parent, I have come to mostly amicably tolerate those meddling kids. Mostly because, well, there are much worse things out there to watch. (Although I do detest the contemporary incarnations where Velma is dolled up. Or even worse, where she and Shaggy are a romantic couple.)

But after my younger son watched several Scooby movies back to back last weekend, I felt my old hatred come creeping back.

Thus we have a napkin with a evil looking Scooby (I had already drawn him with three heads as Cerebus, so I had to try something else.) 

I couldn’t just make him look malicious and get away with it, so I dressed him as Batman’s companion, Ace the Bat hound. Ace was my younger son’s obsession during his preschool years. 

I borrowed the composition and style from a
“Batman Venom” cover by José Luis García-López. This is a paperback that collects “Legends of the Dark Knight” issues 16-20 and tells the story of how Batman falls apart physically and morally while taking a performance enhancing drug... kind of like my state after watching too much Hanna Barbera. Just kidding.

(And check out how nicely the shell pattern on the napkin lines up with Scooby’s mouth, or don’t...I can’t reasonably expect anyone else to be interested in that sort of thing...)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Case of Drawings

These watercolors are included in the show “or, The New Prometheus” at the Humanities Gallery at Long Island University in Brooklyn opening this week.

These drawings originally hailed from the Inktober project in 2016, and were produced under duress at the rate of one per night. They were mostly on the topic of body and health dysfunction and had tongue in cheek pseudo sciency titles like “Topical Mimesis of Hormetic Stressors”

This was not a popular series of drawings on the Daily Napkins Instagram. As I recall, I managed to scare away at least 200 followers a week during the inktober month. “Where are the Batman Napkins??” Rest assured, there is, in fact, a Batman napkin coming up. 

But for those of you not exclusively interested in Batman...
The show is curated by Nancy Grove and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein...or, the Modern Prometheus” 
It features fine works by Judith Shea, Todd Lambrix, Andy Ralp,  Matt Freedman and Elizabeth Harney.
March 5-30, 2018, opening reception March 8th 6-8 pm.

(And there is more of this sort of drawing at  @the_good_rash on Instagram if you are really a glutton for dysfunctional health watercolor punishment.)

Internet Famous Canines

Vicarious Social Media Fame 
(relative & brief)

We noticed that a napkin featuring blogger Lance Stewart & Lizzie Wurst’s puppy Theo (from our internet famous dog series) posted on 210official’s instagram received a mere 52,000 more likes our posts usually receive. 

Thanks @210official!

We did have some previous experience with this sort of vicarious social media liking.

A previous Instagram famous dog napkin featuring Logan Paul and his dog Kong was posted on Twitter by Cody Carlile and got at least 1300 more likes than our posting. Sadly, Mr. Carlile blocked our account after we commended him on his popularity and his amazing ability to make a drawing on a “tissue” that strongly resembled our napkin. (I can only assume that it is even more difficult to draw on tissues than on napkins.) 

I was sorry that he blocked us as I had wanted to take a screenshot of the well liked napkin- we are lucky to accrue 5 or 6 likes for our most popular posts on Twitter. I was also enjoying Mr. Carlile’s very modest and sincere responses to the many people on Twitter who commented how amazing his drawing skills were. 

My younger son was quite aggrieved that our napkin had been pirated...and then officially praised by Logan Paul himself. (This was back before Mr. Paul had disgraced himself by behaving inappropriately on YouTube...well, more inappropriately than usual.)

My son wanted to somehow rectify the situation and penalize this Cody Carlile individual for his plagiarism. But I observed that Mr. Carlile appeared to be a non adult person, so it seemed particularly inappropriate for me to pursue him for a bad online choice. 

And, it is always amusing to know that the napkins could be more popular...if only they were not posted by me.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Golem, Zombie and Friends

I am delighted to have the Undead Guy and some drawings included in “or, The New Prometheus” in the Humanities Gallery at Long Island University in Brooklyn. 

The show is curated by Nancy Grove and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein...or, the Modern Prometheus” 

Also included, fine works by Judith Shea, Todd Lambrix, Andy Ralph, Matt Freedman and Elizabeth Harney

March 5-30, 2018, opening reception March 7th 6-8 pm if you happen to be in downtown Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Black Panther War Rhino

We were very happy to finally see Black Panther with our sons/ underage colonizers. 

But now everyone wants to be licked by a vibranium plated rhino

Sunday, February 25, 2018

King of Dragons from “Dragons: Race to the Edge”

Our son was overjoyed to find that the release of the sixth season of Dragons: Race to the Edge coincided with the Presidents Day long weekend.

And I always enjoy an opportunity to draw pointy teeth.

Wyvern from Ark

Ark Wyvern rendered in butter, sugar and food coloring.

We have survived another birthday event, complete with a frosted surface.

The Wyverns have been a source of contention at our house recently as they require round the clock care and feeding. This maintenance interferes with other bodily and academic functions (sleep, school)

Fortunately, the Wyvern has reached adulthood and I can stop hiding the cord to the WiFi overnight.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidents’ Day

I asked my younger son what he thought I should draw for Presidents Day and he said, “A pug. Everyone likes pugs.” Ok. Here is the Mount Rushmore crew riding a pug...on a beach. Because if you are going to ride a giant pug, why not on a beach?

After my son looked at it, he told me that I should have drawn a pug with George Washington’s face instead.

Maybe next year?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kraken Loves Cthulhu for Valentines Day

Kraken Loves Cthulhu for Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Day has been pretty uneventful for us. The day went officially unacknowledged at both kids’ schools. Gone are the days of homemade Valentines for the whole class collected in a decorated shoebox. Both kids and my spouse claim to have little or no interest in chocolate, so not much gratification there either. 

But I couldn’t let the day pass completely without comment. 

We are still on a bit of a tentacle kick around here. Cthulhu mostly, but in a pinch, a Kraken will do. 

My exacting younger son informed me that the Kraken is too octopuslike and not squidy enough. He also suggested that the ultimate Valentine’s Day image would be of two roses exchanging or sniffing a human. Perhaps next year?

And I just want to point out that I have not assumed the gender of either tentacle owner. (My kids have been embroidering the “did you just assume my gender meme” lately. More to come on that later, I am afraid)

View our previous valentines here

Monday, February 5, 2018

Venompool with Broccoli

Venom and Deadpool continue to be compelling are our house. Gross, immoral anti-heroes (preferably with an R rated movie) are so much more attractive to our kids than the good guys. 

And a combination of the two is particularly winsome. 

Our younger son and I debated whether he should have saliva dripping off his excessively long tongue. Most images of Venompool feature multiple strands of drool.  Nonetheless, we decided the saliva drapery was not an essential component. 

Or maybe I was just concerned that I was not going to be able to render the fluid in a convincing fashion.

But I am certain that Venompool would be salivating in anticipation of eating some broccoli in his school lunch.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Birthday Cthulhu

Our alien overlord would probably have preferred to be rendered in a darker color, but I find black frosting to be a bummer for all involved.

The cake is half the size of the usual birthday frosting holder. In fact, I cut it in half and stacked it, thus its barely rectangular shape. 

While it is not my best cake decoration work, it does have an exceptionally large amount of frosting. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pet Fox

Pet Fox rides the NYC Subway:

The main benefit of the pet fox discussion might be that it makes dogs seem easy and reasonable by comparison.

Unfortunately, a pet was not among the birthday presents for our son today. I wish I were able to produce an appropriate companion animal. 

The napkin is a poor substitute. Particularly this one. He looks particularly disappointed doesn’t he?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sith Plague Doctor

Plague Doctor Mask modeled by our soon to be 11 year old son.

Mask mostly fabricated by his glue gun incompetent mother from a patten by

Sith light saber courtesy of the Star Wars universe.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Guy with Chest Hair and Constricted Armpits

Guy with Chest Hair and Constricted Armpits 

I suppose this one is part of the Hideous Progeny series of drawings of our kids.

It was supposed to be a quick warm up, a low expectations sketch to loosen up before doing a more serious drawing for a proposal.

We are all not surprised that I haven’t gotten to the serious drawing yet.

My younger son, the provider of the chest hair, was quite disappointed that this drawing was not in color.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Familiar Funkos

Funko figures are much on our younger son’s mind recently. (He wants to buy them all)

In lieu of purchasing an infinite number of vinyl figures, I drew him & his older brother in the Funko style. 

Unsurprisingly, not a satisfactory solution.

The oversized heads, while perhaps metaphorically accurate, make it hard to pose them close enough to portray brotherly togetherness.

....and the hair... I know, not my best work.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tie Wearing Knight Guy

My totally unsuccessful drawing of a character designed by my younger son. 

I told him he should draw it himself for greater accuracy. 

It’s my favorite parenting strategy lately: inspiring my kids’ accomplishment through my own incompetence.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ewok Outnumbered by Porgs

This napkin actually came before the New Years Porg with Ewok skull image, but the winter break from school has gotten the better of me.

Yes. We saw the Star Wars movie. (Was there a choice?) 

And yes, the Porgs were either delightful or annoying, depending on whose opinion you would like to hear. 

But at least the Porgs were not shown lactating.

This was also true for the Ewoks in “The Return of the Jedi” 

Something we did not even know that we should be thankful for back in 1983.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year Porg with Ewok Skull

Happy New Year from Ahch-To:

Who is the most popular Star Wars charismatic microfauna now?

I feel pretty much the same way about the Porgs from “The Last Jedi” as I did about the Ewoks.

The Ewoks appeared to be dangerous predators as well as insipid furry eyesores. (They were planning to eat Harrison Ford, remember?) 

It is amusing to imagine that the Porgs might also be threatening. 

No, I don’t dislike Ewoks that much.
I just wanted an opportunity to draw a skull.