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May 25, 2014 3:49 pm
The “thank you” card theme continues-but this time in exotic francais! This was meant to go to my French professor for the last term, but, being terrible, I didn’t actually finish it until after the end of exam period…and since he was going to be returning to la patrie I don’t think it will wind up getting to him.The kitty is fairly obviously ripped from the famous French “Chat Noir” poster. Since my professor was always quick to riff on French stereotypes to everyone’s great amusement I felt like he would appreciate the addition of the cigarette, beret, and wine bottle (although I do apologize if it rubs anyone the wrong way). I had a lot of fun drawing that smoke!

The “thank you” card theme continues-but this time in exotic francais! This was meant to go to my French professor for the last term, but, being terrible, I didn’t actually finish it until after the end of exam period…and since he was going to be returning to la patrie I don’t think it will wind up getting to him.
The kitty is fairly obviously ripped from the famous French “Chat Noir” poster. Since my professor was always quick to riff on French stereotypes to everyone’s great amusement I felt like he would appreciate the addition of the cigarette, beret, and wine bottle (although I do apologize if it rubs anyone the wrong way). I had a lot of fun drawing that smoke!

May 22, 2014 7:01 pm
For whatever reason, it seems like a significant percentage of the drawings I have actually managed to finish over the past few years are for “thank you” notes! This was for my Art History professor/Academic Adviser of the past 2 semesters, who has been extremely helpful in helping me figure out what classes I need to take and is super patient with my endless litany of questions. Her specialty/area of expertise is Asian art, specifically China, and to my shame the famous terracotta warriors are really the only Chinese art I’m familiar with. It also occurred to me after I added the red circle pattern in the background just so the thing felt less naked that they totally resemble the red circle of the Japanese flag…-1,000 points for cultural sensitivity. But it was fun to draw, especially his face.

For whatever reason, it seems like a significant percentage of the drawings I have actually managed to finish over the past few years are for “thank you” notes! This was for my Art History professor/Academic Adviser of the past 2 semesters, who has been extremely helpful in helping me figure out what classes I need to take and is super patient with my endless litany of questions. Her specialty/area of expertise is Asian art, specifically China, and to my shame the famous terracotta warriors are really the only Chinese art I’m familiar with. It also occurred to me after I added the red circle pattern in the background just so the thing felt less naked that they totally resemble the red circle of the Japanese flag…-1,000 points for cultural sensitivity. But it was fun to draw, especially his face.

May 21, 2014 2:02 pm
Well, it’s been since New Years since I was active in any meaningful capacity on Tumblr, but now with summer underway I have more time on my hands and figured I would try to get back on the (cyber)horse and post the few meager things I’ve drawn during that interval.Over Christmas break in Houston I was lucky enough to finally get to meet my mom’s friend Caryl, who she has always gushed about but I had no personal experience with. Needless to say, Caryl is WONDERFUL and was so nice to all us marauding out-of-towners barging into her house, eating her food, reading her magazines, and creepily photographing her cool antiques (okay, those last two were just me). She has 2 equally lovable dogs, Monet and Lenny, Lenny being an elderly retired therapy dog. Sadly, around March/April we learned by way of a letter that Caryl had had to make the difficult decision to put Lenny to sleep because he just could not get around any more. She invited me to contribute a sketch of Lenny for a memorial shadowbox she is making in his honor, so I did this based on a picture I took on our vacation.

Well, it’s been since New Years since I was active in any meaningful capacity on Tumblr, but now with summer underway I have more time on my hands and figured I would try to get back on the (cyber)horse and post the few meager things I’ve drawn during that interval.

Over Christmas break in Houston I was lucky enough to finally get to meet my mom’s friend Caryl, who she has always gushed about but I had no personal experience with. Needless to say, Caryl is WONDERFUL and was so nice to all us marauding out-of-towners barging into her house, eating her food, reading her magazines, and creepily photographing her cool antiques (okay, those last two were just me). She has 2 equally lovable dogs, Monet and Lenny, Lenny being an elderly retired therapy dog. Sadly, around March/April we learned by way of a letter that Caryl had had to make the difficult decision to put Lenny to sleep because he just could not get around any more. She invited me to contribute a sketch of Lenny for a memorial shadowbox she is making in his honor, so I did this based on a picture I took on our vacation.

January 2, 2014 9:01 pm

From BoingBoing.com:

A few weeks ago, I blogged about my new obsession with early to mid-era Pink Floyd oddities. Here, the NYT Lede blog points to a special rarity: a moon landing jam session the band recorded at a BBC TV studio during the descent of Apollo 11, the first time human beings ever set foot on another world. David Gilmour in the Guardian:

It was a live broadcast, and there was a panel of scientists on one side of the studio, with us on the other. I was 23. The programming was a little looser in those days, and if a producer of a late-night programme felt like it, they would do something a bit off the wall. Funnily enough I’ve never really heard it since, but it is on YouTube. They were broadcasting the moon landing and they thought that to provide a bit of a break they would show us jamming. It was only about five minutes long. The song was called Moonhead — it’s a nice, atmospheric, spacey 12-bar blues.

More at the Lede. From the video upload description by “Psych Prog Folk Blues Garage”:

A instrumental piece used for a tv-programme on the evening of the first moonlanding July 20, 1969. The programme was a used by the BBC in between the coverage of the actual moonlanding -and was called ‘But what if it’s made of green cheese’. The theme was the first verse and the coda, with various actors reading quotes and poetry about the moon over. The rest of the programme was information, discussions and sketches. Later in the show, Moonhead was performed uninterrupted. The music can be heard on the bootlegs ‘With/Without’ and ‘Wavelenghts’. The song has also been known as ‘Trip On Mars’.

Two thoughts: First, I really want a copy of those bootlegs. Second, holy crap, what if NASA events were accompanied by this kind of free-form live art happening today? How awesome would that be?

January 1, 2014 9:00 pm

Broken Brass Ensemble combines the traditional New Orleans brass with hiphop, balkan, funk, fanfare (and much more) into a blazing mixture of energy. The eight BBE members are all young and talented musicians who combine swinging brass with tight percussion. All their work are originals, though the band isn’t ashamed to rock the audience with a surprising cover every now and then. Here, “Thrift Shop (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis cover).”

A dose of fantastic and funny funk (by way of the Netherlands, I believe!) to help ring in 2014!

December 31, 2013 9:01 pm

I am not really a New Years person, but whenever I hear this it always makes me all choked up! I hope everybody enjoys any revelry, reflection, or goal-setting they might engage in tonight or tomorrow and that all have high, happy hopes for 2014.

December 30, 2013 7:01 pm

Polka Floyd is a band out of Toledo that does polka covers of Pink Floyd songs. Here, “Brain Damage/Eclipse.”

My inner Czech and my inner Pink Floyd enthusiast are tittering in glee and dancing a happy jig together. God bless these guys!

December 27, 2013 7:01 pm

Top 5 Thoughts I Have In Yoga Classes

5. Be a treeeeeee-*wobbles precariously*-EEEEEEEE-*regains semblance of balance*-eee…
4. Wait, are we on the left or the right?
3. I shouldn’t be thinking right now.
2. Ow. OW. Ow?
1. My GOD, I need to clip my toenails. 

5:01 pm
vintagetoyarchive:


PARKSMITH: 1967 MINI BRAT Stick Out My Tongue Doll


And yet these are still decidedly less disturbing than today’s “brat” dolls!

vintagetoyarchive:

PARKSMITH: 1967 MINI BRAT Stick Out My Tongue Doll

And yet these are still decidedly less disturbing than today’s “brat” dolls!

December 26, 2013 8:30 pm

That's My Mom!

  • Kimberly: What's your "type," Daddy?
  • Daddy: Czech girls with thick ankles.