Archive for March, 2011

Sketch A Day, Day 33

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Today in history, Alexander Graham Bell won the race to patent the telephone. Now people can ignore each other 24 hours a day by staring at their phones. Good job, Alex!

 

PS, yes that is a Bluetooth in his ear.

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Sketch A Day, Day 32

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Internet Rule # 9,310:  when in doubt, draw M.O.D.O.K.

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Sketch A Day, Day 31

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

 

She’s like Usain Bolt on the monkey bars.

I regret placing the text around the arm, but otherwise I like the simplified structure. It maximizes cuteness.

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Sketch A Day, Day 30

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

It was reported today that Qaddafi is ordering troops and mercenaries to kill his own people. I hope the world won’t sit by and let any more innocent people die because of him.

I honestly thought that the picture was at least marginally original until I saw this story on the Telegraph about how hundreds upon hundreds of people have created caricatures of him as a form of protesting his insane, brutal regime.

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Sketch A Day, Day 29

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Eisner! I got you a very stiff sketch of your classic character, The Spirit. Hope you like it.

 

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Sketch A Day, Day 28

Monday, March 21st, 2011

One of the Cohen Brothers’ most under-rated movies is the Hudsucker Proxy. It’s a throwback to a type of movie that was never really made. It’s sweet and weird and Paul Newman is great. And it celebrates an invention that was the XBox, iPad and Segway of its day all rolled up into one simple idea; for kids.

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Sketch-A-Day Day 27

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Gentlemen in their hats. Can you name all the characters?

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Sketch-A-Day Day 26

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I was always getting matched up to wrestle guys like this in high-school.

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Sketch-A-Day Day 25

Friday, March 18th, 2011

BFF’s.

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Sketch-A-Day Day 24

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I feel like Mr. Creosote today.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 23

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Little Known Fact:  Squirrels terrify their young with the stories of Polykittus; the 30 foot tall cyclopean cat that ran amuck in the ancient squirrel world and how he was bested by a small group of squirrels lead by Squirrlessius. What? You knew that already? Fair enough.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 22

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Happy Oscars day! Is that not the most poorly drawn Oscar statue ever? It looks like an Easter Island Head had a baby with a chocolate bunny. For my Oscar pool, I picked Jonah Hex to sweep every category. I did not see it in the theaters, but it seemed like such perfect Oscar-bait:  a physically and emotionally scarred veteran fights for the rights of the powerless under the thumb of a tyrant. UPDATE: Turns out Jonah Hex was not nominated at all because it was terrible. I just hope the same thing doesn’t happen to my next year’s pick, Season of the Witch.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 21

Monday, March 14th, 2011

This day in History:  John Sullivan beat up some alien slugs.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 20

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Yes! That is the TARDIS! What’s a TARDIS? Seriously? Look, do yourself a favor and do your family a favor and sit down together to watch Dr. Who. It’s streaming on demand on Netflix.

 

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Sketch A Day, Day 19

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Happy Birthday, Honus. Honus Wagner was a hall-of-fame short-stop for the Pirates and is the face on one of the most expensive pieces of ephemera in American History. Honus seems like a real stand-up guy. The baseball card with his picture was distributed in cigarette packs. When Honus found out, he reportedly demanded that the tobacco company pull the plug on his card because he didn’t want kids buying the cigarettes just to get one.

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Sketch A Day, Day 18

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Boy oh boy, when I heard about Dolly the cloned sheep, it was one of the most exciting things ever. The future was NOW (or then, as it were). Multipicity (yes, that movie with all those Michael Keatons) was becoming a reality. But now, 14 years later and I still don’t have a slightly genetically inferior version of myself to do menial tasks. I’m still taking out the garbage.

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Sketch A Day, Day 17

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

This is an attempt to recreate the lines drawn 80 years ago for a Fleischer Studios cartoon, MARIUTCH. It was a bouncing-ball song cartoon–basically depression-era karaoke. According to a great article from ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive, this cartoon was drawn almost single handedly by Grim Natwick. Aside from having an awesome name, Grim was an amazing animator. You can see the short film here:  http://www.animationarchive.org/?p=2328

Please to enjoy!

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Sketch A Day, Day 16

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Happy President’s Day! I used a quarter as reference—the new ones with the bigger head. Enjoy.

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Sketch A Day, Day 15

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A nice companion to yesterday’s Birthday card to Copernicus, today’s sketch celebrates the anniversary of John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth.

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Sketch A Day, Day 14

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Happy Birthday, Copernicus!

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 13

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I have great memories of THE SECRET OF NIMH. Growing up, it was the only movie or TV show (that I knew of) with a character with my name. It’s now pretty popular, what with Bieber-fever and people bringing sexy back and what-not, but back then it was just me and Justin the Rat (and Justine Bateman from FAMILY TIES).

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 12

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

For those of you who don’t know comic books, Mysterio is a Spider-Man villain. He is, by most accounts, silly. He wears a giant opaque fish bowl on his head and his “power” is that he is an ex-Hollywood special effects guy, hypnotist and magician. Imagine if Stan Winston decided to break bad. I think he would be very dismayed by his Wikipedia page. I always liked him. He would deploy these elaborate special effects to drive Spider-Man insane and then once Spidey figured it all out, he would appear in a huge puff of smoke and explain his plot. Then Spidey would knock him out. It was good fun.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 11

Friday, March 4th, 2011

 

While at a concert over this past summer, I saw a side-show called The Alberti Flea Circus. I had never seen a flea circus before and as I sat though the show, I was fascinated with the setup. It was great fun to watch the people interact with these fleas. Of course at my flea circus, the fleas are bigger than elephants and will jump for miles and miles. I named the circus in honor of the inspiration.

Here’s a picture of the main stage of the Alberti Flea Circus (with thanks to Sr. Jim Alberti and his star fleas).

Alberti’s website is http://www.albertifleacircus.com/.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 10

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

It was an impressive display of Watson’s ability to understand natural language and to ring the buzzer with unceasing accuracy. Although, it seemed to me that the questions were less difficult than a normal Jeopardy! game. I have no evidence of this, mind you, and I mean no offense. I’m talking specifically to those of you who are computers, of which there are many. All best, and good luck exterminating humanity!

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 9

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It was Valentine’s Day and a few single people I know felt the pressure to be in love, or else. Or else what? I didn’t know, until I heard about these unicorns.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 8

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

“The Fall,” a movie directed by Tarsem Singh and released in 2008, is absolutely stunning, visually. And the story is quite clever. It was streaming on Netflix watch instantly this day. Do yourself a favor and watch it. The sketch is of The Masked Bandit, of course.

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