The super moon came around on November 14th and I had a pretty good idea bring some attention to it. It took me at least one week before before then to think up the concept, type the script on Word Pad, draw everything on one sheet of paper, and add the colors. The result: comical writing and images, an astronomical lesson, and a visual aid all wrapped together into one piece of edutainment.
Like I said before, my expanding on certain characters makes my series look promising. A moon orbit model around Yonda? Very fitting! It has been quite a while since I drew Damsel 5000, but I found one good use for her. Other uses for her remain a mystery, but I’m sure something will come along in the future. Plus, I came up with a (one-shot) character called Supermoon and some background camera characters you see running behind Vivian. You know, Blockopolis wouldn’t be much of a city if it didn’t have more citizens.
Occasionally, I thought about coming up with a piece of art to honor our nation’s veterans. Now you can view it! We have Tipper Tawp and Helix Coptimus to get us into the spirit.
Last year, I had Yonda, Boomer, and Dwight participate, so now I have the remainder of the nominees taking the challenge in different ways.
I start off with typing the text and make ‘thumbnails’ of the pages, giving me an idea of how they’ll appear when I add the text and images. Seeing as how long the latest pages are compared to the previous ones, I think I’ve improved more on my ability to tell stories, although I could use a lesson in drawing comics better. However, I’ve recently learned that it’s all right if a work of art is ‘finished, not perfect’ and being able to complete something will give you more confidence and a better sense of purpose.
Last month, Pokémon GO came out, and boy, did the number of downloads rise. And even though I enjoy the Pokémon franchise, I decided not to get the location-based game. It uses up quite a bit of battery power, you know.
Within a few days of release, there were some reports of accidents, injuries, and the occasional traffic jam, all because the users never bothered to pay attention to their surroundings. A problem like this inspired me to put Nespa Vespa (Jacken DeBox’s three-wheeled Italian scooter) to somewhat greater use in this PSA I completed on July 31st. Note: I’ll get a scanned version of the image as soon as I can.
Some of the characters I created are still being developed personality-wise. As you can see, Nespa is portrayed as plucky, rather sassy vehicle who can take Jacken to other places whenever possible. It occurred to me that while the name ‘Nespa’ comes from merging the words ‘nest’ and ‘Vespa,’ the initials of Nintendo’s home console, NES, appeared in the name. As a result, I made Nespa more of a gamer girl, gave her handles some dexterity, and placed a smart phone holder in her compartment. It’s pretty interesting how the whole thing plays out when you give someone certain attributes. Once I thought of this story, it practically wrote itself!
I may not have a comic or some concept art at this time, but just this morning, I realized today is Flag Day, one of the less celebrated days of the year with an exact date. I knew my fictional city of toys, objects, and vehicles (Blockopolis as it’s called) didn’t have a city flag, so I made one the fastest and best way possible: with Adobe Illustrator!
Along the way, I figured out how to make an object look more like a flag and threw in a gradient effect to give it dimension. Oooh, I just love the way it turned out! This beauty is symbolic of the importance of education, self-awareness, and caring for one another. I call it, ‘The Brilliant Building Block.’
Today’s the 72th birthday of well-known puppeteer, Frank Oz. He brought us various Muppet voices with which we’re most familiar: Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle. He even performed extras during the run of The Muppet Show, including my personal favorite, Hugga Wugga.
Before I knew about this day, I’d drawn this picture of a combination of Frank’s Sesame Street Muppets: Grover, Bert, and Cookie Monster -Groberkie.
Frank Oz also performed Yoda in the Star Wars franchise, and I always found the voice and speech pattern very amusing.
Another fact about Frank Oz: he had a couple of roles for Pixar Animation Studios (Fungus in Monsters, Inc. and Subconcious Guard Dave in Inside Out).
Happy 72th, Mr. Oz! May your impact on the Muppets live on forever!
Last year, I found out about a day that comes every year on the third Saturday of April: Record Store Day. I went ahead and made my own album cover for my signature character, Jacken DeBox. I bet some of you never knew he could also be a musician. See how he gaily plays Squeezen, his concertina (that’s what you call a small accordion).
Now, if this had a track list, it would look something like this:
- Hop, Stomp, and Twirl
- Open the Door
- It’s Tipper Time
- Picture Day Delight
- Wobble and Clumpy’s Studio
- Under the Spring Sun
- Room of Enchantment
- Turn on the Radio
- I Would Like a Book
- Quick and Steady
- Nothing Wrong with Polka
- Boomer Brings You Back
- Up and Down Clown
- Hiding in Place
- Need More Batteries
- Living Like a King
- What’s Poppin’? (Make it Snappy)
- Backwards Pizza
- Doll off the Wall
- Ridin’ with Nespa
- Jokes for Dessert
- Homecoming Hurrah
- Ringing My Hat Bells
- World on Yonda’s Shoulders
- Electric Carpet
- Two Eyes, Blue Eyes
- Soup for the Chicken’s Soul
- Little Big Storage
- Punch out of Line
- Very Merry Pear
- I Don’t Wear Shoes
- Root Beer Shower
- Educational Buddy
- Jacken DeBox’s Theme
If my Blockopolis series ever gets launched, I’m sure the record deal could happen.