One of twelve creatures of the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the year of the rooster. Although I’m a couple of days late, my wit and humor couldn’t be more fitting. I even found a use for Kao Kaitao, the kite/acrobat I created when I made my “Congratulations!” sign back in 2015.
For a while, I got the idea of Chickpea McCluckading having a brother named Cocktail. When my chance came, I threw in the reference. It was tricky to pinpoint one less obvious difference between Clumpy (calling himself ‘Clucky Drunstickbottom’) and Cocktail, but I was able to find it one day before I finished this piece.
Also, I think the name ‘Mei-Din Chinatown’ has a clever ring to it. I ought to copyright it.
Behold my image of an icon I created for Holly Day.
“Jolly Keith the Holly Wreath is here to spread some cheer.
“Residents can watch him work his magic every year.
“Some say he’s a follower of all that love can bring.
“Not a storm could ever stop this leafy-coated ring.
“With a staff on which he hangs, across the land he’ll spread
“happiness and gaiety to keep all safe from dread.
“Should you have a warming heart, well, you can thank the Wreath,
for he has given lots of love, the Holly Jolly Keith.”
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, appear 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.’