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Monday, May 31, 2010

F is for Fun

"Fun" is the letter F of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. I was going to use "Fortitude," but my daughter Devon asked me to draw "Fun" instead. Fair enough.
As I was thinking of how to illustrate "fun," it occurred to me how many fun things are spherical: gumballs, super balls, bubbles, marbles, balloons . . . so I decided to go with brightly colored circles. I like the purple because it reminds me of grape Bubble Yum.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

E is for Ennui

Ennui is the letter E of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. I researched this letter by preparing the 990 tax return at work this week. I also consulted with fellow Gorey fans Sarah and Rosanne. Many thanks to both!

I chose a greyish-beige for the background because it was the most boring color I could think of. I also found a Berylium font which was very close to Gorey's.

Up next: either Flexibility or Fortitude - I still can't decide.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Emmy Nomination!

I am happy to report that my cousin-in-law Ed received a Daytime Emmy Nomination for his writing in the Fairly OddParents series. Nominated OddParents writers include Will Schifrin, Kevin Sullivan, Ed Valentine, Butch Hartman, Joanna Lewis, Charlotte Fullerton, Amy Keating Rogers, Gary Conrad, and Tom Krajewski; also Scott Fellows, writer/story editor, and Ray Delaurentis, story editor. Congratulations!

Sunday, May 09, 2010


We had this drawing in our house when I was growing up, but I didn't really know or appreciate the story. It's a signed sketch by Cy Hungerford, the artist who drew the Snoodles cartoon in the 1920s. Apparently Hungerford lived in Pittsburgh, as did my mother's parents. My grandfather was at a conference in Pittsburgh just before my mother was born. Cy Hungerford was at the same conference, and learned that my grandfather was expecting a child, so he drew the sketch for my grandfather. We feared it was destroyed, but I found it today in my parents' attic, and now it is hanging safely in our newly-painted apple-green bedroom. (Thanks, Lisa!)

Happy Mother's Day!

'Our Lady of Colombia' by Fernando Botero.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

D is for Deception

I chose Deception for the letter D of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. I was originally going to illustrate this with a wolf in sheep's clothing, but then I thought it would be fun to draw a leaf bug instead. The leaf bug didn't quite work, mostly because it looks exactly like a leaf, and I was afraid that no one would understand the drawing. So I compromised and used the more recognizable praying mantis.

Here are some amazing examples of insect camouflage that I found while researching leaf bugs.

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