Characters from the two things we read at bedtime last night: Robin from "Teen Titans Go!" and Battlepug from the latest and much awaited web comic update. Robin's take on the situation would perhaps be: "Why must I be plagued by this ridiculous animal?!" Ansel's response this morning: "It takes a lot to make me laugh. This does not make me laugh."
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Archer was quite tickled by "The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups" by David Wisniewski. Despite knowing that such things as vegetable monsters were tongue-in-cheek, I think he believed there might be some actual revelations in there. He is always pleased to convince his peers that he hates broccoli, as no cool child would eat consume the stuff.
Ansel requested Nightwing Beyond based on a sketch by qBATMANp at deviantart. Actually, he asked for "Nightwing with the glowy symbol that's on the Ipad," but I recognized the magic of Google images. He did not appreciate my inclusion of the utensils, but the Nightwing sticks are just a little too much weapon for lunch in preschool.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Ansel spent the weekend waffling on whether he wanted Robin from the "Teen Titans" television show (2003-6) or Robin from "The Batman" show (2006-7) for his next napkin. When he looked at the napkin this morning, he was not so indecisive in his immediate reaction: "Mom! I didn't want to see the bottom of his shoe!" ... I thought that was the cool part...
With characteristic 9 year old boy hyperbole, Archer declared Rocket Fox his favorite game ever. And this despite the complete absence of weapons or bloodshed. It must have been his affectionate bonding with the cute web comic Rocket Fox before contact with the actual game. Successful marketing at work.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Archer told me this morning that he plans to hide this one in his lunchbox. Apparently the owl is too realistic and unredeemed by the Batman reference. While Batman is popular at home, he is not cool enough for third grade today. Oh well. I suspected as much, but Archer did not provide a request last night, and I needed a break from drawing Pokemon.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Archer's year end report is on barn owls. He is completely resistant to the idea of a napkin featuring a real owl, but an owl-like Pokemon creature is ok. He got the dearth of blue markers/weird pink sky treatment as well, but perhaps with more success.
More Pokemon characters for Ansel: It was far too late last night for me to give any consideration to what might be the relationship between Herdier and Pikachu, much less their environment. Lack of functioning blue markers has reduced me to strange pink backgrounds.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Ansel wanted to see Nightwing in his latest incarnation on "Young Justice" wearing Batman's jet pack from an episode of "The Batman." Not sure why he hasn't burned off his left foot, but no doubt Wayne Enterprises... or the Justice League perhaps have worked out the technology.
Archer asked for yet another image of Frontline Commando for today. I think we are all getting tired of the strawberry disarmament technique....although there were strawberries packed in the lunch. Perhaps a daisy in the muzzle of the weapon instead?
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
While they are probably not in the target demographic, so to speak, my sons were giddy with delight while reading Battlepug. Homicidal cute animals, sword violence, and gratuitous nudity are three of their most favorite things.
Archer requested a combination of Frontline Commando and Calvin and Hobbes (his most favorite series of books) As I had just started making lunch and drawing napkins around the time that any reasonable person would have been going to bed, I don't think I rose to the challenge. Hard to tell whether Hobbes is upset about the guns, or the pacifistic fruit stuck on the end...probably just as well that it is ambiguous given the continuing collision of Archer's love of the depiction of violence and his Quaker school.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Another image of Pokemon's Herdier "the moustache dog" as Ansel likes to call him. Pretty much a complete background failure on this one, but I felt compelled to put something behind the dog, as drawing the Pokemon character did not present much of a challenge. And fancy backgrounds have become another entitlement as far as the kids are concerned. Ansel in particular feels that I am shirking my napkin duty if the whole thing is not colored in.
Monday, May 14, 2012
After several months of what I had considered a successful remission, Pokemon suddenly reappeared with a vengeance at our house over the weekend. On this napkin, I made a halfhearted attempt at the peculiarly lush backgrounds from the Pokemon movies as there is not a lot of challenge involved in drawing the characters.
Plant Dragons from DragonVale pose with Victini from Pokemon: I had not really considered the parallels between the characters from these two franchises, but their appeal is not very dissimilar.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Kid Nightwing (with the addition of an Iron Man like palm blaster), a puppy, and Batman from The Justice League, season 2. Ansel, the five year old art director, gave me explicit instructions, posing for both figures, and showing me the bright blue marker spots he had made on his palms during school yesterday.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Two characters from "Giants Beware" by Jorge Aquirre and Rafael Rosado. Both of the boys loved the book, and it had to be read completely within a 24 hour period. Given the nicely calibrated mixture of violent adventure, cuteness and dogs, they were even able to overlook the fact that the main character is female. As always, the strawberry does not appear in the book, and is merely a vain attempt to make the sword more appropriate for a Quaker school lunch.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The rather undragonlike Reindeer Dragon from Dragonvale was only available during the holiday season: Apparently Archer has worked out some sort of deal to trade with one of his friends who has a surplus. But this led Archer to the question of why there is not a Chanukah dragon? Given the possibilities of menorah wings or horns, I have to agree that there might be a missed opportunity.
Bulk from Lego Hero Factory holds an unnamed, and probably not pleased, puppy. It was late, so I could not decide whether the intersection of Hero Factory fangs and puppy skull was fortuitous or merely unfortunate. Ansel was quite peeved that Bulk's entire head is not included.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Three dragons from DragonVale: I usually refuse to draw multiple characters on one napkin, but evidently I had more time and masochistic impulses than usual last night. Archer asked for four dragons originally, but the Bone Dragon somehow did not make the cut, despite the fact that is less cute, and therefore my favorite from the group.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Breakfast the rooster from the Fuzzy Five dressed as Robin leaps out the window.
I have trouble keeping my Robins straight, but I think he is dressed more in the Tim Drake manner. Ansel will make it clear for me later today no doubt.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
More video game violence: not particularly mitigated by the presence of a strawberry. Archer's latest focus is "Kingdom Rush" He is able to monologue about the game for astounding lengths of time.