One of the flying sharks from Dr. McNinja's "Punch Dracula" episode. We had to read it again at bedtime last night. The "Nuts" remark is made by the ninjas who were hoping they were going to be fighting a fireball rather than winged sharks.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Ansel is still thinking about being the "Gold Ancient Dynasty Ninja" for Halloween. He posed for me so that I could get the fist just right.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Ecto, from Zombie Takeover is apparently the Jokester's minion. Archer and I spent several minutes early this morning discussing what sort of entity it is supposed to be (flames? ectoplasm?...just what is ectoplasm mom? etc...) but did not come to any conclusion.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Ace poses with the more recent incarnation of the Dark Knight...Ace always claims to be a partner and not just a pet, but it seems unlikely that Mr. Nolan's version of the Batman would be receptive to either.
Archer requested 4 characters from Zombie Takeover : The Jokester, Invisible Man, Vampire Patient and the Terror Teddy. I usually object to requests involving multiple characters, but I started early on Sunday while we were festering at home, so I was able to shoehorn them all in...although not with great success.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Despite Archer's general antipathy towards things Star Wars these days, he was really excited to get a copy of "The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee," the latest in Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda series. Two hours into reading it, he announced that there needed to be another book immediately.
Toothless the Night Fury from "How to Train Your Dragon" as Ansel requested- "just standing there"... with his tongue showing. Archer looked at this one and asked me if I could make the napkins more "three dimensional." I was initially confused about what he meant, as unreasonable requests are par for the course. However, it seems he thought this napkin looked more 3D... maybe the excessively bright green background was making the dragon pop out for him.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Halloween costume catalogs have arrived and are Ansel's favorite "reading" material. He asked me to draw the costume he wants to order: "The Stealth Ninja" who implausibly has throwing stars stuck on his red belt. As usual, I blew it on the pose, trying too hard to make it interesting. Ansel would like him to be "just standing there."
Archer is very interested in Man-Bats...well, in LEGO Man-Bats... He left me without a napkin request last night, so I paged through the age-inappropriate book he had been speed reading before bed, "Batman & Son," and drew a Andy Kubert Man-Bat. Not as good as a LEGO one I am told.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
We watched the new Dreamworks television spin-off of "How to Train Your Dragon" yesterday, so all things dragon are good at our house. Archer is playing "Flame It!" which requires one to blow into the mic on the device to produce virtual fire.
Both kids enjoy the "Mal and Chad" books by Stephen McCranie. They feature a talking dog, so Ansel is enthusiastic even though he usually refuses to read anything that is not "colored in."
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
We've read a great many of Doug TenNapel's books with enthusiasm, but of course the ones that are probably not intended for young children are the ones my kids find most compelling. "Ratfist" features jokes about religion and sex (and farting) delivered by a space tiki.
In another example of the marvelous effects of television advertising on a 5 year old, Ansel is very excited about the new Dreamworks series "Dragons: Riders of Berk" and therefore interested in having Toothless on his napkin again. He told me this morning that he would have preferred the dragon to be "just standing," however.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Ansel requested Snake Eyes from "G.I. Joe: Renegades" standing still with his arms folded across his chest. As far as I can tell, this is not a pose that the character appears in during the show, but Ansel prefers a static, empowered and slightly disapproving stance.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Portrait of our younger son, Ansel. Predictably, he is not happy with it. In classic little brother fashion, he would like it to look more like the drawing of Archer.
Friday, August 3, 2012
The kids are out of camp this week, so while I have done a few napkins to get ahead for next week, there is not the usual pressure to produce two images a night. As I was thinking about updating our facebook cover photo, I started doing portraits of both kids. Portraiture is something I struggle with, often unsuccessfully, in sculpture, so it is an interesting problem here as well. This image of Archer is pretty accurate while strangely not a very good likeness. As to whether is it anything beyond an attempt at a likeness...well, it is a napkin after all. The real trick will be to get them to pose again, wearing the same clothes, in the same position, with the finished napkins. Ansel was very offended that I started with Archer. I told him that perhaps I would do a better job on his after practicing on Archer's.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The mouth of Valiant from Giants Beware: Ansel tells me that I have failed again, the mouth is simply not big enough, it should cover the entire napkin. I pointed out that dog mouths are not rectangular, but he was unmoved by my reasoning.
Archer wanted me to draw four characters from Samurai vs Zombies Defense last night, but I only managed Takeda Shigen and "Frostie the Bowman." He did not buy my excuse that it was late and I was too tired.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
We finished rereading Giants Beware last night, and Ansel wanted me to draw Valiant with a "giant mouth, like he is attacking from the napkin." This morning he told me that the napkin was supposed to be "ALL mouth with lots of TEETH!"