Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's OK I've Got A Beehive On My Head

There's no accounting for taste, but perhaps there are taste accountants. I think they're called "gallerists", "art dealers", "museum curators" and "collectors".

"I know they've got their problems, I wish I was one of them..."
--Elvis Costello

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Start Over

There are some days that I wish I could just completely remake myself from scratch.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Better late than never...

Today my nine-year-old daughter was gently chiding me for posting this drawing a day late.

"Dad, more people would see your drawings if you put them up at the same time every morning. You should try to be more reliable."

"I know Sweetie, but sometimes I don't get an idea until later in the day... sometimes not even until really late at night. That's just how it goes."

"Then you should try to get your ideas to be more reliable."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The ID Movie: Original Colors

The ID started out green but I thought he looked a little too much like that character from Ghost Busters. Here's the "making of" movie that shows him in his original color scheme.

Friday, June 24, 2011

From the Well Organized Files of the Coalition of Super Villains

A bubbling mass of dark, contradictory impulses, "The Id" creates chaos everywhere he appears. His constant need for instant gratification and his amoral impulses make him a formidable opponent who will stop at nothing to get what he wants -- unless his arch nemesis "Super Ego" foils his chthonic plans first.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A New Deadly Sin for Today's Wacky World

There are many kinds of dishonesty, and honestly I've been guilty of any number of them, but there are some forms that particularly rankle me. The dishonesty of political leaders is one of them.

And it's not about doing something stupid, denying it vociferously to the world, then going on to admit that, yes, well, I did in fact do that stupid thing.

That's bad but what's worse is a leader who deliberately tells a lie and does it because they know that people want to believe that lie and will therefore vote for anyone who tells them that lie and who defends it with full-throated vigor. Here is an example from a certain politician who's star is currently rising in national politics:

"As a matter of fact, carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful, but there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."

Really? This is the kind of sin that can really be deadly.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's the longest day of the year! Or does it just feel that way?

Took a hike through a swampy forest,
Now I'm slathered with mosquito bites head to foot.
Happy first day of summer!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

If you ask me, I'm the luckiest dad.

The Top Ten Reasons I Love My Dad
Drawing and Words by Lily age 9 (with a little editing and graphic enhancement by Dad):

1. He keeps me safe if there's danger.
2. He makes my bed when I'm at school.
3. He likes to be funny by singing songs and replacing most of the words with "kitty," "meow," "cats," and "cat food."
4. He's good at making me laugh.
5. He will eat just about anything.
6. His favorite hobby is drawing on any piece of paper he sees.
7. He only gets mad at me when I spill Xacto Blades and when I explode something in the microwave.
8. He helps me with my homework and social problems.
9. He likes to watch "Glee" on TV.
10. He reads to me at bedtime.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Seven Not Necessarily Deadly Sins: A Series

In olden times the virtue that was said to counteract envy was kindness. That's an interesting thought: to be kind to someone is to not envy them the things they have that we desire.

These days it is thought that kindness is the act of being nice to those who have less than us, or to those that we feel in some way superior to. The distinction is telling.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Look up in the sky, it's a mensch, it's a moralizer, it's...

Another in my series of oddball superheroes.

Super Ego's arch nemesis is The Id. Super Ego strives to act in a socially appropriate manner, whereas The Id just wants instant self-gratification and does whatever the hell he wants. 

Super Ego's main super power is to incessantly remind us of the difference between right and wrong and to make us feel guilty.

His sidekick is Little Ego who is a bit confused and struggles with his temptation to join The Id on the dark side and be free and selfish and eat chocolate cake all day long. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Clean Out: The Movie

Another experiment with animating my latest Daily Drawing and posting it on ArrghPtoo! Let me know how it works.

Monday, June 13, 2011

...of ideas

I had to take a couple days off to clean my brain a bit. It's nice to be back. I missed you.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Making A Daily Drawing

If you'd like to see how one of these drawings is made, check out this new video of the making of my most recent drawing "Dwell On It." It's kind of cool to see it in process.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

And do something.

Drawing is a really interesting way of thinking - and not thinking - about things. As the great designer Milton Glaser has said, "art is a form of meditation for both maker and witness." Sometimes I let the marks I make guide me to their meaning. In the case of this iPad drawing the journey and the message are thoroughly entangled. Dwell on it and tell me what you think.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Just The Opposite

Having one of those days where all my problems seem "high class" to me. Feeling so fortunate for the life I have and for my family and friends. Everything would be just hunky dory if I could just come up with a punchline for today's post...

Monday, June 6, 2011

I'm Not Angry

Thanks to Jaakko Lisalo and everyone at Rovio for many inspiring hours of virtual physics and time-wasting fun.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

King For A Day

For my old friend Kevin P. Keelan, poet, visionary, critic, and wise fool. Long may you wave.

You can read some of his vast output here.

"Well, I finally found someone to turn me upside down
And nail my feet up where my head should be
If they had a 'King of Fools,' then I could wear that crown
And you can all die laughing because I'll wear it proudly"

-Elvis Costello

Introducing a new family member: Baggie Bags, world traveler and committed environmentalist

Meet Baggie. She's ArrghPtoo's best friend and moral compass. When Baggie gets weary of sailing from tree limb to urban lamp post, and wants to stretch her handles, why Good old Mr. Ptoo wraps his Baggie around those meaty arms of his and together they go swinging through the renewed decreptitude of the Meat Market District or spend an afternoon above it all tripping the new High Line.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stand by: having difficulties.

A day of technical problems and frustrations. I have a feeling tomorrow will be better.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's All in ArrghPtoo's Head

Can one be too thin? ... too rich? ... too famous? These are all valid questions I feel a responsibility to explore personally.