meet alligouda cheeseborough! the cheese-obsessed alligator. alligouda enjoys prancing around in his little purple undies. and boy, does he loves his cheese. he can't get enough cheese and loves even more to share it with others... but only those who can truly appreciate some good cheese.
alligouda is a 4" customized kidrobot kracka i made for someone special! i always thought the kracka figure looked like an alligator, but after attempting to turn it into one, i'm not so sure (without any sculpting at least). he kind of looks more like a dinosaur-thing.
so this is an old sketch from '07, but i'm personally going to have a weekend of pure magic, so it's clearly most appropriate to post this week. i really never cared for this sketch, but i love the idea of it. i think i need to rework this and make a painting. i officially just added it onto my endless list of ideas/pieces i want to create.
meet honker the warthog. a long time ago i bought a few of kidrobot's multicolor mini munnys. i got them so i could practice some toy designing without the sculpted additions. i wanted to keep them simple, with the original color and just play around with the face and features. so far i've only attempted this twice with the multicolor munny: honker and gruff. (and once with a trikky figure: slinky) i definitely need to work on my designing skills, but i think honker is a decent result. it's a tough challenge not to attack the entire piece with a ton of paint.
last week, i officially booked a flight across the country...completely alone. my new years resolution this year is to look at and experience life in a new way. okay, so i'm lying and i don't actually make new years resolutions.. but at the very start of the new year, i made the decision to focus on and further my independence, as well as to force myself to be more spontaneous and willing to experience literally everything that comes my way. what better way to do both, than to fly, by myself, 3000 miles away. the reason i write this isn't to acknowledge my immense fear of flying and the several panic attacks i've neared flying even while comforted by the people i love at my side. i write this because i am absolutely clueless as to how i'm going to attempt this having physical limitations. oh, the fun of having a disability. how do i carry my bags? how do i get on and off the plane? what do i do if i have to pee mid-flight? when i get there... then what?
basically, what it comes down to is, who's going to take care of me? that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it's pretty much been the story (and question) of my life. i'm beyond excited (and horrified) to tackle this little obstacle. it's kind of like a stepping stone to the greater independence i'm striving for. i think it will be empowering and exhilarating to realize i can start taking care of myself and do certain things that i previously thought (and feared) to be nearly impossible.
(to left: the airplane aisle chair to take me to my seat. who doesn't love to feel like a strapped in mental patient in an already awkward situation? i know i do!)
if any of my beloved disabled, wheelchair-bound readers have any experience flying alone, any suggestions, advice, or information would be greatly appreciated. i'll be sure to update with my brave, solo flying adventure stories in april (assuming i don't die, end up in china, or chicken out), and hopefully i can help or inform others who want to or plan to fly as well.
and if you're wondering where the spontaneity fits in, well that's the reason i'm going on this trip. but that's a whole other story.
okay so his birthday was on friday, but thanks to working in a school, i celebrated it artistically through cakes and bulletin boards!
my GREEN green eggs and ham cake
dr. seuss bulletin boards and decorations ! i spent lots of time drawing these up and cutting these out. best job ever being able to sit and draw all day to make all the little kiddies happy with a cartoon seussy atmosphere.
(ok i only made the lorax here in this one, and he's adorable)
ANNOUNCEMENT! i'm officially starting 1EG FRIDAYS this week! meaning, every friday i'll be posting character-based one-eyed girls from my sketchbooks. feel free to at any time suggest any characters you'd like to see as a 1EG. i have over a hundred so far with always more on the way (and a ton of ideas i'll get to in time.)
i know it's not friday yet, but just to get you PUMPED here's a great character from one of the greatest animated movies of our days.