Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The wonderful and enormous (she was 6' 2"!) Julia Child.
Jared and I have been watching " The French Chef" on DVD and marveling at the things that Julia was teaching America in the early 60's. It is fascinating to think how little America knew about certain dishes we take completely for granted. Her book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is still a steady seller after all of these years.
There would be no Food Network without Julia and she helped to establish a need for stores like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. She taught us how to make a Salad Nicoise and the right way to cut a potato all the while in her sing song warble that we have all tried to imitate. If you get a chance to watch the old episodes they are a real treat!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Today is my partner Jared's Birthday.
We have an Easter Bunny and a Tooth Fairy and of course there is Santa Claus, but there is no one to celebrate birthdays specifically and bring us cheer on our special day. I thought I would rectify that and I created Phil the Birthday Platypus just for Jared.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Ok, So I am never satisfied...so what ?
While developing my frog book I just felt that something wasn't right with my previous design. He looked too old, too clunky. I wanted a character that was more approachable, maybe a little more energy, sweeter in the face. I tried my hand at it and I think this Edmond is a much better design and certainly a lot more user friendly. There is a vitality that the other design lacked...I immediately wanted to draw this character in different situations.
I also removed the dark brown line that I find too harsh for what I am trying to capture here. I often wonder if I use it too much and don't trust my ability to paint an image without the dependency of line.
Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts, comments or suggestions.