My youngest child finally started school this year and when ever the teachers find out what I do for a living my kids get sent home with home work for me usually in the form of a kind request for a drawing for a class project. This one I knocked out quickly for the cover for a class scrap book project where the kids get sent home with this giant stuffed lizard that they have to take on adventures and document with photos and a write up.
I found myself with a bit of spare time this week so I had a doodle in honor of Batman's birthday. I'm not a huge Batman fan but I like what different people do when playing in the Dark Knight's sand box. I based this doodle on my favorite animated Batman incarnation from the Gotham Knights anthology. I love the design and that this story isn't really about Batman. It's about the how a group of kids perceive of Batman as this invincible supernatural or technological force and these layers of perception are gradually pealed back to reveal Batman as what he is. A mortal, fallible man. My favorite batman stories are the ones that play with the batman myth like this.
Also the animation, layout and storytelling all kick ass.
If you aren't watching Fargo you should.
I play a little game with my two boys ( 7 and 5) sometimes before bed. They draw me a picture and I draw my version of it for them. They love seeing me work on my cintique so I'm never at a loss for delightfully quirky monster squiggles to interpret and they are always on hand and eager to advise me on appropriate color schemes. Here's a few examples from the other night. Personally I like their versions better.
The Tuscan Raider was my first ever Star Wars figurine. He was weird and a bit of a disappointment to a 7 year old boy who really wanted Luke or one of the droids but over the years I have grown fond of this enduring character from the original New Hope.
I've worked my way through many roles in the animation production pipeline and storyboarding is by far my favorite. Here are a couple of reasons why "Buzzfeed" style.