Monthly Archives: August 2006

ab·er·rant sketchbook

fallen cupid

fallen cupid
2003 – pen – pigma micron 02

ab·er·rant sketchbook

heartbreak

heartbreak
pen – pigma micron 02

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memory – balloon

I really don’t know why, but lately I have been dreaming about the balloon that got away when I was 5 years old.

My dad was driving us home from McDonalds in his 1975 Volkswagon Beetle. I was a happy little boy, full from my mini hamburger and fries and a green balloon handed to me by the big happy clown, Ronald. Maybe it was the sugar in the soda or the desserts, but I was pretty hyper. So hyper, that when my dad pulled up to our driveway and my mom got out the front seat to pull her chair back, I jumped out and tripped on the running board underneath the passenger side doorway.

As my face hit the pavement, I gasped as I let go of the balloon string. Looking up with a stary-headed blur, I saw my mom and a passer-by try and jump for the string.

memory grab

As the balloon disappeared in the sky, I felt like the I lost the best gift I had ever received…
memory balloon
until we returned the next weekend to see Ronald again.

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calendar

Sketching on a small canvas, waiting for my doctor to arrive at Kaiser.
calendar big

Here’s a detail of the Japanese Maple outside my window.
calendar detail
Since it has small foliage, I had to squint to capture the shape thru the contrast of values from the sunlight.

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customer service phone rep

Whenever I receive a “courtesy call” during dinner or at 9:00am Satuday mornings from a bank or credit card company asking me to buy into one of their useless products, I am always curious what the person on the other end of the line looks like.

With her calm and soothing voice, I assume she looks like this:
customer service representative 01

But after 20 minutes wasted listening to her marketing drivel, I end up picturing her like this:
customer service representative 02

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jazz n blues

mingus
mingus

thelonious
thelonious

coltrane
coltrane

billie
billie

getz
getz

louis
louis

ella
ella

miles
miles

These were the table names and cards for our wedding.

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who?

owl medium

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shocking

shocking medium
2nd in the mad scientist series.
See the first one here: subdued mad scientist

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sunblock

sunblock
I’ve been sketching a bunch lately. It’s very therapeutic!
This is a quickie while waiting to depart on the train.

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to look

woman look
man look

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subdued mad scientist

mad scientist medium