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Post It Posts R Back!

That’s right folks…read it and rejoice…just as it states above…Post It Posts are back! Now even though I’ve been posting lately, the Post It Note drawings have been MIA. Below are the first of many to come so prepare for the onslaught.

So one of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to draw and create more personal artwork for myself. I want to up my production and be the Stephen King of the art world when it comes to prolificness that is. So far I’ve been pretty successful, but there’s still more that I could be doing. This past Christmas and as well as my Birthday, I received a number of pre-made blank canvases as presents. People were trying to tell me something…don’t you think. However, approaching a painting can be daunting to say the least. The glaring white void of a blank canvas screams to have pigment smeared and lathered on it’s surface…that I have yet to accomplish this year. I will definitely have completed a painting, at least one, by the time 2010 comes screaming into existence…FO SHO! Painting is time consuming for me, but it’s worth it when I’ve finish covering my massive canvas and stand back to take admire my handy work. It’s at that point that I realize that I’ve just created something, no matter how good it is, that will out live me long after I am simply dust in the wind.

So my “Artzee Fartzee” Post It Note drawings today are about just that, putting my nose to the grindstone, buckling down, (insert your own cliched phrase here), and just get at it while the getting’s good! So until next time, I’m back off to my art table to bang out another drawing.

Hot ‘n’ Cold

And last, but not least…the final two Christmas Post It drawings that I did over the holidays. I couldn’t let the season pass without having drawn two of my favorite Rankin & Bass characters. When you’re Hot you’re Hot and when you’re Not, you’re Not! And so it is with the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser. I guess I’ve always been a little more of a fan of the Cool Miser Brother…funny, being that I’m from the South, you’d think that I’d be more keen on Mr. 101. However, I think it’s because I hail from the land of humidity that I’d rather hang with man that likes his drinks on the rocks.

So in this Post It Post…I pay tribute to the Miser Brothers.

Last year ABC Family Channel premiered a new Stop Motion animated Christmas special based on these two siblings. “A Miser Brother’s Christmas” was a sequel of sorts to the original “A Year Without A Santa Claus,” but only in the regards that the title character were back and that the original voice actors of both Santa (Mickey Rooney) and the Heat Miser (George S. Irving) were back after nearly 34 years. I didn’t have high hopes for the show because most of the other characters looked different and even the Snow Miser’s look was altered from his original design. However, fears aside, the show wasn’t half bad…the songs weren’t all that memorable but the animation as pretty smooth. I’d watch it again, and if it ever comes out on DVD, I’d add it to the Christmas collection and view it at least once a year. I don’t wanna give the impression that it was perfect or was what it could have been, but it was at least entertaining. Maybe next year ABC Family will do another sequel to another Rankin & Bass classic…we can dream can’t we.

Santa and Friends

In my ongoing attempt to present you guys with all that I drew this holiday season, here goes another dose of Post Holiday fun! In this Post It Post, I thought I’d show you yet another tribute to all things Rankin & Bass and more specifically, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” No, I have not drawn the Scarlet Nosed individual again to display here, if you wanna see my take on good ole blinky, read my previous Post on him. Instead I thought I’d draw some of his North Poleian friends.

I originally intended to post “Santa” with my Christmas/Birthday List Post…it seemed more fitting since Troy is asking him to pretty much explain his unforgivable behavior of not getting him everything off of his wish list. How dare Father Jolly not succumb to the will of his list and fulfill it’s every want and desire…how dare he! You tell him Troy, you make him pay for his gross oversight.Instead of posting it then I wait til now because I thought it’d be better to keep him with a fellow “Rudolph” cast mate.

With “Sam the Snowman,” I simply just got Troy’s Canine Pal to ask of Sam a query that has been boggling my noggin for some time now. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get some sort of a legitament and accurate response from the Wintry White one himself. Fortunately for us, we might get him to answer it in a song. Keep your fingers crossed.

I still have a few Christmas items left in my stocking for all to see, so expect a couple more soon on the subject.

2008 Christmas/Birthday List

Okay, I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret of mine…even though I’m 33…I still write a Christmas List. No, I don’t send the letter North via the Post Office to Santa to take a gander at and hopefully, if I’ve been lucky enough not to be on the “Naughty List,” for him to delivery me all the goodies I’ve asked for. My list is strictly for friends and family, and now for the first time, I’m sharing the list with the rest of you. So every year I write my Christmas/Birthday Wish List. Since New Year’s Eve is my Birthday, I just combine the two into one complete dossier. My thought is, if someone’s going to get you a gift, you might as well let them know what you want and need. Over the years it’s become some what of an annual tradition of sorts. Now I don’t want you thinking that I’m greedy. I don’t expect to get everything on the list or to even get anything off of it. It’s really more of a goof then anything else. I enjoy putting it together and seeing people’s reactions when the printed copy gets passed around. Funny thing is, this year my 13 year old niece even took it to school and showed it off to some of her friends…unfortunately, they did not get me a gift this year…maybe next.

In this Post It Post I wanted to show you some of the Post It drawings that I used when I put together the 2007 edition and a sample of what the final pages looked like. However, first I didn’t want my Birthday to pass without me making some mention of it. I turned 33 this year and in honor of that I wanted to ask Frosty the Snowman for a very special birthday wish.

As a side note, The Frosty Post It note drawing was the last drawing that I did in ’08. The latter three drawings were sketched up while at work during several of my much talked about moments of boredom. When it came time that year to start composing my Christmas/Birthday List, I had to look no further than my little yellow stickies.

Below are three sample pages from the 2007 list. The items on the list have been blurred out due to the fact that the info is now outdated.

I liked how the list came out so for 2008, I decided to keep the basic layout, add new art, and update the items on the list and PRESTO…the latest edition to be read and enjoyed by all!

Now you are at no obligation to buy me a belated Christmas or Birthday gift, but…if you somehow feel compelled to do so, either out of a last moment burp of Christmas Spirit or out of a strong desire to congratulate a 33 year old for his day of birth…there are still plenty of items on the list to choose from. As you can see, there are also quite a few outrageous items at the end of the list as well to take a look at.

Enjoy and look forward to the 2009 Christmas/Birthday List later this year…being that it’s January…much later this year!

Happy New Year!

So here we are, a New Year, a New Post, and lots of new stuff to show you guys out there. I’ve been real busy as of late with the holidays and churning out new artwork. Now that I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and am coming down from my Christmas high, I can finally share with you the fruits of my labor. First thing first, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Ho Ho Day and a Very Happy New Year! So to usher in the New Year and celebrate the passing of the last, here we are with the first Post It Post of 2009!

As I’ve said in previous Posts, I love the “Rankin & Bass” Holiday specials. Love ’em, gotta watch ’em, wish there were more of ’em. So while over the holiday break, I drew up a couple more of my mini tributes to these beloved television specials. First up, again, in honor of the New Year…my Post It Post on “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”

In the first Post It drawing, Troy attempts to get Baby New Year to make him a promise for 2009. This last year was eventful…good and bad…but it seemed that the bad tipped the scales in ’08, unfortunately. All we can do is hope that with the changing of the calendar, that mostly good will come from it. Think of it as a reboot for the world, and hopefully with a reboot, it fixes all the problems…if not all of them, then maybe, if we’re lucky…most of them.

I don’t really know what I’m trying to say about the New Year with Troy’s Canine Pal’s conversation with Father Time. I guess I just wanted to doodle Father Time. It took me a while to fully get into the Christmas spirit this year and once I got into it, it’s been hard to let it go. So expect a few more drawings of Merriment to come your way over the course of the next couple of Post It Posts.

Happy New Year everyone…I truly hope that when we look back at this year we can say, “Boy, that wasn’t half bad!” Hello ’09…farewell ’08.

Post It Post #13

Last night my wife and I continued our holiday tradition of watching our ever growing DVD collection of Christmas themed movies and specials.  Whether it be a classic Rankin and Bass AniMagic or something a little more non-traditional, we try to get through a majority of them before December 25th rolls around. After Christmas has come and gone and the tinsel has fallen from the tree, we tend to lose interest in such viewing pleasures until the season rolls around 12 months later. After a couple of “Frosty’s” and a “Polar Express,” we followed it up with another holiday goody…“Gremlins!”


Okay…so Gizmo and Company aren’t traditionally thought of as holiday fare but in my household…a Mogwai is right up there with Rudolph, the Heat Miser, and the Winter Warlock. Hell…I even consider “Die Hard” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” holiday fun. Now if John McClane were dressed like Santa riding on top of an ass kickin’ Rudolph while fighting off a Gremlin infestation at the Nakatomi Plaza…that…that would be a great Holiday event flick. Throw in a couple of talking snowmen with German accents and a gun toting Charlie in the Box…you got yourself Christmas gold baby…GOLD I tell ya.

So I don’t really have anything in particular to say about each of the Post It Note drawings in this Post It Post, except that I got inspired by the movie last night and really wanted to draw Gizmo. As for the “Snowflake” drawing, I guess I really want it to snow here in New Orleans this winter…real snow, not ice or sleet…but REAL White Winter Fun!

So what about a “Gremlins 3,” well…who knows whenever that little gem may happen. Hell, it’s been 18 years and counting since “The New Batch” was released. Until that glorious day…enjoy the two videos I found on YouTube, the links are below. If you’re a fan of these green little monsters, you’ll love these two little Gremlins tidbits:

Peter Jones BT Business “Gremlins” Commercial

“Gremlins” Fan Film by Sacha Feiner