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Golden Cram

MagpieBlogLike the main character of Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum, Magpies are famous for their hording habits, especially shiny stuff. So when James at the picture book review site Magpie That asked me to contribute to his collection of corvids, he struck gold. Four square inches and twenty-two objects later, I had me a miniature Midas Magpie.

And carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Float on

PrenzlauerBergBlog(click for a larger size)

An illustration in honor of my new neighborhood—Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, rumored to have the highest birthrate in Europe. Babies are everywhere, they're like some hot new fashion accessory; wearable taxidermy is OUT, tiny puking humans are IN. Hence, the baby.

Also, I can’t draw babies very well. Hence, the distracting hovering geese.

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Bird brain

For the final Nancy Drew adventure I worked on at Her Interactive, The Captive Curse, I was tasked to create an illustration for a card game featuring made-up folk tale characters. FOR SOME REASON, they assigned me the character named "Professor Sparrow." Go figure.

Given I basically only had a name to work from, and that it was one of the last things I'd ever do for the company, I decided to go a bit over-the-top with the art. And by over-the-top, I mean I blindly charged beret-first into the gaseous cloud of the arty farty.

Essentially, this piece is an exploration of the phenomenon of anthropomorphism. Here, the professor considers a butterfly that has lighted upon his book. The title of the book, A Sound of Thunder, is a short story by Ray Bradbury (or, I guess in this case, Ray Bradbirdy) in which a time traveler accidentally changes the course of history by stepping on a prehistoric butterfly . The implication: even the most minor change to universe's history could have resulted in another species gaining the evolutionary upper-hand instead of humans. Think about it.

"A Sound of Thunder" also refers to the noise your head made when I blew your mind just then.

So many layers.

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Field Guide To Critical Birds, Entry #12: Lesser Williamsburg Warbler

How To ID: Lesser Williamsburg Warblers*

  • Found nursing hangovers amongst city arbors
  • Their life ambitions are vague and quixotic
  • Their t-shirts and mustaches: all ironic
  • Subsists on a diet of warm PBR
  • Tries to migrate on fixies (though never gets far)
  • Will often fall prey to nasty fauxhawks
  • Never chirps, only taps out a tweet that mocks:

*Lesser Williamsburg Warbler's not its name the world over. It's known back West as the Great Portland Plover.