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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Ho ho ho my CRAZIES!!!  With Thanksgiving (Sadly) over, we can now properly get into the holiday spirit that most department stores have had displays up for since August!  That's right, I'm talking about Christmas!  I got so many things to do this month, I can hardly contain myself!  I love the festivities of the Holiday Season.  From food to movies and even ugly sweaters, I try to take it all in while I can!  And what better way to start Season's Greetings than with some holiday art?  Enjoy...

This is why it's important to be very clear while requesting props for your Christmas pageant.  Mixed communications can really get messy.  This theme came from the Daily Doodle a while back.  They picked random holiday staples throughout the month and one day settled on "Three French Hens," hence the reason it's out of sequence.  And me being me, I had to play around with which three objects actually show up!  This one was a lot of fun to come up with.  I really love how the kids' expression came out.  Maybe someday I'll do a book of Christmas art.  Could be fun!

And that's all she wrote for November!  Only one month to go in 2016, so let's end it with the best of holiday cheer!  Next week the Christmas CRAZINESS continues with more new art!  I would also like to remind you dear friends to think of others this holiday season.  There are many who won't get to have a tree or a nice meal this month, so if you have some change to spare, drop it in the Salvation Army bucket.  Donate a toy to a toy drive or food to a local food bank.  Spread the love and share the wealth this holiday!  As always, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


WOO HOO!!!  THANKSGIVING IS TOMORROW!!!  Boy oh boy how I've waited for this day!  Granted, I will be on my feet all day today making stuffing, pecan pie and a few other assorted treats and am probably gonna be beat up on the outside, but on the inside, I'm a kid again!  I won't leave y'all hanging.  Most of you got long drives to make today, so here's the conclusion to Tom Turkey's Thanksgiving escape!  Enjoy...

How d'ya like that?  He's slowly getting away!  If Tom can keep away from sharp objects, he might actually be in the clear!  How odd that the farmer would keep an entire tank of helium in the turkeys' pen?  It's like he's tempting them to take creative escape routes!  This art was actually from a Sketch Dailies theme from last November.  It was fun to finally ink and color this one.  With Sketch Dailies and the Daily Doodle both being less active lately, I had to come up with the other three turkey posts this month!  Luckily, I already had a "Big" payoff to work up to handy!

And that's all for this week folks!  Next week kick's off my CRAZY Christmas Countdown, so be sure to come back for some holly jolly fun!  Until then, have a fun, safe and happy Thanksgiving my friends!  Be careful out there on the roads and be especially careful if you're braving the Black Friday crowds!  Take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


ONE!!!  ONE WEEK TO GO!!! AH HA HA!!!  Sorry, was channeling Count von Count there for a second.  Yup, next week is Turkey Day!  And I know how I'll be celebrating: Marathoning all my Joel-Era MST3K episodes for my own personal Turkey Day Marathon!  Oh, I'll also be eating my weight in turkey, ham, sides and pie, but that goes without saying!  Anyhoo, while visions of apple pies dance through my head, take a look at today's Turkey art please.  Enjoy...

Wow!  All that running away from the farmer must have worked off all that bread Tom Turkey gorged himself on!  Good thing that ridiculously large pumpkin was there for him to hide behind!  How will Tom escape from the hungry farmer?  How I ask you?  HOW?!?

Well folks, hate to leave y'all on a cliffhanger again, but that's all the time we have for this week's post!  Do come back next week to see if Tom becomes a free bird or the main course!  The finale may blow you away!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Woo hoo!  Two weeks and counting until Thanksgiving arrives!  Oh man!  I better buy some bigger pants!  It'll certainly make life easier for me once the day is through.  While I go out shopping, check out today's Turkey art!  Enjoy...

It was very kind of that farmer to offer Ol' Tom Turkey some bread to eat before the meal starts.  How thoughtful of him!  Wait a minute.  Isn't stuffing usually made of bread?  And why's the farmer holding that...  Oh God Tom!  RUN YOU DUMB TURKEY!!!

Well folks, looks like things are gonna get cut short here this week, but be sure to come back next time to learn the fate of Tom Turkey!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Hello my CRAZIES!!!  Do you know what month it officially is?  Why, it's now November which can mean only one thing!  What?  No it ain't Christmas time yet!  You tell Santa to take his chubby butt back to the North Pole and stay there until December rolls around!  Tis the time for Tom Turkey to have his day and make a mad dash from the hungry masses because it's Turkey Day!  Or Thanksgiving for those that didn't grow up watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 like I did.  It's a time for food, family, friends, football and fat bellies after eating all those gut-busting dishes!  But since we got a few weeks until the big day arrives, why not enjoy some festive art while we wait for the feast to start?  Enjoy...

Turkey and Ham.  Two essential pieces to ANY holiday feast when you get right down to it.  Both are simply delicious and can be made in a variety of ways, but is either truly better than the other?  I honestly feel they are as equal as it gets and that both swine AND fowl deserve their respective places on the dinner table come the fourth Thursday of November.  And if you're reading this Austin, don't even THINK of bringing up fish!

Well folks, that's all for this week.  We'll be back next time with some art that'll definitely keep you full until Thanksgiving arrives.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Happy Halloween my CRAZIES!!!  The Ragtags and Pepper are sure having a good time and I hope those of you who are still of trick-or-treating age will have one too come Halloween night!  Poor Sap, he drew pumpkin duty this year while Pepper is dressed as Mr. Blob, Clover is Nettika and Mooch is Picpak Dog!  What can I say?  Web Comics are loaded with great characters to dress up as!  Still, there's plenty of candy to be had!  Just make sure you get it from the right houses.  Otherwise, you could end up a mouse!  Don't believe me?  Read on and you'll see what I'm talking about...

The Witches, one of Roald Dahl's most unusual works of literature, which is really saying something, is the tale of a boy given chocolate by evil witches that turns kids into mice.  The book was adapted into a live action movie by Jim Henson in 1990 and was among the last projects the Muppet great lived to complete.  Dahl himself wasn't particularly fond of the film as it changed the downbeat ending into a happy one.  In his final years though, he did soften up to it a bit.  I've stated in the past that as great as his books are, they've rarely translated well into film and the big reason is because they are all quite dark for kids books.  Even Steven Spielberg couldn't make The BFG work this past summer, and that book is one of Dahl's more adaptable works.  Perhaps Tim Burton can take another crack someday.  I had a lot of fun working on this one, even if the art is a little grotesque by my style.  Hopefully no one will turn into a mouse from looking at it!

And that's all she wrote for October!  November is coming fast and will have all sorts of turkey-themed fun coming your way, so stay "Tooned!"  Until then, take care and I hope y'all have a fun, safe and spooky Halloween!  I'll catch y'all later and be sure to save me some Reese's Cups!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  Last week, I promised to show y'all how I made the alien mask from They Live!, and I intend to deliver!  Before we start, let it be known that I got the idea from Make: Magazine, which is a must read for anyone down to do some DIY projects!  The Make article wasn't quite as clear on certain steps though, so I'll try and be as thorough as I can.  Also, I'll be listing supplies as I go, so be sure to make a list.  Anyway, enjoy...


First step is the easiest: Buy Supplies!  To start, you'll need a simple craft mask and some instant papier-mache which you can find at any craft store.  I would recommend Michael's since they constantly have coupons.

The next part is to mix up the papier-mache and put it on the mask, except over the mouth and nose.  You will only need roughly a quarter of the papier-mache mix, if even that, so eyeball it closely.  Something the magazine article didn't point out is that after it dries, the papier-mache CAN come off, so you might wanna get some spray glue as well.


Another piece of the puzzle you will need is a skull mask, more specifically, the jawline of it.  Most Halloween and party stores carry them at this time of year, so finding one shouldn't be too difficult.  Cutting it out however, was a chore!  Scissors aren't very good on thick plastic.  I'd highly recommend a scroll saw or dremel.  You also have to cut out the mouth of the white mask, which scissors were effective on oddly enough.  This is another part the magazine article wasn't very clear on.

With everything cut out, glue the skull jaw on to the white mask.  This part is a little tricky as the jaw will NOT just fit on (Yet another thing the article neglected to say!).  And there WILL be a gap in between  the two masks.  I used hot glue to set it on there and Gorilla Glue to reinforce it as the hot glue didn't want to stick very well.  Also be aware of where the jaw lines up.  Mine was noticeably off, BUT, it actually kinda worked as the aliens in the film are quite grotesque!


The next phase of making this mask is the best part!  Shaping it!  You'll need modeling clay and a little patience with this step.  First, add clay around the jawline to A) Cover up the gaps between the two masks and B) Elongate the jaw to make it look more natural.  Be sure to keep a bowl of water around too as you'll need to wet your fingers so you can smooth the clay down.  Add more clay around the eyes, nose and cheek bones to form ridges.  You'll wanna add ridges to the forehead too.  The goal is to make it look like it's holding back rotting flesh, which is what the papier-mache simulates!


And now we enter the home stretch!  The first part of step 4 may well be the easiest thing you will do on this project: Priming the mask!  Because you'll be using light colors, you'll wanna use a non-glossy white primer paint.  No real primer preference here.  It's a mask not a wall!

Once your primer dries, you can REALLY go to work!  First up, paint the nose and eye sockets black.  Then using red paint, make the fleshy parts red.  This includes the gums between the teeth and ALL the exposed papier-mache.  Because of the white primer, it may take a few coats, especially with the red as the papier-mache isn't a smooth surface and will have hard-to-fill grooves and cracks.  You also wanna use acrylic paints for this step, preferably with a matte finish.  Once again, I have no preference.  Whatever is cheapest works just fine.
Now it's time to paint the bone ridges blue!  You'll paint everything BUT the teeth and lower jaw a medium shade of blue, once again with acrylic paint.  I used turquoise since it's the perfect shade of blue!  With a VERY small brush, also take some black paint and get the lines in between the teeth and gums.  This will really make those chompers standout, especially after the glossing step.  It'd also be wise to pick up some white acrylic paint too, as the brush is going to smear while doing the lines.


This next step requires a bit more skill than most as you'll be adding highlights to make the mask really stand out!  First, take some brown acrylic paint and lightly sponge it on to the red parts.  It doesn't have to be heavy, but should be somewhat covering of the red paint.  Basically, make sure the red paint is still visible.  Next, add some water to the brown paint and lightly brush it on to the teeth and lower jaw, then wipe it off quick with a paper towel.  This will age the teeth and make it look more sinister.  You can leave the teeth and jaw white though.  Totally your call!

And now we reach the last part!  With some pink acrylic paint, faintly sponge it on to the brown and red fleshy areas of the mask.  Next, use light blue acrylic paint and faintly sponge it on to the blue parts of the mask.  These are merely highlights, so no heavy coat needed.  To make the eyes, cut a ping pong ball in half, spray paint it silver and then cut a star pattern into the eyes.  This is another one you'll need a dremel for as the curved surface make it impossible to use a knife or scissors.  Once done, hot glue the eyes into the eye sockets of the mask.  Once all the paint and glue is dry, take a glossing medium and lightly brush it on.  The magazine recommended a medium gloss varnish which I did find very satisfying.  Once again, this one is really more personal preference than anything else.  A higher gloss may stand up to the elements better depending on the weather.

And there's your mask!  The white craft mask will have straps already attached, but you may wanna replace them with elastic as the included straps only tie around and likely won't support the added weight.  Anyhoo, that's my tutorial!  I hope y'all liked it and didn't doze off while reading!  I hope y'all will also be inspired to try even crazier variants!  I know I am!

And that's all for today.  I'll be back next time with some Halloween fun just in time for the spookiest night of the year!  Well, save for Ozzy Osborne's birthday party!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!