Category Archives: Squirrels

Nuts! Now in foam

ASIFA Atlanta recently had a call for cartoon/animation inspired art for a benefit show, so I entered the slug and this piece below. It’s from an illustration/branding project I had long ago at Portfolio Center, and I thought instead of just having a vector art printed or even a painting, why not use Fun Foam.

So, I had the bizarre idea to cut this thing out of foam to give it a bit of dimension and compliment its quirkiness. However, there’s much more strategy when working in layers of foam than you’d think (complicated by the limited size of foam sheets). Not to mention, clean cuts are not an easy thing, especially when layering four nut shapes on top of one another.

Anyway, I had a bunch of new sketches from this series I wanted to try out, but alas ran out of time. Enjoy, even if it looks a little flat from this view.

Nuts! Foam, 34″x 18″

Layers of foam

Squirrel detail, 5 layers of foam in some spots

The 3d feel is hard to photograph, can kinda see on an angle.

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Black out in Switzerland

I’m so horribly busy with my 7th quarter coming to and end… while I wait for Photoshop to save a ginormous file, thought I’d post this:

August 25, 2008…5:28 pm

Tibetan activist squirrel forces Switzerland to miss Olympic closing ceremony

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Well that’s nutty!

It seems that a power outage caused an 80 minute TV blackout across Switzerland just timed so that the entire nation missed the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

The reason given for the outage was that a squirrel broke into a Zürich power plant and disabled the entire facility. Yes, a squirrel. An Eichhörnchen (am I the only person who can’t pronounce that word while sober?)

Now… I wouldn’t want to be accused of creating conspiracy theories out of thin air… but I must say, this seems pretty fishy to me. For a start, were you or I to enter a power plant, we wouldn’t have the first clue about how to go about shutting the thing down, right? We’d probably manage to turn off the photocopier, or disable a light switch – but a whole power plant? No – this was clearly a highly trained squirrel.

Second, we are not talking about some accident here. This was clearly a Kamikaze squirrel. We are told the rodent actually subjected itself to an 11,000 volt electric shock. That’s commitment to the cause if ever I saw it. No, this was no bungler – this was a fanatical activist squirrel.

Third, we know there have been protests about China’s human rights record in Tibet (and need I even mention the fate of small furry rodents that fall into the hands of Chinese Chefs). This particular squirrel – who I shall codename Bya ma byi (wow.. isn’t there some amazingly useless stuff on the internet!) was obviously part of a highly organised and dedicated gang of suicide rodents.

Their masterplan was carried out to perfection – the timing was perfect. Bya ma byi crept by stealth into the power station and using all the skills he’d learnt at squirrel terrorist training camp, hurled himself into the innermost workings of the switching station at the crucial moment.

The whole of Switzerland was blacked out – nobody could receive coverage of the Olympic closing ceremony.

Of course, it was Bye Bye to Bya ma byi. But then, some technicians in Zürich are probably dining well tonight.

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SketchUp timewarp

Sketchup – my latest love, hate, and time waster…it has such akward, unprecise controls, yet I love the simplicity of it, the fact that I can build a 3-d model within hours and simulate just what something will look like, down to 3-d squirrel placement!

This has been a fun tool for my retail environment class, where I’m building The Nut House, a cafe set in a park that is part tree house part asylum.  Yes, it serves nut enhanced drinks and beverages.  I love this project, and feel like I’ve really been able to put myself fully into it.

Anyway, before any foam board was cut for a mock up, Sketch Up really help me visualize what was going on here, and I spent way too much time playing with it than I should have…my main complaint is the lack of xyz coordinates where you can plug in values to place your stuff…like in any Adobe program (at least x and y; After Effects has xyz) and all those crazy advanced programs…but it is a simple thing to add with out loosing simplicity.  I do like the user database of components tho, and enjoyed seeing all the 3d crap people made that can be easily imported.  Yes, someone made 3-d snot.  I stuck to 3-d squirrels.

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Happy pic and a good reminder

After working all day on mindless (souless?) powerpoint presentations on ancient PCs for corporate America, this cheery little pic saved the day. Sometimes days like these are useful reminders why I’m suffering through 2 years of design boot camp…hopefully to avoid powerpoint, at any rate…

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Hookah Tips 4 Squirrels

Occasionally I get some weird links to my wordpress site.  I can’t see how I’m linked to The Hookah Lounge, but WordPress says it’s an incoming link.  Upon clicking this particular entry on that blog, I guess it partially makes sense:

Hookah Tips 4 Squirrels

 

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Happy Coldness and Sugar Squirrels

It was so wonderfully cold today, it made me so happy. Felt so pleasant to bundle up with a scarf and hat and have the crispness hit my face. I know most people hate it, but it’s so rare here, I treasure it. Right now it’s 21, windchill of 12. It was in the 30s earlier, but to me felt a bit warmer. I guess when you dress for it, it’s not so bad…so many people looked frozen in their flimsy windbreakers…come on, get those coats out that you bought on clearance last spring and get some use out of em! I see people in uggs when it’s 85 outisde, put them to good use for once!

Anyway, while I’m in a good mood, thought I’d share some creativity on my mother’s behalf. I guess I got the crafty vibe from her, as you can see in the fine example below. Yes, that’s a squirrel tree she made for my birthday…sugar cookie squirrels that were too wonderful to eat…and got too hard anyway, thank goodness. I couldn’t bear to bite one of their heads off and digest those little peircing eyeballs.

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Lovely little red eyes!

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So many happy squirrels nesting in one tree…

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Somehow a stray pig got in here too…hmmm…

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