Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alien Creature Mess Around

Thanksgiving morning, relaxing, messing around with new version of Painter.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jellyfish Tar Blob Creature

Another vacation doodle leftover। Some tar blobby jelly fish creature.

[Vectorized in Illustrator and now available on a shirt - any style]

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Hoisting a Monster Claw

We were working out the best ways to lift the toe of some lake monster that one of the kids found while snorkeling around the pond last week.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Alien Flipper Creature

Spent one afternoon doodling and sketching while on vacation by a pond in Cape Cod. Imagined this guy coming up out of the plake (it's called a pond but it's like a lake -- a word coined by the daughter).

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ghost Creature in the Moonlight

Mostly the product of a phone call with a vendor today.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Long Shnozzed Woodland Creature

Quick sketch the other morning.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Parrot Scissor Hands

Was scribbling this along last week and didn't know what it was until someone said it looked like a parrot scissor hands kind of creature. The daughter just watched Edward Scissorhands for the first time and has renewed her love and commitment to all-things Johnny Depp.

While I didn't get to watch it with her, it must be in my head. Here's a neat little Edward Scissorhands claymation clip.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Meine Jacke

I took one or two semesters of German at Temple University while studying there in the 1980s. Unlike my French and Italian in high school, I recall very little of the language I'm sure I learned in college.

One phrase that stuck with me was "meine Jacke".

The professor would act out whatever he was teaching us and I found it quite amusing when he said, "meine Jacke" while he gracefully stroked the lapels of his blazer.

It reminded me of how my father, once, during a heated game of Password, used the hand motion of playing with yo-yo and saying the word, "bob". (The password was "yo yo".) It caused a great ruckus, this illegal use of pantomime. The game quickly fell apart as the highly competitive McGlinchey family exchanged accusations of cheating and foul play.

My kids find it amusing, and a little odd, that the key phrase I remember is "meine Jacke." I find it useful. I actually get to use it a lot when I can't find "meine Jacke."

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Struble Trail Creature

We went for a walk on the Struble Trail above Downingtown the other day. The daughter had rushed ahead and encountered this ogre-like creature under the 30-bypass bridge. It wanted to have a poke at her but she dodged its thick pointer finger finger and ran ahead. We came up behind and the creature just kind of shrugged and resumed leaning against the underpass wall.

Now that would be a sensible reason for fencing off the Shyrock property at the northern end of the trail. If only it was that simple.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Office Troll Dude

Tonight I was just about to shut things down at the office and head over to Victory to pick up a growler of their new Baltic Thunder Porter when the office troll popped up behind my desk and started gnawing on my display.

I said, "Dude."

You pretty much have to beat him with stapler to get him to lay off the equipment and go back to hiding under the conference room table. He likes to give you those yellowy weepy eyes as a bid for sympathy. Doesn't work on me.

It was enough of a hassle that the whole distraction put me off my post-work mission. I guess I'll head over to Victory Friday night.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tasty Hot Chili

The Mrs asked me before Christmas to come up with some drawings depicting 'enjoyment of food'. This was a quick marker sketch that I vectored in Illustrator then brought back int Photoshop tonight to color it in for the blog. I was playing with a shading technique using 'dissolve' mode paintbrush in Photoshop that Bob Staake, an out-of-this-world illustrator, describes on his site.

For pure amazement check out his video on boingboing that brought him to my attention yesterday.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cross My Path

Driving home through the woods recently in the dark, this mangled product of alien in-breeding stumbled across the road in front of me. I can't stand when creatures stumble out of the woods at the periphery of my headlight wash -- it scares the hell out of me. For weeks, you'll always think something is there, in the woods, watching, stumbling.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Meet My Monkey

Meet my coffee monkey.

Until I returned to work from a 9 month hiatus 2 years ago (oh, sweet hiatus, I miss you so), I kept coffee to after-dinner/lunch time to go with special treats (cake, cookies, pie, ice cream, and on and on). Throughout all my years of working prior to that, mornings were for OJ and afternoons were for H2O.

My last job put an end to that. Coffee was a morning and afternoon ritual for 'our gang' that I fought hard against but eventually crumbled. Was the 'need to belong' or the 'need for a stimulant' to keep me awake. Whatever, they got me -- now it's me and my monkey... and the mrs. (she's always been a coffee fiend).

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

No Control

We were able to make it out to a cookie and beer exchange party this weekend. My cookie intake far outpaced my beer intake. However, I was happy to be introduced to a new area brew (new to me -- apparently they've been brewing since 1996 across the river from New Hope): River Horse Brewing Company's Hop Hazard was a tasty complement to our winter weather this weekend. The cookies we brought home were a tasty complement to the never-ending pot of coffee and insurance paperwork today. Beer rocks. Cookies rock. Eagles don't.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Six-Fingered Office Rat

I was working on this watercolor depicting the various dooways and light that lead from my dreary dark and windowless office yesterday when the six-fingered company rat passed by, stopped, gave me his usual 'peace sign' greeting, and then kept moving. He never says anything -- just flashes the peace sign on his creepy six-fingered paw and moves on.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gorilla in the mist

This foggy scene caught my eye this morning in the parking lot where I get my coffee. A short-school-bus driver was relaxing reading a book and having a smoke leaning against her bus. Then the local gorilla-giant tried one of the oldest tricks in the book in a shameless attempt to catch her unawares. I decided to let it play out to see how it ended but not before taking this snapshot with the cell.

How did it end? Let's just say there's one sorry ape roaming the countryside.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007


Drew this while watching Surivor:China. Some survivors had to eat balut. The balut look much more fetal than this creature and my son made a point of telling me that if I was trying to draw the balut that I got it wrong. Very blunt that boy is.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Toothy Bird Creature

Had a dentist appointment yesterday and am still "conscious" of my teeth.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

McSquidly McBurger McSeaCreature

Wishing I had time to do backgrounds and environments for creatures like this thingie.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

You never know what's in that water

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a) the new scanner is here. Canon CanoScan 8600F -- the Epson didn't hold up on both printing and scanning fronts to I'm giving Canon a go for my money.

b) found I didn't add this last ink & watercolor from the shore vacation last month.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Moat Monster

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Anonymous said...Please draw two pictures of the Moat Monster, who lived in the creek that flowed through our neighborhood. One picture should be a professional portrait/head shot, the other full body.

Anyway, all the kids were afraid of him. Of course, all the older kids had "seen him" and tried to scare us with stories. Anyway, my brother and I for some reason imagined him looking kind of like a fat creature from the black lagoon with big fish lips, but wearing a yellow t-shirt that said "Moat Monster."

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Humans as Pets; Cats as Masters

ptmcg in tex said...Humans as pets! It would also be cool to see the pets as masters ;-) (preferably cats)

click on the sketch for a larger view of it -- this was a much bigger doodle while the kids and I watched some tube this evening. Fireplace at the request of the son; side table and lamp request by the daughter.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

request-a-doodle: llama in pajamas

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...A llama in pajamas!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Fat Cow Playing Video Game

Jake said...I'd like an 'utterly' fat cow playing a video game.

'nough said.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Don't Bite The Hand...

I have 2 request-a-doodles in the works that I haven't gotten back to, but doodled this in a meeting this morning.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Request-a-doodle: 2 Headed Monster In-n-Out

Smelly Felly said... I'd like a two-headed monster (your choice) riding a tractor in the drive-thru of In-N-Out.

Back in my NoCal-traveling days I never got to hit an In-N-Out for their famous burgers. Some day I'll get back there and that's the first place I'm going after SmellyFelly's.

background image courtesy Minesweeper, via Wikipedia.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Moose Wrappings

Another request-a-doodle fulfilled...I think. Enjoy, Bear-dude.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Cyclops dude

Was out again tonight setting up encrypted wireless at jd's new pad in conshy, so needed to dig into the back room to find this oldie -but-not-yet-blogged- doodle of a cycloptic creature from the last job. Shouts out to my homies in the First State.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Baby Dog Thing...i don't know

Dug this out of the excess pile. Very little doodle time this week anywhere. Think this was a concept for a previous request-a-doodle, half Jaden, half Maddux or something like that.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Funky Donkey

Though the request was in late (by 3 days), I fulfilled it anyway since it was obviously from someone in the family. Imagine the poor creature above being hot pink, about 35 years old, made of pom-pom material and all of about 4 inches long. He was the most popular among our youngest brother's 'animals' but yet he was mean and degrading to everyone. Everyone wanted to be his friend but he would easily trample on your feelings. He taught me early on how to tell the phonies in this world.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Clem on a Harley

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Goose on the loose

Goose type of creature standing on one leg. Back on the old dependable yellow plastic papermate sharpwriter mechanical pencil.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Request-A-Doodle: Kangaroo & Cheesesteak

This doodle was a fast one so I only solved the kangaroo + cheesesteak part of the request. I took some Photoshop liberties with the rest. For full effect, grab a listen.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Request-A-Doodle: Chris Walken & Easter Bunny (in disguise)

Needed to get this 'bunny' off my back and fast. HB scares me and wanted to get him somewhat satisfied. His original request was somewhat more elaborate and racier -- but too much detail for this PG doodle-rama. (That's some kind of bad Chris Walken, eh?)

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Request-A-Doodle Friday: Dancing Monkey

Eric asked for a dancing monkey earlier today. I just got home and whipped up this wee fool of a chimp while the kids watched TV.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Forehead & Friends

Scanned this last night, but got busy with other stuff and forgot to upload it. So here it is.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ole Daisy

The last job gave me a wealth of opportunities to doodle -- so I've got some left over from then that I occasionally pull out for nights like this (where I haven't had the time to whip-a-doodle.)

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Request-a-doodle: Jaden at the ball game with his groundhog and a beer and hot dog

I think I about covered the gamut of requests for doodles in record time. Apologies to Random California/Jaden's parents. His photos are much better. Also, Rizz -- groundhogs can't wave AND hold a beer. Thanks for the requests and we'll open up the request line again this Friday. Keep 'em coming!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cats & Dogs Living Together

Did a fast sketch at the end of the day before heading off to see the tax man and went for a less 'terrifying' and 'odd' concept that make some wonder about my mind... don't get used to it. keep wondering.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

airplane creature

Drew this on my flight from PHL on American Airlines. What a difference an airline makes. American rocks. USAir does not.

On this doodle, I took a photo of it with the digital camera this time, rather than the cell phone. came out somewhat better, but think i need to sort out macro mode on the camera to get it optimized/focused.

03-28-2007 UPDATE: here's a scan of the sketch. looks much better. Need to buy me one of those portable scanner thingies.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

wild things

This is an old doodle from the archives. We're in San Antonio, TX this week. Today before visiting the NCAA South Regional shootaround at the AlamoDome, we took the kids to the Animal Sanctuary of the United States Wild Animal Orphanage. It's amazing to the see the number and kinds of wild animals that people try to keep as pets and entertainment. Lots and lots of tigers, cougars, a couple bears, and even a couple of ligers -- test tube crossings of tigers and lions.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Chimping around

made this the other day on and since I haven't solved my doodling-on-the-road issue, this will have to do for now.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Vulture with rib bone

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Thursday, February 01, 2007


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Friday, January 26, 2007

8 degrees of freeze

the pooch's first trip out into the deep deep freeze of winter.

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Friday, January 19, 2007


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Thursday, December 21, 2006

old Pete

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Monday, December 11, 2006

you are one sick cat

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