Tiki Pole Thingy

Tiki Pole

Being back from Hawai’i seems to dictate a few appropriately-themed posts, so here’s the first. It’s from a sketchbook I had brought in the hope of getting a couple quickish drawings done while on the island for just such a purpose.

This one is just of a decorative pole outside the visitor center for the first national park we came across on the way down from the airport. Nothing says “welcome” like a carving of a demonic worm, you know. (Except maybe a carving of a severed head atop a stack of papayas, which is what this might also be.)

Group Topic: Tom Bombadil

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry

Well, it’s that time again. The group topic returns, this time with one of our most specific categories to date, and with more participants than ever.

Head off to the links below to see our cabal of contributors’ takes on Tom, one of the lesser-illustrated characters in Tolkien lore.

An Illustrated Beatitudes

So basically Azusa Pacific University’s summer project was to have as many people as possible create videos based on Matthew 5:1-16. Being the good employee that I am, I reluctantly complied, and forced myself to draw a bunch of random stuff in Flash. Because I hate doing things like that.

Then I magically got Rosemary to overdub the thing, which is actually something I believe she really does hate.

Anyway, you may feast your eyes upon the original storyboard below, if you feel so inclined.


Also, to give appropriate credit, the music is Knights of Cydonia by Muse.

The Majestic Hydrorse


Colloquially known as the “swamp stallion”, this aberration of nature boasts the nastier sides of both parent breeds (horse and hydra), with none of their redeeming qualities*. Despite this fact, however, hunting it is expressly forbidden in most countries. (Though most cryptozoologists agree that this is for the sake of each country’s citizen-count rather than a protective measure for the beast itself.)

*Granted, the hydra of legend had no redeeming qualities and seemed possessed of only a single large nasty side in the first place, but the statement is still technically correct.