Animal Kingdom – Avatar

I decided that drawing would be a good excuse to be off my feet for a while, so I drew the huge mech thingy from the movie Avatar that was right in front of me.  I proved to be free entertainment for quite a few children and even a couple of adults.  I was asked a couple times if I drew professionally and people were actually surprised when I said no!

Magic Kingdom

There were a number of shows and parades and other such things happening that involved a lot of waiting in between so I drew this during that time.  I figured since I only had a black pen to work with I’d just use that to represent the lights instead of trying to outline them.  It took a long time and is a bit wonky, but it was a fun experiment.  Also: always carry a book light with you, kids.  You never know when it might be way too dark to draw.

Disney Studios

Drawn from a photograph I took and apparently didn’t scan very well (wtf left side blur) but that’s all right.  The fun part about this was that I finished it while waiting for the evening program to begin at Animal Kingdom, and the little girl next to me was fascinated.  I particularly liked showing her the magic of the watercolor crayons.

Disney Springs

Drawn from a photograph I took at dusk at Disney Springs.  (One day I swear I will ride in that balloon, dang it!)  This was my first time using watercolor crayons and they are so amazing.

Mitchells Presbyterian Church

Drawn from my car early in the morning.

EPCOT World Showcase

The view from Tokyo Dining at the Japan pavilion.

Drawn from a photograph I took on the ride in the Mexico pavilion.

The Aviary

Drawn from my car at about 7am.

Diary Comic: Black Magic

True story.

Diary Comic: C-c-c-c-old!

Year-End Book Wrap-up 2017

Books Read in 2017:
1. Entanglement by Emma Tarlo
2. The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello
3. Space Rocks! by Tom O’Donnell
4. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
5. The Madonna of Las Vegas by Gregory Blake Smith [quit 20 pages before the end]
6. All My Friends are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
7. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
8. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
9. Breathers by S.G. Browne
10. The Yellow House by Martin Gayford
11. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
12. Hot Donut Salad by Alison Cowell
13. Taft 2012 by Jason Heller
14. How to Success! by Corinne Caputo
15. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
16. Lost Science by Kitty Ferguson
17. How My Cat Made Me a Better Man by Jeremy Feig
18. Step Aside, Pops! by Kate Beaton
19. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
20. Hexed by Kevin Hearne

Audiobooks Listened to in 2017:
1. A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
2. What If? by Randall Munroe
3. Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
4. Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
5. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
7. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
8. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
10. A Kiss before dying by Ira Levin
11. M is For Magic by Neil Gaiman
12. Undeniable by Bill Nye
13. Charlie Chaplin and His Times by Kenneth S. Lynn
14. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
15. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
16. Doc by Mary Doria Russell
17. Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz
18. Swarm by Scott Westerfeld
19. A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
20. Ever by Gail Carson Levine
21. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
22. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
23. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
24. Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
25. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
26. Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman
27. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
28. America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis
29. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
30. The Daily Show (The Book) by Chris Smith
31. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
32. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
33. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
34. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
35. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
36. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
37. John Dies at the End by David Wong

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