Thursday, July 31, 2014

Topic for 8/1 to 8/14

The imagination is amazing! Just look at all the architecture that characterizes our cities. I'm originally from the Chicagoland area, which is pretty impressive for a place that was named (by Native Americans) after stinky onions.  What about all the great books we read?  The classics, the bestselling novels, the philosophical, fantastic, romantic, scientifically fabricated (sorry, couldn’t think of an adjective for sci fi).  Endless galleries of artwork in endless mediums:  pencil, ink, paint and brush, clay, glass, plastic, wood, and metal, just to name a few.  How about movies?  You name it…action, drama, comedy.  How many mindblowing stunts or effects have we seen in the last decade alone?  Even the invention of movie-making itself was the fruit of someone’s imagination. Let’s not forget animation, where the limits and boundaries of live action can be broken.  The imagination can really let loose
here.  The only limit here is that someone must be able to draw it.

Which brings us to the next topic:


The imagination is limitless, and, if we allow it, can even transcend space, time, and all that we know! The object is to draw something that stretches the imagination, whatever your interpretation of that may be. Hopefully, this won't be a stressful topic, but we'll have lots of fun! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


That topic brought back all sorts of memories, digital and otherwise! And it's great to have you back, Marie! So, shall we...

Adam, did you want to take the helm? If not, I can post.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marie Criddle - Nintendo

Hi hi hi all! After what seems like MONTHS of packing and moving and hotels, we are finally settled in a real house in Maryland...with internet. Woo! Although we still don't have our stuff from Japan (it took the slow boat, we took the slightly less slow one) I have rummaged up some watercolor pens and paper to pay homage to my favorite video game and--by extension--my favorite video game based 80s cartoon. Well excuuuuuuuse me, princess.

P.S. I'm back for good now, I swear!! I missed you guys!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Peter Hong - Nintendo

Street Fighter II didn't come out until Super Nintendo (hope that still counts), but my brother and I spent hours upon hours (and tons of quarters at the arcade before that) playing the game. One thing I missed about playing at the arcade/store was the diversity of competition. There's nothing like infuriating or getting infuriated at complete strangers with varying skill levels. Sometimes with the home gaming systems, my brother and I only had each other to channel our aggressions onto.

Then they invented the internet...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nathan and Sam Heine - Nintendo

I'm pretty sure my boys have never actually played Nintendo, but they've played enough internet games to get the idea. (And for Sam, this isn't his first attempt at game design).

Adam Heine - Nintendo

This was such a big topic for me. I kinda wanna split it into subtopics like we did for Star Wars, but I don't know if that would be inflicting my childhood on you all :-)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Topic for 7/11 to 7/25

I think it's time to call it, and I know it's my turn for a topic. To that end, I choose...


Mario, Link, Mega Man, Pikachu, Samus Aran, Starfox, Donkey Kong... I couldn't tell you how many hours I've spent with these iconic characters (I really don't think I want to tell you).

Even if you didn't spend your entire childhood educated with an NES controller in your hand, I'm sure you recognize at least one of these guys, right?


Monday, July 7, 2014

Jaqai Mickelsen - igloos

Yeah. Ironically didn't have any good ideas for my OWN flippin' suggestion. So then this happened.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Peter Hong - Igloos

I had to go dark so the pencil would show up. But now you can see all the specks on the paper. Let's just pretend it's snow...