Saturday Snapshot: Blue Skies


Here’s a photo I took of some wispy clouds in the sky on a beautiful afternoon in Tacoma.


Saturday Snapshot: Ski Lift

Ski Lift By CRash

Second snowmobile trip to Mt. Spokane.  It was cloudy, but the ski lift rose out of the clouds.  So did we, climbing up to take a look at the view.

The Days of the Black Friday Week

I keep seeing advertisements for “Cyber Week,” leading me to believe that if you are in the U.S., Black Friday is inescapable.  It has its own “holiday week” now:

  • Travel Wednesday: This is the day for getting to wherever you’re going. Figure out which relatives have the most strategic shopping positions, and visit them.  (Also the time to prepare for hordes of family members: cleaning, baking dishes, etc.)
  • Thanksgiving Thursday (Black Friday Eve): Something about stocking up on calories and taking a quick nap before getting in line for the 8pm store openings.
  • Black Friday: Shop like you will never see a Best Buy again!  Wear war paint.
  • Small Business Saturday:  Do more shopping.  Feel better about yourself this time.
  • Stay-home Sunday: Supposedly this is when you recover from the trauma of the first half of the week. But beware – the leftovers are getting scarier.
  • Cyber Monday: Do more shopping. Slouch on your couch this time. Free shipping!
  • Blue Tuesday: Realize that the holiday is over, and most of the sales are gone.  So is most of your money.  And you still have to buy presents for most of your family.

Denver Post: Black Friday Cartoon

Sunday Sketch: Witter T-Shirt

For my Sunday Sketch this week, I thought I’d post my T-shirt design for our lifeguards’ staff night.  I work at an aquatic center called Witter, and our team color was white, which was perfect for doodling.  Five Sharpies and an hour or so later, I had this:

The blue object being towed by the superhero-lifeguard is a pool tarp.  It makes more sense when you know that tarping is an excruciating and difficult process – Witter has nine tarps that are about 3 meters by 25 meters and they have to be towed across the pool at night by swimming lifeguards.  It’s infinitely worse when only one lifeguard is there to do it (as happened to me last Saturday), and as I was musing over my blisters later in the week I thought about how much easier it would be if those blue tarps could just fly themselves across each night.  And yes, I know that “We got this” is awful grammar, but that really is the sentiment appropriate to this case.

Diabolical blue instruments of torture

Ours are similar to these, only there are nine instead of four.

That design was on the back of the T-shirt, a simple V-neck I bought at Target.  On the front of the shirt at the point of the V I drew our pool mascot, a marmot. Witter is outside, next to a river and a park, and there is a family of marmots that live somewhere behind the complex. “Witty the Marmot” has been a fixture for three years running:

Sadly, the Witter Marmots did not win the staff game of capture-the-flag, but we did score twice, which was pretty good considering the other five pools had, on average, double the amount of lifeguards that we were able to muster.  Witter Marmots – small but mighty!

For those curious, I did use references for the superhero-lifeguard and the marmot, though of course I modified them in my drawings.

Sunday Speedpaint: Earth Day

A snow leopard composite painting for Earth Day – the leopard was referenced from here and the Earth that appears in the eyes and text comes from here.  Unfortunately my recording file was corrupted, so no process video this week. Overall I’m not particularly pleased with this one.  It took about an hour to speedpaint and it really needs a couple more to make the leopard more realistic-looking in terms of fur texture.