The Incredibly Enlightened Hulk!

Working on this blog for the past two years, we’ve learned that sometimes, even 5 minutes is too much. And, that forcing drawing when you’re not in the mood can lead to a fun activity being a frustrating one.

Such was tonight, when Grace was bombed after a long day of school, Girl Scouts and homework. So, we were going to let it go when Cate said she wanted to draw. We gave Grace the night off and looked for inspiration, which she found in Maris Wicks’ “Yoga Hulk” … a perfect subject given our need to “get into the zen” of sketching tonight.

Check out Maris’ amazing  work at her blog: www.dotsforeyes.blogspot.com

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Rocket Raccoon for Bill Mantlo

I love kooky comics. Since I was a kid, I’ve lived in the extremes. I want my comics to either be really real or really “comic booky.” That’s why I loved Bill Mantlo’s work even before I knew his name. ROM, Hulk, Cloak & Dagger, etc. … when I was Grace’s age, they were just full of odd characters and far out concepts — products of the imagination of Bill Mantlo. Tragically, Bill was injured in a hit and run accident in 1995 and can no longer write. This holiday season, a call went out for Bill fans to draw fan art and send it to him to cheer him up. So, the girls and I decided to draw one of Bill’s most enduring creations: Rocket Raccoon. It’s not too hard to encourage kids to draw a space-hopping raccoon … and that’s thanks to Bill Mantlo.

Click here to read a heart-breaking, but encouraging story about Bill and to learn how you, too, can send him fan art!

Ed Emberley’s Faces!

Like a lot of children of the 70s and 80s, my education on drawing cartoons was largely shaped by the masterful Ed Emberley. I had five or six of his books, which break down the complex art of drawing bodies and faces into simple shapes and step-by-step instructions. I loved it.

So, naturally, as we’re working on both drawing with shapes and faces, Grace and I spent some time with Mr. Emberley’s books. She really took to it and was able to understand his lexicon. I decided to have some fun and draw the Avengers as Ed might have!

Cornered

Last Friday, Grace and I were honored to have some of our art featured on Jon Morris’ new Web site “Cornered.” In the vein of the Covered and RePaneled blogs, Cornered invites  artists to interpret the corner images of classic comics. Grace and I chose Defenders #42. And, Check out Jon’s awesome Web site at http://corneredblog.blogspot.com/

The Incredible Hulk! by Irfan (8) & Hisham (Dad)

Okay, this wins the award for the drawing that came the furthest distance – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Wow. When we started our little blog, never did we think …

I love this drawing of the Hulk from a father and son team!

The Incredible Hulk … and Juggles! by Grace (6) & Dad

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!!!!! (Okay, you probably didn’t.)

Today on Twitter, writer Paul Tobin suggested that The Hulk should have a pig named Juggles as a sidekick. As Grace had already invented Scratcher, an animal sidekick for Tigra, she loved the idea and wanted to draw it. And, of course, we used a drawing of The Hulk by Paul’s Wife, Colleen Coover, as a guide … http://www.colleencoover.net/?p=566

Enjoy it, True Believers!

Hulk! by Wyatt (4) & Stephen Locke

They’re back! This time, the father and son duo take on the Green Goliath … the Incredible Hulk. And, Stephen was having so much fun, he showed what an extra five minutes and a little color can do to accent the image!