Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Villain

Happy Thanksgiving! This one isn't done, but I'm posting it anyway. Maybe it's the holiday spirit, but I'm actually glad I never had time to work on it: I have a good job that keeps me busy, and having a family beats being lonely and prolific any day. A few other things that I'm grateful for:

- Growing up in the 80's. I don't think you can comprehend that there was a time in history when people thought He-man was cool without having experienced it yourself.

- My polarized sunglasses, and the endless entertainment they provide as I'm driving because I can tilt my head side to side and make the sky disappear.

- Flour. Think about how many cookies there wouldn't be without that stuff.

- Words like, "pronto," e.g. "Get me two cups of flour, pronto!"

- British TV dramas based on books from the 1800s. Either they're good because they're really good (even if you're embarrassed to admit it), like the A&E Pride and Prejudice, or they're good because they're really bad, like the one my wife and I just watched: "Doctor Lydgate!" "Rosamond! I was just. . .er, looking for Mr. Chaucerberry." "Oh. He's gone to market." "Oh. Er. . .good day." *weeping* "Rosamond, what on earth is wrong?" "I'm so very sad, Dr. Lydgate. Is there never to be anything between us?" (He sweeps her into his arms and kisses her.) "Oh Dr. Lydgate, I'm so very happy!"

- Which brings up the another important thing to be thankful for: British accents. Without British accents Monty Python would be a miserable failure, and you wouldn't hear nearly as many condescending remarks about how much better the British version of "The Office" is. Also, a large portion of the United States believes European politics are superior because, as we have learned from BBC dramas, the entirety of Europe speaks in an English accent.

- Also, dental floss.

- Except when it is wielded by those ladies (hygienists?) that do all the cleaning at dentists. Ow.

22 comments:

  1. I really like this illustration-the detail on his face is amazing. What a great list of things to be thankful for:)Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Terrific illustration. Can't wait to see it when it's finished. But I'm glad you are keeping so busy.

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  3. Amazing!! Where is his corn on the cob sword?

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  4. Great work, Sam. Love the list-- these are the types of things that most people take for granted.

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  5. It's as if you took Sam Nielson, Adam Ford, and Ryan Wood and mixed them all together!

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  6. You gotta finish it now Sam! It is really really cool! It reminds me of your Mike Mignolia piece.

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  7. And is El Fro talking about our physique's?

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  8. that is friggin awesome Sam!

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  9. Good job on MerMan, I dig the dopey look on his face. Bravo, Sam!

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  10. I'm thinking you might be a little bit TOO amazing. Thanks for the inspiring work!

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  11. About those comments regarding the British "Office"...? Guil'y as charged.

    But it is better ;) Oh, and this piece is AMAZING.

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  12. Great!
    these are a He -Man´s villain!

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  13. I love the picture and love the list. I was laughing the whole time I read it.

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  14. This is so awesome Sam! I really love your painting techniques . . . wish I could take your painting class on Painter . . . I haven't figured out that program? Anyways, really nice work.

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  15. I N C R E D I B L E !!!

    I wish you had prints of this available, because it is fantastic.

    Part of a series?

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  16. i like this merman--but i must say, i think your tila is my favorite...i'm a sucker for big hips on a woman...

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  17. hey there

    i thought that webster from he-man....! well,,,,?

    i had that doll "yes doll/s"
    Before, collecting dolls lost its name to the the "f" word.

    love your work

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  18. Words cannot do justice to the awesomeness that is this image. Holy crapola. Thanks for the new desktop.

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  19. his face is AMAZING!

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  20. Sweet Mer-Man. He remains a favorite to this day.

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