There is a badge press in the mail, and I am going to have sooooo much fun with it. I can make a badge for any occasion! Husband a little stinky? That could be a badge. A friend does something awesome? I can send them a badge to celebrate! My sister aces a test? I can write ‘Accounting Genius’ on a piece of paper, cut it out, and pin it to her shirt to show her just how proud I am rather than saying it just like everyone else.
So I’m going to go ahead and start doing a little designing before it gets here. I have a feeling that this is going to be the basis for my first badge. For some reason I just feel the need to be all cute and couplesie by having a badge featuring a cartoon version of my husband on it. I can put it on my bag!
So yes… if you happen to see a few roundish sketches over the next few days, do not be alarmed: I have not suddenly found myself lacking the ability to draw in a non-round format, I’m just floating ideas for cute little badges for most any occasion!
Oh. My. God. I sent a tweet into the Old Spice Guy (real name Isaiah Mustafa) in the hopes of possibly getting a personalized response in what has to be the most successful commercial viral marketing campaign I have ever seen. Annnnd I got a response!
As much as I wish I could say that this has turned me onto Old Spice, I do have to admit that I was already an Old Spice girl far before the new Old Spice adverts (and these incredibly awesome personalized responses) came out. My husband wore Old Spice back when I met him, and I won’t actually let him change his scent. I love it to bits. He now claims that the Old Spice Guy is based on him! I’m not sure I’m fully convinced. Are you, Old Spice Guy?
Back on subject though, I’ll state again that this has to be one of the best examples ever (that I have seen) of commercial viral marketing gone right. The short video responses are not only packed with humor making you want to watch each and every one of them, but they really promote sharing. Just like Professor Farnsworth, you can just hear his voice in your head when you see the line of text he is likely going to read in the response. With such a brilliant and iconic character, it is no surprise that Old Spice is onto a winner. You can see more of these great response videos (and the original commercials) at Old Spice’s Youtube Channel.
This picture is most definitely not based on anyone real. Any resemblance is entirely coincidental, and of course, have no basis in fact. I know no-one with a red beard who works in IT, who is often carting around a blackberry and forming plans on how to kill a horde of zombies should the situation necessitate that zombie-killing (en-masse, mind you) may be required.
No-one at all.
So, now that that is out of the way, meet Jimminy! With his trusty screwdriver (good for fixing things and for stabbing), long-life Blackberry (it has Google Maps!) and well thought out plans of how to survive come the Zompocolypse, he’ll be the one to follow when the zombie horde appears because some screw-ball scientist decides to go one step too far and inadvertently invents the living dead.
Jimminy has lived his recent life with constant nightmares of the impending Zompocolypse… he has fortold its coming, with visions of a mad scientist populating the world with zombies only to attempt to flee on a skateboard to their own certain and inevitable demise. Only his great forward planning, blackberry and collection of custom-built zombie pulverizing weapons stand between life… and living DEATH.
Will Jimminy defeat the legions of the undead?
Will his Blackberry prove useful when the Google servers explode, leaving behind a charred mass of twisted metal and zombie-geek remains?
Will this b-grade storyline turn into a romance at the last second as he finds true love in the arms of a decaying and rotting (though oddly attractive) corpse?
Only time will tell… on… ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR: The Jimminy Jonestown Story (coming 2012).
Phew! It has been a rather long day, really… running around, buying obscure Japanese and other Asian candy, finding melon mochi, and getting scolded for (yet again) buying something where the package doesn’t explicitly state what I’ll find inside (it had grapes on the packaging, somewhere… surely whatever is inside is somewhat grape flavoured, one would hope). The hubby has come up with this silly rule that I’m not meant to buy something when I don’t actually know what it is.
I, for one, think it makes life interesting.
Ok, so you might end up throwing away bits and pieces. Basil Seed Drink, for example, is not for everyone (it said on the package what it was, so I was allowed to get it… I still haven’t gotten up the courage to try it though). Isn’t that the point though? You try something… you see how it is… and even if you throw it away, you’re that much more experienced because of it.
At the very least, you have a great story to tell somebody in how absolutely weird and not-so-wonderful this random food item was. Worth the investment? Provided you’re not blowing a fortune on food whose packages can only be interpreted in another language… I think so.
And now for the Sanu update! I thought that there was really no point in doing two separate posts, so I’m rolling them both into one today.
This is my latest skybox – a Spring themed piece designed to match nicely to the Summer Daydreams Skybox I released a while back. You know that I’m going to have to do Autumn and Winter now that I’ve done both a Spring and a Summer – it just makes sense! That may have to wait for another day though.
I know, I know. It has been quite a while. It’s been a hectic few months, from real-estate troubles and sickness through to the annoyances that only the festive season seems to cause… I’ve only just gotten over a very ugly bout of the flu that had me moaning and groaning for weeks over Christmas and even into the New Year. It feels mighty good to be somewhat healthy again. So anyhow, all that horrid stuff aside, I’m finally able to get back into things – and what better way to get back into the swing of it with a sketch?
I really don’t have a hugely long-winded explanation for today’s picture. As per usual for quick character sketches, I pretty much let her just draw herself. The side-caption-thingie came after, not before. She was going to have a teddy in her backpack, to begin with, but she rather put her foot down and demanded a rattie instead. I wonder why that is?
But now, dear readers, I am afraid I must depart. You see, my darling hubby has demanded (nicely, mind you) that I do some tidying today. I’m afraid that the place must simply sparkle from top to toe before he arrives back at this humble abode in approximately five hours. Ok… maybe not ‘sparkle’, so much as ‘glimmer’; even ‘gleam’ might, I admit, suffice in a pinch. So long as it looks a bit neater and tidier than it has been in the clutter of after-festivities disarray, I think it might be a good step in the right direction.
If I’m lucky, I might even be able to bribe my sister into helping out too. Ahh, sibling bribery… almost as good as rivalry, don’t you think?
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