In the short tradition of large masks staring at passers by from our living room wall, I present my latest creation – a Picasso-esque tribute to the famous Spaniard. Carved 2-inch styrofoam with latex and acrylic chalk paint, roughly 4ft. x 2ft. Enjoy!
Every so often I feel compelled to put down the mouse, turn off the Mac, and do something much more tangible and hands-on. I found some clip art, tweaked it a bit, and used the pattern to craft this African tribal mask from styrofoam (2-inch) and latex paint. It’s about 4 ft. x 2 ft., and really has a presence on the living room wall. Think I’ll do another… if it’s okay with the wife. Enjoy!
One of my favorite things to draw are processes, as in How Cheese is Made. This is from an upcoming Grade 2 issue of Kids Discover on Why People Work. Design by Brobel Design. Click image for a larger version. Enjoy!
Anansi is an African folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. He is also one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.
He is also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anancy; and in the southern United States he has evolved into Aunt Nancy. He is a spider, but often acts and appears as a man.
The Anansi tales originated from the Ashanti people of present-day Ghana. The word Ananse is Akan and means “spider”. They later spread to other Akan groups and then to the West Indies, Suriname, Sierra Leone (where they were introduced by Jamaican Maroons) and the Netherlands Antilles. On Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, he is known as Kompa Nanzi, and his wife as Shi Maria.
Anansi is depicted in many different ways. Sometimes he looks like an ordinary spider, sometimes he is a spider wearing clothes or with a human face and sometimes he looks much more like a human with spider elements, such as eight legs.
(Excerpts above from the Wikipedia article.)
Think that archaeology is your cup of tea? Better be prepared to wear a lot of different hats. Archaeologists—people who study human history—are required to understand and practice a variety of skills, including: linguist, mathematician, historian, architect, art expert, photographer, detective, rock climber, scuba diver, spelunker (cave explorer), and biologist.
Straight hair or curly hair is based more on chemistry than environment. It’s made up mostly of proteins produced in a follicle, or sac, at the base of a single strand. Each protein contains the element sulfur, the atoms of which push toward each other to bond, or connect. If the atoms are far from each other, the protein bends and the hair curls. If the atoms are close, the protein does not bend and the hair is straight. So much for hair gel, eh?