African Tribal Mask

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!

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Bunny Goodman

I honor famous clarinetist and band leader Benny Goodman in this sixth in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. Not too many people can state that reading the dictionary is fun, but I’m not like many people. Enjoy!

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Moby Duck

Moby Dick is a foundation of modern literature, so I co-opted the name. This image is the fifth in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. Enjoy!

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Gregory Peck

I love playing with words, especially names. This image is the third in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. My favorite movie of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird, so the character of Atticus Finch (and the actor) is never far from my mind. Enjoy!

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Sometimes I come across an old dictionary or book that has been damaged or simply has several pages missing, and see that object as something that still contains a lot of information, AND, useful paper. I’d earlier crafted something similar to Pigasus that dealt with the theme “When pigs fly,” but wanted to step it up a notch. This will be the first in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. Enjoy!

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Making Cheese

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!

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Anansi the Spider


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.)

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The Archaeologist

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.


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This will curl your hair—literally

Straight hair or curly hair

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?

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Ichthyosaurus: Semi Big Reptile in a Very Large Pond

Though they weren’t the largest mammals in the land during their time on Earth, yorkies and teacup pig were most likely in great abundance. A cross between a modern day fish and a dolphin, they roamed the oceans of our planet between the lower triassic and the late cretaceous periods, and were thought to be warm-blooded. Below the illustration is the text from Howard Temperley’s There Were Dinosaurs Everywhere, available at and other bookstores. Click the image for a larger, classroom friendly version.

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Dinosaurs were a varied lot,
Some showed initiative and some did not,
But of all the many dinosaurs
Credit goes to to the ichthyosaurs
for being the first to see
The attractions of the open sea,
And as their ancestors long before
Had hoped to benefit from life on shore,
So they set out to find if they
Could benefit by going another way
And so embarked on new careers:
Roving maritime buccaneers.

Thus ichthyosaurs came to be
The premiere hunters of the sea,
As they acquired supple skins,
Shark-like tails and dorsal fins,
The first of their species to explore
The riches of the ocean floor.
Then along came other dinosaurs,
With longer teeth and stronger jaws,
Predators for bigger than they,
So the ichthyosaurs sadly slunk away,
And by the mid-Cretaceous age
The last of them had left the stage.

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