In his new role as young entrepreneur, Mark sometimes goes off to see “the Small Business lady.” This is what I picture, each and every time:
Happy New Year, all! Here is a recent MS Paint concoction, presented without explanation:
May all our 2013s be sweet and bizarre, in equal parts.
This is my last week at work, and I’ve been feeling very mixed emotions. Although I’m excited for a new challenge, it’s difficult to leave teammates and co-workers as great as mine have been for the last two years.
Illustrated notes from a meeting in April:
Mark: What are you guys reading for bookclub this month?
KJ: Tender Is The Night.
Noah: It’s a romance novel, set in medieval times.
I loved that joke so much that I reinterpreted it:
Which just goes to show that I should never be allowed to illustrate babies. Terrifying! But even more terrifying, I just did a search and discovered that this actually exists:
A card I made for a coworker recently who received a (well-deserved!) promotion:
At work, right after I got back from Africa…
From a real squeezing-every-last-drop-of-blood-from-this-stone concepting session, but I was at least having fun with the opaque effect I’d recently discovered:
On July 4 this year we spent the day at Jones beach, melting in the sun and getting sunburned in inopportune places. Ben and I each brought two e-readers; my perpetual “backup book” has apparently been replaced, in the modern age, by an entire backup library. In the non-lifeguarded area we weren’t supposed to swim, but it was independence day, so we did anyway. The water was cold but pleasant.
At one point I saw two people, strangers to me and to each other, accidentally forming an impromptu American flag. I didn’t have a camera to hand, but have recreated it in Paint:
There was something so nice about it, this unintentional patriotism; different people who don’t know each other and might not get along even if they did, somehow forming a greater whole without even realizing it.
Last week, while leaving work…
Mark: i have a business proposition for ya. three words:
Mark: whaddya think??
Mark: stage one: gerbils.
Mark: stage two: pterodactyls.
Mark: phase three: profit.
So far Phase 3 is eluding me, but we’ll see.
Pterosaur mood board:
Gerbil mood board:
gerbils are boring
My workload is insane right now, as it has been for months. BUT, part of my job for the past week or two involved listening in on phone interviews for message research, and I discovered I focus much better if I’m doodling (it stops me from getting distracted by the internet). Thanks to this totally legitimate and not at all questionable fact, I had a chance to catch up on some backlogged projects. Including this one:
With my propensity for perfectionism regarding things that don’t actually matter, I actually created two different cut-out impalas (as always using only MS Paint, thankyouverymuch), so if you got here by googling for African antelopes against a white background, here are two options:
My moodboard for this project got hijacked by increasingly humorous rabbits.
Mark got a new laptop. I surreptitiously baptized the desktop background: