March 17th, 2012
I have launched a new blog and Tumblr site! This may not seem very logical considering I haven’t done a very good job of keeping my current blog up to date, but I have actually been planning on this for a while. In fact, the new blog will be replacing mikecarp.com as my primary site for artwork. Don’t worry, the content on mikecarp.com won’t be going anywhere, and there will still be occasional updates.
Nevertheless, it is nice to have a fresh start sometimes. AND THUS:
More frequent, albeit sloppier, updates and drawings can be found on my twitter and tumblr sites:
January 2nd, 2012
I have been drawing McGarnagle over the last couple of days.
August 14th, 2011
Here I have made friends with llama spit! After some thought and careful reflection, I concluded that llama spit could actually be a good thing. That is, assuming it came from a llama that was comprised of multiple reservoirs of useful fluids.
You can measure one’s intolerance by playing the “make friends” game. For example, I might ask a friend (usually a girl), “Would you ever eat a spider?” The answer is most assuredly a “No”. But then the question becomes, “Under what circumstances would you eat a spider?” This begins a series of hypothetical questions until that person has “made friends” with the idea of eating a spider. We usually don’t reach that point, because the real friend will have become too annoyed in our quest for imaginary friendship.
But even if it isn’t a spider, I have found that most people need something outrageous, such as a cure for cancer, before they will eat seemingly harmless things, such as black licorice.
You Can Make Friends With Things You Don’t Like
You can play, too! It doesn’t need to be food related. Now, this might sound ridiculous, but for the sake of this example let’s say you don’t particularly care for clowns. Now, a bad cop-out “make friends” solution would be something like this:
This is a BAD solution! Try again. You can’t kill the thing or change it’s essential nature, but you can make it fly, shoot gold coins, or do anything else that would make your disliked thing more likable.
I have some other things that I am still trying to make friends with. But when it comes to pigeons, moths, and soup spoons, I am just pretty friggin’ intolerant.
August 5th, 2011
Look how classy the Back Sniffer has become!
August 2nd, 2011
The Cute Back Sneakers
Little Susie is delighted to have captured a real live back sneaker!
“I’ve never been this close to one before,” she whispers to herself. Little does she know, an enormous cluster of the adorable beasts has colonized, ever so quietly, onto her back. Nobody knows why they are so compelled to sneak onto backs; but, having a mass lighter than popcorn yet slightly heavier than bubbles, they are certainly good at it.
The Terrifying Back Sneakers
Big Larry is texting and completely unaware of the elephant-sized monster sneaking behind his back. Although menacing, these giant back sneakers are just as harmless as their cute counterparts. Their only prerogative is to never be noticed by their clueless prey.
I think this here fellow might be getting close so he can (silently) lol at Larry’s outrageous text!
You were probably sneaked while you read this blog post.
July 29th, 2011
Once upon a time my back was sniffed by a forest creature. It was early morning in the redwoods and I was in my tent with my back against the side. Something came shambling quietly through the campground, grunting and snorting along the way. I was awake and lying motionless, listening as it slowly came closer and closer. Soon, it was right outside the tent. And then, after a tense moment of just standing there and breathing, it nuzzled its muzzle into my back!
Then it was gone, off to seek other unsuspecting backs to sniff.
I have no idea what sniffed my back that morning. But based on the few details I had, I managed to come up with the above composite sketch of the the beast.
My buddy’s 3 year old daughter overheard this story when I told it recently, and she is the one that actually coined the term “back sniffer”. She seemed to know a lot more about the thing, as well as other creatures she called “back sneakers”. From what I gather, these things are small enough to fit in your hand. Sometimes they have sparkles! And they do a myriad of other things that I cannot recall.
Next up: The cute and terrifying back sneakers. All royalties will be paid out to Scout.
July 22nd, 2011
Remember this little guy? Last night I colored him using GIMP. I figured I would post some cute stuff this week to offset the grotesque monsters I will likely be posting next week. I mean, how cute is that mutant rabbit? SUPER CUTE.
July 16th, 2011
(Click the above images to see the rest of the blob drawings.)
This is a drawing exercise that was posted in an old article from Kevin over at bearskinrug. The idea is that another person draws a series of indistinct blobs, and then you make a drawing from the random shapes. The article had a sample sheet of blobs that I printed out last night and scribbled on. Enjoy!