I didn't have anything in mind when I started this doodle, I just...started doodling. I'm going to say this is somewhere in Arizona. The only time I've been to Arizona, I was driving through it on my way to California and it was nighttime, so I don't know how close I am to the real thing. But this is what Arizona looks like in the daytime in my head. That's fair.
When Sarah and I first got to know Tyler and Monica, we were attending the same church. We invited them to our weekly "TV Tuesday" when, at the time, a group of us got together to watch "LOST." We began from the very first season so those who hadn't already started in wouldn't be left behind and soon, after watching one DVD a night (usually 3 or 4 episodes) we were all caught up.
After a few weeks Sarah and I noticed that Tyler and Monica were sitting together and one night in particular I spotted them holding hands. That's been a few years now and it's hard to remember them not together. They're an amazing pair of people and Sarah and I love being with them. They're fun (and funny), they love to laugh, they have great senses of humor, and it is sometimes infuriating that I cannot beat either one of them at Mario Kart.
Ty and Monica are getting married in July and just thinking of two people as awesome as they are being together forever... It's nice.
Earlier this year Sarah and I visited Nashville. We stayed with our friends Gabe and Jenni (check out her blog here) and their precious daughter Amara. They were amazing hosts. Sarah had never been to the Music City area before and the Patillos knew the best places to take her to eat (Sarah's primary love language is food so of course she had the time of her life). Ever since we've returned to Pennsylvania, we've mentioned on more than a few occasions how much we miss not just that area of the country, but those really dear friends of ours, the Patillos.
Sure, the obvious choice would be to doodle an orange, but the first thing I thought of was one of the very first CDs I bought. It was 1992 and I had just moved to California. I bought my very first CD player (granted, even then I was a little late on keeping up with technology) and I had joined the Columbia House record club. One of the CDs I ordered in my 12-for-a-penny bundle was Very, a release by the Pet Shop Boys that came in an orange plastic jewel case that had raised circles on the front. Pretty cool, and great music to listen to while playing Sonic on your Sega Genesis.
If you haven't heard of Pete Holmes, now you have no excuse. I first learned of him back in early 2012 when I wrote a review of his album for my Comedy Reviews blog. Pete is back with a brand new album ("Nice Try, The Devil") and I love it. As a result, I had to doodle my own rendition of the cover art, complete with a beard made of candy sprinkles.
It was tricky trying to think of my favorite fairy tale, mostly because shows like Once Upon A Time have taken them all and squeezed all the life out of them. Still, I recall as a child having a picture book of Rumpelstiltskin that fascinated me. What's not to love about a tricky trickster who could turn straw into gold? Also, I recall being intrigued by the artwork. I don't know who the artist was, but as I recall it was very much in the style of Edward Gorey.
*NOTE. On a whim, I Googled "edward gorey rumpelstiltskin" and, as it turns out, it was him! I found images from the very book I was thinking of and it really brought me back. Another testament to how good art can stick with you throughout the years.
Wait. By "comic" do they mean comic strip? Cartoon? Stand-up comedian? And if they mean a stand-up comic, how do I possibly choose one? So I went with my favorite comic strip. It was a much easier decision.
I know it's not saving a baby from a burning trailer home or passing legislation that makes it OK for you to demand cotton candy from policemen on sight but I have to be honest: I felt good when I beat Far Cry 3.
I'm such a big fan of TV and there have been so many great shows I've called my favorite. The Muppet Show was an early one. Then Moonlighting. Seinfeld. Friends. Arrested Development. Lost. Community (first 3 seasons only)...
But then I realized the show I've watched and loved the entire time the thrill of all the others I mentioned came (and went) was SNL. When that light went on, I knew there could be no other choice.
Karl Pilkington in the animated HBO series, The Ricky Gervais Show. If you've ever seen it or the Idiot Abroad series or heard Ricky's podcasts or radio show, you'll understand.
This doodle was especially fun to draw and create and I love the Layers feature of the Sketch Club app (nothing new to those of you who use Photoshop, but I never have so this is a first-time for me. Lay off).
DAY 6 - FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER (CAN'T BE A MOVIE)
This one was a bit tougher because the "can't be a movie" stipulation pretty much ruled out all of my favorite books (and my initial choice, Sherlock Holmes). So, I went with the title character in the Edgar Allen Poe poem, "Annabel Lee." It's beautiful and haunting and I still love it as much as I did the first time I stumbled upon it in my high school library.
Well, who else would it be? I'm still getting used to working with the Sketch Club app so I went with a doodle of Sarah that sort of obscures her face a bit to help me cheat and bend my lack of skill at doodling on an iPad in my favor.
This one was tough, but it didn't take me long to settle on Ireland. After some serious debate on which of the Collins family pubs in Adare to go with, I decided to split the difference and go with the Cliffs of Moher, a truly breathtaking site to behold.