Author Archives: bissempalla

foo dogs on parade

I am working on a commission drawing with a fantasy China theme, and it looks like it is finally time put some serious effort into learning how to draw a foo dog, that faithful guardians of all things Chinese, at … Continue reading

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roz chast is always amazing

It’s very strange to note that I have been keeping this blog for more than two years and have never mentioned one of my favorite cartoonists: Roz Chast.  The cover of this week’s  New Yorker gives me a good excuse … Continue reading

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nostalgia

Remember that time we went to the “Khyber Pass” and I found a whole lamb chop in the lamb curry? (Down among the neck bones … writing this was my major accomplishment of the day, superseding even cleaning out the … Continue reading

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placemat camog

A camog, of course, is a cross between a dog and a camel.  (My husband thought up the word , and, hey, it’s better than “damel”.)I drew this camog on the back of yet another Steak and Shake placemat at … Continue reading

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the small camera

You know my big camera, the Kaspian Monster, and of course the new phone camera is a blogging workhorse, but I don’t think you’ve ever met my small camera.  So here’s an “around the studio in available light with the … Continue reading

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a series of tubes

Remember how Senator Ted Stevens once famously told us that “the Internet is a series of tubes”?  (If you don’t, read about it here.)  This is apparently an analogy with staying power, since I was instantly reminded of it when … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 117– spokesphinx

Started out drawing a Knotted Rope sphinx (search the blog for “sphinx” to find out more about them).  I wanted to put something in his hand and it turned out to be a coffee mug.  The pose evolved and there … Continue reading

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car spotting– a little bit of ’56

Across the street from the drugstore, one day last week, I saw a nifty little ’56 Chevy.  A very little ’56 Chevy– “Chopster” is seriously shortened, a whole door shorter than the standard wheelbase Chevy wagon it must once have … Continue reading

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a visit to the apple store

Sitting here behind the wheel of Stinky, the old Lenovo ThinkPad, and feeling mightily content, since I’ve saved myself a thousand bucks or so, at least temporarily.  Have been enjoying a brief flirtation with the idea of a Mac laptop … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on monday: picture and caption

I like this picture.  I like the caption. (It’s a complete sentence!)  I like the typesetting and the figure drawing and the linework and the expression on the fact of the lady in the striped dress at the far right.  … Continue reading

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