April is National Poetry Month and also International Pwoermd Writing Month so I created a catchpenny books notebook and wrote a pwoermd a day along with some extras. I might post the extras later. Here are my pwoermds for April 2023.
Friday, February 10, 2023
|Original efelump that some said looked too much like an aardvark.|
I'm a big fan of nonsense, and for a number of well-reasoned reasons (which I will not go into right now) believe it is not only something that makes us human, but is also a necessary ingredient in the education of our youth. A recent blog post by Elayne Crain about delightful nonsense words, reminded me that I wrote a mini-diatribe on the subject that I was going to add to my mini-picture book "Birb Goes Twerp", but due to space considerations I decided to leave out. For my fellow follyphiles I have posted it below.
A message from the author, Francis S. Poesy
I believe that the power of nonsense to improve the human condition is very strong. I also believe that this power is equal to the power of humans to dismiss nonsense as just so much nonsense. It is because of this detestable equilibrium of sorts that we find ourselves in a barren, boring, wasteland of utter sense, with everything and everyone ordered in perfect logical rows and columns, while we still find ourselves, and our children, none the happier, nor none the wiser for it.
Though I am but one man with limited skill and more limited talent I decided to take a stand for nonsense by attempting to write a book devoid of any sense at all. It was a much tougher task than I at first expected and it has left me, while not broken, at least a little rougher around the edges than usual. I will leave it to the wiser among you to decide how well I have succeeded. My only hope is that it sets the door ajar to shine at least a sliver of light on how powerful nonsense can be in the lives of readers, young and old.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
If you haven't read the first post about my self-published mini picture book Birb Goes Twerp, you can read it here.
If you have, then you are in the right place.
As I was playing around with what style to use for the book I stumbled upon an amazing children's book in the used book section of Taylor Books in Charleston, WV, while on the way to Thanksgiving with my extended family.
|Near, Far by Silvia Borando|
The book was Near, Far by Silvia Borando, published by minibombo, an Italian children's publishing house (and published in English in the U.S. by Penguin Random House). The bright colors and simple illustrations were mesmerizing to me so I attempted to copy, mimic, steal, borrow, imitate, and pay homage to the genius of the style in my book. I'll let history decide how close I came.
Full disclosure: when I first bought the used book(s) at Taylor Books I was planning to use the internal pages for covers for the upcycled note pads I make from packaging paper and other sources. And I did. But between reading the book and cutting it up (I know, I'm a monster), I decided to imitate the style for Birb Goes Twerp. And to be fair, the inside pages of the book made some amazing little note books with peek-a-boo inside covers in some cases.
|Upcycled note pads with Near, Far internal pages for covers|
|An adorable peek-a-boo hippo. Other covers included a snake, a hedgehog, a bird and other creatures.|
|I make upcycled note pads/books under the name catchpenny books|
Monday, January 30, 2023
That's me there with a copy of Birb Goes Twerp, my latest self-published picture book. I'm calling it an all-ages mini picture book, and it is possible that self-published all-ages mini picture books may become my thing. It is hard to tell as I have a bit of a problem focusing, but I am rather enamored with the idea of publishing more of these little books.
|The above mentioned doodle style.|
Monday, November 28, 2022
Wednesday, November 02, 2022
I recently purchased a new iPad that was capable of supporting Procreate, which I almost immediately downloaded and began exploring.
I have experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop so it wasn't too difficult to pickup Procreate and start doodling. And seeing as it was so close to October, I decided to participate in the October Art Challenge named Fright Fall 2022 and hosted by Retro Supply Inc., a company that provides brushes, textures, etc. for use with Procreate and other graphics applications.
So, here are all the #FrightFall2022 prompts with my renditions. And if you haven't already, and you like spooky stuff, I do recommend checking out the #FrightFall2022 hashtag on Instagram for more autumnal fun.
|Candy - Cannibal Candy Corn!|
|Hocus Pocus - No relation to the (imho) highly overrated film of the same name.|
|Crow - A murder of a crow.|
|Urn - Poorly drawn in the style of Edward Gorey.|
|Eye - Don't look at the evil eye! Oops, too late. Sorry.|
|Razor Blade - Free hugs!|
|UFO - Unidentified? Really? I mean, he has his ID right there.|
|Slasher - A big fan of slasher movies, Oliver realized too late that knife handling was more dangerous than he had imagined.|
|Centipede - Nothing to see here. Just a centipede minding its own business, doing whatever it is that centipedes do.|
|Fortune Teller - Sometimes it is better not to know your fortune.|
|Poltergeist - Little known fact: Most poltergeists are just cats living one of their nine afterlives to the fullest.|
|Jack-O-Lantern - Just a Jack-O-Lantern|
|Curse - Curses!|
|Tombstone - Yup, still dead.|
|Bride - Over the years they had forgotten exactly who had been the bride and who had been the groom but the tragic event on their wedding day had not given them enough time together so they decided to never part despite their “condition”.|
|Cyclops - Just a #cyclops wandering about foraging for foodstuffs like roots, mushrooms, and lost seafarers.|
|Corn Doll - Pro tip: If you don’t have any good ideas for the day’s prompt just draw the thing dead with its spirit leaving its body.|
|Monster - She loved her time in the countryside because of the beautiful flowers and because there was no one to make her feel like she was a monster.|
|Reanimated - Maybe Zombie Guy just wants to talk.|
|Moth Man - He's like a super hero, right?|
|Blood - I want to suck your me!|
|Candle - Suddenly, Candle realized its inevitable fate.|
|Demon - My favorite candy growing up.|
|Puzzle Box - The dreaded RGB Puzzle Box! Can you find something good to watch before it breaks your will to live and you are compelled by its evil to watch infomercials until 3 in the morning?|
|Cauldron - Root of hemlock always upset Cauldy’s tummy.|
|Toad - It turned out that stealing Frog’s tin crown WAS the way for Toad to get all those princesses to notice him.|
|Necronomicon - The digital age has made practicing dark magic much easier, but the craft has definitely lost much of its ghastly charm.|
|Creep - While Burgess knew his appearance was somewhat creepy, he did not consider himself a ‘creep’ per se.|
|Wrong Turn - Honestly, anyone who falls for this deserves what they get.|
|Costume - Constance was not a fan of dress up, so most years she attended the Annual Afterlife Halloween Masquerade Ball disguised as herself.|