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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Angels & Devils (not to be confused with Angels & Demons. That's copyrighted.)

Here we are, Illustration Friday. Due to the new rules, we all have to post static pages. Therefore, you're stuck getting prose with this one, because if it wasn't for IF no one would look at this damn thing. So here is an Angel and a Devil. You choose which is which.

Poor Joe made the mistake the other day of asking me what Cinco de Mayo was. Like any good father, I explained that once upon a time, a ship set sail from Spain carrying a thousand jars of mayonnaise. There was a terrible storm, and the craft and all aboard were lost at sea. And to this day, the Spanish mourn "De Sinko De Mayo." After relating this story to his teachers (it turns out he was supposed to find out what it meant as part of his homework,) poor Joe came home with a big angry frown on his face, and said, "My teacher says you tell me JOKES, daddy!"

I've been reading about NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) and I came across something called "The Circle of Excellence." It's a confidence building exercise, in which you create an imaginary circle in front of yourself. You project what you want to be (behaviors, attitudes, etc.) into the circle. Step inside, and, sort of like method acting, take those attributes upon yourself. Another application I read is for people to use this exercise to take on the attributes of someone you want to be like. (An example in the book was that a father taught his son to imagine he was The Governator to build up his self-image so he wouldn't be afraid of bullies.) So, when you comment, tell me- who would you put in the circle? Who do you want to be? My personal choice would be the original Master (the great late Roger Delgado- not Eric Roberts.) I've always been into shrinking people and world domination.

TTFN
-Tony.

22 comments:

Kaya said...

Hilarious story! Poor kid is going to have an interesting perspective of the world growing up. Oh well, fosters imagination.

Liberty said...

I like how you told the story of the sinko de mayo, that it was for your son's homework!

V.K. said...

Tony you are a scream. I dig your take on Who Is Who and I couldn't agree with you more on angels and devils. Your may story is a hoot too. Who would I put in the circle? Ever see Firefly - the series, not just the movie? Inarra. That's who I wanna be like. She's poised, fiesty, regal, and definitely self-possessed. I'm checking out your vids on YouTube, expect to hear from me again real soon. You rock.

Janet said...

I'll hafta think on that circle thing some more....but I'm sure you are a wonderful and fun dad!

String said...

How COULD you do that to your son...a bit of the devil in you - methinks.

french toast girl said...

1. I love the look on the decaptitated guy's face.

2. Oh Joe... don't you KNOW by now that Daddy tells jokes? Next time, call Aunt Elena. :) (sigh... what a trusting soul he is. )

3. You were always supposed to link to static pages.

4. Jim Henson. In a heartbeat.

love, me

CATRAVEN said...

Very well detailed demon decapatator!Very funny joke!I would put Jane Goodall and Marilyn Monroe in my circle. I have two put two because otherwise one would be a line not a circle. but at 2 I think I have a triangle. and at 4 a square.....I could do this all day or at least up to on octagon.A circle is a very hard thing to achieve!

carla said...

You're outta control! But you sound like you're much more fun the the serious dads... Your illustration has it's usual combination of shock and humor...love the expression on the beheaded guy's face. As for who I'd like to be...just myself, but about 10 lbs. slimmer. I wonder if that would work?

steve said...

Ha ha! Cool drawing Tony. Oh man, who would I put in the circle of coolness? have you ever heard of Andy Goldsworthy? That guy is awesome.

kat@ohmtastic said...

mmm nice and gory. (and well drawn!)

the circle of excellence reminds me of a piece of career advice i once heard "fake it 'til you make it!" though i'm bad at acting so that really doesn't work for me...

Caroline said...

Your son has to learn the hard way doesn't he...

I've been reading about NLP recently too... though I've not read about the circle of excellence... which book did you get that from?

Lou said...

Great drawings. Poor kid. Im afraid my kid will probably get the same thing when he is a little older. My wife constantly calls me "Clark Griswald." Maybe that is who I should take into my circle with me.

Great job!

Lee said...

funny drawing tony...funny story about sinko de mayo...I like your version much better...and as for the circle, Capt. Kirk ;)

Tony LaRocca said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. Btw...

aimhelas- Thank you. I've never seen Firefly, but Inarra sounds cool.

Elena- 3. Sure, we were always supposed to like to static pages, but linking to the blog made it easier for us lazy people to read other posts.

Steve- Andy Goldsworthy is cool, but I like your stuff better.

kat@- The fake it 'till you make it works great too. Check out the psychology books by Robert Anton Wilson, specifically "Quantum Psychology," and "Prometheus Rising." He deals a lot with that.

Caroline- The book I'm reading at the moment is "NLP for Dummies." It's chock full of info, it's just too much to take in one sitting.

Lou- Just make sure Wally Moose is there too. (Isn't it amazing that all they had to do was take out (or change) the French Kissing joke, and "Vacation" was ready for the Family Channel? OK, that and Bevery DeAngelo topless- anyone else notice that she's wearing panties in the shower? You can tell when she jumps.)

lee- Captain Kirk is a God.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

I would like to be Alice for a day.

scarecrow said...

Tony, you are the bomb!

I always hated it when my dad helped me with school work. It was always a problem when we got the wrong answer. I never felt bad when I got the wrong answer and it was kind of funny when dad got it wrong but I sure hated it when I had to tell him he was wrong. I usually just lied.

Later

Ian T. said...

The only people I can think to put in that circle are a few particular visionary artists and musicians, but maybe aspiring to be like them isn't a great idea :).

Your pictures are truly disturbing and frightening!

Aren't we allowed to post animations for IF anymore?

TXArtcGal said...

I also never posted to my "static page" until this week...I always thought "static" meant no movement! LOL! So, I just thought those that had a Splash page couldn't post to their Splash Page. Okay...so, I'm dense! LOL!

Anyway...GREAT illo! Very telling.

My dh tells that Cinco De Mayo joke all of the time! Hehehe.

As far as who would be in my circle? I want to be like my first grade teacher, Miss Toni. She was loved by most, spent time doing what she loved doing, and I never saw her without a smile on her face! :)

merlinprincesse said...

OMG Tony! You made me ROTFLMAO! The trick for the static page (I use). You link on your static page and you put a link on that static page to your animation. That's what I do! (See my Illo for Robots)! And I would put GOD in my circle... Is that a bee too much? ;)

Tony LaRocca said...

No, you can still use an animation, but you can't link to your whole blog. A static page means you link to just one post.

Todd DeWolf said...

Yippee! A blog that makes me think. Ummm-I would invite my high school art teacher into my circle because he was so far from the "box" that it was great. And yes Captain kirk is a god!

merlinprincesse said...

AHHHHHHHHH! I did not understand *again* . Guess my English is not so good... Or maybe it's my comprehension of the net... :(