Monday, June 22, 2009

GAAH! It's Father's Day!!!

I don't know about you but nothing makes me happier than a home-made gift. This year for Father's Day, my two super-cool sons made me extremely happy.

Simon presented me with this awesome full colour original King Flabu-Flabu illustration. Simon rarely works in colour (and if he does its usually digital colouring) so this is a very special treat. Si pointed out to me that this is the first time he's ever drawn King Flabu-Flabu getting all emotional. Why is he so irate? I know better than to question an artist about his motives. I'm just pleased as punch that Si would create this beautiful piece for his old man.

This illustration also features Simon's latest (as far as I know, unnamed) character. This pointy-eared fellow made his first appearance just a few weeks ago in an earlier post. So I think Si is still developing exactly who - or what - he is... or even how exactly he should look.

Recently (for my birthday) I got a new Intuous4 Wacom Tablet. Simon installed it for me late one night after I had gone to bed, and when I started up my iMac the next morning -- this is what I found on my desktop.

Its my favourite drawing of "the new guy" that he's done so far.

Simon's not the only artist in the family. Below is my Father's Day gift from Duncan, my older son. This is so cool... at first I thought he had bought me a new Kid Koala CD. But no - Dunc designed, illustrated and built this mix-CD cardboard case all on his own!

Were having a love affair at our house with mostly-90's hiphop these days. If you know what kind of tunes I'm talking about, you'll appreciate this playlist as much as I do. This was our soundtrack yesterday when the four of us drove out to the country for a hike and picnic.

I love my boys - they gave me the best Father's Day ever!

* Check out Duncan on bass and Simon on drums with their band, Damien Fernandez & Friends, here.

* And Duncan created this song on his Monome.


David Apatoff said...

Leif, you're a lucky, lucky man.

Leif Peng said...

Thank you David; I know I am... but I appreciate the confirmation. :^)

Allan L. said...

Dude, that rules on so many levels. Being that your kids put that together, I have hope for the future. That's a tight track list!

Chuck Pyle said...

Awesome Father's Day, indeed, Leif. Lucky you. Lucky sons to be raised the way they are! Mine are launched and now check in by phone, which is not quite the same, but still warms my heart nonetheless.