Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Luck o' the Artist

For St. Patrick's Day I made a couple of Irish Coffees for Anna and I and, I have to say, I had no idea that drink was so amazingly tasty. Goodness gracious.

Here are some more recent bits from my tiny traveling sketchbook -little snippets scribbled speedily:





And why did I have Irish Coffe on the brain? Because of Science Fiction, of course. Hard SF, in fact. I've been reading a book by Larry Niven called Draco Tavern. It's a series of short stories about a bar that caters to all kinds of crazy aliens -think Mos Eisley Cantina but in Russia. The bar tender is always fixing exotic alien fare and mixing classic earth drinks for himself. Like Irish Coffee.

And if you like lighter sci-fi you might enjoy a short video called World Builder. A tasteful use of CGI. Link thanks to Charlie Parker.

12 comments:

j'aime said...

i could have told you about irish coffees; no idea you'd never had one! i almost got sent home from ireland because of them.
is it true that zita is FOUR today?!

Ben Hatke said...

Our Z _is_ four, an you believe it? She gets a princess crown and a wooden sword!

And I am sad to report that the Irish Coffees were a mistake. I was up and wired until around 3:30.

Nick-dog said...

Wow, I don't know if a carseat ever seemed so luxurious...

--Nick-Dog

Nick-dog said...

given Zita's expression and all...

--Nick-Dog

Ben Hatke said...

Yeah, she was looking pretty jaunty. That's why I got out the sketchbook.

Lauren Castillo said...

Great sketches! Your little characters are so full of energy :)

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Lauren! It's my subjects that are full of energy.

I should post more often -I thought maybe people had stopped checking but apparently not!

Sarah said...

Happy birthday Z!! I love the sketch of her!

Anna May said...

Hey, Ben, I never stop checking your blog. And, I too, enjoy your sketches. Keep them coming.

RAWLS said...

Really great work here my friend! Great sketches!! Thanks for the comments on my blog as well!

Relyn said...

Your second sketch is wonderful.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks! It is nice to know people are checking up on things around here.

And RAWLS, keep up the fine work yourself. You draw good robots.