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December 16th, 2004

The Right to Arm Bears

Tomorrow's SJ features a certain bear, and as such has taken quite a lot of effort to draw. I've received flak in the past for SJ's noticeable preference for big cats and dearth of most other species, particularly bears. Well the simple truth is that I have a lot of trouble drawing decent bears, and so I tend to avoid it.

So last night, after a lot of frustrated erasing, I suddenly thought, "Duh! Who knows bears better than Herbie? He only helped animate the premiere bear movie of the past decade."

So I called up my "Herbie: All You Can Eat" CD-ROM and studied the "bears" section for several minutes, then went back and tried again, with better (if still not perfect) results. Hopefully tonight I can clean it up enough to make a halfway decent final inking. With the holiday crunch coming, I think I'm definitely going to have to do "Character Q&A" sketches for the next two weeks, if only because I'm not going to be home often enough to sit down at the drawing table for more than a few minutes at a time.

Alas! But I can always use the practice.

-The Gneech

Two Items...

First: Happy birthday, hantamouse! (Even tho I already said that once.)

Second: Today's Forgotten English

hodening
Hodening, which has not long died out, and which is still remembered by many people not far beyond middle age, was a winter custom, taking place at Christmas in some districts. ... At Reculver, only men who worked with horses during the year were allowed to take part. The strongest man of the party represented the horse, and carried a wooden head, with large nails for teeth, on a pole. He was covered by a horse-cloth, wore reins and a bridle, and carried one of his companions on his back. The horse-man and his followers visited the farms in the neighbourhood, and were given ale and other gifts.
--Christina Hole's English Custom and Usage, 1941


Daft Days
Those in England called the Christmas holidays. Scotch; [from] daft, insane, foolish, giddy, thoughtless, wanton, frolicsome.
--Edward Lloyd's Encyclopædic Dictionary, 1895

See? Fursuiting's not so new! And once upon a time fursuiters were widely regarded...

-The Gneech

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