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Flight of the Munnybee

Jim Carchidi, my friend and co-conspirator at Field’s Edge, sent my wife and daughter and me each a Munny figure for Christmas. Mine was the plain black one, and it came
with the mushroom, the sign, the ray gun and the glasses. The three of us sat down at the kitchen table the night we got them and fiddled with them a bit, and I actually had my idea then, but only got around to giving it a shot this afternoon. (You can click on the pictures to see larger versions.)

Once I had the "bee" idea – I was just flipping the head, body and arms through different configurations when I hit on it –  it was a matter of trying to figure out how to pull it off, since my total lack of artistic ability ruled out painting or drawing of any kind. I wound up using yellow electrical tape for the stripes, and white electrical tape for the eyes. (I considered a more insect-like approach to the eyes, but crumpled-up tinfoil just didn’t have the effect I wanted. Not cartoony enough.)

The wings are the Munny’s ears, colored with a silver Sharpie marker, and the pupils are blue permanent marker. The stinger is the conical tip of the ray gun, with its stem poked into the bee’s body. Why did the mushroom become a hat? Because with no antennae and a plain black head, the bee just looked unfinished, and I think it helps balance out the big striped body.

I considered drawing a mouth, but decided I like the way the figure’s shape suggests one versus actually putting one there myself, right beneath the bee’s nose bump, which is originally the Munny’s tail.

Again, since the times when I do have an artistic vision usually lead to situations where my idea far surpasses my ability to make it real, I have to say I’m really happy with the way this little guy turned out.

January 28, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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