4 March 2007

Ice-Hockey Teeth (another Finglish birthday card...)

Sometimes thinking up one of these cards is really easy. The idea is just there in my head and I simply have to squish it out and splat it onto the scanner. Other times I think about stuff they like, stuff they do, what they are, and the idea assembles itself from bits n bobs of those thinks. Then I squish it out and splat it onto the scanner.

When it came to making this card for Aurora (Aukku for short), there was nothing in my head to squish out. Her name was a bit like half of the northern lights and I knew she was very independent, makes her own pack lunches but I couldn't assemble anything from those thinks. My scanner's belly rumbled for the want of something to splat.

Then I went to Finland and played ice-hockey with Aurora. Believe it or not, ice-hockey is more popular in Finland than either football or cricket and Finnish toddlers and little girls are easily capable of brutalising the average englishman into humiliating defeat. I'm just getting into ice-hockey and so I don't know much about it yet but I know a few facts. For instance, Sweden will always beat Finland in a final, even if the Finns are miles better. You can be as violent as you want to somebody as long as it's near the wall. In NHL (the American flavour), you must combine a game of ice-hockey with a boxing match, brawl or mini-riot for it to count. And most importantly of all, if you play ice-hockey and you've got any teeth left in the front of your face, you're just not trying hard enough!

Anyway, while we were playing ice-hockey for the second time, one of Aurora's teeth fell out. Not in a brutal, stick or elbow in the mush kind of way, just in that sweet little girl losing one of her milk teeth kind of way. And there was the idea for the card you see below. Upon my return I squished it out and it arrives in your browser freshly splatted this morning.

ice hockey tough


This is the front of the card. It roughly translates 'Aukku knows that ice-hockey is a tough sport that demands sacrifices...'

ice hockey teeth


This is the punchline, such as it is, from inside the card. It (very loosely) translates '...like teeth'.

This is the photograph I used as reference. It was squished with drip-pen, then designers' watercolour gouache with a little bit of watercolour pencil for the face.

ice hockey teeth

9 comments:

Inconsequential said...

oh my god! you actually whacked a kids teeth out with a hockey stick for inspiration...

dude, you're harsh.

:)

Marja-Leena said...

I like your kind of squishes! And i love reading the Finnish.

CdV said...

So was that you crashed out on a pile of snow?

Dem said...

inc - hey man, I came off much worse. I have an artistic license to be harsh.

marja-leena - I'm glad you like this. I always value your responses to my finglish squishes. If nothing else, it proves I didn't spell anything rong.

CdV - I'm not sure which picture you mean but quite possibly. I'm usually the one looking in pain, tired and like a fish out of water.

CdV said...

... then it was you.

Inconsequential said...

and if he's not in pain, tired and like a fish out of water, well, then he's running about in subzero temps nekkid...
Odd chap...
kinda cool,

But Odd...

Molly Bloom said...

Nice to see you up and running again Dem. And especially lovely to see Petunia up again. We read your last book the other morning actually. The beanster loves it. Take care, dear Demxx

Molly Bloom said...

PS - there is something so, so lovely about your drawing of that little girl. A punctum of innocence, I'd say.

Dem said...

Hey Molly - nice to see you hear. I must post those goodies I have for you. Sorry I've been out of touch - will catch up soon. Hope you're well. Take care Moll xx