[Red Noses] Suspicions of an Epidemy in Santiago, Chile

Specialists say that "the existing information about the infection vector is confusing at best, since there seemed to be both local and foreign components in the infection".

The officials are praying that this won't go viral: "Chile is a very small country: even if such an epidemy touches only one person in, let's say, five, it could very well bring a genuine smile to the remaining 80%, and that would really be the end of Chile as we know it!".

We will keep our readers updated as the situation evolves.


[Cooking] Winter Pies

I woke up at 5:30 full of energy, worked 1.5h, and felt exhausted and cold and depressed, yet unable to sleep... The remedy: pinging on Skype each of my brothers, putting music on louder than usual (not so loud as to wakeup the neighbours who parties all night!), and baking pies to warm up the appartment (it's winter in the South Hemisphere).

I made a Mango pie with the last can of Mango pulp that my PhD students brought me from Cuba. Drew what I remembered to be the symbol for Homesick in Mandarin (turned out that I  remembered  wtong...). It looks good! 
I made a Lemon pie with some lemons and oranges that where hanging around: my neighbour Gloria had requested one for her birthday anniversary, which is today. Turns out that she is not there, she went to visit her family out of Santiago: I will make her another one another day... 

Now, to find people to help me to eat those pies! 


[Caricatures] Various supports for caricatures

Here are some caricatures that I realized on various supports for a couple, Jacques and Marilu:
I first did the  design on paper, and implemented it on tee-shirts :
I implemented an extract of it on two hats:
Jacques wakes up at night to take medecines, and likes to have hot water ready, so I made a thermos mug for him: he loves it! 
Of course, I did the same for Marilu with my caricature of her:
Then, I etched those drawings on glasses to complete the set:
I could actually burn the caricatures on wood spoo s to really complete the set, but they will move soon to a new house so I will wait a bit :) 


[Metal Etching] JyBy's pirate flag

Today, I etched my Pirate flag on a metal mug:

Rather than to directly  redo the drawing on the mug, I decided to make a pochoir:
I then fixed the pochoir on the mug with rubber bands to copy the drawing:
That gave me the bases of the  drawing, with little to no distortion :
Then I redrew above what I had copied, to correct the distortion and improve the drawing:
Without forgetting to write my email address on the bottom, so that if (when?) I forget it somewhere, the person who finds gets some help if he/she desires to return it to me! 
The mug new cost 7000 Chilean pesos, or 11 USD. I spent two half days doing the design and etching. I wonder how much artists would sell such things, including the personalized design? 


[Drawing] Pirate flag

This morning I was inspired to draw a Pirate flag caricature of myself. Here it is:

Beside the sharpie pen and the musical note representing my pleasure at drawing and playing music, and the red nose and crazy hair escaping a crazy hat, it has also an eye bigger than the other, a protuberant jaw and a crooked teeth (as I do). But maybe I am the only one seeing those characteristics in me! 

Here are the intermediary drafts:
The light table that I designed and built was very useful to duplicate the drawings so that I would keep a copy of the intermediate steps of the creation! 
Here is the summary of a morning's work:

Next step: reproducing it on a tee shirt, on a glass, on a metal mug, or even on a real flag! 

  I wonder if people would buy such stuff, if the flag was a caricature of themselves or of the friend to whom they wish to offer the object. Selling it in the street would require to draw faster and to do many less details, but I don't imagine people ordering it on the Internet... 

What do you think? 
Would YOU order a pirate flag caricature, or other types of caricatures (e. g.  penguins)? 
How much would you pay for it on a glass? On a metal mug? On a A4 size flag? On a Tee-shirt? Would you pay for it to be shipped from across the world? Or just for the digital design,  that you could have printed on stickers and tee shirts, and put on your website and use as an avatar on your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Diaspora ?