Carl Wiens
April 2008
First Time
If you try something new, your brain grows (we tell our kids that if they eat something different, like a vegetable). Every once in a while I get an assignment that increases my cranial capacity in the same way. I have worked with Doogie Horner at Quirk Books before, so when he called with a new project I was happy to pick up on the challenge. Part of the of the project was something new for me - at least something I haven't done for a long while.

I don't draw a lot of celebrities, I prefer to leave that in the capable hands of brilliant and talented people - like so many of those here on Drawger - who do it so well. I thought I'd hold my breath and post these because they didn't turn out too bad, and I had a lot of fun doing them.
These are part of a series of trading cards for 'The First Timer's Guide to Losing your Virginity', due to hit the shelves in September. A hilarious and informative sure-fire solution to anyone in desperate need of a jump-start.

That's all I am saying right now. Doogie is the expert on the subject, I'm the artist. Provide your own punchline.
Aussie Oddities
Magritte-inspired traffic signs
I've kept a sketchbook, but at the end of each day I usually drop like a dog and drift off to sleep. Traveling with kids can do that to you.

Yesterday we went into Sydney and toured the museums. The MCA had an amazing show of Aboriginal bark paintings. Fiona Hall's work was on display. I was really impressed with her work, a series of birds nests woven from dollar bills really stood out. Incredible crafsmanship.

Walked across the Sydney bridge and stopped at the Australian hotel for a few local pints. Here's a few picks and random observations.
The Australian Hotel - good selection of Aussie beers
Blue Tongue - a solid pilsener
Another good offering. I haven't spotted a Foster's in nearly three weeks.
We had to eat some Kangaroo pizza, just to say we did it. Jacob isn't so sure about this.
Not bad!
Real Aussies drive a UTE.
Australian currency is waterproof. No need to leave your wallet on the beach. This is the weekend lineup at Manly.
Lucas busy creating from coral fragments
Australian Odyssey
Looking for adventure? Australia goes way beyond the thrill of watching the water go down the drain in the opposite direction.

The surf has been massive the past couple of days at the beaches in the Sydney area. We've been able to get a swim or surf in every day since we arrived on April 3. We hiked from Bondi to Bronte Beaches this morning, ducking into a cafe just in time to miss a spectacular thunder shower.

My brother-in-law has been good enough to put us up in Sydney, in an apartment overlooking Manly Beach. He also booked tickets to the Manly Sea Eagles vs. Russell Crowe's South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby match, a real Australian cultural experience. Love the footy.

Last week we went for a sailing trip through the Whitsunday Islands, part of the Great Barrier Reef marine park. Incredibly beautiful and diverse, I wish I was still floating through the coral reefs. Places like this are unique in the world and, of course, threatened by climate change. We wanted our kids to see this area while they still can.

I've been keeping an online journal of our trip. Take a look!


Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip

I haven't got a good shot of Ute yet. I will post one up in the next day or two.
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