Bringing Imagination to Life with Pancakes and @kevin_blankenship
For more of Kevin’s fantastical pancake art, follow @kevin_blankenship on Instagram.
For Oklahoma writer, producer and cartoonist Kevin Blankenship (@kevin_blankenship), keeping his creativity alive as a working dad came in an unlikely form: pancakes.
Forgoing an inkwell for a bowl of pancake batter, Kevin brings cartoon creations to life on his griddle. As he explains, “Becoming a parent really slows your creative juices if you’re not careful. A full-time job can sap the rest. Although I don’t get to draw as much as I used to, I found a way to incorporate it into Sunday breakfast every week. The results have gotten out of control and taken a life of its own.”
"I have two eager boys who like making pancake requests," he says, "so my feed is peppered with odd, but fun submissions. The three-year-old’s requests are the toughest. If it’s not a tree monster with skeletons hanging from it, it’s a velociraptor with boxing gloves or a monster with a chicken head and octopus arms, bunny ears and big feet. I love the creativity—and he’s a tough critic. Syrup won’t solve any of my mistakes."
Want to try your hand at pancake cartooning like Kevin? He shares some pointers below.
"I use Bisquick in every recipe, milk, one egg, three tablespoons of organic sugar and one tablespoon of vanilla," Kevin explains. "I thin the batter and use condiment bottles for control."
Most importantly, however, Kevin advises, “Let the kids participate. It’s fun that way. Enjoy the mistakes (with syrup) and start simple. I started with Mickey Mouse—It’s just three circles. You don’t have to have an artistic background to do it, just have fun.”
Going Back to the Roots with Henrique Oliveira’s Transarquitetônica
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira invites spectators to step inside his latest artwork and explore a giant wooden maze at São Paulo Museum MAC. His largest installation to date, Transarquitetônica is a 70 meter (229.66 ft) interactive sculpture made of tapumes, a plywood material traditionally used for cheap housing in Brazil. As the piece’s name suggests, Oliveira’s work speaks to the concept of time and evolution. Spectators discover spaces of contrast, as certain areas reference today’s modern architecture while sprawling branches symbolize man’s first dwelling.
London’s @Globemakers keep an old tradition alive
Bellerby and Co. Globemakers (@Globemakers), a small business in a leafy borough in northeast London, is keeping the tradition of bespoke globemaking alive.
Peter Bellerby wanted to buy a globe as a present for his father’s 80th birthday, but found there were only expensive antiques or reproductions available. After two years of trying to create the perfect globe, Peter turned this newfound passion into an artisan business. Today, he is one of three known globemakers in the world and the only handmade globemaker.
Peter had to learn the process that the globemakers before him had taken to the grave. From his warehouse studio, his team handles woodworking, engraving the meridians and applying watercolored papers—with no ripples or overlaps—to the globes by hand in painstaking fashion. Small globes can take a month, and the largest can require six to eight months to complete.
"Globes, inspire people to travel, to learn about the planet, and provide geographical knowledge about how the world was at the time it was produced," says Peter’s fiancée Jade, who decided to document daily life of in the studio on Instagram. "I love Instagram as I feel you can sum up the best part of the day in one or two photos and skip all the less interesting things between."