It’s been a while, but it’s worth the wait. I asked a friend of mine, who’s a talented sketch artist, to draw up some artwork reminiscent of World War II bombers. I asked for something in the style of Slim Pickens riding the bomb in “Dr. Strangelove”, and including the name I chose for it, “Devas-tater”, and after some fine tuning, this is the finished product. I’ve been using it as my avatar for the last couple of weeks. The “Mr. Potatohead” character was his idea, and I must say it’s perfect.
I don’t know how he drew and colored it, because he sent it to me as a .jpg (I’ve never even seen the original), so I printed it on some 11×17 white-background waterslide decal paper, and with advice from David's blog and my own experience building model airplanes in my youth, I was able to apply it successfully (on the 2nd try) to the “armor”. There’s not much to see there. First step was to wet-sand the area to receive the decal with 600 grit:
And here’s the finished application. It’s about 9 3/4” diameter. It’s also a little bit off to the right (and there it will stay):
All that’s left to do now is apply several coats of lacquer to seal and protect the decal, take a few more pictures, and post it as a completed project.
Thanks for following along – hope you enjoyed it!
-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken