I had a great time tonight (really yesterday at this point) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland twisting balloons for the college students at their biannual Study Over. It’s a party with food, games, crafts, and balloons, that help the students de-stress before finals. I’ve done it twice and I love the gig because it sharply contrasts most of the gigs I do (like 5 year-old birthday parties) in that rather than making 10 of the first thing the kids see, I am challenged the entire night (in this case until 12:30 am) making the most absurd and extremely nerdy (endearingly) requests ever. My line tonight was 2 hours long. That’s not an exaggeration. I cut the line at 10:20 and those people received their balloons at 12:20. It was so long because every student had a smartphone in hand ready with a picture of some obscure or esoteric request. Many requests were also mainstream, but were very demanding. So I stepped up to the plate and made some pretty cool things. I had a few rough ones, but the Muse was definitely singing tonight. Here are some designs that were brand new to me as of tonight.
I also made a few other cartoons, some video game icons, and a Japanese animation character that I had never seen before. Oh, and of course, a narwhal. What a blast!