Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We visited many years ago, while still living in Colorado. It was actually a funny accident: we were staying in Gunnison for a day and wanted a nice place for a picnic. I had seen signs for Black Canyon on the road into town, and we gave it a try. It turned out to be far more than simply a nice picnic spot. With incredible views of a steep and narrow canyon, Black Canyon is one of the most surprisingly awe inspiring places I’ve been.
On February 26, 1919, the Grand Canyon became a National Park. The geologic formations, which are actually quite a bit older, were preserved for generations to come. In honor of this historic anniversary, I made a drawing of the North Rim.
Our National Parks are more than vacation destinations. They are our heritage and our legacy. They are arguably the most American thing of all. Without that protected land, innumerable species of plants and animals would have gone extinct long ago. Rivers that irrigate our land and water our cities might be polluted and unusable. In short, there is no human project more important than knowing what not to develop.
When these lands are destroyed, they never come back. Here’s to the Grand Canyon, may it last far into the future.
We made it to another Friday! And so, to celebrate our impending co-existence with super intelligent robots, here is today’s entry in Friday Robots. This robot, like so many others, enjoys contemplating the intricacy of nature.
Today’s Friday Robot was inspired by a spread in a book by Patrick McDonnell. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. His brushwork is particularly compelling. With this, I was attempting to approximate the look digitally.
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I drew these using the Procreate app on my iPad Pro.
Been experimenting with a hand drawn look on the computer and I think I’m zeroing in on it.
Stay tuned! I’m sure there will be more where this came from.
A sort of painted butterfly wing robot for this, the first Friday of February 2017.
It’s a cute story about working together and the value of friendship. I hope I can share a way to purchase it sometime soon.