Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I draw on bananas now. Bananas are cool.

Sometime last year I decided it would be fun to try making some banana art. Generally, folks have accepted this new fascination without question. My friends are very understanding. ;)

I carry a banana now. Bananas are cool.
"I carry a banana now. Bananas are cool."
Simpsonized-Eleven design by Dean Fraser of Springfield Punx


Okay, there are a couple of commonly asked questions: 

1. How do you make these? 
You simply bruise the skin of the banana by scratching it with a pin, toothpick, or other sharp implement of choice. After a few minutes, the image will gradually start to appear as the lines darken. 

Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Banana
"Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Banana"
aka The TARBIS (Time And Relative Banana In Space)

2. Why Doctor Who? 
Well, the Doctor is known to be a fan of bananas. That seemed a good enough reason at the time. 

Bananas Are Good
"Bananas Are Good"

4. No, wait a minute... 
3. Are you going to keep making these crazy things?
Oh, probably! Any requests? :)

Ood-nana
"Ood-nana"
We must feed... we must feed... we must feed you a banana.

19 comments:

T.S. Bazelli said...

Your drawings are pretty awesome Riss! I've gotta try it out now, but my banana sketches would look more like stick people LOL

that guy said...

awesome

Viscountess Sheshire Kittten said...

sooooo great!!!!! i love the Doctor and your bananas are coool!

debianese said...

That is sooo cool!

GoldenGait said...

Very very cool. I love to paint (recently finished a copy of Van Gogh's exploding TARDIS), but I just can't get a handle on pencil/charcoal/banana+pin sketching and shading. These are awesome! Amazingly cool. Just like fezzes. :)

YLAU said...

The ood-nana was the best XD

Julie said...

Could you make one with Tennant when he had his tie around his head? Captioned "Always take this Banana to a party!"

Riss said...

Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone!

Julie- great idea! I'll make that my next banana project. :)

Julie said...

THANK YOU!!!!!! Can't wait to see a pic! XD

belsum said...

Fantastic! /Nine

sarahalicewilson said...

Great work, and I hate to be pedantic but it was the 9th Doctor (Eccleston) that said "Bananas are Good" Sx

Riss said...

<3 Nine!

Nah, you're not being pedantic- us geeks always focus on the details. ;)
And you're right, it's the 9th doctor's line- I just happened to find that picture of 10 first.
In any case, I do owe 9 a banana! *adds to list*

Carol said...

Sorry, but actually, both the 9th and 10th Doctors said 'Bananas are good!' Btw, your nanapics are AMAZING!!!! :D More please! :D

jkmerengue said...

I know that all the best art is transient, but it does seem a shame that your bananamasterpieces must fade away. (AHH...a bananaMASTERpiece, now I like that idea...only which Master?) How long does one of these usually last? I have enjoyed looking at them. Thanks, Jenny

Riss said...

@ Carol - More bananas will be coming soon! I just need to find some that are the right shape for etching...

@ Jenny - That's a great question! It really depends on the art...
The ones with finer detail & more subtle shading (like the Tennant one) tend to go bad the fastest- I think that one only had a window of a couple of hours before it started to look rather zombie-like.
Others with clearer designs (like the Ood-nana) get better with age- the Ood's suit kept getting darker, and everything else stayed pretty clear. It still only lasted about half a day, though.
The record holder is the Wibbly-Wobbly-Timey-Wimey banana. That one actually looked better the next day! I think it stuck around for 2 or 3 days before becoming Who-nana bread. :)

Lorelei Jayne Young said...

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Banana! I officially love your blog and have only been on about 2 minutes.

Riss said...

@ Lorelei - Thanks so much for visiting! :)
Hmm.. I really do need to post more content soon, don't I? Especially more Doctor Who randomness!

Catherine Blair said...

The library I work at (www.gailborden.info) is having a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary event this Saturday, and we're including a display of fanart. Would it be okay if we included a picture of one of the bananas you drew on? We would credit your username and list your blog's address.

(I'd also love to be able to list a first name, current location on Earth, and the year you first became a Whovian, but you might not wish to share this info!)

Thanks for taking the time to read this comment!

Riss said...

@ Catherine - What a wonderful idea- I'd be honoured if you included my banana art!
I can e-mail you the additional info you asked for (and a higher-resolution banana image, if needed)- just let me know your address. :)