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Monday, September 16, 2013

Out Of Their Element.

I think this might be autobiographical. It's pretty much the way I felt every time I walked into a Math class.

23 comments:

  1. Love the use of color contrast in this one, Ted. Really adds to the punchline!!

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    1. Thanks, Mauricio. I was hoping to get that across, glad I did. I love how color can help tell a story.

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  2. Escher meets Mr.Ted. I don't believe you! Your geometry, algebra plans and perspective are too good not to have been top of the class in Maths!If you hadn't learned those tools...what would you have been left with? Nice work! And very Funny.

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    1. Most artists think in terms of pictures, not in numbers, but some of us can problem solve in both worlds. Those are the gifted ones. I can build what appears to be a mathematical world, but it's a sham, none of it will add up in actual numbers. Stick and rudder, fly by the seat of your pants- math. That's me.

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  3. haha your math world is too well designed, i want to go there!
    Those years of experience in animation production design peep thru!

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    1. Thanks, Tek. It's true. I wanted the math world to be as boring as possible, like my experience, but I got into the drawing too much because I wanted lots of angles. Now it's almost a cool math world. fail.

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    2. No no no, that's what makes it perfect! Because math IS in fact cool, but at the same time it's dark & daunting & mysterious & forbidding, especially when viewed from outside. Times a thousand when presented by horrible dragon-breath teachers. ;-)

      I'm sending this to my son who majored in Applied Mathematics-- he'll love it. He does stuff that makes my head hurt just hearing about it, but it results in amazingness! I do feel like a clown when he tries to explain it, that's for sure.

      Re cartooning in math class, I wish I had my college calculus notebooks. I used to doodle like mad in the margins because it actually helped me pay attention. For some reason calculus class produced the weirdest doodles!

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    3. No no no, that's what makes it perfect! Because math IS in fact cool, but at the same time it's dark & daunting & mysterious & forbidding, especially when viewed from outside. Times a thousand when presented by horrible dragon-breath teachers. ;-)

      I'm sending this to my son who majored in Applied Mathematics-- he'll love it. He does stuff that makes my head hurt just hearing about it, but it results in amazingness! I do feel like a clown when he tries to explain it, that's for sure.

      Re cartooning in math class, I wish I had my college calculus notebooks. I used to doodle like mad in the margins because it actually helped me pay attention. For some reason calculus class produced the weirdest doodles!

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    4. I totally agree, Leah. Math is fascinating, and appeals to my perfectionist personality with it's logic and order. Trouble is, I suck at it. Wish I didn't.

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  4. Oh, how I can relate to this!!!! ...Although I choose to not go quite so heavy with my make-up. The trick is to enhance your features, not hide them!! ;)

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    1. The trick is to scare the hell out of children when you run up to them real fast. Doesn't work without heavy make-up and rattly costume.

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  5. me either . I am lost, too .Math is for me as red color. I still feel the poisonous breath of my math teacher close to my face .... nightmare !!

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    1. OMG...Teacher's breath...it was often coffee flavour.

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    2. if it would be only coffee..... Teacher's breath was something like swamp odor mixed with rotting "matter" often found in Ted's flies cartoons...:)

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    3. OMG!! You guys can't have me laughing this hard so early in the morning!!!!

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    4. it is very cosy here, isn't it?

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    5. Funny dialog going already? Well, I remember three math teachers; one always wore white gloves because he had a skin disease he didnt want to spread. Another had shell-shock from WW2 and would dive under the desk when someone dropped a book. The last one used to beat us with a hickory pointer stick, but we didn't mind because we knew he liked us and we deserved it anyway. I liked all my math teachers, it was math I hated. One of them loved the Born Loser comic from the newspaper and used to post a new one by the door every day. No cartooning allowed in class though, sadly.

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  6. HA! So true for me when I stepped into my first calculus course in junior college. This is so perfect, Ted. Ohemgee..your teachers! Incredible people and stories. Bummer re: the no cartooning in class though...I think your teacher would've loved seeing your work. Thank you for such a great laugh..hope you've been well!

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    1. Calculus?!! WOW!! I didn't know you were an egghead, Shirley. Are you going to start a math blog??

      Till then, I'll stop by your cool art blog.

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  7. Ha ha ha!!! Yes, I very much remember this feeling. Although, where is the SCAREY Maths teacher!!

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    1. Good point, Claire. Yeah, I could have added some funny math teachers, more characters would have helped, but I already had a lot of drawing time in this one, not counting the time it takes for the idea to gel. I start to get lazy about it after I've spent 3 or 4 hours on one of these posts. They can really be time consuming and without any compensation, you know. Well, except for the comments people like you leave, those are a nice reward. -and very much appreciated!

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  8. Only if I am lost you will see me in that place. :)

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  9. Haha! This is a great one. The color is really effective, as mentioned. But the crazy building levels and stairs and those crazy brain melting math problems all over are so cool!

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