Day Thirty-One – The Grand Finale!

Often, the toughest part of a mini-series is ending it.  I chose the wisdom of Obi-wan, who said, “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”  This is also why I entitled this one as “Buzzkill;”  way to take it there, Obi-Wan. Perhaps a better quote, from another fictional character, would be Batman’s Two Face who said, “Sometimes you make your own luck.”

This series was certainly a lot of fun to create and it was interesting to learn about good luck symbols from all over the world.  Regardless of how little or how much luck and superstition plays into your daily life, the history behind these notions is fascinating.  Thanks so much for looking.

Day Twenty-Seven – Break a Leg!

This is one of the weirder “good luck” expressions, as generally speaking, breaking any bone isn’t so lucky.  In my super limited research, this notion comes from the expression “lucky break,” meaning not a literal break, but more like an awesome opportunity.  Now onto the drawing bit.  The first thing I thought of for this drawing was C-3PO and his broken leg, especially because it is not so gruesome to illustrate.  Additionally, I was flying on a plane, en route to visit my pal, Val, in Oakland, and too cheap to pay for Wi-Fi…and like a dummy, I didn’t keep any reference images on my phone of our gilded friend.  I wound up drawing 90% of this from memory, and then making some adjustments once I could confirm what the droid actually looked like.  Thankfully, being a nerd and giant star wars fan, made this task not too awful.

Day Twenty-Five – Lucky…bird poop

Have you ever heard that it is lucky if it rains on someone’s wedding day? I think this notion of lucky bird poop is similar; it’s about trying to make a negative into a positive.  Sure a good attitude can go a long way, but I would prefer my luck without the excrement.  In today’s drawing, we see our favorite obnoxious beach bird delivering his luck to the unsuspecting.  Luck out, below!


Day Twenty-Four – Shooting Star!

The funny bit about shooting stars or falling stars is that they are not actually stars at all.  They are actually meteoroids falling into Earth’s atmosphere and burning up.  The trail of light is called a meteor, and if any space debris makes it to the ground without burning up, it is called a meteorite.  The reason they were probably thought to be a star is because when burning up, they emit a similar light level.

Day Twenty-Three – The luck of the keys

And no, I’m not talking about Florida.  I learned a lot about different lucky charms while working on this mini-series.  Prior to this, I had no idea keys were considered lucky, but given their symbolism , it certainly makes sense.  Keys open doors and give people access to otherwise restricted areas, including such notions as the key to one’s heart.  For these reasons, keys have been seen as lucky in various parts of the world.

Day 18 – A Kiss for Luck!

As an avid Star Wars fan, I had to make sure this image snuck in the Buena Suerte Series.  In this scene, Luke has just freed Princess Leia from her cell, and they are trying to escape the Death Star.  En route to their ship, they need to swing across a giant crevasse to the other side, with Stormtroopers in hot pursuit.  Right before they make the leap, Leia kisses Luke on the cheek and says “For Luck!”

Spoiler alert: It worked!

Day Fourteen – Lucky Penny

“Find a penny, pick it up.  All day long you’ll have good luck!”

Not all good luck charms have their own little rhyme, so I suppose the penny is extra lucky.  That, and my sister loves Abraham Lincoln.  From what I have read on the subject, the luck of picking up coins comes long before the penny’s existence.  In ancient times when coins were used as currency, finding loose change on the ground was considered a gift from the gods!  The extra layer of superstition with the penny depends on whether the coin is found heads up or heads down.  Apparently, you can also turn a heads down penny over, to let the next finder collect the luck – it is only considered bad luck if you take it with you.  You know, if you believe that sort of stuff.

Day Thirteen – Black Cat

When I started this series, my Irish stepmother was quick to point out that black cats are considered lucky in Ireland.  When I was plotting out what I would draw for each day, Friday the 13th seemed like the best choice – a mix of good and bad luck!  This black cat is extra special; it is of the Manx breed, originally hailing from the Isle of Mann.  The Manx cats come in two main types: Rumpy and Stumpy, which signifies how short their tail is.  Here the Manx is shown with the coat of arms from the Isle of Man, featuring the triskelion (3 legs) with the quote in latin that translates to “Whichever way you throw it, it will stand.”

Day Twelve-Lucky Bamboo & Goldfish

Lucky Bamboo is kind of a misnomer; it doesn’t actually belong to the bamboo family. However, it is considered good luck and believed to bring happiness and prosperity.  As the legend goes, placing the “bamboo” stalks in groupings of 3, 5 or 7, will bring about the most luck.

Goldfish have been considered lucky all the way back to the time of ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks. In both cultures, goldfish were seen as lucky omens and kept as pets in homes.

Day Nine – Lucky Piggies

Working on this series required a little bit of research.  I looked into all different kinds of good luck charms from all over the world, and I even kept a list going in my phone to keep it all organized.  It was certainly challenging to come up with 31 ideas, but also quite educational.  For example, today’s drawing is of a pig, and apparently, I learned that pigs are very lucky in Germany.  Good to know!  I figured any old pig wouldn’t do, so this one is quite the dapper gentleman.

Day Seven – Lucky Break

Today’s drawing for the Buena Suerte mini-series is of a wishbone. As the tradition goes, the wish gets granted to whomever gets the larger half in the break.  Also, this is where we get the expression, “lucky break!”  However, when I was growing up, there was little to no luck involved as to who would win the larger half.  My Mom would choke up on her side, unbeknownst to me, and win every time.

Day Five: Scarab Beetle

Official genus and species of the sacred Egyptian beetle is Scarabaeus sacer, and it is the latest drawing in my Buena Suerte series.  The scarab beetle managed to do two things that mirrored or coordinated with what two of the Egyptian gods did.  Firstly, the beetle rolling a ball of dung across the ground, was similar to behavior of the sun god, Ra, who was believed to roll the sun across the sky everyday.  Secondly, the Egyptians saw baby beetles emerging from a ball of dung, and they mistook to mean that the male scarab could reproduce by himself.  This unusual trait was also shared by their god, Atum, was able to father children alone.  Fascinating stuff, especially for a dung beetle!

Day Four: Lucky Rabbit’s Foot

Two things I’m quite fond of are the movie “In the Line of Fire” and animals.  When I was thinking of lucky charms,  of course the rabbit’s foot came to mind, even though i’m not sure it was at all lucky for the rabbit.  I was also reminded of the scene from “In the Line of Fire,” where John Malkovich’s character sneaks bullets through a metal detector inside a lucky rabbit’s foot keychain.  Artistic and poetic license allows me to combine the two, to make up a fake quote by the actor and to discourage the use of rabbits feet for luck.

Day Three: Dream Catcher

The Dream Catcher originated with the Ojibwa people.  According to their legend, the dream catcher was made to  collect any harm that might be in the air.  This was the reason for the spiderweb-like netting within the hoop, as spiderwebs “catch” anything that comes in contact with them.   Often they would also include certain sacred items like specific feathers or beads, to help catch anything that might cause harm.

Buena Suerte! A drawing a day challenge for January 2017

There’s something auspicious about a new year, whether it be positive changes, breaking of bad habits, or just plain superstition.  I’ve chosen to explore the latter for the month of January and create daily drawings of good luck symbols, icons or things.  This hopefully will kick off the year on a lucky streak.  I’ve chosen the name “Buena Suerte” for the series because it means “good luck” in Spanish.  Here is Day One: a Lucky Cat who happens to be a fortune teller.  Let’s hope that brings double luck!

day 197…fond of ewe!

Today’s drawing is dedicated to my work wife, Angie.  Certainly not the first dedication she’s received, but after all she is my wifey :) We have this 6 year-long habit of leaving each other post-its with song quotes on each others’ desks.  On this particular day, we quoted the very same Shins song to one another…and in a punny way, this inspired today’s drawing.