In October of 2013, we found out we were going to have another kid! Any sane person would be instantly concerned about all of the logistics that come into play after learning this life-altering news. Me? I was trying to figure out what nursery theme I was going to choose. After creating my Legend of Zelda and Yoshi’s Island nurseries, I knew I had to up the ante just a bit. A Paper Mario room was out, as another guy just made a fantastic one a few months prior. After searching online a while, there didn’t seem to be any big attempts at a Mario Kart nursery out there, and with the newest version coming out, Mario Kart 8, it sparked my interest.
As a child of the eighties, few things bring me back to my childhood as much as playing Legend of Zelda while flipping through some issues of Nintendo Power magazine. I would gaze with envy at the art submissions from kids around the country that were published in the front of the magazine. I spent many a afternoon drawing and coloring my next submission, hoping to get my work published in a future issue, but to no avail. This helped unite my love of art and all things Nintendo.
Fast forward to Spring of 2012, when I had the privilege to create a truly heroic room for two close friends of mine…Cole and Casey. Not of just any ole hero, but Link, the Hero of Time! My objective was to create a room that exemplified the spirits of courage, joy and adventure, not just in regards to a newborn baby boy, but also being brand new parents. In my opinion, no Legend of Zelda titles epitomize these qualities better than Wind Waker and Spirit Tracks. Read more
Earlier this spring, my wife and I bought some nice hanging flower planters to spruce up our front porch. It turns out that we weren’t the only ones that liked it. A pair of house fenches found it perfect to setup a nest and some eggs! Coincidentally, I had recently purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 and was brainstorming some ideas for potential projects. The covered location of our porch, availability of power, and adequate wifi range all but screamed potential! Setting up a webcam peering into the nest to observe them hatch was the obvious direction to go in. I considered various streaming and web accessible options before coming up with the idea of making it social media powered thru Twitter.
This was my first nursery/ mural I ever created for my daughter a few years back. Full write up coming soon!