September 20, 2013. Working on this commission piece today. I think this is the third time I have drawn giraffes. They're an interesting animal for sure, but very seldom will you find them posing like this. Tonight is my son's high school "homecoming night;" a new American tradition to experience. Parades, floats, cheerleaders, football games- nothing we experienced in Germany. I suppose the closest thing would have been our high school basketball game. Most of our sports memories in Germany seemed to involve cold and drizzly soccer games. Everyone standing around with umbrellas, watching our poor sons slosh around in the mud wearing those thin, too high polyester shorts. Dark clouds- there's something you don't see around here very often. In fact, since we moved to Clovis this summer, I have seen only one cloud in the sky above me. That is true. Occasionally I will see some clouds piled up near the horizon, over by the mountains, but only once have I seen a cloud above me.