That’s me. Peanut Annie!
After seeing The Peanuts Movie last month and learning Meghan Trainor had her very own Peanut character, I began looking into what it would take to find someone to draw a Peanut version of my husband for Christmas. To my delight, The Peanuts Movie people had created their very own free Peanut character generator. It’s so fun! So, I made one for me too.
And on that theme, this weekend, my husband and I had the chance to go to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. I always appreciate museums that are well-thought out and well-executed, and this one is both. Charles Schulz’s studio office was on display, as well as many original drawings, funny letters from fans, and interesting tidbits from his childhood. There are also some great photo op backgrounds and props such as a full Flying Ace Snoopy ensemble and Lucy’s psychiatric booth. If you’re ever in the Bay Area and are a big Peanuts fan, it’s about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and might be a fun field trip!
Even if you’re not a diehard fan, taking a minute to do something creative once and a while is just good for your health. So, I’m gonna share 3 things that you could do in the next five minutes to get the creativity flowing.
3 Comic-Inspired Things You Can Do on Your Lunchbreak:
- If you haven’t already, you can peanutize (not my word) yourself at peanutizeme.com, just like I did. You can design your appearance and pick your background. You can save your characters, so it can be fun to do with others. Make one for a co-worker, or make a family portrait while you’re at it!
- Read today’s comics or look back at an old favorite at Go Comics. They have over 250 old and new from Calvin and Hobbes, to Dilbert and Foxtrot.
- Master your signature drawing that you can pull out whenever you need to entertain a five year old. Because you never, ever know who you’ll end up sitting next to on an airplane. I’ve always been a fan of my friend, Emily’s hamster. She’s awesome at hamsters. What’s your thing? Seals? Jellyfish? Or maybe even comic Shakespeare?
I also just created a comic board on Pinterest. Feel free to follow me there for more ideas and links.
Whatever you do, give yourself a little break today and doodle away!