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Neil Armstrong’s death on August 25th, 2012 has affected me more than I thought it would.  He is, without a doubt, an American hero, but heroes die everyday.  The difference with Armstrong is he wasn’t just a hero, he was a living mythological, enigmatic figure who’s exploits are the stuff of legend.  Many to this day still have trouble accepting his achievements as reality.  “Walking on the moon” was literally a cliche for achieving the impossible….until Neil.

Armstrong was the first human to leave the earth with a destination on his itinerary.  The first to get Moon dust on his boots.  He is among the last of the great explorers; a fearless and determined breed who have yet to be replaced.  Armstrong will be remembered for as long as there is human history to speak of, but his family asks us to remember him when we “walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.

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Continuing with the Willy Wonka Creature theme I started a few weeks back, here is my version of the Vermicious Knid.  I loosely based it on Roald Dahl’s description given in the book sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory entitled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. 

In this scene an Oompa Loompa is startled by a Vermicious Knid while picking Snozzberries at night.  You see, it’s easier, however more dangerous, to pick Snozzberries at night because they glow in the dark.  Dahl never gives a description of Snozzberries so I just winged it.  I thought a bio-luminescent fruit was a cool idea and fit the look of the Oompaland I’m creating.

Wonka mentions 2 more creatures; the Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers.  Will I draw these last two beast?  Probably.  But don’t hold your breath.  Check out more of my work on my Illustration page.

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