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While taking a break from mixing/mastering a larger orchestrated piece that I have been working on for some time now, I decided to take some time and compose something short and sombre today.  Before I knew it, the piece had resolved itself at about 35 seconds.  That seemed fine to me.  I hope you enjoy a melancholy piece with a hopeful ending for a beautiful fall day.

JARED & CHELSEY AND THE RACCOON OF MYRTLE MANOR

“Welcome to Myrtle Manor” fan fiction written by James Trescott Bernardinelli

Jared and Chelsey were sitting by the pool at the Myrtle Manor trailer park.  They were having a romantic time.  “You are so beautiful, Chelsey,” said Jared with a nice grin.  “I like how you drive a cool motorcycle,” boasted Chelsey.

Suddenly the young couple heard a strange noise.  It was coming from Anne’s trailer.  “Quick!  That sound came from Anne’s trailer!” cried Chelsey.  “Let’s go!,” ordered Jared, “You never know what can happen!”

In Anne’s front yard they found a raccoon eating Anne’s pink flamingos.  “Oh, look at that cute raccoon!” said Chelsey, fantastically.  “He can be the mascot of Myrtle Manor!” yelled Jared, who was so full of excitement that he jumped up and down.

All of the sudden Taylor came across the street with his bulldog, Gus.  “GUS IS THE MASCOT OF MYRTLE MANOR!” cried Taylor, very angrily.  “Cool it off, mister,” said Jared, “We can have TWO mascots!"  Taylor changed his mind and thought this was a good idea.

I love drawing “Skeksis-Esque” creatures.  I think with this sketch I was really trying to capture the feeling of the sly Chamberlain Skeksis.  Brian Froud, the artist behind all of the “Dark Crystal” designs, spoke of always starting with the character’s eyes, because the eyes were windows into the soul (I’m paraphrasing).“  I always started with the eyes because I didn’t know of any other way.

"Mama June Gets Curls" HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO FAN FICTION written by JAMES TRESCOTT BERNARDINELLI

Mama woke up early today.  She needed to help get her house full of kids ready for school.  “Alana,” she says, “Did you remember to feed Nugget?"  "Nugget pooped on the bed!” yelled Alana from the next room while she was dusting her Beauty Pageant trophies.  Pumpkin, the trouble-maker, was farting under the kitchen table.  “Stop that, Pumpkin!”, yelled Mama June, “Go get Mama her hair curlers!"  Jessica walked into the room wearing Mama June’s curlers.  "I’m using them, Mama!” she exclaimed.  “Oh, goodness!” cried Mama.  Soon Sugar Bear got home from work and took Mama June out on a date to the ice cream stand.