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Bob’s Your Rooster

Yesterday I finished the first piece of art I’ve done in over 4 years.

I’ve never felt like people got what I was trying to do with this type of work. I did a lot of pieces because they made me happy, and because I thought they would make other people happy, too. But the more I did it, the more it felt like people were being pointlessly, overtly critical or just generally confused as to why I would spend my time on this at all. It bummed me out. Then for a while after we moved from Oklahoma, I was just pretty bummed out in general. So I stopped drawing and painting altogether.

I’ve been at Bocoup just over three years now, and I finally feel as though I’m among people who will get it or don’t, but are enthusiastically supportive of one another’s creative pursuits whatever the case may be. So for our Bocoupfest art show, I made a keyart of our mascot, Bob the Rooster. Bob is comprised of 1,038 keycaps in 3 colors, which I spray-painted on the top and bottom side of each keycap. That took an immense amount of time and I will probably never do it that way again, but if you want to see the end result in real life come see it at the office sometime!

A photo posted by jenn (@jenn) on


03 2015

Invisible Horse

Remember that toy you desperately wanted for Christmas but never got? The one Santa didn’t remember or couldn’t seem to get right; bringing you Malibu Barbie in lieu of the far superior Ballerina Barbie?  For me, that item was The Visible Horse.  The Visible Horse is an anatomical model of a horse that one paints and puts together while learning about the physiology of horses.  I was a little girl, obsessed with horses and destined (so I thought at the time) to become a veterinarian. One of the more memorable Christmases I had growing up was the year my mom finally bought The Visible Horse. For my sister.

I was crushed.  But as we grew older, my sister and I joked about Jory’s invisible model horse.  Thirteen years later, my sister bought me my very own Visible Horse for Christmas. I spent four days over Christmas break artistically painting vital organs and gluing tiny pieces of plastic to finish it.

In retrospect, there’s no way I could’ve done this at 12 years old. I guess I needed to wait awhile until I could fully appreciate The Visible Horse – and it was definitely worth the wait.


01 2011

If Tanner were Key Art…

He’d be this one. I’m calling this piece ‘Abide Guy’ for now though.  This piece is a key-art representation of an iconic fan-art image from The Big Lebowski, known simply as ‘Abide.’  Tanner is a big fan of the movie and references the movie a lot; we’ve even discussed attending Lebowski Fest one of these days.  So, when I told Tanner that I was thinking of doing a large piece, he immediately thought of the Abide image. Tanner has wanted his own key-art for some time, so I decided to make it for him.

Abide Guy is 24″x24″ and contains 783 black keys. I think it took about 15 hours to make. Now we just have to decide where to put him!


12 2010