Well, it seems that an Emu was among the most requested subjects for today’s doodlewash, so that’s where we landed. Not the entire emu, mind you, because their funny little faces and big orange eyes are the best part. This big little guy is listed as the second largest living bird by height after its cousin the ostrich. The emu is a flightless bird that is also an important cultural icon of Australia, appearing on the coat of arms and various coins.
Years ago, when I was the Creative Director of an interactive design firm, we were challenged to create an online game for Lee Jeans in support of their sponsorship of the annual Gravity Games – an extreme sport competition that ended in 2006. Lee had featured an emu in an incredibly weird commercial they were running, so we decided it would be fun to make it the star of our game. The next step was simply to figure how how to combine an emu with an extreme sport.
We chose the fringe extreme sport of BASE jumping, which involves the incredibly shortsighted idea of skydiving off a cliff. Next, we figured our game would consist of helping an emu perform this stupid stunt using the gameplay of an old Atari game called Lunar Lander where you had to safely land your shuttle on the surface at just the right speed. The result was an edgy, strangely fun and addictive game that became rather popular at the time with the simple and ludricrous title of Emu*Lander: Because Emu’s Can’t Fly.
Needless to say, this was one of my favorite jobs of all time. It’s not every day you get to make ridiculous video games for a living. But of all the various websites and games we created during that time, this was one of my favorites. I still have a soft spot for emus to this day. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Next up is F, and it’s Draw a Bird day tomorrow (championed by Laura at Create Art Everyday and hosted again this month by Kerfe and Nina over at Method Two Madness), so if you make a suggestion in the comments, help me think of something that’s another one of our fine feathered friends.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Azo Orange, Quinacridone Gold, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal