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1. Out of the swirling chaos forms appear...


Out of the swirling chaos forms appear - sifted out from dozens of other choices.  Soon enough the favorite choice gets made - or the current favorite I might say.

Draw, draw away idle dreamer of bears! I think this bear may have stolen my heart away, but I shouldn't tell him that.


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2. Movie of a Drawing...



I made this little movie of a rough drawing I'm working on... just for fun. The rough drawing is always so much fun, because it's all a discovery.  Invention, artistry, problem solving - an excellent diversion when one finds oneself imprisoned in a quiet distant room.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W71_6biMnSY&feature=youtu.be

It's not much of a movie actually, but I was in a hurry and it was fun - my two excuses. Maybe I'll make a better one some time. I think it might require 30 minutes to do an in depth drawing demonstration - so one does what one can.

I don't want to think about the file size of a 30 minute .mov file - or how long it'd take to render!

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3. Instructions on Freelancing...


Life as a freelancer is chaotic and unpredictable. So I decided if I ever gave a SCBWI talk on how to prepare for a career as a children's book illustrator I would advise developing three basic skills.

1) practice your expertise in Photoshop

2) practice your expertise at 'Whack-a-Mole'

3) practice your expertise at playing 'Publisher Poker' - which is the fine art of trying to juggle deadlines and art directors without losing your mind or going broke.

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4. The Starbucks Roastery - where people go to feel famous while sipping a cup of coffee.


For my birthday I treated myself to a trip to the new Starbucks Emporium - where people go to feel famous while sipping a cup of coffee. (at least that's my guess).


Between the 250 decibel ethno-jazz (can't hear yourself think) and the 6 story coffee factory with walkways and ladders it is quite an experience and not a quiet contemplative one at that.

  

It's more like a Starbucks gone Vegas experience. The whole idea is modeled after 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Funny, but I don't remember the smell of coffee while I was there.


And I wouldn't know the meaning of what 'happy birthday' meant. I always get a pensive sadness that creeps into the occasion - like a frozen chill of defeated expectation.  Sigh... c'est la vie.


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5. Pages from the past...


Opening the pages from my past we find old magazine spreads...


and old book plans and dreams...

and even a self portrait of me at age 8 1/2.  I added the Pierrot costume, which seems just about right for this serious little fellow.

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6. A studio portrait...


It was fun having a bunch of my fictional illustration buddies drop by the studio. So I captured the event on film... lol!

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7. Back in the BC stone age, (before computers)


Back in the BC stone age, (before computers) I used to make my promotion cards with cut & paste. And with press-type. I hated how press-type would start curling up and the letters started to crack and fall apart. And how I'd run out of zeros and use an O instead.

It was really like doing surgery - precision cut & paste with dexterous hand skills required. I remember the gooey glue-brush and rolling up the leftovers into little sticky balls. lol!

And after all that how amazing it seemed to do computer lettering. Freedom from all the limitations of real press-type letters and freedom to do anything. 

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8. Some spiffy new art...


Here's a collection of some spiffy new art I've painted up recently.






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9. Once every blue moon...


Once every blue moon I like to do an 'art piece' like this. I just can't help it - so it's easier to give in than resist. This was inspired by a scene from a BBC - PBS production - it's dark and somber instead of my usual cartoony dish of happy nursery fodder. I guess the fun part of making 'art' is one can just let go and be messy. This was all done with the wacom in photoshop. 

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10. Add a paper bag and you're done...

And then add a paper bag and mix in Shakespeare and a cat and you're done.

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11. The evolution of Shakespeare into a cat


The evolution of Shakespeare into a cat. I'm not sure why this is important, but I felt compelled to finish drawing it out. I think Ben Johnson had a closer relationship with his cat. I read that he had a servant to keep it's bowl stocked with fresh vittles.

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12. Deep in the Jungle


I always loved those Tarzan movies with the treehouse, vine-swings and all those elephants. It was the depth of the jungle that I found so enchanting - hidden depths, elevated trees, simplistic (non-existant) plots. It was more of an experience than a story. 

I'm attracted to the same qualities of depth in my paintings on canvas. The deeper and more mysterious the elements, the better. 

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13. One of my forgotten books - 'The Easter Surprise'



Here's one of my forgotten books - the Easter Surprise! It was painted in real paints on gessoed paper (for all you hard-line real media folks). And it featured idyllic scenes of baby farm animals frolicking in pastoral locales. I think it does have a nice painterly aspect to it. And now I'm much more forgiving of it's innocence, all these years later.  I think it's sweet... loving kindness.

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14. Monkeying Around...


I spent days drawing monkeys - with the consequence that when I went out to the market shopping - yes, I looked at people and saw monkeys - especially guys with beards. The inevitable parallels all get immediately drawn. I felt kind of bad about it, coming to that conclusion but don't hold myself to blame personally. Anyhow, nowadays on NOVA on PBS they openly refer to our kind as primates - cuz we are! lol! (insert chimp laugh here - like Cheeta on Tarzan - and why did Tarzan name his monkey Cheeta?)

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15. My very first portfolio


Here is my very first portfolio - the 30 lb 'jumbo boy'.  It was gigantic and filled with astounding work! Art directors loved it. They ate it up like cake.

Each new portfolio I made got smaller and smaller until now they fit on an iPhone. But there's something to be said for the 'Jumbo Boy'. Art directors had to clear their desk just to look at it. 

I think the amazing thing is that I drew those in ink straight onto the newsprint page without any pencil or rough sketch. I loved how the fountain pen ink sank into the newsprint.

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16. The muffin-man returns


The muffin-man returns - this week it's apple-blueberry-peach. The silicone muffin tin is fab - since it makes turning out the muffins so easy.

It's always nice to take a break from pushing pixels and do something real, like baking.

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17. Draw!

Draw!

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18. Umbrellas and cherry trees in the rain


Teetering umbrellas spring forth.


'Beneath the cherry trees there are no strangers.'
goes an old saying.



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19. Freezer delivery from Burkina-Faso!


Yesterday we had a new freezer delivered (old one died). It was bought online and the delivery notification was via a computer robot voice.  The robot even gave a 30 minute warning.  So sure as shooting, there the truck was, just like the robot said.

The truck parked in the alley.  It turned out that the two freezer delivery men were from Africa - or more precisely from Burkina-Faso!  

One tall laid back cool guy in sunglasses (Djbril) and another guy who sounded like he'd might have a college degree with excellent english (Mathieu).  So they unloaded the freezer and began to carry it through my backyard, with a shoulder strap harness. At this point I remembered we were supposed to ask them for I.D. to prove that they really were the people who were supposed to be carrying a freezer through my backyard instead of some dangerous impostor freezer-carriers hellbent on getting that freezer down an impossible stairway and back door. But I went on trust.

Of course the first problem was the freezer wouldn't actually fit through the back door - even though I had taken the back door off. They don't make those slim freezers anymore. They're all gigantic now. And this was the smallest freezer I could find anywhere online.  Oh no! Mathieu suggested we remove the extra freezer panel that stuck out at the bottom.  So I got down on the ground sideways to try to see where the screws were.  Excellent idea. We tried to get that off.

It looked like they were about to give up and pack it back up! Oh no! Then it occurred to me we should try the basement window.  And lo and behold - it measured out with 3 inches to spare! So Djbril and Mathieu carried the freezer around to the side window. And in it went. I got to chat a bit with Djbril, telling him that my dad had spent 6 years in Ghana, which is the nation just south of his.  He said he'd never been there, but they had lots of tasty food in Burkina-Faso.  Lots of french is spoken in Burkina-Faso.

I tried to not feel too guilty about my fat comfortable life as I imagined what kind of life a refugee from Africa must have had to wind up delivering freezers to cold, wet Seattle half a world away.  I'm glad we managed to get the freezer in through the window so at least that little adventure ended happily ever after.


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20. A Magic Show on paper & screen


This was fun to see the comparison between the computer screen outcome and the printed page outcome. It really is like magic that the two technologies are almost identical - even allowing for the different lighting conditions.

Lucky for me it's the innate charm of the concept and design along with the talent of drawing that makes the difference in any image... so that a robot can't do it.

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21. "Whao! What's this? It does look like a problem!"



John's been trying to work out a shooting match between GoDaddy and Comcast. I hate it when I have to kick the can to confront corporate giants. 

My tiny little website has been misbehaving. Pages won't load - the site hangs - a small jpeg takes 4 minutes to load. That's not good.  

The expert GoDaddy web-hosting engineer ran a traceroute, saw nothing wrong and told me it was definitely a Comcast problem. I went to find any help at Comcast, but there isn't any. I could only find a user forum, where the poor abandoned souls in distress gather on the wrack & ruin of their technical problems, with the giant edifice of Comcast giving them the cold shoulder.

The lone Comcast castaways had a different result on the traceroute they kindly ran on my site.  

On the forum I had 5 different people look at my site, who all live in different cities - one even in europe.  They had the same results as I had. It seemed illogical that the problem would be with Comcast when the problems I have are experienced by the different people who live all around the world.  

To say I felt like I was up the creek without a paddle is putting it mildly.

So armed with this new knowledge, I went back to GoDaddy.  I spent 40 minutes while a patient GoDaddy admin poked around and finally found some test pages that were not working, just like I told him. Finally after 10 more minutes I was delighted to hear him say, "Whao! What's this? That's interesting... so it DOES look like it's on our end after all!"    

And it turns out it's a newly discovered issue that they're working on. Hopefully it'll get fixed soon! My website is my portfolio.

So I'm not crazy and it's not just me! It might be affecting many, many websites out there. It's all too complicated for me to figure out.

Oh, and the web-hosting admin was very complimentary about my illustration... he said it reminded him of Dr. Seuss.  

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22. "Website - we have a problem!"


John's been trying to work out a shooting match between GoDaddy and Comcast. I hate it when I have to kick the can to confront corporate giants. 

My tiny little website has been misbehaving. Pages won't load - the site hangs - a small jpeg takes 4 minutes to load. That's not good.  

The expert GoDaddy web-hosting engineer ran a traceroute, saw nothing wrong and told me it was definitely a Comcast problem. I went to find any help at Comcast, but there isn't any. I could only find a user forum, where the poor abandoned souls in distress gather on the wrack & ruin of their technical problems, with the giant edifice of Comcast giving them the cold shoulder.

The lone Comcast castaways had a different result on the traceroute they kindly ran on my site.  

On the forum I had 5 different people look at my site, who all live in different cities - one even in europe.  They had the same results as I had. It seemed illogical that the problem would be with Comcast when the problems I have are experienced by the different people who live all around the world.  

To say I felt like I was up the creek without a paddle is putting it mildly.

So armed with this new knowledge, I went back to GoDaddy.  I spent 40 minutes while a patient GoDaddy admin poked around and finally found some test pages that were not working, just like I told him. Finally after 10 more minutes I was delighted to hear him say, "Whao! What's this? That's interesting... so it DOES look like it's on our end after all!"    

And it turns out it's a newly discovered issue that they're working on. Hopefully it'll get fixed soon! My website is my portfolio.

So I'm not crazy and it's not just me! It might be affecting many, many websites out there. It's all too complicated for me to figure out.

Oh, and the web-hosting admin was very complimentary about my illustration... he said it reminded him of Dr. Seuss.  

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23. Bunny & Fox Go On a Picnic


This was a delightful little mini-book to do.

 

Bunny & Fox pack a picnic...



It's just marvelous!  Oh joy!


And it ends happily ever after, naturally.

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24. Jet skis on pencil lines...

Drawing, drawing, drawing... all day long! But when I get out my magic pens it's like putting jet skis on my pencil line... carving big sloshy inky curves and spraying splatters over the deliciously textured watercolor paper. What can I say - it's fun!

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25. And in a moment or two...


And in a moment or two, the scanned line turns into full color techno-fruit! And to think they pay me to do this... in the rainy cold dark before the sun's even up.  

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