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26701. Rhino Birthday Card

My 2-year-old and I made this rhino birthday card today. It's been so long since I played with paint and cut paper and lil' sticky dots. I had so much fun! Maybe we'll make another card together tomorrow.

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26702. “Ad Lucem” by Ghislain Avrillon

A vampire makes an attempt to see sunlight in this bittersweet film from Annecy based Ghislain Avrillon. It’s more an experiment with color and light, but tells its story with great style and poignancy. More images and info on the official site.

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26703. PAPERCHASE - hootssweet preview

hootsweet is another fabulous paperchase collection from their autumn winter range. it has yet to arrive in stores, but we are lucky enough to get a sneak preview from their press show display held in london last week. the design features a variety of owl characters, each one very different, in a sketchy loosley drawn style. if hootsweet takes your fancy it will be in store this autumn on

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26704. Comic Con Day #0

I’m heading down to Comic Con right now and will be there tonight and for the next few days. In addition to funky old comics, here’s a couple of new items I’ll be looking for in the dealers room:

South Park designer and storyboard artist Greg Postma is sharing some space at booth #1223 with his fellow co-workers, selling a sketchbook compiling production sketches from the first 8 seasons of the show. The Bunker also includes samples of the artists own work. Finally the talent behind the show step out from behind the scenes. Can you buy it online? I’m not sure, but here’s the website associated with it.

When you work on kid shows all day, you’re bound to create something a bit dark. Nick, Sony and Dreamworks story artist Jeremy Bernstein has new book out in time for Comic Con. His sixth self published book in six years – Texts – takes drawings done in workshop and mashed them up with hand written text messages that were in his phone. Sounds strange, but Bernstein’s art is always worth the trip.

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26705. First Glove

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26706. PAPERCHASE - hinterland preview

i have another paperchase sneak preview today of a forthcoming autumn range. hinterland is a stylised dark woodland tree design with a mid century feel. the notecards can be found instore already and albums, notebooks, mugs, gift wrap, etc will follow on later. besides the dark background the design also features a very realistic woodgrain pattern on some items. look out for hinterland in stores

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26707. Life drawing - 7

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26708. The Chuck Jones Centennial Is A Perfect Time To Make $$$

What says “Chuck Jones centennial celebration” better than this kitschy painting of Bugs and Daffy riding motorcycles? According to the Chuck Jones Gallery, the artist Mike Kungl has created something of a masterpiece: “With his sleek styling, geometric patterns and luxurious color palette, he is able to evoke the sophistication of the Art Deco era and at the same time add a contemporary look to the beloved cartoon characters brought to such magical life by Chuck Jones.” The gallery is selling the limited edition piece for $600. Pay an extra $300 to have an artist “hand-embellish” the piece. For an extra $500, they’ll complete the deal and have one of their gallery employees whiz on Chuck’s grave.

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26709. “All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat)” By Louis Hudson

There are some films that one simply can’t imagine being made in any medium besides animation. Louis Hudson’s delightfully twisted All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) is one such film. The short has been playing the festival circuit for the past couple years, and was finally posted online yesterday. To learn more about it, read this interview with Louis Hudson.

(Thanks, Barbara Benas)

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26710. Happy Sad

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26711. Old studio, new studio

The final moving day was just too traumatic for words - I'd been cleaning for days and still hadn't finished packing when a very hot and bothered Andy rolled up with a van which was too big to get up the lane. So we had to hump the last annoying odds and sods down to the main street, with an audience of various neighbours. It was humid, frenetic and exhausting. There were a few swear words uttered. We ended up leaving one or two things behind out of sheer exhaustion with it all. I said a last goodbye to the garden - the new tenants will find some healthy potato plants and Swiss chard.

Goodbye to my my old studio space - goodbye to the mouldy corner too!

Final packing - the cats.

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26712. Face Love

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26713. Wednesday

This  post is just to let you all know that my Wednesday posts are going to be taking a short break while I finish up some things with my new website. This blog will also be getting a makeover and my new and fun things are being planned. So Sit tight and I'll have some more Wednesday posts ready for you in a few weeks. Don't worry Ruby and the Skateboard will continue to update every Tuesday and Thursday as normal.

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26714. It’s always so spectacular to watch a master at her work....

It’s always so spectacular to watch a master at her work. Be sure to watch through to the end.


Wherein I reveal my secret to drawing horses

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26715. What I Did Wrong On Kickstarter

Many of you know I'm a big fan of failing and failing often in order to learn and grow. Well, my Kickstarter campaign didn't reach it's funding for I HATE READING! and I think I know why. When things don't play out the way we want them to it's tempting to adopt an attitude, "Ah, the world doesn't deserve my genius." "I'm taking my ball and going home." But I have had the luxury of failing so much in my life that this isn't even a scrape. I brought home so many bad report cards that failure was almost part of my to do list. Failing often has made me somewhat immune to the feelings of regret many become paralyzed by - I know that the next time I try something I'll have a better chance of success based on lessons learned.

Here is a list of the main reasons I believe my Kickstarter didn't reach it's goal:

1) I didn't have a launch party to rally my close friends and family. Many suggest that before you ever pull the trigger on your Kickstarter web page you should let as many people know about your project as possible. I was sort of in rush mode to get mine going as I was juggling other freelance projects etc.

2) I didn't get a "staff pick." The coveted holy grail factor in having a super successful campaign is getting loved by the Kickstarter staff. A "staff pick" means that Kickstarter features your project so that it's easy for people to find your project. They say right on their website that they're looking for projects that are doing well. This is more of a hunch but I think that if you come out of the gate with a roar you have more chances of getting their attention. There are thousands of projects on their site and the more money you rack up early has to be one of the factors they're looking for. So it stands to reason that if you have a bunch of people lined up to contribute when you launch you'll send a message that you aren't fooling around. In addition their search algorithms are set to move your project up on the list each time someone contributes to your Kickstarter. I think they also count the facebook "likes" and move you up on their "popular" list.

3) My rewards weren't enticing enough. If I had painted the I HATE READING! images in acrylics instead of working digitally I would have had original painted art to offer as incentives to perspective backers. Having rewards that people really want is important - ask yourself - would I want this? This was a choice I struggled with early on but I felt that I couldn't spare the extra time to work traditionally - gambled - lost.

4) I charged too much for the app. I think most people are practical  - like I see myself.  I was charging $10 for an app that everybody figured I would end up selling for a few bucks in the app store. Why pay 4- 5 times the price for the same product? I was figuring that charging $2/app wouldn't get the project funded very easily and that perhaps more people would contribute a little more to get their name in the credits - guess not. :)

5) I didn't nurture my campaign. Call it laziness or an excuse but I really didn't feel that I had enough time to keep my Kickstarter in peoples minds on a daily basis with updates. I struggled with this one on another level too...I didn't want

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26716. Artist: Neil Brigham

Neil Brigham began drawing at a very young age, spurred on by his kindergarten classmates. Some years later, he put aside the finger paint and crayons while he completed a Masters of Art in illustration from Syracuse University. It was there that he really learned to scribble under the guidance of David Passalacqua and Murray Tinkleman. In addition to his illustration projects, Neil spends time making prints as a member of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence, Massachusetts. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and Society of Illustrators Los Angeles.

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26717. afternoon tea at the connaught

Oh boy oh boy oh boy... if there's one thing I get excited about, it's cake. I'd been looking forward to this outing for weeks.

Writer and project manager Damian Kelleher took tBk mag editor Helen Boyle and me out for Afternoon Tea at the Connaught Hotel to celebrate a successful ad campaign we'd done for Kids Week West End theatre promotion. (Apparently ticket sales broke all sorts of records, including one with Ticketmaster. Cool!)

They had the most AMAZING jam selection. All these interesting combinations - 16 varieties - such as raspberry jam with violet, wild bilberry, rhubarb with mint and something else, some white-wine-based affair... I can't remember, but it was great fun picking out four. Here's the Jam Master (is that what you call this guy?):

I gave my new hat its first outing:

Okay, a few more photos just 'cos it all looked so nice.

And the only drawback to wearing an asymmetrical, front-fitting hat is that when I take it off in the evening, I have a big dent in my forehead. It's pretty awesome, I could insert a chocolate Pocky stick into it to save for later.

Hey, did you see that Garen Ewing just did his take on Grant Wood's American Gothic painting? (See my last post about it.) It's called Evelyn Gothic and celebrates his new American Rainbow Orchid book deal. Congratulations, Garen!

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26718. Best First Novel of the Year Award – Includes Self Published

The McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

Thanks to the generosity of board member Neal P. Gillen, The Writer’s Center is pleased to announce that it will award $500 annually to the author of the best first novel published during a given calendar year. Conceived and funded by Gillen, the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize honors three dedicated writers and members of The Writer’s Center faculty—Ann McLaughlin, Barbara Esstman, and Lynn Stearns—each of whom unselfishly nourish and inspire students and fellow writers.

The submission period for the First Novel Prize is now open.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • All first novels published in 2011 are eligible, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses. Only American authors publishing in English are eligible.
  • All entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2012. Entries not postmarked prior to or on this date will be ineligible, and they will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Publishers (or authors) must submit three copies of their published novel along with a contact cover sheet indicating name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (no cover letter required). No galley proofs will be accepted.
  • Following the judging process, books will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage. The Writer’s Center is not responsible for lost or damaged books.
  • Writer’s Center staff, board, and workshop leaders may not enter.


The Writer’s Center will solicit a group of no more than 15 volunteer judges to serve as first-round judges. These volunteers will evaluate books to determine if they meet eligibility requirements, and they will read and evaluate the submissions. Submissions advancing to the second round of judging will be evaluated by a team of three final judges. Final judges will be selected from our membership and workshop leader pool. These judges will determine at their sole discretion the Award recipient.

The Winner:

The Winner will be announced in October. He or she will receive a feature in the 2013 Winter/Spring edition of The Workshop & Event Guide, at Writer.org, and our blog, First Person Plural. In addition, if feasible, he or she will be invited to read at The Writer’s Center during a reception to honor his or her work.

Send entries to:

The Writer’s Center Attn:
Laura Spencer
Re: Undiscovered Voices Scholarship
4508 Walsh St
Bethesda MD 20815

I know there are a lot of you who had a book published in 2011. There is no fee to apply. All you need is three copies of your book to send in. Besides the $500, it would be good publicity for the book and you. Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,


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26719. office

I have ranted… I mean, related many anecdotes from my nearly thirty years as a professional artist. There’s one story that I have told numerous times, but have never put into print… until now.

I was employed for almost five years in the advertising department at the main headquarters of a major after-market auto parts retailer whose mascots are three big-headed Jewish guys, one of whom used to smoke cigars…. y’know the company of which I speak? Well, I worked with a group of other artists in a large, moldy, poorly-ventilated studio. We were a happy (and mostly) fraternal group. We were expected to be human machines, cranking out various versions of full-color weekly advertising circulars at unrealistic breakneck speed. The ads, which were essentially the same each week with the same three hundred products rearranged, were tedious, time-consuming projects. High importance was placed on accuracy and alacrity. Compensation was minimal in comparison to expected output. Our decisions were constantly undermined by the advertising executive committee who — as they say — didn’t know shit from shinola. But, we were artists and we were used to it.

One day, one of my co-workers had his lunch resting at the top of his desk, waiting for the noon hour to roll around. His choice for his afternoon repast was a selection from the Betty Crocker “Bowl Appetit” line of microwave meals. This was a relatively new product (at the time) and several of us artists were admiring the package design. The disposable plastic bowl was slipped into a cardboard sleeve. The front of the package — the side that would entice the customer when placed on a shelf — was split across the middle. The top half bore the familiar “Betty Crocker” logo and the words “Bowl Appetit” in big, friendly, italic letters. The bottom half featured a full-color photo of the freshly-prepared product; glistening noodles, velvety sauce, flecks of vegetables and just the slightest suggestion of steam. The two halves of the design were bisected by a rippled block of color with the specific flavor of the meal written out in the same, friendly type as the product name. The back side of the package depicted other available flavors (Fettuccine Alfredo, Three-Cheese Rotini, some chicken something-or-other) and a small sample of each one’s packaging, all immediately identifiable as part of the same product line.

Turning the package over again to the front, we saw something that caught our attention almost simultaneously. At the top, near the “B” in “Bowl” was a large, gaudy, blue banner trimmed in yellow. Within the banner, the proclamation “Great For Lunch” was emblazoned in searchlight yellow, in a typeface not used anywhere else on the package. It was blatantly out of place and downright ugly. After some discussion, we artists theorized as to how this blemish made its way on to an otherwise well-designed, cohesive package.

We surmised that the creative packaging team at Betty Crocker were given the task to come up with an innovative design for a new product line. The group — layout artists, designers, computer graphics experts — all worked diligently. After several weeks and hundreds of designs, they emerged with a series of layouts and several prototypes. Each package was brilliant in its stand alone qualities as well as working as part of a series. Proudly, they made their presentation to the executive board in charge of research, development and some such bullshit. Suddenly, some out-of-touch, pencil-pushing, number-crunching dickhead stood up and questioned,

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26720. Oh…wow…This is GORGEOUS! A wild boy is found in the...

Oh…wow…This is GORGEOUS!

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

Directed and animated by Daniel Sousa danielsousa.com

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26721. Wednesday

This  post is just to let you all know that my Wednesday posts are going to be taking a short break while I finish up some things with my new website. This blog will also be getting a makeover and my new and fun things are being planned. So Sit tight and I'll have some more Wednesday posts ready for you in a few weeks. Don't worry Ruby and the Skateboard will continue to update every Tuesday and Thursday as normal.

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26722. Here’s a video (yes, I’m making you click thru for a...

Here’s a video (yes, I’m making you click thru for a good reason) about the importance of caricature and political cartoons, in relation to a petition for better public recognition in the form of awards just like our fellow artists get.

I have been publicly critical for some time about Canada Council’s structure and dated policy, which excludes “commercial artists” (never adequately defined) from support. Illustrators of all stripes are prevented from applying for the art funding, with the exception of graphic novelists under Literature, and that’s a recent change that doesn’t go far enough. In my opinion, the lack of research & development opportunities perpetuates the very aspects of “commercial art” that the policy-makers disliked some half-century ago when they put this policy in place: reliance on safe, market-driven, or American precedents.

Now, Canada’s political cartoonists have mobilized to make change and get the recognition as a serious art form and social force that they deserve. Sign the petition, and make all the arts equal.

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26723. latest work

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26724. PAPERCHASE - autumn gifts

for the autumn season paperchase develop gift items and stationery with christmas presents in mind. here are a few pictures from the paperchase press show snapped in the gift area.

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26725. July News

Whew, hi guys! I know this blog has been getting dusty and musty over the last few months.  We've been working on a site overhaul, slowly but surely over here, in between lots of traveling and working and toddler wrangling. 

In the meantime, you can see my July newsletter, right here.

If you haven't signed up for my mailing list, you're welcome to email me and I'll add you, (the link is down at the moment.)

Hope you're having a great summer! Check back in August, for a new and spiffy site.

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