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26701. This Time, This Age

These past few weeks I have been seeing and hearing from friends that I have been more out of touch with than I would like.  There is an uneasiness in all of us- or maybe that's my filter I'm viewing things with at the moment. Fred I were talking this morning about this vibe that's been detectable lately. He thinks it's because this group- including us- are in middle age. 

We have friends how have undergone major life changes a few times over; marriages, divorces, children, serious illness, death, etc. Now we are in that group where big life events are increasingly common. The illusion of an endless life is slipping and the reality of how short of a time we actually get to express our existence actually is, begins to really sink in- not just conceptually. 

So this all happens and you look at your life. If you haven't made life choices that have brought you to a good place, that begins to create discomfort. Then you either change things, or figure out a way to live with them, or live in a state of denial, or find your happiness elsewhere. 

I turned 44 this year and have become more acutely aware of where I am now on the spectrum of life: closer to the end than the beginning- in all likelihood, as far as time goes. But, at the same time, my career is just starting to take off- just now, 18 years after I illustrated my first book. I'm just starting to get into my groove and just starting to find my voice and evolve my style.I finally have the skill set and experience and bravery to leap a bit more and be okay with that. My big idea, entrepreneur, hubby is creating things out in India and that neighborhood. 

A few days go, our son had his last school conference of the 2nd grade. He has come a long way in the last few years. The last conference reminded me of how we have to honor who he is as an individual . He's not us. He's a first generation California kid with a whole different way of being in the world. His world is so much more socially based and connected than was ours. 

I don't think I'm old, by the way. I have good friends in their 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's who are constant inspiration and who remind me that there are endless possibilities to be sure. 

Anyhow- here is a sketch for today. A quick one. 


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26702. Maker Faire 2012... THE BEST!

coolest business card ever

My new set-up! Thanks to Kevin, my mom, and sissy for all the help. I think I lucked out having a sister who does visuals for Banana Republic professionally. Ha!

Hundreds of hangers (wall) & bunches of masking tape (ground)

This year's Maker Faire was a lot of fun. I saw old & new friends & customers, including one who I hadn't seen since my very firs

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26703. Caitlin Richards

Caitlin Richards figure work is spontaneous and beautiful. Here she imagines Erik Satie in a series of 20 illustrations.


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26704. Birds, Birds, Birds

Here are some birds I did from book paper, acrylic and paper. They are a lot of fun and I always enjoy doing them...time to clean off the desk and get busy on something new.

I will have these for sale at White Linen Night in the Heights in August. It's been awhile since Ive attended so I am happy to see all the artists again. 

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26705. "Why the Possum has a Large Grin" Book Trailer at Last!!

I am so delighted to finally work with an author/musician. It made the trailer so fun! Yes, it is clear I watched way to many Warner Brothers cartoons as a kid...

I love this book; I hope people who read it enjoy it as much as I enjoyed illustrating it! (Out in Fall, 2012)

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26706. IF wants to know…

How often do you update your portfolio site?

Leave a comment or answer our poll on the IF Facebook page!


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26707. Afghanistan Is Making Slick Computer Animated Films

Buz-e-Chini is being hailed in the news story above as being the first computer-animated short in Hazaragi, the language of the Hazara people, who are the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. The director, Abbas Ali, was born in Afghanistan, but fled the country when the Taliban took over and studied animation in Pakistan. The film appears to have been produced mostly in Pakistan since the production company is Karachi-based Post Amazers. Also, in the news piece above, the director indicates that he started production on the film while he was still living in Pakistan.

The entire film can be viewed below. It’s an impressive production based on a Hazara folk tale. The film is dedicated to Hussain Ali Yousafi, the voice of the wolf, who was assassinated in 2009. No one said making animated films in Afghanistan would be easy.

(Thanks, @PrinceofRazors)

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26708. The Salesmole

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26709. Books as party favors

When I was getting organized for my daughter's big 1st birthday party last weekend, I searched for a good idea for a party favor. I wanted something that would work across a large age range (0-14yrs), not be annoying to parents, fun for kids, and relatively green. Somewhere on the internet I read about doing a book giveaway box. Aha, the perfect idea!
We had lots of extra books to start with (duplicates or unread in ages) but I filled in by visiting my library's discard rack. Our town library is VERY small so the turnover is quite impressive - I've often found fantastic, new, award-winning, and generally unharmed books here. Children's books are 5 for $1. - wow.
Kids and parents seemed to enjoy it - and the above picture is what was left over (lucky me, right?)
Give this idea a try at your next party for little ones - it sure beats a bag of sugary treats and junky toys. The best part? Putting a book in a kid's hands.

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26710. Madagascar Knock-off From Hell

Not to be confused with Dreamworks’ Madagascar

…actually, the makers of Life’s A Jungle are desperately trying to trick consumers to pick up this low budget travesty. People say the DVD market is dying – if it puts an end to crap like this I’m all for it. And if you think the box art is bad… wait’ll you check out the trailer:

(Thanks, ParamountCartoons)

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26711. Advanced Style

Doesn't this look great? You can check out their website to contribute to get their film made here.

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26712. Robot with a Puppy (!)

Awwwwwwwwww! Here's a look at the May 2012 Robot of the Month.
Prints available here.

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26713. Ruby and the Skateboard page 12

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26714. Segment 001

Painting experiment

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26715. A Toe, a Truck, and a Bike, Or: There's Probably a Message in Here Somewhere

I'm training myself to run - without walking in between - for a full three miles. But I wasn't doing well enough on my own. So a while back, I got an app for my phone that said it would help me do this. Once it downloaded, I laced up my hot-pink-and-black sneaks, plugged in my headphones, started my tunes, fired up the app, and out the door I went.

I ran when it said ran. I walked when it said walk. After a couple of weeks, the walks were shorter, the runs were longer, and things were going well. Then one day, about half-way through the session, it told me to run...

...right as I got to the base of a short-but-steep hill.

Of course.

But run it said, so run I did.

The next morning, Her Highness, My Big Toe rather painfully let me know she had taken entirely too much abuse from that hill. After watching me limp around for a week, my husband C put his own (uninjured) foot down. So I went to see the doctor. X-rays were taken, a referral was made, and then, the verdict was in: I have Turf Toe. 

AKA: Her Highness, My Injured Big Toe. 

Which means: No Running For Me. 

For a while, anyway. 

But now, after three weeks of not being able to do much, the doctor raised my toe's rank to Her Highness, My Injured-But-Healing Big Toe, and said I can try biking - if I take it easy.

So I tried that today. 

And it was anything but.

See, I thought I would try the local park trail, which is less hilly than my neighborhood. But I'd need to drive to get to it. Which meant getting my bike into my truck. Shouldn't be a problem, right? So I unlatched the front half of the truck bed cover, lowered the lift gate, held up the bed extender cage with one arm, lifted up my ancient-and-therefore-heavy mountain bike with the other, and shoved-scooted-squeezed it underneath the cage and into truck bed. All that was left was to lower the cage back down, and then shut the cover. Except that the bike stretched out underneath the cage. So it wouldn't lower. Which meant the cover wouldn't shut.

Fine, I figured. I'll just take out the cage. But to remove the cage, it has to be all the way down. Which meant I would have to take the bike back out. Well. After all it took for me to get that thing in there, taking it back out was just plain NGH (Not Gonna Happen). 

So, several finagles later, I found a way to get the bike wedged in so I could lower the cage. Success!

Until the cover wouldn't close, because the handlebars stuck up too far.

Of course.

By this time, I was sure my struggles had made an entertaining spectacle for the neighbors, and I was tempted to just shut my garage door and call it a day. But, I had put too much effort into it to quit now. So, I left the cover as it was, grabbed some bungee cords and strapped it down as best I could, fired up the truck, and

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26716. New Sketchbook!

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26717. Uh Oh

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26718. Today as you paint or draw or design, you’ll no doubt...

Today as you paint or draw or design, you’ll no doubt enjoy listening to the most recent episode of Radiolab: Colors.

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26719. More Sketchbook Stuff

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Friday, June 1, 5:30 - 7:30pm: Summer Reading Kick-off Event at The Providence Children's Museum.  Hear 10 children’s book authors read their stories aloud, followed by a book sale and signing. Come to the event and find out how the whole family can participate in Rhode Island's 2012 Summer Reading Program! http://www.childrenmuseum.org/calDetail.asp?date=6/1/2012

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26721. Summer Time, Summer Time, Sum Sum Summer Time...

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26722. Dreamworks Animators “Push It”

This year’s intro video to Dreamworks “Animation Day” (a day long acting workshop for their animators) is a hoot. Look closely and you’ll spot several Dreamworks animators (James Baxter, Simon Otto, etc.) and Jeffery Katzenberg as well as some live action reference footage shot for their features. Can you imagine if the Disney staff made films like this in 1952?

(Thanks, Mike Stern)

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26723. More Surtex 2012

I so badly wanted to write a big, three-layer-cake-with-extra-frosting Surtex 2012 post. I'm not even halfway kidding... for one thing, you know I'm capable of it (see this or this), for another, I've been writing it in my head since Tuesday night. But the truth is, I just honestly don't have the time to. I've got too much work to do. And, believe me, I know all too well how to, um,  accidentally spend 3 hours composing a blog post.

So, I've got a few pictures instead.

Above: my 2012 hall-mates, Phil and Kate from Smay Design. So glad I met them this year!

Here are my neighbors (2011 and 2012) Breanne and Jeremy of Brejer. Great neighbors, great peeps, and great art too!

I have a few more pics from neighbors, but I'm waiting on clearance to post them.
So while I'm waiting...

I'll just post more photos of me in my booth ! :D :D

Most (if not all) of these were taken by Stacie of thethreesweetpeas.com. She was working with Emily Taylor of Emily Taylor Design, across from me. They are both so sweet and were so kind and helpful- great neighbors (I've been lucky!) and their booth looked great.

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26724. Hootenanny

It's funny how one word will draw itself in my head.....you also see it at StagiWorks

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26725. Ruby and the Skateboard page 12

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