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26701. Happy Throwback Friday!

Nothing like early morning vectoring on a Friday! And to celebrate tomorrow's concert of a lifetime (alkdjfalksdfjliesr!!!!ladjf), have a listen :)

It would be pretty amazing if Raphael Saadiq & the crew wore the same throwback outfits on the SAME THROWBACK STAGE. Whaaaaaaaat.

btw, hand gestures like whoa in this video!

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26702. Car Dealership

I brought my car to the dealership for a service checkup. The service guy told me it would take about 45 minutes. 

He pointed me to a waiting room, which had a coffee machine, some magazines, and a TV set. But I was tired of hearing about Romney and Obama. So I headed onto the sales floor. I found an empty chair next to the snack machine. I laid out my watercolor gear on a desk and got to work.

The hazy daylight streamed in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Clusters of red, white, and blue balloons hung from the ceiling. A silver sports car sat in the middle of the room, its silver paint mirroring bright highlights from the windows.

The sales people seemed transfixed by their computers. One guy played digital solitaire. They took no notice of me. When I was finished with the painting, I showed it to them. They took photos of it with their cellphones to put on their Facebook pages. 
Related post: Mud Puddle  

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26703. Atha Brew's Tribe

Here's a book that won't get done any time soon. I'm not sure why I started it. I just really wanted to and I think it's good but boy, I do not have time with al the other projects I'm doing.

In any case I thought I'd share this page with you, though it may never go anywhere. 

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26704. Illustration Friday Topic, 6/22/12 – “Space”

This week’s topic is “Space” suggested by Linzie Hunter (http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/).

“For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” ~ Lao Tzu

Happy drawing!


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26705. under the bridges of Paris

Well, it seems that, this week my blog will be dedicated to lovely ladies all things Dr. Sketchy. I have so many sketches to post. I never usually come home from the Dr. Sketchy events with more than a couple of 'blog worthy' drawings but this time I've got a good handful (!).

The sketches on the blue lined paper are from my 'warm up' notebook. It's where I limber up my sketching hand. Life drawing is all new to me so I need a space to do that. For each pose I will do a quick sketch in the warm up book. Then if I like the pose and the composition and feel it will make a good drawing I resketch it (from life) in my Moleskine. Then when I get home I play around with the Moleskine sketches. Pimp them up, if you like.

So that's what you have here; above, the warm up sketch and below the Moleskine version of the lovely Miss Pixie Parfait.

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26706. Illustration Friday Topic, 6/22/12 – “Space”

This week’s topic is “Space” suggested by Linzie Hunter (http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/).

“For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” ~ Lao Tzu

Happy drawing!



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26707. MUSCI VIDEO FRIDAY—Beirut ( The Rip Tide )

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26708. in cyber space...we can hear little discarded planets scream.

-there ARE underwear gnomes! (I'M SURE! WHERE DO THEY GO, THEN? underwear don't have LIMBS, you know.)-there IS a lost city under the sea - but i don't think it's called atlantis. maybe, fishburg.- there WAS a BRONTOSAURUS - how could we make BRONTO BURGERS w/o EM, HUH?and...PLUTO IS SO TOO A PLANET. >:-|i'm never gonna go for that "it's too small...it's just a dinky little planetoid...not

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26709. comics big-top of awesome: the lineup!

What's happening in the COMICS BIG-TOP OF AWESOME ON Saturday, 30 June? Here's the schedule! It made change a little bit, but you get the picture.

Noon - COMICS BIG-TOP OF AWESOME opens! Review sessions between you and the creators for your portfolio / sketchbook / newly-made-comic will run throughout the day. (Tip: Get there early if you want to avoid the queues!)
1:00 - COMICS CONSEQUENCES! Watch the pros create weird and wonderful characters together
1:30 - David O'Connell - live drawing tutorial
2:00 - Sarah McIntyre - live drawing tutorial
2:15 - Zoom Rockman - live drawing tutorial
2:30 - COMICS MONSTER DRAW-OFF! Who can draw the scariest monster? The best-dressed monster? A monster dentist? Monster wedding? Help the pros decide what they're going to draw!
3:00 - Neill Cameron - live drawing tutorial
3:30 - Jamie Smart - live drawing tutorial
4:00 - Nana Li - live drawing tutorial
4:30 - Gary Northfield - live drawing tutorial
5:00 - COMICS BATTLE! Watch the pros pit their characters against each other for the Final Showdown.
5:30 - Jamie Littler - live drawing tutorial
6:00 - Closing time
(But come back tomorrow for other awesome Pop Up Festival events!)

So I hear you asking, who are all these comics creators we're going to hang out with on Saturday, 30 June? And what comics and books have they made? Can I buy copies of their books and get them to sign and draw in them? Well, here's our line-up, and yes! The Guardian bookshop will be selling these fine books throughout the day. You'll notice a certain theme going here, many of them write and draw for The Phoenix Comic. The Phoenix Comic is probably the best thing happening in comics for kids (say, ages 8+) that's happening in Britain right now, and needs your support to keep it going strong. Do think about subscribing (which you can do here)! (They're not paying me to say this, I honestly think The Phoenix Comic is Awesome.)

Gary Northfield

Nana Li

Jamie Smart

Neill Cameron

Jamie Littler

David O'Connell (who's been awesome in helping me organise this event)

Sarah McIntyre (that's me!)

And we have a new guest in the lineup, Zoom Rockman!

I wanted to get Zoom on board because

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26710. Poetry Friday: The Elder Project

I was recently at the League of Canadian Poets annual conference held in Saskatoon.  There I met poetic entrepreneur extraordinaire, Wendy Morton.  Morton is widely known in Canada for her Random Acts of Poetry work which she started almost a decade ago.  “Poetry is the shortest distance between hearts,” believes Morton, and indeed her current work involving children interviewing their elders certainly proves that point.

The Elder Project, as it is called, had First Nations children in B.C. interview their elders, record their stories in short pithy lines of free verse, and then have their poems published in a booklet.  Both children and elder benefited greatly from the interchange.  In Xe’Xe (Cowichan Valley School District #79 and Wendy Morton, 2012,) it’s striking how such simple and direct lines such as “I went to Kuper Island/and Mission City residential schools/I was homesick and lonely./I cried myself to sleep.” can affect the reader.  Some of the descriptions of the food and conditions the Elders experienced were also revealing.  “I was born in the berry trails.” says one Elder.  “We ate fish, deer meat, soup,/fried and baked bread./We played in our canoe.” said another.

Morton, in partnership with First Nations educators, has conducted this project with several groups of children and so far, five books have been put together.  The books are published locally and distributed amongst the students and families involved in the project.   A B.C. credit union assisted in financing the publication of the books.  The Elder Project is indeed a unique initiative and Morton is enthusiastic about it.   As she says in a recent Tyee article about the project, “I’ve got a lot of books, so I don’t care about having a book anymore. All I want to do is do this.  I want to use my skills as a poet to get these stories into the world, and to give these kids a sense of self and elders a sense of pride, I just want that more than anything.”

Poetry Friday this week is hosted by Amy at the Poem Farm.

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26711. Illustration Friday: “Space”

Sometimes we just need a little space to ourselves. : )

The original version of this was not cropped. What do you think? Do you like this better..? Just curious. I couldn’t make up my mind.

Thanks for stopping by! Click here to see other submissions to Illustration Friday.


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26712. Jesse Ragan

Type designer extraordinaire, Jesse Ragan, released the latest iteration of his website this past week. Chock full of new and meticulously designed work, Jesse’s type design gets more interesting with each project. His projects range from the current typeface of V Magazine, to the logotype for Glade, to working closely with Hoefler-Frere Jones on major typefaces like Gotham and Archer. Jesse, a self proclaimed designer of serious typefaces, is sure to continue to awe and inspire aspiring (and current!) type designers.


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26713. Meeting my Publisher

I got up bright and early to catch the 7.30 train to London on Tuesday morning, to meet my brand new contacts at Egmont (publishers of A Lark in the ArkBaby Goes Baaaaa! and Baby Can Bounce!). 

They've had a big change-round over the last few weeks. By coincidence, both the editor of picture books and the pre-school editor left within a couple of weeks of one another, so Egmont took the opportunity to have a rethink. Instead of 2 parallel editors, managing different titles, they've rolled the 2 lists into one under the control of a new Editorial Manager, who works to assist an equally new Publishing Director.

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I can't quite believe it's already the third week of June! I'm loving the long daylight and the fact that the local drive-in theatre is now open every night---a sure sign of summer and that school is officially out! Even though it's been forever since I had a summer vacation as a student, the thrill of remembering that beautiful feeling of unlimited potential at the start of every break will never fail to make me love my childhood all over again. As an adult, I'm trying to recapture that same exhilaration. I may not be a kid on vacation, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy all that summer has to offer (ice cream! daylight! frozen lemonade! reading time! the great outdoors! adventures! time to do whatever I want!) and find ways to harness that same feeling of tremendous potential in my creative life. Maybe this will finally be the summer I do everything I want to do--maybe I'll even finally start writing something again...

Having wrapped up my most recent illustration project at the beginning of the month, I've been pretty good at keeping busy during my abundance of free time. Between doodling, visiting with my sister and the new baby, working on various website updates, and assisting with a few extra-curricular design projects, I find myself going to bed each night wishing for longer days because I'm feeling so good about life that I don't want to go to sleep! I think this might be the happiest I've been in a while. Undoubtedly one of the key factors I've discovered is having things to look forward to. Whether it's on a per-hour basis (i.e. I want to read this afternoon)"or on a per-day basis (i.e, "today I want to make a doodle") or on a long-term basis (i.e."I'm going to do two more craft shows in the Fall"), setting attainable goals is essential in feeling hopeful and happy about life.

Working at the theatre Mondays & Tuesdays is great exercise for my design muscles, and I can feel it benefitting my personal design work at home. Doodling and maintaining the professional side of my little business feels great, too. And illustrating here and there as projects come along is what I've always wanted. Having so many outlets is really keeping me engaged and stimulated. It keeps the guilty feelings of non-productivity away which FEELS AWESOME. 

I started my nightly walks around the neighborhood (I go for 1 or 2 miles, starting at 11:30pm---the best time to walk!) and hope to get one in every night of the summer, weather depending. I find them extremely relaxing---usually I'm listening to a Harry Potter video game soundtrack which gets my imagination going. Last night I even had some ideas for how I may be able to actually make something out of my all-but completely discarded and forgotten picture book manuscript I wrote while at RISD. 
Mental think time = extremely important!

I don't know quite what the summer has in store, but I sure hope it's continued productivity.

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26715. It’s Fairy Online School Friday

Wrapping up one session of Fairy Online School Friday to start another on Friday, July 6th.

This week’s tip and excerpt  is from Talking to Angels, Guides and Dead People class on Discernment:

Featured homework

from Fairy Online School Student, Clairvoyant Fairy Detective class, Ginger McDevitt

pretty, huh?

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26716. IF: space

A super-fast post this week as for the first time ever, the Illustration Friday word matches perfectly with something I'm currently working on!

Happy illustrating everyone!

And thank you for all the lovely comments last week : )

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26717. Vacation posting 5

part of the same commission work as the owls

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26718. Charcter Design Warmup Exercise

On Tuesday, I posted a new warm up exercise that I did.  I wanted to use a photo of fluffy clouds but I couldn't find one.  So I used this photo of a sandy beach. 

These are the characters that I found in the photo...

And when I rotated it, I found this guy...

 And this weird yeti alien thing...

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26719. The Chimerist: Looking at art on the iPad

The Chimerist: Looking at art on the iPad:

The Chimerist takes a look at iPad apps for looking at art.


Sometimes, when people ask me how useful my iPad is (meaning: compared to a laptop), I’m at a bit of a loss. How do you measure the utility of taking a ten-minute break to dip into Fotopedia’s spread on the Alhambra or to glance at the Guardian’s photo of the day? Hours of reading and writing…

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26720. peira: Felix Vallotton:  First Rays (1921) via The...


Felix Vallotton:  First Rays (1921) via The Athenaeum

Stunning colours! I actually gasped when I saw this one. Wow…

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26721. Pendants

Here are some pendants I've been working on. They are very small (20mm) but very colorful and fun. It was quite a bit of trial and error to get these to come out but I'm pretty happy with them. The necklaces that these will be on are really cool beans!

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26722. Cartoon Dump!

Has it really been five years since Cartoon Dump started its unholy life as a live show in Los Angeles? Our 5th Anniversary is either this month or next month, or maybe August (we’re too depressed to remember for sure), so we’re kicking off our summer-long celebration with a sensational lineup of hilarious talent and a craptational lineup of awful cartoons.

Join us next Monday with our Special Guest Stars: Maria Bamford, Emo Philips, Melissa Villasenor, Ron Lynch, April Hava Shenkman, Hannah Gansen and maybe a few surprises – along with our usual cast of neurotics: Frank Conniff as Moodsy, the Clinically Depressed Owl, Erica Doering as Compost Brite, J. Elvis Weinstein as Dumpster Diver Dan, Kristin Arrigo as Cue Card Goddess and yours truly as “Jerry Beck”.

Showtime is 8pm on Monday June 25th at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood (4773 Hollywood Blvd; two blocks west of Vermont), and tickets can be purchased at the door or online here. Join our FaceBook Event page for more information and updates.

(Drawing above by Thom Foolery)

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26723. Pincel de Zorro

Now THIS Is a book trailer!

Pincel de Zorro (English) from Hug Codinach on Vimeo.

Chill bumps I say!

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26724. Waiting

Crayon on IHOP silverware envelopes, 3" x 10"
(The green shape behind the last elephant is a zebra added by Eliza)

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26725. Illustration Friday Topic, 6/22/12 – “Space”

This week’s topic is “Space” suggested by Linzie Hunter (http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/).

“For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” ~ Lao Tzu

Happy drawing!


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