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61651. Star Gazing banjo pig...

As I was watching my son the other day I decided to try my hand at some banjo pigs-
aka Guy and Stacy...



When pigs fly, they will play banjos....

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61652. They are!

They are!

Desenho (Rafa Zahonero)

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Once upon a time we lived near a hill that gave us a wonderful view of the night sky.  We had only to walk out the door and a few steps then up the hillside.  With our telescope we could spend hours searching the night sky for our favorite constellations.  The most brilliant stars would take our breath away. Even in the colder winter months we were drawn to that hillside.

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61654. Scott Dikkers Launches Animation Website

Scott Dikkers

Scott Dikkers, who helped found The Onion and was its longest-serving editor-in-chief, also happens to be a cartoonist, and he’s launched a new Brooklyn-based animation company Dikkers Animation company. The company website offers three shorts—Tycoon Tykes, Ape Trouble and Bright Lights Big Steam. The hand-drawn cartoons are refreshingly simple family-oriented cartoons with nice little messages worked into each one. They’re paced a bit slow for my taste, but I imagine they’d do well with a younger audience. And isn’t it a refreshing change of pace to see a new animation company promote itself with storytelling-oriented pieces instead of visual prowess?

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61655. boo!

Well, this is what I am currently working on... although it doesn't quite look like this and I've blurred the title on purpose...

I keep thinking how no one ever really realizes how much work is actually put into things... I'm sure. Even the pen that we use to jot down a note someone designed, promoted, created, and distributed... it's crazy! But I'm sure as people pick up books, they forget that there are a million hours and hands that go into it even being there to hold. :) Kind of amazing, eh?

Well, I am one of those pairs of hands and I am busy painting away!
I really can't wait to be finished, one for my poor publisher's sake(who is waiting very patiently), and also so I can get going on the next thing that is also pending at the moment... eek!

I also have a slew of personal paintings I'd like to do along with developing them into some promotional material...
then there's the apartment thing.

I think I repeat myself... a lot. Sheesh.


My sister Mei has been hand-sewing these little dolls, too! And may just end up selling them. So next time, I'll have to photo them and put them up.

Bleeeeehhhhhh.... ok! Enough, time to work... :D

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61656. The Three Bully Goats

I just finished my 5th book with Albert Whitman - "The Three Bully Goats". It's a fractured fairy tale based on the three billy goats gruff story. This is my first all digital picture book and wow was it fun. I learned a lot about photoshop while I was working on these images.

Albert Whitman asked me to write a little about my experience for their blog - here's the link if you want to check it out: Albert Whitman

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61657. What SpongeBob and Dora smell like

Spongebob and Dora perfumes

Companies like Viacom and Warner Bros. are notoriously unpicky about how they license their characters, but using preschool cartoon characters to unload perfume onto children sinks pretty low. What is the smell that appropriately evokes a four-year-old Hispanic girl? Or an undersea sponge for that matter? When I scratched the SpongeBob sample at the drugstore checkout counter, I half expected the briny scent of the ocean and seaweed. Alas, the people who made these weren’t that thoughtful; all of them had a generic synthetic smell that evoked nothing. My floor wipes have a more sophisticated scent than these sorry excuses for children’s merchandise.

Kids scents

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61658. new camille ilo

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61659. Great site...

While looking on Illustration Friday, I found a great site that many of you may be interested in called We Love to Illustrate

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61660. Below the Surface

Started the Brooklyn Library project today on the theme of "Below the surface". As a kid I believed there was a naked giant buried under our house.
Pen and ink with watercolour. 16cm x 8cm. Click to enlarge.

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61661. Which idea is the right one?

Ideas are cheap. My father used to say if he had a dime for every idea he’s had, well… you get the picture. And therein lies the problem.

The ideas themselves are worth very little or nothing. The idea markets in our brains are saturated. We couldn’t give them away unless we pair them with a $25 Starbucks card.

©2010 Sparky Firepants Images

Chances are, you were on Twitter or reading someone else’s blog before you came here (and thanks for coming, by the way). In that time online, you probably generated a handful of ideas about everything from creating a membership site to improving your vacuum cleaner.

It’s not that the ideas are inherently bad. It’s just that they may not be the right ideas for the people you’re trying to help. I’ll give you an example from my own idea street fair. Grab an elephant ear and consider:

Havi makes a monster coloring book. This is an awesome idea. Her people love it. They find it useful.

The way my mind works, I see monster coloring book and immediately think, “Wow. How cool would that be? I could create a coloring book. I am an artist, after all. People would buy a coloring book –”

Wait. Stop. Let’s view the instant replay.

“Wow. How cool would that be? I could create a coloring book.”<— BAM! Right there. Look at that.


Aside from the fact that I refuse to repurpose someone else’s thing to line my PayPal account with cash, the million-dollar idea question is will I actually be helping my clients with a coloring book?

As it turns out, no.

Even if your ideas are 100% handmade originals, that question is the most important one you could ask. Will you actually be helping people with your idea or is it just a fun distraction?

That’s they key. Separating the distraction from the useful.

Did I just drop a stink bomb in the middle of your idea market? Do I make idea generation sound like preparing your taxes? Maybe I did. I’m okay with that.

There’s not only nothing wrong with generating hatfuls of ideas and juggling them around, it’s actually necessary to our growth as human beings. Hey, I’m doing it now while writing this post. At some point we’re going to want to pick one of those ideas and actually do something with it. What’s your hurry, Murray? Sit down for a few minutes and take a long look at this idea. Ask that magical question I repeated twice already.

It may turn out that you decide to chuck the idea. That’s okay – as long as you’re not chucking it because you think you can’t. This isn’t about can or can’t, this is about should.

I’m challenging myself to chuck more ideas than I work on. It’s not easy. If I had a dime for every idea I’ve chucked…

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"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
                                     ---  Lady Bird Johnson

See more of my artwork at Pro Artz.

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61663. a joke from JPiC

One of my favorite jokes...
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61664. Ruth McNally Barshaw's online sketchbooks

Ruth McNally Barshaw is a children's writer and illustrator. She's the creator of the Ellie McDoodle book series. Ruth has compiled a treasure trove of her sketch-diaries of both past experiences and SCBWI conferences she has attended. To peruse them, click here . They are definitely worth the read.

> Ruth's blog, Ellie McDoodle

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61665. Sketches from outer space!

Workin' on some stuff for Storybird.

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61666. My Cover Art Used On A Scooby Comic In Russia!

A Scooby collector named Jim emailed me recently and told me that he saw one of the covers I did for Scooby-Doo was used on a Russian Scooby comic! Wow! I'm global! Thought I'd post this as it's neat to see how Scooby is written in Russian. The cover was originally used here in America on Scooby-Doo #132.

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61667. Illustration Friday: Star Gazing

A quick illustration for IF this week. Let me know what you think! :o)

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61668. Best Friend

Best friend is the person who saved you from enemy.
Please visit my personal illustrated blog: House of Coffeebean
And my recent character designs at Threadless: Mrcoffeebean

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61669. Singing in the rain!

Just like the weather we've been having recently...this little guy is loving splashing in all the puddles!

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61670. Daily Sketch 08-16-2010

I’ve decided to do warm-up sketches and try to post it every day. I just needed to do something to loosen my hand and brain up before I started working. My rule is just to do anything and post it, whether it’s good or bad. Another rule is to not spend more than 15 minutes on the sketches.

So here is today’s sketch done in Photoshop:

Daily Sketch

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61671. Illustration Friday - Star Gazing

He would be star gazing if he was awake:)

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61672. August Break: August 16th

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61673. It's hard to get a date when you're a Troll

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61674. College buds

This is part of a  pitch I'm working on about a group of best friends in College.

Zee Risek Art Blog

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Ian Sands Portfolio

A portfolio of some of my recent projects. For more info and more projects, please stop by the Zonkey Street site...

Vintage 21 exhibit. The Yeti is over 6 feet tall. This was a great show with all but one piece selling.

Art On The Move. Growing up in Yonkers, I always rode the bus. Having my critters on the side of one was really cool!

United Arts provided a grant for the completion of this billboard which sits on i40 in Duplin County. It's all about promoting the arts!

This is a commissioned piece based on an original piece that was in the first Moosifesto show!

This piece was a prototype for an idea i had called the Float Parade. The concept will be to float pieces of art across a water way.

For Ice Eggs, we froze over 25 food coloring filled water balloons and create nest out of sand and seaweed.

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