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I feel like it's been a while since I've done art just for fun. So I'm spending some time each day to do neat pictures of neat things all while playing with color and techniques. I'm also going to kill two birds with one stone...I'm going to use this experimentation time to knock out the flood of birthdays that there are in the next couple months. So here was a card for someone who likes music! Thank you for visiting :)

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73727. Love at first sight

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73728. Birds of CAW show

Myself, my art, and the works of many of my fellow CAW (Creative Arts of Women) members will be at our Birds of C.A.W. exhibition opening this Saturday, June 19th. My 'Canary Chimes In' piece from my previous post will be on display for sale.

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73729. Invasion of the Desktop Gremlins: The Paper Sculptures of David Landis

Contributed by David Landis

My name is David Landis, president and manager of Landis Productions in Richmond, Virginia. I started Landis Productions 15 years ago to provide expert creative solutions to clients in a graphic design "studio" format for local, national and international clients. I do a little bit of everything ranging from magazine layout, corporate branding and packaging solutions to web page, multimedia and product design.

Recently, I've been doing more and more illustration work in the form of character concepts, children's book illustrations and advertising cartoons. But where are these new projects coming from? And why, after 15 years of working in this field are these new opportunities suddenly popping up on my job list?

Because of the mischievous Desktop Gremlins, of course.

What are Desktop Gremlins? Well, back in 2008, I dreamed up a web site to enable me to interact with my clients and friends in a fun way. I loved the idea of using the internet to form community around art and creativity. It also allowed me the chance to further explore design and illustration for the pure joy of the process. With these hopes in mind, I launched desktopgremlins.com and a companion Facebook page so visitors could download and build paper craft toys of my original character illustrations - zany and fantastic creatures of fantasy called Desktop Gremlins.

I've been making paper craft ever since I was a young boy. I loved making paper craft vehicles for my action figures (sure was cheaper than buying the plastic versions!) In fact, I created my largest project when I was about 12 years old - a 6 foot long cardboard snow speeder that a friend and I could sit inside back-to-back! It was magical to create paper toys back then and I carried this love to adulthood.

Face it, we live in a digital world, but I really like the idea of shifting gears and doing something organic once and a while. Desktop Gremlins are my outlet to empower people to do this by printing and building ultra-cool paper toys.

What I love about illustrating for paper craft is that it combines so many of my creative interests. Of course, illustration is vital. But along the way, I get to explore many additional creative processes. I love thinking in terms of 3-d space - watching how an illustration changes when you look at it from different angles or the unique shadows that are created when the shape is under lights. Creative writing and story telling is also a huge part of the process - breathing life into the characters.

I created three distinct rules for myself to help me focus on wha

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73730. Cartoon Caption Contest

No prizes, sorry. This is just for fun. :-)

Shorter link: http://bit.ly/aUJBAZ

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73731. Concursos de ilustración 2010

Me han llegado algunas convocatorias relacionadas con la ilustración, aquí que las paso, para los que no les han llegado:

XIV Concurso de Álbum Ilustrado A la orilla del viento, 2010

Invenciones 2010 - Segundo Concurso Internacional de Libro-Álbum Ilustrado y Narrativa para Niños y Jóvenes

Primer Catálogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración

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73732. Where Bloggers Create II — My studio

Welcome! For those of you who are visiting for the first time, let me introduce myself. I am a published children's illustrator living in Northern California and I'm currently building a licensing business.

I also create Semi Custom Collage portraits which you can order from here.

Considering all the procrastination associated with this post, it's a miracle that I got it up. Whew! Of course, I used a lot of smoke and mirrors to get it done. I have yet to actually sew up the closet curtains or the window treatment. They're so wildly colorful, that even I have been hesitant to commit. I hung the fabric up just to think about it. The window one is completely done in Photoshop. much quicker than sewing. I love that Laura Gunn fabric!

In the interest of full disclosure, my studio never looks this clean. I'm an "out of site, out of mind" kind of person, so I always have a lot of stuff out. So far, I only paint at this drawing board. I sketch and paint/color over at my desk.

My husband was against taking these shelves from the old house, but I love them so much I couldn't leave them. Not to mention that I was in no mood to shop for, cut, and paint another set. Those elephants used to hang in my sister's crib. They are so 70s!

On the top shelf you can see a popcorn can I got a long time ago as a gift. It's illustrated by my all time favorite illustrator, Viv Eisner. I just love that my red wall is an exact match. I had no idea when I chose the color!

Toot & Puddle have a place of honor here. Don't you just love their monogramed pjs?

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73733. Mystery Planet Hairy Beast III

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73734. Dad.

My Dad taught me to fish like no one's business so don't ask me to teach you because it is none of your business.

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73735. Blog Highlight: Ink Gleanings

The subtitle of Ink Gleanings is "Harvesting Tips For The Writer's Life." In each post, Katie writes about what she's reading, writing, and a thought about the writing process. You can also find Katie on Twitter at @katiereads.

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73736. Star Wars ESB Cards #3

You can't tell from the scans, but all light saber hilts are metallic silver pen and all light saber blades are glitter!  Yes you heard me "GLITTER" now I know you all want these cards!  Oh and I even used white gel pen to make the snow all fluffy and white.   


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73737. Samples: Chirp! “Playing Around” Spread

Taking a little break from the fun of cartooning, I wanted to post a sample of a magazine spread I did recently that arrived in the mail this week. Chirp magazine is put out by the Canada-based OwlKids. They are a great client to work for and I’ve enjoyed all the projects they’ve contracted me [...]

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73738. ZPFfffft!!!

Scion’s LA gallery is opening a group exhibition featuring classic and new works by Gary Panter, Bob Zoell and Devin Flynn. An opening reception for “ZPFfffft!!!” is Saturday night (June 19th) from 7 to 10 p.m.

Gary Panter was a featured artist in the touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics, and is well known for his Emmy Award winning set designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse; Devin Flynn has exhibited at Deitch Projects and created the Adult Swim web series Y’all So Stupid; and Bob Zoell is a pioneer of Los Angeles street art, and is a regular contributor of cover art to The New Yorker.

Scion Installation Space, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking and an open bar. All artists will be present and the exhibit will run until July 10.

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73739. Sunbathing Fae

Elena likes to feel the warmth of the sun on her skin and the cool breeze playing with her hair and wings. Another ACEO. =)

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73741. Davone Ray Speakers

davone ray speakers

If you have $6000 just laying around you can pick yourself up a pair of these Davone Ray speakers. While your at it, pick me up a pair too (Hey, with $6000 on hand, you’re probably not worried about your cash flow). I have to admit, i’m a sucker for anything with a walnut veneer and this thing looks like an Eames chair with a woofer stuffed inside. I don’t know much about the high end audio market, but I hope for $6000 you’re getting more than something pretty to look at.

(via Herman Miller / via Unplggd / via Boing Boing)


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73742. A Stroll at Dusk

on a mission tryin' to find some laker-celtic tv

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73743. be sure to wear flowers in your hair.

and jennie and mark titlebaum DO wear flowers in their hair again, find their old dusty love beads...dance under the first summer moons to the mamas and the papas, and fall in love all over again. remembering everything like it was yesterday.except, maybe this time, mark forgot something. kinnnnd of important in 2010, but maybe not so much in 1968. just a quicky sketch - off for a well-deserved

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73744. Banjo Pig 13

Big news in the Banjo Pig world. There have been lots of banjo-playing pigs created (and counting!) and it has become difficult to keep track of them all.
So, we created a blog for people to go and see all the wonderful work in one place.

We're still tinkering with it, but here's the link:

And to add to it, here is my contribution for today.

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73745. Alice, final drawing 4/14

Note : I am posting the progression of these Alice pieces, start to finish. This stage is the final drawing.

Man, I like this one but the dodo's eye unsettles me. Birds eyes do anyway but this one feels especially creepy. And fish. I don't like seeing fish eyes.

"The Thimble"

Next post, Monday : "The Puppy and the Thistle"

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73746. day 171: feathered boa

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73747. Cathy June

Cathy June

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73748. Illustration Friday - Paisley

Cora in her paisley dress from my award-winning picture book, Cora Cooks Pancit. In a week I'll receive the APALA picture book award for this book at the ALA conference in Washington DC!

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thanks to Nate Williams

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73750. Mental Illness vs. psychic ability

Do you know the difference?

I felt this piece of info was important to share when it comes to psychic ability.

After parenting an adopted child for five years who had tons of both, I slowly learned what was the difference, and that mental illness did not look how I thought it would. I always thought illness would be very obvious–a bit like what we see on television–the bag lady or the man in the white strait jacket. What we thought was charming quirkiness in “J” early on, was clear-cut signs of mental illness that everyone poo-poo’ed away (many for their own agendas). Once adolescence kicked in, we had full-blown “lots of things”. And honey, that was not ADHD.

There is hearing voices of Guides/Angels or spirits in the room, and then there is hearing voices of your other personalities, split off parts, or out-and-out schizophrenia. A good indicator these are not Guides? The voices aren’t helpful. These voices may even try to get a rise out of you to get you upset (this could even be earthbound spirits. They like to do that).  Guides/Angels are always loving and when you hear their guidance you feel a sense of rightness and an inner knowing. They are much like a good psychic reading. You don’t have a reading and hear “you are going to die!”  The psychic will tell you that you need to be more careful when you drive. Guides/Angels will never say nasty things about other people or tell you to hurt them in any way. Their drive is to help you have understanding and compassion for others. (The exception is a departed relative visiting who might give advice. Usually, you can identify the voice and how they always acted when they were alive.)

“J” would talk to voices in her room often and claim they were Guides, but I saw and felt nothing, except, I would have the beginning of a migraine when I entered. (Keep in mind though, earthbounds are attracted to high energy emotional states. I think she did have a few entities attached on top of everything else. Henceforth, my headaches).

Folks with personality disorders are really hard to peg as mentally ill. That’s the tough part. Borderlines (called RAD when they are young) will take your life onto a rollercoaster with one moment idolizing you when you do what they want, and the next despising you for not complying. They are also masters of triangulation pitting one person against another just for the drama of it, because chaos feels safe. On the surface, they are as charming as can be, and always who they think you want them to be. But without treatment or help, their lives are a continuous, bad amusement park ride and you don’t need to join them, or risk developing your own mental illnesses.

When I first came to the Sedona area, one of the first things I did was readings at a healing fair. My first customer was a schizophrenic who wanted to know about the implants attached to his head controlled by the government. I did give him the benefit of the doubt after watching years of X-files, but his wife later confirmed he had mental illness. There was also a girl who claimed she was a reincarnated Jesus (lots of those). What scares me is many folks like this need medication or psychological help and not a psychic reading. Sedona is notorious for attracting all kinds of people who want healing. I got an instant education what to look out for.

If you do hear voices that are not helpful, find your moods seriously erratic, go get some help. Get educated. Our bodies and minds are so complicated. Sometimes it’s just a hormone imbalance! We all have the ability to go a little off kilter in the most stressful times. (I’ve got a bit of OCD inherited from my grandmother. Thanks Nanny!)

And if you have more of a psychic intruder bothering you? Being a sensitive/psychic you could open some doors you don’t need to open to outside unhelpful energies attracted to your bright light. Learn clearing exercises and find someone who sp

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