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73726. Dr Noise


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73727. Cat And Mouse And Something Else

A Moleskine thing from a collaboration with author Jeff Vandermeer.

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73728. ISO50 Interview

Scott Hansen ISO50

For this exciting addition to the Grain Edit interview series, we kept it local — seeking out one of San Francisco’s finest, Scott Hansen, aka ISO50. My first acquaintance with Scott came in the spring of 2005. The pre-Grain Edit crew had headed up to a lecture in Sacramento featuring Scott discussing his work and process.

I love the work of ISO50 just as much now as I did way back in ‘05. It has a great historical reference, while still remaining contemporary. Scott does a nice job of combining clean, graphic forms alongside texture and pattern.

In this interview Scott talks about his entrance into graphic design, his creative process, his interest and involvement in music and photography, and, among many other things, his top 5 favorite albums.

So, pull up a chair in one of your favorite Dolores Park cafes (or imagine yourself there), and take look:

Scott Hansen ISO50

How did you first become interested in graphic design?

I am not sure that I understood what graphic design was at the time, but looking back I think I was practicing it early on. I used to create ID badges, official documents, and various other materials when I was very young. Using a typewriter, my dad’s civil engineering stamp sets, and pen / ink I would make fake credentials for me and my brothers to use when we were playing around. By the time I realized what graphic design was I was using Photoshop to lay out an underground zine in college.

Scott Hansen ISO50

Scott Hansen ISO50

What was your first design job?

Designing newspaper ads for a web hosting company while fielding technical support calls with the other hand…Absolute misery but a great lesson in what I didn’t want to do with my life.

Who / what are some of your biggest influences?

Modernism, Otl Aicher, Bauhaus, et. al. all inform my work but I think the main thing driving me is the collective visual ideal and aesthetic of my parent’s generation. The kind of faded backdrop for everything I perceived the 60’s and 70’s to be when I was growing up in the 80’s.

Scott Hansen ISO50

What current designers do you admire?
That’s a long list. I wish I could say I was more knowledgeable, I see things I really enjoy all the time but rarely know who designed them. Steven Harrington and Si Scott are doing beautiful things, there are a lot
more I wish I could mention but the names escape me at the moment.

Scott Hansen ISO50

Scott Hansen ISO50

What is a typical day like for you?

Late start, food, long bike ride, food, coffee, design, music, coffee, design, food/bar, music, late end.

Scott Hansen ISO50

If you had to recommend 2 books to another designer what would they be?

You got me there, I don’t read as much as I should and tend to stick to non-fiction. But if I must: Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and T.A. Heppenheimer’s “Man Made Sun” are my two all-time favorites.

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73729. I *Heart* Books With Maps

Hello there, blog, it's been a while! Remember that Cool New Map Project I started working on back in June? As I was catching up on blog reading this weekend, I happened across Macmillan's Spring 2010 Librarian Preview over at Fuse #8, where I scrolled down to see this stunning cover:

Yay! It's the new Kimberly Willis Holt novel, due out in May of 2010.

And here's the map I did for the endpapers:

(Click to see a larger version.)

I can't wait to see the actual book.

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73730. Change Blindness

Here's proof that most of the time we look but don't see.

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73731. Call to a New Year’s Resolution… more books by writers of color

As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of the next, we tend to face two directions, reflecting on events past and looking forward to the future. The Roman god Janus comes to mind! In the past few months discussion about ethnic diversity in books has come to the fore, with a certain amount of scrutiny of the publishing world and what could be done to ensure that more books are made available by writers of color. If you haven’t already done so, take some time to read Laura Atkins’ paper on “white privilege in children’s publishing” from this summer’s IRSCL conference, as well as the many in-depth comments attached to it. It may have been written three months ago but these are issues that are not going to go away – yet!

Some writers have blogged about it more recently – Zetta Elliott (who also followed up on her post with an insightful interview of Laura, entitled From the Other Side: An Editor Speaks Out!) and Neesha Meminger have both contributed to what will no doubt be an on-going discussion. Uma Krishnaswami also commented on this (since withdrawn…) blogpost and these words really resonated with me:

there are some of us now who are trying to write beyond the boxes, beyond the simple classifications or the books that are *about* culture or race. In this time of economic stress it’s even more important to make sure we don’t slide back to old insularities!

I think we all need to make a New Year’s resolution that we won’t allow these issues to be conveniently side-tracked. On a recent visit to San Francisco I came away laden from several independent and second-hand bookshops with books that I have got to know through PaperTigers – but I found it very unsettling to say the least that in the large children’s section of an enormous chain bookshop I also visited, I could only find two books – two books!!! So there are not just issues of publishing to be contended with, but also marketing and distribution. And in these times of “economic stress” , we take our hats off to those publishers who are producing a consistently wonderful array of multicultural titles. We do need to keep the voices for diversity heard, written by a diversity of voices, which includes more writers of colour; and we need to ensure that readers from all backgrounds have access to a diverse range of reading material – because that is the only way that kids will be able to fit their own stitches into the vast multicultural tapestry of life.

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73732. Holiday Greetings

And New Book from R. O. Blechman: Dear James: Letters to a Young Illustrator

Thank You to Kerry Meyer

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73733. Jake Day

The Mainer Who Found Bambi

Bambi and Faline, as they were later named — shipped to Hollywood, along with a happy menagerie of skunks, rabbits, owls, and ducks. The animals were penned on the studio’s set and Disney’s animators spent days watching them move, sketching and painting.

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73734. SW1

SW1 Gallery

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I went to London yesterday. I wanted to visit a gallery that has some of my screenprints but when I arrived it was closed.  I have been having mixed about London lately but yesterday my body rejected it completely.  On the way there I was wondering if I will ever take the train that takes me to Waterloo ever again… I don’t think I will miss it.

On a positive note I had lunch with my friends from the group SAL. We are organising an exhibition called “Muerto de Amor” that will be an homage to Federico Garcia Lorca.  It is only starting to take shape but I think it will be very exciting.
Ayer fui a Londres.  Quería visitar una galería que tiene algunas de mis serigrafías pero cuando llegué estaba cerrada.  Ultimamente he tenido dudas sobre mi relación con la ciudad pero ayer mi cuerpo la rechazó completamente.  Según iba me preguntaba si volveré a coger el tren que me lleva a Waterloo una vez mas… creo que no lo echaré de menos.

También fui a comer con mis amigos del grupo SAL, estamos organizando una exhibición homenage a Federico Garcia Lorca que se titulará “Muerto de Amor”. Todo empieza a tomar forma y tengo el presentimiento de que va a ser muy interesante.

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73735. Book Review: Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno by Francisco X. Alarcón

book coverIguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno is an absolute delight.  Parents, do not be intimidated by the word poem in the title!  What Francisco X. Alarcón gives us with this picture book is an introduction to image. The poems, short and simple, will teach your children to grow with an acute appetite for sensory details.  This collection, like the others in its series, is very visual and while it explores much associated with winter it also touches on many important themes our children face each day such as identity, community and cultural awareness.

The illustrations, by Maya Christina Gonzalez, are vivid and play a large role in the overall joy that is found in this book.  Gonzalez does an excellent job complimenting each poem and her artwork is colorful and alive.

Suited perfectly for children in grades 3-5, this book will help children begin to build their creative process using small detail.  Because the poems are observations, young readers will be able to identify similar visual details during their own day-to-day experiences.  While in nature, walking to school, or even while spending time with family at home, they may begin to notice detail in a new way, an important skill for all children.  This book, and the others in this seasonal series provide an excellent tool for building sensory skills.

Furthermore, if your child is a young student of Spanish, this book is effective in isolating a few words at a time, so the Spanish does not become overwhelming.  Because the poems are short, they can be broken up into daily lessons.  It is a perfect and joyful book for any age to read.


For this book and the others in its series (Spring, Summer and Fall), click here.  Get it in time for Christmas!

We wanted to share with you one of Jacey’s favorite poems from the book, perfect for the season! Happy Holidays!

Nochebuena                                            Christmas Eve

me encanta                                              I love
el sabroso                                                the delicious
olor                                                            aroma

de tamales                                               of tamales
cociéndose                                              simmering
al vapor                                                    in their steam

toda mi familia                                      my family
a mi alrededor                                        all around me
cantando                                                 singing

las alegres                                              the joyful
canciones de                                          songs of
Las Posadas                                          Las Posadas

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73737. Twilight at the movies.

I nearly fell asleep just drawing this. - da...zzzz....zzzzz......

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73738. Merry Christmas one and all!

Here's my Christmas Card design for last year.. now I'm all for recycling, and by posting this on AJ, I get to wish you all a Merry Chrimbo and Best Wished for 2010.. without having to lick a million stamps!  YAY!

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73739. Review: "Amulet 2"

The Stonekeeper's Curse, the Amulet Series #2by Kazu KibuishiSynopsis: "Emily and Navin's mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod's poison, and there's only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is

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73740. IF - (more) hatch

oh sweet Lord...

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73741. Let it Snow

I'm a little behind, sorry, this time of year gets a little nutty. But here are the B&W's for Let It Snow. I'm going to try to get the painting done in the next few days.

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73742. IF - hatch more

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73743. A Christmas Carol: 9

The second ghost appears, bursting with jollity and mirth. He brought food too.

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73744. On the Art Table

A quick pix of the piece I'm currently working on. This is part of a series for an illustrated poem. I'm loving painting with powered charcoal! I'll be uploading the finished series soon.

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73745. More Journal Pages for :Lynn & Mim

I had two journals in front of me this week so I tackled both of them yesterday.

This is Lynn's page. As you all know she sews, quilts, paints, does fabric assemblage and many other things. I can't keep up with her! My first thought was to paint her under a "Dream Quilt" and to have her wonderful cat Henry V napping with her. The poem came later.

I used watercolors (mistake!) to paint on loose canvas. The paint kept beading up but I worked it in with a lot of patience! It needed some pizazz so I added glitter here and there. It didn't scan well but it sure shines in person.
For the back page I used my greeting card program and chose a quilt background. Then I chose a shape to place the poem in. Just a quick little diddy I wrote in a few minutes.
I'm no Emily Dickinson! Anyway, there you go. A tribute to Lynn and her sewing talents!

Now for Mim's pages...

Mim asked us to make her journal about women. Strong women, magical women, etc.

I went through my archives and found my Wallflowers and Bagladies that some of you may remember. The Wallflowers were named so because of the patterned paper I painted them on which resembled wallpaper. The Bagladies were all drawn and painted on brown paper bags.

I love that there are nine of them and nine of us sharing this journal. Kismet!

It took me a while to scan them and print them the right sizes for the collage but it was fun putting them all together.

The poem on the back is what I came up with after looking at all of 'my girls' together.

Wallflowers and Bagladies,

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73746. Blog Moved Alert

For new postings go to www.barneysaltzberg.com (on the blog page)

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73747. And The Winner Is... Kyle Hollingsworth!

The winner for the "Elves" challenge is:


Congratulations to Kyle Hollingsworth. I chose Kyle's "Elf-spiration" as the winner for the Elves challenge. Kyle has a magical style, well rendered and meticulously colored. Check out more of her work and her shop!

Fantastic elves, everyone! As always, the hardest thing I do on this blog is choosing a winner. So many of you deserved to win.

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73748. How to Spot a Problem Client

We’ve all been there.

Trapped in a bad contract with a bad client making bad money.

Not every project is going to go smoothly, and not every client is going to be fun to work with.  The fact is, as a Freelance Illustrator you are a customer service business just as much as you are an artist, so your ability to collaborate with, and sometimes tolerate, a difficult client is one of the keys to your success.  In order to make this easier, it’s important to try and weed out the problem clients or charge more for those who seem difficult but still promising.

The problem is that you can’t always tell from the start how a project is going to go, or what roadblocks might arise.  Sometimes everything seems just dandy in the beginning only to turn into a catastrophe later on.  What you can do is be aware of certain clues that raise red flags about a particular client, and plan accordingly.

The best time to get a feel for a client is your initial contact with them.  Whether you communicate via email, telephone, or face-to-face meetings, it’s a good idea to pay close attention at this stage.  If you listen to what they say and how they say it, you can tell a lot about their intentions and the way they might interact with you in the future.

Here are some common warning signs of a problem client:

They’ll only pay you if they like your work.

They talk more than they act . . . or listen.

They want the moon and the stars, but they only have a few bucks.

Their nephew is an “artist”, and he drew up some ideas, so they just need you to make them look good.

They tell you how long the project should take and how much it should cost.

They tell you how much great exposure you’re going to get.

The only way they can pay you is in royalties, but this thing is gonna be huge, baby.

They are a group or committee, and nobody is in charge.

They’ve worked with several Illustrators on this project, and haven’t been happy with any of them.

They tell you how to do your job.

They don’t want to sign a contract.

The list above should give you an idea of the more common red flags that are thrown up by a potentially difficult client.  You’ve probably heard some of these already as well as others.  As we’ve seen in a recent post, some of these things can also be applied to art reps and agencies.  The important thing is to notice the warning signs and estimate their potential cost to you and your business.  Then, you can decide whether to run the other way, try to educate them, or add a “pain-in-the-butt fee” to your price quote.

I’ll talk more about these options in the near future, but for now I’ll leave you with this:

If it sounds like a bad situation, it probably is.

What are some red flags that tip you off to a problem client?

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73749. Hello

After quite a cold snap, we're back to our regular California weather in the 50s. Thank goodness, since I could not get warm. I'll be MIA a bit more as I get our new home ready, pack up our stuff, and move. The kids only have one more week of school before Christmas vacation. They just had three days off last week for the flu. It seems like they're never in school anymore. At least they're helping with the new house. Hope to check in with you all soon with some pictures of all our hard work.

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73750. Dec 13th- A Christmas Carol


I love Charles Dicken's,  "A Christmas Carol". Went to see this recently and although I enjoyed it and its lush graphics, I found the characters were a bit "creepy".  But I'm sure I'll get myself a copy when it comes to DVD. I haven't seen it in 3D and I think that was probably a mistake. I will definitely try to get back to the theater with the kids to see if that makes a difference.

My favorite versions:








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