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1. Q is for Quick & Clever Drawing

Street Scene, Barcelona

Participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge has been fun, no two ways about it--but it's also been very, very time consuming. I've had to give up a few of my daily routines and practices, and one of these has been sitting down to draw or paint every day. Which is why it's good to have a nifty keeper book like Quick & Clever Drawing by Michael Sanders.

I haven't owned the book for more than a year, but it's been a handy reference guide for when I'm feeling lost and falling behind in my artwork, like right now. Originally, I purchased the book to help me gain some pointers with my travel journal and sketchbook when I went to Barcelona last summer (oh, no, not Barcelona again, I can hear you thinking. Apologies for bringing it up so often, but it's a very interesting place!).

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

But back to Quick & Creative Drawing. Basically, the book encourages artists at all levels to just go for it. My favorite quote from page 5 is: "Drawing is simply making marks on paper." Yay! That's the spirit!

Sanders encourages his readers to keep those initial "marks on paper" simple and uncluttered, in other words, be quick; be clever--e.g., if you need to use a cardboard template to get the angle of a roof right, don't be shy, go get the scissors. And be very willing and open to "make mistakes" while you're experimenting. As he also states, rather than tell yourself, "I can't draw," say, "I can LEARN to draw."
    Good advice--and what we all need to keep in mind about every creative endeavor we pursue, whether it's painting, writing, or learning to sew. And because it's the weekend and we get Sunday off from the challenge, I'm setting aside everything else in my life to grab my paper and pencils and go learn some more drawing tips. See you on Monday, and have a wonderful weekend. Eat chocolate!

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    2. Call for Submissions: The Ofi Press Literary Magazine

    The Ofi Press, a cultural ezine with a real international flavour, is looking for fiction, poetry, visual arts, and interviews for possible publication in issue 36. So far, for this issue we have work lined up from top and emerging writers from Mexico, Canada, the USA, the UK, Sierra Leone, Slovakia and Nigeria.

    Visit our website

    Our response time is from 2-14 days and we have around a 5% acceptance rate. We are not able to provide payment for works published on our site but we offer assistance with the promotion of books and projects via our facebook and twitter feeds for all of our collaborators.

    Submissions are open year-round for our bimonthly issues but to be considered for our next edition, please submit your work by the 9th of May 2014. All submissions will be read and responded to by the editor Jack Little.

    While the edition has no specific theme, issues of identity, gender, colonialism are o particular interest to the editor. The most important thing though is that we love your work, that it moves us, or even better, excites us.

    For our full submission guidelines, please check here.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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    3. Desktop artists.

    The Desktop Artists exhibit @ FYCreatives Gallery 
    I was invited to exhibit my work along with other "desktop artists" at The Lucky Jotter's 6th Exhibition @ FYCreatives Gallery in Blackpool in the United Kingdom to showcase the evolution of digital and online art.  The exhibit will run from April 11 to May 2, 2014.

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    4. Call for Submissions: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

    The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers. We also have a brand new category: triptychs!

    Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 1% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.

    We are currently open for compressed poetry, compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction. We will close submissions on June 15, 2014.

    The reader for your submission is, during this round of spring submissions, the managing editor.

    Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category. Word count alone doesn't create compression, so we ask that you also consider why this piece works for a journal obsessed with what's compressed.

    For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual. However, we don't publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

    In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

    Submit your work here.

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    5. Amazing Optical Illusions with the Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí

    Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we can’t just take a quick glance and turn away. They compel us to look once, twice, and over and over again, as we try to figure out exactly how the delightful trickery manages to fool our perceptions so completely. Of course, first and foremost, every piece is beautiful on the surface, but each one offers us so much more. From Escher’s famous and elaborate “Waterfall” to Shigeo Fukuda’s “Mary Poppins,” where a heap of bottles, glasses, shakers, and openers somehow turn into the image of a Belle Epoque woman when the spotlight hits them, these works of genius will provide endless enjoyment.

    Paperback: 320 pages
    Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2007)
    Get it on Amazon: Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion

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    6. Nice art: Paul Smith has a website

    Comics veteran Paul Smith—X-Men, Leave it to Chance and The Rocketeer— has a website with lots of art to keep you busy for ages.

    Smith is perhaps best known as the artist who took over the X-men after John Byrne’s run so his take on Kitty Pryde, Lockheed and in particular Mohawk Storm remains a nostalgic ones for certain parts of the Gen X audience. IN fact, Smith says it was he who put the mohawk on as a joke – and it stuck.

    Smith has been doing some great Rocketeer stuff of late. Nice to see he hasn’t lost his touch.

    Smith has also been blogging about his history in comics.

    Roy Thomas is doing a book signing. I bring my portfolio along with my comics. I ask if Mr Thomas might take a look, provide some tips. He graciously agrees. Flipping through, he stops when he sees the Conan pieces.

    He makes me an offer I can’t refuse. He says he no longer works for Marvel. He can’t hire and he can’t pay… but… he can guarantee this: If I let him mail the pages to Marvel in an envelope with his name and handwriting, Marvel will open the package. He won’t promise print, pay or, most importantly, return of the originals… but Marvel will see them.

    While flabbergasted by his generosity, the “too good to be true” light flashes before my eyes. The voice of reason instantly pulls the plug; Two sheets of paper vs the rest of my life. I thank Mr Thomas profusely and step aside for the kids behind me.
    - See more at: http://paulmartinsmith.com/blog/i-left-my-heart-winnemucca#sthash.SIbceaWs.dpuf

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    7. Nice art: RUN DMC by Ed Piskor


    Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree NOW EISNER NOMNATED history of rap/hip hop has been a huge sales success or Fantagraphics, with Volume 1 going back to press three times. It’s like that! Volume 2 is out in August!

    Via HipHopGoldenAge:

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    8. Tourist Season: Drawings from the Big Rodeo


    Drawings I did around town some time ago.

    Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Art, Illustration, International, people sketches, quick sketch, rodeo, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA

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    9. HIP

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    10. Call for Submissions and Contests: BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal

    BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal seeks to provide a venue for emerging and established writers/artists from the U.S.-Mexico border area and beyond to share their words and images.  
    We seek poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews in both Spanish and English from every corner of the world. We also cherish a diversity of visual artists. Translations can be accepted provided the original author has consented to publication rights and to reprinting.  
    The open submission period for volume 20 is March 5th to June 30th, 2014.  
    Submit your work here.  
    We look forward to reading your work.

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    11. Call for Submissions: Mason's Road: A Literary and Arts Journal

    Mason’s Road: A Literary and Arts Journal is currently accepting submissions for our ninth issue. The theme for Issue #9 is “Truth,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

    All submissions will be given thorough consideration for publication. However, your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 award. For this issue, the award will go to the best entry we receive, as judged by Bill Roorbach, the award-winning author of Life Among Giants.

    Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. Please look here for submission guidelines.

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    12. Call for Submissions: NonBinary Review

    NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen.

    Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature.

    Each issue will focus on a single theme. Upcoming themes:

    Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales

    Issue #2 (September 2014): Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

    We are a paying market--1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art.

    For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.

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    13. Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

    Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is now reading for June, July, and August. We are looking for 12 to 20 line poems and tight, gripping fiction under 200 words. Poetry should be accessible and language-rich. We prefer free verse and prose poems but have been known to publish poetry far outside of those broad categories. Prose should grab the reader immediately and hold them by the throat until the final sentence.

    At Postcard Poems and Prose we use Submittable for all submissions.

    Our home gallery is here.

    Our submit page is here.

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    14. All the Lumberjanes #1 covers by Fink, Corsetto, Buscema etc

    Lumberjanes is a new comic from Boom! that came out yesterday and seems aimed squarely at the Adventure Time/Tumblr/Cutecore comics audience, with a story by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen and Shannon Watters. And to back it up there are no fewer than 12 variant covers for various stores and events. And here they are.

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    Cover A by Noelle Stevenson

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    Cover B by Maddie Flores

    Lumberjanes 001 - Cover C.jpg

    Cover C by Lauren Zuke

    Lumberjanes 001 - ECCC Exclusive.jpg

    Emerald City Comic Con Exclusive Cover by Kate Leth

    Lumberjanes 001 - Collector's Paradise Exclusive.jpg

    Collector’s Paradise Exclusive Cover by Aimee Fleck

    Lumberjanes 001 - Challengers Comics Exclusive.jpg

    Challengers Comics Exclusive Cover by Kali Ciesemier

    Lumberjanes 001 - Cards, Comics and Collectibles Exclusive.jpg

    Cards, Comics & Collectibles Exclusive Cover by Stephanie Buscema

    Lumberjanes 001 - Wondercon Exclusive.jpg

    WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Jess Fink

    Lumberjanes 001 - Calgary Expo Exclusive.jpg

    Calgary Expo Exclusive Cover by Megan Hutchison

    Lumberjanes 001 - Laughing Ogre-Big Planet Exclusive.jpg

    Laughing Ogre/Big Planet Comics Exclusive Cover by Danielle Corsetto

    Lumberjanes 001 - Casablanca Comics Exclusive.jpg

    Casablanca Comics Exclusive Cover by Melanie Tingdahl

    Lumberjanes 001 - BOOM! Studios Exclusive.jpg

    BOOM! Studios Webstore Exclusive Cover by Brooke Allen

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    15. QMx releases DC Bombshells posters by Ant Lucia

    DC has been doing themed variant cover months such as the recent Steampunk on, and in June it’s Bombshells based on artist Ant Lucia’s popular figurines which recast DC heroines as WWII pin-ups.

    I just report the news, folks. And you know, different strokes.

    ANYWAY, collectibles company Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), is releasing posters based on Lucia’s statues and covers. Each poster will be rendered on a museum quality 18”x24” art print and will be priced at $14.95. They are definitely attractive images.










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    16. The Funny Thing about Mice

    It's a little bit scary to tell you things I'm happy about. 
    Things that feel like little green tips at the edges of my wintered-over branches.
    Not that it's wrong to feel pleased with good things,
    but when I remember the gravity of last year
    I wonder -
    is this okay?
    this joy? these painted things?
    Will I jinx it somehow?

    Over the last year, I convinced myself I have permanent writer's block.
    But then this week, a few words eeked out, and I wondered.

    Maybe it's not writer's block.
    Maybe it's just fear.

    Fear is something we all have, isn't it?

    Fear of failure. of something bad happening.
    of shadows. heights. the dark.
    Scratchy things. fish. being alone.

    What are your crazy fears?

    You know what's funny?
    All that health craziness last year - that was like facing off against a lion.
    I borrowed as much courage as possible.

    Now I'm standing on a chair shrieking about a bug -
    worried about putting stories on paper!
    worried someone won't like them!

    Oh, for a good gulp of perspective!

    I just read "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo.
    It's about a mouse who battles darkness with courageous love.
    It's beautiful.

    Despereaux strapped on a belt of red thread,
    a sewing needle sword,
    and plunged into the dungeons to save a princess.

    While I don't have dungeons, or a sword,
    I want to have courageous love like that mouse,
    not concerned about what people will think.
    every day.
    not just on heart surgery days. 
    in the daily dirt.
    in being a writer and artist, too.

    So here's what I'm doing.
    All fueled up from my Illustrating Picture Books class,
    I'm going to the SCBWI conference this weekend.
    And I'm entering my art in a portfolio show.

    To go with it, I did a little spring cleaning on the blog,
    redesigned The Portfolio.
    I hope you like the new look around here.
    I hope it's good dirt.
    And if you're coming to the conference, let's hang out!
    I'll be the small mouse in the corner.


    The Tale of Despereaux
    The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

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    17. Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald | Book Giveaway

    Enter to win a copy of Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Giveaway begins April 9, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends May 8, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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    18. Hidden Picture Illustrations

    Below are some glimpses of hidden picture illustrations either published or fresh off the drawing board. These are a challenge but really fun to do!

    april8 work 1

    (c) Highlights For Children

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    19. Call for Submissions: Marathon Literary Review

    Marathon Literary Review, an online journal based out of Arcadia University's MFA program, is open for submissions until April 30. Authors and artists are invited to submit in one of the following categories:

    Fiction/Flash Fiction

    Details and guidelines can be found here.

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    20. Tae and Sha

    Tae and Sha under the cherry blossoms, thirty years ago. By Taeeun Yoo~

    I have read about women artists who’ve lived together in a hazy creative dream—even for a short spell. Trina Schart Hyman, Tove Jansson, The Red Rose Girls…It’s always made me envious and a bit sad that I didn’t have it for myself. As much as I have tried to live an interesting and free life, when it comes

    down to brass tacks, it’s been pretty conventional so far. Or maybe, I’m just too close…too entrenched to see the real charm of my youth that I will appreciate in later years.

    My dearest Taeeun is living with me for a couple of months. Her being here has opened a window for me. It is our art dream to work alongside oneanother in a shared studio. We wake up together, exercise together, work together, share books, take walks, and inspire one another each day. It is perfect, for a spell. In a couple of months she will go back to her home in Seoul with her husband. I will travel with her to finally meet Seoul, but after a few weeks will come back to my home and adjust to being quiet again.


    For now, we will work and document our time, and be thankful that our lives have led us to this.

    *dreamy sigh*

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    21. Heading to the Outlands…

    calico2014 Heading to the Outlands...After a very hectic month, including having two shows in two states on the same days (more about that in a later blog), I head out into the desert this coming weekend. Where are these famed outlands you ask? The Calico Ghost Town near Barstow, CA, where the Wild West Fest shall be going on, a steampunk extravaganza.

    spgiraffelogo Heading to the Outlands...I am excited as I have never been to a ghost town before, and I am sure I can draw some inspiration from there for some new art. There will be panels on plenty of steampunk related subjects, hot air balloon rides, and a concert on Saturday by Steam Powered Giraffe (very good group, highly recommend seeing them). Plus there will be plenty of vendors including my good friend Tamara of The Mystical Apothecary.

    I am off to finish getting ready for the show and the upcoming Wondercon, but I will have a blog up soon about Emerald City Comicon and Monsterpalooza.

    Keep creating and always have fun!




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    22. Spring


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    23. Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

    Holden_aprilartEdith Holden was an artist and naturalist. She lived most of her life in the West Midlands of England where she spent her time teaching art to students at Solihull School for Girls and working as an illustrator of children’s books. Holden’s paintings were often exhibited by the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and in 1907 and 1917, by the royal Academy of Arts. But as these things go, women were not at that time taken seriously as artists and by the mid-twentieth century she was nearly forgotten.

    In 1906 Holden created a diary notebook of watercolor paintings. The text that went along with them included excerpts of poems related to the month and time of year and short notes about nature walks she took. She did not create the book as a diary but as a text for teaching in order to model nature observation for her students.

    In the mid-1970s, Holden’s great-niece showed the notebook to a publisher. It was published in facsimile in 1977 as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Through the years over six million copies have been sold. There is a second book, Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady, that was published in facsimile in 1989.

    Holden_aprilI read the first book, The Country Diary, and what a delight it is. At first I thought it was meant to be a diary and was disappointed that the text was not more detailed. I do love her neat hand though and the sepia color of her ink makes me want to find a bottle for my own pen.

    The beauty and detail of the book is in the paintings. They are a real delight. She had a keen eye for color and composition. While I rushed through the text, I spent time just looking at and enjoying each drawing.

    Sadly, Holden died in 1920 when she was only 49. While reaching out over a backwater of the Thames to break off a branch of chestnut buds she fell in and drowned.

    I borrowed my copy from the library because of Grad. I am glad I spent time with this book. It was a pleasure to look at the paintings when the snow was deep, the temperatures arctic, and spring seeming so far away. For a little bit more about Holden and some more photos of her art, visit Morning Earth.

    Filed under: Art, Books, Diaries, Nonfiction, Reviews Tagged: Edith Holden

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    24. Heading to the Outlands…

    calico2014 Heading to the Outlands...After a very hectic month, including having two shows in two states on the same days (more about that in a later blog), I head out into the desert this coming weekend. Where are these famed outlands you ask? The Calico Ghost Town near Barstow, CA, where the Wild West Fest shall be going on, a steampunk extravaganza.

    spgiraffelogo Heading to the Outlands...I am excited as I have never been to a ghost town before, and I am sure I can draw some inspiration from there for some new art. There will be panels on plenty of steampunk related subjects, hot air balloon rides, and a concert on Saturday by Steam Powered Giraffe (very good group, highly recommend seeing them). Plus there will be plenty of vendors including my good friend Tamara of The Mystical Apothecary.

    I am off to finish getting ready for the show and the upcoming Wondercon, but I will have a blog up soon about Emerald City Comicon and Monsterpalooza.

    Keep creating and always have fun!




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    25. Comics Sans has been updated!!!


    Comic Sans is the worst thing in history, and like many horrible things in history, its growth has spread unchecked, even marking the Papacy with its sinister sigil. But now some humanitarian has updated it! Designer Craig Rozynski has given it a kernlift as Comic Neue writing:

    Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface1. Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy.

    The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular.

    It’s perfect as a display face, for marking up comments, and writing passive aggressive office memos.

    And you can Comics Neue for free! Rozynsky even got the original designer, Vincent Connare to comment:

    It’s true that Connare did not know the many crimes against ascenders, creating the font as a quickie for Microsoft, and not knowing that it would be used for everything, and would, in turn, make everything it was used for look tacky and silly. But now, we have a new chance to build a brighter more beautiful future for our children and our children’s children.

    Let the healing begin.

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