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26. Big bad vision of the Vision in new Avengers: Age of Ultron promo art


A lot of foreign and random promo art for Avengers: Age of Ultron has been surfacing on the Tony Stark Sincero Iron Man FB page. Like the Vision in (most of) his glory and siniter Ultron pics and also THE ONE POSE THAT MST APPEAR IN EVERYSUPER HERO MOVIE, courtesy of Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow.


Here’s more, including Hulkbuster and other things that will be selling toys for months to come.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1.

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27. woodless graphite....

is a beautiful thing!

this is how EVERY painting begins....for me, anyway.

i draw/sketch out my idea in my sketchbook (sized at the same size the painting will be). in this step, i am extremely detailed and precise, making sure i have everything drawn/sketched out EXACTLY the way it will appear on the canvas. the more exact and precise i am in the drawing/sketching stage, the easier it is for me to execute the finished painting.

once the drawing/sketch is perfected, i then re trace over my own drawing/sketch with tracing paper....every line, every detail, everything...completely re traced. once that is done, i will take a piece of woodless graphite OR, if i don't have a piece laying around, i will use a VERY soft lead pencil (usually an 8B...6B at the very least). with that, i *scribble* very methodically on the back of my tracing....being sure to cover every line i have just traced so that i can transfer the drawing/sketch exactly as it appears in my sketchbook.

then, i lay the tracing (paper) with the graphite on the back over the canvas and press down with a 4H lead pencil to transfer the drawing to the canvas ever so perfectly.

and that, my friends, is how Nicole rolls...old school. that's how i worked in college...and that's how i work today. keeping it real and true to myself. 

i am a traditional painter. ALWAYS a (traditional) painter. :)

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28. The Wonder of Butterflies


Do you ever find yourself sitting and watching a butterfly, and then realize minutes have passed, finding yourself wondering why they are just so magical?

I do... all. the. time.

I'm drawn to art with butterflies (especially collage), I'm drawn to the colors, the way the wings flutter, their gentleness, their life stages and how we make that into a metaphor for life, all of it! I love them so much I even have a butterfly, a painted lady, tattooed on my right shoulder in memory of my grandmother...who also loved the butterfly.

But I am still drawn to the question of....why?


According to the light research I did from the Butterfly Conservation site, and other pages around the web, butterflies have two purposes in nature, aside from being beautiful.

They pollenate, and they are food.

Yep, they are at the bottom of the food chain. They're food for birds, mammals, and reptiles. Like, food for everyone. One of the most wondrous and beautiful visions on the planet get eaten more than anything else.

I'm not trying to depress you with this news. When you sit and think about it, here's what is concluded:

They are a source for life. They feed everyone protein, vitamins, and nourishment.
They pollenate flowers so that their seeds will spread and the earth can continue to give back.
They bring beauty and peace to us in our gardens.
They share color and pattern throughout a mostly green, brown, and blue environment.

And, they give us hope through their life stages of metamorphosis. A demonstration that we are all beautiful from the inside out, and if we are truly ourselves we will shine brightly.

They are a symbol of rebirth, to start anew because they do! They live two lives, one as a caterpillar, the other as a butterfly.

"Birth of Twilight"

You find so many butterflies in my work because of these thoughts. They will always make me wonder, but I think the simplest answer, they are BEAUTIFUL, is why God put them here. Yes, they have a purpose, to nourish, but that is part of the beauty.

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29. Yolanda the Yeti Yogi--final

Yolanda yeti final-01Yolanda is done! On to the next project :-)

I have 25 more of these little ditties to illustrate when I am between jobs. What a fun way to start the day.

Hope you like her, let me know what you think.

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30. All-New By Its Cover #1 (January 2015)


The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).



Daredevil #12 by Chris Samnee

When Daredevil looks shocked that someone is flying through the air, you know this is serious. But what really gets me about this cover is the dynamic foreshortening of that bridge cable. My eye just keeps going forward and back, forward and back…I’m lost in this cover, I can’t escape.



Elektra #10 by Mike Del Mundo

You’re going to notice that people flying through the air is a recurring theme this month. I like the idea of Bullseye being represented by a target, but I think the symbolism would’ve been much more powerful if it had been a sai flying towards the bullseye (whereas the tiny Elektra flying towards a wall looks a little too Wile E. Coyote to me). What do you think?



Grayson #6 by Jock

Jock demonstrates a clever way to make the title appear centered when stuck with the standard DC trade dress. I’m a little confused whether Flash and Nightwing are interacting or just happen to be crossing paths on separate adventures, but the high contrast of the sky against silhouettes looks very nice.



Black Widow #14 by Phil Noto

The body language in this one is great. You can clearly tell that Black Widow is lecturing them, despite the absence of dialogue. My main complaint is that the logo placement seems like such an afterthought. Am I the only one who feels like the top portion of the cover seems really “empty,” like there should be a logo across the top instead?

The more I look at the cover, the more I start asking other little questions like “why did she tie their gags so loosely?” and “wouldn’t it make more sense to draw targets right below their head, and hit the bullseye on each to show how in control she is?” But that’s me.



Spider-Gwen #1 by Kris Anka / Astro City #19 by Alex Ross

Two artists this month played with skewed horizon lines. Marcos Martin’s Amazing Spider-Man cover is still my favorite, in part because of the way it integrated the logo, but these are fun too. Zooming in on the character’s face as in Ross’ painting puts the focus on the sense of bliss the character is feeling, while going full figure like Anka’s cover gives you a better sense of how high up she is.



Uncanny X-Men #15 & 16 by Kris Anka

Speaking of Anka, I really enjoyed these two covers he did. Maybe it’s a sense of nostalgia for when covers would show moments that don’t actually happen in the book, but that exaggerate the stakes that are present in the story.

My only complaint is that the logo placement in both isn’t quite working for me. On the first cover, the logo has been split in two by a shadow that is lighter in shade than the logo. If the logo is painted on the wall, it should be the same shade of gray. If the logo is floating in front of the image, it shouldn’t be split in two by the shadow. It’s one of those little things that distracts me.

In the second cover, I like the idea of Juggernaut stepping on the logo…except that it distracts from the best part of the illustration, which is the footprint over Colossus’ head. Plus, the placement of the logo feels almost like it was crammed in there just because it’s the only place where it wouldn’t overlap any characters. Though honestly, if there was ever a cover illustration begging to be logoless, it’s this one. Maybe the logo even could’ve been fit somewhere down below in the Red Bar Of Design Elements We Don’t Know What To Do With.



Trees #8 by Jason Howard

I love the high contrast and how balanced everything is. If I saw the top third of this cover poking out behind another comic, I’d definitely be like “what is going on here?”



Drifter #3 by Nic Klein & Tom Muller / Marko Djurdjević & Tom Muller

It’s a little hard to see at this size, but the clever thing about the first image is that the creature’s eyes line up on one of the circles that radiate out of the center of the cover:


Not having read the issue yet myself, my question is: should I be afraid of this creature? Because unfortunately I feel like the scary glowing eyes and shadows are sort of neutralized by the creature’s body language. The tilted head and open arms that seem to say “I want to give you a hug,” while the unsteady legs that look a little like the creature is taking its first steps.

The second cover seems much stronger to me, because there’s so much contrast. White robe against black background, warm planet against cool teal details. I also like the movement of the crosses, which send me back to the top after I look down from his face to his hands. The low angle is also incredibly dramatic. I know some people cringe a little when they hear the word “pops” in reference to design, but this cover really pops.



Zero #14 by Marek Oleksicki & Tom Muller

The thing that sticks out to me the most here is how the logo appears to be falling apart in a way that mirror’s the face crumbling, yet at the same time seems very solid and controlled. The bright colors really stand out, but would immediately be less effective if a similarly vibrant cover appeared nearby. In fact, for that reason I did not include the variant cover, which uses the exact same color scheme. When placed side by side, both immediately lose their power.



Valiant Next Variants by Tom Muller w/ Clayton Henry, Paolo Rivera, Trevor Hairsine, and Mico Suayan

I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t like these. I realize not everyone feels this way, so I’ll try to explain my thoughts.

Designers can have some major philosophical differences on what “good design” means. (For a good example, I highly recommend the documentary Helvetica.) In particular, there are different schools of thought on whether design should exist to serve the message, or whether design is the message.

I lean towards the former. And just as I feel that design should serve the message, I think comic art should serve the story, and comic coloring should serve the art.

Muller’s coloring on these covers doesn’t serve the art, it upstages the art, sometimes nearly obscuring it completely. The Valiant cover has a cool damaged film look to it, but the rest don’t have the same visual impact (especially when they all appear together).



My favorite thing about Muller’s work is the creative placement of design elements, so it’s doubly sad to me that the covers are pretty traditional in that regard, aside from title placement. The vibrant clashing colors work on Zero because the logo and text elements fit with that same sort of punk aesthetic. When combined with fairly traditional logos and trade dress, the warped colors no longer look intentional as much as they look like a printing error.

What are your thoughts? Do you like or dislike them?

Kate Willaert is a graphic designer for Shirts.com. You can find her her art on Tumblr and her thoughts @KateWillaert. Notice any spelling errors? Leave a comment below.

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31. Howard the Duck comeback gains speed with “What The Duck??” April variants

Waugh! Marvel will release 20 variants covers in April celebrating Howard the Duck in a promotion with the saucy title of “What the Duck??”

“Response to the announcement of the new Howard the Duck series has been staggering,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “There were so many talented artists eager to take a quack at drawing a Howard cover we couldn’t resist building an entire variant month around him. This April is going to be WTD certified!”

Howard the Duck, created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, was the face of 70s counterculturalism at 70s Marvel, and then the face of the emerging creator rights battle in the 80s when Gerber sued unsuccessfully to get the rights to the character back. After the disastrous 1986 film, he was the face of George Lucas’s diminishing filmmaking skills. Most recently, a cameo at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy proved that everyone in comics comes back from the dead eventually.

A new Howard the Duck series by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones debuts in March.

Marval released the first four covers—like a previous Wolverine campaign this one is heavy on iconic art poses.


·         All-New Hawkeye #2 – WTD Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla


·         Amazing Spider-Man #17 – WTD Variant Cover by W. Scott Forbes


·         Rocket Raccoon #10 – WTD Variant Cover by Rob Guillory


·         Uncanny Inhumans #0 – WTD Variant Cover by Christian Ward

But more are coming
·         All-New Captain America #6
·         All-New X-Men #41
·         Ant-Man #4
·         Daredevil #15
·         Deadpool #45 (a.k.a. Deadpool #250)
·         Guardians of the Galaxy #26
·         Hulk #14
·         Inhuman #14
·         Legendary Star-Lord #11
·         Ms. Marvel #14
·         S.H.I.E.L.D. #5
·         Silk #3
·         Spider-Gwen #3
·         Superior Iron Man #7
·         Thor #7
·         Uncanny Avengers #4

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32. Save a Life: Furry Cartoons That Care

In case you haven’t obsessively been checking my Instagram feed (hehe) I wanted to share with you the animation I made for a WONDERFUL cause…help save some doggies’ lives and support @ShihtzuSwag ‘s fundraiser with @WagAware benefitting @ICareDogRescure ! Please do head on over to www.WagAware.com, 50% of every purchase goes directly to helping rescue our furry friends. :)

—-More Info From My IG Caption:

The closest thing to my heart has four legs. Please, Friends, help save doggie lives and support @icaredogrescue , the incredible @shihtzuswag created a fundraiser by teaming up with @wagaware to make a real difference!! Between February 2-16th WagAware will donate 50% of ALL SALES to @icaredogrescue !!! Such an amazing act and the #WagAware charm will be a friendly reminder of all the furry friends you’re saving, so please head over to www.WagAware.com and buy yours today! If you buy three you’ll automatically get another FREE!! Whoohoo…charms for everyone!! Thank you and help spread the word. :) #BuyaCharmSaveaDog

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33. Brochures

David Posnack JCC_Page_1 Aqua Girls_Page_01I love design just as much as I love illustrating. Here are a couple examples of past graphic design brochures I created.

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34. Speedy Ortiz Announce new Album via DeForge comic

Speedy Ortiz Speedy Ortiz Announce new Album via DeForge comic

Indie band Speedy Ortiz have announced a new album called Foil Deer and they chose to do so via a cute Michael DeForge comic. Because when you think “indie” and “deer” you think “Michael DeForge.”

The album from the Northhampton, MA-based band drops April 21 from Carpark Records.

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35. Perfect Weather for Creative Work

Today the weather is perfect for writing, drawing, painting, or other creative work. It’s 9 degrees F. and snowing like crazy. There’ll probably be an additional 12″ by the time it’s over, on top of the 22″ we already had. Bookmark

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36. warm winter wishes (drawing #2)....

glacia~graphite on bristol
©the enchanted easel 2015
love, glacia


also, glacia has little friend by the name of crystal who is also FOR SALE here.

2 sweet little winter girl drawings down...1 more to go. :)

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37. my couch is now complete!

there's always room at the top...for a hug!
©the enchanted easel 2014
so loving these throw pillows courtesy of fine art america.

visit my shop here http://fineartamerica.com/products/there-is-always-room-at-the-top-for-a-hug-nicole-esposito-throw-pillow-14-14.html to pick up one for your little one....or for your not so little one! ;)

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38. Writing Competition: riverSedge

riverSedge is a journal of art and literature with an understanding of its place in the nation in south Texas on the border . Its name reflects our specific river edge with an openness to publish writers who use English, Tex-Mex, and Spanish and also the edges shared by all the best contemporary writing and art. 

Submit here.

General Submissions/Contest Guidelines

Deadline to Submit is 3/1/15

$5 submission fee in all genres (except book reviews)

3 prizes of $300 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. All entries are eligible for contest prizes. Dramatic scripts and graphic literature will be judged as prose.

Multiple submissions are welcome in all genres. Each submission should be submitted as a separate entry. In other words, do not send two or more entries as one document.

Previously unpublished work only. Self-published work (in print and/or on the web) is not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us of acceptance elsewhere as soon as possible.

Submissions in English, Spanish and anything in between are welcome.

Current staff, faculty, and students affiliated with UT-Pan American, UT-Brownsville, or South Texas College are not eligible to submit original work to riverSedge.

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39. Small Dog Cover

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Children’s picture book art is stunning. Children’s picture book stories are amazing. I love that there are usually layers of meaning, and that each viewer and reader can take away from the story exactly what they need to see and hear. I have long had a fascination with fables. I adore the metaphors.

Small Dog is a children’s picture book that I wrote and am now illustrating. Using sparse words and rhyme the story unfolds to reveal that gratitude is far more than simply saying thank-you. With gratitude you can change your life.



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40. Dancing in the Moonlight

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Working on this piece allowed me to explore more methods of adding the illusion of texture to flat vector imagery. The lighting was also a lot of fun to build. To add the look of rim lighting required the use of gradients and the feather effect. This chimpanzee (like most of my characters) is basically a “puppet.” His body is composed of a series of separate shapes that can be moved for any type of gesture needed.

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41. Angel Kisses

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As a child my mother told me that whenever an angel kissed me, that they left behind a freckle. This image is in honor of my mother. May we all have angels on our shoulders.


Technically it required almost every trick and technique known to Adobe Illustrator.

There are hand built brushes, multiple appearances on a single path, gradients, gradient meshes, variable widths, masking, blends, offset paths and more.

Just for fun, I want to show you the path work behind the scenes.

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42. The Gift of an Open Mind

Freedom is an interesting thing. We know it’s concept and we get the gist of it all, but many of us are busy functioning amidst our daily routines and we think of freedoms only on their grandest of scale. We are grateful for the rights we have living in a free Country, but we don’t think about the smaller freedoms. The freedoms that our routines, namely being stuck to them, may be stripping away from us.
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Routine. Trust me, I’m like you and love a good routine. Routines are good, they keep us focused and working towards goals; consistency is the foundation of every major accomplishment. We NEED certain routines, yet routines are a tricky double edged sword.

Routines keep you focused. Routines can also hold your prisoner. The issues that dictate which is which are: the routine, the basis for it, and how much flexibility you allow yourself within it.

I can parallel this to running because it’s an easy example; training should become a routine. You need to KNOW you’re going to do it, don’t think of it like a ‘maybe’, you know your goals and you know you need to be consistent to reach them. You need that routine to keep you focused because running and training is hard. Frankly it’s painful and there will be times when you need to know you’re going to just have to put your head down and grind through. BUT, there are times when grinding will only leave you a broken, dull stone, so there needs to be a degree of flexibility. There are times when rather than pushing you need to step back.

Freedom outside your routine is also a state of mind. Being so busy usually means you’re perpetually distracted, or so focused on the task at hand you’re not opening yourself up to anything else. PAUSE. A mere pause, and opening yourself up to the possibility of…well, the possible.

You can’t see an opportunity if your eyes aren’t even open. What’s funnier still is that when you’re busily distracted you’re not even aware of the potential that you’re missing something!

That’s not some kind of riddle there, and it’s meaning is only best exemplified through actual experience. If you’ve had a moment where you cognitively shifted your focus, veered slightly outside your routine, and you had a MOMENT, experienced something unexpected that just, made you smile. That momentous experience of freedom is what I’m describing.

You chose to be free and in that moment you opened yourself up to have that smile….however small the experience was that brought it to your face.

You see, to get that smile, that satisfaction, doesn’t require you to veer wildly off course to the point where you recklessly abandon all goals or tasks at hand. No, it can be as simple as putting the other shoe on first…the tiniest change of routine just to show yourself that you CAN do it out of order. Who knows, you may like it. Just knowing you CAN often causes a much larger shift in perspective. You wonder what else you CAN do.

So be free. Think with an open and free mind. I challenge you to do tiny things outside of your routine and see if, by Jove, you like it.

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43. 25th Anniversay Walk-for-the-Animals T-shirt FOR SALE

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2015 marks the 25th anniversary for the Humane Society of Broward County’s annual “Walk for the Animals” fundraising event. For something special I was asked to illustrate and design a commemorative T-shirt that will be sold on the day of the Walk (Feb. 28th, 2015).


Part of the fun of the “Walk for the Animals” is seeing the thousands of dogs all in one place. There are big dogs, little dogs, old and young, purebreds and mixed breeds. There are dogs in wagons and dogs playing Frisbee. The “parents” of all these pets are as varied as the dogs themselves. There are vendors of every type imaginable. I can’t say enough how much I look forward to attending, with or without my beloved dog.

There is only one condition, no cats allowed at the event (but the money raised does go for all the animals the HSBC cares for, not just dogs).

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44. M.C. Escher inspired Tessellation

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It seemed to me that if M.C. Escher had Adobe Illustrator that he could have developed his metamorphosis tessellations with a bit more ease. At least that was my initial thought. Once I got into the development of this piece I soon realized that using Illustrator really did not make the process any easier. As with all vector art, the building of the shapes and then the rendering of the shadows took a lot of time.

The effort was worth it. I now have a solid process figured out and look forward to developing more metamorphosis tessellations.


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45. ZigZag Style

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Every year I create a poster for our local Humane Society that promotes their most important fundraising event, The Walk For The Animals. For 2013 they asked me if I would design an image that could be screen-printed onto T-Shirts. I jumped at the opportunity. Then I learned that I could only use the limited colors from the logo, no gradients, and no special effects. I love a challenge.


Also, I love the graphic black and white work of Rockwell Kent. With such a limited palette, he like many of his contemporaries defined form via silhouette shadows and then gave the illusion of 3-D with fine lines and zigzag shapes along the transitional edges between white and black.  

Using Rockwell Kent’s style as my inspiration, I developed a process in Adobe Illustrator that uses flat opaque color but along transitional edges I applied a zigzag pattern. From normal viewing distance, the zigzag “softens” the stark change from dark to light as our human eyes close in the gaps. Close up the zigzags add an almost woodcut feel.

How was this done?

  1. The black lines were created with the Pen Tool and then I adjusted their weights using the Variable Width Tool.
  2. The shadows and highlights were drawn on separate Layers (without zigzags).
  3. I built about four different pattern brushes from triangles.
  4. I applied a pattern brush to a portion of a shadow’s edge (only the portion transitioning from dark to light).
  5. I adjusted the pattern brush with the Variable Width Tool.
  6. I repeated steps 4 and 5 for all the shadow and highlight shapes. When all the shadows and highlights had zigzags and variable widths, I used Expand Appearance to make them permanent.
  7. I used either Unite or Merge from Pathfinder, to finalize the shapes with zigzag edges.
  8. Lastly I recolored the shapes. 

When done the final image has moved past Rockwell Kent’s style into a new derivative. I think that is how it should be. Digital art learns from the past and builds upon it, making imagery that exceeds boundaries.

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46. cleaning house

i'm having a WINTER sale in my shop all throughout the remainder of the season...until the first day of spring. and i know, i'll be the only one who will be sad to see my beloved winter go. *sigh*

{super bowl SNOW this weekend? yes, please! :)))}

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47. Nice Art: Clowes’ cover for The Complete Eightball is revealed

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Let’s leave off this week with a glorious image. Eightball ran for 18 issues from 1989 to 1997 and was the medium for such classics as “Art School Confidential”, “Live a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World” Dan Pussey and more more more. Traversing the gulf from rough humor comics of the 80s to the intimate details of the 90s, it’s an essential for the smallest comics shelf possible. The book drops in June and Vice talks to The Man

“We came out of an era that was just moribund in comics.” Clowes says over the phone from his home in California. “The original guys who’d revitalised Marvel in the 60s had faded, and they were replaced by guys imitating them, who were then replaced by guys imitating them, it was this fourth generation of boring, awful comics. At the same time all the head shops, all the drug paraphernalia shops were being closed down – and they were where underground comics by the likes of Robert Crumb would be sold, so that was disappearing as well. There was nothing, it felt dead. But there was a whole generation of us who’d grown up on Mad magazine and National Lampoon and the comedy of Monty Python and Richard Pryor, and we wanted to do good comics. All of a sudden these people started to appear all over the country, trying to do something different, it was a miracle that we got an audience. We were a very, very small offshoot of the comics industry – it didn’t feel like we were taking over anything…”

daniel clowes body image 1422612809 Nice Art: Clowes cover for The Complete Eightball is revealed

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48. College Arts Association 2015 Annual Meeting Conference Guide

The Oxford University Press staff is happy that the College Arts Association 2015 Annual Conference (11-14 February 2015) will be held in our backyard: New York City! So we gathered together to discuss what we’re interested in seeing at this year’s conference, as well as some suggestions for those visiting our city.

Alodie Larson, Editorial:
I look forward to CAA. I love having the opportunity to meet authors, see old friends, and get together with the outstanding group of scholars who make up the Editorial Board for Grove Art. The years that New York hosts CAA are low-key for me, as I don’t need to travel. 

I recommend heading to MoMA to hold meetings over coffee and snacks in their cafes. If you need a break from the din of the conference and/or architectural inspiration, slip over to Cram and Goodhue’s beautiful St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue for a moment of quiet reflection.

Joy Mizan, Marketing:
This will be my first time attending CAA with OUP. I’m excited to help set up our booth and display our latest books and online products in Art, but I’m really excited to meet our authors, board members, and academics to learn more about their interest in Art. (It’s always great to meet in person after only interacting over email or the phone.)

Need a place to eat? There’s a great food cart called Platters right outside the hotel, so I definitely suggest attendees try it out while in NYC. It opens at 7:00 p.m. though!

Sarah Pirovitz, Editorial:
I’m thrilled to be attending CAA this year as an acquiring editor for monographs and trade titles. I look forward to hearing about interesting new projects and connecting with scholars and friends in the field.

Mohamed Sesay, Marketing:
I’m delighted to attend my first CAA conference with Oxford University Press. This conference will be a great opportunity to meet authors in person, and to get to know some of our Art consumers.

If you’re looking for a great place to eat in New York City I suggest Landmarc in Columbus Circle. The restaurant has great food and it’s right next to Central Park.

Here are just a few of the sessions that caught our eyes:

  • The Trends in Art Book Publishing, on 10 February at 6:00 p.m. in the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium (Yes, we work in publishing!)
  • Original Copies: Art and the Practice of Copying, on 11 February at 9:30 a.m. in the Hilton New York, 2nd Floor, Sutton Parlor South
  • Building a Multiracial American Past (Association for Critical Race Art History), on 11 February at 12:30 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 2nd Floor, Sutton Parlor Center
  • Making Sense of Digital Images Workshop, on 11 February at 2:30 p.m.
  • CAA Convocation and Awards Presentation, including Dave Hickey’s Keynote Address, on 11 February at 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 3rd Floor, East Ballroom
  • Chelsea Gallery District Walking Tour, on 12 February at 12:00 p.m.
  • Presenting a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (CAA Committee on Intellectual Property), on 13 February at 12:30 p.m.
  • New York 1880: Art, Architecture, and the Establishment of a Cultural Capital on 13 February at 2:30 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 2nd Floor, Beekman Parlor
  • Art Lovers and Literaturewallahs: Communities of Image and Text in South and Southeast Asia (American Council for Southern Asian Art), on 14 February at 9:30 am in the Hilton New York, 3rd Floor, Rendezvous Trianon
  • The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press – that’s us!) on 14 February at 12:30 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 2nd Floor, Sutton Parlor Center

Of course, we hope to see you at Oxford University Press booth 1215. We’ll be offering the chance to:

  • Check out which books we’re featuring.
  • Browse and buy our new and bestselling titles on display at a 20% conference discount.
  • Get free trial access to our suite of online products.
  • Pick up sample copies of our latest art journals.
  • Enter our raffle for free OUP books.
  • Meet all of us!

And don’t forget to learn more about the conference on the official website, or follow along on social media with the #CAA2015 hashtag.

Featured Image: Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct @ DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC by Axel Taferner. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

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49. Daffodils


Sometimes beauty is its own reason. These daffodils (any daffodils really) bring me joy.  Building these vector flowers was every bit a love affair. As with every project, I get to practice what I know and stretch into areas unknown. For those of you that know Illustrator, the leaves are brushes with the twist built in. The flowers themselves are blends, and radial and linear gradients (no gradient mesh).

Whenever a sign of spring is needed, this little beauty is there to remind me.

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50. 2015 Walk for the Animals Volunteer T-Shirt

WFTA2015 T-shirt 1 FINAL-01

Each year I have the privilege to illustrate and design the T-shirts worn by all the volunteers and staff at the Humane Society of Broward County’s huge fundraiser “Walk for the Animals.” The dogs on this T-shirt are very special to me. They are the friends of Small Dog, the lead character in my picture book series.

The Walk will be held February 28th this year. If you love dogs, this is a must attend event!

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