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51. Merry Christmas!

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52. What Does Donald Trump Talking About His Cock Sound Like in King Candy’s Voice?

King Candy works blue on "Conan."

The post What Does Donald Trump Talking About His Cock Sound Like in King Candy’s Voice? appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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53. A Talking Piece of Shit Appears in ‘The Emoji Movie’ Teaser—And It’s Still Meh


The post A Talking Piece of Shit Appears in ‘The Emoji Movie’ Teaser—And It’s Still Meh appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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54. courage

Frightened by the loss of our familiar mooring places, shall we become paralyzed 
and cover our inaction with apathy? If we do those things, we will have surrendered 
our chance to participate in forming the future. Or shall we seize the courage necessary 
to preserve our sensitivity, awareness and responsibility in the face of radical change?
-Rollo May

He wrote these words in The Courage to Create in 1975. I picked it up again in November, feeling paralyzed by unfathomably surprising sudden changes in my life, the world, and a tragedy in my art community that instantly morphed into the public condemnation of artists by a manic pitchfork mob. 

I'm usually tagged with being the Pollyanna of any horrible situation. Mostly because I can truly see how bad things turn into good, and vice versa. Like the zen parable of the farmer and his son. Good luck, bad luck. Who knows? 

But something this fall got to me. As it apparently did for a lot of others. True despair, and I can't really put my finger on why. Luckily, two more experienced artist friends gave me a kick in the pants. "It's time to get to work," they said. "This is what artists are really made for."  

I started looking at art made at other times of flux in our history. Especially appealing were wartime posters, and of those especially the ones calling women to work. And this one in particular. 

Not just because of her rocking overalls with awesome pockets for really doing things in, but her posture of steely determination, victory, and with one foot forward. As if to say, "I'm moving on, no matter what is happening."

As with my usual process, I let these things sink in to my subconscious while I occupy my mind with something else, like the incessant cleaning of my studio. Then I get cozy and quite somewhere and let my hand do the thinking. I try to keep my thoughts out of it and see what comes. 

The star came on its own, as did the year. The heroine came out with more of an expression of hope and joy than I expected. Which was encouraging to find out I had that still somewhere inside me.

I watercoloured her directly in my brown paper sketchbook, then scanned her in to work out some color ideas on photoshop. I went back to water media to finish the background. All from my tiny mobile studio box that I've been working out of in my zen center cabin. (I'm getting used to the downsizing.)

Afterwards I scanned it back in, and took out some of the paper buckling shadows via stamp tool. I adjusted the lettering a bit, but not too much. I'm not after slick graphics anymore. Showing the hand-done-ness of things is important. 

I worked on her in between traveling and my zen duties for three weeks. During the process I came to the revelation that my work is not to convince the public that artists are a crucial part of any society, but instead reminding artists that they are a crucial part of every society so that they can better do their work in a world chilly to their efforts with strength and conviction. 

Forty years forward, Rollo's words still need to be read by anyone trying to make anything new, or shape life differently, or speak what feels important and unpopular. Again and again and again. Most recommended for keeping a copy on hand at all times. 

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55. Good News!

CHARLES DARWIN'S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE is on the 2017 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12! The list is put out every year by the National Science Teachers Association in conjunction with The Children's Book Council, and it's an honor to be included with so many great books. Congratulations to all!

Here's the link to the full list: http://www.nsta.org/docs/2017OSTB.pdf

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56. Instagram: Finds from the Field

Instagram Grain Edit

More finds from our Instagram feed, including this vintage poster at Hybrid Design.


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Taking in the Diller Scofidio + Renfro building at Stanford


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John Portman’s awesome interior at San Francisco Hyatt Regency

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57. Coloring Page Tuesday - Merry Christmas from Scotland!

     It's time for us all to take a break and believe in magic once more. Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and a new year filled with joy, good health, and personal successes! CLICK HERE for HOLIDAY-THEMED coloring pages!
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THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA! Makes a GREAT teacher gift! Click the cover to learn more!
     Don't live in Georgia? Check with your local bookseller - Sterling has a version for each state.

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58. CHRISTMAS 2016 - cinqmai

Cinqmai is a French Paperie brand created by designer Caroline Briel. For 2016 you will find simple but ultra stylish Christmas postcards and gift tags. As spotted online here at Cinqmai where the festive "Noel" designs are available along with many more postcards, prints, etc.

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59. CHRISTMAS 2016 - summer will be back

These beautiful Scandinavian style Christmas cards are by design company Summer will be back. The Copenhagen based business was founded in 2014 by Danish artist and designers Lisa Grue and Denis Sytmen. They found Christmas inspiration in their wintry Northern landscape with sleigh rides and the contrasts of colour between the sky and the snow. They regularly exhibit at trade shows in London

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60. CHRISTMAS 2016 - dotcomgiftshop

The dotcomgiftshop have produced some lovely retro style cards and wrap for Christmas this year. The nostalgic designs feature Snow scenes of people having fun and fifties style baubles. dotcomgiftshop are well known for having gifts for all the family and it can be very handy to pick up some cards and wrap at the same time.

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61. ‘The Incredibles 2’ Recording Sessions Have Started: Samuel L. Jackson Posts First-Day Photo

Some good news to end the year: "Incredibles 2" voice record sessions have started!

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62. A Woodland Advent - Day 20, Drums

Mouse Drums, Woodland Nutcracker
For day 20 of Woodland Advent, some small but mighty drummers from Woodland Nutcracker. (What tune are they marching to?  The Black Bear of course)

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63. ‘Your Name’ Becomes All-Time No. 1 Japanese Film in China

Makoto Shinkai's "Your Name" has just set another box office record!

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64. Watch Never-Before-Seen Animation From Dreamworks’ Aborted ‘Me and My Shadow’

Oh, what could have been!

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65. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 306 - 12.19.16

"Electoral College Monday..."

I'll try to get a little more optimistic and festive for my final 9 cards of the project, but the Russian hack/"messing around with" of our elections/news cycle is disturbing. The last time I checked, big oil and the Russian oligarchy could pretty much care less about jobs for working class Americans, so the joke is pretty much on all of us - and sadly our political process. Its even more unfortunate that the president-elects is so scared of having his win questioned in any way that he reacts as he does, and it does NOT bode well for the next four years. I hope that the president-elect is held justly accountable for his assorted partnerships and deals. Someone else will have to actually rise up and fight for the little guy and all of the groups and issues soon to be marginalized by this new administration.

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66. Disney Artists Are Sharing Concept Art From ‘Inner Workings’

A nice holiday gift for fans of Disney's latest short film.

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67. ‘Casse-croûte’ by Burcu Sankur and Geoffrey Godet

A little journey through a forest full of creatures looking for a snack.

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68. The Cartoon Brew 2016-17 Animation Award Winners Tracker

Stay up-to-date on which animation and vfx films are winning end-of-year honors.

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69. CHRISTMAS 2016 - oliver bonas

With just one week to go before Christmas I'll be taking the opportunity to show a few last minute cards,etc as well as some of the seasonal  creations designers have been making for their portfolios and instagram challenges. We begin today with a few contemporary cards, wrap and decorations spotted at the fantastic Oliver Bonas.

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70. CHRISTMAS 2016 - four corners art collective

Four Corners Art Collective is a group of seven illustrators and surface pattern designers based in the UK, the US, Australia and France. Since the group launched their collective a year ago they've exhibited at Surtex, Premier Vision and Blue Print. In 2017, the group will be flying to New York from all corners of the world to exhibit at Surtex for the second time. They are currently running

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71. Santa Two-Up

I can't believe I caught photos of this! I've seen lots of random Santa hats around Edinburgh lately, but these were the most outrageous ones.

Two people on a motorcycle is called "Two-Up"! Perhaps this is Santa-up!

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Dear colleagues and creatives, readers and rebels, fans and fantasists. To all my readers and friends,

Warmest Wishes for a sparkling festive season!

Illustration adapted from
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
by L. Frank Baum (Hesperus Press, 1st Dec 2016).

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{hangs head in shame:( }

crazy last couple of weeks....between a commission, matting and framing prints for some friends who are always kind enough to buy my work for their littles and a pretty intense flare up in my right arm from all the osteoarthritis, radiculopathy, nerve damage and chronic inflammation in my cervical spine (something i know i rarely talk about in this blog) after three neck surgeries. i guess i've always been one to try and not dwell on the not so positive stuff but perhaps it helps others who deal with pain just to follow their biggest and most loved passion. there is (and always will be) a FERAL need in me to create. maybe you have to be an artist to really get it. you just can't live without out. really. so, apologies for the lack of posts but if you know me personally, you know my drive far outweighs my tiny stature. in the words of my favorite Pixar film, Meet the Robinsons, "KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!"

now to what i've been up to (besides the pain)...a sweet commission from one of my drawings (FOR SALE HERE) which i turned into a painting for a sweet little ginger. i will be posting the finished painting as well as offering prints of her very soon! you'll have to check back and see...;)

here are some WIP pics as well as a cute little blue penguin i sketched...just because.

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75. Joonghyun Cho

Joonghyun Cho

Seoul-based graphic designer, Joonghyun Cho, crafts inventive and highly conceptual posters that capture the essence of the institutions that they promote. This can easily be seen within his vibrant series for the Asia Lighting Design Forum. In each poster, he spells out the event’s acronym with layered gradients that beautifully represent the movement of light and the effects of its properties. Clever and alluring, his work has been recognized by numerous publications including, Communication Arts Korea, Nylon Korea, and Notefolio Magazine.

Joonghyun Cho

Joonghyun Cho

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