Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:54 PM

Thank you, pronouns!

I made Paul's birthday card a homage to his favorite Schoolhouse Rock song.

It also came with these additional interchangeable balloons (below) to demonstrate the subject of the song, so that he could replace the long balloon with the shorter "Happy Birthday to You!" Get it?

More Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla goodness; this made me laugh out loud. I would love to see Schoolhouse Rock performed live! (Heck, I would love to be in Schoolhouse Rock Live.)

And though I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Rufus, my personal favorite can always be recalled with the lyrics: "He was a hairy bear/He was a scary bear/We beat a hasty retreat from his lair/and described him with adjectives."

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Sunday, August 27, 2006 11:21 PM

Illustration Friday: Run

Watercolours, trying to use as much mud (sludge colors from the mixing colors in the middle of my palette) as possible - and no pencils or undos.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:28 PM

More paint, please!

More work on the posters ... you can see how they go together both facing and back to back. Please excuse the paintbrush holding the corner down and my fuzzy camera skills.


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Monday, August 21, 2006 10:35 AM

Illustration Friday: Match

[Update - more pics here.]

This is a sketch for a set of posters I'm working on for the NZUSA - they have a great campaign called "Thursdays In Black". Originally, it was just going to be one poster, but they liked the sketch so much, they decided they wanted one with a man in it to match!

The interesting thing was that I had always thought of these pieces as facing each other, but I think I like them even more if you put the two trees together - like they're sitting under the same tree! I didn't draw them that way, but as I was moving them around to paint them, I saw the connection between the two. So I made sure the trees matched as well as the ground - so they can match them up both ways, if the two are ever hanging next to each other. They're painted in watercolour and acrylic. Each poster will be A2-sized, which means I get to break out the big brushes!

Scroll down to see work in progress....

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Friday, August 18, 2006 8:35 AM

Herman Takes a Dive

Friday sharing time! This animation is made by my brother, who some of you know online as the mastermind behind Egotistical Productions. I remember this when he was animating it frame by frame and filming it with a hand held camera. He wrote it, does all the voices, sings, and oh yes, animates the whole thing. (Did I mention he is also a super-genius? But I digress.)

You can leave him a comment here.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:30 AM

In the mail and on the wall

This morning I did something that I find a little scary.

In an effort to cross something off my new, unbroadcast-as-yet Big 35 List, I made up a sheet for prospective galleries who might be interested in my paintings. I haven't had any art hanging up anywhere other than my house (okay, and my mom's) since college. I figure, what can I lose? So three copies went out to the art association, in an envelope with a Muppet stamp on it for good luck. And of course, these are just three of all the other bits of art I have floating around here. Stands to reason someone, somewhere, might want to show one of them?

Anyone who's interested in a PDF, click here to download.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006 5:31 AM

Happy Birthday to me

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Friday, August 11, 2006 8:54 AM

Friday Sharing: Funky Shapes

Hands down, this is my favorite clip from Sesame Street ever. Imagine on, baby!

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:37 PM

Higher and Higher

Happy 9th anniversary, dearest one.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006 9:26 PM

Look and Learn

I heart Ebay! We found the set of Childcraft encylopedias I grew up with from 1974; these two volumes above fed my need for artistic knowledge with tons of information that made me think. If you have kids in your life, I highly recommend trying to snatch these two volumes up. They ROCK, and you can get them for a song.

Volume 13 - Look Again - (top) Shows many representations of various works of art with discussion questions. A great intro to art for kids. The Magritte (and more fantastic works along this line) made a great impression on me.

Volume 12 - Look and Learn - (bottom) Discusses symbolism, the history of typography, advertising and trademarks, color theory. I swear I knew things in college the rest of my art class didn't, because of this book.

Now get this: my library was getting rid of their set from the early 90's. I grabbed them up with glee (and $5) and found out when I got home that surprise! my two favorite volumes were gone. Art replaced by (gulp) "Mathemagics." And since then I've been on a mission to find those lost volumes. I now have two complete sets, which are known as "the ones you can read anytime" and "the ones you have to ask Mama to read with you." And we sit down together, share art, ask questions, discuss. They are only 2 and 3 years old, and they get it.

If you're looking for the whole set (they're great!) search for: Childcraft: The How and Why Library 1974. The 1975 and 1976 editions have the same covers and issue titles, and may be the same. We wanted the whole set, but you can purchase individual volumes for $.99 in some cases. Of course, the volumes on science are quite out of date, but the ones on literature, animals, and plants are virtually the same.

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Monday, August 07, 2006 12:11 AM

Illustration Friday: Capture

Or would you rather be a pig?

(Detail: click for full image)

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Friday, August 04, 2006 6:44 AM


Something new! Every Friday, I'm going to post something that inspires me, makes me happy, or is just plain silly. I was going to post only movie links but may branch out to websites and books if I feel like it. Basically, I love this (whatever I'm going to share) and I think you will too.

For my first share: a scene from my favorite Beatles movie, Help!

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away and The Amazing Adventures of Paul on the Floor.

A fan has sent Ringo a sacrificial ring from her temple. According to temple law, the wearer must be painted red and sacrificed. There's only one way to take the ring off, and Ringo doesn't know what it is. (I hope that I usually won't need to set up the videos, but honestly, you're not going to have a clue what's going on if you haven't seen it.) Go watch!

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006 9:24 PM

Angela's Dream

One of my two year old twins, Angela, has gotten interested in drawing. Not her drawing, but sitting on my lap and making me draw on command. It's fun though, and gives you a lot of insight into what's going on in her little head.

This doodle started out with "I want some ducks, walking up a hill." That led me to ask what was at the top of the hill, and we branched out from there. Of course, we had to have a pony, and the myriad of other animals that inhabit her dream world. My main contribution was adding Angela (and her Purple Pony) dreaming away. I also like how all the animals I drew for her on the back of the paper showed through on the scanner... we can say it adds to the dream-like quality, okay?

The point is that inspiration can come from the smallest of sources, and that sharing your art with others - and occasionally allowing for a pint-sized art director - is great for keeping your drawing muscles loose and limber.

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