Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rocket Science

I just got back from my daughter's science fair at school. There was a sheep heart, and some worms, and solar panels, and catapults - one of my drawing students used one to shoot a piece of cereal into my shirt that I think is still there. Anyway, it was cool. I know there's a lot of concern about getting kids interested in science, but I think anything that's applied to the real world is inherently interesting to a kid. Also, anything that's in story form is inherently interesting to a kid. And, as was clear from the cookie tasting experiment, anything that involves eating cookies is inherently interesting to a kid.

Anyway, it was great fun. And as an offshoot to my earlier rant about art here, I think the same goes for science - showing how everything in your world came from invention, and experimentation, and knowledge of the properties of materials and DNA and mechanics and all of it, is very much like showing how everything is designed. It's all the result of creative thinking and investigation. I think kids get that - if it's shown to them in the real world. Kids are sort of the ultimate reverse engineers - they see something and want to know how it got that way. And it helps to have cookies.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barbara Jensen

Barbara Jensen - pin up drawings.
fetish pin up
Barbara Jensen started doing portrait work in the late 80's and progressed into the erotic in the late 90's.
Her work is featured on many pinup and erotic art websites and can also be seen at Robert & Tamara Bane Galleries in Beverly Hills, CA and the Echo Gallery in Chicago. Famous for her personalized commission works she works closely with many pinup models and celebrities alike.
Publications include Club International magazine, Airbrush Action magazine, Artcore #1, Artcore #5 and The Hot Spot (Erotique Books) among others. Her own Art Premiere book has just been released worldwide.

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Barbara Jensen pin up Barbara Jensen art
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Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos

Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos - artistic duo from Central Florida specializing in sequential art and illustrations that strive to combine the visual impact and composition of fine art with the bold vitality of anime/manga (Japanese animation and comics) artwork
anime girl
Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Stealth Ipp Strip!

Last time I uploaded some Ipps, I actually loaded two strips - but only blogged about one of them. Here's the other one! The Ipps are diving for prizes in this one.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


This dude just got uploaded onto Flickr. Haven't had time to put it on the website yet, but here he is. The scorpions just love him.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

New Ipp Strip!

Anybody who's ever observed two kids and a noisemaker from their most recent birthday party will recognize this one. Click to see it bigger on Flickr. And feel free to comment!

Friday, February 22, 2008

BTALD: 100 calories of what?

What a great idea, putting little 100-calorie packages of food together. I mean, you can just grab em and you know what you're getting, and that's really cool. Except, whenever I'm at the store I look at those things, and they're all - well, gross. Like, 100 calories of weird little Oreo-like cookie things shaped like parts of a soccer ball. Or, 100 calories of strange fig bar things with sprinkles on them. What is this stuff? I mean, could you do 100 calories of something recognizable? Maybe I'm shopping at weird stores.
I know, 100-calorie packages of hummus. That would be neat.
I realize that if you did 100-calorie packages of foods we usually eat for snacks, it would get pretty ugly - I mean, 5 crackers or a piece of bread or a single chip in a package is not going to work. The reality of it would be hilarious and sad at the same time.
But I have to say, I do love the "eat crap and still lose weight" idea that our food industry seems so bent on selling. They make so dang much money off this stuff. Putting a little sign in the 100-calorie snack shelf that says "go pick out an apricot or apple" would lose some big important business people lots of money.
But soon, it will stop raining and we can all go outside and run around and then calories won't matter so much.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart - pretty girls
pin uo cartoon girls
Matt Stewart pin up Matt Stewart
Matt Stewart girl Matt Stewart art
pin up cartoob girl

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New Ipp Strip!

Here's how the Ipp Strip is shaping up. I think you can start to get a feel for their personalities. There seems to be the one with the little mohawk and the one with the three horns. I think there will be others shortly. They behave pretty much like your standard comedy duo so far. Click on the strip to see it bigger on Flickr.

Gerald Kelley

Gerald Kelley - vector design.
vector girl
vector girls vector art girl
vector girls pin up and cartoon girls

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Hello, all you artists.

We went to the SF MOMA today. It was great. It's kind of like visiting with friends. You know, those good friends that you don't see that often, but when you do, it's like no time has passed.
I also especially enjoyed the footwear. I seriously saw shoes that could have come from any of the last five decades. I saw those scrunchy flat-heeled elf boots, and retro bowling shoes, and big clunky Minnie Mouse shoes. I saw cruel looking pointy things too (see "Cruel Shoes" by Steve Martin.) There was much fabulous footwear to be seen. How does someone walk through a whole museum in 3-plus-inch heels? I have no idea. It makes the balls of my feet ache just to think about it. I'm a runner, and my knees say, "you must be nice to us in order to run. Which means no tipping us up on heels." Fine with me.
Everybody was lined up all up and down the stairs to see this exhibition by Olafur Eliasson, which we didn't get to see but I think we'll go back for.
Anyway, it was nice to say hi to Matisse and Picasso and di Chirico and Magritte and Diebenkorn and Miro and everyone. My daughter kept saying, "Are these the ACTUAL paintings?" and I kept saying, "Yep, every one of them. Step back from that one, honey." This made the docents smile.

Joel Adams

Joel Adams' - cartoon art
Lilz have been comicbook heroines, party girls, devils, angels, goth and fetish girls
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

A New Experiment!

Okay, so this whole Web 2.0 thing is really cool, don't you think? You can have online profiles splattered all over the whole Web! With different logins and files that you've uploaded in three formats and social networks that may or may not have the same people in them... wheeee!
No really, it's great when you're a publisher of original content like me. Because all this collaborative tagging, and searching, and profiling, and the lot of it mean that my drawings go on even more fabulous journeys then they ever could have as mere email attachments.
I'm having great fun putting artwork all over the place, experimenting with what I can accomplish with the accounts at all these sites, and deciding what's best for what kind of work.
Which brings us to my next experiment. You see, the Ipps really want their own feature. And I want them to have it. So I went looking for the best way to let them express themselves. I didn't want to plunk them in a Web page somewhere. So... I'm going to put their strips on Flickr! They'll have their own section called "Ipp Strips." That's right, I'll put new work here, and then archive it over there. That way the Ipps can have their feature and people looking for them can find them. Even people not looking for them can find them. What fun! Let's see how it goes!
Soon I will run out of storage space over there and then we'll figure out what to do next... better keep those files small!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tracy Fran

Tracy Fran - illustrator
pin up cartoon girls
Tracy Fran Tracy Fran
Tracy Fran art Tracy Fran illustrator
pin up cartoon girls

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Packaging is the Enemy.

And not just because it's a needless waste of resources that we're never gonna get back.

Here are the things I am good at doing with packaging:

1. Going to pour that unexplained liquid out of the hot dog package and in doing so dumping at least one hot dot straight into the garbage disposal (thooop)

2. Ripping that re-closeable ziploc top right off the bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese (reseal THIS!)

3. Cooking packaging into things, like what's that bit of plastic in the marinara sauce?

4. Generally flinging cheese everywhere

And this is just with food packaging. I won't get into what happens when I try to open toys. That's a separate issue.

I will say, though, it's pretty fun to dump cranberry sauce or creamy soup out of the can. It makes a very nice noise. Then I can wipe it up after I'm done pouring it on the counter or having it slide into the sink or under the toaster.

Al Rio (Terry Maltos)

Al Rio (Terry Maltos) - Comic Books Artist
Al Rio
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Al Rio Al Rio Art
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