Thursday, May 27, 2010

Funny Male Enhancement Cartoon: Learn to sign

A funny cartoon about the subject of male enhancement drugs you know the drugs that you can’t watch T.V. without being bombarded with funny or emotion invoking commercials about. Only marketing could take two letters of the alphabet “E.D.” and brand it into an anti-flaccid billion dollar money maker.

The Creative Beast Returns

I've got colored pencils, and I'm not afraid to use them.

At the end of "Let Out the Creative Beast," I mention the idea of letting out other people's Beasts.

"The Gift of the Creative Beast" expands on that idea. It talks about remembering people who have let out Your Beast, and thanking them - and then turning around to do the same for someone else.

Practically every artist, actor, musician and designer I have ever worked with has believed that part of our job is to reach back and lift up young artists. Many of us can remember someone in our youth who saw us as we were, and who made us feel actually GOOD about being different, not like a mutant. Those people gave us The Gift of the Creative Beast.

Please enjoy, maybe this will help you remember someone who gave YOU the Gift!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mort Künstler

Mort Künstler (Emmett Kaye) - America's greatest historical artists
Mort Kunstler

Mort Kunstler
Mort Kunstler art
Mort Kunstler illustration
Mort Künstler

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Kids Drawing: And then the confused squid said...

Some of the best drawings happen when you just keep adding another thing, and another thing, and another - in this case, I was giving kids cards with words on them, and they were combining the words and drawing the result. There's something really appealing about all these little drawings arranged together. And you have to love the submarine and the flying cow.

In this second one, it all came together into this huge story that started with a confused squid and went from there. Pretty soon the space shuttle and a turtle were involved. Everybody had something to say. And as I read it, the artist laughed uncontrollably.

We think we have to have a plan in mind to make art, like we have to know what we are going to draw before we draw it. We are so obsessed with results - test scores, trophies, fancy cars... But the great thing about these is, they just happened. They are so much cooler than if the kids had tried to plan it in advance. In one case, she just kept adding more drawings, and in the other, he created a story that involved everything. Both of them are wonderful to look at.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: Obama’s Web

Stanislav Plutenko

Stanislav Plutenko - Paintings
Stanislav Plutenko
...The artist Stanislav Plutenko plays on colour contrasts, his painting is very vigorous, illustrative and imbued through by sarcasm on the reality. In spite of the fact that the characters of his pictures are fattened and absolutely earthly ones, they are always astir - running, fluttering and flying somewhere...

Stanislav Plutenko

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Featured: Murals! Mazes! Drawing Lessons, and a Class!

Uh, Featured Post Thursday? Okay - whatever.

Also, I've published Two Free Drawing Lessons, one on Stick Figures and one on Faces, which encourage you to get out the pencil. At the end are printable pages for even further inspiration - these will be expanding into a whole series of lessons, so keep pencil and paper handy!

The Creative Beast is out on YouTube, with marvelous guitar accompaniment.

And, check out "Your Own True Voice," an animation I did for Coaching Sanctuary. And while you're at it, take a look at the great work Coaching Sanctuary is doing. It's inspiring, it's uplifting, and it's really really cool.

Finally, I'm teaching a Class on Creating Comics and Graphic Novels for kids and young adults, in June, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California! Come check it out!!

School Mural: The Painting Has Begun!

Oh boy, we're to the good part.

4th graders with paint brushes have begun to apply fabulous colors to our mural. So far they've gotten through most of the panel with the DNA molecules and leaf cell stomata.

I just love the colors of this mural paint!

Our science teacher, Mr. Winter, put dots of suggested colors in each area on each square. Then the kids went for it. You can see examples of the color dots on the two panels of DNA that aren't painted yet.

Then, the whole thing gets put together like a big puzzle.

Now we're waiting on some red paint so the kids can paint in the centers of the DNA -

I'd better get going on the next panel! It's going to have the cell stomata in the middle, and oak leaves around the outside.... Hooray!

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