Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bret Parson (BlitzCadet)

Bret Parson - Illustrator, Cartoonist
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Bret Parson BlitzCadet pin up cartoon girls
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Bret Parson (BlitzCadet)
Bret Parson (BlitzCadet)

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Nathanael Lark

Nathanael Lark - Freelance Illustrator
Nathanael Lark

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Nathanael Lark Nathanael Lark art
Nathanael Lark

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Design Thinking: Data and Life Stories

What on Earth is THIS??

(Seriously, don't try to read it. Just appreciate the gobs of teeny tiny text and the colors.)

A periodic table? An eye test?

No, it's actually a bunch of intertwined life stories.

This is a diagram of the seats inside a theatre that has been in operation since the 1950s. The building itself was built in 1914.

All those tiny words are the names of people who, at one point or another, gave a donation to the theatre and had their name put on a little brass plaque on a seat.

Many of the plaques are gone. This is a reconstruction, showing which plaques are on ARMS of chairs (pink), BACKS of chairs (red), gone (black), or not done yet because they are new donors (blue).

That in itself isn't particularly amazing... what is amazing is when you put this seemingly dry bunch of text in front of someone who has history with the theatre.

The stories just start pouring out. One name reminds them of another, relationships, incidents, shows, performances, all sorts of things. I spoke with a gentleman whose 94- and 92-year-old in-laws are two of the people whose plaques I am restoring. He could tell me about romances that started on the stage (leading to a wedding that he later photographed), people who got their starts there, people who got along, didn't get along, it just went on.

All from this spreadsheet with color-coded names.

So now, I'm putting plaques on seats, but I'm also going to make a big printout of all the names once we're done, so people can stand in the lobby and share their stories.

My point in showing this? All information has people behind it. The key is to connect with those people. Everything of value comes from relationships. A graph only depicts things that have been done by human beings. If you remember this, you can use graphs and charts to give your information a soul.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Random Scrap Wood + Nails + Paint = Cool.

With home projects come extra pieces of things and extra paint.

I'm not actually sure what is being made here, I'm told it's a "tank."

It's made of a couple of shelves I pulled out of our garage, along with some other bits I found.

Can I mention how thrilled I am that my two kids were able, on their own, to agree to each paint half of it.

The paint is left over from various projects around the house. The purple was not used to paint my daughter's room. The green was not used to paint the outside of the house.

Now, these two are 8 and 6 years old. Before starting this project, we went over the basics of handling a hammer, properly positioning nails, pulling nails back out, and the rest.

We also learned some things about how to apply paint. To wood, and also to each other. And the necessity of a tarp so we're not still appreciating this project ten years from now.

I suspect this will evolve into more things as time goes on. We started with just scrap wood and nails. I'm guessing that soon I will be fielding questions about what kinds of things can be attached to this (doll parts? fabric?) and with what - including experiments with various types of glue.

Some things will work, and others won't. That's all fine with me, as long as they are observing the basic rules of using tools and paint, being careful with the nails, and being nice to each other. Someday, when they are repairing something around their house who knows - maybe they will remember something like how to use a hammer.

Howl at the Moon

Trying my hand at digital painting.....not a great job but not bad for a couple of hours of doodling.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pin Up Photo by Nelson Auge

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Photographer: Nelson Auge
Model: Catherine Jones

Kei Acedera

Kei Acedera - Illustrator and Art Director at Imaginism Studios
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Kei Acedera
Kei Acedera art
Kei Acedera sketches
Kei Acedera

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Who Moves the Cheese Painting

I was messing around just painting with CS and came up with this little picture. I was working on it a thought…..all those folks out there wondering “Who moved my cheese?” I thought it would be nice if there was a face or character that answered the question. What an evil little mouse. Enjoy and have a great day.

35-th bithday

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Jace Wallace (wakkawa)

Jace Wallace (wakkawa) - Illustrator, Drawings, Comic style girls

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: Financial Reform Bill

An editorial cartoon about the new Financial Reform Bill in laymen’s terms.

Two Smiley Faces of Cute Cartoon Monkey

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Two smiley monkey faces are very cute. They are look so happy. It just a simple cartoon animal picture, but this simple one is better. They show the funny monkey faces.

By Cartoon Faces. Net

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Creative Beast Learns Guitar: New Video!

Do you have a dream of something you want to learn or try or do?

A while back, Rick DiBiasion of middleagedcrazy.com sent me a little script telling the story of his dream to learn guitar.

I turned it over in my mind for a while.

Then, I asked Rick if he would send me a recording of him playing guitar - I could almost feel the trepidation from the other end, but eventually he did send something. I'm so glad, because it helps tell the story on a whole different level in concert with the drawings and the words.

Here is the result:

I hope this will inspire you to try something that you want to do. Your Creative Beast will thank you!

Friday, August 20, 2010

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