Sunday, January 30, 2011

Marta Penter

Marta Penter - photorealistic watercolour and oil drawings
photorealistic drawing
Marta Penter was born in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil in 1957. Since an early age she has been connected to the world of arts, having attended to several art schools and arts centers. She has currently dedicated herself to watercolor and oil on canvas. She has a contemporary realistic language which explores the domains of collective unconscious through images of personal antique objects and human figure through a time-space relationship. Such Icons, which derive from the strong influence of her background as a psychologist, acquire empowerment and expression through her works. Her usually large paintings feature the highlighting of light and shadow effects, thus creating a unique intimate atmosphere.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Duck Cartoon: Second Opinion

This Just In: Distraction is a Business Model, TOO!

I just wrote about how Controversy is a business model -

Distraction is another nifty way of making money. Distract people from the downsides of whatever your selling. Or sell to them in a really bombarded environment where they can't think clearly and then push them in some direction. Electronics stores are a terrific example of this. Who can make a decision while standing in front of a wall of TVs all playing the same Eagles concert video?

Or better yet, catch them when they are just distracted/tired/confused enough that they will buy just to have the process over with.

This is how we sell to kids. We get the kids to kick up a rumpus about some random product, they don't even know what it is and it will make no difference in their life, and then just keep doing that until there is some result.

Often, the parent in this scenario is trying to do something else, like fish the credit card out of the wallet to pay for actual needed things, like food.

If the parent is fried enough, there's a pretty good chance they'll just say, "yeah, whatever..." to the great delight of the kid(s). It's a roll of the dice, but the thing is, the marketers are using us to roll them. By coming at us with these things when we are distracted.

Man, are we tools.

The Creative Beast doesn't like distraction. It's noisy, and thoughts don't fully take form. Connections don't get made. At least not on your terms. Maybe some marketing thing makes a connection for you between diet pills and bikini season or something. But that's not your connection. That's someone else's.

Your Creative Beast would really appreciate even a small amount of quiet. Maybe just count to ten in front of the mirror after you brush your teeth. You don't have to sign up for a week-long silent retreat to make a difference. I actually think having little islands of quiet throughout your day is terrific. Just turn off whatever media (what? you didn't even realize the radio was on?) and take a couple minutes.

Again, your Creative Beast will thank you. It's like giving it a nice pat on the head.

Low Fantasy Legends by Simon Eckert

fantasy girl
Artist: Simon Eckert

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Controversy is a Business Model, People.

Man, Charles Schulz sure nailed it with Charlie Brown and Lucy and the football.

Some things we will just keep falling for over and over and over, because they rest too deep down in our nature for us to stop them.

One of those things is controversy. I mean, we go for it every single time. I don't even have to name anybody. Say something controversial about parenting, or about the president, live a controversial lifestyle, be a controversial family, write a controversial book or give a controversial talk, say on a radio station. On the AM dial. For example.

Thing is, controversy = attention = advertising = money.

It's that simple. Controversy is a business model, people. Nothing more than that. If you can attract attention, you can make a living.

I know I know, I just wrote about this. But when you are letting out your Creative Beast, it's important to really know what you are doing because you want to, versus what you are doing, well, because your lizard brain fell for it again.

Escaping those automatic responses is really important to creativity. This is why people who change their perspective come up with new ideas. It's why our brain thinks best when things are quiet, like in the bathroom.

If you are just paying attention to things because they attract a lot of attention, you are helping along the controversy business model.

YOU are the product, not what's on the screen or in the speakers. YOU are being sold to the advertisers. All the media are doing is serving up another football for you to run at.

And, your Creative Beast is heaving a heavy sigh.

So free your mind. Turn off the yelling voices and the people who will basically say and do anything to get attention. Don't tweet about them, don't give your own opinion - that's running at the football. And it does nothing for your Creative Beast.

Here's something really controversial: Your own creative voice. It's like no one else's. Your attention is your own, it is your power, and when you take it back, your Creative Beast thrives.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Casual Friday

vintage illustration
Unknown Artist...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Admira Wijaya

Admira Wijaya - Digital Illustrator
pin up cartoon girl

Funny Cartoon: Procrastination Therapy

I was thinking about procrastination the other day and the amount of work I have piling up, meaning sketches of possible cartoons that have been sitting idle for about a month now. I just open them and look at them and think…..I’ll do it later. That combined with my limited experience with therapy gave me the idea for this one. Enjoy and have a great day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Funny Cartoon Optimism

Here is another addition to the gallery of silly. Enjoy and have a great day.

Bellow is a couple of the items I put this cartoon on.


Legs and Nylon

pin up legs

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Warrior Girl by Alejandro Germánico Benit

comic girl
Artist: Alejandro Germánico Benit

Top Kids Online Game

When choosing a game site for your child there are a few things you should consider.

Games should be able to be played online not downloaded. Sites with too many pop ups or ads can cause problems if your computer is not up to it, so look for sites where ads are not intrusive. Along the top you will find a menu filled with arcade games, learning games, clip art just for kids, coloring pages, puzzles, downloads and more. This site will appeal to kids thru grade six.

Nick jr has color pages, crafts and other activities as well as games and is geared to the 6 and younger crowd. Again the games on this site are both online and downloadable trials so be sure to look thru this site with your child before turning them loose. In addition to several genres of online games for all ages, this site also has a study zone filled with videos and links to sites around the internet offering your child help on their homework. Fun Brain: This site aims at being educational as well as fun. The site is colorful and busy, advertising is minimal and discreet. They offer games, word puzzles, coloring, and interactive polls and home work help. Funschool also has a new and free multiplayer online game called Minyanland that teaches kids about money. 

Here are the top fun kid websites which easily fall in the category of some of the best free kids online games sites available on the internet for little kids

British Council Site
This is another fun site which features a good collection of free kids online games, plenty of fun songs and funnier animation to go with the songs. Find songs for teaching kids their numbers, letters. There are plenty of activities on this site to help kids with their English learning.
The collection of activities and games for little kids is absolutely huge on this site. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What if We Knew Less?

I was talking to a friend today, and she asked a really interesting question:

"What would happen if we just didn't have news?"

Think about that. What if we didn't have people on screens who told us about events far away, or if we didn't have a weather report, if we didn't know anything about the unemployment numbers or the opinion polls?

What if you lost your job, but you didn't know there was a recession? Would you just go out and look for another job and keep looking until you found one? And maybe notice that it took a while, but that's just because it took a while?

What if there were no trends, no memes, no instant celebrities? What if what happened to you didn't happen because of some chart going up or down? What if it just happened and you dealt with it?

What if you didn't compare yourself to people whose lives far away involve private helicopters and yachts?

Would we spend so much time trying to tear people down to make ourselves feel better?

Would we respond differently to adversity if it wasn't linked to some trend or statistic?

Would we change our expectations of ourselves and the people around us?

Would we rely on our own judgment more?

Obviously there will always be rumors, and conversations around the water cooler, and conjecture, and old wives' tales, but haven't we gotten awfully good at taking one thing and blasting it out over so many people that it becomes essentially meaningless?

I'm just asking, I don't know the answer.

I'm asking, "What would happen if....?" which happens to be one of my favorite questions. Here's a little presentation about that very question. It sure opens up some interesting doors when you ask it. Enjoy!

Celebrity Pin Up Style - Eva Longoria

pin up photography

Monday, January 17, 2011

Funny Cartoon: Babies Daddy

Just another silly idea to add to the gallery…..enjoy and have a great day.

I ended up using this cartoon in a variety of stuff at the
Zazzle gallery some of which is pictured bellow.


Marville #1 by Greg Horn

comic girl
Artist; Greg Horn


Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cameron Stewart

Cameron Stewart is the Eisner Award-winning and Shuster Award-winning illustrator of Batman & Robin, Seaguy, Catwoman, The Other Side, Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian, The Apocalipstix and Sin Titulo
Cameron Stewart

pin up cartoon girls pin up cartoon girls
cat woman comic girl
cat woman

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Shura SC4 by Yassir S.Rasan

Yassir S.Rasan - Illustrator
anime girl

anime girl

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Free Speech, Power and Leadership

Boy, lots to think about this week about speech, and violence, and rhetoric, and public discourse, and the relationship between words and action. Do suggestions through the media result in horrible actions by unstable people with guns? Do our media create some kind of foul soup of fear and hatred that we're all swimming in?

The answer to this is not tidy, and it's never going to be.

We have free speech. This means people can get up and say whatever idiotic stuff they want. Or they can say smart stuff, too. Or not. It's the ability to speak that matters, not what is said. There are very, very, very good reasons for this. I would refer you to "Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee" by Nat Hentoff.

We also have media all over everything, and a culture in which you win attention - and sometimes a lot of money - by being extreme. Extremely thin, or loud, or rich, or violent, or eccentric, or messy, or willing to do extreme things on a reality show, just extremely extreme. A person who is good at playing the piano is nice, but a five-year-old who can play a Beethoven concerto underwater is going to win the day.

That's just basic human psychology. We look at the extremes. They capture attention.

Problem is, attention in our media = money. And money gets equated with power.

So, extremes are going to get attention. That's just how it is.

And, we have free speech. So people are going to say extreme stuff, attract attention, and make a living in this way. Advertisers want viewers. This will continue.

Here's where the danger comes: Attention and money in our society - and the power we give those things - are often confused with leadership. We give people who get a lot of attention attributes that they do not have. The fact that a lot of them make a lot of money only makes them look more powerful. And it's self-reinforcing. We pay more attention, that person seems more powerful, and pretty soon they may really be influencing some things. Just by attracting attention.

This is when we make a big mistake by treating people who attract attention, who get advertising revenue, as leaders. They are not leaders. They are tapping into the power you get when you are extreme and attract a lot of attention.

Real leaders often are people you have never heard of and will never hear of. They are the ones who are doing the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. They don't often have agents, or media contracts. They may not have a lot of money either. Leading is action and example. And if that attracts attention, great. Martin Luther King comes to mind. Amelia Earhart comes to mind.

So, take back your power. Make your decisions about what noise you will or won't listen to. See people in the public eye for what they are, mooshy humans with a camera pointed at them and a lighting crew.

And don't buy into the notion that something has to have a camera pointed at it to be worthy. In fact, it might just be the opposite. Because the extreme people who are playing the money game on the screen are just another bunch of folks trying to feed their egos and get rich. We all have egos, we all want to make a living. This is no different.

We're getting it backwards, giving attention to what's on camera rather than turning the camera toward what's worthy of attention.

And, we all have a chance to show leadership by putting aside the extreme media extravaganza, and doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do. It's not even that hard, there's this convenient button at the corner of the remote that really helps.

Media are going to be used to be extreme, to attract attention, to divide people, to scare people, to put out idiotic ideas and to make money. Because it works.

But turn your own camera, your attention, toward things that matter and people who are deserving.

Carlos Valenzuela

Carlos Valenzuela - Illustrator, color and b/w fantasy arts
b/w fantasy girl

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Carlos Valenzuela Carlos Valenzuela
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