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You know it’s been a while when you can’t remember your login password. I’ve been really inconsistent going to drawing class so I went to TWO different ones last week. One, the open class I’ve been going to for years, and a second that just started up at my alma-mater Portfolio Center. Let’s see if I go to two in a row? Here are some drawings from the sessions. Range from 1 minute drawings to 30 mins.

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New Yorkers:  Look for THE PRESS next weekend at NORTHSIDE! It’s the place to be and they’re band to see.

I would say my favorite project to have worked on in school was a collaborative children’s book effort entitled, ‘Hug Something Horrible’. Illustrators and writers were paired together and asked to create an original children’s book – anything we wanted.  Together with writer, Craig Moyer, he and I came up with a book about learning to appreciate and accept others no matter how different they may appear; a book about monsters.

This project began half-way through my 2 years at Portfolio Center and was really a turning point for me as an illustrator. It was the first time pulling together everything learned up to that point. It was an incredibly ambitious project to tackle in one quarter – 28 full page illustrations – so, needless to say, it did not quite get finished. I’ve revisited the project several times since it was first started nearly 4 years ago. Unfortunately balancing full-time work, freelance work, personal projects, and life in general after school didn’t leave much time for completing the book.

This year, however, after a few encouraging reminders from former teachers and students, I have made a conscious effort to make time to finish the book. I worked through the remainder of my freelance queue and quit taking on new projects to focus on painting monsters for a while. Hopefully this summer will see the completion of ‘Hug Something Horrible’.

I got to be part of my first group show last night at the Young Blood Gallery. The theme was anything bike related and benefited SOPO bikes. Nearly 60 artists were represented by their cycling themed art. It was very cool seeing how 60 different brains interpreted the theme. The show is up through the end of the month. My contribution is below:

How long should you hold onto a card that is sent to you in the mail? I suppose there are a myriad of factors to consider such as who sent it, the occasion it’s marking, how much room on the fridge is available, how large your mantle is, and how attractive the card is. If you open it and glitter falls out you can just go ahead and throw it away no matter who it’s from. Some are easier to keep than others but some cards are just begging to take their rightful spot in the local landfill, recycling bin or shredder minutes after opening. Amongst the contenders in this last category are the birthday cards from your 3rd aunt Myrtle and your dentist’s office,  and the holiday card from someone you did business with that year.

Holiday cards at my office are a big deal though. Afterall we are a design firm. Clients come to us all year for mind-blowing creativity and beauty. The least we can do is send out a ‘thank you, Happy Holidays, keep us in mind’ card at the end of the year that people would much rather frame and hang on their wall than toss in the garbage. Easier said than done. We know each card we seal and stamp is in danger of heading for the trashcan so we do our best to save them from that fate. That responsibility has fallen on my shoulders the last 3 years and while I’ll accept the fact these things are not being framed, I would also like to think there are quite a few still hanging around somewhere.

All imagery copyright Litigation Presentation, Inc. 2007

All imagery copyright Litigation Presentation, Inc. 2008

All imagery copyright Litigation Presentation, Inc. 2009

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I flew back to Texas for the Thanksgiving holiday to see my family. There have been lots of new additions over the last 2 years. I took home some prints for the little ones to put up in their rooms. Some of them are starting to talk and they’ve been learning what sounds certain animals make. As I showed them each picture they proudly blurted out the appropriate noises and acted out the movements – toddler charades is much more entertaining than you would think.

“RAAWWWRRR!”

‘Very good! That’s exactly what a tiger sounds like…’

“OOH OOH, AH AH!” (scratching head with one hand)

‘Yay! It IS a monkey!’

[Silence]

‘Hmmm…what sound does a giraffe make? Or a zebra for that matter?’

(Shoulder shrug)

‘I’ll pick better animals next time.’

This particular client generally comes to me with character driven illustration needs, which I must say, are my favorite to work on. She was designing a wedding announcement for a couple who was not afraid to get away from the calligraphy and the flourishes. I did not get the full story on what exactly all the details meant, but each one was important to the couple and uniquely their own. It was a quick 3 day turnaround and one of those projects that feels more like fun than work.

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I mentioned I’ve been working on the August Dog Rescue project a few posts ago. The website is nearing completion thanks to the help of a talented friend and I wanted to post a few sneak peeks. A donation page is set up in the mean time here:  August Dog Rescue

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I became an uncle this past March! My mom wanted to do something special for my sister, as this was her first, and she had come up with the idea for me to make a baby book for her. I thought it was an awesome idea. I was a couple of months late getting the book to her as I juggled it and other deadlines, but I was happy with the finished product. I’ve only been able to meet my nephew once, in person, as he does all his giggling and drooling from Dallas, but I’m looking forward to seeing him again soon.

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A good friend of mine approached me a few months ago with a project. She had been involved in dog rescue and rehabilitation for several years in the state of Texas. As her reputation for good work grew so did the demand for her time, energy and resources. But there was only so much she could do as a single volunteer. She decided she had to do more and began looking into starting her own non-profit rescue. I was contacted to help create a professional looking aesthetic for the foundation.

Happily accepting, my first task was the logo. The name transitioned a few times throughout the process as she settled on exactly how to focus the groups efforts and, not to mention, having to avoid a ridiculous infringement claim from another dog-centered business.

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Finally her vision had its official name: August Dog Rescue. After a bit more tweaking, the logo was completed as well:

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A website is currently under construction and should be live in the next few weeks. For the time being a donation page is in place at www.augustdogrescue.org. I’ll post again soon with some sneak peaks at the site. It’s going to be fun and informative and look a hundred times better than any dog rescue or dog-anything based business out there. It’s understandable that most non-profits don’t have the money to spend on design or websites for their organizations. I wanted to help August Dog Rescue stand apart from the rest by donating my efforts so they can get the word out and spend their money on what really counts – the dogs.