Currently Browsing: April 2015 15 articles

Strong Language Warning—A Bit About How Language Is Changing on the Internet

If you don't have a sense of humor, don't care about language and how it changes, and don't swear, forget this post and move on.  Really, right now, click away. But if any or all of that applies to you check out "OMFG! Sweary Abbreviations FTFW!" by Stan Carey. My friend Wendy sent the link […]

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I Can’t Help Myself, I Just Have To Show You This…

Left: 11 x 17 inch sketch of Michael Kitchen as Foyle in "Foyle's War." Pentel fine point pigment brush pen and Pentel Colorbrush dye-based brush pen on Fabriano eco drawing paper. OK, so everyone who reads my blog knows that I love "Foyle's War" (which has sadly ended its run with the release of the […]

What is “Making It”? A Movie about Illustrators and the Business of Making Art

"Making It" Official Trailer from Tony Moorman on Vimeo. "Making It" is a documentary film which explores the professional lives of illustrators in the comics/fantasy industry. Woodrow J. Hinton III introduces and narrates this film in which he interviews three of his friends who have reached, like him, "the middle" of their careers in illustration: […]

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Winning Gracefully? I’ve Got a Lot to Learn, and a Movie Recommendation

Left: Morgan Freeman as "the Boss" in Lucky Number Slevin. This 2006 movie also starring Joss Hartnett, Bruce Willis and Ben Kingsley is just as fun to watch again when you know all the twists. I can't say more or I'd have to add spoiler alert to this post. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Fabriano ecological […]

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Still Time to Sign Up for May Binding Class and Take Advantage of Supply Set Deal at Wet Paint

Won't come to Minnesota to take a bookbinding class with me because April Twenty-first's snow storm has you scared? Then take one of my online bookbinding classes—Simple Round Back Spine begins May 2, 2015. (Read more about the class and registration details at this link.) Work from the comfort of your own home. You can even […]

Brush Lettering—Another Look, and Other Approaches to Hand Lettering

If the above embedded video doesn't play please view it on YouTube. Tonight, Monday, April 20, 2015 the MCBA Visual Journal Collective will meet at 7 p.m. at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I'm not sure of all the details, but I remember coordinator Suzanne Hughes saying at the last meeting that it would be […]

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Fragmentation—The Past Few Weeks in Elder Care, Illness, and Video Streaming

Above: CR napping on top of his bedcovers while he waits for the health team to come to a progress meeting—his progress. He is wasting away in his clothing. When he first got onto the bed he pulled his pant's waistband out and up and said, "Well there's one good thing about all this, I've […]

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It’s A Wonder What A Difference Size Makes

Left: The actual sketch and painting I made of Christopher Eccleston. I had stopped the television and was working directly with a brush pen. I knew as soon as I did the ears that I didn't get them right. Depending on how his hair is cut and his character's make up is done Eccleston's ears […]

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Fluid 100—An All Cotton Watercolor Paper

Left: Gouache painting on Fluid 100 cold press paper. A black actress who popped up in a TV show I was watching. I couldn't resist stopping to sketch her regal head. I think she was going to die in a few minutes in the story line, but I got interrupted and wasn't able to watch […]

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Online Bookbinding Class to Begin on Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015 I will begin teaching an online bookbinding class: The Simple Round Back Spine. US$99.00 Readers of the blog will have seen blog posts about local in-person sessions of this class. Students unable to travel to the Twin Cities area will now be able to join me in making this structure through […]

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