Sunday, December 19, 2010

In the Meadow We Can Build a Dough(nut) Man


If you click on the image (and then again with the magnifier), you'll see that I uploaded it large enough for a decent desktop background (it's a 1024x768 or whatever). It's been a good year for me and Bent Objects, so consider this a small kind of something in return. Thanks!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Many Passionate Fans

Do you love chocolate? or is it simply lust? Hmmm?

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My friend Noah Scalin (famous for his  Herculean "Skull-A-Day" project) has a new book that is all about year long creative projects. Cool stuff, check it out!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Knot

This is an image that I've done before, and today I was working on a variation of it (an added character in the mix), but I ended up simply recreating the previous one but with a different mood. Which image is better I ask myself. The other is prettier maybe, but is so straightforward, I dunno. I like the way this seems more candid.

As I looked at the previous time I posted these characters (two years ago), I saw that I had 28 comments about it. Twenty-eight!  There were many times that I'd get over 40 comments, not counting my own. It's interesting these days, I get as many visitors, but not as many comments, and I think that's due to a couple of things-

1. My presence on Facebook and Twitter has led to people giving feedback there.

2. I think after a while, a reader can only say "great work" or "love it" so many times. Pretty soon they just comment when they feel they have something to add to the conversation, or when they have something witty to say, and that takes more time than most of us have.

3. I don't usually follow up on comments here anyway (what a jerk!). Every once in a while I'll say a "Thanks all!", but although I read all the comments, replying takes energy which I don't have. Sort of rude? Probably. That's what I would think.

4. I don't ask questions or opinions of my visitors. Most times I'm not touching on some hot topic that we need to debate. That's just not what this blog is about, is it?
To those of you who like to comment- thank you, of course. To others who just like to pop in and see what I'm doing lately, that's cool too. I will keep making things for people to see either way.

edit- This isn't a request somehow for more comments! After rereading it, maybe it could come across that way, but I'm more than happy with however many I get. No pity-party for me, thanks! There are a few great blogs out there that I visit which sometimes don't get any, so I'm more than happy with how things are.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Dancing Queens (part deux)

 (yes I know, another image with playing cards...)

I'm lucky enough to have a small deal with American Greetings (the card company), and they were interested in a previous version of this image. In the previous version there were queens out dancing (although one was a Jack, that was supposed to be the funny part), but for card purposes they just wanted two queens showing in a vertical format. I've learned that in the card business, it's all about vertical formats! I guess they know what they're doing.

Oh, and here's some music to go with the post. 

Friday, December 03, 2010

I only have dice for you.

Yes, I know how bad that title is.
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With the holiday's fast approaching, for those who may be buying techie gifts, this may be helpful- Uncle Mark's Gift Guide. It's great, and it's free.

 One of the things Mark recommends is his favorite digital camera, the Canon Powershot (of which there are many models, all which are good). I also highly recommend them, and I actually shot the first half of my book with one! 

And speaking of my book, it's now offered at a really ridiculously low price on Amazon. I'm a big believer at buying at real bookstores, which I do often, but I had to clue people in who might be interested in buying several copies.

One more thing- I found this illustrator who drew Star Wars like Dr. Seuss would have. Wow.http://themightyadam.blogspot.com/2010/11/dr-seuss-does-star-wars.html