Thursday, July 31, 2008

Great Outdoors

Hey! My small contigent of blog viewers will already know this, but for anyone who happens to stumble by, the latest Doodle Factory stamp set is almost ready to be rubberized.

You have a chance to win it FREE along with two sets of sentiments. Just head over to the company blog and leave a comment in the latest post:

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blast from the Past

For those who don't know, I only moonlight as a Doodle Factory illustrator while my actual day job is a Graphics Manager position for a certain music conglomeration. I like my job because it has a good balance of office-drudgery with a good amount of creative work. I think if I were designing for other people 100% of the time, I'd start to hate it. Drawing the Doodle Factory sets this year has its own great balance of creative freedom combined with Tracey's ideas which push me in new directions.

Back in the day when I had copious amounts of free time, I used to blog rather frequently on another site, mostly posting random doodles and silly musings. It seemed I used to have more energy for creative pursuits when my job was 100% boring. Here are a couple of OLD projects I used to create for myself:

2004 "Found Creatures"
I made a bunch of hand-drawn ATC sized cards and left them around New York City, with a website for people to report back when they found them. I only got so far with this idea before my hands started to cramp from all that drawing. I've since let the website fold into oblivion:

2005 Creature Companion Compendium (CCC)

Here I decided to pair creature drawings with real-life personal ads. The two above were my contributions before I curated a bunch of online friends to submit their own creatures. (That's Frozey before she was Frozey!) I then color copied everything and made hand-bound booklets for all the contributors.

2006 Monster Project

Again I enlisted the aid of my online friends in a collaboration effort. They supplied me with their ideas for monsters, and I drew them out. Here's this one's description:

A monster lives in my basement. He looks kind of like a big ball of lint, with huge round eyes that glow in the shadows. I don't think he has teeth. He seems to coexist peacefully with my cats. Maybe he bribes them with catnip. His job is to make things go bump in the night, and also to turn on all the lights while we are asleep so that the bulbs burn out extra fast. Then he likes to move things around so you hit them when it's all dark. He lives on cotton. Or so I gather from the copious number of cotton socks that go missing from the dryer. Apparently pink is his favorite flavor

I think I lost most of 2007 to the effort of saving my apartment building from demolition (We "won" and had it declared a historical monument, but I still had to move out).

Which brings us to 2008 - the apparent Year of the Doodle Factory. I think this project has been the biggest and best yet. Hopefully there will be more to come!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Security Breach!

Oh No! This little critter escaped with the blueprints from the next set!

Friday, July 18, 2008

It's a Wrap

You never need wrapping paper when you have a bunch of stamps lying around. This was for a 2 year old boy, and I serendipitously picked out the same colors as the birthday cupcakes and balloons!

I probably won't be posting much in the near future. This morning I dropped off the deposit on a new loft we'll be moving to next month. We're moving on up, literally - up the street and to the 8th floor.

Here's a sneak peek at the soon-to-be new place.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Stamping on Clay

I've been taking a ceramics class after work three nights a week for the past 3 weeks. Last week I stamped Zot into a giant coffee mug I'd formed. It's hand thrown since we haven't learned the wheel yet, so it is full of imperfection and not yet done. Below is a photo of the "bisqued" piece - before the glaze and final firing. I think Zot may have disappeared in my heavy-handed glazing as I seemed to have a hard time with glazing in general last night. Ah well, we'll see what comes out of the kiln in a couple of days.

And just because, here is a photo of my kitty Toby. He's usually very wide-eyed and happy looking, but the fish-hat (aka the kitty torture device) has brought out the "Tobias" in him.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Swines Before Equines

Here are the last couple of cards from my card-making frenzy this weekend.

These cards feature more background papers from that old "Philistine" periodical I found in the used bookstore. When I saw the "sausage" ad, I couldn't help but make a Blox card. I have no idea who I'd ever give this to or for what occassion, but I need to practice my collage. I already think I need to add the post-fence from the Country set to finish this off.

This was the final card I finished and it may be one of my favorites for now. Sir Silimus on his steed, off to the rescue!