Keystonelandia Campaign by Cultivator Advertising & Design

A few months ago I did some small, doodle illustrations for Keystonelandia ads created by Cultivator Advertising & Design. The Art Director, Rich was a breeze to work with and the ads turned out great. They will appear locally (in Colorado) in Ski and Outside Magazines and also in Peaks Magazine in the mountains and in Dallas and Chicago.

 

Look for little skiers, snowboarders, rescue dogs and chair lifts and that is my handiwork.

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Steve Martin from ‘The Jerk’

After seeing Sam Gilbey’s sketch of Del Griffith from Planes, Trains, & Automobiles I thought I’d try my own quick digital sketch of Stee Martin from The Jerk.

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I know it’s not perfect and Sam is clearly more practiced at drawing directly into Photoshop or Painter, but I’d say not too bad for about 20 minutes of my time. I never draw or sketch directly into Photoshop, so it was a fun challenge and I got to do a little bit of Steve Martin Fan Art at the same time.

I love everything he does.

30 Days of Comics – Day 13: Cooking Dance

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Maybe it’s cheating, but today’s comic is only one panel. It’s actually an idea I’ve had for inclusion in another project and I decided to take the sketch and experiment with it for 30 Days of Comics.

I’m fortunate enough to have a husband who loves cooking and is also fabulous at it.

Nutritionism – New Editorial Illustration

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Nutritionism is a term used to describe our current practice of eating foods based solely on their nutrients and not on the food as a whole. We take the nutrients out of context and completely disregards the benefits of eating whole foods. Instead we cram nutrients where they don’t belong, like extra fiber to cereals made of corn and sugar, and we get far less nutrition in return.

I created this editorial illustration after reading about nutritionism in Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food. I had originally created it for a separate food project I’m working on, but since that project has taken a slightly different turn, I decided to share this with you and to add it to my portfolio. If you’re interested in food and food-related issues, you can follow my on my second Twitter account here.

30 Days of Comics – Days 11 & 12

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I’m starting to catch up on my 30 Days of Comics, though I’m still a day behind. I’m doing a lot of experimenting with these, as you’ll see in the second one. The first one is about my childhood when we would drive several hours to the nearest shopping mall and, if I was lucky, my parents let me buy a magazine and it was usually MAD or Cracked.

The comic below had a lot of experimentation within it. Also, I got a little frustrated with the paper I was using and gave up on doing the washes. To be fair, I’m not using proper paper at all for these.

 

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30 Days of Comics – Day 10: Homicidal Kitty

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This is the story of a cat I owned when I lived in LA. This thing had it out for human beings for sure. Every time I played with him it ended in blood and violence! Anyway, I’m saving my extra day for 30 Days of Comics for the weekend when I’ll have the time to catch up.

30 Days of Comics – Day 9

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I’m still a day behind for 30 Days of Comics and this one has no ending. I haven’t figured out what would be the best way to end it, but when I do I’ll be sure to update this post! Thanks everyone for reading all these comics! And yes, this is me as a child. I was a brat.

 

Westword’s 2011 Denver #WebAwards Finalist!

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I am very pleased to inform you that Westword Magazine has announced it’s finalists for the Denver #WebAwards and I am a finalist for “Best Artist on Twitter!” Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me. They will be announcing the winners in all categories at a party on Wednesday evening so cross your fingers for me.

Why You Should Start Paying For Stuff on the Internet – Part 2

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Last week I blogged about why we should all start paying for content on the internet. Thank you for your comments and for helping to spread it around.

It occurred to me the other day that there is a more important reason why we should be paying other than simply to encourage people who are creating content that we value.

We have an enormous opportunity to shape the way digital content is priced and delivered.

Does your local grocery store carry ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ foods and produce? Is there more of it today than there was 5 years ago? Look at the price tag for those foods. It’s probably noticeably higher than their non-organic or processed counterparts. So why are they filling grocery stores all over the country? Because people voted for them by paying for them.

This is the perfect example of how demand can shape what is being offered and we can do the same on the internet.

We’re doing this now without even thinking about it. In fact, it’s the reason digital content is much more popular than books or newspapers.

When considering whether or not to purchase something, there are some questions you can think about:

Do you prefer your ebooks and comics as PDF’s or would you rather have access to it without having to download a file?

Will you pay more for something by your favorite creator or do you want the prices to be standard?

Should digital content always be free and supplemented with lots of advertising or are you willing to pay for it so that it is advertisement-free?

What is the price-point at which you will no longer purchase digital content?

There is no right answer to these questions, at least not yet, but we need to cast our vote and be more deliberate about what we pay for online and how much we’re willing to pay for it so that others don’t always make the decisions for us.

Sometimes we don’t have a choice where or how we purchase digital content. When you do have a choice, think about how you want the future of digital content to look. If we make a conscious effort to shape it the way we want now, then we won’t be dissatisfied with our options in the future.

What are some other ways we can help shape the future of digital?
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I would recommend reading the latest blog post over at the Paper Wings Podcast and listening to their interview with Comfort Love and Adam Withers about the future of comics online. Adam Withers specifically references the move to digital and he makes what is probably a very accurate prediction about the pervasiveness of tablets and other digital devices.