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Friday, February 25, 2011

Who Will Be Cartoonist Of The Year?

Here's a link to the finalists for cartoonist of the year from the National Cartoonist Society.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Edward Gorey on NPR

Here's a link to a story on NPR about the famous illustrator, Edward Gorey.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

To Hell With The Trophy! Give Me Money!

It's been a while since I posted anything from my portfolio, so I thought I'd write about an illustration I created when I worked at the Nashville Banner.  The story was about how to train your voice for public speaking.

My original sketch was a character doing a version of a bicep curl with his tongue.  One of my fellow designers suggested the speed bag work out on the uvula.  It was a much easier image for the reader to instantly 'get' and made for a far better page layout.  The final art was created in Macromedia Freehand and the page layout was QuarkXpress (I didn't design the page).

This image won an award from the Society of News Design, an organization whose recognition I found deeply flattering.  However, it didn't include a raise, much to my dismay.

Later, when I became a freelance artist, I took the vector file and imported it into PhotoShop and played around with it.  I still use this as a showcase piece when anyone asks about my prior career.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, B.C.

Today is the 53rd birthday of Johnny Hart's B.C.  Drop by Creator's Syndicate and say hello.

Video Post about George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat

Mike Lynch posted this short video on his blog.  It's a preview about a new book coming out about George Herriman.  Enjoy!