Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WIFYR–Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. Organized by author Carol Lynch Williams, the conference (June 15-19) offers workshops and presentations on writing, drawing, and publishing books for young readers. I’ve been invited to speak on the roles of writing and artwork in telling a story, and I invite you … Continue reading

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HOW TO AVOID DISTRACTIONS

(via Design for Mankind) Miranda July does it again with this video on dealing with distractions. At first glance, she’s illustrating what we all struggle with: distraction. Beeps and pings, wandering eyes and lingering thoughts until – suddenly – the day has grown dark and our stomachs are growling, with little actual work accomplished. (Guilty.) … Continue reading

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TIME-TRAVELING PHOTOGRAPHY

(via viralnova) This series of photos that Japanese London-based photographer Chino Otsuka created is so nostalgic and heartwarming, it left me breathless. In “Imagine Finding Me,” Chino does something unique that I frankly have never seen before: she digitally inserts herself into old photos, so that she is standing next to her younger self. The concept is … Continue reading

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CHICAGO’S MAGIC PIANO

I love the man who enters at 1:15. I need to live life more like this guy!

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TISSUE PAPER STOP-MOTION

Created by Yuki Ariga for Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia this lovely animated short features a cavalcade of delicately folded tissue paper animals. If you’re interested, here’s the making of video. (via NOTCOT)

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REAL-LIVE MONEY TREE

(via Colossal) In several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. Most of the trees seem to be in and around Cumbria and Portmeirion, and I didn’t find a single example of a tree like this located outside the UK. According to this recent article by … Continue reading

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THIRTEEN WRITING PROMPTS

Courtesy of McSweeny’s, here are thirteen writing prompts for all you writers out there: THIRTEEN WRITING PROMPTS. BY DAN WIENCEK 1. Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man’s friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument.2. Write a short scene set at a … Continue reading

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TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE ART WORLD

Your Dreams My Nightmares is a podcast hosted by artist Sam Weber featuring conversations with artists, illustrators and designers. I’ve listened to episodes covering topics as varied as the business of illustration, the pros and cons of art school, children’s book illustration, the New York Times, being precious about your creations, Canadians and New Yorkers, animation, … Continue reading

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PORTRAIT MADE OF DICE

Canadian artist and designer Tobias Wong died in 2011 at the young age of 35, or more specifically, 13,138 days. In tribute, his friend Frederick McSwain created this immense portrait of Wong entitled Die using 13,138 dice as part of the BrokenOff BrokenOff exhibition at Gallery R’Pure in NYC in memoriam to the artist during NY Design Week. McSwain via Core77: The idea … Continue reading

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