I’m happy to announce that a long time favorite of mine, master Illustrator and character designer Peter De Seve has started blogging!
I actually had an idea for a blog post a while back that would have been titled: “5 Illustrators I Wish Were Blogging” and Peter De Seve was at the top of that list. He’s just one of those artists that I can never get enough of. I want a new post from him EVERY DAY. :-)
Maybe I should pretend that I’m like Peter De Seve with fans who want me to post everyday…
A Sketchy Past, The Art of Peter de Sève
I saw these cool dragon drawings & paintings over at Deviant Art so I thought I’d give them some props for inspiration. I haven’t been to DA in a while so it was nice to get back and browse some art, so much talent out there.. Enjoy… (click the image below for the full-size art)
A Black Fire Breathing Dragon Painting by ~ErcronHartingtonn
Sitting Dragon by *Tacimur
Dragon Concept Drawings by *imaginism
Black Dragon Drawing by ~rinpoo-chuang
A Walking Winged Dragon Sketch by ~ErcronHartingtonn
Vie Web Designer Depot…
Combining certain elements to create a unique image, that can convince even the most experienced set of eyes, requires a very creative set of skills.
Because the manipulation of a photo gives a realistic view of an unreal picture, you should have an open mind when gathering ideas on how to get creative with your images.
Photo manipulations are a great source for inspiration, generally because designers are able to express their creativity through various aspects of design.
Several of the following images contain illustrative elements, while others display a more realistic approach.
Check out all 40 Examples of Incredible Photo Manipulation here.
Illustrator Rob Dunlavey posted some cool marker drawings of zany toy-like characters. He calls them ‘Little People’ and it sounds like he’s working on bringing them to the market. I found these enchanting doodles to be quite entertaining. Rob’s style seems to be the perfect combination of Bob Staake and Ed Emberly. (click the image below to see all 70 character designs.)
I found out from Chris G about a nifty WordPress plugin that puts a twist on a blog’s tip jar or donation link: The Buy Me a Beer Plugin.
The idea is that readers who find your blog posts useful and/or inspiring might want to send you a few bucks via PayPal as a tip. Enough to buy you a frosty cold beer. I thought it was a clever idea, especially since I love beer and it’s warming up outsi… no, pretty much just because I love beer….
Continue reading “Free Beer Mug Icons for the Buy Me a Beer Plugin”
Nice to see Seth has a good sense of humor… (and a keen eye for fine art) I was worried ther for a sec.
Even though I draw funny little pictures for a living I’m always on the lookout for good advice when it comes to improving my writing skills. Here are a few helpful resources I refer to on a regular basis that keep me moving forward when the spark gets choked. If you know of any other good writing resources that would compliment this list, please feel free share them in the comment area below. Thanks!
Ten Tips for Great Blog Writing
Find Your Voice
Getting Started On a Paper
47 key tips from the World’s best BLOGGERS
Downloadable PDF eBooks:
MYCPS by Ken Evoy
Viral Copy – Trading Words for Traffic by Brian Clark
Turn Words into Traffic and Video by Jim Edward’s
Books on Writing:
Writing With Power by Peter Elbow
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
On Writing by Stephen King
Wacom Tablets are great but no matter what anyone says, they are no substitute for real life paper and pencil… not even close. I hear the Cintiq bridges this gap considerably but until I can afford the $2500 price tag, I’ll have to keep going on the rumor.
The biggest factor that makes drawing on a Wacom Tablet so difficult is the lack of pen control, the surface is just too darn slippery and it doesn’t feel natural. I may as well be drawing on a ceramic tile with a greasy plastic spoon…. Okay it’s not that bad, but it does get frustrating when you have to “undo” 45 times in a row.
However there is a way to improve the feel of the drawing surface… did you know you can buy felt-tip replacement nibs for your pen?? Oh yes, these are awesome. They have a marker-like feel which creates friction and causes “drag” so you gain much more control than you have with the standard plastic nibs. Almost feels like real paper.
They come in 5-packs for only $4.95 on the Wacom Direct Site. It’s a bargain steal for the difference it makes.
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Here’s a treat… Dave just gave me the heads-up of a great little audio interview of childhood favorite Mark Kistler over at The Glass is Too Big. Mark & J talk about PBS�s Imagination Station, The Secret City, drawing in 3d, teaching children how to draw, and how learning to draw improves the lives of children and adults alike.
Click here to listen to the Mark Kistler interview
Don’t be scared of the pencil!
I had such a good time with Guy’s project last week I thought I’d continue on with the theme.
After kicking around a few ideas I thought I’d start with this playful poke at Hugh MacLeod.
I intended this to be in the spirit of Guy’s caricature with “The Anatomy of a Hughtrain” or something, but it took on a life of it’s own.
I know the trick is to have something worth saying that adds to the conversation… but I draw pictures. :-)
What do you think? – Who should be next?
And btw, If you’re one of the few people on the planet that hasn’t read Hugh’s brilliant piece How to Be Creative yet… Get going already!
UPDATE: Hugh now has a daily cartoon email newsletter.. I highly recommend you subscribe immediately for exclusive cartoon delivery and special limited edition cartoon prints for sale.