Illustrator Peter de Sève is Now Blogging!

peter-deseve-blog 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

Dragon Drawings

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

Fire Breathing Dragon Drawings 

Sitting Dragon by *Tacimur

Drawings of Dragons | How to Draw Dragons

Dragon Concept Drawings by *imaginism

Drawings of Dragons

Black Dragon Drawing by ~rinpoo-chuang

Dragon Drawings & Dragon Sketches

A Walking Winged Dragon Sketch by ~ErcronHartingtonn

Dragon Drawing Dragon Sketch

Incredible Photo Manipulation – 40 Examples

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.

Free Beer Mug Icons for the Buy Me a Beer Plugin

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….
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Blog Writing Round-Up!

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!

Writing Articles:
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

Use A Felt Nib on your Wacom Tablet Pen for More Drawing Control

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 “undo45 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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Hugh MacLeod – UNCORKED!

Cartoon picture of Hugh Mcleod - caricature of Hugh Mcleod of Gaping Void 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.