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scottlava:

I will be in Toronto at TCAF this weekend!
@ the Toronto Reference Library
I will be at TABLE 155 selling my wares.
such wares will include prints and comics and GREAT SHOWDOWNS COASTERS (coasters… very limited supply) more info HERE
so come over!  it’s FREE!

We need to start something as sweet as TCAF here in Vancouver. I know there are a couple comics events here, but they’re nothing like TCAF and other such events in other cities. Hey, someone in Vancouver other than me: step up! 

scottlava:

I will be in Toronto at TCAF this weekend!

@ the Toronto Reference Library

I will be at TABLE 155 selling my wares.

such wares will include prints and comics and GREAT SHOWDOWNS COASTERS (coasters… very limited supply) more info HERE

so come over!  it’s FREE!

We need to start something as sweet as TCAF here in Vancouver. I know there are a couple comics events here, but they’re nothing like TCAF and other such events in other cities. Hey, someone in Vancouver other than me: step up! 

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That is, you see a picture of Jackson Pollock smoking a cigarette and looking intense and you think “smoking and being super intense are part of what made Jackson Pollock the artist he was”. And then, worst of all, “if I were to start smoking and being all intense then I would increase my ability to create great art”. And worse again if we begin with “Jackson Pollock was an alcoholic and frequently an awful person to be around”, so…
Pippin Barr, The Meta-Aesthetics of Artists: how emulating the habits of successful artists is not the key to making art.
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(via HOW TO STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (AND 9 OTHER THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME))
When Austin Kleon has things to say about creativity, being an artist, and getting your work out there, you best listen.

(via HOW TO STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (AND 9 OTHER THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME))

When Austin Kleon has things to say about creativity, being an artist, and getting your work out there, you best listen.

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discopotential:
oh.
samehat:

Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Scenes From the Tsunami (From New York Times OP-Art page)

discopotential:

oh.

samehat:

Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Scenes From the Tsunami (From New York Times OP-Art page)

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Sagaki Keita
Remarkable drawings within drawings by Sagaki Keita
(via)

Sagaki Keita

Remarkable drawings within drawings by Sagaki Keita

(via)

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ArtTracker | Affordable Art Management Software by Xanadu Gallery
Producing art for galleries and having a hard time keeping track of everything? ArtTracker may be the app for you. 

Track your Art: Finally, a simple, comprehensive application to help you keep track of your artwork. Record vital information for every piece you create for easy access.
Track your Galleries: Keep track of your inventory in each of your galleries. Print current inventory.
Track your Clients: Keep track of your client’s collections, print labels for mailings, and make sales to clients. 
Create Professional Consignments, Invoices and Reports: Provide your galleries and clients with professional reports that give them all the information they need about your work.


The app is available for Mac and PC, and costs $45. If anyone has tried it, please share your comments with the Drawn! community by reblogging or Tweeting to us about it. 

ArtTracker | Affordable Art Management Software by Xanadu Gallery

Producing art for galleries and having a hard time keeping track of everything? ArtTracker may be the app for you. 

Track your Art: Finally, a simple, comprehensive application to help you keep track of your artwork. Record vital information for every piece you create for easy access.

Track your Galleries: Keep track of your inventory in each of your galleries. Print current inventory.

Track your Clients: Keep track of your client’s collections, print labels for mailings, and make sales to clients. 

Create Professional Consignments, Invoices and Reports: Provide your galleries and clients with professional reports that give them all the information they need about your work.

The app is available for Mac and PC, and costs $45. If anyone has tried it, please share your comments with the Drawn! community by reblogging or Tweeting to us about it. 

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Art Threat | political art & cultural policy

Based out of Saskatoon (possibly one of the most fun cities to say out loud), Art Threat is:

…a leading media outlet devoted solely to political art and cultural policy. We write about art that seeks to interpret, influence, or reflect upon society. We discuss policy as it pertains to culture. And we showcase artists whose work inspires social change.

This is what I love about art, how there’s room for everyone; from the light and fluffy to the serious and heady. 

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Jillian Tamaki » SuperMutant Magic Academy: Critique

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heyoscarwilde:

art by Daniel Clowes | scanned from Ice Haven | Pantheon Books | 2005

heyoscarwilde:

art by Daniel Clowes | scanned from Ice Haven | Pantheon Books | 2005

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A clever monolith by artist David Herbert. (via Coudal Partners)

A clever monolith by artist David Herbert. (via Coudal Partners)

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illustratedvancouver:

Old Hotel Vancouver, a sketch by Charles Hepburn Scott circa 1929, featuring the Art Gallery steps and the second Hotel Vancouver (now the site of the Sears building). From the VAG’s 1989 Charles Hepburn Scott publication.

It was a happy surprise to stumble onto Jason Vanderhill’s Illustrated Vancouver blog. It’s pretty straightforward: he shares old illustrations, photos, and paintings about Vancouver. 

illustratedvancouver:

Old Hotel Vancouver, a sketch by Charles Hepburn Scott circa 1929, featuring the Art Gallery steps and the second Hotel Vancouver (now the site of the Sears building). From the VAG’s 1989 Charles Hepburn Scott publication.

It was a happy surprise to stumble onto Jason Vanderhill’s Illustrated Vancouver blog. It’s pretty straightforward: he shares old illustrations, photos, and paintings about Vancouver. 

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scottlava:
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!The GREAT SHOWDOWNS exhibition at Gallery 1988 in LA on Feb. 4th!If  you have ever emailed me about purchasing one of the paintings from the  GREAT SHOWDOWNS series, this will be your chance to buy some.  If you  have ever wanted to see a wall covered in SHOWDOWNS, this will also be  your chance. If you have ever wondered what my hair style is looking  like these days, this will be your chance as well. (because i will be in  attendance) This is going to be the best thing ever. ALSO,  in the weeks leading up to this show, i will be putting up for sale the  last A.P. prints from the first 4 sold out series! These are the only  ones in existence. I will be doing so on Twitter.  So if you are interested in series 2 - 4, keep an eye out on twitter (scottlava). I do not have many left. It will probably happen on wednesdays.
Ok, more later.
..scottc.

scottlava:

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!


The GREAT SHOWDOWNS exhibition at Gallery 1988 in LA on Feb. 4th!

If you have ever emailed me about purchasing one of the paintings from the GREAT SHOWDOWNS series, this will be your chance to buy some. If you have ever wanted to see a wall covered in SHOWDOWNS, this will also be your chance. If you have ever wondered what my hair style is looking like these days, this will be your chance as well. (because i will be in attendance)

 This is going to be the best thing ever.

ALSO, in the weeks leading up to this show, i will be putting up for sale the last A.P. prints from the first 4 sold out series! These are the only ones in existence. I will be doing so on Twitter. So if you are interested in series 2 - 4, keep an eye out on twitter (scottlava). I do not have many left. It will probably happen on wednesdays.

Ok, more later.

..scottc.

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Favourite Books of 2010 - John’s Picks

2010 was a great year for books — beautiful, printed, made-of-paper books. If you’re struggling with last-minute gift ideas for the cartoonist or illustrator in your life (or anyone for that matter), here are my favourite books of the year.

Birchfield Close by Jon McNaught

Probably my favourite book of the year. From my original review:

Printed with a restrained three colours, the short book is a gentle, unassuming reflection on time, place, and sound. It’s not so much a story as it is a snapshot of suburban life. The sights and sounds of a sleepy, mundane evening become the beats and rhythms in the poetry of a neighbourhood.

Indoor Voice by Jillian Tamaki

This collection of drawings and sketchbook comics is a successor of sorts to Jillian’s equally inspiring Gilded Lilies. Both books act as companions to her sketchblog, which itself is home to one of my favourite things on the Internet, SuperMutant Magic Academy.

Market Day by James Sturm

A chilling parable for the modern commercial artist, Market Day is a timeless tale of artisan vs. economy. From my original review:

It’s a heartbreaking tale, made even more heartbreaking by its relevance to today’s shrinking markets for craftspeople, artists, illustrators, and of course, cartoonists. The dying newspaper and magazine industries that once made celebrities out of cartoonists, are certainly represented here as the stores and marketplace sellers who can no longer afford to buy and sell handmade goods. To be sure, the book is dedicated in part “to all my fellow cartoonists”.

The Book of Grickle by Graham Annable

A best-of collection of some of Graham’s favourite comics work. If you’ve seen Graham’s Grickle cartoons on YouTube, or have played this year’s Puzzle Agent game, you know what kind of Lynchian goods to expect in the book. Read my interview with Graham.

Custom Lettering of the ’60s and ’70s by Rian Hughes

A close runner-up as my favourite book of the year, it’s the ultimate reference book for lettering and type nerds who want to capture some retro magic. This fat book comprises thousands of lettering samples culled from advertising, logos, posters, and ephemera of the era — all of it organized by style, from psychedelia to brush script to spooky horror to modern geometric.

Wilson by Daniel Clowes

It’s most certainly the graphic novel of the year. Wilson is the story of a misanthropic antihero told through a sequence of individual one-page comic strips, each drawn in a different cartooning style. It’s a graphic novel that reads like the Sunday funnies, but one with the bitter soul of Daniel Clowes.

Spork by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

It’s the only kids’ book on my list this year, but only because I didn’t read too many. Spork has an identity crisis — he’s not quite a spoon, like his mother, nor is he quite a fork, like his father. He’s a little bit of both.

It’s the perfect kids book for for children of multicultural—or multi-cutlery—families, or for any kid who feels like he or she doesn’t quite fit in. Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrations are a fitting hybrid of mixed media and collage, and help make Spork one of the most beautiful books of the year.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Seth Godin gets to the heart of how to not only set yourself apart in the workforce, but to position yourself as a linchpin — that indispensable, innovative mind that everyone wants to work with. The good news for us creative types, is that the secret is in art and creativity. And for cartoonists who are still afraid to put their work online for free, Linchpin will help explain why the culture and economy of gifts is integral to success on the Internet. And most importantly, Godin helps to conquer your lizard brain — the primal part of your inner workings responsible for your crippling fear of failure. Linchpin helped me better understand my role as a freelancer and a creative mind in a constantly shrinking marketplace in which the most valuable currency is attention.

Diary Comics #1 by Dustin Harbin

A funny and often touching collection of diary comics (first published online at Dharbin.com) that not only chronicles the artist’s life, but also the evolution of his craft. From my original review:

It can be difficult to make every day seem interesting, and minutae can only take one so far. But when you read all of them together as a whole, suddenly you’ve got something far greater — like puzzle pieces coming together to form a larger picture. And in the case of Dustin, you can also see how his rhythms and even the art improve over time as he settles into the practice.

Bent by Dave Cooper

Bent is the latest coffee-table art book from Canadian cartoonist-turned-painter Dave Cooper. We get to drill further into Cooper’s psyche in this book, which continues the celebration of his singular, artistic vision — an alien landscape of writhing, female figures and strange vegetation. Guillermo del Toro describes Cooper’s work perfectly in his introduction: “At play here are both the innocence and wholesomeness of childhood plastic toys and the sweaty, adult realities of desire.”

Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons

What Charles Addams is to the New Yorker, Gahan Wilson is to Playboy. And here we have three gorgeous hardcover volumes of his work - page after page of full-colour cartoons celebrating the macabre and the twisted. Perfect for the creep or the creepy in your life.

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring’s masterful cartooning is showcased in this latest graphic novel featuring his familiar cast of characters including Frank, Manhog, Pupshaw, and Pushpaw. It’s never easy to discern what Woodring’s comics are about, but there is never any question as to what is happening in each panel. Such is the control and understanding he has of both the medium and his tools. Weathercraft is a silent movie governed by dream logic and the id.

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Chris Tyrell's "Art Marketing Blog"

I am SO delighted to see that my friend Chris Tyrell has started blogging again. If you’re a young commercial artist, he’s the guy who’ll tell it to you like it is and give you the hard facts about being a working artist. 

Not only did Chris write the wildly popular Artists’ Survival Skills handbook for working artists (previously blogged), but he also teaches at Emily Carr here in Vancouver, plus has been a longtime contributor to OPUS’ monthly newsletter (OPUS is a chain of great art supply stores out here). 

I’m now calling him for lunch, because it’s been way, way too long and he is awesome.