Tiny paper cuts + bleeding coffee

posted by on 02.06.2012, under Art, Independent, Sketchbook, Writing
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Add little drops of ink and…

the sketchbook project

I happily start the music, light the candles + drink so much coffee that I’m unaware the house is on fire… then draw!

the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

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the sketchbook project

For my Sketchbook Project, I tried out certain lyrics, which wonderfully, are always stuck in my head. The brilliant artists are these guys: {Telekinesis, Beirut, Foster the People, The Muppet Show Theme Song, Okkervil River, Bishop Allen, Deer Tick} + some things I think too.

Discover how the coffee disguises itself as part of the artwork.

⊙︿⊙ ~ Joy

Hello. My name is Marcel.

posted by on 12.17.2011, under Art, Just ... just give up., Writing, You're Welcome.
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Oh! The only thing more joyful than watching Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is having a copy of his new children’s book. The independent creator~couple Jenny Slate + Dean Fleischer-Camp are my heros.

Jenny is the perfectly cute voice + Dean is the genius filmmaker. Together they make Marcel. Look at him!

The picture book has a very sweet + vibrant style. Their unique idea for using photorealistic oil paintings totally brings Marcel to life. Amazing artwork by Amy Lind!

I finally downloaded the app + was of course, delighted to find these funny, sketchy animations. Then I just pressed play + listened to the best bedtime story ever!

~Joy

 

I Want My Hat Back

posted by on 08.10.2011, under Art, Writing
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Jon Klassen is an artist I have always admired, I just didn’t know it.

Today I accidentally stumbled upon his latest project – a children’s book coming out this fall called “I Want My Hat Back.”  Enjoy the adorable trailer here:

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back.  Yep, I can just tell this story is going to keep me on the edge of my seat.

I originally found Klassen on my favorite greeting card site.  If I’ve ever sent you real mail, chances are it was a Red Cap Cards greeting card.  I love em, can’t get enough.  Look!  I got this one for my husband’s 30th birthday:

I got the card because it’s obviously the best.  Turns out it’s a Jon Klassen card.

He’s also responsible for the visual development drawings for Coraline.

Klassen was also the designer behind U2’s “I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight” video, directed by David O’Reilly (although the character designs were David’s).

Now that I know the artist behind so many of my favorites, “I Want My Hat Back” is at the top of my list of Things I Want to Buy For Your Kids.

Available for pre-order here.  I can’t wait for fall!

Noelle

Kill Your Friends

posted by on 03.04.2011, under Art, Film, Independent, Writing
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Opening title sequence created by Kris Clarkin as his thesis project.  It’s for a proposed film adaptation of the book “Kill Your Friends,” based in London in 1997 when ‘Britpop’ is at its height.

I found Clarkin’s title sequence very entertaining, playfully integrating the names of the cast and crew into items found in the apartment with quick cuts to flashbacks from the main character’s life – sex, drugs and debauchery.

The book opens with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson, which summarizes the essence of the novel:

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side.

{via Forget the Film, Watch the Titles}.

I think I need to read this book now.

Noelle

The King’s 6th Finger

posted by on 01.20.2011, under Art, Writing
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The King’s 6th Finger – Written by Jolby and Rachel Roellke, Illustrated by Jolby (Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols)

Found this the other day mindlessly scrolling through Drawn.  I love the illustrations, color and story:

It’s about an OCD King named Mortimer who is obsessed with the number 5. He has 5 towers on his castle, 5 knights on 5 horses … he’s obsessed.  Until one day he looks down at his hand and discovers that he’s grown a 6th finger.

You can get the book at their Etsy Shop for $16.95.  Visit Jolby and Friends blog to see more of their work.

They funded the project with donations from friends and supporters at kickstarter.com.  Their goal was $6,000 and they reached $8,000.  Such a good idea for funding, Joy, maybe we should do this?

They are trying to reach $10,000 to get more books printed and to make a donation to a charity for OCD.  I like people who use their art powers for good.  See their project here.

Noelle

a haiku and cute bad drawings to make you cry.

posted by on 01.06.2011, under Writing
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noey left today.

i will miss you noey.

i need a lil hug.

~joy

The Fiction Project

posted by on 01.06.2011, under Art, Photography, Sketchbook, Writing
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I’m very excited and sad to see my sketchbook go on tour next week for the Sketchbook Project.  They grow up so fast.  Now I’m addicted to being creative everyday for fun instead of just for work.  I need my fix.

So even though I’m not a really a writer, I’ve signed myself up for the Fiction Project, another coast to coast tour by the Art House Co-op.  It’s just like the Sketchbook Project but with writing and you tell stories and draw pictures based on a theme.

Since my memory has rapidly gotten worse since young Noey began drinking in college, I’ve chosen the theme, “I’m Sorry I Forgot You.”

Hey photographers!  I may also join the AMLP Photomobile, where Art House sends you a disposable camera to take 27 frames on a single theme.  You then send it in to go on yet another tour.

Want to do it?  I’m nervous because I haven’t used a disposable camera since 2003.  Oh the pressure of not being able to delete a bad photo.

Noelle

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