Family Man update!

December 30th, 2009

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Page 165 of Family Man!

There’s nothing like a week in which you find yourself running searches on “European conifer species” and “historical menarche” for the same project.  Nothing like it at all.

Next page: will be in the glorious new year of 2010!  Shiny.

I’ll see if I don’t have a good summary to what turned out to be a rather tumultuous year for yours truly (professionally speaking; personally it’s been rather kind).

But really, I’m more excited about everything I’d like to attempt in the new year.  That’s the way it should be!  Stay tuned for new and exciting nonsense.

Animals for Animals: Concertina Bat

December 18th, 2009

Here’s the last Animals for Animals painting that went up for public sale – a fruit bat!  A tip of the hat to Jenn, who suggested the concertina.

Concertina Bat for Heifer

Thanks to everybody who purchased one of the animals this month; thanks to you I’ll be able to donate at least $550 to Heifer International (I had to raise a bit past that to cover all the transaction fees from Paypal, Etsy, and my postage service).

As soon as the deposit clears, I will be donating the money to Heifer for a Knitting Basket, which represents two llamas and two sheep, and a Hope Basket, which will go towards some rabbits and chickens.

You’ll also be seeing an owl and a dormouse posted here soon (if the people who asked for them are okay with the world getting to see them once they’re finished!).

If you’d like more information on Heifer International, they’ve got a great website, and their print catalogue is the only charity publication that elicits smiles from me when it turns up in the mail.

Family Man update!

December 17th, 2009

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Page 164 of Family Man, now online!

A little bit late, but better than never!  It’s rather hard to draw Ariana smiling.

I’ve had A Trying Week between some runaway freelance work and putting all the orders I can into the mail before Christmas hits.  Tomorrow’s probably your last day to order something from me and have it turn up in time (barring USPS complication, mind you), so go nuts.

Thanks all of you who’ve bought something from me!  That money goes directly into the Keep Dylan From Starving fund these days, and it’s a pleasure to send nonsense out into the world.

Animals for Animals: Three French Hens

December 16th, 2009

The penultimate Animals for Animals watercolor!  Next I’ll do a bat, and then I have one or two that have been specifically commissioned (I’m workin’ on em gang, don’t worry!) and won’t be for sale.

FOR SALE NOW AT ETSY.

The French Hens

…why, what else did you think hens would read?  Tolstoy?  I doubt it.

This piece does double-duty as part of 12 Days of Periscope Christmas over at ComicsAlliance.  Thanks to Laura Hudson for coming up with the brilliant notion of hiring us all on to illustrate the classic carol all comic-book style.

Monday Morning Poem: Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

December 14th, 2009

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Joy, shipmate, Joy!
(Pleas’d to my soul at death I cry,)
Our life is closed, our life begins,
The long, long anchorage we leave,
The ship is clear at last, she leaps!
She swiftly courses from the shore,
Joy, shipmate, joy.

Walt Whitman
photo by Davie;

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In the contemporary Methodist tradition, the third Sunday in Advent is the week of Joy.  Advent used to be a much starker time, focusing on the end of the world and the coming day of reckoning, rather than anticipation of the arrival of an infant Christ.  I was struggling with, for this week’s poem, whether to trend towards the Joy or the End.

But why choose, when you can just have Walt Whitman?  (Next year: Emily Dickinson.)

Animals for Animals: Musical Bees! (and Gaming Rats)

December 11th, 2009

Today’s Animals for Animals:  musical bees!  Once I had the Morning Glory Victrola idea I couldn’t help myself, even though I know that fewer people are obsessed with cute insects. Up for sale at Etsy.

Bees for Heifer

Bees are the second animal I’ve painted that Heifer International actually deals with (although granted, not bumblebees like these)!  Apiaries are apparently an amazing income supplement in rural communities, and with honeybees on the wane, encouraging cultivation is more important than ever.

Wednesday’s animal was: Gaming Rats.

Rats for Heifer

I realized after painting it that it’s a chillingly accurate psychological portrait of my family’s game nights.  My dad is a tender-hearted pacifist who refuses to adopt the ruthless capitalist strategy necessary to win at Monopoly.  Whereas my mom is a heartless predator, and I’m her cheerful apprentice.

I’m knocking at the door of my $500 goal!  Yay!

Family Man update! And more!

December 9th, 2009

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Page 163 of Family Man now online!

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Oh, little Ariana.  You are going to be making that face a whole bunch more as time goes on. And so will I if I have to draw too many more pages of grass.  (I’m kidding, it’s actually kind of a relief to do something loose; it’s just a pain to ink all those blades.)

And hey check it out, kids, if you order a copy of Bite Me! between now and Christmas you get a free drawing inside.  If you order the fancy package that already includes a drawing, well!  In addition to a drawing of one of the main characters you ALSO will get the complimentary addition of a chicken looking on at them.  I know how to bring it.

Animals for Animals: Knitting Hedgehog

December 8th, 2009

Today’s Animals for Animals original watercolor fundraiser is a Knitting Hedgehog!

Knitting Hedgehog for Heifer International

What a sweet little fellow.  Maybe he’s knitting a full-body scarf for a weasel friend.

For sale on Etsy!

Animals for Animals: Connected Otter

December 4th, 2009

Today’s Heifer International fundraising painting-for-sale:  a Connected Otter!

Connected Otter

It’s not a MacBook.  It’s a ShellBook!  (that’s why it works underwater.)  This otter understands that in today’s wired world, being down on the river bottom eating a fish is no excuse for being out of touch.

Animals for Animals: Leggy Llama

December 3rd, 2009

Behold!  Another day, another fundraising critter for Heifer International.  These things keep selling immediately!  (If you want a good leap on one then I recommended hanging around my Twitter account between 11 and 3 Pacific.)

I love this one so much, guys.  Witness ye the Leggy Llama.

Llama for Heifer

Also already sold!  I think I’ll start noodging the price up a little bit, since folks seem to be very enthusiastic about both the paintings and the beneficiary.

After I raise $500 I will produce prints so that those of you without much spending money can contribute, too!

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