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Empty

June 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Half full?


Optimistic.


Half empty?


Pessimistic.


Empty?


Houston.  WE HAVE A PROBLEM!







Zombies And Other Minor Distractions

May 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

A naked guy in Miami was high on something and ran around chewing people's faces off.

Literally.

He was shot and killed by police.

It took four bullets for the guy to finally stop.  He's dead.  And the headlines are all abuzz about this 'zombie' in Miami.  

Everyone's talking about it . . . 

 . . . myself included.

Some are saying it's the beginning of a zombie apocalypse.  It's the end of days.  We're all gonna die. 

I chuckle.

Mom always told me, "Don't fear the dead.  It's the living you need to worry about."

And if the living happens to be high on some mind altering substance, multiply the fear times infinity.

But if Mom was wrong, and zombies do start an apocalypse, have no fear.

The media will blast some other random story to distract us from the real problems going on at our front doors.  



Progress Report

May 30, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
On the plane ride back from Chicago, I had an epiphany about the latest illustration I've been working on.  She just wasn't translating as an illustration in reality as she did in my head.


Ugh!


My epiphany?


If it isn't broke, don't fix it.


When I got out of my own way and stopped trying so hard to will the illustration into being, the diva presented herself.   



Voila!  

I may still add a cat.  I'm not sure.  I'm actually leaning against the idea.

Sometimes an illustration can get too 'noisy'.  I don't want to have so much going on it loses its charm and becomes a mess.

At this point, if I add something, that means something has to go.  I'm going to polish up a few things in the next few days or so.  But for the most part, she's about done.

We'll see.  

What's important is I got the vibe I was looking for. I kept it loose.  I stopped worrying about proportions and logic and did full on whimsy . . . just like the first one that inspired her.

It's cool how sometimes the very best thing to do . . . 

 . . . is nothing at all.  

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Powerful Rainbows

May 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
While I was in San Francisco, I was inspired by something quite innocent . . . Kids.


There were lots of toddlers and strollers - in Castro no less.  Some were being strolled by two adults or one adult of the same or either gender.  


At one point, I overheard one girl,  no more than 3 or 4 years old, point and ask her dad about the display in a door window.  It was a rainbow flag.


"Those are the colors of our neighborhood." he answered.


My inspiration was complete.


Kids should be able to see the rainbow flag displayed and be comforted.  Its display means: the person, store, driver . . . neighborhood that displays this flag, has a zero tolerance for bullying, harassment and hate.  


They are accepted.  They are loved.  They are not alone.


And now, "Love is Power" Doodle Diva,  has got their back too.


















San Francisco and Other Urban Legends

May 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
San Francisco was an education in reality versus perception.


Perception: oodles upon oodles upon oodles of young, hot, fashionable gay male eye candy walking hand in hand with their boyfriend flashing million watt smiles.


Reality: I didn't see a lot of men walking hand in hand. In fact, what stood out to me was the number of straight couples, straight families, lesbians, and apparently a new phenomenon - very effeminate STRAIGHT men.


The very first thing that I noticed about San Franciso? - super duper chilly!!!


Oh my GAH!


I took heed from my hosts and research and erred on too many layers versus too few. That was hands down the smartest thing I did for my San Francisco trip!


Otherwise, I would have been miserable. It's not just chilly. By late afternoon it's flat out cold.


The guys were normal. I guess I was expecting these extremely crafted by da Vinci types as the norm. Like physical perfection en masse.


No.


The guys were normal - fashionable . . . But no supermodel norm.


I guess I figured it's California and they're all about beautiful bods, speedos, convertibles and oozing hotness 24-7.


Nope. They were all shapes and sizes. Though skinny gay younguns seemed to be everywhere.


Lots of Hispanics, Latinos and Asians. I liked that. Very melting pot vibe.


Lots of art. Lots of coffee shops. Lots of restaurants.


Oh my gah!


The restaurants.


Seriously. It's impossible to have a bad meal. And the food all tastes like it was fresh from the garden or farm a few hours ago.


It was like really tasting food for the first time. It's an other world experience. It's like your tastes buds have been sleepwalking all this time and then KAPOW!!!


Fireworks.


If for nothing else, visit for the restaurants.


Then there's the coffee.


Coffee snobs that diss Starbucks have always made me roll my eyes. Whatever. Starbucks always tastes better than or the same as the coffee houses I've been
to.


My host refused to drink Starbucks. He practically hissed when I asked. I rolled my eyes.


. . . Only to have them stop in mid roll after one gulp of the coffee from a coffee house on the same block as my hosts'. Oh my. I stand utterly corrected.


There's a robustness, a boldness, a kick, an organicness, an authenticness and a richness unlike any Starbucks brew I've ever had. I had three or four different coffees from three or four different coffeehouses. They all made Starbucks seem so . . . plastic.


Even the sweet potato fries at one diner were like a lesson in "how it's supposed to taste - 101".   Light but crispy - (they should have forbade ketchup!)


Speaking of food . . . I finally got my wings and salad delivered and devoured here in Chicago. So I'm off to bed.


Stay tuned. More about my San Francisco visit to come . . .






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