Category Archives: Inspiration

“Easy being green, it is not.”

Speaking of things I love, what is not to like about this fantastic image by Peter de Sève?

More info on his blog here about the creation of the artwork.


The Great Pumpkin

I love everything about this screen print by Tom Whalen, but the thing I love the most is Snoopy’s little dog house in the circle near the bottom. Perfection.

You can buy a limited edition screen print here if you want your very own copy.

Tommy Kane


Tommy Kane’s Art Blog

Ira Glass on Storytelling

How true! Now let’s all go do something creative!

Hipstamatic Controversy?

New York Times photographer Damon Winters has come under criticism lately for using his cell phone and the Hipstamatic app to take a series of photos of US troops deployed in combat overseas.

For the life of me, I can’t see why. Since when have photographs not been manipulated? Even in the olden days of film you could wildly distort reality with exposure times, manipulation during developing, cutting, pasting, and on and on. Perhaps everyone has their panties in a bunch because Mr. Winters won third place for feature picture story from Pictures of the Year International?

I say bravo to Mr. Winters for an excellent series of photos honoring an under-recognized group of very brave people: our troops on the front lines.

See the photos and read Mr. Winters’ reaction to the “controversy” here:

Terry Gilliam’s Do It Yourself Animation Show

Fantastic video showing how Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) made his cutout animations. Pure gold!

Mattias Adolfsson’s Moleskine

Mattias Adolfsson flips through his most recent Moleskine sketchbook.


Inspiration is for amateurs

““The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.””

Chuck Close

Don Kenn

Don Ken creates fantastically amazing monster drawings on Post-It notes. Take a gander here.

Sketchbook Lust

Andrea Joseph has an excellent post up on her blog about her love affair with Moleskine sketch books. Chock full of lovely drawings as well.

Though I share her sketchbook lust, I will have to admit I don’t like to draw in Moleskines. I think they are great books and they are alltogether lovely, but I hate the slick texture of the pages. Yuck. Give me a cheapo spiral bound K-Mart purchased book any day. It will be guaranteed to suck up all the ink, watercolor and glue I can throw at it.

But to each their own, and you should definietly check out Andrea’s blog. It’s fantastic.