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Life always gets in the way of all my personal projects. It has been a while but I have finally decided to carve out at least an hour a day to work on my children’s book project that has been sitting dormant for a few years now. It was nice the other night I sat down and worked for over 3 hours on developing new content and working on expanding the universe that the books are based in. Excited and hope to keep the momentum going.

Some awesome wicked toy art by digital artist and designer Jason Freeny.

Using the power of his imagination, Freeny creates hypothetical skeleton structures and internal organs of iconic toys.

To see more of Jason’s work, including his digital prints, visit his website.

 

John Duvengar, he has some amazing illustrations and is a French artists that is living in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Enjoy his work and check out his portfolio! I particularly love the Rare Vintage Bots collection below.

I am going to start posting inspirational work that helps get my creative juices flowing – I am going to start this series with Vincent Hachen, a very talented digital artist and game designer based in Brazil. Check out his portfolio for some inspiration.

While looking for some inspiration I stumbled upon Self Made Hero, an independent graphic novel publishing house that started in 2007, currently they have several Lovercraftian items on the illustration line. Looks like they did a comic adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella, Self Made Hero’s website, Culbard certainly captures the story in rich shadows and cool shades.

I am looking forward to getting my copy and checking out the other Lovecraft lines from the company.

I know we have all done it, come up with a great idea and started it and something happened and you never revisited the project. Another scenario that is too familiar, you have another awesome and amazing idea and you write it down and think about it for weeks and you just drop it or it gets pushed aside because of life and other commitments.

I found an interesting quote on Seth Godin’s Blog:

“99% of the time, in my experience, the hard part about creativity isn’t coming up with something no one has ever thought of before. The hard part is actually executing the thing you’ve thought of.

The devil doesn’t need an advocate. The brave need supporters, not critics.”

My question to everyone is how do people find time for their creative projects?

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In Los Angeles, Art That’s Worth the Detour –

Why am I showcasing this article on my blog? Simple – April Greiman. Who is she you ask and why am I happy to showcase her here – she used to be my boss when I took on an internship at her studion in Los Angeles Made in Space.

Her latest work has been talked about in the New York Times.

Check out and read the article

Here is a little about her: (information provided by: http://www.art-directory.info/design/april-greiman-1948/index.shtml)

The graphic designer April Greiman was born in New York in 1948 in New York. She attended both the Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, and the Kansas City Art Institute before working as a graphic designer in New York while teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1976 April Greiman moved to California and opened “Made in Space, Inc.”, a graphic design studio, in Los Angeles. April Greiman’s graphic designs unite American Postmodernism with the rational clarity of the Swiss school. Often similar to collages, April Greiman’s works consist in layered lettering and pictures whose constituents seem to hover. With her work, April Greiman exerted a formative influence on the Californian New Wave style. In the 1980s April Greiman was among the very first graphic designers to realize fully the design potential afforded by the new Apple MacIntosh and Quantel Painbox digital technology. Acclaimed as one of the most influential graphic designers using the digital media, April Greiman became head of the design department at the California Institute of the Arts in 1982. In 1990 April Greiman’s book “Hybrid Imagery: The Fusion of Technology and Graphic Design” was published. April Greiman has worked as a designer for the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles, AOL/Time Warner, Microsoft, the US Postal Service, and the architects Frank O. Gehry, RoTo Architects, and others. April Greiman has received numerous awards and distinctions for her work.