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So this is a really great short documentary. No jive!

cosmic debris

Take 15 minutes and go watch it now. Go Now! The link may only work this week; it’s the Documentary of the Week at Shortoftheweek. If you’re at all like me you’ll feel a bit sad, but also all gooshy and warm inside afterwards.

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Kickstarter is now LIVE!

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I posted about the first book in this series last year. I supported the Kickstarter, got my awesome book and was Very Happy.

So when I got my email saying book 2 is live, I immediately went and pledged the project. Here’s an overview:

HTWD2 overview

and an overview of the massive sketchbooks, each weighing in at 600 pages. Wow!

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These are really wonderful books and I’m extremely happy about them. Please let everybody you know that these are out there. The Kickstarter is already lighting up like a bonfire — Really Very Completely Funded and it’s only been live one day.

Take the hint people, these are books you want to own!

This time around I’ve chosen this pledge:

HTWD2 and sketchbook 3

Shipping to the U.S. is a bit steep but remember that the Sketchbooks are HEAVY! 600 pages of paper does add up.

So please consider pledging yourself to this project. You can learn more about the artist at his blog.

And YES, I know that all the How to Think When You Draw content is there on the blog for free; this guy is giving us a lot, really a whole lot . . . buy the book anyway. Having a hard copy in bound form is BLISS!

If you for some strange reason didn’t get book 1 last year. You have a second chance! There are several choices of pledge that include both book 1 &2.

Hooray!

 

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This post is for everyone who needs of bit of cheer on what is a pretty lousy day.

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Right now I feel quite a bit like the white rabbit in this picture. Time just seems to be getting away from me. I can’t seem to catch up.

J’s health situation is finally resolved, with him being mostly his old self. But I’ve lost so much time and momentum over the last year that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Sorry to have so shamefully neglected my blog for so very long. I have managed to build up a huge amount of photo/links in pinterest for lots of interesting things. Hope you have been enjoying that in my absence.

So here’s to better times ahead.

Cat Dance

Let’s all do a little cat dance.

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Or perhaps attend a Grand Moonlight Bug Dance. Let’s all think lovely thoughts.

Hugs,      PamV

 

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that I just backed on Kickstarter.

First, How to Think When You Draw.

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Which the author politely asked me (and everybody else who backed it) to repost/blog about on social media. I like his style, so I am. I first saw his stuff on Pinterest where people had pinned lots of his drawing tutorials. Very nice, short, to-the-point, purposeful and well thought out one or two panel tutorials.

Then I found out he was making them into a book. Which I promptly got on the email list for. He sent me an email before the launch day asking me to spread the word. Which I am finally doing. Sorry Lorenzo, I was trying to beat a deadline and couldn’t get to this until now. Hey, there are still 20 days left, I’m not that late.

Go to his blog, his deviant art page, and the Kickstarter to find out more. Lorenzo has done multiple book projects; both the regular publisher route and the Kickstarter route, and the book layout is all done and ready to go to the printer. So this is a Kickstarter I feel confident will go off without a hitch. Looking forward to receiving the book in my own little hands, and until then I can placate myself by doodling along to the deviant art/blog stuff.

After I backed How to Think When You Draw, Kickstarter recommended this other drawing book to me: Draw like a Boss . Which I hadn’t previously heard of. So I looked at it and realized that I really liked that book too, soooo I backed it. I like the idea that they gave it a sort of role playing game system to make it less intimidating and more fun to learn to draw.

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This is the “final printing Kickstarter” so I guess a lot of other people liked the game format idea coupled with some pretty heavy duty classic masterworks art techniques. Since they’ve already had multiple printings of this title due to heavy demand, this project should go smoothly as well. I chose the sewn hardcover version for durability.

So go to the link, maybe you’ll like it too. Back the projects, don’t back the projects; it’s up to you. I just know that I’m glad when people let me know about interesting things so I like to do the same.

Oh, Last Word: Don’t go getting all spoiled just because I posted twice this week. If there weren’t time-sensitive things happening you would not have gotten Any posts this week. Remember I was trying to meet a deadline. Which I did. So There!

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Having no imagination (like having no sense of humor) is a dire situation and can lead to terrible consequences. As is the case in today’s book Upright Hilda.

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Poor tightly wound Hilda just couldn’t abide any fun. Enjoying ones self was beneath her dignity.

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No playing, no singing, no silliness. “Only fools stand on their head. Only fools enjoy such a tumble.”

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That attitude persisted in Hilda as she grew. No birds, no swings, no dogs near Hilda’s tree. Look at those poor Hilda-afficted children across the street.

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Even her wedding was a no nonsense affair.

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Of course her own children led very stiff upright fun-free lives.

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Then Hilda became ill and, well . . . she died. No one was very sad “for if in life one cannot gladden. Then in death one cannot sadden.” The book also tells us: “Her husband thinking of the fee, bought a plot just three-by-three.”

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Not shown is a picture showing that the casket is partly built from the signs from “Hilda’s tree”; No Dogs, No Birds, No Swings.

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With Hilda gone, the family learns to enjoy life, playing in the sunshine. Love the Dad with his yo-yo.

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The final irony; Hilda will spend eternity on her head. How mortifying. giggle

So mind this lesson well: A life without imagination is nearly as bad as no life at all.

I picked this up at a library sale (what a shock) while on vacation a few years ago. Yes, even on vacation I will hit library sales. Oh yeah, we really looooove books. Picked this one up because I really liked both the story and the illustration style. Especially the small symbolic splashes of hot pink. These drawings remind me of Edward Gorey, whose work I am extremely fond of (I hit my love limit for this post).

So remember to practice your imagination, you don’t want it to get all rusty or undeveloped. Go enjoy something!

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Yes, I am going to go on as if this fun little imagination series of posts was not Rudely Interrupted by reality. So I’m sorry I’ve been gone but really; in the words of Han Solo “It’s not my fault.”

Imagination is a very powerful tool. So very powerful that it is important to remember to use it mindfully. Not carefully, imagination should be allowed to soar and swoop and go to places never before visited . . . but mindfully.

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is the story of a fisherman’s daughter Sam (Samantha) who has a expansive imagination. She tells people her mother is a mermaid, that she owns a kangaroo and she talks to her cat (Bangs) who understands and talks back.

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Sam spends her days riding in her dragon-drawn chariot and telling her friend Thomas to go to different places to search for the kangaroo (who’s always just stepped out).

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Her father tells Sam all the time to “talk real” and “stop all the moonshine”. Sam doesn’t listen much, she’s too busy playing imagining games.

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One day without thinking about it, she tells Thomas that the kangaroo went out to Blue Rock, which is far out in the harbor. A bad storm blows in and puts Thomas in terrible danger.

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Sam feels terrible and scared and tells her Father who rushes out into the storm and saves Thomas. Sam has learned a Valuable lesson about real and not-real. From now on she knows to use imagination in a mindful manner.

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The next day Sam’s father brings her a little animal he found on a banana boat while it was unloading. She says it’s a kangaroo, he says “No, it’s a gerbil.” She takes it over to Thomas who is very sick in bed and gives it to him.

This wonderful book shows us how vital it is to not lose sight of what’s around us while we are indulging in imaginative play. Don’t put yourself or others in danger, don’t forget that something is cooking on the stove, don’t forget to cage up the baby in the playpen so it can’t hurt itself, don’t ignore the baby if it needs a change or snack, and don’t sit on the dog/cat. But also do not forget to play around in your imagination, no matter how busy your everyday life gets. Make some time to play.

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I really like the illustrations in this book. The choice of doing them in pen and ink with ink washes and having only one other color (an olive green) really emphasizes that it’s the mind of the reader/imaginer that is populating this world.

Gosh, this has been a really herky-jerky post. I hope you have enjoyed Sam, Bangs & Moonshine any way. If you liked it enough to want a copy you can find a copy pretty easily on ebay or the net. I got mine years ago at a library sale — don’t you just love the library sales? So many books, so little space to put them in my little house.

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Imagination is so very powerful and it is a skill that requires practice and should be encouraged. Playing imagination games with simple things that would ordinarily be thrown away is one of the greatest pleasures of childhood. That is what today’s story is all about.

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Christina Katerina & the Box is all about the fact that little children just love cardboard boxes. It begins with a new refrigerator being delivered down the street from Christina’s house. Her mother is all in awe of the new appliance but all Christina can see is the box, which she promptly gloms onto.

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First (with some help from her Dad) she turns it into a castle . . .

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Where she plays happily until her friend in the neighborhood comes home from vacation. Then the box becomes a clubhouse.

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That lasts for while, then in a disagreement over club procedures her friend sits on the roof and squashes the box.

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So she makes it into a race car. That lasts until the box finally collapses; but Christina still won’t let her Mother throw away the box.

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She colors it to make a mansion floor.

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Where everybody has a grand party. After the party her friend cleans up and the mansion floor gets wet and disintegrates. Raking up the box remains Christina’s Mother is glad that the box adventures are over.

But wait, Christina’s friends Mother just got a new washer and dryer . . .

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So off they go on an ocean voyage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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