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Monday Bunday: Goodbye to the year of the Rabbit

Gong Hei Faht Choy! It is Chinese New Year today which marks the end of the year of the rabbit. I’ve enjoyed seeing rabbits celebrated this past year and this time last year was spent in various asian countries. For me, seeing cities all jazzed up in rabbit decorations was better than Christmas. This year is the year of the Dragon. I hope you had a relaxing rabbit year, because this coming year could be engergised and dramatic. Here’s a drawing I did a few years ago called Bo Bo and the Pet Dragon. It seems relevent today. So happy Chinese New Year to all of you and if you can, check if there are any celebrations in your area. Have a good one!

Now with more sodium! Sweet Jesus!

This is an oldie but a goodie. It’s sick and twisted but it makes me infinitely happy. Big spoons, bananas, rabbits, nipples, fish sticks… now with more sodium! Sweet Jesus! What more could a girl want? Don Hertzfeldt, what are you doing these days? 5.5 million views via YouTube. Have you viewed this lately? I think it stands the test of time. p.s. Watching this animation may make you feel fat and sassy.

2012 More and Less

I really liked Amber from Code For Something’s More/Less resolutions. So I drew some bunnies and figured out 5 each of my own. Just to prove that I mean this list, I got the first haircut of the year yesterday and went to the library and got out 2 books. They’re both food related so expect some more book reviews coming up in the mix.

Tattly – Complete Kitchen Set

I like tattoos but I’ve yet to settle on any design long enough to get one for myself. Temporary tattoos Tattly have brought those stick-on-while-chewing-on gum treats to the internet age. Their Complete Kitchen Set is a cute gift for the cook or chef in your life. Available for $20US from Tattly.com. http://tattly.com/products/complete-kitchen-set

Glenn Jones does foodie tees

Glenn Jones a.k.a. GLENNZ is a local designer and illustrator based in Auckland and you may have seen some of his work floating around the interwebs. He has designed a lot of shirts that ended up on user submitted T-shirt design site Threadless.com. Glenn now has his very own store and website at http://www.glennz.com where you can buy right from the horses mouth (so to speak). He does all sorts of fun designs from animals to futuristic to pop culture. One thing they have in common is the characteristic Threadless style. You’ll know when you see it. Here are some food related designs by Glennz.

Monday Bunday: Silly Pink Bunnies

Jeremy Fish (sillypinkbunnies.com) draws awesome bunnies. He has also contributed in the art scavenger hunt in London in conjunction with Juxtapoz Magazine and Absolut Vodka. If I were in London, I would be scavenging for this signed piece. Isn’t it divine? Watch the trailer for the whole project here. (Is it still called a trailer if it’s not for a film?)

Brainfarts

Being a creative person, I often need to do turbo charged brainstorms. I call these brainfarts. I sit and focus, often with The Koala and we nut it out. Top 5 brainfarting tips: Start with a big fresh piece of paper Write down anything that comes to mind (don’t hold anything in) Go wild (you can always reign it in later) The first ideas you have are often too obvious Revisit brainfart sheet later on in the process in case things have changed and ideas that you dismissed earlier can be dismissed.

An Inkling

The latest buzz around the design and illustration forums and sites is the upcoming release of the Wacom Inkling. With this teched up pen and receiver, all your drawings on paper are recorded to later be plugged by usb into your computer. You can record drawings in layers as well as outputting them to vector. This is great for those that are used to drawing with ball point pen, but those who are addicted to pencil (and eraser) might find this hard to work with. I suppose the next step up from this pen is a pencil with an eraser end that records both drawing and erasing. I’m totally looking forward to its release this or next month.

Moon Duck and Whale

I drew these for my nephews. Lukas just turned 2 and James is brand new. When we went down to Christchurch for Easter, Lukas referred to the baby bump as Moon Duck. I’m not sure if this is what he had in mind, but the idea made me happy. Lukas has a soft toy whale. It’s not your average teddy bear, but he loves it so I drew whale in the ocean We were supposed to fly down as a surprise (party crashers!) but the ash cloud surprised us. I posted these down to them, but would have loved to have seen his face when he worked out what the pictures are of.

Eating our way around the world Christmas

Merry Christmas readers! I hope you are eating well where ever you are in the world. What’s on the menu today? Ham? Turkey? Something completely different? We always have a glazed ham for Christmas, but that’s probably not happening this year. I made a little book to assist me in my quest to eat my way around the world. It’s mostly reference, but plenty of space for notes and drawings too. The bookmarks can be moved to where ever and have little slits so they don’t fall any further down inside the book.

Meat! meet Infographics.

Have I told you that my Dad had a change of career? After half a century of meat eating, my Papa has become a butcher. He started off working in architecture as a draftsman, then he moved on to be chef/owner which he stuck at for over 2 decades. Now he is a butcher. Creative foodies run rampant in my family. Speaking of creatives and meet, here is a real commitment to graphic design and meat. Alyson from Drywell Art has a post a day blog dedicated to meat (inspired) diagrams. She’s close to completing a full year of these drawings so the sheer volume of work alone is impressive. Of course, they’re not all meat drawings, she may have run out or got bored with just meats, so there are plenty of funny non-meat diagrams there too. Here are a few of my favourites: Many more(sals) to be found at Meat Sections. She also has a bunch of awesome stuff at her Etsy Shop.

Balloon Stickers and the “Art Park”

The walls around the empty lot at the end of my street are constantly in a state of art, paint over, art, paint over. I really do wonder why they just don’t give up. The painter overs I mean, not the artists. Apparently this area was supposed to be turned into apartments years ago but the company went bust or something because it’s still an empty lot now. People have broken into the space and planted trees and plants, made trails and steps, sculptures and set up old furniture. It needs a little more TLC, but for now, it has a rough charm to it. There are gaping holes in the ground, some filled with shopping trolleys and other debris that find their way into places like these. It’s really an empty lot with potential, but I think of it as the art park. Here are photos of the balloon stickers I drew and stuck up on Friday. Come break my chains come help me out. A bunny and a Bob Marley quote scrawled on the wall. …