Dueling Banjo Pigs’ Blog

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I came across a blog today created by two guys, Stacy Curtis (http://www.stacycurtis.blogspot.com/) and Guy Francis (http://www.kactiguy.blogspot.com/) called “Dueling Banjo Pigs”.  Thought it was such a riot that I wanted to contribute a small sketch.  Here is what I came up with.  Here’s the link. (http://banjopigs.blogspot.com/)

Illustration for “One of Us” Event

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I was recently asked by Sarah McGinnis of Frenzy Marketing in connection with Tilbury House Publishers if I would be one of a group of illustrators to create a small illustration to be exhibited and hopefully sold to benefit Powered by Girl a campaign from Hardy Girls Healthy Women (www.hghw.org) designed to educate teen girls about the impact of media on their lives.  The challenge was to create a page from a children’s book about my life.  A self-portrait that represents who I am now.  I chose to illustrate one of my favorite memories as a child that would shape who I am today.  I wanted to illustrate a Saturday morning when I could almost always be found at the coffee table drawing my favorite characters from the comics section of the paper.  I found that the illustration wasn’t complete without our dog Coco watching me.

The launch party for the exhibit took place on May 24 in New York City.  I learned today that the event was a big success and that my illustration did indeed sell.  YAY, and congrats to all those who organized the event!

Illustration Friday – Trail

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I wanted to work on a new illustration and experiment with using the software “Flash” to create it. As happens frequently the well for creative ideas was dry so, I referred to illustrationfriday.com to inspire a subject to work from. The word this week is “Trail” which led me (no pun intended) to produce the following illustration and writing. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by to look.

Ben could see that this camping spot was already occupied and knowing that the current inhabitant would rather eat him than share such a beautiful spot by the river, he quickly and cautiously began his retreat back to the trail.  Unfortunately, Ben was fully unaware of the stick that rested on the ground behind him.  That is until he settled his weight upon his left foot and heard the heart dropping crack of the breaking stick. Ben froze, fearing that the sound soon would be echoed by the sound of his bones cracking as he became a welcome retreat from the usual dining fare.

Although his body was now suffering in a petrified state, his mind was desperately racing to remember the chapter of his Hiking Handbook titled, “What to do in case of a bear attack.”

Halloween at the McCord’s

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As some of you know, I like to go a little crazy decorating my house for Halloween.  This year I was a little delayed with all the crazy rain we’ve had but, fortunately Halloween day was beautiful and I was able to set-up the decorations.  Each year I try to come up with something new to add to the house and this year was no exception although, it was more of a revision than something new.  I have a DVD that plays a series of scary Halloween faces and in the past I would set this up to play in our third floor window.  Never really like it up there but, it was the best spot that I had to set it up.  This year I thought it would be great if I could get it to play in the opening of the garage door.  It ended up being a huge hit for visiting trick or treaters.  Although not quite the same thing as being there, I wanted to post some pictures of how it all looked.

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