Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th

Hello one and all,

Sorry for not posting last week. It seems like the weeks just come and go so quickly this summer. With all of the projects I am working on, time is flying by. Sorry I cannot post images of things that I am working on but when you sign NDAs, you have to keep things under wraps for a while.

I thought this poster/flyer was brilliant! It seems to capture what we creatives are going through these days. I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked to work for free or have seen job postings asking the same thing. Why would anyone think we are willing to put hours into something for exposure? Do they offer that to a doctor, plumber, carpenter, etc.? I think not. We offer a specialized skill and should be paid accordingly. Bravo for whoever designed this poster.

Lately I have been kicking around the idea of character licensing. Spoke with a close friend today about it since they have the capabilities of selling characters to merchants and franchises. We will see where this goes. I know I need to get back to my book idea as well. I really just need to get the words down so I can then really write the thing. Hopefully something will come out of the story that is worthwhile. Speaking of books, nothing new to report on Molly for now. Fingers are crossed.

I ordered a bunch of sketchbooks this week so I can start carrying them along with me when I leave the house. Hell, they may make me get out more often. I also ordered some additional painting supplies and have lined up a model for another painting session in October. Looking forward to that. An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory is a great book about artist and their sketchbooks. It inspired me to get back to using them and to draw for myself again.

We are having some friends come up for a visit next week so I must get some cleaning done around the house this weekend. I better get to it since it does not want to clean itself. So I will leave you with this:

From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. but all I have done before the the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy five I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am eighty you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign my self 'The Old Man Mad About Drawing." Hokusai


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Hey Russ, thanks for visiting my blog! Browsed around yours, pretty cool stuff! Will definitely stop by again!

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Russ Cox said...

Thanks Oscar!

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