an article about a panel discussion of modern food. barnard faculty members focused on the political, historical and environmental issues surrounding basic food stuffs.
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in one of the more blatant and obvious marketing moves of all time, i am giving away 4 copies of chronicle’s mary jane matching game in honor of 4/20. now, you probably have questions about how you can get your paws on this, so let’s do a little FAQ. happy weed day, and good luck!
q: dude, what is this mary jane matching game?
a: it’s a memory matching game just like the one you played as a kid, except this one features 36 pairs of weed themed illustrations by yours truly, and put out by chronicle books…they’re based in san francisco, of course.
q: do i really want a matching game?
a: of course you do. if you win, it’s free! all of your stoner friends will be jealous, some of your non-stoner friends too!
q: is this game even legal?
a: there are no hidden “extras” in the packaging, if that’s what you are asking.
q: how do i enter?
bonus: hilarious hashtags, dumb comments, and horrible puns will receive extra consideration.
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q: is the picture of the cat with laser beams coming out of its eyes, your cat?
a: of course!
q: i didn’t win. i’m destroyed inside. is there anything i can do to fill this void?
a: i am guessing that the fine people at chronicle would sell you one if you asked nicely, or gave them your credit card number, i mean, it IS available for purchase.
happy baseball opening day!
if you didn’t know, i love baseball (i even have a minor league name-doppelgänger, sadly he’s in the nationals’ farm system, but i still wish him well). so when i was approached by topps (yes, topps!) to create avatars for their new ipad app, i think we can comfortably say that i was shit giddy. bunt is a baseball companion app that merges old school card collecting and fantasy sports. collect and trade your favorite players and track them in real time. players’ points are based on stats throughout the season. slumping? dump him. streaking? go get that young star. or, if you’re a homer like me, just go with your favorite team.
the bunt team is already working on updates, enhancements, and more avatars for the app, so have at it and let me know what you think. issues? comments? glowing reviews? i know people, they’ll love to hear it all.
starting team bunt lineup:
michael bramlage (P), chris romero (CF), chris pacetti (SS), erich wood (C), ernesto santos (1B), alex eben meyer (3B).
doing some motion work in after effects. i’ll have to remember to misplace more of my linked files, the texture layer doesn’t seem to mind.
meaty spot illustrations for newsweek/daily beast about beef intake by various segments of americans.
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the new hot app for iphone/ipad/facebook/android/whathaveyou is draw something, a social pictionary* style game in the vein of words with friends, the latest and greatest way to use your device to scratch your butt. according to the farhad manjoo, the joy comes from the ease of play and lack of rules. according to me, i signed up, started a random game with somebody who drew what were presumably shoes, then drew an arrow pointing at said shoes, and then wrote: ‘goes on feet’.
slate: better than words with friends, by farhad manjoo.
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*i am a bit of a grump about this as i have always hated pictionary.
ao and i just returned from a lovely trip to the dominican republic. per usual, i brought along both my large and small sketchbooks, some pens, and water color set really just to add weight to my bag. there were some terribly boring doodles from the plane ride (not shown) and ONE drawing of the beach (shown). my vacation expectation is to keep some kind of travel journal/sketchbook of about one page per day, yup.
final vacation tally
drawings made: 1
books read: 1.5
beers consumed: yum
businessweek investigates what happens when your smartphone get stolen and the private information that gets looked at. entertaining package of illustrations, including controversy over the ‘photos’ one. the blurred version is the original one i sent, but the legals were uncomfortable with my blurring (okay, it’s true, you can see junk), thus the final version has black bars covering sensitive areas. i will say though, the back and forth over this change cause quite the amusement in the studio.
…and to answer your unasked question, yes indeed there is a full-on nudie NSFW version!
Data Security: Most Finders of Lost Smartphones Are Snoops
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i recently received samples of my classiest project ever, a marijuana matching game for chronicle books. the set included over 36 weed-themed drawings, including, laser frankie, toking asparagus, bong rip, and more swirly smoke than i have ever drawn in my life.
it’s projects like these that make mom proud.
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sorry model, your head got cropped off when i realized that i didn’t like how wildly out of proportion i drew you. i blame pre-figure drawing bourbon on an empty stomach.
i finally got around to watching the maurice sendak interview with stephen colbert, which i partially avoided assuming that it would be nostalgia fodder or hero worship. instead, i found sendak to be hilarious, sharp, scathing and brilliant. you will not be disappointed.