Sign Your Name In Pink Sharpie For Cancer!

Sharpie is spreeding awareness for cancer. Just by signing your name in Pink Sharpie and uploading here you will be raising $1 for cancer! Sharpie is donating a dollar for every signature up to $10.000.

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Sharpie is such a wonderful product. It really has it’s consumers in mind and creates the kind of products that we love to create with. From doodling on your shoes to full on fantastic works of art, sharpie are my favorite art supply for customizing…well..EVERYTHING!!

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I recently bought the neon sharpies that glow under black light and can’t wait to get into them! I now hope for glow in the dark sharpies one day….Imagine what sharpie could do to the night!

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These great sharpie art works I found lying around the internet, excluding my signature, so I claim no rights to them 😉
I am also not being payed by sharpie. I really just love my sharpies as I’m guessing you guys do too!
For more great sharpie stuff, their website has gallery’s where you can share your stuff, learn cool techniques and accept and submit challenges with the whole sharpie community!

                                                                                Enjoy 😉

“…The Great Artists Steal”

Pablo Picasso’s quote “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” has been a topic point that keeps coming up these past few days along with a TED talk I watched about a year ago called “Steal Like An Artist”
I remember the day I watched it, I had been doing a similar thing with old newspapers and magazines, crossing out words leaving a story or poem with those left behind. I started this when I was drawing illustrations on old text books thinking I was being original. The news wasn’t to hardly taken though, that it had been done many times over, because that was exactly what this guy had thought.

Around the same time was my discovery of peter draws, and his video “Epic mandala drawing (and thoughts about stealing art)” Peter also handed me another lead after reciting the quote by the director Jim Jarmusch as I then discovered the movie “Coffee and Cigarettes” which was full of some of the most inspiring and weird conversations and quotes such “The earth is a conductor of acoustical resonance.” and “I drink a lot of coffee before I go to bed so I can dream faster.”

I remember I was on a roll this day,and I copied all this cool stuff into my sketchbooks. Notes and sketches about lucid dreaming, sleep deprivation, reviving sharpie pens, zentangling and it was even the day I found Russell Brands political videos such as the messiah complex, the interview for BBC news and MSNBC where he showed them up as complete idiots!

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I realized this was all I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I’d be a Blogger. Needless to say, one or two videos set off a snowball effect off research and now here I am. Getting off my lazy bum, not sleeping all day and working for the life I want to have 😉 Above is my old sketchbook on the exact page!

As always, Enjoy!

Failure: what I did about it!

“our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius

It’s been a while since I blogged. I should apologize mostly to myself for this, I wanted to post everyday and I broke my 365 day sketchbook challenge. None of this means I have failed, unless I continue to not try. This I will be restarting tomorrow.

We should all remember not to be too hard on ourselves, no matter the failure. We live in a world that seems like it could never get harsher… then it does. My personal downfall is the inability to cope with the environmental, child and animal abuse. This time I did something more about it than sharing some petitions and posts to my friends: I adopted a shelter dog!

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His new name is King Arthur. He was a victim of extreme abuse and witness to the massacre of his pack with a trigger happy @$$h0le who deserves nothing but the burning fires of hell for all eternity. Arthur, his mother and one other pup escaped and where found hiding in a ditch.
At this point, he is very timid and frightened of most males but is slowly coming around to a few close friends. He has anxiety attacks and when he heard fireworks about a week ago, he ran inside to hide and was hyperventilating and foaming at the mouth.
It’s going to be a long journey, but he has already made vast improvements. His confidence is growing and so is his trust in my closer circle of friends and family. He’s so gentle with small children it warms your heart.

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I’ve ordered him and I a special necklace from the animal rescue site, If you love animals and want to check out their store or sign up for their emails, Please check it out and show your support. They raise money for a great cause and even tell you how many bowls of food you’ll be shouting our fury friends if you purchase an item.

A Great Vlogger To Follow: Emma Blackery

I’ve been following Emma Blackery for a little over a year now and watched her and her channel grow immensely! She is a sharp and sassy, down to earth chick who’s humor is unparalleled to any other Vlogger I personally keep up to date on. Along with her feel good vlogs and music she has also shaved her head for cancer, and made countless videos that raise your spirits. Her humor is dark enough to notice but appropriately executed.  Here are my top 6 Emma Blackery videos.

The “Fuck you google plus song” One of her most popular videos. Though it is not the same style as her published music. which are more “feel good” style

Board enough to Google yourself? I never pulled anything like this up when I did.

I could realy relate to this one. FUNNY!

Emma loves to answer your questions. As weird as they may be!

This video got me into apple spice herbal tea. A great talk on how to sleep healthily.

I was really happy to see she will be doing more book reviews. I am currently reading “Steve Jobs” now and want to pick up a couple others in this list some time soon.

I really hope you enjoy her as much as I do!!!! ;D

The World As Inspiration Part Two: Where To Find The Great Ideas!

Not everyone wants to stay at home and search online for ideas, and although you can with all the following resources, to some degree, they will be more effective to check out in person. Some of these are continual, some are events and need to be marked in your calender…or Filofax 😉

Public Resource Centers.
Not only does your local library stock many fantastic books to borrow, but often they hold events and clubs for all sorts of topics. From talks to challenges and competitions. This also goes for museums and art gallery’s! Often which, include films and documentary’s being screened and fresh and changing exhibitions. These places also have information and public notice boards which can turn up some awesome stuff too!

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ike here, in the space of 13 days there are 10 really cool things on and that is just the art gallery!

News and newspapers!
In paying special attention to local papers and smaller news groups in the deeper internet I noticed the wealth of cool things sprouting out. Community projects, Local or weird artists, more events and silly little things that people do that turns heads. Keep an eye also on the public notices, they’re full of surprises. From corn field mazes you didn’t existed, to discovering extra little museums you didn’t even know you had. I found in just this weeks smaller paper at least 20 or so things that would be fun to work with.
I’ll also put radio stations in this section. There a range of talk radio stations that have fantastic content. One of which I listen to often is the “Dark Matter Radio” The have a range of shows, some better used for sparking your imagination than anything else but they do have great physic shows. When I say better used for imagination, many shows are conspiracy and paranormal based. But the content is fantastic! It can be a little like a radio version of ‘Fringe’ at times and some of it even has me fearing the black eyed children that may come knocking my door at night. Either way, have a Google search around at the many radio stations around the world!

Cool events, holidays and observances!
Bubble-bath day anyone? What about beer can appreciation day? Peculiar People Day, Rubber Duckie Day, Felt Hat Day, Floral Design Day… The list is huge! That doesn’t include special event celebrations in your town or city! I just found out today I missed out on a free breakfast for bikers on a “bike to work” day I believe. In that alone I remembered I wanted to bike around my country with a sketchbook or two and document my journey. Events will be something you’ll have to Google yourself for your area but below are some websites listing observance by date 😉 You may have notice in the sketchbook project that I like to use these as drawing prompts as well as project ideas.
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Wiki un-offical obervances.
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Free courses and Education tools

That’s right free! and not just that, vast topic ranges and quality education! My favorites so far are Coursera which has courses from many prestigious university’s and TED, probably the most popular.
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There is NO excuse to not find something with this list! There will be thousands and thousands of great courses to choose from. I don’t really do full courses personally, I just love the access to the lectures and pod casts!

Still have free time to sit and say “I don’t know what to do? I have no ideas or inspiration!”? Private message me so we can meet up and I can slap you with a dead fish 😀

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The World As Inspiration Part One: How to find ideas in anything!

I am going to start you guys off with two compelling quotes before I dive into the first part of this mini blog series. I believe it will help you find some of the coolest things to pull inspiration from as well as how to find inspiration in anything. 😀
I am arming you with the later first, so you’ll know how to make the most of mining the real gems

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I wouldn’t use a club personally, I find notebooks are far more efficient! which leads me to the next quote

Your-mind-is-for-having-e1354843216938Your most important tool as are your sketchbooks and notebooks. You need to carry them on you everywhere you go. why? because the day you don’t, you’ll forget that wonderful idea or miss the chance to even have that idea in the first place! All around you and everywhere you go there are things to use! especially if you do it deliberately! Cameras can also be an asset.

Here is a little exercise I use to keep me sharp on creative ideas. It helps you develop ideas faster and look at things differently once you realize that everything has more potential than you would originally judge it to have.

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#1 Look around you and pick something, anything! It could be a pillow, a plant,a book, a piece of carpet or…even a blank wall.

  • #2 Take that thing and start brainstorming ideas! There are different ways you can do this, and I suggest giving them all a go because the more angles you look at something the more idea starting points it will have but don’t forget to write them down. Take for instance the carpet.

    #3. What is it’s actual use; when and why was it invented, what trends did it go through, where did it come from, what is it made of.

    #4. What could you use it for; A rug, you could hang it on the wall, on a table, A blanket.

    #5. What particular elements of it could be used and how; the texture might make cool prints with paint onto paper, it’s tough and be good for solid sculptures, it insulates, it protects.

    #6. What could you physically do to it? Burn it, roll yourself up in it, Paint it, cut it into shapes,

    #7. Mixing these answers together is where the magic happens

It’s tough and insulates, you can cut it and paint it so you could make a Tepee
You could roll yourself up in it, cover it in paint and roll across some paper while inside it.
You could make it into wall paper and paint prints onto it
You could make a really durable pencil case with it
You could work on a series of prints and designs of the life time of carpets (which I bet full of cool patterns)

This list would grow really quickly, as will how you question the item, and the more you practice the better and faster you will get. And that’s just carpet, Imagine picking something you have a passion or deeper interest in! Just remember to practice on other items to though, you’ll think of things you never would have thought of before!

I have no right to the photo’s on this article as they are found in Google images