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Many years ago, I was at the One of a Kind show in Toronto. As the organizers put it, this is “a community of like-minded individuals to exchange ideas, stories and objects through the culture of craft.”

I was talking to a photographer who specialized in landscapes. I noticed they fell into two distinct styles. One was the stereotypical sunrise/sunset, and something you might see in a poster shop. The other was very ethereal, almost abstract.

I asked him about the difference, and he explained …

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Whimsical Maps Pt. 5

Sinclair Road Map


Here’s another whimsical road map I came across at a flea market. Although there are over 2,500 Sinclair filling stations in the US, I’ve personally never seen one myself in my travels. There’s no date on the map, but I’d put it at the mid to late 50s. I always admire how creative they can be with the limited number of inks.

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REVIEW: Keep Going by Austin Kleon

Keep Going Austin Kleon


The first book I saw by Austin Kleon was “Steal Like An Artist” in a shop at San Francisco airport. Aside from the intriguing headline, it was a friendly, non-intimidating book about unlocking your creativity. He’s also written “Show Your Work”, which talks about sharing your process. In “Keep Going”, the focus has more of a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” approach.

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When Does Research Become Procrastination?

research and procrastination


I recently did a webinar on social media marketing. It had some compelling stuff, and I was furiously writing down notes. As it concluded, we got the obligatory “Sign up now for a limited time discount on our program”. I was pretty damn close to hitting that buy button, but I asked myself—when does research become procrastination? I’m sure I would have gotten some good insights, but it felt like a cop-out.

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Illustration Step-By-Step: Cow Abducted By UFO

ufo cow illustration


I figured it was about time for another Step-By-Step Illustration post.

I always look for an excuse to do an alien or space themed piece. At the time of this writing, my home page has four alien themed pieces. There’s always room for one more.

Like my other work, it’s light hearted and whimsical. I’m sure that’s not the case for the poor cow (if you believe that sort of thing).

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