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Brian Stauffer
September 2007
Luck book Completed!
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A hellish 2 weeks has come to a close now that I'm all wrapped-up on 70 illustrations for a book entitled "The Field Guide To Luck".  It is the tenth in a series (my first) published by Quirk Books covering topics such as dreams, gestures, etc.   Quirk Books are the publishers of a lot of the funky pop culture books with irreverent titles such as: "The Stuntwoman’s Workout", "The Big Book of Porn", "The Baby Owner’s Manual", "How to Tell If Your Boyfriend Is the Antichrist, (And If He Is Should You Dump Him?)", and the very popular "Worst-case Senario" series.

They were pretty fun to work with, although I definitely wanted to add more commentary than they did so most are simple depictions of various lucky practices from various cultures.

The handful of images below are some of my favorites from the book which represent the following:

Princess Lakshmi, Black cat crossing your path, guardian angels, not seeing a bride before the wedding, getting the evil eye, pich of salt over the shoulder, lucky frog, wishbone, african birth doll, bedtime prayers, stepping into boat with right foot first, scarab, saying "bread and butter" when olding hands, ouija board, tarot reading, evil eye protection, blowing candles and "om".  whew.

It was a tough haul, hence my absence from Drawger, but a fun project to work on.  The book should be out for the Holidays.
Iragi Refugee Crisis
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This is a piece in this week's TIME assigned by drawger's very own Edel Rodriquez.  The commentary speaks of the much ignored issue of Iraqi refugees.  As the war takes on more and more characteristics of a civil conflict, ethnic purging and cleansing has exploded into a crisis for millions.  The US has predictably failed to respond, providing at times inadequate or no aide.

I attached the sketches because Mr. fancy pants Rodriguez has challenged my drawing abilities when it comes to sketches!  Ok, I guess they are a bit primitive.
From the Boston Globe
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Two of my favorite AD's to work for are thankfully under the same roof, The Boston Globe.  Both Susan Levin and Josue Evilla are the kind of folks who really push and prod the best of my stuff out of me.  It also doesn't hurt when they bring great topics to the table, something that they almost always do.

The art below is a recent example.  The story describes the work of a lady who is a chaplain for the Maine Game Warden Service.  One of her most common responsibilities is to provide comfort and prayer to lake drowning vicitims and the victims of the many auto vs moose accidents in Maine.  It seems that due to the height of the average moose, it most always ends-up going thru the windshield of the car, killing the occupants.

On the occasion of this story, the chaplain was suprised to find the driver unharmed.  The moose, however, lay on the pavement, near death.  As the chaplain approached, the moose drew his last breath and she said a prayer for the animal,  "Dear Father, bless the beasts and singing birds, and guard with tenderness all things that have no words…
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