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Robert Zimmerman
February 2006
Illo Watch
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While flying the friendly skies of United yesterday, I noted that the cover of Hemisphere's Magazine gave not only credit to the talented Mr. Craig Frazier, but also directed readers to his website.

The online version of Hemisphere's does the same, with a handy link, which if clicked on, appears in a framed version of Hemisphere's own website.

Are the folks at United getting into creative cost cutting - the begining of commercial illustration as self-promo - or what?

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Jim Flora
posted:

I can't stop looking The Mischieveous Art of Jim Flora.

I've had it for about 6 months and I carry it around like some kind of security blanket.

At Amazon

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Play (whatever)
posted:
Boo!
The Play Illlustration Source Book from Serbin was supposed to promote people who design interactive games, design for games, stuff like that. I do that kind of stuff for money these days, so I thought I'd buy a page.

Today, Play Illustration launched it's website, which is unfortunately just another online mishmash of jumbled confusion that allegedly does good things for folks like me. What I got is basically an unfindable page among hundreds of others that I can't control, can't make the way I want, can't actually run the games I'm designing on, and basically just sucks large. Reality check: I know I can't draw that good but in the big scheme of things I can at least entertain folks for a spell

The first on the scene with online illustrator promoting, as far as I recall was theispot.com, from the amazing Gerald Rapp. I like Gerald - I'm down with the guy because he's cool and I dig him, but when he showed me theispot.com I said "This is lame" - "it's a jumbled ball of confusion" and I thought to myself those many years ago, that there has to be a better way for illustrators to get a message out online in a way that doesn't suck. Lots of time has passed and theispot still seems to be the standard - Click a whole bunch of check boxes, like humor, animals, children, and you get a few hundred talents to browse through. Not only do these various online talent systems seem screwed up, they ain't cheap either. They're making serious dollars and what do they deliver? I'm not sure...

I tried out portfolios.com (sexy animated chick on the homepage probably got me...) - but it delivers zero traffic to my site - the search at portfolios.com is the same as Gerald Rapp created at theispot in the late 90's - click a bunch of boxes and get several hundred results to browse through.

I have a feeling it doesn't have to be this way, but I'll also admit that I'm not sure what the best answer is yet. One online high note is the amazing blog at drawn.ca - comes up at number five in a Google for Illustration search and maybe there's an answer there... somewhere.. . . . .
Russell Tate - Wuz Up?
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Russell Tate - just click on something soon and figure it out.

via Drawn.ca

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Kevin Pope starts daily cartoon
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Kevin Pope is up and running with FishStiks.com and is posting daily humor of the Kevin Pope variety. Worth checking out.
Gothard's Way Back Post
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David Gothard harkens back to the old days with a nostalgic post, worth reading right here.

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Evidence of Extreme Boredom
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As further proof of my decline into senality, I have posted my first image gallery, Designs for Better Mobile Living.

It's far afieled from what I get to do style-wise in my "professional life" as an illustrator, but for reasons that escape me (and everyone else who looks at them) these things make me smile.

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Enos Post
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Randall Enos posted his first article at drawger and it's a doozy folks.

Check it out here.

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The Amazing Shrinking Illustrator Credit
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This is same size

Okay, I know I don't see as good as I used to, but I'm convinced that illustrator credits are getting smaller and smaller.

I measured this one from US News and World Report and it was 3.5 point type, crediting the talented David Gall.
200 % view
Here it to the right at 200%.

I don't know, maybe I'm just suffering from old age and general crabbiness...

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Old Blocks Are Cool
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Maybe it's just me, but these old blocks inspire me. I don't know what they inspire me to do beyond just look at them, but that's okay for now.
I just stuck this block in my scanner. If anybody is interested, I can scan a block letter for them. I have the whole alphabet and all the numbers.
Here's an example of what the numbers look like. I have no cluue why I like these things so much. It may be that something is desperately wrong with my childhood.
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