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May 31, 2006


One of the things I enjoy doing during weekly staff meetings is drawing. I always have to be careful to keep one ear open to what's going on, but that's pretty much all that's required of me. I have found that drawing with my wrong hand provides ample distraction during the Lulls. While looking very loose, it requires a good amount of concentration and thus passes the time quite well. However, I do need to be careful about concentrating too hard - it's hard to look like you have one ear open to what's going on when your tonque is sticking out and you're frowning furiously.

But, here are some of the results, colored in tonight while waiting for the dryer to do its magic:

There are a few more, but I haven't had time to color them in. I will post anon.

And - don't forget to vote for my shirt (see below). If it wins, you can buy one for a reasonable price!

Posted by ribbu at 10:54 PM | Comments (1)

May 30, 2006


Okay, so I'm getting all interactive on you again. Another thing to vote for. You have to register to vote (just like in America) - but don't be afraid! It's even easier to do than whatever you have to do to register to vote in America (turn 18? sign the form and return it?). It's quick and easy, and they threatened me by saying:

If your design receives an extremely low average score after it has
been in the running for 24 hours or if the 7 day period has been reached,your submission will be moved to the archive section.

Yikes. These folks don't mess around.

My Threadless.com Submission

So VOTE! You only have a limited amount of time!!!!

Posted by ribbu at 12:08 PM

May 24, 2006


So, once again, I'm posting at the eleventh hour for this.
Oh, holy!
It's only Wednesday!
Here I had myself all in a panic that it was Thursday and I wasn't going to have any time tonight to work on this so I'm sneaking a little time in at work (shhh! don't tell, Jose!) and now I just realize that all the panic is for nothing. Well, I suppose it doesn't hurt to be a day early. Or, at least, a day earlier.

So, the topic is "Sorry" - I looked at a couple other posts and people seemed to be saying it was a lame topic. Well, shucks. I sure liked it. There's nothing better than a good excuse to cut a lady in half!

I don't have a good story to go with this one. But, it sort of speaks for itself, no?

Posted by ribbu at 10:11 AM | Comments (10)

May 23, 2006

Now, That's a FIRE!

I drove over to Home Depot the other day to get some of those ugly drop ceiling tiles to replace some broken ones in the basement. I pull into the parking lot (it's one of those ridiculously long and windy parking lots that has so much landscaping that there are like fifty unnecessary stop signs and lots of really high speed bumps for people like me who need to get to Home Depot like right now) and notice a huge billowing ball of black smoke. It seems there is a truck on fire. A pickup truck. That is just innocently sitting in the parking lot burning like an inferno.

The weirdest part about it was how people were just pouring out of the woodwork to stare. I felt like I was in Night of the Living Dead. No one was especially animated - just slowly converging from all corners of the parking lot like they were being called by the siren song of the dying pickup.

I'm curious to hear what exactly happened. Some poor guy was probably in the Home Depot picking out toilet seats when he heard over the loudpeaker "Attention - will the owner of the blue pickup truck with Maryland license plate M07923 please return to the parking lot. Your truck is on fire."

At any rate, I went in to get my ceiling tiles and had to wait for about twenty minutes while the sales clerk tried to find out how much they cost ($2.67). By the time I left, there was no evidence of the fire, the truck, or the zombies. Was it but a dream?


And, sorry for the low-budget drawing. I'm image processing at work, and have to be mildly attentive while keeping my eyes from bleeding. Post-its were the most convenient solution.

Posted by ribbu at 12:14 PM | Comments (2)

May 18, 2006

Get a [Garbage]Load of This!

So, I'm driving home from work and for some reason get stuck behind a garbage truck. Don't ask me why they were collecting garbage at 6:30pm, but clearly this guy wasn't a professional. Because, guess what - he's pulling out from the curb and chucks a piece of trash out the window. He's sitting inside a ten-ton truck FULL of garbage and throws it out the window. Maybe it's my communist sensibilities, but that just seems like shooting yourself (or your comrade) in the foot. I couldn't believe it.

If the garbage guy doesn't care about littering, then who really does???

Not me, that's for sure. I followed suit by throwing all my clothes out the window. Vive la resistance!

Posted by ribbu at 01:58 PM | Comments (2)

The Lamest Thing Ever

Alright - my more-on-time-illustration-friday-submission... the topic was "Angels & Devils" but I only had one devil.

I was in my car the other day with the window down, and some guys in a big truck pulled up next to me and said something lewd about my nether regions. I reacted quickly, and without thinking, and gave them the bird. Now, I have argued on numerous occasions that this is perhaps the most ineffectual gesture ever. It's so not clever. It's what you do when you can't think of a good comeback (or kick the guy in the nads). Which happens to me all the time. But I rarely resort to empty gestures like that. But I did, and even though they snickered in response, somehow it made me feel good. And that is so lame.

Posted by ribbu at 06:36 AM | Comments (8)

May 12, 2006

Illustration Friday

There's this ever-growing group called

I found this site a while ago and always meant to post, but never got around to it. But then, my pal Steve started posting for Illustration Friday on his site, so I figured I ought to finally join in the fray, if for no other reason than it's a good way to procrastinate. I like the site because all kinds of people submit drawings - some illustrators and some just people who like to draw. This means anyone can post, even you.

The given topic was "FAT" and I thought I had until today, Friday, to post it. But, apparently today is the first day to post to the new topic, which is "ANGELS AND DEVILS". So, overdue, here's FAT:

Maybe tomorrow I will work on Angels and Devils so that it's not late again. I don't get how people can post their drawing before a day even goes by of the assignment being posted. I mean, I thought I was a fast drawer, but I got nothing on these guys.

Posted by ribbu at 09:29 PM

May 09, 2006



This is the best. If you read it somewhere, it must be true.

Posted by ribbu at 10:26 PM | Comments (1)

May 07, 2006


For those of you who didn't rush out to buy the Times this morning (believe it or not, I was one of you), and for those of you who maybe did, but then didn't feel like giving up your personal info to look at the Times website to see my illo in color, and for those of you who might have rushed out to buy the Times but then balked at the $4.50 newsstand price (sources say $10 Canadian), well, here it is, the way it ought to have been:

I did not rush out to get the paper this morning because I was, in fact, really dreading how my illo was going to look in greyscale. I have a tendency to do fairly low-contrast coloring, and even though I learned in school that I need to do a prelim/value study to see whether or not the thing is legible without color, I have ignored that step since graduating. Now I know why it is so important. But - Mom and Dad called bright and early to report that it didn't look bad at all, so I could get my ass out of bed and face the day. And, I'm happy to say that I think this was a much better showing than last time.

A number of our readership did notice a curious thing, though: the copy to the left of the illustration was just slightly trimmed, so that one or two letters from each line was missing.
< See?
It looks like whoever laid out the spread put my illustration (with its white background) over the type. Some designer is going to catch hell for that one. It looks like my illustration has the creeping ick, and the type is getting eaten away. I thought it was just in the paper I bought, but have since gotten reports from Williamstown and Kansas City with the same problem. Maybe it's a problem that spreads, like the mumps, via airplane, to the midwest.

Posted by ribbu at 08:22 PM

May 05, 2006


I knew it.

All my bragging about my big fat color illustration in the sunday times caught God's ear, and he sent his ad execs to put me in my place. From my art director:

because of ad placement
we lost color on your illo
i tried to switch it to a page that was color
but it just wasn't possible
this is the only time this has happened in the last 4 months that
i've been on the section

ah well.
I suppose if this is the worst that happens to me, I can't complain, even a little bit. But I may still be blinded by the tears of disappointment, and maybe then that would be the worst that happens to me.

Posted by ribbu at 12:18 PM | Comments (4)

May 02, 2006

Am I Still Doing This?

I've been finding that life has started moving so quickly that somehow my time for postcards is getting whisked away. But I will not let it stop me. I'm only a month behind. Well, hopefully, this weekend will be a good time to catch up - Matthew is going to williamstown without me (boo! fie!) to play a gig, catch up with his last graduating class of international students, contribute to a board meeting and assist the new photographer for the campus photo shoot on monday. This sure makes him seem like a man of the world, doesn't it? I plan to stay home, clean my office, repot my plants and paint paint paint draw draw draw. Luckily, cable is supposed to be disconnected by then, so I will have no excuse for distraction (stupid abc family channel made-for-tv movies!).

Perhaps due to the mania at home, I've seen a dramatic decline in quality of drawings. Or, maybe it's me seeing things. I have gone back to my trusty gouaches in the name of speed, but maybe this weekend I'll get to do some more experimenting with my new Dr. Martin'ses and figure out how they really work. I suppose it's a little presumptuous to think that I can figure it out in one weekend (and clean my office, and repot the plants, and paint paint paint draw draw draw) but what the heck. For the moment, I am feeling energetic and productive. Why not humor myself?

(The various images of frustrated computer guy on one end of the line and confounded non-computer person on the other end were inspired by my conversations with the tech guy at my hosting company Nexcess- he was so awesomely helpful that I made him a card (you have to be awesomely helpful in order for me to make you a card). Now that it is scanned, finally, I can send it off to him. Thank you, Greg Swaney. You rock.)

Posted by ribbu at 11:17 PM | Comments (3)

May 01, 2006


Get your checkbooks out and prepare yourselves for the mad rush on the newstands that will happen this Sunday. My illustration will be in the Sunday Travel section of the New York Times at a whopping 7.5"x4" in full color (or so I've been led to believe). My art director is being coy and will not tell me what page it is on so that it will "be a surprise as you flip through the section". Will I be so casual in my perusing the Times this Sunday? I hardly think so. It would be more appropriate to say "tear through" or "maniacally shuffle through" or "stumble through feverishly with eyes blinded by excruciating anticipation."

Posted by ribbu at 09:49 AM