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September 29, 2006


So, here's my latest Illustration Friday entry. I actually did it last Friday but held off posting until now because I was waiting for the onslaught of tie orders. Now that the onslaught has slowed a bit, I figure I can stop trying to make money and do something fun again. The topic was "quiet" and the first thing that popped into my head was somebody screaming. Go figure. As I was drawing, he turned into a mime, which thankfully put me back on track. After I finished, I kind of wish he had been being stabbed or something, to make it more ironic that he wasn't speaking. But, that didn't happen. And maybe I don't need to be quite so dark all the time. Or - maybe later I'll just try another version. I don't revise often enough, I usually just take it as it comes. We'll see. For now, you're stuck with this:

Posted by ribbu at 07:43 PM | Comments (3)

September 28, 2006


Okay, so like a real idiot, I uploaded all these pix and the spiel to the other blog, so if you have already been over there, I apologize for the multiplication. If you haven't been over there, go over and look, and you'll see what I'm talking about. Then come back here.

Okay, so here's the spiel - ShopSCAD is going to be buying the rest of my ties and boxers inventory (knock on wood)... they've thought before that they were buying the rest of my inventory, but then I moved, and discovered another whole stash in roji's bedroom. So, before I totally sell out, I thought I would offer you all a last chance at them at the super-discounted-last-minute-price of $25/tie, $10/boxer. These are 100% silk and mighty fine, mighty fine.

If you're interested, just drop me a line and I'll send you off a package via Priority Mail (I'll charge you postage, mind you). If you're not interested, have a look over at the other blog, and maybe you'll discover you're more inspired by that spiel, and those pictures, which are pretty much the same as these.

Posted by ribbu at 07:01 PM

September 25, 2006

Alma! Mater!

I've been working on a project for the ole alma mater for the last few days - nothing too big, but it's shaping up to be a nice piece (lately it looks like I'm specializing in education pieces instead of airplane pieces, hmm...) - the trouble with this education business is that I have to make people look happy and inspired, instead of haggard and miserable. It's not my strong suit, but I'm trying to manage.

Anyway, it reminded me that I also recently got the last piece I did for them in the mail - it's been lost under piles of still-moving-in-stuff, but for you, I will sort through it all and slap that baby on the scanner. It's too small and low-res here to actually read the article, but you get to see the general layout. They said they would have a link available to it soon, so I'll post it when it comes.

Anyway, it's getting rave reviews. At least from my uncle. Who is an alum. And works for the college. And loves all alma mater-ial. (read: not the most unbiased reader)

and ps for those of you keen readers in the design business, I lied. I didn't slap this baby on the scanner... I couldn't even move myself to do that for you. I found an old pdf of it instead.

pps for those of you less-than-keen readers not in the design business, I really wore myself out scanning this article, it was loads of work and took tons of time to piece it all together and make it look perfect. I think I deserve an ice cream.

Posted by ribbu at 09:59 AM

September 24, 2006


Well, I'm back. Yes, the frequency of my posts of late has been less-than-desirable, you'd think I went and had a baby or something. But, such is not the case. I have been moving, and unpacking, and moving and unpacking some more. It has been tedious, laborious, and is still not over yet.
BUT... I have cleared off my work table (out of neccessity, for a job due tomorrow, of course) and decided to do a little doodling for Illustration Friday.

This week's topic was phobias. An excellent topic, but unfortunately I did not have the energy or wherewithal to do anything especially clever. Instead, a drawing of my own, somewhat inexplicable, phobias:

Bear attacks, plane crashes, tornadoes. I mean, they all make sense, but why is that what I'm afraid of? I don't even know if those count as phobias, now that I think of it. I mean, isn't everybody afraid of those things (except for maybe the tornadoes)? Frankly, it's not bad to be phobic of these things. More than phobias, they are perfectly sensible things to be afraid of. So, these aren't phobias at all, because phobias are supposed to be irrational, right? So not only did I not have the energy or wherewithal to do something clever, I couldn't even do something that required the idiot's intellect of knowing the definition of phobia. Yeesh.

At least I got to draw something scary. Instead of something that's irrationally scary, like, say, a handkerchief. That wouldn't have made nearly as good of a drawing.

Don't you love post-rationalization?

Posted by ribbu at 09:22 PM | Comments (6)

September 11, 2006

Faculty Meeting

Today I had my first faculty meeting. Unlike staff meeting, it was very interesting and entertaining. I guess it goes without saying that professors are good lecturers (or ought to be, anyway) but I have to hand it to the faculty here at WC, they put on a good show. The new dean was my favorite, I could just listen to him talk numbers all day. Seriously. He's damn good at it. There were also new faculty introductions to be made, and I had to stand and wave to everyone. Not for very long, but it came at a moment when I wasn't expecting it, so I ended up waving my sketchbook instead of my hand, which, I suppose, could be seen as unprofessional. Luckily, it was a forgiving bunch.

Perhaps the most fascinating thing (to me, anyway) about entering into this circle of academia (however tenuously (or tenure-ously?) (or, rather, non-tenure-ously) it may be) is how little I was previously aware that faculty are, like, real live human beings. I thought this would be a dry, stifled, uninspiring bureaucratic event, but these people were almost downright rowdy. And funny! And loveable! Even the registrar! Perhaps this is unique to WC, but I tell you, I had some battles with the registrar when I was in school. There was a great deal of affection for everyone in the room, and though I imagine there must surely be a lot of politics that goes on that I'm not aware of, it was a really nice community to feel (marginally) a part of. To celebrate, I doodled a little bit.

Afterwards there was a great feast at the president's house, which was so yummilicious I got two heaping helpings of desserts, and embarrassed the whole art department with my gluttony. The president sat at our table and turned out to be a very nice man. After meeting him at the all-campus picnic and asking him weird questions about what it's like to live in a house that belongs to someone else, I'm glad to have re-established myself as the person who eats twelve desserts instead of the person who asks weird questions about your house.

Sometimes it's nice to be human. It's a pretty good excuse for being an idiot.

Posted by ribbu at 09:54 PM | Comments (2)

September 05, 2006

On the Web!

For my last job, the one I recently quit, the one that I was probably crazy for quitting but was giving me an ulcer, I got to do some illustration work towards the end. And I mean drawings, not like illustrator maps, which I did all along (and was the only thing that didn't give me an ulcer, because, you see, I LOVE doing illustrator maps, seriously!). It was for the College of Wooster in Ohio. They were a remarkably accomodating and easy-to-please client, and the published pieces look awesome (not just because of my illustration, either - the whole package makes me want to re-enroll and live the fun and exciting life of an undergraduate again, which is saying a lot, really). I can't send everyone a sample, because I only have two, but you can see some of the drawings on their website. The drawings are small and a little washed out, but you get the basic idea. If you want to see the print materials, you should request more information, and they will send you all kinds of good stuff. This is a good option if you are always depressed at how little mail you get.

Posted by ribbu at 10:48 AM