Monday, March 30, 2009

787 Cliparts by Oliver Laric

Once upon a time a hack designer nearly died and a lifetime of clip art flashed before his eyes...

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Matt Hoyle's Barnumville is about a fictitious town in 1940’s Florida inhabited by sideshow performers of all shapes and sizes. It’s inspired by the real life town of Gibsonton Florida which used to be an active vacation town for wintering circus folk. I was lucky enough to shoot many known sideshow performers who are in the last remaining sideshows in America, Coney Island Sideshow and 999 Eyes Freakshow from Austin Texas.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Little Red Riding Hood, the Animated Infographic Story

Tomas Nilsson, a graphic design student from Linköping University, tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood with animated infographics. The video (below) was inspired by Röyksopp's Remind Me and has that ever so familiar European electronica music moving things along. Covering topics from grandma's nutritional value to the aerodynamics of the traveling bus, the video is very tongue in cheek and totally worth the three minutes of your life.

Thanks to for the heads up.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New England Ruins

A couple of years ago I stopped back in my home town for a day while on my way to New Haven. It was the first time I'd been there in nearly 20 years and I couldn't believe how much it had changed. Most of my old landmarks had been knocked down and built over, but what really shocked me was my old elementary school. It hadn't been torn down, replaced or remodeled. Just boarded up and left to nature. There were weeds filling the front courtyard that were as high as the roof.

This collection of photos by Rob Dobi consists of other buildings in New England that have been left to decay. Their beauty makes me wish I could go back to my old school with his eyes and a camera.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

My nieces Elizabeth and Natalie "reading" their favorite book. What could be a better endorsement? Two little girls who love James Dean and Eric Litwin's book so much that they have it memorized!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bird On A Bread Board

This was my first project using the acrylic gouache that I got for my birthday. It seems appropriate that I used them to create a birthday gift for the lovely Debra, since she was the one who gave me the paints in the first place. It's the circle of life, right?

I painted on an old wooden cutting board that I found in my basement. The surface looked so cool that I felt it would be a shame to cover the whole thing. I loved the paint, beautiful colors, easy to mix and manipulate. I've been told that the paint's surface is great to draw on too, I'll have to try that.

This isn't the best photo but it will have to do for now. I'll get a better image when I'm in the studio and post it later. Click it if you'd like a larger image.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Love A Dog Day

Of course that's every day as far as I'm concerned, but it particularly seems to be turning into a theme today. First I was treated to funny stories about my best friend Sam from his foster family in CT. They have just found out about his fondness for whipped cream shots and ability to swipe potatoes from the cellar. This is Sam...

Then my friend Jill Donovan turned me on to this great story about an elephant and her dog (that's the elephant's dog, not Jill's).

And finally, I read the following essay from one of my all time favorite journalists. That's right, Roger Ebert is not just a film critic. Blackie Come Home.

Enjoy these stories, then go give your dog a treat and a nice belly rub.