Friday, February 23, 2007

Be good to your back!

Thought I would post these tips from the interweb:

Chiropractic Tips for Shoveling Snow:
Winter is here and snow removal is a major problem for many people. The following tips are offered for shoveling driveways and walks:

-Stretch your back, neck, arms and legs with a brief warm-up.
-Use a shovel appropriate in length and weight to your height and strength.
-Bend from the knees while lifting and keep the spine as straight as possible.
-Push the snow when it is practical, as opposed to lifting and throwing it.
-Deposit the snow close to where you are shoveling, to avoid heaving it across a wide area.

-Shovel at too rapid a pace. Work at a pace fitting to your age and strength.
-Lift snow with your back. Bending and twisting the spine are common causes of disc and ligament damage. Do use your arms and body to deposit snow in one smooth motion.
-Shovel with your feet planted firmly in one spot. Allow your legs and thighs to help your upper body and arms deposit the snow to the side.
-Lift large amounts of snow in one scoop of the shovel. To avoid back strain, shovel light to moderate amounts of snow per load.
-Overwork yourself. If you are huffing and puffing, stop immediately and rest.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Call for Illustrators

Indyish is looking for illustrators to contribute to the ongoing evolution of the relay art project The Assembly:

Sounds like a huge collaborative project - this is from the website:
The Assembly: 7 teams of writers authored 7 scripts. 7 directors are using those scrips to produce 7 movies. 7 bands are composing and performing original film scores.

To compliment this month-long insanity, and with help from Celtx, Indyish is producing a project ‘zine that will contain the 7 scripts. That’s where you come in.

Illustrators interested in participating:Your task will be to develop an image to compliment one script. You’ll be given a text at random and have one week to draw or design something inspired by the document. Your imagery can decorate the script pages, or add a single 8 1/5 by 11 page to the document. Submissions of drawings, photos, collage are welcome but must be submitted in 300 dpi tiff or jpg format. Please submit both a colour and black/white version of your piece.
Your work must be finished by Sunday February 25, 2007. The zines will be assembled and made available in basic Black and White in time for the screening and party, March 10 2007 at Friendship Cove.
This book will also be published in full colour via License: CC Attribution as usual.

Please respond ASAP if you are interested in taking part, by emailing
We look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

the Graphic Novel

There's an awesome audio/visual slideshow-type deal at the New York Times website called Graphic Novels: A Visual Language. It features Seth, Chris Ware, Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, and Chester Brown. Check it out, it's really neat to hear these guys talk about their own work.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Here's the poster I'm designing for a lecture series at the RCA. Check it out! Gerard will be in town talking about porn and radioactive bunnies or something.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Scope out these comics

These are the tiny comics I submitted to the The Scope. The last two are in the latest issue, but the first isn't because it was too hard to read. Ah well. Anyway, they're still hankering for some contributers, so get in touch if you're interested!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Still Frame Copy

Lookin' for some photo-refs to practice with and hit on the idea of freeze-framing some DVD's to get some nicely lit faces, etc. Anyway, here's my first go. Viggo Mortensen from Fellowship of the Rings. It's not bad, but I think I lost something around the eyes.