Monday, January 30, 2012

Thank you EFii...

Sadly, the final podcast of Escape from Illustration Island (EFII) has been aired as of last week.  I would like to thank Thomas James and his numerous guests for the many hours of insight and personal stories that have been shared over the past three years.  And while the indefinite future holds a void in the podcast community, our illustration community can still be appreciative of the many beneficial "resources and inspiration" of the EFII website.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Review - The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam

Driving home one evening, I caught the tail end of an interview with author Dan Roam on the radio.  He was talking about his newest book (Blah, Blah, Blah: What to Do When Words Don't Work) in which he emphasizes that if one truly knows what they are "talking" about, one should be able to visually represent (draw) the idea while simultaneously explaining it.  In The Back of the Napkin, Mr. Roam explores the use of pictures in a business setting (staff meetings, brainstorming sessions, re-branding, market overviews, etc.).  As an illustrator, I found it interesting how self proclaimed non-visual thinkers process their information and how even people who think they can't draw, are encouraged to give it a try simply by following Dan Roam's simple S.Q.V.I.D method.  Aside from the author's own theory are two interesting appendices, one in particular covering the science of visual thinking.  This book is a quick read (a weekend project) and overall it's refreshing to read a business book emphasizes the importance and benefits of visual communication in professional environments. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

A little help with that resolution?

With the new year well under way, we are quickly approaching the season of quitting on those promises we made ourselves just one week ago.  Crash diets are literally crashing, TV timeouts are coming back from commercial, and sweet teeth are back on the scene with a vengeance.  If you are having trouble staying true to your personal pledges, I've got nothing for you...However, if more figure drawing was part of your resolution, I can suggest visiting  Here you will find copious amounts of professional quality photos of scores of models guessed it...artsy poses.  Also included are some video tutorials and handy links for constructing the human form.  Overall, it seems like a fairly new site (that I hope keeps growing) and a useful tool for those times when you can't make it to a live figure drawing session.

For those of you who chose to go on a month long strict diet of kale chips and water...good luck, I hope it's working out for you.