Vanessa Davis, computer whiz and more!

Vanessa Davis, computer whiz

The charming and talented Vanessa Davis has a new comic about past jobs, good and bad, over at Tablet, which is Nextbook’s reconceived, redesigned, and mostly restaffed* online magazine: Vocation, All I Ever wanted!

Vanessa’s also, after a long period of dormancy, reorganized and relaunched her own website, Spaniel Rage. With a blog and everything! Yay!

  • Yes, yes, I’m going to clean out my office today, finally, I promise.

(Cross-posted at Clusterflock.)


Update, 7/16: There’s a great interview with Vanessa over at Largehearted Boy: Antiheroines: Vanessa Davis

Do circuit diagrams count?

DrawMo! thumbnails

Yes, folks, once again it’s that magical time of year: only six days until DrawMo! 2008!

Who: People of the Internets
What: Try to make at least one drawing a day for a month
Where: Offline, online, on blogs, on Flickr, wherever
When: November 1–30
Why: Because it’s fun

To join the DrawMo! group blog, send me an e-mail or leave a comment here or there. You can also join the Flickr group.

I have no idea how I’m going to make time for it this year, since I’m already, like, totally overscheduled, but I’ll certainly try.

Start sharpening your pencils!

Ceci n’est pas un oignon

Only two weeks to go until DrawMo! 2007, the project wherein interested parties try to make at least one drawing a day for the month of November. A dozen brave sketchers joined me on the group blog last fall, and I know that several others followed along at Flickr, on their own blogs, or (gasp) offline.

You, too, can draw more during DrawMo!

You do not have to participate publicly; it’s just more fun that way. To join the group blog, send me an e-mail or leave a comment over there. You can also join the Flickr group.

Become a Drawmonaut today!

[Cross-posted to Clusterflock]

The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

drafting tools

I can’t imagine how rubber cement—and its attendant erasers and thinners (oh, how I love those cans!)—could ever go out of circulation, and I can prove that I’ve used a type gauge pretty recently (in fact, I’ve been meaning to go buy a new one; and a loupe), but I’m still charmed by Lou Brooks’s The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

I ran across my erasing shield from high school drafting a few months ago. I could probably use that when erasing ill-considered proofreading marks. And I’d certainly have a “Pantone Thing” if I could afford one.

How many items exhibited in the museum have you owned?

(Via pica + pixel.)

Photo: Drafting Tools by Generation X-Ray / Paul; some rights reserved.

DrawMo! launched

For those of you who haven’t been following the comments on the drawing thread, I’ve just set up a separate blog for DrawMo!.

DrawMo! (”Draw Month” or “Draw More,” depending on your fancy) is a project whereby interested parties will try to post at least one drawing per day during the month of November 2006. This will be a group blog, most likely, and there will be a Flickr pool for the results (using the tag “drawmo,” I suppose).

Four people have already signed on, and we’re choreographing the secret handshake right now. If you’re one of the apparently large proportion of India, Ink. readers who are currently being terrorized by an empty sketchbook, this may be just the thing for you.

Come on over! It’ll be fun!

Redrawing the right side of the brain

In cleaning out my bookmarks-I-didn’t-get-to-follow-before-I-had-to-reboot- because-FontReserve-was-acting-funny folder, I came across a link to a speech by Milton Glaser. Sorry, I don’t remember where I got it—some design blog or other. The whole piece is charming, but I particularly liked this:

The brain is the most responsive organ of the body. Actually it is the organ that is most susceptible to change and regeneration of all the organs in the body. I have a friend named Gerald Edelman who was a great scholar of brain studies and he says that the analogy of the brain to a computer is pathetic. The brain is actually more like an overgrown garden that is constantly growing and throwing off seeds, regenerating and so on. And he believes that the brain is susceptible, in a way that we are not fully conscious of, to almost every experience of our life and every encounter we have. I was fascinated by a story in a newspaper a few years ago about the search for perfect pitch. A group of scientists decided that they were going to find out why certain people have perfect pitch. You know certain people hear a note precisely and are able to replicate it at exactly the right pitch. Some people have relevant pitch; perfect pitch is rare even among musicians. The scientists discovered – I don’t know how – that among people with perfect pitch the brain was different. Certain lobes of the brain had undergone some change or deformation that was always present with those who had perfect pitch. This was interesting enough in itself. But then they discovered something even more fascinating. If you took a bunch of kids and taught them to play the violin at the age of 4 or 5 after a couple of years some of them developed perfect pitch, and in all of those cases their brain structure had changed. Well what could that mean for the rest of us? We tend to believe that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, although we do not generally believe that everything we do affects the brain. I am convinced that if someone was to yell at me from across the street my brain could be affected and my life might changed. That is why your mother always said, ‘Don’t hang out with those bad kids.’ Mama was right. Thought changes our life and our behaviour. I also believe that drawing works in the same way. I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain in the same way as the search to create the right note changes the brain of a violinist. Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy.

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