2009: The Year of Many Moves

2009 will forever be known as the year that Ash and I pulled off two gigantic-move-all-the-stuff-you’ve-ever-owned moves and did not kill each other in the process. One move from the very top of Wisconsin down to the great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, and then the long trek from those large hills to the stretch of vast land that is Texas. We are still together, still in love, and damn if that isn’t the biggest accomplishment we’ve ever had.

Here’s a bit of preview of what 2010 is going to bring to the readers and stalkers of Snailbird:

The Family Menagerie

Happy New Year everyone! See you on the other side of 2010. 😀

In which I get a table for Christmas.

First of all. This. THIS. Oh my god.

Pretty Pretty Drawing Table

This is the ultimate Christmas present. I tweeted about it a couple of times a few months ago when I was looking for a cheap drawing table I could possibly get myself for Christmas. This was anything but cheap, but it was my dream table, and it was love at first sight and I kept opening the Futura Craft Station Amazon page up and reading Ash the specs out loud; “It’s 38″ by 24″ – it’s big!” “It’s got a pretty glass top!” “OH MY GOD YOU CAN MAKE IT A LIGHTTABLE!” I couldn’t get it out of my head. I showed it to my co-worker at work who found that they carried it at an art store in town (though when we went to check it out later, they were only selling it online), and while I knew there was no way in hell that I’d be able to afford it, I knew it was THE ONE.

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The Girl Who Silenced the World

Sixteen years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) in Rio de Janeiro, Severn Cullis-Suzuki was twelve years old. The founder of the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), she was there to speak to all the adults and tell them exactly what was on her mind.

She is now thirty years old, a published author, a celebrated environmental activist, and her words ring true to this very day. We still have a lot to learn.

(Many thanks to BitRebels for the introducing me to this video.)

Contest Giveaway: Custom Postcards!

Hurray A Contest!

UPrinting Postcard Giveaway

Snailbird is proud to host its second contest! This time the contest is being sponsored by our lovely friends over at UPrinting. They will be giving 1 lucky winner 100 (ONE HUNDRED!) custom-made postcards for free! How awesome is that? Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

The Rules

01. Comment on this post, making sure that I have both your name and email address (we won’t share your email, no worries), and tell me what you would use these 100 custom postcards for. Be creative! Christmas/New Year/Holiday/Birthday cards? Letters to long lost relatives? Paper your wall with them? Let us know!

The Goods

The winner will receive 100 custom postcards from UPrinting.com. The postcards are 4″ by 6″ (standard postcard size), full color both sides, and printed on 14pt Cardstock Gloss. They can be used as notecards, invitations, thank you cards, or whatever you could possibly think of.

Postcards from UPrinting

On January 1, 2010, I will choose a winner using the ever-useful Random.org generator. Only those with answers to the above question will be put in the drawing so don’t forget that part! One comment is allowed per person and don’t forget to tell your friends to join. Who wouldn’t love to get 100 custom-made postcards? It’s the perfect gift for a new year.

Don’t forget to tweet about the giveaway to your friends!

Come back on January 1, 2010 to find out who the winner is!

Artist Showcase: Danielle Corsetto

“Two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus.”

Girls with Slingshots

With a tagline like that, how could you not want to read the webcomic Girls with Slingshots? I know I was hooked. I started reading GWS about a year and a half ago and I’m pretty sure I read the first 500 comics in one night. The rest of it was done the next morning. The author, Danielle Corsetto, has a flair for pushing boundaries, but all with a sense of dignity – okay, maybe not so much dignity per se, but you have to admit, each strip is like a shot of vodka. You can’t stop yourself from taking another one just to see how far you can go. Or something like that.

Girls with Slingshots

Really, there’s just a lot of booze and sex, so dignity is probably not at all the word I’m looking for. Regardless, it’s an awesome comic drawn by an awesome artist. I got to meet Danielle for a very brief five minutes this weekend at Dragon’s Lair Comics for their webcomic weekend, and when I sadly lamented the fact that there was no McPedro button in the button pack I bought, she actually took the one off of her bag and gave it to me (and warned me not to smell it since her bag always comes into the bathroom with her – true GWS humor). So not only is she a great comic artist, but she’s a pretty freakin’ awesome person in general.

Girls with Slingshots

Want more of Danielle Corsetto? You can find her here:

Website: DanielleCorsetto.com
Comic: Girls with Slingshots
Twitter: @dcorsetto
MySpace: GirlswithSlingshots
Etsy Shop: DCorsetto
GWS Store: GWS Store

Previous Artist Showcases:
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Art Post: Don’t Stop Believing

I’ve still been working on the comic even though I haven’t been posting it online. Yesterday I started my first sort-of color test on an illustration I did before beginning the comic, and today I finished it. I actually really like how it turned out so I figured I’d post it to give you a preview of what the comics will look like when finished.

Musical

Ash wants to play the drums, and I’m a somewhat horrible guitar player (the guitar is based on my own, so it actually turned out better than the drum set did). Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more illustrations churned out soon. It definitely makes me feel like an artist again. So what do you think?

Artist Showcase: Lois van Baarle

I realized I haven’t done an artist showcase in awhile, and I have a huge list of artists I want to feature. Maybe I should just make this an on-going Monday thing. Yeah, I’ve said that before… Ah well. Today’s artist showcase is the incredibly multi-talented Lois van Baarle of Loish.net!

One of the things that drew me to Lois’s artwork is her attention to detail and the use of colors that is constantly exemplified in her digital paintings. While her primary subject appears to be cute girls (which I’m not complaining about in the slightest), it is her architectural illustrations – those that focus on tall buildings and different depths of perspective – that really blow me away.

Loish01

Of course, my favorite image is still focused on a cute girl:

Loish02

What can I say? I like cute girls. The fish are cute too.

Lois is a world-traveler. She’s lived in the US, Indonesia, France, Belgium, and was born in the Netherlands. She currently resides in Utrecht and went to school there for her Masters of Arts. She not only draws images, she also creates some beautiful animations as well (my favorite being a short film called Trichrome Blue). She says about herself: “I’m unemployed and my life has no structure whatsoever, but I’m as happy as I’ve ever been!” Not only is she a phenomenal artist, but she’s got a great outlook on life as well.

You can find more about Lois by clicking on the following links:

Website: Loish.net
Twitter: @loishh
Tumblr: Loish Blog
Blog: Loish Sketchblog
Deviantart: Loish (best place for Lois Art!)
Vimeo: Loish
And just for fun: Disney Fanart

Check out Lois’s galleries and drop her a comment. Her artwork is amazing and I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.

Previous Artist Showcases:
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Excuse Me? I thought I was in Texas.

Someone forgot to give Cold Miser the memo: TEXAS DOESN’T HAVE SNOW. Let me break it down for you.

This is where I live. It’s this nice little state in the SOUTH called TEXAS.

The place where it does not snow

This? This is what is NOT supposed to happen.

WTF WORLD

Could someone please make this stop? Like now. I’d like to be able to drive home without being hit by a Texan driver that has never seen snow or ice in his life. People here are already pre-panicking and it hasn’t even stuck on the ground.

In conclusion. This is Texas. Snow does not belong here. Please make it stop.

KThnx.