The New Yorker


New York Drawings 

Adrian Tomine

I love The New Yorker's (the magazine) illustration artists. We just got a new book about The New Yorker illustrations in the library, which I work at (did I mention I work in a public library?), so I had to take some pictures and post it here. It is so inspiring, I practice my illustration techniques by copying the image from the book or from The New Yorker magazine.


love the fall

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion

I was reading Persuasion again! Loved the quote about autumn; but fall is my favorite season, it makes me more energetic and more creative. I found a few red leaves on Sunday (still a bit early for leaves to fall on the ground) and it inspired me to do this little artwork.

Keep Calm and Carry On

I did this illustration last year on Sunday, September 11th on a piece of the New York Times newspaper. I felt like posting about it today (I have already sold it, but I have the image) and combining it with the quote "Keep Calm and Carry On".
It made me feel better.

Working hard

"I find that the harder I work, more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson

I sold this painting yesterday and it reminded me of the quote above.
Title: Passing
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas

Nature walk for creativity

One way to lift the spirit is to go on a 'Nature walk' armed with your camera to capture your favorite scenes.
I took these videos when I went for a nice walk with my dog yesterday.

Two beautiful swans.
There's nothing like a walk to get the creative ideas flowing! So, Try it!
I just saw this on Martha Stewart craft online and wanted to it share with you!

It's a nice craft for pet lovers!

Tools and Materials

Self-adhesive shelf liner

•Cutting mat

•Craft knife

•Black all-surface spray paint

1. Take a good profile picture of your pet, and print it. On a copier, enlarge or shrink image to desired size. Cut out silhouette.

2. Make a stencil: Cut a piece of self-adhesive shelf liner big enough to wrap around jar. Unroll liner, and affix to a clean cutting mat. Trace silhouette onto shelf liner. Cut it out using craft knife.

3. Affix stencil to jar, and spray cutout image with paint. Let paint dry, then carefully remove stencil.

Stationery How-To

Make a silhouette as in step 1. Send image to a rubber-stamp maker, such as Stamp note cards or letter sheets.

Butterfly inspiration

Hi everybody,

I had my breakfast plate in the car so I put him on the plate.
As you see he has two black dots on his wings.
I found out online that it means he is a boy!

I haven't posted anything for a long time but something happened to me last week that inspired me to update my blog and share the story.

I was driving to work last Tuesday (09/11/2012) and saw a Monarch butterfly on the ground in the middle of a very busy street. It was trying to fly but couldn't do it. So I had to get out of the car (I know I know it was a little bit dangerous!) and took him in before the other cars crushed him.

I took him to work and examined him, he was OK and nothing was broken. I checked online and found out that I can feed him with sugar and water on a cotton ball, and as soon as I put the sugar ball down he started to feed.

Long story short, I fed him for a few days then he got better and started to fly a little. So I left him on my porch. After a day he started to fly really well and took off to Mexico. :)
This accident inspired me to do a painting I am working on right now. I will post it when it's finished. I hope it will inspire you too. :)

Monarch butterflies travel to Mexico from 

Canada around September!

They live about 8-12 months!

Just check out how he got better!