Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Progress Drawing

All images and text copyright 2013 - Michael Smith Doodle Bag Productions
Just a quick update with a in progress image of this week's lunch bag

Friday, February 22, 2013

5th Grade Bag #21

All images and text copyright 2013 - Michael Smith - Doodle Bag Productions
This week Sara finds that the Gym Rat is moving his sports equipment into the Locker Gnome's storage facility. The Rat claims that the Gnome doesn't need as much space anymore since the kids are all using electronic devices instead of books. The electronics are harder to sneak out of lockers and don't take as much room anyway.

Darth Maul is owned by Lucasfilm
This week's sketch card for my son is Darth Maul from the most recent set of Star Wars movies.  It is a black card and prismacolors.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lunch Bag 20

All images and text copyright 2013 - Michael Smith - Doodle Bag Productions
This week's bag finds Sara showing her Mom where she had fallen into the Locker Gnome's world.  On the way they have to pass through the gym and Sara points out all of the things that the Gym Rat wants to put into the Gnome's storage facility.

This was done on Craft Paper (lunch bag), with col-erase pencils, black pitt pens, Copic Markers, white gel pens, prismacolor pencils, and oil pastels.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Holler Design

Hailing from Lascassas, TN Matt Alexander runs a pretty remarkable shop dedicated to the honest craft of creation and design as seen through the lens of simple, but not simplistic artifacts.  Matt gave a pecha kucha style talk at the Nashville Creativity Summit on February 9th, 2013 where he focused on enabling creativity and streamlining the process to find the space and place to do that creation.  

Matt's talk on Saturday at The Skillery's Nashville Creativity Summit dealt with ways that someone could focus on being creative, I enjoyed the way that his slides echoed the moves that he makes with the furniture, simple clear and direct!  I will admit to both using and breaking his rules regarding creativity!  The common sense approaches to generating lists, doing things that can be done quickly immediately, and focusing on the overall hit home.  Also clever was something that I have noticed before, being alone.  I have noticed personally that taking a long drive or run allows me to drift away from a thorny problem and lets my mind attack it from a side path that I hadn't noticed before.  It was enjoyable to see him pair that up with being with others, finding those people that can help you pay attention to chances that you may have missed.

Matt gave a really great talk in a very limited amount of time that was packed with sound advice.  It left me wanting to know more about his work and his process, in the small amount of time that I have spent I have been even more impressed! As an architect I truly appreciated the time and care that he gave to the production of the furniture and implements shown on his website, they have a genuine quality to their lines and joints.  Again, simple details and elegant connections come together in graceful pieces.  I have quickly realized that I am going to be spending a lot more time studying Matt's work and following up with him to see what he is creating.

Holler Design can found at their website or on Twitter @hollerdesignTN.  I encourage you to check out their work!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nashville Creativity Summit wrap up

I had a great time yesterday getting to know folks from Nashville and even other areas that were really interested in expressing their creativity and growing in their skill.  theskillery.com/ put together a great conference and lined up speakers that really got the crowd excited about growing themselves and using their talents. I was humbled to be asked to show the illustrations that I have been doing and blessed in the opportunity to be in the group that presented.  I am going to be putting more of their work out there.

The first one that I wanted to share was Twelve at the Table (www.twelveatthetable.com).  I was blown away by the idea of creating that one special evening...over and over again.  The craft and care that they take to make sure that each of their events are perfect was mind blowing to say the least.  This is a family, two sisters and one their husbands, their mom, and their dad, each with a specific talent role and gift that goes into putting together a special meal that allows the guests to relax, enjoy time with friends and cultivate memories that they will carry on and cherish. 

They have a blog of their own which can be found on their website (above) or directly at: http://www.twelveatthetable.com/chickenscratch/ they are also on twitter: @twelveathetable and of course Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twelveatthetable

I encourage you to take a look at their offerings and if you have the chance to sit at their table don't pass it up!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Figrin D'an

Figrin D'an is the property of Lucasfilm
Sketch Card for my son.  He was playing the Catina Song from Star Wars on his violin, so I thought a Bith band member would be a good character for him.

copic markers, pitt pens on illustration board sketch card.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lunch bag #19

All images and text copyright 2013 -  Michael Smith Doodle Bag Productions
This week's lunchbag finds Sara falling out of the Locker Gnome's world and directly into her Mother's path!

Kraft paper (lunch bag), col-erase pencil, Pitt Pens, Copic Markers, white prismacolor and gel pens, oil pastels