Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep. — Catherine O'Hara

Apr 20 2009

Oodles of Doodles

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Oodles of Doodles

MY DOODLES

You know, those little drawings that you do while talking on the phone, sitting on a bus or train or while you’re in a meeting. Sometimes those doodles are just nonsensical scribbles and sometimes they are masterpieces of art.

I recently joined a group of creative individuals who in like-mind wanted to exchange these little works of doodle art. Within weeks doodles were doodled and mailed out by the deadline April 15th.

I have since received many doodles from across the US and from Canada. The thrill of getting small art pieces from people that I’ve never met face-to-face has been a blast and a not to say the least an inspiration and jolt to my own creativity.

For more information about how it all started check out the Doodle Swap Blog. Contact Mary, she’s the head mistress of the Doodle Swap.

Here’s the original thread started at the HOW Magazine Lounge Forum.

You can also see all the cool doodles that we have exchanged with each other at the Doodle Swap Group Flickr account.

Mar 22 2008

Unleashing Those Juices

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Illustratation FridayReady to get your creative illustrative juices flowing?

Then go check out Illustration Friday (brainchild of illustrator Penelope Dullaghan).

This is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have a week to interpret, illustrate and share.

This site is highly inspiring and filled with a wealth of information including a forum where members can share ideas, ask questions and get feedback.

For more information about how to join in on the fun visit their Participate page to get the details.

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Mar 22 2008

Nay, Nay, Give Me Some Hay!

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Red UniverseThere’s a really cool 2D chat room named RED Universe that will blow your mind. This amazing chat room was created by RED an award-winning independent interactive agency. You’ll never look at another chat room the same way.

When you first arrive you can choose through their list of characters or you can activate the chat section and type in special words that will change your character into someone or something else. Below is a list of sayings you can try out. Cut and paste from here or retype it.

  • nay nay give me some hay = Horse
  • dead men tell no tales = Pirate
  • jiminy cricket! = Cricket (the insect)
  • the last straw = Camel (Camel Guy)
  • surley you jest = Jester (Go figure)
  • i shot a man in reno = Jailbird (Man with ball and chain)
  • rumpelstiltskin is my name = Uncle Sam (On stilts)
  • may i please have some blueberry pie? = Big man
  • i dreamt i was a butterfly = Asian Lady (Has two fans)
  • happy halloween = Skeleton
  • the funk of forty thousand years = Skeleton (In a suit gettin’ down)
  • baby got back = Man (with a fat man on his back)
  • yee haw! = old cowboy (Can shoot pistols)
  • smell my feet = Skeleton (In uniform with a gun)
  • trick or treat = Ghost
  • nay nay I never got any hay = Horse skeleton

You move around with your arrow keys and can fly. Play around with CTRL+SHIFT and other keys to figure out special moves you can make and if you get stuck, just ask someone there.

Feb 29 2008

My Inspiration

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Inspiration is just about everywhere even in my dreams.

I remember very clearly what I was doing when the Creative Brainstorm lightening bolt hit me upside the head. I was in the middle of reading Maria and Charlie Girsch’s book Fanning The Creative Spirit and all of a sudden I realized that I needed to create a site that I could share inspiring stuff.

Where to start, how to go about it, what the heck was I doing, were some of the questions I was asking myself. Then I thought, who the heck cares, just get on with it and so I started collecting, writing, drawing, reading, photography, and designing. The point is is that I was being inspired and I was creating and this is what I had been looking for when I first started this crusade.

For me it comes down to putting myself in situations that make me think, dream, and create. What makes you inspired? Email me at heyyou [at] creativebrainstorm [dot] com. I’d love to write up an article about it.

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