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Sunday, January 31, 2010

24 x 36

Well, I have come to the end of my 24" x 36" drawing pad. Here is a select number of projects that I or my children made with this pad. I hope the next pad is as good to us.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

LEGO Guggenheim

LEGO has introduced new line of architectural models called, appropriately, LEGO Architecture. My favorites are the LEGO Guggenheim and LEGO Falling Water. I didn't see an official LEGO Le Corbusier set, but I did find this example on-line. (Only my friend David will understand the Le Corbusier reference. Hi, David.)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Subway Update

I did not see the Beatrice Coron poster on my commute yesterday - instead I saw ads for Budweiser and CUNY. However, it occurred to me that it would be fun to make my own Arts for Transit poster. Perhaps a bride on the way to her wedding, standing alone in a subway car while everyone else sits and reads their Kindles. Or maybe a full rat wedding being performed while everyone else sits and reads their Kindles. Did I mention that I've seen a lot of Kindles lately?

Regardless, I need to finish my First Amendment project first. Only one illustration left!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Beatrice Coron

I really like the new Arts for Transit poster that I saw today on the subway. It appears to be a silhouette cutout of a most imaginative skyline. The train was crowded, so I wasn't able to examine it closely, but I did notice that it was by artist Beatrice Coron. See here for more about her work. I will try to get a closer look at the poster tomorrow.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

No Content-Based Regulation of the Press

In Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, the Supreme Court overturned a Florida state law which required newspapers that criticized political candidates to also publish the candidates' response. The state claimed it had passed the law to ensure journalistic responsibility. The court found that the First Amendment mandates freedom, not responsibility. This is my illustration of the ruling.
I have only one more First Amendment illustration to complete. Up next: Abstract Nouns!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bread Machine

Gallery 263 in Cambridgeport has opened its Bread Machine show, which is, as it sounds, an installation of bread machines. Twitter (g263bread) is providing updates on the breads. The show runs from January 9 - February 2, 2010. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Someone else has illustrated the Ten Commandments in the style of pictograms. I don't really think he stole it - this happens more often than you'd think. But please note that mine were first. Ahem.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Freedom of Association

The First and Fourteenth Amendments together provide the "freedom to associate with others for the common advancement of political beliefs and ideas." Ironically, this has been used to help both the NAACP and the KKK. The Boy Scouts of America also cited freedom of association as a reason to expel an openly gay scoutmaster. It worked.
So here is my illustration for the freedom of association. In short, No Dogs Allowed.

Sunday, January 03, 2010


I am almost done with my First Amendment project, which means it is time to solidify my next idea. I am going to illustrate an alphabet of abstract nouns next, which will be a continuation of my Art and Grammar series. Abstract nouns are nouns that cannot be perceived by the five senses, i.e. "hope," pictured left. This project especially appeals to me because by definition, I should not be able to illustrate it.
If you have any suggestions for abstract nouns, please post them here. I am going to use "Anarchy" for the letter A, but the rest are wide open.
(Note: This "Hope" poster is by artist Shepard Fairey. I did not ask his permission to use this image. I hope he doesn't mind.)

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