I don't get a chance to do one of these too often. Most bloggers have a very clear idea of how the banner is going to look based on their point of view and quality of content; a visual along with some eye-catching type usually does the trick and can be done relatively easily with access to standard photos that flood the internet.
YET.....Martin Lindeskog who runs egoist.blogspot.com wanted something unique for his new blog that offers tea from around the world. Combining the lion (the town mascot for Gothenburg, Sweden) with an inviting pot of tea, the banner sneaks in a bit of whimsy as an intriguing welcome to all his brew-happy visitors.
If you're curious about how this kind of artwork can benefit your site, please feel to contact me at my e-mail address posted in my ABOUT box.
Another entertaining workout from Illustration Friday's continuing stream of weekly themes to challenge and tickle the creative muscles of aspiring image makers.
I recently did this cover and all the story illustrations for local Decatur author, Jordan Pearce, who just happens to be my favorite cousin. You can see what she's up to over at vinnythevampire.com.
Whimsical epic poetry to be swept away by...
I've been reading up on Colon's extraordinary life, discovering myth after myth that is nothing but hype and overzealous PR. (Sheesh, he's NOT even ITALIAN. His folks were Spanish and he only grew up in Genoa.)
Hey Gang. I'm shutting down my comment threads to double check my security efforts. I'll be missing your input for the next few days. Please continue to stop in; my daily offerings are still on the menu.
Thanks for your patience and please remember I know you're out there and your viewership is important to me.
Keep you posted as to when the comment threads open again. Soon, I promise.
Where the sidewalk ends;
Meets the imagination.
Thanks for hanging in, gang. My new approach will be to leave the comment thread open until the next post appears, then starting a new thread with the following new post. From now on, QUICKNESS COUNTS.
I've been reading Karl Marlantes' "Matterhorn". I'm swept away by the Marine Corps dedication to honor and loyalty among BOYS who fought in such a harsh and unforgiving landscape against such a fervid, ruthless enemy.
Give me a go or no-go.
So federal regulations will demand prominent graphic depictions of cancer victims on cigarette packs by 2012.
Now I want to see them put large photo reproductions of twisted, teenager-encased auto wreckage on the side of 2012 carbon monoxide-pumping deathmobiles.
I'm so thankful that the United Nannies of America have my six.
Bumper crop of neat illustrations for this week's theme over at Illustration Friday.
As Cheerios turn 70, I'm filled with a certain American pride that comes with being part of a culture that has pioneered mass produced cereal shapes.
John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.