The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society is showing at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, New Jersey. I will have no less than EIGHT new pieces in the show and will be in the fine company of my fellow PCS members. Above is one of my new pieces.
If you can make it, please join us tomorrow for our opening reception :
PCS takes Millville! // 6PM – 9PM // Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts // N High Street // Millville, NJ 08332
There will be refreshments and merchandise available at the opening. Hope to see you there!! Also, big thanks to Kyle Margiotta for spearheading this exhibit.
One of my favorite things about my [day] job is how it inspires my artwork. From maps, to printmaking techniques, to nature studies, they all manage to work their way into my pieces somehow. I am especially lucky when I can be creative at work. One of my jobs is managing our collections-based social media with my colleague and work-wife Arielle Middleman. Together we took a GIF workshop so we can bring some of our collections to life. Now we can do all sorts of fun things, and I hope animation makes it way into my creative digital life more in the future. I suggest to all, do as Hermione does, you might even find a monster book of monsters.
I first learned about the manticore as a kid, when I was obsessed with The Last Unicorn (think 1970s anime of the Hobbit era). I also think that movie influenced my drawing (all that intertwining and wild hair). Anyway, a manticore is a ancient monster said to be a head of man, body of a lion and tail of a scorpion. This illustration also shows that the manticore was a regular at his local barber.
Topsel, Edward. The history of four-footed beasts and serpants… . London : Printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge .. T. Williams .. and T. Johnson .., 1658.
When in London last year we took a walk in Hydepark and came across a lot of official looking horses running in formation, riders too, but I focused on the horses. I was lucky to get a couple shots, and they are some of my favorites from the trip.
In other news, cmbarbera.wordpress.com has a new look! I thought this was a more intuitive way to access my portfolio, and I love the simplicity. You can find this image and more from the UK trip altogether now here. More soon…
The view from on top of the Lighthouse is pretty great. Glasgow has an urban grit that I’ve heard many compare to Philly. Do you think they are right?
Looks like an “end scene” shot, well it was our last full day in Glasgow. Glasgow has a lot of cool stuff hidden away in alleys. This was from the top of The Lighthouse, a center for design and architecture, and hilarious washroom signs.
Have I said how great my hosts were in Scotland? Probably, but I want to say it again. My long-time friends Alex and Dave have always brought a sense of adventure (misadventure? ha!) to our trips together. I’ve known Dave for just about 10 years now – cannot believe that – and Alex for just a few years shorter than that. They are some of the best people I know. Above Dave is peeking into the Horcrux Cave on Staffa, and below is the quintessential “adventure is out there” pose on a ferry with Shawn.
My library life has injected itself in most things I see and do now. One recent development is applying descriptive terms to everyday life. Unlocked a new level of nerd? FTW! These are the true quacks. Do not take their medical advice, but you can be their friend. [Shot in Pollock Park, Glasgow, Scotland]
Recently at work I have been exploring the power of social media for libraries. My friend and collaborator, Arielle Middleman and I are hoping to bring historic collections to life with our endeavors while having loads of fun experimenting in the process. Above is a GIF I created from a glass plate negative from the Morris Family photograph collection at the Library Company (you should check it out!).
You can read more about the above pic on the LCP Tumblr page or follow them on Instagram too! Nothing is better than having a chance to be creative at you job.
Bonnie [dog] with ball. [Sea Girt, NJ] by Marriott C. Morris.
When we got to Iona, one of the first things we passed was this scene. There is something about wooden boats, and in general rural, island life where locals make so much with their own hands.