Journal

Waiting for You

Just a quick reminder to all that all proceeds of the sale of this work in any format will be donated to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital!

Click on the photo to be taken to the buy/preview page.

Going to Melbourne

Hey all.

Mark and I will be in Melbourne next weekend – and will be lurking round the information booth in Federation Square at 10am on Sunday looking for random bubblers!

Let me know if we should be looking for you.

RIP Lady

Tonight, somewhat suddenly but not unexpectedly, I lost a good friend.

I can neither take nor give credit for this poem but it’s so true.

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you much time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,…

"Yay! I came second"

In Matthew Dunn’s really cool Leroy vs. You competition!!

Matt’s sending me an original piece of art …….. brilliant!!

And just for a bit of fun while waiting for the judgement – I made this little Leroy – I’m sure my avatar would have had a chance to whoop the little guy – don’t know about the grown Leroy though!!

My Third Bubbleday!

Well – can’t believe it, but it’s a whole year since my 2nd Bubbleday – which I believe must make it my 3rd Bubbleday!

Three years of checking in here every day – give or take some days away – some days without interwebs and some days where the meatspace humans in my life have taken up all my attention ….

Some things have changed a lot – the people, the product range – kids tees arrived and went and came back again – onesies – stickers et al – but some things stay the same.

A bunch of people who motivate, inspire and amaze me with the breadth and depth of their talent, their willingness to share their time and talent and tips …. and the Redbubble team themselves.

So here’s to the next 12 months!

PS Hey Law…

The List Meister rides again.

Hey Tshirt designers ….

Andy Bowness (the blogger extraordinaire behind HideYourArms has just launched a new site.

Called surprisingly (or not) T-SHIRTBLO.GS it’s aim is to provide tee bloggers with more traffic, designers with a comprehensive list of tshirt blog sites to advertise their wares, and to give tshirt buyers a new range of sites to chose from.

Although it’s ranked by user vote at the moment, it will eventually rank blogs by their Google, Alexa and Technorati rankings as well.

Check it out!

KIDS and BABIES!!

Yay!

After waiting patiently for what seemed to be forever … kids’ tees are BACK and we have grow suits as well!!

Here’s a few of my works that I think look cool in the smaller sizes!!

Banners and flashing things!!

This is not an official commentary from me – but from Natalie Tyler as the “word” from RB.

Hi all. I just wanted to post a couple of thoughts on this topic as there has been a lot of discussion on banners in the past few days.

First and foremost, we need to remember that someone’s work page is part of their folio or profile. It’s a very personal area of the RedBubble and one that artists direct their customers to. In designing these pages in particular, we’ve always worked with the number one rule that we must ‘honour the art’. The focus should be on the artwork and there should be minimal distraction. That’s the approach that we take when working on the design of these pages. Secondly, the work pages are all about the artist. We treat these pages as part of your shop fr…

The Laughing Sven Ebert. (Really)

I have to admit here to not being familiar with Sven when I requested this interview, but after seeing his work, I quickly added him to my watchlist!

How did you find Redbubble?

Somebody on another art site asked me whether I perhaps have some stuff for sale on RB. Back then I had never heard about the site. So I decided to check it out..
Does your day job help or hinder your tee designing?
Right now I’m unemployed.. Gonna start working as a freelance writer for a shopping site soon though. I don’t think this’ll help designing, but it’s probably not going to hinder me either.

Who or what inspires your designs?

Comic artists like Joe Madureira or Humberto Ramos and further in the past Blizzard’s Chris Metzen (did artworks for the Warcraft 2 and Diablo manuals) have influenced my drawing sty…

The Juice on the Muice ........ er, Moose

Welcome to interview #2 in a series for the fine folk at Tee HQ.

At the request of the talent filled Matt Simner, this interview is with that Moose with the Most, Nick Ford!


Hard Roctopus

How did you find Redbubble?

I was introduced to Redbubble by the legendary Scott Robinson. He caught wind of my drawings through a skateboarding site we have in common and thought I’d like it here …. “Great community of artists” i believe he said initally. Little did I know that this place would flick a creative switch in my brain that had been in the off position for too long! After a few encouraging and humbling comments, i found myself (much to my wife’s dislike) in front of the computer 24/7 …… designing.

Does your day job help or hinder your tee designing?

Umm …… definitely not hinder. I…

Community Inspiration Interview

1. What’s your favourite artistic tool or piece of equipment (past, present or dream)?

The amazing bunch of people on here who I call my friends, they never cease to amaze and inspire me …

2. Which work are you most proud of and why?

That’s easy – it would have to be “Wired from Birth” – second place in the Redbubble/Demo Sound Competition. To have your work sitting on a shelf in a Carnaby Street store is something few legitimate designers ever achieve, let alone a suburban housewife wanna-be designer!

3. Which artwork by a fellow RB artist do you secretly wish you’d created and why?

If I tell you – it won’t be a secret will it? But seriously – Lucan’s stuff amazes me constantly – not just the talent, but the depth of th…

Today I am ...

unemployed. And I will be tomorrow too.

Monday morning I’m gainfully employed again – close to home doing reception and admin.

A lot more than the 17 hours per week I’ve been doing for the last 9 years, and it’s a long time since I’ve had to learn a new job!

Looking forward to it.

A Minute with Matt (Simner)

In this, the first of a series of interviews for Tee HQ (and the last one in which I will get to choose the interviewee), I threw some questions at the incredibly talented Matt Simner. It took me more than a minute to think of the questions – and I guarantee it took Matt more than a minute to answer them, but hey, alliteration is “everything”!

Enjoy.

How did you find Redbubble?

A friend actually came across the site, and mentioned it to me as they knew I dabbled in t-shirt design. I was quite excited as I realised RB was based in Melbourne. I had fairly low expectations initially, but was blown away when I joined. Then when someone (Muscular Teeth) commented on my first upload, I was hooked.

Does your day job help or hinder your tee designing?

I’m not a ‘trained’ desig…

It's baaaaaa-aaaack!

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A.R.S.E. is back!

And there’s a brilliant challenge on at the moment …..

We want you to create a band – have a look here – have a go and be in the running for some really really cool prizes!!

Clickety click link

Oh – ps – I have no idea what the prizes are but Danny said they’re really cool – and he wouldn’t lie to me … would he?

Vale JD Salinger

Read more here

Have never read “Catcher in the Rye”. Probably should one day.

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” J. D. Salinger

Bobbles

Huh?

That’s what they’re called ….

These are done by my very clever young friend Ryder, and I say these ‘cause there’s plenty more where he came from.

So please …say hi – add him to your watchlist – and remember to say …. “You saw him here FIRST!!”