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Dave Draws Good!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I just finished designing my husband's portfolio website for his illustration and I absolutely love the way it turned out!!! The site is (and yes, it is ironically grammatically incorrect). Unlike some people that specialize in one part of the process, he does everything from penciling, to inking, lettering, coloring, etc. I think it all looks pretty sweet. His portfolio is also ever-changing, so I would expect what's up there now to be updated fairly rapidly. Check it out and enjoy!

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The Impossible Project

Saturday, May 23, 2009

In case you haven't been tracking it, Polaroid stopped producing their analog instant film in June of 2008. Not only did this mark the end of an era technically, but also culturally. There is nothing else like watching a polaroid develop, and digital technology—though instant—just isn't the same.

Lucky for us, a group called The Impossible Project has gathered a team of integral film technology experts from around the globe to in effect, save polaroids. However, it's not exactly what you'd expect. They aren't trying to recreate the same product and get the old factories running again. In their words:

The IMPOSSIBLE mission is NOT to re-build Polaroid Integral film but to develop new product with new characteristics, consisting of new optimized components, produced with a streamlined modern setup. An innovative and fresh analog material, sold under a new brand name that perfectly matches the global re-positioning of Integral Film.

Their current plan is to be in production by 2010. For more info or to help support their project, check out



Lots of new stuff going on...

Friday, May 8, 2009

A lot of good things are happening lately! It's a nice breath of fresh air when compared to the nightmarish economic news we hear every night. I'm determined to be positive and hopeful, and hopefully that vibe will rub off on everybody else. : )

First off, I've slightly changed the design of my site with a new logo. I really liked the old one since it was kind of a woodcut / sketch style, but you really couldn't see those details in any of the sizes I was showing it in. The new logo has more of an easy-going, slightly retro feel. Everything else is still pretty modern, so I think it has a nice modern flow to it. Also, the wax seal is now a sunny yellow.

Secondly, I added a new links page to house my master list of photography links. There are three categories: photography supplies & labs, photography magazines & blogs, and then my own personal photo links.

It's taken me a while to amass this 'best of' list, and I would have been very happy indeed to stumble across it all at once somewhere. Most of the online photo mags and such are for keeping up with photo news and finding photo inspiration when you're at a creative block.

Thirdly, I've been shooting a ton with my new 5DMKII and I'm loving it! Photography is such a strange art since it is so gadget related. What better than to inspire you, than an amazing new camera? A couple of the shoots are shown here: one of the Carlson family and one of the Rowe family. You can also see more of each shoot at my Flickr photostream here.

Coming up later this month, a portrait of the Carlsons—along with previous photography I've done of their place—will be featured in Detroit Home. I got word the other day that it was going to be the cover story, so I'm really happy about that. It should be out May 28th.

On another note, the new issue of Special Projects magazine is out. (This is the photo book I publish each semester with my Special Projects Digital Photography students.) You can view it online at This semester's theme (Issue 8) was Reflection, and we have a lot of really excellent work in there! In fact, this past semester was one of the best group of students that I've ever had, both personality and talent-wise. ; )

I liked them so much, that I decided to create a new Flickr group called The Photography Department for everyone to keep in touch with each other, photographically speaking. It's open to current and past photo students. Once it gets going, I'm hoping that it will continue to foster the camaraderie we had going in the classes this semester. One thing you really miss when you graduate from a photography program, is the blend of competitiveness and inspiration you get from exhibiting and viewing work with your peers.

Finally, the new Star Trek movie debuted yesterday and I'm going to see it tonight with Davy plus my dad and brother. I'm a total trekkie, though mostly for The Next Generation. Oh, and there was that period where I forced my friends to watch Voyager...! But Voyager just doesn't have the staying power. Jean-Luc Picard is a classic. My fav characters: Jean-Luc, Tuvok, and Q.

One more thing—I'm working on a website for the artwork of my comic illustrator hubby. Keep your eyes on

Enjoy the weekend!

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