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Thanks to everyone who supported this project over the years. The archives will remain open, but the comic has now ended.
My cat Fluffy needs to visit the oncologist and I am raising funds to make sure this happens. Read his story here. If you want to help, purchase an item here. Alternatively, you donate directly via PayPal below, or by mailing a check to VAS Littlecrow, Attn: Fluffy’s Fund, PO Box 202, Rice, MN 56367.
Thanks To Those Who Have Donated Directly Thus Far:
- Amber L.: “I wish you and Fluffy all the best.” - Helped out with $15.00 USD
- Cara S.: Kindly donated $10.00 USD
- Bethan T.: Donated a much needed $20.00 USD
- Jeanette P. - Donated a much appreciated $15.00 USD
- Mel w.: “Donation towards Fluffy’s vet bills - I’ve been in the same place, and the thought of losing an animal simply because of a lack of funds is devastating. Best of luck, I only wish I could give more!” - Donated a greatly needed $20.00 NZD
- Redcountess: “Hi Vas, Please accept this small token towards Fluffy’s vet bills as I know how cats are family and I’ve enjoyed our interactions via Andi over the years, I only wish I could afford to contribute more. Best Wishes” - Donated a much appreciated $5.00 USD
- Ashbet - My childhood friend donated an incredible $150.00 USD
As the Daily Doodles experiment winds down, I’d like to offer something very special to my readers. Â Abstract surface designer,Â Jasmine Aye, offered to write a bit of analysis on my Daily Doodles. Â I have always thought that would it be incredibly cool to get an outside perspective on my work. Upon reading Jasmine’s insights, I couldn’t resist but post them publicly with her blessing. Â I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did!
Throughout college, I learned about associating meanings with my work. There were some classes that put so much emphasis on the meaning that the craft suffered. Then there were other classes with the exact opposite perspective: the minor technical details of the work were more important than the message.
The one thing I learned from my time in school was that having an art degree didnât make you an artist; and attributing a concept to your work didnât make your work valuable.
In Vasâ post, The Story Behind My Daily Doodles, she discusses the value of abstract art being issued by the viewer and places her work in a vulnerable space by saying the Doodles are ultimately fun exercises; they have no direct meaning to her. As a fellow artist, I must say that I am very impressed by her frankness about her work.
I agree that the viewer assigns value to each piece, from abstract digital paintings to functional ceramic dishes, but color and line help the artistâs audience make a decision about the work.
Two of Vasâs Doodles that really express this duality are âShatteredâ and âFlight of Fancy.â The use of color, geometric patterns, and sharp angular edges in âShatteredâ does not visually represent the same artist when compared to âFlight of Fancy.”
âShatteredâ has a grey and black central focus which, when combined with overlaid angular, sharp edges, creates a vortex inside the piece, pulling the viewer deeper into the murky world. The depiction draws the observer further into the artistâs reality, creating a cave-like feeling that is amplified by the black and red tones.
âFlight of Fancyâ has a sweeping foreground element that is bright and visually bursting, paired with the colorful dazzling stars in the background. The use of blurred and sharp edges helps reinforce the foreground/background elements, drawing the eye from the bottom left up and around to the right. The piece has much more movement than âShattered.â
Of all of Vasâ Doodles, I feel most strongly connected to the two pieces Iâve described. âFlight of Fancyâ represents to me rising above expectations and basking in the glow of one’s own ambition and motivation. And âShatteredâ resonates with the times I reflect on things Iâve done that need to be improved. These very emotional responses I have to Vasâ work don’t mean itâs what the work is about â which is the best thing about abstract art: the viewer is allowed to relate to the work without being dictated by symbolism.
By day, Jasmine Aye works with My Love Wedding Ring â which offers sapphire rings and matching wedding bands. By night she is an abstract surface designer. She has studied abstract art under many instructors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is drawn to the Daily Doodles because of their geometric themes and their potential application to fiber work.
These are the latest things you can buy at the VAS Littlecrow shop.
- Untitled Post Cards
- Greenery Post Card
- Storm Brewing In Your Soul Postcards
- Solar Powered Post Cards
- What we can do! post card
- Shabush Postcard
- Proper for Battle and Love Postcard
- The Other Private School Postcard
- Purpurea Postcards
- Ole Post Card
- Stanley Cupric Postcards
- Wasted Emotion Post Card
- Tackiness Post Card
- Whimsical Notion Post Card
- Golden Varnishing Postcard
- Trigo Trigger Postcard
- Scattered Opposition Postcard
- Plinka Post Card
- Tidal Post Cards
- Splashy Post Card
- She Has the Blues Postcards
- Right to Assemble Postcards
- Purple Tsunami Postcards
- Moonrise in the Ocean Postcards
- Sulfur, Calcium and Iron Post Card
- Sharing Devotions Post Cards
- Conflicted Post Card
- Solitary Wanderer Post Card
- Pupuchunga Post Cards
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These are the latest things you can buy at the VAS Littlecrow shop.
- Granite City Post Card
- Nuclear Puddle Postcards
- Pathway Postcards
- La Tropicana Post Cards
- I’m better off without you postcard
- Huracan Matutino Post Cards
- Lay All Your Love Postcards
- Jumble Tumble Post Cards
- Joyful Chaos Postcards
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The last name, Zuvia is really pretty and it’s a complete mystery. I wonder where it came from?
Heads up! I am going to be taking a break from doing Daily Doodles for a while. Right now I am in the midst of some pretty major projects and I need to lighten my workload a touch. Prairiephotos studio will be filling in this week with some lovely photo doodles that were inspired by mine.
Formerly “Fire 2,” Tami Smith from Targeted Traffic Strategies gave “The Glow” its new title. Here’s her inspiration for the name in her own words.
“When I look at this piece, I see the top corner, the light pink, as my earlier life where I wanted to be accepted. I needed approval and was willing to wear veils to disguise what I am. I was willing to be what others wanted me to be.
The fire of passion and truth began to burn through identities I was hiding behind. The fire of truth exposes all. It is an unveiling process that burns up my pretense and invites me to be part of the glow.”
I met Tami via my Google+ profile, and we had the opportunity to hang out during my paint-a-thon. If you are looking for someone who will help you develop incredibly useful strategies for building up your search engine traffic, Tami is your woman. I have used her services and I highly them.
Feeling creative? If you want to give any of my Daily Doodle pieces a title, go to the, “Help me name my Daily Doodles…” page for more information. You can name as many pieces as you want. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a nice opportunity for free advertising.
(Disclosure: I will not lie. I have some affiliate links in this article. With that said, every product I mention here, I have used, read, and/or participated in. Every single one, I have loved to pieces.)
Catnose Gets Dangerous
If you haven’t been to Dangerous Lee’s Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, you should. One of Catnose’s early comics has been posted on the site with a gorgeous new coloring job. Safe-sex is very important, and Catnose knows how to keep her panties up when the boys are complaining about protection. Sasha from Velvet Rasputin and I have been guests at her site before. It’s nice to see my girl Catnose there as well.
You will definitely want to get Dangerous Lee’s Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down book. I have have read it, and I assure you that it is HOT. It’s a safe-sex awareness book that is sex ed with an steaming erotic tip.
I Want To Be a Customer Love Machine
“Yeah, don’t be tinfoil shiny, be diamond shiny.” - Low Brow Events
What I need to get started on any project, is an idea that moves me enough to chase it with all of my might. Passion is my running shoe.
I am taking a course on product development and marketing at the Customer Love Machine. I am taking a 28-day challenge for the purpose of accomplishing a successful product launch. Ever since I stopped touring because of my dance stress injuries, my entire business model has changed. Touring and modeling used to be my bread and butter, so I’ve been floundering from a business perspective.
Time, direction and a strong stomach for change is what I need to succeed once again. Second-guessing myself and hanging on to the past are my biggest foes. Just because a business model was shiny in the past, or it is shiny in someone else’s yard, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best shiny business model at this point of my life.
I’ve been following LaVonne Ellis for a while. She is really good people. The other person running the course, Jonathan wrote two excellent ebooks on making… well, excellent ebooks. I signed up for the course because I have a few really neat Catnose Comics things coming down the pike, and frankly, I need help marketing them. LaVonne and Jonathan’s angle is rather unique. They believe that the best way to earn customers is to love them. Seriously, why didn’t someone think of this sooner? I love making comics, and I love the fact that people appreciate them. As a former model and dancer, I’m kind of standoffish and intimidating, conveying the love I feel for my fans is not exactly a strong suit. My autism doesn’t help matters any. That’s okay! This is what Lavonne and Jonathan are paid to do. With luck, these two are going to bring out the Customer Love Machine in me. In a delightful fan-friendly platonic way, not a seventies porn star way. I don’t have enough condoms and one sex partner of the husbandy variety is enough work, thank you very much.
I’ve very impressed with what I’ve seen thus far, so I can confidently recommend their comprehensive Customer Love Machine courses to anyone who wants to launch a product. The previews and freebies were mind-blowing enough to make a sale. I suppose that getting sale from someone who is naturally wary of online marketing courses and self-improvement schemes, is a really good sign that the principles being taught actually work.
Sometimes self-employment gets very scary, so I need my belly to be strong enough to support the stress. I worry about not being properly prepared for the challenge. Still, flying by the seat of my pants can be fun, even if it is dizzying. It’s also more fun to go on a wild ride in the desert of life with friends. I’ll just do my best to encourage the love. Speaking of which, loyal fans who are on my mailing list will be the first ones to get a special bit of love this Sunday! Want more loving news from Catnose Comics? Tweet me and I’ll treat you right! [Insert Isaac Hayes music here.]
For the Emerging Artists
If you want to know about the art industry from a kind person who won’t make you cry, I am not it. Although I am fair and helpful, I have the patience of a pissed-off Russian ballet teacher armed with a hickory rod. Don’t worry, I have some excellent resources to help with emerging cartoonists, webcomic hobbyists and ubergoth DeviantArtists avoid a lifetime of working at McDonalds. If you want to learn stuff, follow me!
To succeed as a webcomic artist, you must understand how the industry works. If you are up to the challenge of embracing this art form, or if you are too damn lazy to read, I highly recommend that you tune into the randomly weird, but incredibly informative Webcomic Beacon. After you are done dancing to the beep-filled theme song, you will be treated to webcomic news, useful industry information, tutorials and pants-wettingly funny commentary.
The Thriving Artists Project
Skaja introduced me to Melissa Dinwiddie, a Multi-Passionate Creative ARTrepreneur & Creativity Enabler. This woman is made of cotton-candy and lollipops. She is just darling. Because of her lack of jaded paranoia, Melissa is the best person to teach starving artists to find the path towards a productive arts career. In an act of unexpected kindness, she gave me a free temporary membership. It really was a cool experience.
What I loved:
- The interviews are very meaty. Very engaging. They were my favorite part.
- The site is absolutely painless to navigate.
- Melissa’s teaching style is very clear and friendly. She not only does seems warm and open, she really is.
If you are ready to thrive as an artist, you can sign up now and learn from Melissa’s knowledge. If you don’t have the cash right now, Melissa has two contests going on for a FREE membership. This one ends tomorrow, and this one is going on as well. So, like, hurry.
If you need liability insurance, health insurance, news and quality art business courses, you need to be a member of this site. It’s free to join and you will not regret it. I cannot even express how amazing this site is.
Anyway, that’s all I have to report!
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