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For a friend

Who had to had to say goodbye to one of her best friends…

C.S. Doemner

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Adobe Illustrator

I designed this poster (to be 16″w x 20″h) as Week One’s assignment for my online Adobe Illustrator course. I was supposed to create a “typography poster’, i.e. words/fonts only.  Illustrator is delightful once you know how to use it!

Any thoughts, suggestions, or critique for the poster?


C.S. Doemner

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Interesting feature from The New York Times Magazine:

For the 10th consecutive December, the magazine has chosen to look back on the past year through a distinctive prism: ideas.  Our digest of short entries refracts the light beam of human inspiration, breaking it up into its constituent colors — innovations and insights from a spectrum of fields, including economics, biology, engineering, medicine, literature, sports, music and, of course, raw-meat clothing. Happy thinking!

R. Card Hyatt

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Time for my unveiling!  I am officially a business owner, with a website and everything:

After three months of “market research”, I have concluded there is a market for my whimsical creations. But not the lil’old grandmas I originally anticipated. Take Trent, for instance. He’s 26 years old and commissioned a Drag Racing Bear for his dad.  After he saw my sketch, he decided to add a Cowgirl Bear for his mom. I emailed him the following image:

He approved the sketch and paid me on PayPal (he saved 10% by filling out my Whimsy Friend form).  I went ahead and made the following bears out of polymer clay.

He also added the following 9″ x 12″ watercolor drawing of the bears to hang on the wall ($5.00).

So far, things have been nice and slow. My big Christmas rush consisted of selling 6 bears in 3 days!  🙂   I would love for you to check out my website, Facebook, or Twitter accounts (@WhimsyBears) and maybe tell your friends about my Whimsy Bears!

Caitlin Cogan Doemner


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Liquid Kiss

This made me think of you and CH, Bec…


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I am in the process of starting a business.  Despite my Master’s in Business Administration, I do not have a business plan. I have no idea how I will scale the business so that it will be profitable. I do not have a elevator pitch prepared for potential meetings with angel investors. I have no plans to hire anyone, and so, have not established a proposed organizational chart. There is a marketing plan but no marketing budget. My accounting consists of a checkbook register.

In fact, the only thing my MBA has been good for is pointing out all of my insufficiencies and the potential pitfalls of my new venture. And I’m pretty sure I could have foreseen those $28,000 ago.

I do, however, have an exit strategy. Well, “strategy” might be misleading. The goal is to sell my company to Enesco, LLC in 5 years time for a half a million dollars. “Dream” might be a more appropriate term.

In any case, I feel the need for a logo to go with my website (currently under construction).  What do you think of the sketches below?

Which do you like better — Gift Bear or Balloon Bear?


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The Geffen Contemporary (part of the MOCA) is featuring a retrospective on the work of Dennis Hopper.  Primarily known as an actor and director, Hopper also experimented with various art mediums (sculpture, painting, photography, found objects).  The exhibit, curated by Julian Schnabel, is the first comprehensive showing of Hopper’s work.  Hopper, who died at the beginning of the summer, worked with Schnabel to plan the exhibit.

[Self portrait at a porn stand, 1962]

Nothing in the exhibit was particularly striking.  Hopper was not (and never claimed to be) a master painting, or skilled photographer.  He believed his work was important and deserved to be looked at, but, if the exhibit is any proof, he mostly just created because he had things he wanted to try.  His photography, primarily exhibited in one room, with dozens of pieces per wall, is normal.  He took pictures of the streets and people where he happened to be.  His painting is fair, attempting some interesting things with color.  His sculpture places him firmly in a post-fifties Los Angeles, trying to come to terms with his city.  Not much is brilliant, but everything seems to be done for the love of the thing.  The desire to try something new.

This amateur-ness is refreshing, in a world where we are married to specialization.  We seem to only want to try things we know we’ll be good at.  Why pick up a new instrument, cook an exotic dish, or open a can of paint when there are people we could pay to do these things better than we ever can?  Well, although as humans, creation is an imperfect process– it is creation nonetheless.  We must beware of equivocating excellence-consumed with excellence-created.  Looking at the beautiful masterworks is not creation.  It is good, but it is not enough.  A life of consumption without creation is inhuman; we were created to till the earth and then consume the fruit of our labors.

Usually only art professionals get their work exhibited, and often only art professionals see it.  Hopper is exhibited, I’m certain, because he’s famous in the film world, and culturally– not because his paintings are studied the world over.  But here, we get to see the work that he’s not as famous for.  The stuff he messed about with.  I would not want all art exhibits to be like Hopper’s, I would hope that often we hold up for study and contemplation the best of the best.  But, as I said, this was refreshing.

[Jane Fonda, 1967]

[Jane Fonda (with bow and arrow), Malibu, 1965]

I walked out of the exhibit wanting to mess about with art.  I wish more art museums left me with this impulse.

R. Card Hyatt

P.S.  Also, on a completely unrelated note.  I enjoyed his photos of Jane Fonda.  Seeing an actress’s beautiful body which hasn’t been airbrushed within an inch of its life is a novelty these days.

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