You Write The Caption

On Saturday a local comic book shop was promoting an event and hired actors to walk around dressed as super heroes. It was as close as I could come to attending Comic-Con this year.

During a break my friend Mike snapped this photo in the parking lot:

Here’s your assignment: Write a funny caption and post it in the “Comments” section (please be clean and tasteful). Unfortunately I don’t have a cool prize to offer, this is just for fun.

Free Finger Puppet Business Cards

A couple of weeks ago I announced my new finger-puppet business cards. I designed them to serve several functions:

  • To demonstrate my abilities as a character desginer;
  • To stand out and be a good conversation starter at networking events;
  • To display not just my contact info but list past clients and quotes/endorsements from satisfied art directors.

So far the cards have been a big hit. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback. It’s fun to watch grown professionals turn silly for a moment as they put their fingers through the little holes and move the character’s “legs”. Several people have asked to have one of each. So I’ve decided to offer them for free through my blog.

If you’d like to own a set, just send your name and address to me at blog@cedricstudio.com and I’ll drop all three in the mail to you. No charge. My treat as a small thank-you for reading this blog. (Be sure to write “business cards” in the subject line of your email).

Another way to get the cards is to sign up for my mailing list. It’s a quick and easy way to keep up on my latest projects. Every month or two I send out a short promotional email showcasing my latest work, and I also mail out a postcard about once a year (I should do it more often but, well, I don’t). When you fill out the form just write “business cards” in the comments line and I’ll mail ’em to ya.

The cards are totally free with no strings attached. But if at some point you happen to need a freelance character designer/illustrator, I hope the cards will serve as a reminder that I’m out there and available.

Happy Fourth of July

Today’s the day we gather ’round the barbeque with family and friends to celebrate America’s birthday, toss the frisbee, eat corn on the cob, and honor the thousands who’ve given their lives to keep America united and free.

If you can’t wait until tonight for the fireworks, I’ve found a fun little website that lets you shoot off your own. Happy 4th of July!

Mascot Contest!

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As a character designer I’m fascinated with product mascots. A good mascot, when combined with a strong ad campaign, can be an enormous benefit when promoting a product or service. My favorite freelance projects are when clients hire me to design a mascot or character, either for advertising or animation.

To help illustrate the power of a mascot I thought it would be fun to have a mascot contest. A good mascot will help customers instantly recall the name of the product he/she/it represents. Can you name all twelve products/brands represented by the mascots above? (Hint: Some mascots share the same name as their product). Most are fairly well-known, but I’ve thrown in a couple of dated ones to keep it from being too easy.

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If you can correctly identify all twelve products, I’ll enter your name into a drawing for a free copy of the new book Hi-Fi Color For Comics: Digital Techniques for Professional Results by Brian and Kristy Miller. This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn some great tips and techniques for coloring your artwork digitally. Don’t let the title fool you. You don’t have to work in comic books to benefit from the authors’ expertise. The book comes with a free CD and is chock full of great info. I happen to own a spare copy, hence this contest.

Remember, to be entered in the drawing you must correctly name the products, not the mascots themselves. The contest deadline is midnight (central time) on Friday, April 11. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 14. Send your answers to blog@cedricstudio.com, along with your name, email address, and phone number. This is not a scheme to add you to some sort of mailing list. This is just for fun. I promise I’ll only use the info to contact you if you win, and after the contest all the names and email addresses will be deleted from my computer.

(EDIT: Please do NOT leave your answers as a posted comment. Such posts will be deleted.)

So….How many products can you name?

Just For Fun: DVD Easter Eggs

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Did you know there are Easter eggs in your DVD collection that you may not even be aware of? “Easter eggs” are hidden special features that filmmakers intentionally hide on a DVD for you to try and find. Not every DVD has them, but many do. Here’s a rather extensive collection of DVD Easter Eggs for you to try and find in your home movie collection. Enjoy!

Deadline Crunch…And A Joke

Between meeting deadlines and getting my taxes ready for my accountant (ugh!) I’m pretty busy at the moment. Too busy to write a full post. However, there’s some great art blogs linked over to the left. I highly recommend giving them a looksee.

Also, I thought I’d pass on a joke someone sent me the other day that really made me chuckle:

Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote “The Hokie Pokey” died peacefully at
the age of 93.

The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.

They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

See ya tomorrow.