Happy {Chinese} New Year!

Year of the Dragon by ZenBrush on Etsy

It’s a little weird to have two “Happy New Year” posts one after another, especially if they are less than one month apart; but today marks the first day of the new lunar calendar as we head into the year of the Dragon! This year we’re celebrating it a little low-key – me with my parents and sister, and it’s been brilliant so far, mainly because it meant that I had to stop myself from further spring cleaning (and I’ve used up a good few weeks for cleaning not one, but TWO houses!)

I’m a little exhausted, but I’m extremely happy for being able to put my weary feet up just a bit before I commence work again! Here’s to a fabulous dragon year ahead with lots of exciting things to come! 😀

{Artwork credit: Year of the Dragon 2012 Zen Sumi Original Painting Art Card by ZenBrush on Etsy!}

Review: Quoteskine Volume 1

Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley

Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley

When the tough gets going, some people buckle or wring their hands and cry about it. But not Lee Crutchley, oh no. After he came back from a solid year of traveling (after selling off his stuff and quitting his job), he found himself in a recession. He braced himself for a job-less time, but didn’t want his downtime to be of waste – and so Quoteskine was born.

Featuring lyrics and quotes that he has gathered along the years, he started the Quoteskine blog (quoteskine is a combination of the qord “quotes” and “moleskine”) with the mission of drawing a quote every weekday to keep his creative juices flowing. His blog got picked up by quite a few website (including ours) and gathered momentum from then on. Last year, Lee published his first Quoteskine book – a greatest hits of sorts from his weekday exercises – all filled with quotes that he has penned down in his Moleskine in chronological order.

Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley

Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley

Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley

Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley

I like how simple his idea is, and that he lives and breathes it completely. His passion for his quotes and lyrics shine through in every page; but most of all I admire his can-do attitude and how he chooses to be an optimist in a time where it was simply easier to just be pessimistic about things. And look how far he has come!

You can get a copy of Quoteskine Volume 1 at his shop where he also has postcards, tees and prints for sale!


Happy weekend folks! The Chinese New Year is coming up and there’s much spring cleaning to be done to welcome the year of the dragon – so I’m putting down my drawing brush and my mouse and picking up a broom and duster instead for the weekend!

Catch you here again next week!


SOPA by the Oatmeal

I’m enraged by SOPA.

From Wkikipedia:

SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet.

As a blogger who feature works by artists and illustrators from all over the world, including the USA (with credits and permission), my site may very well be one that’s shut down – without fair or proper justification. I believe in a free internet for all, and that it does not need the meddling hands of anyone’s government to dictate what we can or not see; or what they think is fair (which is very subjective!)

If you’re a US citizen, you can contact your local elected representative and give them a piece of your mind. If you aren’t, well feel free to write them and give them a piece of your mind anyway. UPDATE: Non-US residents can do so over here.

If you think that having someone self-elect themselves as the internet police is fine, these silly people might come up with another silly rule that dictates what you can wear or what you can draw in the future (I kid you not).

Of course by then, it’s already too late.

Let’s all get together and tell them to shove this act up their arse and to stop treating us like sheep, shall we?

Animated GIF by The Oatmeal