Sketch and Save: using your sketchbook to work out ideas

To me, there’s nothing like sitting down with my sketchbook at a coffee shop or the nearest library, enjoying a beverage. I look down at a blank page, and wonder what to draw at that moment. Without thinking too hard, I take the plunge and just draw.

I often spend my lunch hour drawing, sketching or doodling. It’s a great way to take my mind off of work, like not worrying about deadlines. To me, it’s relaxing. My creative lunch hour is my solace and solitude. Read More

Holding The Door: A Guide to Creative Charity

I used to get really frustrated when I would hold a door open for someone and they wouldn’t say thank you. Or they would cruise right past me without acknowledging me in some way. I mean, after all, I’d held the door open for them. What kind of terrible person wouldn’t say thank you when someone held a door open for them. But then I started to think more and more about why I was holding door open for people and my feelings changed. What I came to realize was that I was holding doors open because I wanted people to say “thank you”. Read More

E3C Interviews Michael Lei (Part I)

Michael Lei has an extensive career as a 3D modeler and currently works at DHX media. In this career he has discovered the importance of knowing the tools of your community, and always searching for something new to learn. In fact with his huge range of experience we have two distinct topics for two distinct articles from just one interview. Here, we’ll talk about the tools and community that surround 3D animation.

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Time to Get Even More Crafty!

Welcome back to craft time everyone! (If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here). Today I’ll be showing you how to create some super customizable boards that will make it easier to organize your life. Usually, people pay tons of money for these type of things, but if you’re willing to take some time out of your day to make it yourself, it’s completely worth it. Plus, who wants a boring ol whiteboard when you could have a pretty customized one? Who wants a square cork board when you could have one whatever shape you want?  Who wants a black square thing when you can have a super bright magnet board? Yes please! If these things interest you, read on. If not, have fun paying for overpriced boredom boards, sucka. Read More

Art Swap for Dec Meetup

December 11 @7pm, The Foggy Goggle

The Foggy Goggle is all decked out for the season and ready to serve all sorts of liquid cheer! Come out for a Creative Christmas evening with fellow artists. Even if you’re more on the Humbug side of things, you really can’t say no to making new connections within the diverse creative community of HRM. Read More

Plot, Premise and Story

We’ve all been there: staring at the screen or notebook wondering how to write the middle of your story. You’ve built a wonderful world and crafted some deep characters. You might even have done a great job at setting the stage and have a great idea on where you want to end up. You’ve written down a few scenes and they are glorious. But still the flashing cursor looms.

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Momentum: Killer of Blogs

Have you ever had to push a car? It’s not a lot of fun, but it is possible. But you have to make sure that the person inside the car, the person responsible for steering doesn’t do something stupid. Like hit the breaks. That’s what happens when you stop blogging. It is the end of momentum. And in a lot of ways, momentum is your best, and possibly only, friend. Read More