Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Welcome everyone to my new blog! This will replace the former "news" section of my website at www.speedlines.com. I've been thinking about doing this for a while, but have been inspired by my friend Mike Cho (check out his awesome blog ), who recently started one up and posts artwork to it quite regularly.

The Toca Loca ProjectSo - I've got lots of news and artwork to post, so I''ll let's dive right in!

I recently did up a new mini-comic called "The Toca Loca Project". It made its debut at the Paradise Toronto Comicon this past April. At the show I also had some t-shirts for sale using the back cover image of the mini. The image is of a kazoo, and underneath it says "Ceci n'est pas un kazoo" (French for "This is not a kazoo"). This was inspired of course by the famous Magritte painting "Ceci ne'st pas un pipe", as well as the band - The Nihilist Spasm Band. All will become clear after reading the mini, but the t-shirt is cool on its own as well.

Toca Loca t-shirtThese are the first t-shirts I've ever done and I'm really pleased with how they came out. They are 2 colour screenprinted on Fruit of the Loom tees. I did up a bunch in a variety of different colours and sizes. I was surprised that the bestselling size for me was the small size as mostly it was women picking them up. Here's what the shirt looks like (modeled by my husband Dave). Both the mini and the t-shirts are available for order here.

A couple of weeks ago, I submitted 3 drawings of my daughter Rosie to the AGO's upcoming "In Your Face" show. Opening in July, this is to be the biggest portrait show in history, and the organizers have encouraged people to submit portraits for inclusion in the show.

I'm crossing my fingers that at least one of my drawings makes it in. If selected, the artwork will be part of the AGO's permanent collection. Family and friends like the one of Rosie in her hat best. Which one is your favourite?

Rosie in hat
Rosie in hat.

Rosie in high chair

Rosie in highchair.

Rosie at Grandma's

Rosie at dining room table at Grandma's.

** Update: Originally the final date to submit portraits to the AGO for this exhibit was July 1st, 2006. I've since found out that the exhibit will run for a whole year! As such, they will change things up every now and then and as such are still accepting submissions through to December of this year.

I encourage all of my cartoonists friends to submit so we have a strong showing in the exhibit! There are just about no restrictions, other than the size needs to be 4 x 6, and you need to them them the original art. It does look like you need to be Canadian to submit.

Here's a link to the blog for the show: http://www.artmatters.ca/blog/index.php?/categories/15-In-Your-Face

1 comment:

Michael Cho said...

Hurray! Great blog, Diana. Thanks for the nice words about mine as well! I'll definitely drop by regularly to check out what you're drawing and writing next!

Best Always,