Saturday, July 14, 2007

Tagged Two Ways from Sunday

Well, no, it wasn't actually on a Sunday, but it's been awhile since, within two days, I was both graciously given the Thinking Blogger Award by Kathryn Howard (scribblesk) and kindly 'tagged' by AndyDoodler.

(Note: If you're looking for this week's IF post for 'Discovery,' click here.)

First the deal on the Thinking Blogger thing...

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,*
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

Yes, simple enough, but not so simple to come up with five names, as there are many, many who participate in Illustration Friday who make me think each week. I've chosen four from Illustration Friday participants and one digital artist who hasn't submitted anything to IF but whose work we've printed on our large format printers.

Again, a list of only five excludes another dozen or so who never fail to inspire, and I apologize in advance if any of these have already been singled out for the Thinking Blogger deal. Some of the folks I considered listing have gotten the award already, but it's downright impossible to follow the TBA trail all the way back to its origin in February.

*I am listing this under the assumption that all folks listed below know that they are under no obligation to continue the listing thing. This isn't some pyramid deal, and there will be no voodoo curse put upon you or your loved ones if you choose to simply read this and leave it at that. Heck, you don't even have to read this. How's that for 'no obligation?'

  • Dan Beck, Outhouse Studios... always has something interesting to say whenever he comes into the shop. His digital landscapes of Central California really have the feel of this place.

  • Tiffini Elektra X... grateful to her for her art booklet on successfully selling art on the internet, which she shares so unselfishly. She also has a good attitude about this blogging thing, blogging when she gets the urge, without obligation.

  • Digital Scott... is another Left Coaster, transplanted from another part of the country. I had the pleasure of meeting him for coffee when I was traveling to SoCal a few months back. Personable and friendly, he has superb technical illustration skills in Freehand but doesn't limit himself to that program.

  • Michael Dailey... puts as much thought as anyone posting into each Illustration Friday submission. Really gets you thinking, as well.

  • AndyDoodler... is the guy who 'tagged' me (different from the 'Thinking Blogger' thing... see below). First became acquainted with him through his 'paradise' equation , which is as logically sound as any math theorum I've run across.

Next, the 'tagged' thing...

The Rules for the taggee/tagger are:
1. post these rules
2. each person tagged must post 8 random(... hopefully interesting) facts about themselves
3. tags should write a blogpost of these facts
4. at the end of the post 8 more bloggers are tagged and named (* see the above bold asterisked note)
5. go to their blog and leave a comment telling them they're tagged

AndyDoodler tagged me, and I'll comply with the first three 'rules', but I'm going to let the trail die here. Since I've already listed five in the 'Thinking Blog...', I'm not going to tag anyone else. So if you feel like reading the eight random facts about Twisselman, interesting or otherwise, here they are:

  • I'm a fourth-generation Central Coast Californian, my two sets of great-grandparents on my father's side immigrating here from Germany in the mid-1800s.

  • After college I paid $40/month for a room above a family-owned bakery. Woke up to tempting deep-fried dough smells every morning. Think I gained twenty pounds living there.

  • I've voted in every presidential election since, and including, 1972. But I've never voted for a winning ticket. So, no, you really can't blame me. Maybe 2008 will break my losing streak.

  • Charlie and Louie, who regular readers of this blog will recognize, are the alter-egos of real people, two folks very close to me. Some of you have probably already figured that out. Only some of what I write using their names is true; most is fiction.

  • Began making a living at graphic art at the age of 42. My wife is to thank for supporting me during the mid-life career change.

  • I was once a professional scarecrow. Actually, I worked in pest management for a few months during grape harvest season, cruising the vineyards, shooting M80 shells over flocks of starlings that raided the juicy clusters of fruit.

  • I've never done pro bono work that didn't turn out to be a nightmare... and yet I still take it on, as I am a sucker for charitable causes. People getting stuff for free tend to come back for "tiny, little" changes again and again.

  • I've never seen a Western flick I didn't like, with the exception of Silverado. Saturday mornings you'll usually find me in front of AMC, sketching the theme for IF and watching some Western I've seen four or five times.

Okay, that's that, and am I relieved to have it off my plate. It was sort of hanging over me the last week, and I know that wasn't the intention of the folks who bestowed the blessings.

But that brings me to an observation or two about blogging in general and posting for Illustration Friday in particular. Blogging can be a full-time occupation, and of course it is for a growing number of people these days. But for someone working some long hours and trying to keep up with a family and the activities of its members, blogging is sort of hit-and-miss at best. I try to get a post up for the IF theme of the week and visit the blogs of those who have left comments for me. If time permits, I'll go to the IF entry list and do some exploring of people new to me as well as the group who stops by fairly regularly, but time usually just allows for dropping in on the folks who have dropped in on me.

Sometimes I feel guilty about that, but I need to adopt Tiffini's 'Blogging Without Obligation,' the logo for which I display over on the sidebar. There's enough to be concerned with in this life without adding guilt trips.

I applaud the IF-ers who get around to vast numbers of the week's posts, but I will never be able to devote that much time to this blogging thing.

Peace to everyone.


ValGalArt said...

Really enjoyed reading about you and I totally agree with you and Tiff on blogging. I love it but I have a real full life and it sometimes feels like an obligation. But I do enjoy it even though I am not that fond of being tagged...

studio lolo said...

I think you're speaking for a lot of us when you say you just don't have the time to comment on every blog. I found that out quickly, shortly after talking to you at my studio, in fact! I do have a list of favorites that I look forward to visiting because I generally like what they have to say or draw. Other than that, I need to make a living.
Great choices on your "Thinking Blogger" nominees. I found it hard as well.
Peace back at ya.

steve said...

Very very true. It's so easy to get caught up in this blogging thing and the "Blogging w/o Obligation" slogan is a good one to stand by. I make no more than an hour per day a limit for me, 'cause it can be easy to get sucked into the bloghole only to resurface a few hours later. Too many good things (and not so good things) to do beyond the computer. As with so much in life, moderation is key. Anyhow, great and interesting post. The one about becoming a graphic artist at 42 was the most fascinating to me. Enjoy your week!

AndyDoodler said...

Thanks Twisselman- I am truly honored to be on your list of 'blogs that make you think'---- back at you!
I wish I could copy and paste to my blog all what you've said here- you have a way with words as well as visuals. I too feel guilty sometimes about not participating enough in bloggville. Time just doesn't permit.
Also, "I'm going to let the trail die here" too irt the thinking blogger award- for basically the reasons you so eloquently communicated.
I am feeling guilty now. Really.

mmmmm- deeeep friiiiiied doughhhhhhh -garrrrrrrrrrrrr
Your 8 facts are veddy interesting. (I still need to get going on my own-- urrg).
(one is sim to your 3rd- except it's how irresponsible I USED TO be about voting).

Peace to you, and thanks again.

HARDWAX said...

I didn't post last week, and didn't get around the blog. If I had known you had been honored with the "Thinking Blogger Award" I would have come sooner and said; high time, and you are fantastic!

Your list was interesting and fun, and I can't believe you didn't get into the graphic arts until you were 42.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

interesting facts; had to go through the last elections to calculate who you were voting for in the past ;-) beyond saying that... don't get me started!!

standing ovation for blogging without obligation!!