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This is the digital home of the ‘Illustrators Journal’ (dot) com, a place where you can  see great art, photography and read insights of the proprietor for those interested in the art of illustration, animation and creative expression through narrative design.

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What About Imagination?


Illustrators Journal:

Imagination drives creativity…never stop dreaming

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An Imaginary Place That is All Too Real

I saw the “Magic of Belle Isle” on ON Demand the other night and it was quite a good film, especially for those who have lost their imagination or just can’t get their imagination mojo moving in the right direction. I’m not going to review it save to say a young girl in the film asks western writer Freeman where do stories come from? His answer is something like look around, they are everywhere. It got me thinking about imagination. Where does that come from and how do you tap into it? Same answer to me. Keep looking and building one thought on top of another until something forms into an idea. Then act on that idea and see what happens. Here are other thoughts on Imagination

Imagination Quotes

The imagination exercises a powerful influence over every act of sense, thought, reason,

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Animals Without Clothes


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I am so tired of seeing dogs, cats, girbils and other animals dressed up like circus animals and cartoon characters. It’s revolting and demeaning to the animals. I am so happy that when I went to the zoo the animals had no clothes. Can you imagine the chimps in sailor outfits wearing little hats or the tiger with a pretty bow and a cape on. For God sakes it’s bad enough they’re behind bars or in concrete caves. Anyway that’s my rant. Hope you enjoy the picts. I tried hard to make them look like they were in a natural habitat.

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Interview with Ted Lewin

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As I move forward doing more “realistic” illustration I am fascinated and I relate to perhaps one of our greatest contemporary artists, Ted Lewin. Here in this interview Ted talks about his a children’s book about Gleason’s Gym in New York. The paintings are superb. His mastery of watercolor makes the imagery vibrant and alive. More of Ted’s work can be found here http://www.tedlewin.com

LevinLand Newsletter May 2105

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Over the last year and a half I’ve been working on different kind of projects using a more serious graphic novel style. I’ve been fortunate for some publications to give me a chance to show what I can do. This newsletter shows some of that work. There is more to come and as they are published I will show them on this site. This is a perfect example of transforming yourself into something different if you want. I encourage anyone who is contemplating a move like mine to go for it. You never know where it leads and it will challenge you and you will grow creatively.

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From The Buffalo Braves to the San Diego Clippers: The Inside Story

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san-diego-clippers-logo_fao6nubcwe1s14t0fvfjg1482 This is the official NBA explanation of the Clippers name origin:

In 1978, San Diego welcomed the relocation of the Buffalo Braves’ franchise because the city had lost their Rockets to Houston seven years earlier. San Diego team officials didn’t think ‘Braves’ was a representative nickname for the club. A contest decided on Clippers because the city was known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay. When the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, they kept their nickname.

And now for the rest of the story. In 1978 I joined the Clippers as Advertising Director. I was hired by my father Irving Levin, the owner of the franchise. The team history and glide-path from Buffalo to San Diego is perhaps coherent given the market conditions at DAD AND LON CLIPPERSthe time (see: The Boston-San Diego Shuffle and The San Diego Clippers: A Dream Ends), as my father was growing increasingly weary from non-stop commuting between Boston and LA when he owned the Celtics. My father was being pummeled in the Boston Press for bad trades that resulted in the Celtics going from a championship team to a losing franchise – not a good thing in Boston. He wanted a way out. Through a series of talks and meetings involving league officials, he and John Y Brown (owner of the Buffalo Braves) agreed to a deal to switch franchises and players. Prior to the ’78 season in San Diego my father decided to change the name of the franchise which was moved from Buffalo as a way to get the city involved with the new team along with the fact that the previous name had nothing to do with the San Diego area.

839ad754de38b658e9d03c435d102cd9The advertising agency of record for the Clippers along with team officials in which I which actively participated oversaw the contest. Most of the Clipper officials involved in this process were in their 20’s like me save for Irv Kaze, Hal Childs, my Dad and Lou Lenart. Tons of suggestions came in and we considered everyone of them. Most were ridiculous or totally inappropriate though we had a great deal of fun and laughter vetting through the submissions. How we arrived at the Clippers is as mentioned above in the official NBA line. However before the name was formally chosen my dad and I went to the San Diego harbor where the Star of India ship was docked. Star of indiaIt was and remains a beautiful boat and legitimate icon of San Diego. We looked at the ship and in the moment my dad said he thought naming the team the Clippers was a good idea since people could identify with the local icon. We talked about possible cross promotions etc. Not totally on board with naming, I thought we should call the team the Stars but Dad thought it sounded like a team the Globe Trotters (an exhibition vs. real competitive team) would play. And back at the office the general feeling was the name was not that good but we had nothing better. The ad agency came up with some logo looks to visualize what the “Clippers” brand would look like. As a trained designer and advertising director I thought the logo was awful, I hated the colors and the uniforms were of the ‘pajama’ blue variety. I’m not sure if anyone shared my opinion but Dad liked all of it so it became the official logo and the name Clippers was born (so there you have it – a moment of inspiration codifies a name for a league franchise now valued at $2 billion).

Looking back the name ‘Clippers’ has become a ‘Kleenex’ or ‘Xerox’ play of sorts. It is the team brand yet no one associates it with ships, the ocean, the city of San Diego or LA Marina for that matter. This is just like the ‘Lakers’ (birthed in Minnesota – the ‘lan of 1000 lakes’) as their name has nothing to do with Los Angeles either.

I was asked by a magazine writer recently what I thought about the rebranding of the Clippers. The technology shows at the arena, the colors, the throwback uniforms etc. I told him what my dad always told me and he was right. If you win everything works, if you lose it nothing else matters – it’s all chatter.

For the Clippers to emerge from their dark past of losing (the Sterling Years) and the grey cloud that hangs over the franchise they need to win…and Saturday’s game against the Spurs is the biggest game in franchise history since opening day in 1978. When you consider that San Diego may be poised to witness another professional and some may say ‘trophy sports property’ loss, i,e., with the rumored potential exit of Chargers to LA, one can only speculate that perhaps a Clipper win against it’s nemesis San Antonio Spurs is an honoring of the long suffering San Diego sports community spirt and karma. We shall see….

Tomie dePaola: A Children’s Hero

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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 9:45 pm | Updated: 11:51 pm, Fri Mar 20, 2015.

Children’s book illustrator Tomie dePaola grew up with “a mother who read to me every night of my life. “She read what was available then,” he said, “which were the folk tales.”

DePaola’s own books have been bringing parents and children together for 50 years, and have been honored with a Caldecott Medal, among many other awards. He will be at the Wenham Museum on Sunday as part of “Draw Me A Story,” an exhibit of illustrations from children’s books that will be on display until April 27. “The exhibit is in the lobby, and there will be a book signing there,” said Cynthia Novotny, merchandise manager at the museum. “In the Burnham Hall area, there will be art activities.” Other illustrators in the exhibit include Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo, several of whom will be present on Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.main The event is being held for the fourth time, and celebrates the important roles that books play in children’s lives. “We thought if we could show the original work and have parents and children meet the illustrators, it makes a better connection for them” with books, Novotny said. The connections that parents and children can make, over the pages of a book, can last a lifetime.

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