Repeat after me, "I will not kill baby polar bears, I will not kill baby polar bears...". You will often find me shouting, "What are you doing? You are killing baby polar bears!" throughout the Miss B. manse and even at work. Why you ask? Well I saw this amazing movie that I highly recommend called Artic Tale and now when I see appliances plugged in that don't need to be (yes plugged in appliances even if they are not in use kill baby polar bears) or a rogue light on, that has become my lament. The movie also covers baby walruses, but unless you are familiar with the cuteness of baby walruses (an acquired taste) you may not be as motivated to turn off the lights or un-plug an appliance as you would be if a baby polar bear was involved. People.
It's no secret 'round these parts how I feel about the animal kingdom. One of my many dreams is to have a miniature animal farm, not for any sort of real farm purpose but just to love 'em. You will often find animals in my own work--dancing elephants , sparrows that are powder blue instead of brown, happy rhino's, etc. So naturally when I came upon artist 17, Ryan Berkley of Berkley Illustration's work I was instantly smitten. Ryan's animals are magic--Polar bears depicted as the chairman of the board (but of course), cheetah's with eye patches (and a very busy social calendar), pretty lady rabbits and so much more.
To really get a handle on Ryan's inspiration you might want to glimpse his bio-"I'm a comics inspired gentleman surrounded by toys and Chewbacca masks. I like drawing sharks and animals and creatures and mustaches and superheroes. Sometimes I combine all of them - sometimes they are on their own - it really depends on my mood".
The Berkley Illustration ship is not only commandeered by Ryan, but by his lovely wife Lucy a photographer with her own fine works at Lucy Bird Photo's. Berkley Illustration is donating one 8" x 10" print to the bright side project, the winner gets to choose their fave (as long as it's not a limited edition). All you have to do is answer this question:
What is the least interesting thing about you?
Ryan was worried that it might sound negative but I think it's a perfectly positive question, does anyone know why? If you do maybe there's a little extra somethin' somethin' in it for you. Please leave your answers below with your favorite print choice in the comments. Remember you need to add your fave print or you are not qualified to play (darn rules!) we will announce a winner next Wednesday 02.25.09, please look for your name in the upper right hand corner sidebar under 'the bright side project winners'.
Thank you Ryan & Lucy!!! Good luck!!!! AND don't kill any baby polar bears while I am not looking...
For those of you that are new to the bright side project you still have plenty of time to visit artists 11-16. Each artist has asked a question and all you need to do is answer it in the comments below each artists post to try to win, isn't that exciting?
Artist 11: Wren & Chicakdeee::Ez Pudewa
Choosing winner Thursday, 02.19.09
Artist 12:: Everthing is better with a Parrott:: Sarah Parrott
choosing winner Friday, 02.20.09
Artist 13:: Roll & Tumble Press:: Christie & Caleb
Choosing winner Friday, 02.20.09
Artist 14:: Made by Girl::Jennifer Ramos
Choosing winner Monday, 02.23.09