Parasites! (Advertising Illustration)

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(Copyright © 2009 by Cedric Hohnstadt. All rights reserved.)

Earlier this summer I was hired by PreFurred Pet Care, a small business on the west coast, to help out with an ad campaign. They had seen an old piece from my portfolio depicting a cartoon flea and tick having a picnic on top of a dog’s head. They were wondering, could I sell them the image for use in a postcard campaign? After looking through my files I discovered I had already sold all the rights to that particular image, but I did offer to create a custom illustration just for them and their specific needs.

The client liked that idea and decided to do their own twist on the picnic idea. They would use a stock photo of a sleeping dog, and above his head they wanted to place a cartoon “dream” balloon containing some parasites getting ready to eat him. I liked the idea and did the above illustration. Here’s how it looked inside the balloon:

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Live Tweeting From The Creative Freelancer Conference

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Wed.-Fri. of this week (Aug. 26-28) I’ll be in San Diego attending the second annual Creative Freelancer Conference. The conference organizers are encouraging attendees to tweet live from the conference using the hashtag #CFConf. I plan to do a bit of tweeting but mostly I’ll be furiously taking notes during the presentations. I’m sure other attendees will be tweeting as well, some with great frequency. Just do a Twitter search for “#CFConf” to keep up on everyone’s latest tweets from the conference.

Incidentally, if you want to follow me on Twitter my username is “cedrichohnstadt“.

Superior Scribblers

Recently I was nominated by Bob Ostrom for a “Superior Scribbler” award. As far as I can tell its not a real, tangible award. Just a fun way to acknowledge other artists whose work you enjoy.

If you are nominated, one of the rules is that you nominate five other artists. Here are my picks (in no particular order). Two of them work together at their own studio so I’ve combined them into one link. Click on the images to check out their work.

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Michael Foster

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Stephen Silver

Tom Bancroft & Rob Corley (FunnyPages Productions)

Tom Bancroft & Rob Corley (FunnyPages Productions)

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Dave Mowder

Pray For The Hodge Family

I wanted to pass on some sad and tragic news for those of you who are fans of VeggieTales. Longtime Veggie writer/director Tim Hodge has recently been hit with two crushing blows. This past weekend Tim’s 17-year old son was in a serious car accident and is currently in a coma. If that weren’t bad enough, I’m told that this same weekend Tim also lost his father to a battle with cancer.

In addition to his work on VeggieTales Tim was the executive producer for 3-2-1 Penguins!, a TV series for which I did some character design work. He is a terrific guy and I thoroughly enjoyed working with and for him. I can’t imagine the intense grief he and his family must be under right now. Please pray for them in this dark hour.

I’ll post an update if I hear more.

[EDIT: Here’s a news story about the accident.]

[EDIT: To get the latest updates on Tim’s son, sign up to follow their CaringBridge journal here.]

Superior Scribbler Award

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Thanks to Bob Ostrom for nominating me for the Superior Scribbler Award. It’s always an honor to be recognized by another artist, and this particular award is a lot of fun.

Here are the rules to the award:

  1. Each Superior Scribbler must, in turn, pass the Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy buds.
  2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to this post, which explains The Award.
  4. Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List (!?) at the Scholastic-Scribe’s blog. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives this prestigious honor!
  5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

My nominees will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

Creative Freelancer Conference

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I’ll be in San Diego Wed.-Fri. (Aug. 26-28) for the second annual Creative Freelancer Conference (sponsored by HOW Magazine and Marketing Mentor). I attended last year’s conference and got a lot out of it. Even though I’ve been freelancing for well over a decade I picked up quite a few tips and tricks for how to run my business better, and came away inspired to take my career to the next level. The seminars and workshops look to be just as helpful this year, if not more so.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What Will Your Freelance Business Be When It Grows Up? (Petrula Vrontikis)
  • Money-Saving Tax Solutions for Creatives (June Walker)
  • The Essential Rules for Writing and Presenting Proposals (Peleg Top)
  • Effective Presentations for Creative Solopreneurs (Darryl Salerno)
  • Dealing With Nightmare Clients (Michelle Goodman)
  • The Astoundingly Simple Secrets to Making Social Media Work For You (Colleen Wainwright)
  • Freelance Success Panel (moderated by Ilise Benun)
  • Speaker Panel Q&A (moderated by Ilise Benun)
  • Create or Die: Thriving in the Create-On-Demand World (Todd Henry)
  • Workshop: Hands-On Marketing Lab (Ilise Benun)
  • Workshop: The Price Is Right (Lee Silber & Peleg Top)

If you make your living freelancing or are thinking about freelancing as a career, it would be well-worth your time and money to attend. According to the conference website there’s still time to register if you are one of those last-minute types. Hope to see you there!

NCS Chapter Picnic

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For the last several years I’ve enjoyed being a member of the National Cartoonists Society. Our chapter (the North Central Chapter) covers several midwestern states but we manage to get together three or four times a year and I always have a great time. I spend so much time alone in my freelancing cave that I relish any opportunity to hang out with other cartoonists. This is a really fun bunch.

Tonight Tom and Anna Richmond hosted a chapter picnic at their lovely home right here in the Twin Cities. They are first-class hosts and Anna is a fantastic cook. We spent a relaxing evening enjoying burgers, wine, cheese, desserts, and even caramel-marshmallow s’mores around a fire pit in the back yard. Thank you Tom and Anna for your wonderful hospitality! The evening went by way too fast.

Sorry for the lack of photos, I was too busy enjoying myself to snap one or two quick shots with my iPhone. Not sure why the group photo turned out so blurry, my iPhone usually does a much better job.

The next NCS event will be our annual chapter meeting in October. This year it will be in Souix Falls, SD. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to attend—I’ll be running with my wife in a 5K “marathon” that weekend. That made this picnic even more enjoyable for me.

Incidentally, if you haven’t checked out Tom Richmond’s illustration blog you are really missing out. Give it a looksee.