Tips on how to improve your drawing ability A warm welcome to you dear reader! If you have not already, why not subscribe to The Design Sojourn Newsletter and get my latest thoughts on Strategies for Good Design conveniently delivered right to your inbox? It's free! You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks for visiting and please keep in touch? Microtractor Microtractor Concept  Working Model, 5/2013 April 17 2013 File:PtTRAC2.skp  Overview
an open [sketch]book: moleskine exchange I've had two exciting things arrive in my mailbox this week...and by exciting, I don't simply mean mail other than bills, I mean pieces of art! On Thursday I received this beautiful print from my friend Marilia Cardosa in Portugal. If you aren't familiar with Marilia's work, you've got to check out the blog she and her husband share as their work is so vivid and fun. And, lucky for all of us, Marilia recently opened up an online shop! Yea! Thank you so much Marilia!
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How To Draw Hands Tutorials So everybody knows that the hands and the fingers are one of the hardest things to draw. So here is a personal collection of different hand references, hope to enjoy it and never stop practice. Hogarth hand poses from Iron Giant (middle of page) Mickey Mouse Hand Model Sheet by Les Clark ca. 1932 Merlin hand poses via Deja View 10 DIY Projects on Designrulz for November15, America Recycles Day Home » Best Of » 10 DIY Projects on Designrulz for November15, America Recycles Day America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. On November 15 each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.
an open [sketch]book: things to do I am SOOOO excited!!!!!! SOOOO excited. After several days of having too little energy to even unfold the newspaper, I waddled to the curb late this afternoon to pick up today's edition and discovered some thrilling news! Michael Berenstain, son of Jan and Stan Berenstain, the husband and wife team behind The Berenstain Bears, will be speaking at Elon University this Thursday! I've been a fan of Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear for as long as I can remember. Reading these books with my mom are some of my best memories.
Beech photo - Fagus sylvatica - A8310 Beech trees begin to produce leaves in March or April, and flower in April or May (6). The oil-rich nuts are produced in September and October, and were once used to feed livestock; pigs and cattle were released into beech woodlands to allow them to feed on the 'mast' (4). Nuts are also eaten by chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs), wood pigeons (Columba palumbus) and other birds (7). The leaves take quite some time to rot fully, and beech woods are carpeted with a deep layer of leaf litter, which prevents other plants from becoming established.