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Archive for April, 2012

I’ve been practicing this song a lot lately. I love it, it’s such a simple beautiful song, but for some reason I always mix up the lyrics. This was one of the rare times I didn’t. Of course, that still doesn’t mean I’m playing it well.

Enjoy,

D.

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I recently submitted three pieces into the AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 31 JURIED COMPETITION, but unfortunately I wasn’t selected…again.

It’s been a few years in a row now, but I won’t bore you with those details.

These were the pieces I entered:

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Disappointed? Yup, but it’s all part of the game. I just wanted to share this in the

hopes of showing the business from all angles, up’s and downs.

Below is the form letter they sent out informing the participants who weren’t selected.

Dear David Cooper:

Thank you for entering the American Illustration 31 Call For Entries. I’m sorry to say your work was not selected this year to appear in the annual book or web archive collection.

The jury met in March to select this year’s images. From approximately 8,000 images submitted by over 1,200 illustrators, magazines, agencies, publishers and schools, the jury selected only 439 images by a majority vote or better to appear in the book. Another 331 were then chosen with at least two votes to appear in The Archive, our searchable web gallery at ai-ap.com.

A slide show of the winning images will be announced in May. The book and web archive with complete credits and captions will then be launched at The Party, November 9th in New York City. This is our annual event that brings the creative community together to celebrate the winning images. Invitations with details will be sent in the fall, so we hope you’ll be able to join us.

Again, thank you for your submission and support of American Illustration. We are grateful for your contribution and look forward to the opportunity of viewing your work again next year.

Sincerely,
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American Illustration – American Photography
15 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016
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http://www.ai-ap.com

Thanks for reading guys.

D.

 

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The sketch is coming along. Time to start prepping the canvas…

D.

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Twisting and turning another fictional basketball player for my next “Art Of Basketball” painting. Stay tuned for more updates.

D.

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I’ve been going back and fourth with the background on this piece for weeks. I wasn’t satisfied with how I handled it originally. So, I ditched the blurred effect because I thought it felt to “digital” if that makes any sense. Instead I tried pushing the background back with color, but I still didn’t like it. Finally I decided to just leave it alone and not give it any special kind of treatment at all.  I thought it was about time to listen to that part of my brain that kept saying,”Keep it simple stupid”.  Who the heck was I to argue?

D.

Version 2

Original Version

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Host18 Was Here…

Here’s a old gem I forgot about.

Enjoy!

 

D.

 

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