Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day





Today is Blog Action Day, a day when millions of bloggers world-wide have made a commitment to write (or draw, in this case!) about issues related to poverty, in an effort to raise awareness, prompt action, and get a conversation started.

I've chosen to focus on fair trade. According to Co-Op America, "fair trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability."

For more information on fair trade chocolate, including where to purchase...


For more information on fair trade coffee, including where to purchase...


For more information about what you can do to promote fair trade, visit TransFair USA. (Now's a great time, because in addition to today being Blog Action Day, October is also Fair Trade Month!)

Finally, a shout-out to Illustration Friday visitors-- the only strings I could find in this illustration are the strings that connect it to my last post, the preliminary sketch for the chocolate illustration. Thanks to Aimee for her insightful comment on that one, which led me to take my drawing a step further and ultimately inspired the coffee piece, too. Another testament to the wonders of blogging!!

11 comments:

  1. I like the vibrant colors. What a great cause!

    But I have to point out that the perspective in the coffee one is skewed. You'd only see the top of the handle (maybe like an oval) and hand. It would probably help to draw from life.

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  2. Thank you for posting about "Fair Trade." It is something everyone should know about and we should all strive to support Fair Trade efforts to ensure more products become available through Fair Trade.

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  3. I love the vibrant colors in these pieces!

    Thanks for the nice comments!

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  4. Fabulous post, in every way! Love the illos, they are fantastic, and the shout out for Fair Trade! Your illos should be used as posters, they're so good!!!

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  5. Thanks for all the kind words! And danyell, thanks for the comment on the perspective. That was actually an intentional choice on my part, to position the hand in a more interesting way and to sort of mirror the chocolate drawing. In my less-than-realistic drawing style, I often tweak perspective a bit. I wonder, though-- maybe it's distractingly out of whack here. Anyone else have an opinion?

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  6. These are BEAUTIFUL!! I love your style!

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  7. I was going to just comment on the beautiful illos and the great cause, but now I'm caught up in the perspective "issue". I see what she's talking about but was not distracted myself...I am a fan of tweaking perspective for sake of design/composition and I totally suck at drawing hands so maybe my opinion's NOT one you need to hear!

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  8. love the drawings, colors, and especially the themes. beautifully done.

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  9. um, hi. your sister with a birthday in two days would LOVE a print of one or both of these. sweet, thanks!

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  10. I don't think the perspective is a big issue. You did a very nice job on the hands! Great colors, too.


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