Rachael Balsaitis Illustration • www.rachaelbalsaitis.com

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2014 Living Now Book Awards

Last year I had the pleasure of illustrating the book Love is Forever (written by Casey Rislov) through the lovely and local local self publishing company Book Bridge Press. I am extremely pleased to announce that Love is Forever was awarded a Gold in the 2014 Living Now Book Awards (for picture book)! Whoohoo!

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Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
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DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

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Submersion

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There’s a Howard Pyle maxim that says: “Throw your heart into a picture and jump in after it.” Earlier this week, Marshall Arisman told us that George Bernard Shaw said to “Saturate yourself in the problem. Then wait.”

Yesterday, I was getting dinner by myself after writing a bunch in…

An important reminder to let your imagination play.

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roveillustration:

WEEK 1 COMPLETE!

Only one submission other than my own, but that’s alright with me. Rachael went super old school… and mine is a guy proving that he can still rock his leather jacket and slicked back hair.

Check out Rachael Balsaitis for more whimsical doodles!

Week 2: A dog eating a strange “human” food (How did he get it, does it taste any good, will he be sick later?! Draw it!)

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I’m going to be posting a random character prompt here every Friday! Anyone who would like to participate for that week can submit an image by the following Thursday and I’ll post it up here with a link to your blog/site.


Send me, doodles, sketches, illustrations, whatever you’d like. It doesn’t need to be 100% finished or perfect, but just think of it as an exercise to get you thinking. :D

C’mon lads and lassies, join in the prompts!

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My girlfriend absolutely loves pudding cups. Recently she had a crappy day at work so I informed her I was sending some owls with pudding cups for her to brighten her afternoon. When next she visited, I tucked away this fellow atop a pudding cup in the fridge for her to find. I told her the owls got lost and returned the package to me.

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Hello tumblr friends~As I really just want to draw more people, and community motivation is always great, I’m going to be posting a random character prompt here every Friday! Anyone who would like to participate for that week can submit an image by the following Thursday and I’ll post it up here with a link to your blog/site.Send me, doodles, sketches, illustrations, whatever you’d like. It doesn’t need to be 100% finished or perfect, but just think of it as an exercise to get you thinking. :D—-
This week’s prompt: A cheerful, bearded old man riding a Vespa.

roveillustration:

Hello tumblr friends~

As I really just want to draw more people, and community motivation is always great, I’m going to be posting a random character prompt here every Friday! Anyone who would like to participate for that week can submit an image by the following Thursday and I’ll post it up here with a link to your blog/site.

Send me, doodles, sketches, illustrations, whatever you’d like. It doesn’t need to be 100% finished or perfect, but just think of it as an exercise to get you thinking. :D
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This week’s prompt: A cheerful, bearded old man riding a Vespa.

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Last Saturday a small group of us went to the Raptor Center at the U of M campus and saw some fabulous birds. All of the critters there are injured or otherwise can’t be released back into the wild.

The volunteers were beyond great and let us sit in their back room to draw and also gave us a tour free of charge. I ended up giving them the top sketch as a thank you.
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They are celebrating their 40th anniversary, so if you’d like to visit the Raptor Center or learn more, you can find out more info here

Though I would recommend waiting to visit after the state fair is over because the traffic is a bit bad.

You can also keep up to date on our Sketch-a-Way events around the Twin Cities here

Please check out Rachael’s tumblr over yonder and follow her for lots of watercolor awesomeness.

Seriously, the volunteers at the U of M raptor center are fabulous people!

Make sure to take a look at all of Miss Kim’s delightful work before you go!

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