Happy Easter 2020!

Posted on Apr 8, 2020

Happy Easter! May you have a hoppin’ life to come!

Bunnies, Chickadees, Tulips, Eggs, Chocolate Candy, and more Easter Illustrations  by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ | www.QuietYell.com

See variations and larger images of these promotional games and boardgames illustrations as well as others here: http://www.QuietYell.com/portfolio/assets/

In our household when I was a child, while we colored eggs in the days leading up to it, Easter morning itself was met with a search for plastic eggs (the colored hard-boiled eggs were used to make macaroni salad and egg salad sandwiches). The penultimate challenge was finding the Easter basket filled with delights (definitely foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies, chocolate-malt eggs, & jelly beans, but also usually little toys & tchotchkes as well). Who would’ve thought that a big basket was actually able to be hidden?!

As I got older (and the same for my younger siblings), the basket wasn’t hidden but withheld. I could only get the basket if I found the white hard-boiled egg, which was often very craftily hidden and quite hard to find. I think my father took a deeply naughty joy at seeing our difficulty to find it since he taunted us so gleefully. There was always that threat of the unfound egg becoming a stinky rotten egg, especially because as he also got older, he would forget where he hid the egg too!

I think the Easter Bunny is a pretty happy fellow. Lots of chocolates & candies, lots of colorful eggs & decor, and lots of playful hiding & finding. But let’s be honest, entering into everyone’s home to hide eggs and give chocolates is a bit looney.

What a great inspiration to my life that bunny has been!

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Resources for Creatives

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Last Updated: July 16, 2020 at 12:25 p.m. CST

Below is a link with tons of resources for the creative industry, particularly those who are freelancers/contractors. Will add to the list as more are found.

If you have kids at home, there are many resources via the links on this post: http://quietyell.com/2020/03/23/resources-for-children/

Please feel free to send more resources & commentary for me to add and I will do so as I can: http://quietyell.com/contact/

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List of Resources for Creatives:


Spreadsheet of Opportunities and Candidates:

Anita (Santiago) Castellar created a job share spreadsheet for opportunities and candidates to list themselves (Post on LinkedIn):

I created a #jobshare database on Google drive! I don’t have much but I have my platform and a strong #network to help my friends and colleagues that are #OpenToWork. Many have been displaced due to #COVID. I’m asking you all to share, post, and participate no matter if you are a #jobseeker or if you are #hiring. Let’s get people connected with #opportunities!

Go to the Spreadsheet : Google Sheets Spreadsheet


Many Resource Links at:
https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

Resource Link Categories:

  • General Preparedness
  • Quantifying Economic Impact of Cancelled Work
  • Advocacy, Legal & Financial Information
  • Emergency Funding
  • Community Care & Mutual Aid
  • Working, Gathering, & Teaching Online
  • Health & Mental Heath Resources
  • International Resources (Outside United States)
  • Other Lists & Miscellaneous Wisdom
  • Events (Online Learning & Webinars)
  • Interrupting Racism Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding.

This link was found via a post by Lance Curan:
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/quietyell_letsgetthroughthis-activity-6645605046211923968-5m2B


Via a post by SCBWI.org (SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) : “Kidlit creators! We know you’re looking for resources to get through COVID-19 and we’ve got them coming. (Stay tuned. 🙂) Here’s a list of financial help for freelancers to get you started by #SCBWI member Nancy Castaldo”
http://nancycastaldonaturespeak.blogspot.com/2020/03/time-out-financial-resources-for-kidlit.html


Via a post by Laurie Schacht : “Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) is offering complimentary 6-month memberships to those experiencing unemployment or loss of income due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The offer is presented in the spirit of WIT’s mission to “advance women through leadership, networking, and educational opportunities.””

https://toybook.com/women-in-toys-offers-assistance-during-covid-19-spread/

Direct Link to Form:
https://form.jotform.com/82064673284158


Via a mention on NBC 5 DFW news : “Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.”
https://coffitivity.com/


Via a shared post by Brilliant Ads : “The UN asks creatives to help fight #Covid19. Read the open brief and share. Let’s put our skills to a noble use!”

https://bit.ly/2UoJ4qv


Via a post by the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency website : “How to Survive as an Illustrator during the COVID-19 mania”

https://www.agoodson.com/five-ways-to-survive-as-an-illustrator-during-the-covid-19-mania/


Via a post by AOI (Association of Illustrators) and a post by Georgia Luckman : “Some excellent advice for Illustrators and other freelance creators working from home #StayInReachOut ⭐” | “What steps can we take next as Illustrators in these uncertain times? I’ve brought together tips and advice that we can use to improve our situation, and continue doing the work we all love”

https://theaoi.com/2020/04/02/running-an-illustration-career-in-covid-19/


Zoom Backgrounds

Via a post by WB Games : “Looking for a DC themed virtual background for your next ZOOM call?”

https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2020/04/01/dial-in-from-the-dc-universe-with-these-virtual-backgrounds

Via a post by Eric Calderon : “For everyone doing Zoom calls from your home, here’s a link that let’s you choose a background from a few of Fox’s animated series to use as your virtual background. Pretty fun and keeps your clients/colleagues from seeing your messy house!”

https://www.fox.com/animation-domination/download-zoom-backgrounds/

Via a comment by Billie Tucker Volpe : Pee-wee’s Playhouse

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19858589/unnamed_1.jpg

Via a post by Sonic : “Looking for a fun way to add flair to your Zoom meetings? Download our virtual backgrounds and give your coworkers the SONIC they crave!”

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/sonic-drive-in_looking-for-a-fun-way-to-add-flair-to-your-activity-6658409359741116416-B2VC

Via an article by Forbes : “DoorDash wants to help consumers feel like they are eating in a restaurant despite them not being able to go out during the coronavirus outbreak. The company is offering virtual backgrounds from popular eateries that can be uploaded to video platforms to remind you what going out used to feel like.” | “Hungry for lunch with friends? Same. From your favorite restaurants? Yep. With all your favorite tunes? Delivered! Share a complete (virtual) lunch when you order from the DoorDash Lunchroom. Download video-chat backdrops (at McDonald’s … or on the moon) and music to set the (food) mood. Share the experiences with (virtually) everyone—friends, family, and even some familiar faces you never thought you’d miss.”

https://get.doordash.com/lunchroom


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Game Assets Added

Posted on Aug 12, 2019

More game assets have been added — Valentine’s Day, Easter, St.Patrick’s Day, Flowers, Balloons, Beer, Chocolate, Gold, and more!

Go over to the assets section and see them at larger size. More to come soon!

QuietYell.com/portfolio/assets/

QuietYell & Scott Monaco : New Game Assets Added


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The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster

Posted on Jun 15, 2019

A new painted illustration added! : The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster

A poster celebrating the joyful story and achievements of The Animoodles™ plush toys by Marissa Louie & team, including two successful Kickstarter campaigns, the prestigious Women In Toys recognition & award of Marissa Louie, many industry & retail accolades, and many more, not to mention simply bringing the innovative, fun, cute, and diversity-focused dream into reality.

Learn more about Animoodles and purchase your’s at: www.TheAnimoodles.com

The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ for Marissa Louie, founder of The Animoodles™ Plush Toys : www.TheAnimoodles.com

Vintage and Grayscale Variants
Vintage and Grayscale Variants of The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ for Marissa Louie, founder of The Animoodles™ Plush Toys : www.TheAnimoodles.com


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The Chinese New Year Big Pig BLT

Posted on Feb 4, 2019

“No, I do not want The Big Pig BLT! …This just isn’t my year…”

Oh but it is! Happy Chinese New Year! May this year squeal with joy.

The Big Pig BLT on Chinese New Year, the year of the pig, by Scott Monaco of QuietYell LLC, QuietYell.com


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The Path by Doug Sirois

Posted on Feb 4, 2019

Ordered & received a delightful children’s book, “The Path” by Douglas Sirois. What a wonderful book that I look forward to enjoying & being inspired by many times over with my son as he grows. Congrats to Schylling Inc. on having such a great creative person on your team.

Buy a gazillion copies at: DougSirois.com/thepath or at Amazon (More info below the image)

The Path, a children's book authored and illustrated by Douglas Sirois, a Creative Designer and Illustrator at Schylling Inc Toy Company

About the Book

Micah is upset because he can’t find his imagination.

With helpful suggestions along his journey down a wooded path from some forest friends, Micah learns a few key lessons to help find his imagination before returning home.

A sweet enduring picture book with a how-to-find creativity hook, detailed natural and fantastical illustration, THE PATH is sure to inspire and spark any child’s imagination.

About the Author

Douglas A. Sirois was born and raised in Massachusetts. He has since illustrated and designed everything from toys, children’s books, graphic novels to clothing and apparel. His children’s book, The Path, is Doug’s first book as author and illustrator. After living in sunny southern California for ten years and earning a MFA in illustration, Doug currently resides back in Massachusetts with his wife and two children and a dog named Ginger.

Paperback: 36 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1727881354
ISBN-13: 978-1727881356
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Buy The Book

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Power Up That Arcade!

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Power up that arcade with these arcade styled buttons

Especially if you have the awesome Arcade1up Retro arcade machines from Tastemakers, LLC!

Walls Keep Things In Too

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

“Mr. Tweeting Tiny-Wings ended up building walls around himself”


Mr. Tweeting Tiny-Wings ended up building walls around himself — Oh that wacky Trump and his wall at the Mexico and USA border


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Uh-Huh-Huh

Posted on Jan 3, 2019

Was playing with the Procreate QuickShape for much of this


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Coolorus with Brushbox and Kyle’s Brushes = Awesome!

Posted on Dec 25, 2018

Coolorus Color Picker Plugin for Adobe Photoshop

Over the past year or so, I’ve been using Coolorus as my color picker. Found out about it via Simona Ceccarelli in the SVSLearn Forums (SVSLearn.com)

I meant to post about it long ago but… well, here I am now 😁

Per their site: “Coolorus is a color wheel plugin for Adobe® Photoshop®, inspired by Corel® Painter® color picker.”

I’ve found it preferable to the standard Photoshop color picker and it seems to have sped up my workflow too.

I usually have it without the panels/sliders on (if I need sliders, I just use the standard Photoshop Color Panel that is always available in my closed tab list); however, below, I show a screengrab with them turned off and on so both options can be seen.

BrushBox Brush Organizing Plugin for Adobe PhotoshopThe screengrabs also show the Brushbox plugin that I’ve loved using for the past couple of years. I wrote a post about it back, roughly when it came out at the end of 2016:

BrushBox Plugin to Organize Photoshop Tools/Brushes

I show my favorites in one view, and my “everything” in another (There are far, far too many brushes to actually show everything)

Speaking of brushes, I have most of the Kyle’s Brushes, which are just wonderfully made — Kyle’s Brushes are now part of Adobe Creative Cloud:

We’re excited to announce that Adobe has acquired KyleBrush.com. As of today, all Creative Cloud customers will gain exclusive access to over 1,000 high-quality, digital brushes at no additional cost. Digital brushes offer illustrators, animators and designers a rich digital painting experience when working in Photoshop CC and Photoshop Sketch.

As part of the acquisition, Kyle T. Webster, an international award-winning illustrator and leader in the field of digital brush creation, also joins Adobe. He will work closely with Adobe product teams on the development of future brushes for Creative Cloud.

“For years, Kyle has created the world’s best-selling Photoshop brushes for professional illustrators, animators and designers,” said Maria Yap, Adobe Senior Director of Digital Imaging Product Management. “We’re thrilled to bring his award-winning brushes to all Creative Cloud members and at the same time gain Kyle’s expertise to enhance Adobe’s digital drawing experience for designers in the future.”

“I’m honored to join the Adobe team, and excited that all CC members now have access to my vast collection of digital brushes,” said Kyle. “I know the team well and have collaborated with Adobe in the past, including the recent Hidden Treasures of Creativity campaign, a fun project where we recreated the over 100-year old paint brushes of Edvard Munch.”

Coolorus:
Coolorus.com
Facebook.com/coolorus.color.picker/
Twitter.com/Coolorus

BrushBox:
Gumroad.com/l/brushbox
(Created By: DerrickB.net)

Kyle’s Brushes:
KyleBrush.com
(Created By: KyleTWebster.com)

Coolorus color picker plugin and BrushBox brush organizing plugin with Kyle's Brushes in Adobe Photoshop


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