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Social Media: Everything You Need To Know To Launch A Beaver

August 13, 2014

Social Media. Blogging. Getting Likes. Getting comments. Getting followers…

Making connections. Attracting clients. Attracting customers. Building a network…

Is it possible to sum the whole thing up in just two illustrations?

More or less.

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beaver walking away from chewed pencils, visits other people's blogs, clicks Like, leaves comments, hard to contain enthusiasm

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big angry pencil giving beaver a kick, engage people, connect on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, get kick out of it

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Besides this blog, I get my social media kicks on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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I use Twitter and Facebook to post single illustrations that aren’t a good fit for a blog post.

I also tweet links to posts I find interesting. Most of these involve art, design, illustration, freelancing, blogging, writing, business, marketing, and social media.

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LinkedIn contains my business profile, and recommendations I’ve received from clients. It pays to create a LinkedIn account if you’re trying to build a professional network.

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If any of that sounds appealing, click on the buttons below to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. I’d get a kick out of it.

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Are you a blogger? Do you spend a lot of time on social media sites?

Do you use social media as a marketing tool? Has it brought in customers?

Have you ever booted a beaver? If so, how far exactly??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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The Cure For Grumpy Old Men: A Curly-Headed Tap Dancing Waif With Dimples

August 7, 2014

I recently illustrated an essay called, In My Clothes. In it, the author looks back on her life, using the clothes she was wearing at the time as a reference point.

Interesting idea– more on that assignment in a future post.

The essay contained the following passage:

But I like Shirley Temple. Here is a child who notices her dimples, and uses them to her advantage. She uses them to promote world peace, and to make old seamen smile again. No one can resist her innocence and tap dancing abilities.

Which prompted the following illustration. Since the essay was about clothes, I used a paper doll motif to add some humor.

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caricature of movie child star Shirley Temple tap dancing in sailor cap and sailor suit Captain January cartoon character resembling Popeye watching in his underwear next to paper doll sailor clothes

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Shirley Temple (1928-2014) was one of the biggest box office stars of the 1930s. In fact, she was the top box office star for four straight years, 1935-38.

She usually played a waif or an orphan whose pluck and sunny disposition melted the hearts of gruff old men. One such crusty guy was the old lighthouse keeper in the 1936 film, Captain January.

Here’s a larger detail:

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detail image of caricature of movie child star Shirley Temple tap dancing in sailor cap and sailor suit Captain January cartoon character resembling Popeye watching in his underwear next to paper doll sailor clothes

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No doubt about it– Shirley was a cutie. Below: a studio portrait (left); a publicity still for Captain January; with actress Claudette Colbert, holding her honorary Oscar (the first ever awarded for juvenile performance) which she won in 1935, at age 6.

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movie child star Shirley Temple studio portrait publicity photo for Captain January with her honorary Oscar and actress Claudette Colbert

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Here’s a theatrical poster for Captain January, which also starred Guy Kibbee and Buddy Ebsen.

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Poster for 1936 film Captain January, starring Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Slim Summerville, Buddy Ebsen, Sara Haden

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Just how good a tap dancer was Shirley Temple? Check out Shirley and Buddy Ebsen dancing to At The Codfish Ball, in this clip from Captain January. 

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Have you ever watched a Shirley Temple movie?

Have you ever drunk a Shirley Temple? (yup, that drink is named after her)

Have you ever tap danced from your computer to the coffeepot and back again without spilling a drop??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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