Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Iron Man, the movie...er, slideshow!

I made these images a few years ago when Ironman was about to open in theaters. I never was happy how I had to have the "soundtrack" placed in the blog's sidebar (you can't embed sound only in the posts). In honor of Ironman 2's release this summer, I rerecorded it to play with this slideshow of a movie.

Can you believe that this is the very first take of me doing that song? Just. So. Incredible.

A handy sketchpad.

This is from last October, when I was out at a gourmet cooking store gathering ideas for a shot for OXO. I went with the characters nearest my thumb.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

And the winner is...

Commenter #41 abilocity. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Again, if there's another image that you particularly like and want a print of, if it's not in the book, we can probably make it happen.

Also- The book has been out since early October, and I still haven't been asked to be guest on a national television show. C'mon now! With all the really bad programming that I see, surely Bent Objects has to be better than some of it. Like I said before, I need to add a chapter on weight loss in my next book, because that's the one sure way of being asked to be on TV in the U.S.

And- Bent Objects is educational! You heard it here first. Need proof? Here's a letter I received recently-

Dear Mr. Border-
My name is Anne Scatchell and I am an ELL/Bilingual teacher at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard, IL. I work with kids in grade 6-8 who come from many countries and speak many languages. We try to make things as visual as we can for them as we work to improve their English skills.

I recently read How the Brain Learns by David Sousa and he explains how important humor is in getting people to relax and engage in the classroom. I went to the bookstore and was lucky enough to find your Bent Objects! (although I did have to weed out the few "not school appropriate ones!)

Your images are a perfect way to get the kids talking!! I am able to intrduce new vocabulary at times, irony and the kids can use their imaginations in coming up with words for the characters. They look forward to coming to my classes because they know they will get to see a new "bent scene". It's a great way to get them warmed up for the learning that follows!

ELL/Bilingual is the largest growing area in education across the US. I would be happy to help you any way I can to get the word out to other teachers!!

Thanks for a great tool to use with my students and a book that brings many smiles to so many!

A fan-

Thanks for the letter, Anne! Very cool.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Selling Zombie Prints and Giving One Away!

I have some more prints of this one called "Zombies Are Nuts About Brains" in my Etsy store. To celebrate this fact (and try to generate a little interest), I'm giving a print away (8''x10''). Let me know that you want to be entered in the drawing in this post's comments.

(sorry, 24 hours have past, and the contest is closed!)

This contest is open to international visitors too, because I'm cool like that.

Have another image that you like of mine? If it isn't in the book, I can probably get a print made for you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

You don't see art like this on the radio everyday.

Part 1 of an interview.

Talking about my work on the radio is a bit of a challenge to say the least, but Manchester's Rock Radio was nice enough to ask if I would talk to them. I was glad I did, because Steve, the host, was excited about my stuff, and made me feel at ease.

Because Blogger doesn't allow me to just post an audio player in posts (as far as I can tell), I've transferred the audio to these video files. Don't expect to see anything, just push play, open another window to surf the web, and let my voice wash over you like sudsy bath water.

Monday, January 11, 2010

I want to talk to you.

Terry Border at Gel 2008 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

Above is my presentation at the Gel Conference in 2008, when I found that I'm not a bad speaker. In school I was absolutely terrified of speaking and giving presentations of any kind, and would actually break out in a rash just thinking about it, and when Mark Hurst of Gel asked me to speak in NYC that April, I wasn't so sure. The surprising thing to me was, I learned that if you are speaking about what you love, and it's what you do, it's actually fun to talk about it in front of people. It's not as if someone in the audience was going to stand up and say, "No, no, that's not how to combine wire and objects to make anthropomorphic scenarios!" Not much for me to be nervous of there.

So do you have a conference of any kind that needs a few moments for laughs, or a few words about being open to change, or perseverance? I've spoken several times since the above presentation, and it's always gone very well. Haven't fallen off the stage yet. Get me to your conference and put a little food in my belly and I'll do my best to amuse, inform, and entertain.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A New Years Image for OXO

(click on the image to see it better)

This is the third thing I've done for OXO Products, who I'm very happy to work for because they actually do have good products, and they believe in what I do enough to let me do it. (My wife is always happy when I work with OXO because that means they'll be sending us more utensils for use in the image.)

If anyone else out there is curious about working with me, I'd be more than happy (thrilled? ecstatic?) to speak with you. A little more cash would be a very good thing. It's our own fault really- we like to buy brand name breakfast cereals.