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It finally happened. I am officially a Zilles again (long, long story). And with my new name comes a new website!

Check out for the further adventures of yours truly.

Why the switch from WordPress to Tumblr? Basically it boils down to this: sometimes I just don’t have much to say. I’ve always felt like WordPress took up loads of my time. Just trying to write a decent entry about anything took all night. I’m sorry, but blogging is not a full-time gig for me. I’ve got a million other things to do. Like watching bad horror movies and plotting my next evil scheme to take over Canada.

With Tumblr, I can show you all the cool things I find, which happens a lot more than the occasional article on letterpress. And I can blog when I have something to say. And it’s a lot easier to post videos. And photos. And links.

Anyway, I appreciate all the support with this blog. I don’t plan on deleting it, and perhaps I’ll one day return. For now, while my life is hectic, I’ve switched to something a little bit more simple…


One of the hardest parts about graduating is that after four years of having these amazing, expensive programs at your fingertips…you’re thrown out into the real world empty-handed. Some of us find the money for everything we need, and others find more creative solutions. Either way, most of us can’t have every single program we’ve ever wanted.

One program I used in college and miss a lot is Adobe Flash. It was nothing like what I had worked with before. I was used to creating flat, static art. Our biggest assignment for the program was to create a greeting card. I was thoroughly impressed with my own genius of combining a national holiday with my love of pirates.

The animation has been lost until now. We’ve purchased Flash here at work and finally, after three years, I am able to share this wonderful, albeit amateur, attempt at an electronic greeting card.

(You may have to watch it a few times to catch everything. And the fonts weren’t able to load in Flash when we exported it. But you get the idea.)

Music: Two Hornpipes (Tortuga) Hans Zimmer; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest soundtrack

It’s been 14 days since I started my daily365 project, and I’ve got to say that I am pretty darned proud of myself. A hidden goal within my resolutions this year was to finish everything I start. I’m tired of having great ideas and never following through on them. Having this goal of one picture + one sketch a day has formed a routine for me. It’s like clockwork now when I get home. Feed the dog, walk him, eat, take a picture of what I’ve sketched, edit the photos, post them, read, sleep. If you’re not following along, you should be (at least with Briggs).

Year of the Dinosaur

Sketch Fest 2010


Part of Scott Kellum's beautiful portfolio.

Second in my series is all about the portfolio. This is definitely an area that I am still learning about and I can only give you basic advice on what to do and not do. A few things to think about before you even start to put yours together:

01] How do you want to sell yourself? You may have had classes in just about every area of art, but what are your strengths and what kind of job are you going after? A potential art director may or may not care about your printmaking experience. 

02] Are you planning on showing your personality through your work? This is an interesting aspect of the portfolio that I haven’t ever addressed myself. Your personality can be shown through your actual pieces and also how the pieces are presented. My current art director spent countless hours on a beautiful style guide for his portfolio, which included custom boards that sit in their own tin. You can spend $50 on a black, zippered case like me and plop work in (because you don’t have time, money, ideas, etc.), and you can also make your portfolio unique. If you go the second route, make sure you are able to justify why you did what you did. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright SOCIALisBETTER from flickr.


Last week I had the privilege of being a part of an interview team here at work. I got to sit in while a recent graduate showed her work and answered our questions. I was so pumped from the experience that I’ve decided to write a three-part series about what I’ve learned just from my short time as an interviewer. Granted, my insights are purely mine and may not reflect the other talented individuals in my field. Feel free to edit/add to this advice as you see fit.

Part I in the series is The Resume. This is what gets you in the door. I’ve written a bit on this subject before, but I wanted to get a little more detailed and list the DOs and DON’Ts of creating a resume. Keep in mind this list is for mostly for recent graduates, but experienced professionals need to remember a few of these bits as well. Read the rest of this entry »


 I’ve been sniffing out Tumblr for the past few months, trying to decide whether or not to start my own account. Or in other words, trying to decide whether or not I need ANOTHER home on the web.

My decision is evident here. And this is why: Read the rest of this entry »

I’d like to tell you all a little story. Here is the summary:

Girl starts blog. Girls loses job. Girls blogs about losing job. Employers read blog. Girl gets new job.

It’s basically a success story. And now I’ll elaborate. Read the rest of this entry »