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My final painting using acrylics for #brushtober week 4! I...

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My final painting using acrylics for #brushtober week 4! I wanted to try some more dramatic highlights and shadows before wrapping this week up, so I found a ref image with some cool lighting and painted this. I worked on a larger sheet this time and my brush strokes are a bit looser as a result. This was by far the hardest medium to work in so far! It was such a struggle to find my workflow in acrylics, but I feel like I finally found a way to make it work by loosening up a bit. This final week of #brushtober I am going to use gouache, which I’ve been super excited to try!

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A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at the upcoming election

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The two Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader, are now available. Information about the books, including how to order, and special offers here.

"Like a warm pet that leaps and rolls over before delivering a satiric bite." — Read the rest

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The state has had so many contact tracers disappear into that shop that they've had to start a contact tracer tracing program.
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The state has had so many contact tracers disappear into that shop that they've had to start a contact tracer tracing program.

Dying dad, lifelong conservative, votes for Biden out of respect for his six daughters

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The Pentagon wants to spend $100 billion on a new nuclear arsenal

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From ABC News:

The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 arsenal that has operated continuously for 50 years, officials said Monday.

The estimate is up about $10 billion from four years ago.

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Let's get universal health care for the American people first and then ask if we can afford this boondoggle.
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Quaint Campsites and Forests Populate Miniature Scenes of Carved Wood

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All images © Thibaut Malet, shared with permission

Based in Montpellier, France, Thibaut Malet (previously) spent much of his childhood in his father’s workshop, which housed the family’s cabinetry business. At 10-years-old, the third-generation woodworker began sculpting the organic material, although his creations were infinitesimal compared to his dad’s counterparts. Malet carved miniature scenes spotted in everyday life, imagining new, small-scale worlds. “It was a way to work with wood without using the too dangerous machines of my father. My parents organized a tiny workshop in a small room, and it was perfect,” he shares with Colossal.

Although Malet never studied the trade in an official capacity, he now works as a designer and wood artist after a few years as an architect and furniture maker, a background that’s evident in his tiny scenes. Malet carves quaint cabins and outdoor equipment, including canoes, ladders, and seating areas, nestled among the trees or at the base of a ravine. Each structure is unique, whether built as a simple A-frame or a more complex, vaulted chalet. Intentionally minimal, the scenes reflect the artist’s commitment to “working with the least amount of material. It’s a reflection on saving material and space,” he says. “I’ve always liked the challenge of making things as small as I can.”

Many of Malet’s scenic wood carvings, which you can follow on Instagram and Behance, are available for purchase in his shop.

 

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