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May. 1st, 2009 | 10:50 am

my wife and i recently finished our outrageously long undergraduate degrees and are now beginning to go full-fledged, all-out, hardcore-crazy on our new studio, This Paper Ship. we offer a plethora of services encompassing graphic design for print and web, illustration, photography, and small-run publishing. that said, in order to keep everything straight, this illustration blog will be on indefinite hiatus. (of course, i'm a sentimental young fool, so i could never truly abandon it.)

sad day, right? actually, no! i can instead direct you to the following links:

our homepage: joelandashley.com
our online shop: thispapership.etsy.com
our studio blog (fulfilling the function of toyjoel, plus more): joelandashley.com/thispapership
our yearlong photo/haiku collaboration project: joelandashley.com/springtospring

thanks for following... see you on the other site!

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temptation in the barnyard

Mar. 25th, 2009 | 10:04 pm

this isn't an illustration but it was done in the spirit of this blog. sometimes i get distracted at target.

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element fighters!

Mar. 23rd, 2009 | 09:21 pm

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victorian impulse

Feb. 16th, 2009 | 01:20 pm

mango drawings. thanks to chelsea for the mango, and use of her hand.

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the hills of five forks

Feb. 13th, 2009 | 02:49 pm

rendering landscape into iconic representation outside of five forks township, penn.

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on the job

Jan. 27th, 2009 | 08:28 pm


just finished my third stint at a coffee shop a few weeks ago. this experience was less successful than the other two. i did have a few good doodling moments though.

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brain in progress

Nov. 23rd, 2008 | 03:07 pm
music: A Charlie Brown Christmas — The Vince Guaraldi Trio

recent lack of posting due to unreliable internet rather than lack of drawing.

in other news, after a good 2 years of start/stop action, Illustrate Yer Brain! #1 is in the final phase of production. it will go up on etsy (link to be posted on this journal) as soon as it's ready.

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two takes on texture

Nov. 11th, 2008 | 01:46 pm

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journal project addendum

Nov. 11th, 2008 | 02:30 am

added a strap from the original book's spine. backed it with red felt, sewed it to back of book, attached velcro closure. polyurethaned the surface so it wouldn't tear over time.

i've got my eye open for other books that could serve the same purpose...

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when neptune hits a brick wall

Nov. 11th, 2008 | 02:17 am

(building texture from downtown nashville this summer.)

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