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The Grannyator™ with a Turkey
It's the day after Thanksgiving, and I feel like a stuffed turkey—sprawled on the sofa in a tryptophan stupor, binge-watching football and Netflix…
Turkey Illustration "Excuse Me."
But there's a piece of leftover pumpkin pie in the fridge (guess whose it is?)…
Pumpkin Pie Illustration "Mine!"
…and we all get three days off to R-E-L-A-X and do absolutely N-O-T-H-I-N—
Christmas Lights Illustration

"Who wants to help put up the Christmas decorations?"

Turkey Illustration "Uh-oh!"
"Never put off until tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well."
–Mark Twain
Title: 5 Things
1. Nearly twenty-five years after his death, Dr. Seuss continues to dominate the world of children’s books—and he doesn't show signs of slowing down any time soon. (Be sure to click both links—interesting stuff.)

2. I could watch this gif of Kurt Vonnegut drawing his signature over and over. The gif lead me to this amazing video/article on Animating Kurt Vonnegut (contains one instance of bad language.) All of this reminded me of a drawing I did of the author about a year ago, so I've included it in this issue's "Weekly Doodle" (SEE BELOW.) Oh, and for you writers out there, here is Kurt Vonnegut explaining a) how to write a short story and b) how stories have 'shapes.'

3. Calvin and Hobbes first met 30 years ago last week. Bill Watterson, the strip's immensely talented creator, refused to license the property for merchandise because he thought the comic could not be condensed “without great violation to the strip’s spirit.” Given the amount of money he surely would have made from licensing, it's an impressive commitment to principle, to say the least. Here's more on the subject from the film Dear Mr. Watterson.

By the Way…

Speaking of Bill Watterson, he recently created a film poster (his first public cartoon since ending ‘Calvin and Hobbes’) for a new Kickstarter-funded documentary called Stripped, which Time Magazine has described as a "love-letter to comic strips" and a meditation on the state of the newspaper industry." Here's more from the Washington Post (including an interview with Watterson.)

The film is available on iTunes, Google Play, and as a DVD. | View the trailer here.

Seuss Made Me Do It!

If you were 'offended' by the poor manners of the stuffed turkey above, you'll be interested to know that, until Dr. Seuss came along, no one had ever let loose a burp in a children’s book before. His book Yertle the Turtle changed all that. Also, he wasn't a doctor. And he coined the term "Nerd." Want more strange facts about Theodor Seuss Geisel? Find them here and here.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
–Dr. Seuss
In Memoriam Illustration by DEUhlig

Paris Update

I drew this illustration of the Eiffel Tower earlier this year, and thought I'd update it to pay tribute to those who died in the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13th. The links below honor those victims, and certainly give one a sense of the enormous loss…

—This Twitter account has been sharing the names, ages and a brief remembrance of each victim, one tweet at a time. 

—CNN has published a web-based memorial page featuring the victims.
"Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you."
–John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

A (Vonnegut) Weekly Doodle…

Vonnegut Weekly Doodle

~ Win a Limited-Edition Print ~

Beginning in December I'll be giving away a signed, limited edition fine art print to one loyal subscriber of this newsletter each month. Current subscribers are automatically entered. Here's a peek at December's print…
True Love Fine Art Print

True Love

This print started out as many do—a card for one of my kids.

  • SIZE: Artwork is 8 x 10 inches with a 2 inch white border to accommodate signature and numbering (fits in standard 11 x 14 inch frame).
  • EDITION: 1 out of a total of 20 artist proofs.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print, matted but unframed.
  • PAPER: Printed on Hahnemuhle William Turner — a 310g, acid-free, natural white, mould-made paper with 100% rag content (highly archival).

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"'Dear old world,' she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.'"
–L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

Until Next Week…

I hope you've enjoyed this issue of The Happiness of Art. Until next week, it's "Back to the drawing board" for me!
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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

"Be silly. Be honest. Be kind."
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Official Bio

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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