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Illustrating Tragedy
Last Sunday morning, a subscriber to my Facebook Page tagged me with the message, "Please paint for Orlando." The image above immediately popped into my head, and shortly thereafter, I posted the finished illustration to Facebook. By the end of the following day, over 10,000 people had viewed my post. Did it help in some way? I would like to think so, but it's hard to imagine how. Or maybe it did help someone, somewhere—I have no idea. Of course, as the details of the crime began to emerge, the all-too-familiar drone of voices attempting to politicize the tragedy (from both sides of the aisle) had already begun, just as they did following the Sandy Hook, Charlie Hebdo, Paris and San Bernadino tragedies. I hope I've avoided any notion of that.
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For me, 'illustrating tragedy'—helpful or not—is the only way I know how to deal with these horrible events. My intention is simply to show support for those who are suffering. And though I can't offer much, perhaps a small dose of compassion is as good a place to start as any—a way to begin the healing process. I hope so. And I hope I don't have to draw any more of them.

If you have thoughts about this one way or another, please follow this link and comment on my Facebook post. I'd love to hear what you think.
"There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster."
–Dalai Lama XIV
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Hey, kids: Father's Day is this Sunday, June 19th. Wait, WHAT? You don't have a gift for Dad yet? YIKES!! Okay, don't worry. Here are eight DIY 2016 Father's Day gift ideas for the best dad out there. • A beautiful last-minute Father’s Day gift that’s totally free. • Father's Day gifts: Last-minute ideas. • 14 Father's Day Gifts The Whole Family Can Make. Now GET BUSY (and remember: NO TIES!)
"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature."
–Abbé Prévost
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Google thanks the Internet's most polite grandmother. • The only seven person tricycle.ChatBooks: Super Easy $8 Photo Books. • Has your favorite TV show been cancelled… or renewed? Find out here. • This parody of every TED Talk ever is absolutely perfect. • GIF made with electron microscope zooms in on life, on life, on life. • A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Famous Authors, Artists and Visionaries. • This man makes incredible works of art with an iron and fabric. • SO cool: A brilliant new way to identify any point on earth using only three words.
"But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, All losses are restored and sorrows end."
–William Shakespeare
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"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me."
–Jim Valvano

June Print Giveaway

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Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind.

(Four winners will be selected this month.)
This print started out as many do — a gift for one of my children.
  • SIZE: Artwork is 5 x 5 inches, matted to 3 x 3 inches (fits in 5 x 5 inch frame).
  • EDITION: Artist proof.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print with 8-ply gallery board mat (the print is matted but unframed.)
  • PAPER: Printed on Premium Giclée Paper — a thick, 310g, natural-white, matte finish paper with a textured, watercolor feel.
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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.

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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