Build a Better Artwork pt. 1

After over a year of excitement awaiting what the “new art process” for the CSLP would yield, I was disappointed (to say the very least). That’s all I’ll say about that.

So back to the literal drawing board I went!

I must give a HUGE shout-out to both Angie and  Bryce for brainstorming ideas to represent PWD. These images would not be as diverse if I had not had their help.

This is the first set of Build a Better World alternative summer programming artwork that I’ll release. I wanted to get a set out for librarians who are already putting marketing materials out and planning their summers. I don’t know when I’ll get the next set out, but I’ll try to do so before the end of the year.

Now without further ado, this is what I’ve created so far:

Alternative artwork for the Collaborative Summer Library Program's 2017 theme Build a Better World: elderly woman holding a globe

Young boy architect holds building for alternative summer program at libraries

Muslim woman in a hijab holding a microscope alternate summer library programming art | hafuboti.com

African-American girl toddler holding alphabet blocks for alternative library summer programming art

Native American male holding a water drop for Build a Better World alternative artwork

Person with cochlear implant holding an LGBTQ heart as an option for alternative #SRP2017 artwork | hafuboti.com

Looking for the image with the punk rocker? I reworked it after I learned that some Native Americans have very strong feelings about Mohawks being cultural appropriation – which makes total sense (and thank you to the librarian who pointed that out to me).

Also, please let me know if I inadvertently do anything disrespectful or insensitive with these (or any other) images. I will adjust the image(s) accordingly.

Click on any of the above images to get an ENORMOUS file for you or your library to use anytime (not just for summer programming). You have my permission to reprint, modify, or use.

After much thought and discussion, I’ve decided to create a donation button for artwork on my blog. At some point I’ll likely get into my reasoning, but right now all I feel like saying is that it’s a freewill donation – basically letting you thank me financially for my work. Each one of these look deceptively simple. A typical figure takes around 5 hours and dozens of Photoshop layers – but with some of these, I worked around 8 hours on them with over a hundred layers.

Please click on the Donate button on the sidebar of this blog and give based on what you or your library can afford (and I completely understand not being able to afford even a simple gift).

I’ll be sure to update this post with a link to further artwork – or you can click on the “follow this blog” option in the sidebar to get emails whenever I post something new.

Finally, a HUGE shout-out to both Bryce and Angie for brainstorming some ideas for these images. These wouldn’t be as cool as they are if they hadn’t cheered me on in this process. Seriously.

Shop Grand Reopening

I’m pleased to finally announce that I’m opening up my shop again! And for the first time it’s my artwork and not just ornaments! Going this route is a great way to keep a shop going while still trying to figure out how to manage my fibromyalgia while having a side business.

I have completely reworked my superhero mashups into higher resolutions so that they can be made into a wide variety of clothing, decor, and accessories.

I also created two new mashups in honor of the occasion:

It’s Spider-Gwen (aka Spider-Woman) and Squirrel Girl!

As of now these two are only available at Redbubble, but they will eventually be added to Society6. Each online store has a slightly different inventory, so it’s worth checking both out if you’re looking for a certain thing (such as dresses or clocks).

Oh – and I definitely should mention that I still want anyone who wants to download, use, and/or modify my images to do so! Seriously, you don’t need to ask (unless the print shop wants a waiver or a letter stating that I’m cool with you using my art – just shoot me a request at hafuboti@gmail.com).

So hop on over to my Shop section, and click on either ad to go to my profile on either site. And today (7/25/16) Redbubble’s having a 20% off sale! But know that both sites do have sales on a pretty regular basis – woohoo!

And finally an update on the original Hafuboti shop’s recycled book ornaments: I still have a nice selection of them! But getting them transferred from Etsy has been more of a chore than I’ve felt like dealing with over this past year or so. Therefore, I don’t have them listed anywhere online, but I do hope to eventually change that.

In the meantime, if you are an ornament fan, then please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about any ornaments you may remember. Hafuboti@gmail.com is still the best way to contact me and I’m always thrilled to get mail from any of my readers. Seriously – it always brightens my day.

Happy shopping!

Library Strength Training

The lovely Director of the Three Rivers Library System asked if I would design a graphic for their upcoming Library Strength Training event – and of course I said YES!

And here’s what I came up with:

black and white photo of a strong woman lifting a traditional wooden card catalog above her head while in a squat

I basically merged two images that were marked free for reuse and modification. So feel free to use or modify this as well! :)

ETA: It just occurred to me that this image would work with the upcoming CSLP games/exercise theme as well as the Libraries Transform campaign.

The Social Media Librarian

I’ve been working on a flyer for an upcoming event, and as a result, I created this neat-o image for libraries/librarians who are into social media:

social library logo

As always, feel free to download, use, modify, and have fun with this image!

Under Construction

At the Children’s Library we’re about to undertake some massive shelving changes. Basically, we’re merging several sections. I’m incredibly grateful to work for a Director and a team who aren’t afraid to ask “Why do we do this? Is this the best way to do things?”

Anywho, I threw together several big signs to help patrons navigate the changes, and within that sign I created a book version of the Under Construction caution symbol. I thought that others might enjoy it and/or want to use it.

Click on the image below to get a larger and cleaner version for your own use: