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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Adobe Illustrator and Kawaii Madness!

As I have grown to love ALL things Japanese, I wanted to share in the Kawaii (and the Kawaii not) madness!

Definition of Kawaii: Since the 1970s, cuteness|可愛さ|kawaisa has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawaii

Kawaii Not: Cute Gone Bad by Meghan Murphy Buy It! You'll Like it!

Last Spring I was perusing through a bookstore (like I usually do) and I found the strangest little book, it was so cute (or according to the title, not) entitled - Kawaii Not Cute Gone Bad. It's a desktop flip-book with vector graphics by Meghan Murphy. I then found out the book is a compilation of a web-comic by Ms. Murphy and you just have to check out the Kawaii Not: the webcomic for cute gone bad site -its a delight! Ms. Murphy's designs are witty, punchy, fun and often very humorous. Through the preparing to write this post I found Ms. Murphy's online illustration portfolio entitled- Murhypop which is also a real treat - she is a fresh, sophisticated, freelance illustrator with some great clients already under her belt! To see her amazing vector illustrations go to www.murphypop.com.

A peek inside the Kawaii Not bk by Meghan Murphy

So as my readers know I have been re-teaching myself Adobe Illustrator since back when I knew the program (in the days when Macs were rectangular cubes and I bought an upgrade behemoth with a wacom tablet) which was a while ago. Since then I've fallen out of the computer art loop and the program Adobe illustrator turned fancy and it morphed into the 'creative suite', needless to say I forgot much.

Well thankfully Ms. Murphy's book came along and it offered me great inspiration to getting back into it. I highly recommend this four panel comic strip book to anyone in need of some daily humor and interested in vector illustrations. And so in honor of her, here is one of my 'cute gone bad' illos done to practice with Adobe tools - in true Meghan Murphy style it's a bit cheeky so, I hope no one is offended:

my Adobe Illustrator 'cute gone bad' illo inspired by meghan murphy

Reader Comments (5)

I know nothing about AI but it is probably something I should learn one day. I love your cute gone bad cupcake...and LMAO when I read it, too. Way funny!
Peace & Love,
♥ Barb ♥

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Aaah, I LOOOVE Kawaii Not :D

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTizzalicious

Oh my dear ,I am so sorry that I have not let a comment. I saw this post, but since I know this Kawaii Not (included her domain), I just was dropping and forget to let a comment about your cute cupcake graphic.You know,you are very talented,the colours are so brightful and the eyes tell me...eat me....I wish I also could draw like you! ! You should sell this cute graphics,I am sure a lot would buy them (included me :)
Have a great sunday and I hope you can forgive me?
Big Hugs

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCuteBoo

Kawaii Not is cool! And your cupcake too :)
Oh and thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, it made me happy!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaartje

The pink pic was just so cute !!! :D

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPretty Prats

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